babeth lafon

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Oooh la la! Babeth Lafon is a French artist/illustrator based in Berlin, and her work is beyond lovely. I can almost smell the peonies from here! Pretty perfumes in fancy bottles, polkadot socks, and delicate flowers. Gorgeous.

{via meighan o’toole on pinterest}





anne-sophie adelys

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I have always had a soft spot for work with a “half-finished” feel … and of course, those crazy pink and orange trees on woodgrain are just icing on the cake! This is the vibrant work of French born, New Zealand based artist Anne-Sophie Adelys, from a series titled “Becoming Memories”…

“How do memories become memories? Why do we beautify memories? … This [series] investigates the idea of becoming new memories; the reconstruction of brighter, prettier and naively reconstructed perceptions of an edited past.”

{Prints available here}





elizabeth mcdonald

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Oh. My. Landscape and still life become one in this gorgeous series titled “Tablescapes”. I am completely smitten by everything in the gorgeous portfolio of American artist Elizabeth McDonald, but this series is easily my favorite. I’m not sure if I want to break out my art supplies, or host a dinner party. Both perhaps.

{ps. Elizabeth has a show opening at GrayDUCK Gallery in Austin on May 15 that runs until June 21 – Opening reception on May 15, 7 to 10pm}





ashleigh ninos

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Ok. This is taking blind contour drawing to a whole new, dreamy level. Gorgeous… and even more gorgeous when drawn on layers of transparent vellum! This is a series by California based artist Ashleigh Ninos titled, quite appropriately, “Contour”.  You know how this works, right? One continuous line, but no peeking at your paper as you draw. Ashleigh keeps a close eye on her botanical subjects, only looking down once she’s drawn the whole thing. I’ve tried this a few times, and I can quite confidently say, they did not look anything like these! Sigh. Lovely.

{A few pieces from this series are available as prints in her shop.}





chiaozza

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I’ve written about CHIAOZZA {aka Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao} before, but that post was about a bunch of crazy paper plants. Today is all about these gorgeous, angular, colorful, wooden sculptures! These pieces were hanging at Vox Populi, an artist run space in Philadelphia, last fall. Here’s the description of this work:

“In this series of large-scale wooden sculptures, the visual language of CHIAOZZA is brought to the scale of the human body. Designed as open-ended experiments, the hanging objects skirt between furniture, sculpture, and painting.”

Yep, that’s the kind of furniture, sculpture, painting I want on my wall … hm, I might even be tempted to place one or two of their crazy paper plants on those neon pinewood planks! #bestofboth





bobbie burgers

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Seven foot flowers? Um, yes please! I am completely in love with these big, beautiful, blooms {acrylic on canvas} by Canadian artist Bobbie Burgers. Nothin’ like some confident brush strokes, a few stunning color choices, and a giant canvas to transform a traditional subject into a contemporary masterpiece. Gorgeous! Oh, and if you’re in Toronto you can see her work at Bau-Xi Gallery, April 18 ~ 30.

 {I had to include a few of those shots with Bobbie in her studio, just to show the fabulous scale of these pieces. Oh boy. I think I might want to stretch a giant canvas for the first time in YEARS.}





rachel boxnboim

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Fabric? Ceramic? Yep! This series, titled “Alice”, is the gorgeous work of Israeli artist Rachel Boxnboim. Here, in her own words, are Rachel’s answers to my questions:

“The starting point of this project was my decision to sew a teapot, based on my mothers old teapot measurements and use the fabric as a mold. In addition to the teapot, i sewed a complete tea set – cups, plates, sugar container and a milk jug.

During the kiln-firing process, the fabric burns away, leaving a thin cloth-like layer of clay, imprinted with the texture of the original mold.”

Ah-mazing. I would now like all of my tea, from this day forward, to be served in hand sewn ceramics. Love, love, love.





anne ten donkelaar

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I just spent the better part of my weekend obsessed with cutting things out of old books, and the always stunning work of Utrecht based artist Anne Ten Donkelaar makes me want to put Monday on hold so that I can just keep cutting! Perfectly snipped flowers, leaves, and cacti delicately pinned into position creating the most magical gardens EVER. Sigh. Happy Monday.





claire pestaille

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A few strategic folds in the pages of a fashion magazine, a little peep hole or two, and voila, an eye-catching {no pun intended} series titled “Belladonna” by UK based artist Claire Pestaille:

“Belladonna or deadly nightshade is a perennial herbaceous plant that produces toxic berries that if ingested can cause hallucinations delirium and sometimes death. In Italian, belladonna means beautiful woman, however historically women who wanted to look more attractive and seductive used the juices of the berry cosmetically as an eye drop to enlarge the size of the pupil. The use of the toxic belladonna as an eye drop resulted in visual distortions, increased heart rate and prolonged use caused blindness…

Simple. Clever. Strangely beautiful. Happy weekend.





rebecca chaperon

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Oooh! Look what just arrived in my inbox… gorgeous, cotton-candy hued crystals {acrylic paint on thick watercolor paper} by Vancouver based artist Rebecca Chaperon! I admire Rebecca so much, because a. her work is fantastic, and b. because of how much she works. She is constantly creating new pieces, evolving the work she has already made, and pushing herself to try new things. Very inspiring… and a good reminder to get back into the studio on a regular basis!

{Speaking of studios: if you’re in Vancouver, Rebecca is having a studio sale this Saturday, APRIL 11, from 4:30 ~ 7pm at 2414 Main Street}