These Artist Books by Randy Keenan have me intrigued. She makes collage/sculptures that use elements of books to create a whole new story. I just love the picket fence trailing at the end of the one pictured above. Although these are very work intensive, she can sometimes be convinced to part with these for a price. Check out some more of these on her blog and to see her other artwork.
Here is my little rundown of Playtime New York, for this season. It’s a little behind but I had been so preoccupied with a big event for my other life (jeanneomlor.com). But better late than not at all!
These are some new labels and some beautiful things I saw at this edition of Playtime, February, 2015.
I just made this Cheese and Garlic Crack Bread and not only was it incredibly delicious, it was so easy to make. When I first saw the title of this recipe, I thought that it was called Crack Bread because you would get addicted to it like um… Crack! But of course, it’s because there are many cracks. In any case, worth the time and confusion.
Dolce & Gabbana’s motherhood-themed Fall/Winter 2015 show at Milan Fashion Week on Sunday featured models carrying babies and prints inspired by children’s doodles. I know that there has been criticism about the way moms are being portrayed in this parade (not sure how we should be portraying them in a fashion show!) but really, I’m just glad to see pregnant women and moms with babies on the runway at all. And much of the garments were just completely lovely, even for moms.
The show, which was called “Viva la Mamma,” also included giant jewel-studded headphones and colorful silk prints based on kids’ drawings. Read More
I am pretty taken with these painted rocks known as Lichtfladderaars – which are Light & Love carriers in Dutch.
They are also known as photographs of the soul, as they tune in to the inner light of someone. Lichtfladderaars make a connection and let the people know that they are not alone. The starting point is always that extra Light & Love will fly into or make a connection there may be between people of all ages through time lines. Golden wings carry wherever love is needed and if there’s enough, they may fly to another person that Light & Love needs. They make a circle of light and love to the earth.
Okay, I found a winner here! What kid does not love the Lorax? And don’t you just want to make those beautiful Truffula Trees come back to life? Where’s how you can do that…make these really sweet DIY Truffula Trees. Go right here to get all the details and to make it happen. This is a super-easy craft which I think has a pretty fun effect.
Fabulous Goose is a Scandinavian company that makes wonderful, wonderful blankets! And the baby blankets are beautiful, and bright like this gorgeous red, graphic animal one above. They also make amazing cushions and other decor items. Of course, everything is totally non-toxic and eco-friendly.
My fave cushion is the fly motif one below!
Take a look at all the high quality items they have to offer on the Fabulous Goose site. Even the name is fab!
I just did a bout of shopping at Ikea for the kid’s things and realized that they no longer sell their dollhouse! Okay so it took me a while to notice this and I was pretty disappointed as we were ready for a new type of dollhouse to add to the collection. And then I found these fabulous dollhouses that ingenious people have devised out of Ikea furniture. And I would say that some of these are far better and more creative than the ready-made one. My hat goes off to the people who made these. Just really wonderful pieces.
Here’s our next installment of Angle on Artists. And today we focus on British artist, Jennifer Collier.
It’s no secret that I’m completely crazy about paper and cardboard art. And also about up cycling. And there is something irresistible about these objects which are replicas, yet in a completely non-functioning way.
And Jennifer Collier has led the way in the upcycling revolution in art and craft; a veteran maker of vintage material, investigating the re-used and recycled since 1999. “Giving new life to things that would otherwise go unloved or be thrown away,” is central to her practice.
Welcome to her fantastical world, where every exquisite detail is made, folded and manipulated from paper. Once books, maps, envelopes, wallpaper or scrap, the paper is transformed into textural forms. Like cloth it is stitched to construct two or three dimensional objects, decorative and functional: lampshades, cameras, tools and furniture. The origin of the paper often provides a starting point for the artwork: the narrative of the books and papers suggesting idea and form.