alasdair thomson


Delicate, feminine, white clothing… CARVED FROM MARBLE! This is the work of Edinburgh based artist Alasdair  Thomson. I found this paragraph on his site, and it’s written so well that I thought I’d just copy ‘n paste:

Through his current series of sculptures, Alasdair is exploring the way fabric hangs and folds, and is attempting to capture that lightness and gracefulness in stone. Named ‘The Identity Collection’, his recent sculptures are carved copies of garments donated by his friends and family. Seeking to capture the characters of those he invited to donate, he surrendered the control of the content of the series by allowing others to submit garments of their choosing for him to carve. The results are simple and understated, as well as timeless and nostalgic.

Yes. They certainly are.





kiana mosley

Ooooh! Leafy new work by Oregon based artist Kiana Mosley!  Sigh. I love these pieces so much. She has such a fresh take on botanicals… washy, fresh, and modern. Now, see that top most piece? That is a large scale (18″x24″) limited edition print in my GREAT.LY gallery/boutique! Well, all of them are in there, but that first one is an exclusive project that Kiana made for my shop! Here’s how that happened… I saw a sketch of one of those leaves on her gorgeous instagram feed and emailed her immediately gushing about how much I loved it, and asked if she could make a new piece based on it… a week or two later she came back with this composition and I was instantly in LOVE! Let’s look at it again, ok? {it’s just so gorgeous!}

Ah. So pretty.





kelly o’connor



I wrote about the collages of American artist Kelly O’Connor almost four years ago {where does the time go?!}, and here we are again. Found images, bits of color, and just the perfect amount of glitter! I couldn’t decide which set of two I loved the most, so I just posted all of them… ladies in fancy glasses, collections of vintage things, and geometric scenery that you can only get from a pair of scissors ‘n some glue! Love. ps. Some of this work is in a show, until June 7th, at the David Shelton Gallery in Houston.

{I found that final piece on a pinboard by Artsy Forager… that led me to do a bit of foraging as well!}





anna jensen… let’s send her to paris!

Do you remember when I wrote about American artist Anna Jensen a few months ago? Anywho, right after I wrote about her, I received an email from a gallery in Paris asking me to put them in touch with her… because they want to give Anna her first show in Paris this July! How amazing is that?! I’m not sure who is more excited, me or Anna!

Now, that’s where we all come in. Anna can’t afford to ship all of her work (and herself for that matter) to France, so she’s launched a kickstarter campaign. She’s a little over half way to her $3200 goal with 22 days left to go. If you can help that would be amazing… we HAVE to get her to Paris, right? IT’S PARIS, for crying out loud! Merci beaucoup xx





valeria nascimento




Whoa. I’m honestly not sure what else to say about these striking, organic, delicate, absolutely gorgeous ceramics by Brazilian artist Valeria Nascimento. I mean, that final charcoal black piece? Just, whoa.

ps. Happy weekend! I’m heading to Seattle for a book event at Elliott Bay Book Co. (7~9pm on Saturday) See you there?





jane denton… and GREAT.LY… and a give-away!


Gah! I absolutely love this colorful, geometric, hand-embroidered work by New Zealand artist Jane Denton! I love it so much in fact, that I’ve stocked that last piece, the big beautiful X, in my GREAT.LY shop … yes, GREAT.LY officially launches today! We should celebrate, yes? Hm… how about a give-away of one of Jane’s amazing pieces!? Like this one:

Jane has generously given this amazing, triangular, framed original to me so that I can then give it to one of you! Isn’t that the nicest thing EVER? I saw it in person when I was in New York for the GREAT.LY press party, and I was very tempted to give it away to myself! But that wouldn’t be very nice, so just leave a comment on this post and I’ll draw one winner on Friday May 23 at midnight PST, and I’ll announce the winner on Saturday morning. Good luck! {and go check out GREAT.LY! I’m so proud to be part of it… can you tell?!}

ps. see that little G at the top left of the site… up with FB etc… yep, that’s a direct link to my GREAT.LY boutique, and if you see those on other blogs, it will link through to their shops. YAY!

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AND THE WINNER IS …. ME! Ok, no it isn’t. The name I pulled last night at midnight was HEIDI LEECH! YAY Heidi! Thanks to everyone that entered… I’ll do another one as soon as I can ♥





jaclyn conley



Is it wrong that these paintings of hair are making me crave ice cream? So many dreamy, creamy colors all melting into each other to create these gorgeous studies of hair! This is the work of Canadian artist Jaclyn Conley, who happens to be the featured artist on Buy Some Damn Art at the moment. Ok now I want to buy some damn art, and some damn strawberry ice cream with a side of butterscotch! So, so lovely.





jessica harrison




Pretty porcelain ladies with tattoos fit for a sailor… YES! This is the work of Scottish artist Jessica Harrison, and it’s currently showing in Paris at Galerie L.J. The show runs until June 24th, so if you’re lucky enough to be in Paris this Spring you really should pop by… on your way to a Parisian tattoo parlor, perhaps!

{via Colossal}





tonya corkey

LINT. These gorgeous portraits are made with lint. On canvas. For real. I thought I should just mention that out of the gate, before I started talking about these fantastic, blurred/mirrored portraits by Toronto based artist Tonya Corkey. They are from her incredibly beautiful/linty series titled See you in the future. Now, you’re probably wondering, “why lint?”, “what’s it all about?”… well, wonder no more:

“Being within the discourse of painting, craft and photography, my work investigates an unavoidable aspect of human nature, the desire to seek memories.  The series, “See You In the Future.” investigates the role that the photograph’s referent plays in memory and its loss over time.

My work hybridizes the discarded material of lint with the second hand image – the iconic school photograph – to conceptualize my interests. Materiality conceptually layers the work. As a byproduct of society, lint consists of fibers, hair, dead skin and other debris, and thus directly referencing people and their daily activity. Lint and cast off photographs are both discarded materials – materials that reflect the idea of a decaying memory. Our desire for memory in absence is triggered by sensations of smell and touch, a trait of my work. The void spaces of raw canvas in works such as, “Unknown #1”are intended to reflect memory, described through the standing out of key features: the eyes, mouth and hair. The viewer’s mind fills in these void spaces in the same way a photograph would.” ~ Tonya Corkey

So cool! Oh, and ps. there are also non-mirrored portraits in this series that I love just as much:

Love.

{Thanks to the Alison Milne Gallery in Toronto for pointing me to their insane list of artists!}





elsa mora


I have loved the work of California based artist Elsa Mora for ages {and she writes an amazing art blog where I often find the most fabulous ceramics}. I’ve written about Elsa’s ceramics before, but just found this gorgeous Frida Kahlo painted paper doll in her unbelievable portfolio of amazingness! So narrative, so beautiful, and really really FUN! I think Frida would have loved this too… it might have even made her want to dance:

You can buy the paper doll here, and a print of this piece here. Happy weekend to you!