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December 2010

Arts + Crafts

Anna-Wili Highfield Paper Artist

December 21, 2010

I couldn’t pass by a chance to feature Anna-Wili Highfield today, because this Sydney-based artist makes the most beautiful sculptures of animals using paper but also copper pipe and I find them fascinating. Using archival cotton paper that is painted and sewn together, she breathes life into her beautiful work making it absolutely gorgeous to behold. Wouldn’t you love to have a bird from Anna-Wili and keep it beneath a glass cloche on your table? I sure would… Or perhaps an owl suspended from your ceiling?

Anna-Wili Highfield Paper Artist

From her bio, “Anna-Wili was born in 1980. The daughter of a puppeteer, she spent her childhood exposed to people making wonderful creatures. Anna-Wili has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School. She worked for two years for Opera Australia as a scenic artist and has exhibited in small artist run spaces around Sydney.”
Brilliant work!

(images: anna-wili highfield)






Books + Magazines

Papier Mache Eye Candy + Links

December 21, 2010

Yes, Papier Mache magazine in Australia is primarily for parents as it is filled with children and wee little products that you’ll want to bring home for them to play with and sweet things to dress them in. But still, it’s so cute even for those without kids, like me. I appreciate the pretty layouts… and the stuff, oh my the stuff! It’s packed with great links to explore, dreamy quotes to linger over, you can get a little bit lost really. And sometimes being lost is just fine.

Papier Mache Eye Candy + Links

Papier Mache Eye Candy + Links

Papier Mache Eye Candy + Links

Some of my new favorites found in this beautiful magazine include:

Artist: Kareena Zerefos
Clothing: Liho
Photographer: Osamu Yokonami
Blog: Les zigouis
Shoes: Pepe
Illustrator: Sally Shand
Paper Sculpture: Anna-Wili Highfield
Furniture: Edmond

Good news! Papier Mache is soon to carry a print edition that will be available worldwide! Click here for the deets. Yay!

(images: papier mache)






Decorating Tips

Interior Styling: December Inspiration

December 20, 2010

I just love looking through the decor8 Interior Styling group on Flickr, there are 2,700+ talented ladies in this group who submit photos showing beautifully styled rooms and corners of their home… it’s such an inspiration to see! Would you like to look through a few of my recent favorites? I’ve posted them below… See if you can spot any decorating ideas for your own nest in the beautiful presentations below.

Interior Styling: December Inspiration

||| LOVELY LINES ||| Nulka, Simply Grove, Dora iz Londona, Designace30. |||

Interior Styling: December Inspiration

||| HEAVENLY SCENTS ||| Machteld M, Ohhh…Mhhh…, Nulka, herz-allerliebst. |||

Interior Styling: December Inspiration

||| MERRY + BRIGHT ||| jutta, dsgndbyrj, jutta, sweet berry me. |||

Interior Styling: December Inspiration

||| CRAFTY AT HOME ||| debee{art}, Saídos da Concha, ishtar olivera, Lou Lou and Oscar. |||

Interior Styling: December Inspiration

||| SUBTLE BEAUTY ||| herz-allerliebst, irideeën, ivy style33, herz-allerliebst. |||

Lots of nice decorating ideas, right? To see full size views of the images above, please click on the links that you see below each grouping of photos. Enjoy!

(images above are linked to their sources.)






Arts + Crafts

Sabine Gebhardt Illustation

December 20, 2010

I thought I’d share a few more talented local artists and designers that I spotted over the weekend, the next is German illustrator Sabine Gebhardt with her playful, colorful characters and themes. I loved seeing her bright pop art colors, especially this time of the year, they made me feel as though summer is only a day away… Pink, orange, taupe and yellow… oh yeah!

Sabine Gebhardt Illustation

Spirited and a bit cheeky, her work has been featured on a variety of surfaces and used in print advertisement as well, she even designed a mug for Ritzenhoff. She has most recently designed a collection of notebooks, postcards and her own illustration work sold as prints. I’m not sure if she has a shop online, but I’ll certainly let you know if I find her work available for purchase… Though you can get in contact with her to purchase any of her prints that you see on her website… She also has a blog here.

My favorite is shown directly above, the girl with the great black eyelashes and pink hair… it’s called “Grrrr” and I love it!

(images: sabine gebhardt)






Arts + Crafts

Artist Sebastian Otto

December 20, 2010

Hello friends! How was your weekend? I hope you had a real nice one — I find the last few weeks of the year to go by so quickly so try your best to pause a bit because before we know it, we’ll be setting goals for 2011! I had a nice weekend, I attended two local craft fairs — one was at a gorgeous museum and showcased the work of mostly textile and fashion designers and the other featured all sorts of local makers designing everything from letterpress prints to tea cup candle holders. At one show I was able to finally meet an artist who I’d only heard of up until now, Hannover-based artist Sebastian Otto. His work is intriguing and lovely, I love his colors, obvious Japanese influences, and the symbolism in some of his work… it was nice to shake hands with someone whom I admire so much.

Artist Sebastian Otto

Artist Sebastian Otto

Of course, one of his postcards ended up on my inspiration board…

Artist Sebastian Otto

Sebastian has a small store at Art Bastard if you want to check out more of his work. Enjoy!

(images: sebastian otto)






Events + Markets

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney

December 18, 2010

Want to see what a craft market looks like in Sydney? Well, for one the guests look really chill and super summery which is hard to imagine as I sit here watching the snow fall outside. This market looks like a giant Anthropologie — I love the worn industrial building and the super high ceilings and all of that natural light! I also loved seeing the gorgeous handmade crafts. I just looked through over 180 photos that Australian photographer Jillian Leiboff sent in, she was commissioned by The Finders Keepers Market to shoot the event and then she was nice enough to get permission to see if she could share her impressions with all of you today.

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney

Seeing events like The Finders Keepers Market is super inspiring to me but I imagine even more so to those of you who don’t have craft markets in your city… seeing handmade artists, meeting them, chillin’ out with others in your community and bumping into friends, just being exposed to so much beauty and positivity in a single day — it’s an honor really. I’ll be attending two handmade markets in my city this weekend and I can’t wait to see some of my friends and check out what they’ve prepared to present on their tables. I like to poke through their new products, see how they’re displaying things, there is so much to absorb and enjoy at independent craft markets.

A big thank you to Jillian Leiboff for her beautiful photography and to Sarah Thornton from The Finders Keepers for giving us permission to share them on decor8.

(images: jillian leiboff)






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