Jul
03

Cathy Daley

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Toronto-based artist Cathy Daley works almost exclusively with black pastel on translucent vellum for her drawings, making the women in black tights that she prefers as subject matter almost seem to float in space. I love the magical, messy end result.

Drawing on persistent cultural images inspired by ballerina tutus, the garb of fairy-tale princesses and Barbie doll couture, my work investigates childhood memories of what it means to be female in Western culture and explores cultural representation of the feminine and the body. The drawings mine contemporary vocabularies of glamour, fashion, popular culture, cartoons, street signage, Hollywood cinema, fairy tales, and mythology, to examine the iconography of the feminine as it exists in the cultural imaginary, personal memory, and fantasy.

 

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Jun
23

Anona Studio

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Anona Studio creates incredible hand-drawn and hand-painted seasonal print collections that can be featured on anything from a throw pillow to a skirt in the apparel and home decor industries. Bright colors and details adorn my favorite – Project #3. Inspired by origami, Anona created and printed their original designs onto paper and folded them before each one was photographed and digitally manipulated.

 

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Jun
20

Happy Weekend

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01/ Nineteen breathtaking patterns found on Earth’s surface.
02/ What I wouldn’t give for a closetful of these minimal triangle hangers!
03/ Loving these gold foiled invitations that avoid feeling overly precious.
04/ Twelve lessons on climate change architects can learn from New Orleans.
05/ Here’s that BBQ-inspired typeface you didn’t know you needed.
06/ The stunning, unexpected colors of Antarctica and its penguins.
07/ I love a good multitasking credenza!
08/ Legendary fairytale princesses have gone wild in these mug shots.
09/ Tips on bouncing back from design and DIY failures, because we’ve all been there.
10/ Are flavored ice cubes the new popsicle – same idea, different form? (And good in cocktails!)

This week on Design Crush:
This month’s music is here! Listen to Mixtape #37: In the Blackness of Magic.
Butts have never looked as good as they do in the paintings of Helena Wurzel.
An uncensored moving update on my slooow relocation to Pittsburgh.
Beautiful ceramics from Caroline Gomez for your home.
Notepads are my favorite.
Rikka Sormunen‘s super flat illustrations are so, so good.
Check out these 12 June DIYs to get your creative on.
Join me (and my pup Bebe!) for #Destination Summer’s Oklahoma City stop!
Then check out the simple summer picnic bites I put together for a little backyard get together.

Jun
19

Dan Bob Thompson

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Los Angeles born and bred illustrator Dan Bob Thompson has an impressive history of working for both Disney and Cartoon Network before striking out on his own as a freelancer. I love the stories each of Dan’s pieces seem to tell in one quick glance, along with the interesting perspectives he takes on in his work. I’ll fore sure be keeping at eye on this one.

 

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Jun
18

Rikka Sormunen

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I’m crushing hard on the work of Finnish artist Rikka Sormunen these days, particularly her illustrations. In a world of crazy visual effects and all too real 3D simulations, it’s refreshing to lay eyes on some exceptionally beautiful 2D art. (And once again, there’s that muted retro color palette that I fall for time and time and time again!)

 

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Jun
09

Prints: June Edition

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Affichette Lune by  // Akvarelprint by Stilleben // Ash Grey by Watercolor by Muren //
its monday and thats okay by The Motivated Type

 

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Owl by Stephanie Cole Design // Star Cards by Present&Correct //
The Crown of the Chrysler Building by The Lab // Crystals by Andrea Lauren

May
23

Happy Weekend

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01/ Check out Cover Blubber, a stretchy, reusable airtight food wrap.
02/ Two anonymous art students illustrate motivational quotes on a chalkboard.
03/ No need to worry about cloudy night skies with MOON.
04/ Glacier Skywalk is a glass-floored walkway that hangs over the Canadian Rockies.
05/ These ice books are studded with local seeds and released into rivers.
06/ A guy spent years covering his Volkswagen Beetle in thousands of pieces of wood.
07/ Donate frequent flyer miles to The Extra Mile and people in need can see terminally ill loved ones.
08/ Would you stay in a hotel set up in once abandoned caves?
09/ The Beer Foamer creates the perfect foam to enhance flavor and looks good doing it.
10/ Design legend Massimo Vignelli is very sick and requesting your letters.

This week on Design Crush:
I’m all in when it comes to Yolanda Sanchez‘s paintings.
Work your creative juices with these 10 May DIYs.
Dreamy, beachy summer artscapes from Anna Topuriya.
Amping up school design with some modern classroom style!
Marc Aspinall has mid-century style nailed down.
I demand you make this Coconut French Toast with Strawberry Sauce this weekend.
BIG NEWS! Design Crush The Marketplace is open for business!
Just putting this summer wish list out there for the universe.
I shared how I remix grocery store flower arrangements.

May
21

Marc Aspinall

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Marc Aspinall has an illustration style that will surely stand the test of time. You can see the mid-century influences plain as day, so much so that I would never guess that these pieces weren’t created decades ago. Marc also shows off a great use and understanding of color reminiscent of the golden age.

 

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May
13

LaMalconttenta

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Let’s just make today all about summer, shall we? This time I’m talking about LaMalconttenta, a line by the uber talented Lydia de la Piñera. Ceramics, prints, jewelry, and more that convey the casual effortlessness of the warmest days of the year are all present in Lydia’s Etsy shop. All with the perfect balance of white space and intensely pigmented colors to balance it all out.

 

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May
12

Quercus & Co.

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My walls are practically bursting at the seams with art, but that doesn’t stop me from ogling everything at Quercus & Co. The Sydney-based wallpaper design and printing company shows off an obvious love of pattern and color and has a gift for combining the two. Every design available is either hand-painted or drawn before being printed onto eco-friendly paper. I’d be lying if I didn’t say my wish list has just grown by an item or two!

 

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