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Katie Kirk + EightHourDay

May 12, 2010

As you can imagine, I am exposed to the design work of so many that some conclude it must be easy to forget who’s who and and sometimes it can be! Truth is, no matter how many illustrators and graphic designers that I find and feature here, I tend to remember them all (even if I forget their names!) because what I write about strikes a cord with me and so they stick in my mind like glue. And some, like EightHourDay, really stand out as exceptional and it’s then that I find myself revisiting the work that I love regularly to see what’s new — no doubt just as you do with the faves that you collect. Katie Kirk is an illustrator and graphic designer based  in Minneapolis and with her husband, Nathan Strandberg, they own EightHourDay and if you’ve not seen their work before then perhaps they’ll become one of your favorites, too.

Katie Kirk + EightHourDay

Katie Kirk + EightHourDay

This multi-disciplinary design boutique has been raved about by Print Magazine, PDN Magazine, HOW Design, and Communication Arts. “Most often found either at the studio, the dog park or an antique shop they aspire for the designed life(style), a place where work, life and inspiration are all equal and integrated organically.” Above is just a glimpse inside of their portfolio… you can view more on their website, her illustration blog, or in their etsy shop where you can purchase some of the prints shown. Enjoy!

(images:eighthourday)

Arts + Crafts, Objects

Parasol Co. – New Fabric!

May 11, 2010

Parasol Co. just announced that they have created four new fabrics in mushroom, nesting doll and ikat dots (the navy/white is my favorite) in case you are looking for something to freshen your chairs or to transform into a table runner.

Parasol Co. - New Fabric!

In addition to fabric, Parasol Co. designs patterned paper goods and limited run digital publications which promote the work of both emerging and established creatives. You may really love their website (nudge, nudge) – it’s so perky and inspirational.

Parasol Co. - New Fabric!

Parasol Co. also has digital patterns in their shop that you can also purchase and use for online scrapbooking or even to enhance your blog photos to use as borders and such.

Go color, go!

(images: parasol co.)

Arts + Crafts

Bigprint Little

May 10, 2010

I’ve had a huge girl crush on illustrator and textile designer Allison Langton ever since I met her earlier this year. She is such a gifted lady! Whenever I read her blog, Bigprint Little, I’m transported into her dreamy world of pretty pastels and gorgeous graphics. Allison is busy with lots of illustration work for magazines currently and I’d like to share a glimpse of it below. I think you’ll really like to step into her world and to see everyday objects through her eyes – she is very imaginative which is why I adore her so much.

Bigprint Little

Allison, who lives in Melbourne, has over ten years of experience in visual merchandising and holds a degree in textile design. She is certainly up to date when it comes to trends, as you can see in her intuitive, jaw dropping work. I’d love to see her patterns in my home as pillows and curtains, or on products like coffee cups, candy wrappers and party plates.

Bigprint Little

Bigprint Little

Bigprint Little

Allison takes me to my happy place. Does she do the same for you too? I keep hoping she will open an etsy shop so we can buy some of her illustrations as prints. :)

(images: bigprint little)

Arts + Crafts

Ferry Staverman Paper Art

May 4, 2010

I can get lost in the paper art of Dutch artist Ferry Staverman today… just look at these beautiful creations. Are they not grand? Ferry graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in 1970, before most of us were born, and has been exhibiting ever since. These beauties make the paper snowflakes that I made for my windows this past winter look like child’s play! I really like his use of color and the details – wow so meticulous – these sculptures range in size from quite small to larger than life and are constructed using recycled cardboard and thread and they remind me of honeycomb paper ornaments.

Ferry Staverman Paper Art

Ferry Staverman Paper Art

Ferry Staverman Paper Art

I can’t imagine the focus an artist must have to do work like this that demands such repetition. Their shapes are so evocative of things like bells, trees, sea plants and animals… I also love how he uses variations of the same color because this gives the work great depth and beauty.

What do you see when you look at these shapes?

If you want to see more of his work, pick up a copy of the beautiful Papercraft book published by Gestalten in Berlin. I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book! And a special thank you to decor8 reader Gabi in Munich for telling me about this gorgeous work today! I always appreciate reader tips! :)

(images: ferry staverman)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Janelle Lile

April 23, 2010

Janelle Lile is a Seattle-based artist whose new body of work combines the human figure with diagrams of obsolete technology. She shot these photos in her home for us to see them in-situ as she knows how much I like to see art living in a space so I thought we’d take a look at her paintings and prints for a moment in soft blues and neutral tones.

Janelle Lile

Janelle Lile

Janelle Lile

Janelle Lile

“The variety of ways that people release their creativity is amazing to me. I’m particularly focusing here on the things that women traditionally create – sewing, knitting, gardening. I find it so satisfying to make things and I love that feeling of completion, in addition to then using or wearing the object or giving it to someone else.”

If you’d like to see more of Janelle’s work, you may visit her online portfolio to purchase them directly from her etsy shop. Lovely work, Janelle!

(images: janelle lile)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

April 20, 2010

How are you doing? It’s time for Etsy Take Five Tuesdays and today I have some fabric, art prints, wallets, wooden letters and fashion illustrations to share with you for a little color and fun. One shop is even extending a special discount to her customers… Curious to see who it is? Let’s get started and you’ll find out!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Stylish Viv from Ish & Chi is not only a great blogger but also a talented decorator and artist based in Sydney, Australia. Her work is so pretty and girly — many of them originals!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Peggy Wolf is from Germany but who now lives in London. She studied fashion design and then discovered her talent lies not in designing clothes but in drawing them, along with beautiful women wearing her designs. I really like her aesthetic – her color choices are gorgeous!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Designer William Dohman from St. Paul, Minnesota has a passion for photography, prints and creating recycled wood signs.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Ever since watching Dear Sukie show Martha Stewart how her craft wallets are made I’ve been thinking about featuring Kristy Boucher’s work on decor8. She makes everything from moo card holders to holders for passports along with wallets in many sizes. Get 10% off your order when you tell me her that you found her on decor8 — Just write in the “Notes to Seller” box at checkout and she’ll refund 10% of your purchase to your Paypal account.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Fabric! Weeee! Can you ever get enough? Not me! Booster Seat is another great surface pattern designer on Etsy with fun fabrics made by Anda Corrie in Brooklyn.

(images: linked to their source above)

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