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20

See for Yourself: A Visual Guide to Everyday Beauty

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You know those sometimes rare moments in life that remind you there’s beauty everywhere? Rob Forbes has brought us a book that celebrates just that – See for Yourself: A Visual Guide to Everyday Beauty. Through composition, pattern, and materials the sights that we take for granted reveal themselves. Hanging laundry, food carts, even sewer tiles take on a new kind of beauty.

 

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Apr
20

Sang the Swallow

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My love affair with hair continues, this time by the brush of Sang the Swallow. Elizabeth Becker creates original watercolor paintings, most of women cozied up in tribal-printed sweaters, that are both mysterious and comforting at the same time.

 

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Apr
17

Anthropologie + Design Crush

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That was fast! The event is full! Apologies to anyone who missed out.

Local Pittsburgh friends! I’m so happy to announce that I’ll be hosting an event with Anthropologie on Saturday, May 2nd from 10am until noon. Join me at the Bakery Square location where we’ll create sets of abstract painted potholders while we snack and sip on delicious things. Space is limited, so be sure and RSVP today if you’d like to be part of the workshop!

Apr
17

Happy Weekend

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01/ I’m fascinated by these 12 healing crystals and their meanings and uses.
02/ One of these 100% Sand vases would be perfect for displaying flowers this spring.
03/ Of course I want this wool cat head to be more than a student project so I can buy one. DUH.
04/ Alex Robson has asked over 500 people what freedom means to them.
05/ You knew this was coming, a Hillary Clinton logo typeface.
06/ Passport Index let’s you browse the world’s passports by color, country, and more.
07/ Mordi Levi has created some Game of Thrones portrait art in a polygon style.
08/ Hasan Kale paints teeny tiny things on random teeny tiny objects.
09/ This lavender shortbread looks like an edible version of spring!
10/ Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has created a line based on Matisse’s Cut-Outs, the Color Collection.

This week on Design Crush:
Chemicals meet photographic materials in the work of Meghann Riepenhoff.
Have you entered for a chance to win $150 to spend at Artifact Uprising?!
Dark and twisty art from the Instagram account of Helene Comeositos AKA Monochrome.
Quality means much more than quantity, especially when it comes to these beautiful wears.
Alison Foshee is the queen of incredible art created from office supplies.
Check out 10 April DIYs to flex your creative muscles this month.
Just what’s so great about black + white art? Everything.
Chatbooks + #365quotes have teamed up to make a book!
Das Kreative Haus combines the alphabet and the inner-workings of houses.

Design Crush elsewhere:
Sometimes the gap between a great piece of art and an amazing floor rug isn’t that big.
I’ve been busy adding new pieces to Design Crush: The Marketplace – take a peek.

Apr
17

Das Kreative Haus

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Das Kreative House is the combined creative talents of illustrator Florian Schommer and the animations of Thorben Ehlers and Leon Friedrich. Travel through an alphabet’s worth of buildings, each containing the animated inner-workings of creatives’ lives.

 

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Apr
16

Chatbooks + #365quotes

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I first learned of Chatbooks back in January, and they kept passing through my head as I tried to come up with a solution for creating a printed version of last year’s #365quotes Instagram project. (If you’ve been following along, you likely noticed that I failed fantastically at this year’s attempt – #365lyrics – about six weeks in.)

 

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A few months later they happened to release just what I was looking for, a 365 page book made just for putting this sort of project on paper. I downloaded the free Chatbooks app, searched my Instagram feed by the hashtag #365quotes and selected all the tagged photos. After swapping out the cover to the one I preferred and clicking Order I was done.

 

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A few days later the printed result showed up on my doorstep. To say it was gratifying to flip through the pages would be a huge understatement, the paper was the perfect weight and texture. And I love that I can order additional copies for anyone who requests their own book.

 

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Chatbooks has some other great book options as well. The Instagram series prints a new book automatically  in 60-page (a photo a page) volumes. You can edit which photos get included and even change captions. The Chatbooks series is a daily scrapbook come to life. The best part is that multiple people can add photos, almost like a group text. You can then delete photos you don’t want and edit captions once again in this 60-page option. Last is the custom book, where you can upload between 30 and 365 photos celebrating an event or focusing on a theme. Invite others to add their perspective as well, photos will automatically arrange themselves chronologically.

 

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I’m really looking forward to cataloging more life events with Chatbooks and embracing the printed photograph once again.

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Apr
16

Black + White Art

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There’s something simple yet striking about black and white art. Whatever form the subject matter takes – illustration, photograph, sculpture – the end result tends to be graphic and attention grabbing. Now that’s a theme I can back 100%.

 

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Clockwise: Deep Space by Samantha Hahn // Black Cat with White Whiskers by Corella Design //
Hexagon by Melinda Wood Designs // Diamonds and Monsters by The Adventures Of

 

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LOVE Set of 4 Typographic Posters by Black and White Posters

 

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Clockwise: New York Typographic Art Print by Yantree // Phases of the Moon by The Adventures Of //
It’s Good to Be Home by Spell and Tell // Crystal Palace No. 4 by Kristina Sostarko

Apr
15

10 April DIYs

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Click on each image to go to the project.
All photos copyright of their respective sites unless otherwise noted.

Apr
15

Alison Foshee

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Alison Foshee works with materials such as staples, pushpins, and office labels in an exploration of everyday objects. In her hands they become wild floral arrangements, fireworks mid-explosion, and plant life. The stapled flora are my absolute favorite.

 

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Apr
14

Beautiful Wears

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about quality over quantity in all areas of life, which got me thinking about the contents of my closet. Don’t be fooled, I’m not hopping on the capsule wardrobe train anytime soon. But I am planning on thinking more about where and under what conditions my clothing is made and purchasing accordingly.

 

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Clockwise: Cotton Sweater Crew // The Everlane Anorak // The Ryan Muscle Tank // The Structure Tee

 

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Clockwise: Agate Tank // HDH Basics Dress // Siever Kimono // Finn Top

 

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Clockwise: Austin // Ecuador Sandal // Serena Sandal // Lima Clutch

 

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Clockwise: Olive Silk Short // Chambray Zip Front // Joan Sweatshirt // Chambray Tank Dress

 

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Clockwise: Milo Wallet // Lauren Manoogian Peg Pants // Pla Bonanova Braided Shoe // Samuji Inoa Dress