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july 17th ~ 18th

Well, I’m not sure where Jeremy of Jeremy & Kathleen is this weekend, but I know where Kathleen is… right here! She is a designer, blogger, and all-around super cool chick. I’m jealous of her sense of style, her ‘&‘ tattoo, and of course, her kicky hair-do {…have a look, I’m sure you’ll agree}. Anywho, here’s who Kathleen is jealous of, and I couldn’t agree more!

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I am jealous of Marian Bantjes

Marian Bantjes is so cool. And talented. And sassy. And look – she can make typographic art out of sugar, peonies and dirt on her kitchen table. Not only am I jealous of her work but I’m jealous of the people she calls her friends.

Not only is Marian Bantjes is an amazing designer and typographer but her work challenges what it means to be a designer. Marian Bantjes is not trying to be a problem solver but instead by making design beautiful. Like a fine artist, Marian makes her work personal, but like a designer her art exists within a commercial sphere. Her work ethic and design philosophy are beyond inspiring. I want to be just like Marian Bantjes when I grow up.

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Me too! Me too! Thanks Kathleen ~ and thanks so much for dropping by! xo





i’m jealous of typarchive

I officially declare this, Font Friday! Love, love, love all of the lettering {dimensional, hand-painted, neon, automobiles, etc} that a type-fanatic, like myself, can find on TypArchive. Here’s their reason for being:

‘The objective is to amass a comprehensive global collection of a high-quality images and produce hard-copy volumes. Amidst a landscape of vapid strip malls and sterile signage, hand-painted lettering retains a soulful aesthetic to be treasured. Like other crafts dissolving in the digital age, sign painting is a fading occupation. Today it’s easy for any layman with minimal computer knowledge to produce a sign within minutes, but the skill acquired to artfully produce hand lettering took years of apprenticeships, dedication and true talent’

Damn, I wish I thought of that.

{Thanks to Junkculture for this huge dose of typography on a Friday morning! Oh, and my first ‘weekend guest‘ will be showing up here tomorrow morning… come on by!}





i’m jealous of mike monteiro

Are you having a hard time communicating with that ’special someone’ in your life? No problem… just buy them a painting {gouache on paper} by San Francisco based artist Mike Monteiro, and I’m pretty sure they’ll get the idea. Granted, they’ll probably dump you, but hey, at least you will have been heard… and you can always hope that they’ll storm out, slam the door behind them, and leave the painting behind for you! Score.

{I discovered Mike’s work a few months ago on The Beholder. I really wanted to put him in my ‘girl crush’ show… but unfortunately, he’s not a girl.}





i’m jealous of scot lefavor

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I have a new crush. His name is Scot, and I like, totally him. Denver based artist Scot Lefavor has everything I’m looking for in a ‘feel like I’ve been punched in the creative gut’ art crush… vintage subject matter, typography, a pop-esque style, found imagery, and just a little bit of cursing. Ah, I couldn’t ask for anything more.

{via crisaris, an art blog with gem after gem after gem after gem… well, you get the idea}





i’m jealous of archie scott gobber

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Oh, how I love clever {and beautifully executed} typographic art. Sculpture, painting, mixed media, whatever… I love it all. Therefore, I have no choice but to love American artist Archie Scott Gobber, because clearly he does it all. Hm, I guess I’ll have to divide my heart between Archie and Wayne White, although I may have to fight Marty Walker for both of them. His gallery reps these two typographic geniuses so, ultimately, I’m jealous of him too. Phew, that’s a lot of guys to be jealous of in one day. I’m spent.





i’m jealous of stephen powers

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Seriously, can you think of  a better way to spend Valentine’s Day than riding the rails in Philadelphia PA? Thanks to the very talented Stephen Powers, and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, you can book a ticket on a slow-speed train that will take you leisurely past all 50 of the murals in Stephen’s A Love Letter for You project. Sound good? Well, then grab that engagement ring you’ve been hiding in your underwear drawer and get down to the train station pronto!

{Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to purchase tickets call the Mural Arts Tour Office at 215.685.0754}

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone… see you on Monday





i’m jealous of wayne white

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When I found these, I actually felt my soul being crushed by the weight of the jealousy.  I have a studio full of thrift store landscapes that I’ve been collecting for about a year. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but believe you me, it was gonna be AMAZING… but Wayne White beat me to it! He got to the thrift store first, bought all of the best vintage landscapes, and then {just to add insult to injury} he knew exactly how to change these 1970’s Bob Ross-ish oil paintings into modern, typographic masterpieces. LUV HURTZ indeed… I think my soul needs a bandage.

{Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas Texas, Wayne White: I Fell 37 Miles to Earth 100 Years Ago, February 20 – March 20, 2010 – Opening: Saturday, February 20, 6-8pm … you know you want to go!}





i’m jealous of ‘tartantoes’

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Something like a phenomena is right. If I told you that ‘Tartantoes’ was the alias of an artist from London, who had shown work all over the world, and her latest much anticipated solo show was opening this weekend in New York, you’d probably believe me right? Well, you shouldn’t. She’s actually a sixteen-year-old cheerleader from Indonesia. Yep, I know. My reaction went a little something like this…

‘What?! THAT’S WHACK!’

You too?





i’m jealous of d.billy

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Typography, bold graphics and a touch of domestic imagery? Oh D.Billy, you had me at AAAAGH!





i’m jealous of trey speegle

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“Take something; do something to it; then do something else to it.” – Jasper Johns

I think I may have just found my new art credo. Ok, American painter Trey Speegle was using it first, but I’m jumping on the band wagon. In this case, the something he’s taken are vintage paint-by-numbers sets, and then what he’s done to it is add words and phrases to add meaning to these usually meaningless images. I’ve shown only 4 of them here, but this collection has over 2500 pieces. Now that’s inspiring.

{Fashion designer Stella McCartney commissioned Trey to do the runway backdrop for the launch of her Spring collection in Paris this past October. I’ve included this amazing piece in my most recent show, Fashion Show.}