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3D Wall Butterflies

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love butterflies. I’ve long held an interest in them and today, view them as not only delicate, beautiful creatures fluttering about in nature — but in the home I like to see them as motifs whether on a print or used in a pattern as part of a pretty piece of fabric. I spotted these gorgeous 3D wall butterflies crafted from paper on Etsy’s homepage today and felt inspired to share them. These are made by Jacqueline who runs Hip and Clavicle in Pennsylvania.

Hip and Clavicle

Hip and Clavicle

I love Jacqueline’s inspiration behind her work, “To explore the way ordinary objects and processes come together with human sense and memory in moments that transcend their everyday existence. I am drawn to capture and recreate those moments that spontaneously fill me with wide-eyed reflection and contemplation.” I think you could use these to create a lovely installation in your own home much like how a store would create a seasonal installation to promote a theme — your theme could be centered around Spring and you could put these on delicate transparent fishing string and hang them in your window or from the ceiling in a children’s room — or of course, use two-sided tape and adhere them to the wall.

Butterflies symbolism freedom, exploration and whimsy. That’s a big part of who I am, which is why I think the butterfly will always remain an inspiration to me. Owls for their wisdom and quiet strength, dolphins for their playful energy and ability to connect with those whom they love, trees for how sure and secure they appear yet just below the surface it is their roots that keep them strong, clouds, flowers, the sparks you see at times when two things strike together… the smell of the forest after rain has fallen… There is so much in nature to inspire and delight the senses, isn’t there?

(images: hip and clavicle)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on March 03, 2011

Artist Christel Maria Nolle

Born and raised in Germany, painter and sculptor Christel Maria Nolle relocated to Denmark in the 70’s where she has lived and worked as an artist ever since. Her work is seriously inspiring today with her gorgeous portfolio of abstract and mixed media work on canvas and paper — she is seriously making me want to paint! I love her lines and shapes and how she uses color to captivate, arouse, distract, and pull in the viewer. Her work makes a very clear statement: Christel is a free spirit who has no problem with expressing her emotion through art. I love how she translates her many travels into her work as well.

Artist Christel Maria Nolle

Artist Christel Maria Nolle

“To me, the finished painting is like a woven rug – a pictorial narrative comprising many details”, says Christel. I loved reading about her process and inspirations here and found it both informative and inspiring.

Her work is not only bold but versatile — I can see it in a beautiful country home like the one that BY+FRYD lives in (here) or I can imagine it in a more traditional home like something you’d find in London with a chesterfield sofa in posh digs. I can easily see it working well in a home with a slouchy black leather sofa, white walls with high ceilings and wooden floors like a flat you’d see in Stockholm or Berlin. The key with choosing art, at least for me, is to fall in love with a piece and don’t select fine art based on your decor but based on what speaks to you and what taps into your emotional side like no other piece you’ve seen in a long, long time. If your heart guides you, it will most likely look great in your space and if it doesn’t then perhaps your space doesn’t reflect your true self and lifestyle and so you need to make a few small changes in your decor so that it reflects who you are.

Do you purchase fine art? If so, where – galleries, the artist, exhibitions, auctions? If you’ve purchased fine art before, why did you make the investment, can you go into detail? I’d love to know and I’m sure other readers would enjoy your comment too.

(images christel maria nolle)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on February 18, 2011

Artist Thomas Campbell

I’ve had some computer issues with my Mac for the past 24 hours that prevented me from blogging but now it all seems to be fine for the moment so I’m racing to get some posts in because I have so much to say! All of these things are bottled up and I have to blog or else I’ll burst. The signs of a true blogging addiction, I know…

Artist Thomas Campbell

First of all, I have to thank those of you who have registered for the upcoming Blogging Your Way e-class, I am super excited and can’t wait to meet all of my new students in less than two weeks online. It will be a great class and I’m ready to go because I have so much to share and I want to do the class before my book launches as I know after that, I’ll be busy for awhile. How are you doing? Are you well?

Artist Thomas Campbell

Now let’s talk about all of this beautiful art that you’re seeing around my words… How fabulous is this stuff?  I’d like to introduce you to the wonderful work of an artist that I found through a painting class I’m currently in called Get Your Paint On, his name is Thomas Campbell and his paintings are beyond inspiring… they are awe-inspiring works that takes you to your happy place and invites you to stay awhile.

Artist Thomas Campbell

I like how he uses paper, thread, paint, his sewing machine… and creates these most dazzling abstract works that really pop (sorry, I know some of you hate the word “pop” thanks to television design shows, but it’s the best word for this I swear!) in some of the most beautiful colorways. In fact, his use of color is what drew me in at first, but as I looked a bit deeper I enjoyed seeing how he uses color — bright pure hues to catch the eye and muted ones that give his work more depth.

Artist Thomas Campbell

To learn more about Thomas, please check out an interview that SLAP skateboard magazine had with him — it’s very thorough and you can even find some videos on the site about him.

Oh…in case you’re wondering about this painting class that I mentioned above…  Well I’m learning so much about art in general through Mati & Lisa’s class, if you have a chance to take it when they do another one you totally should, it’s fun. I’m definitely registering for their next one. I’m determined to get back into painting because it is so relaxing plus I want to learn more about layering in collage work and needed the general push that this class gives me. Anyway, Mati and Lisa if you are reading this, thanks for the intro to Thomas!

(images: thomas campbell)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on February 16, 2011

New Work By Samantha Hahn

Who can get enough of fashion illustration, am I right? That is why when Brooklyn-based illustrator Samantha Hahn wrote in to share her latest work I couldn’t resist showing them to you. Colorful, cheerful, energetic, whimsical… and just in time because this is when we need color the most to boost our spirits — the dead of winter! Looking at her images reminds me that Spring is just around the corner and I can’t wait!

Samantha Hahn

Alice Revists Wonderland

Samantha Hahn

That Girl
Samantha HahnWaiting For The Parade

Samantha HahnSitting Pretty

If you like what you see above, Samantha is part of a fashion illustration gallery show at Gallery Hanahou in New York City that opens January 20th and these four pieces above are part of that show. The great part is, that if you like one of them you can buy it before the show opens — you have first dibs! Each illustration is 16 x 20″ and comes framed and matted in white gallery frames and are $500 USD each. If you are interested in purchasing, please contact Koko: koko AT cwc-i.com to help with the process.

The name of each print appears above and I’m sure that you’ll agree that they are very special pieces. What a lovely job Samantha and good luck with the show!

(images: samantha hahn)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on January 17, 2011

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