medium /// wood




ruth hiller




So simple, but oh, so striking. Wood grain and bright flat colors that I kinda want to touch… I think it’s the beeswax coating that’s calling my name! Yes, beeswax, damar, pigment on panel. These are from a series titled Soft Geometry by American artist Ruth Hiller. Oh, and ps, they’re big. I thought they were little, but some of them are 2 to 3 feet! Here’s a shot from her studio showing the scale:

I’m gonna need one of these.

{Thanks to Jeanne for pointing me to Ruth’s site}





pei-san ng



Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a bunch of lovey-dovey words that could go up in a roaring hot blaze at any moment! US based artist Pei-San Ng creates these gorgeous pieces from vintage matches {and occasionally even lights them}. Have a lovely, romantic, passion filled day… but be careful… you know what too much passion can lead to:

Hot.





caroline slotte… again

I wrote about Finnish artist Caroline Slotte almost exactly one year ago… that post was about some insanely beautiful ceramics. Today’s post is about some insanely beautiful trash… carved from wood. Gah!!! Gorgeous! The talent this woman possesses takes my breath away. I wonder what my post about her next January will contain? My guess… something insanely beautiful.

{Thanks for sending the link, Gregory West!}





sally lundburg


Sally Lundburg is a multi-disciplinary artist based on the Big Island of Hawaii. Her portfolio is full of interesting projects, but it was these hauntingly beautiful interventions in the woods, titled Space Invader, that grabbed me immediately. Here, in Sally’s words, is the description of this project:

“As I walk the land and plan these modifications/adaptations/hybridizations, intertwining own real and imaginary genealogy, I reflect on Hawaii’s history of ecological and social invasion and a cultural landscape that is still shifting today.”

{Thanks so much to Britten Traughber, a photographer based in Hawaii, for sending me a link to Sally’s work}





i’m jealous of willy verginer… again



Whoa. I never cease to be amazed by the work of Italian sculptor Willy Verginer. Wood. Carved into this. Amazing. I wrote about him in 2010, and thought that I couldn’t love anything more than that body of work {because it’s stunning}, but I just popped over to his site to see if he had done anything new, and boy, had he! Wooden blooms sprouting from smooth, dreamy full-size wooden figures… and oh my word, that navy & cream palette… perfection.





i’m jealous of ron isaacs





Oh, how lovely… the beautiful flowing garments of American artist Ron Isaacs … that are made entirely of WOOD!!! Yes. Wood. All of them… even that blue “silk” dress at the top. Cut, layered, painted wood.  Sigh. Insane.

{via sfgirlbybay}





i’m jealous of nick & lilah




Oh boy. Where to start? This is so romantic, and so artistic… and soooo romantic! Ok, on their first date, while out for a walk in West Virginia, Photographer Nick Olson and designer Lilah Horwitz sat and watched the sun set from a hilltop. Yes, that’s already romantic… but wait… it gets even better! While chatting on that hill, they thought it would be amazing to have a house made out of windows so that you wouldn’t have to watch the sun set through one small square…. so a year later, and a lot of time spent at garage sales and flea markets, they built a cabin of windows in the same spot where they had that very first date. Told ya… love, love, love – on so many levels!

There’s a very sweet film about this artsy couple by half cut Tea - have a look:

{via Colossal}





i’m jealous of lee borthwick


Sigh… I would love to stumble across these mirror-covered chunks of wood while out for a stroll in countryside! London based installation artist Lee Borthwick uses “natural, organic and reclaimed materials, allowing the viewer to recapture the sense of reflection offered by dramatic landscapes.” Yes. Yes she does! Luckily, if you live in the UK, you don’t have to hope for a chance encounter with her work in the woods – she has recently been commissioned by Anthropologie EU to take her gorgeous wood/mirror/wire tapestries {each one is totally unique and hand-made by Lee} from the woods, to your wall:

Oh my.

{ps. if you live anywhere other than the UK, you can try contacting Lee directly if you want to buy one of her tapestries}





i’m jealous of patrick lajoie & mara minuzzo


Ok. This is taking affordable prints to an entirely new place…

Vintage paint-by-number. On circular, salvaged wood. For $22. Gah!!! These cool little nods to the past are the work of Canadian couple Patrick Lajoie and Mara Minuzzo. At their home studio, in the rolling hills of beautiful Caledon, Ontario {just outside of Toronto}, they manually transfer the pigments of an archival print onto wood… 1/2″ thick birch plywood scraps left over from the construction of their studio workshop. LOVE!

{ps. I bought one before I posted this just so I could be sure to scoop the one I wanted! Any guesses?}





i’m jealous… and in mourning

Do you remember this? A few years ago I wrote about this amazing abandoned farm house, turned life-sized dollhouse, on the Canadian Prairies. It was the work of artist Heather Benning:

So dreamy, right? Well, it’s almost like it was a dream, because just like that, it’s gone:

Sad face. But, it was the right thing to do. The building had become very unstable, and Heather didn’t want it to collapse, or be vandilized, so this past March she took matters into her own hands, and she set it on fire. Sad face, again. Although, if it had to go, it’s pretty cool that it went out in a blaze of glory!

Oh, pretty prairie dollhouse, I know it was your time, but I’ll still miss you. I will always remember you like this:

RIP ♥

{Great article/interview with Heather Benning about this on CBC}