In addition to their fantastic magazine, Living Etc now has an online store offering thier exclusive collection of homewares. I really like this ceramic hand holder for rings, sunglasses, keys… The graceful elegant shape is very feminine and also very modern, available in high-gloss white or satin aubergine finish. Their embroidered chrysanthemum bedding is lovely too, don’t you think? Simple, clean, crisp. I can almost smell that ‘fresh from the clothes line’ scent just looking at it… I’d love to see the bed shown below against a deep navy blue wall, keeping the rest of the wall space white. That would really bring out the color of these blooming chrysanthemums.
From prehistoric cave drawings to cleverly designed Starbucks cards, graphic artists are some of the world’s greatest story tellers. Whether it’s through contemporary methods (enhancing their drawings via the computer, or using a graphics program from start to finish), or traditional methods (pen and ink, oil painting, pastels, wood-engraving, etc.), these artists touch our lives and stir in us our own creativity. So often we find ourselves relating to works without the ability to pinpoint why, we’re just deeply inspired without explanation. Books, greeting cards, posters, original drawings, there are so many ways to bring illustration into the home. You can even explore drawing for yourself. Have you heard of Illustration Friday by Penelope Dullaghan? Penelope runs the site for artists of all skill levels, the goal is to stretch your mind, challenge yourself, and grow as a visual storyteller (Penelope has a blog and her own website, too). Wouldn’t you enjoy creating your own stories to display in your space? You can start small, and build from there. The goal is to start and from there, to be consistent and press forward. The more you give, the more you’re going to grow and develop your skills. Your self esteem will begin to soar. Being able to point to something that you fully devoted yourself to is an amazing experience. If you haven’t progressed beyond stick figures, that’s okay, everyone has a starting point. Maybe Illustration Friday can be yours.
Have you visited Lilla Rogers lately for creative fuel? Browsing the works of so many talents on their website is bound to spark some ideas – maybe you will find yourself drawn towards a particular artist. Consider why, what is it that you like, what feelings do you have when you look at it, etc. Start taking inventory, either online via a site like StyleFeeder or StyleHive, or via a handwritten journal. Everytime you see an illustration that you like, save it online in your feeder or hive, or print it out in color and paste it into a journal. Give the illustration words, your thoughts about it, why you love it. Over time, you’ll start to see a trend, you’ll discover your own style. Once you have defined your own style, you can start drawing and exploring things for yourself.
Are you a graphic artist? Any tips on how to get started that you’d like to share?
(images top: penelope dullaghan middle/bottom: lilla rogers)
This isn’t a fashion or bag blog, I’ll leave that up to the pros, but since we all love the designs of Orla Kiely, I wanted to shout from the rooftops that her Fall ’06 handbags + accessories are now up and available for purchase on her website. Love these patterns, subtle yet striking, a nice touch draping over the shoulder of your favorite Fall leather or wool jacket.
(photos from orla kiely)
An email just popped in from Design Public informing me that they now have Angela Adam’s latest designs for Fall 2006! Take a peek at her gorgeous rugs here. I really like the Palm (shown above), although I don’t see it as a typical Fall pattern, at least not here in the northeast. I would have enjoyed seeing a pine cone or needles, perhaps a maple tree or leaf pattern, except abstract and bold, something that hints more at Autumn. But that’s just me… Did you spot the Fern below? Something about it reminds me of Orla Keily (her stem pattern from last season).
The Fern and Palm are only a few patterns from the Fall collection, you can browse her website for more goodies, like the Angela Adams handbags + wallets. The Rebecca wallets are pretty and, for such a popular brand, a decent price for $87.
(images from design public + angela adams)