Aug
20

Steven Quinn

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I’m usually indifferent to clowns, but when it comes to clown art I’m firmly in the No Thank You category. It’s usually tacky and awful and the stuff childhood nightmares are made of. But Steven Quinn‘s take on the genre – Clown Face – involves found black and white photos and spray painted stencils, which lands firmly in the “cool art” category.

 

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Aug
07

Lotta Olsson

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These pristine collages by Lotta Olsson have me leaning in a little closer just to admire how precise and pristine they are. Each piece displays such vibrant colors, perfect spacing, and respect for space that’s it’s nearly impossible not to let out a little sigh.

 

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Jul
18

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01/ See families lying in a week’s worth of their own garbage in 7 Days of Garbage.
02/ The Foodnited States of America.
03/ The Crystalline Series by Niche Modern have beautiful colors and shapes.
04/ This watch – DURR – shivers every five minutes to investigate the subjective nature of time.
05/ Completely brilliant – Motion Silhouette is an interactive shadow picture book.
06/ Can you believe these scenes by Bovey Lee were hand-cut from rice paper?!
07/ Head in the Clouds illustrates one hour’s worth of trash in NYC. Incredible.
08/ Ever wondered what’s inside fireworks? Check out Boom City.
09/ Photography, digital effects, and models combine for a glimpse In Utero.
10/ So glad Yumi Okita‘s textile moths aren’t real.

This week on Design Crush:
Have a listen to this month’s Mixtape #38: Just Trying to Be Where I End Up.
Make sure and enter our Loom Decor giveaway for a chance to win!
Love these gold-kissed art from Au Prints.
Beautiful textiles with a great premise from JOYN.
Super limited edition (but affordable) jewelry from fortune.
We pulled together 12 July DIYs – our favorites!
Blurry, washed out watercolor portraits by François-Henri Galland.
A little bit in love with the color palette of The Mercantile Collection!
Pretty leather pouches and bags by Georgie Cummings.

Design Crush elsewhere:
A bathroom floor refresh.

Jul
07

Prints: July Edition

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Pineapple by Linda & Harriett // Scorpio by Lori Langille //
About a Pearl by Leigh Viner // Le Ananas by Petit Reve

 

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Canoe Haiku by London Print Studio x Alex Brady // Cactus by Polly Rowan //
Old Growth Pine Tree by Lintonheart // Blue Moon Field by YellowLion

Jul
01

Vivian & Beverly Studio

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Today I’m crushing on the hand pulled screen prints of Vivian and Beverly Studio, especially the pieces pulled on top of color wash paintings. I love the look of the controlled art over the abstract wash, all of which comes from either artist and shop owner Laura’s own photography or public vintage photographs. That woman riding a zebra is on my list!

 

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Jun
13

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01/ A minimalist depiction of mental disorders.
02/ This zen rock garden is actually full of Japanese candy!
03/ Hilariously true animated gifs of basic tips and etiquette for surviving in NYC.
04/ Painstakingly crafting portraits of musicians made from cornflakes.
05/ Ringly lights up and buzzes when your phone needs you!
06/ This retired Boeing 727 was converted into a home in the woods. Would you dare?
07/ Picnic Lounge is an oversized blanket that resembles an antique rug. Clever.
08/ Smart ads for Keloptic turn impressionist art into realism.
09/ Social Planes take you offline – download, write, fold, and fly!
10/ When baristas and bartenders joins forces we are blessed with coffee cocktails.

This week on Design Crush:
Have you entered our Soundfreaq Sound Rise giveaway?! Wake up with this alarm/bluetooth speaker hybrid, it’s sure to get your day off to a good start.
Eight art prints I wish I had room for on my walls this month.
Melissa Zexter hand-embroiders her own photography in the most beautiful way.
Industrialist meets rugged glam in the design of Maslo Jewelry.
Crazy incredible paintings/sculptures from Conrad Jon Godly.
I’m slowing going minimalist with my style and this modern lamp is my latest addition.
Childhood dreams and sketchbook drawings come to life thanks to Katharine Morling.
If you’re looking for a super easy project this DIY Matchstick Holder is where it’s at!
After seven years of blogging we finally have a Design Crush identity suite like pros.

Jun
10

Melissa Zexter

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I’ve featured plenty of embroidered art, over the past year especially, but the work of Melissa Zexter just feels different. For starters, she’s a photographer by trade using her hand-sewn embroidery technique to enhance not distract. Digging deeper, Zexter combines the slow, meditative sewing process with the more immediate development of film to explore identity and femininity. And then it comes together in one fell swoop and we’re left staring in amazement.

 

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Jun
03

Andy Boot

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What happens when rhythmic gymnastic ribbons fall into a frame that’s then filled with wax that’s allowed to harden? This. Andy Boot has totally busted down the proverbial walls of what’s appropriate to display in a frame and I, for one, love it.

 

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May
02

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01/ My Toy Plane shows just that in fun and imaginative scenarios.
02/ Pretty silk scarves emblazoned with NASA satellite imagery from Slow Factory.
03/ The 10 Commandments of Typography. Follow ‘em.
04/ The post-film lives of sixteen sets.
05/ Subtly geometric wooden iPad and MacBook sleeves from Grove.
06/ Fictitious Dishes depicts meals from famous works of literature.
07/ CATable end the battle for space with your feline companion(s).
08/ Each of BL76‘s price tag artworks is priced according to how many stickers are used!
09/ This hand-cranked sculpture made from popsicle sticks is a study in bird motion.
10/ This glow-in-the-dark energy efficient highway is beyond brilliant.

This week on Design Crush:
I’m teaching a class on creating a killer media kit next week at Alt for Everyone AND giving away 7 tickets! Have you thrown your name into the hat?
Lucite – modern chic or trashy cool?
Check out Wind & Willow Home and then support their Indiegogo to create a new soft goods line!
Crazy awesome collage work by David Woodward.
Don’t forget the card this Mother’s Day. And yes, it’s only a week away!
April was mega crazy, and honestly I’m glad it’s over.
One day I plan on hiring Erin Fitzpatrick to paint my portrait. You know, for posterity.
These kilim clutches prove it’s not just fit for your floors these days.
People You May Meet illustrated me and my animal menagerie!

Apr
29

David Woodward

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David Woodward‘s collage art begins internally, as most art does, with a focus the dichotomy of acceptance and judgement. The result is imagery that falls somewhere between beautiful and disquieting. (I’m leaning more towards the former than the latter.)

 

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