ted feighan




It’s true. I have a thing for plant/flower collages. I collect vintage gardening books, cut them up into tiny bits, and then covet every single petal. So, I guess it’s not a surprise to say that I am totally smitten with the collage work of Ted Feighan. I am not happy about that snake [enter phobia here], but I may have to add books about tribal art, and golden jaguars, to my slightly obsessive thrift shoppin’ list.





maud vantours


GAH!!!!! That was almost all I could muster for this post. Either that or, GASP!!! This is the insanely beautiful paper work of Paris based artist Maud Vantours, and I love it all! Her color choices {that grey, yellow, coral piece is killing me}, all of those layers, the cutting?! GAH/GASP, indeed.





cassia beck




So fun! Well, except for that lady that is currently drowning in a sea of hard candies… but if you’ve gotta go, that’s a pretty fun way to do it! Colorful, simple, vintage collage work by UK based artist Cassia Beck. I wrote about her photography years ago, and was so pleased when I came across her collages! I had no idea that she did this kind of work as well. SO FUN!

ps. All of these pieces are very affordably priced and available in Cassia’s Etsy shop.





jennifer davis … joyride





Oh, yes! I want to swing on those swings, under those lights, surrounded by bizarre, large-scale, carousel-inspired creatures! I mentioned a pre-release print from this show a few weeks ago, but now Joyride, a new solo exhibition by Minneapolis based artist Jennifer Davis is open for business! I absolutely love every piece in this show, and I’m particularly excited about this because almost two years ago, I was sitting on a warm patio in Minneapolis having a post GIRL CRUSH dinner with Jennifer, and she told me that she was waiting to find out about a grant… a grant that would allow her to do a road trip to a bunch of US cities, that were famous for their old carousels, so that she could gather inspiration/source materials to do a huge, whimsical, solo show. A few days after I left, she sent me an email… yep, she got the grant 

* This show will be up at Public Functionary, in Minneapolis, until April 25th. That means you can swing on swings this weekend if you want to… Go!





richard butler



Oh. So, so gorgeous. These haunting portraits are the work of UK born, New York based artist Richard Butler. Not all of his work features those beautifully shaped keyholes {see, I popped two of them into the middle so that you’d believe me}, but those are the pieces that I can’t seem to get enough of. Rounded crosses and florals make what could have been seen as traditional, albeit still insanely gorgeous, portraits into something very modern, and weird, and amazing! LOVE.

{ps. You might recognize Richard’s name, not only because he is an exceptional painter, but he also happens to be a rock star… for real. Remember this one? I dare you to listen to this and NOT immediately want to watch this 1980’s classic. You’re welcome.}





nick dilallo



I love numbers, and I love New York … so yes… I love this photo series titled New York Numbers by Nick DiLallo. He sent me an email with a link to his number-covered instagram feed, and I wanted to start working on this post immediately. I wrote him back to do a bit of pre-post fact checking, and silly me, assumed he was a professional photographer. Nope. He’s a copywriter at an ad agency by day, and an instagramming / number loving genius later that day. Don’t you love it when super talented people surprise you like that? Me too.

*How great is that 85? Coral & teal, those shapes… it’s so perfectly 1985!  ♥





david imlay

Oh boy. Everyday street corners, old cars, simple homes… yep, my mundane-loving heart skipped a beat when I saw these oil paintings {some on wood, some on canvas} by San Francisco based artist David Imlay. Sigh. So quiet, so beautifully painted, sooooo good.

{Thanks to artist/illustrator Frances Marin for sending me a link to David’s work}





erin althea

Who wants to play a quick round of ‘eye spy with my little eye’ on this fine Monday?! Judge Judy, Queen Elizabeth, and a tiny little steak ~ GO! Only in the lovely portfolio of LA based artist/illustrator Erin Althea does that make any kind of sense. I am totally in love with every little, beautifully painted thing in this post. Yes, even the worm.

{Not only am I enamored by Erin’s work, I’m also completely in awe of the fact that she is a mom to twin baby girls… and still finds time to paint! GO ERIN!}





connecting the dots in NYC

I just got back from New York last night. It would be understatement to say that I had the most amazing time EVER! I went to do a book event for CREATIVE BLOCK, but I was also there for the other part of my life, the part that I never talk about on this site… until today!

So, I’m a graphic designer by day, and have been for the past 16 years. I was recently hired by an amazing new online market place to be their creative director. There was no way I wasn’t jumping on this! It’s soooo smart and is perfect for creative people who make beautiful things, and love beautiful things. Ready? This is it, and how it works…

So smart, right?! {ps. that beautiful door is the front of our office!!!} On GREAT.LY it’s the tastemakers that have the shops and do all of the selling, so that the makers only have to worry about doing what they truly love doing… making! And for the tastemakers – they spend their days searching the world for beautiful things to write about, but rarely get paid for those discoveries {selling ads only goes so far}… so we’re aiming to make this a win-win-win situation! Makers make and earn. Tastemakers sell and earn. Buyers get one, clean, curated, non-cluttered market place filled with amazing products from all over the world brought to them by the tastemakers that they already follow. We’re launching {in May} with approximately 50 tastemakers boutiques, and so I wanted to give you a quick peek at a few of these fabulous people:

Yep. I couldn’t control myself! I wanted a boutique too! I’m going to fill it with lots of amazing art! Ok. That’s where you come in. We are looking for makers to set up their studios on GREAT.LY. Art, design objects, jewelry, linens, high-end food… basically anything beautiful and unique that you would want in your home! Any takers? If you want to apply, you can fill out this form. Hope to see you on there! ps. I’m going to have a maker studio too! Why? Because…

So true. I think I feel a new collage coming on right now! If you have any questions, you can send our lovely founder, Sarah Bryden-Brown, a note at sarah@great.ly   ~  thank you!

ps. A few photos from the NYC event… and also, I found my book at the MoMA bookstore {and almost cried. Ok. I cried a tiny bit.} I also met 5 of the artists from the book, all of whom I have insane art crushes on. Amazing.





römer + römer



A long time ago I minored in Art History. I had a thing for impressionism… do you see where this is going? I totally thought these were grainy photos when I first saw them, but on closer inspection I realized that these Japanese fashionistas, and those Korean school kids playing in the waves were made entirely of small dabs of paint. Stunning! They are the work of  two Berlin based artists {who happen to be married} known as Römer + Römer.  Torsten and Nina Römer work together to create these gorgeous, HUGE {78″x105″ in some cases!} modern-day impressionistic work. Yep, I have a thing for these too.

{They currently have a show up at Freight & Volume in New York – it runs until April 26, 2014}