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Susan Stockwell + Studio Caparrelli {london}

See this photo (first image)? I had to share it because I really like the idea of creating a paper quilt. I started making fabric quilts in 1999, but never did I consider creating one out of paper. This image sent my idea gears spinning… (click on any of these images for a larger view.)


The talented artist behind these creations is Susan Stockwell of London (read her bio here). Susan works primarily with paper, from coffee filters to tea bags, and my favorite, maps. Her work is something to marvel, especially when you see how she’s created life size gowns from paper – like this Victoria dress formed by maps of the British Isles.



You can arrange to see her works at Studio Caparrelli in London. Have you ever visited this studio before? Thoughts? It looks like a great way to spend a day in London, to me…

Studio Caparrelli
69 Harrington Gardens
Suite 3, London SW7 4JZ
Tel +44 (0)20 73703850
Studio website

(images from susan stockwell)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, travel on January 12, 2007

Artist Seeks To Connect With Stores/Galleries

Lorena wrote in to introduce me to her handmade wall art using found papers on plywood. She is a talented illustrator and artist that recently relocated from the east coast (NY) to the west (San Francisco) and currently has her pieces online at Velocity Art + Design and in few SF and NY stores. Lorena is currently looking for exposure in other big cities, she’d like to branch out into Boston, Chicago, Miami, and LA. She’s asked if we could make some suggestions for her on urban stores or interesting galleries that may be interested in her work? Ones that you have personal experience with only, please.

Here’s a partial bio, thanks to Velocity, “Lorena Siminovich (born in Buenos Aires) is a San Francisco based artist, designer and illustrator. With a background in graphic design, and an extensive career as an art director in NY for children’s products, she also started recently to work in children’s books. Her latest endeavor, petit collage, started with the idea of offering affordable art for children (and grownups!), with a contemporary feel.”

Off the cuff, I can think of several, so I plan to email her right away. I may miss some though. Do you have any in mind?

Thanks for writing in, Lorena. Best of success!

(image from lorena)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, reader questions on January 11, 2007

Lazy Sundays @ the ICA

Museums never fail to inspire. A relaxing Sunday at the new ICA was a time well spent today. I loved the lobby wall mural, “The Divine Gas”, by Japanese artist, Chiho Aoshima. (click on images for a larger view.) This space is actually called the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall, and is dedicated to original work commissioned from a new artist each year. (This mural will be replaced 10/07.) Learn more about the artist and The Divine Gas here.


A few exterior shots…


The ICA is one of the first designed by NYC architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro in the United States. They are currently working on the redevelopment of Lincoln Center in NYC, including a 45,000 square ft expansion of the Juilliard School and a complete renovation of the Alice Tully Hall.

A view from the side of the building looking over the Boston harbor at the city skyline.

Psst: If you live in Boston or plan to visit, the ICA gift shop carries nearly the same merchandise at the MOMA in NYC (it’s just a smaller space).

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, travel on January 07, 2007

What Do You Think?


I love the bones of this space, and relish the thought of actually having a bedroom with such a dramatic ‘headboard’ such as the one shown here. I do think though that this arch isn’t being used in the best manner – there’s so much more that could be done to really enhance it. Add wallpaper or stencils or decals perhaps, or install impressive lighting, or simply add paint. What would you do to give this arch the respect and attention that it deserves? Or do you prefer it ‘as is’?

(image from marie claire maison)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, small business, walls on January 03, 2007

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Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

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