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Parasol Co. – New Fabric!

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.

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.

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.)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, textiles on May 11, 2010
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Bigprint Little

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)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on May 10, 2010

Ferry Staverman Paper Art

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)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on May 04, 2010

Janelle Lile

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)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy on April 23, 2010

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