It’s time to pause for the rest of the month, so I’m stepping away from my desk and heading off on a mini break. This will be my first blog vacation of the year, so although I’ll miss you all, I’m excited to spend time with friends and family and pull the plug on my laptop. I’m sure you can relate!
So, I bid you adieu for now… Enjoy special times with all the special people in your life — I’ll see you on January 2, 2007! – Holly
(image from the wonderful janne peters)
Outside of Rachael Ray, Tord Boontje seems to be going for world domination these days, and for good reason, his designs are not only beautiful, but appeal to the masses, which could make him a household name here in the states real soon. (Although, when I ask most of my friends (just out of curiousity) who designed the decorations in Target, they usually tell me that either 1) They never even noticed them or, 2) Target has an art department that does that stuff. I’m thinking we still have a ways to go here… Maybe he needs to be booked on Oprah.)
In addition to everything else Tord has his hands on, did you know that he is soon to release a book in the Spring of ’07? You can pre-order it right here on Amazon (I just did). Here is a snippet, straight from his website, which gives us a peek at what we can expect, “We have managed to create a comprehensive book of all activities to date. We have photographed all work to date in the forest, in settings and in the studio to create a spectacular documentation.” Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Published by Rizzoli. To be released in 24 April 2007.
More details can be found here, where you can also pre order the book.
(image of book cover from rizzoli usa)
Chicago-based Shawn Stucky rocks. I love his three-color hand pulled screen prints and since he’s color blind, I’m that much more amazed by his fantastic color combinations and works…
(images from shawn stucky)
This is one of those finds, that once you’ve discovered it, you almost don’t want to share… But I have to because Lou’s is the best! I love to sew and have this mini addiction to Japanese craft books. Imelda sent me the best Zakka crafty book over the summer and I still can’t keep my hands off of it. Lou is currently offering FREE worldwide shipping on her books right now straight from Japan, so you should shop her store ASAP!
(images from lou’s)
Paintings by Rachel Austin, on Etsy! Great art from a lovely seller starting at only $25. You have to visit her website, she has a beautiful portfolio, you’ll enjoy browsing it. Rachel?s paintings invoke a sense of untouched beauty, simple yet bold, but never over the top. I love the shapes and colors that she uses, and in addition to her oil paintings, she uses various other mediums, such as watercolor and mixed media. Her oil paintings are my favorites though, just look at these, stunning!
(images from rachel austin)
I only recently discovered the screenprinted stationery of HeatherJeany while visiting Craftland in Providence. Great color palette of vibrant, juicy hues and bold retro graphics. At $4 a pop, these cards are great for framing, too.
(images from heatherjeany)