Australian website Homelife has lots of sweet inspiration, starting with their gift wrapping gallery on their site. I like their layouts because they remind me a lot of Leslie Shewring’s beautiful work here on decor8 with her Color Me Pretty column that she’s been writing since 2009. Like you, I love looking at fun crafty projects and plan to experiment a bit and get my hands dirty next week since I’ll be taking time out to chill, be a domestic diva and do all the stuff that I don’t always find (or make) the time to do otherwise.
Do you plan to do any crafting at all between now and new year’s? If so, what? I will make curtains out of some Liberty fabric that I picked up a few days ago… and then I plan to decorate and move around my furniture until things look and feel “right”. I also want to do some paper crafting and in addition, frame a bunch of prints and maybe paint a shelf I’ve had my eye on sprucing up…
The darling and sweet Melissa from the Melissa Loves blog finds some of the best things — like German artist Anne Siems, who I’d not heard of before. Melissa is always spotlighting the rare and beautiful out there in blogland, her site is such a delight.
Anne Siems moved from Berlin to Seattle in 1991 after finishing her MFA at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin. About her work Anne says, “I continue with my interest in the human figure and the attributes that surround it. These attributes reflect something about the being without giving a specific narrative. Ideas about life and death, sensuality, sexuality, nature, experiences in the realm of dreams, psyche and spirit are my ongoing topic. A lot of inspiration for these pieces stem from my ongoing love for the art of the European Masters, Early American Folk Art, as well as vintage and modern photography.”
So nice to know of Anne and her work.
(images: anne siems)
I came across the illustrations and paintings of artist Paola Zakimi of LaSrtaPil yesterday while I was out shopping with a new friend, Katja Behre, who is visiting from London. I found Paola’s work while flipping through a DaWanda lookbook at the Snug shop and instantly fell in love. Would you like to see why?
What’s not to love, right? And here are some of her paintings in-situ — I always like to see the art living in a space to get a better idea of how it would work in my own. These paintings are very interesting… I like the contrast of the black art against the crisp white wall. Her work would be beautiful in a children’s book.
Paola, who lives and works in Argentina, can be found online at her DaWanda shop, on Etsy and at her personal blog. In addition to her beautiful art, she also is a doll maker. Her drawings really speak to me… I wonder if her style speaks to you and if so, what does it say? Okay, other than “buyyyy meeeee”. :)
(images: paola zakimi)
I woke up this morning thinking about Leslie Oschmann of Swarm, no clue why really, and so I thought I’d check out her website to see what she has been up to since I visited her atelier over the summer (read about that here). Well first things first, Leslie is blogging! I’m thrilled because now I can keep up with her work as she goes.
Above are some of her latest creations… “Myriad” necklaces! When we were chatting in person, Leslie was talking about some of her ideas for jewelry making so it’s exciting for me to see the results above. I love how she used wooden discs and applied mini paintings to them on both sides so that you can flip them over to change the look of the necklace. Beautiful work, Leslie!
Her new “Altered Ego” chairs are clever as well. Something once old and considered boring even is suddenly desirable again and has a quirky twist, I like that. It’s inspiring to see Leslie working on new projects and I can’t wait to see what 2011 brings for her.
(images: leslie oschmann)
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?
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.”
(images: anna-wili highfield)
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!
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)