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Arts + Crafts, Inspiration, Rooms

Lisa Cohen {photography}

March 12, 2008

The internet is such a rabbit hole and down I jumped immediately after viewing the portfolio of Melanie Molesworth. It was there that I discovered two talented photographers, Lisa Cohen and Lina Ikse Bergman. I’d like to share Lisa’s work with you because I find the story of how she got started as a photographer very inspirational as the unfolding of it all was quite organic and it’s something I can closely relate to in my own life since I’ve not followed typical paths myself. For her and other creative types out there it so often isn’t about finding one particular career in life and sticking to only that, instead it’s about exploring several paths and doing what you love today. If that changes in 5 years, well so be it.

Lisa Cohen {photography}
Lisa has a creative eye that was trained from spending several years working as an Interior Stylist in London and then she went on to become a Decoration Editor over at British House & Garden. Working alongside so many talented photographers and designers created in her a fascination with the finished work and how one obtains the perfect photo – conveying the right mood, proper lighting, balancing layout and composition, working within an environment to create a moment that is captured perfectly on film.

Lisa Cohen {photography}Lisa Cohen {photography}
Lisa decided that photography was her calling, now quite evident as you look at her body of work, and proceeded to develop her skills and eye to the point of launching her own studio. She has now worked all over the world shooting the homes of inspirational people to, “create images of how many of us would love to live,” Lisa says. She trained her eye through several different careers and has now established herself as a successful photographer. Isn’t that inspiring?

Lisa Cohen {photography}
On another topic (though related), I’m sure some of you have stories to share about the merging of paths and how the career you started off in didn’t lead to what you decided to pursue long term. It’s interesting to sit down sometimes and sketch a diagram, nothing complicated — more of a flowchart, showing your starting point (birth) and where you are today. I did this just recently as a fun exercise and discovered some interesting bits about myself along with revealing a few patterns that I hadn’t noticed before. Often these diagrams help when we’re unsure of taking the next step, so give it a try and see what this creative exercise reveals to you. Perhaps there’s an inner photographer, teacher, artist, writer, interior designer in you waiting to break forth. Or maybe you’ll learn that where you are today is your perfect spot and the exercise will confirm that fact for you, handy to remember during times when you’re full of self-doubt.

Please note: Many of the images here and on Lisa’s website are available for purchase, please contact her directly for more information. lisa AT

(photography by lisa cohen)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Blog of the Week: Nectar & Light

March 7, 2008

Have you had a chance to glance over at the decor8 blog of the week, Nectar & Light? It’s a gorgeous photography blog by Fieryeyed Studio’s Jen Altman. She photographs bits of her world and combines them with other imagery that she loves, showing them on her blog and sharing them with the rest of us in her etsy shop. I love her soft filtered lighting, and I think her Polaroid prints are truly beautiful. To me, their grainy and blurred “imperfections” make them imperfectly perfect.

Blog of the Week: Nectar & Light
I hope you have a chance to visit Nectar & Light, it’s infused with so much beauty that I’m sure you’ll find it a real treasure.

(images from jen altman)

Arts + Crafts, Shopping + Products, Travel

Boston Locals: Exhibit Opens Tonight @ artstream

March 7, 2008

Susan wrote to me about a beautiful show opening tonight here in New Hampshire at artstream in Rochester so I thought I’d spread the word since a few of my favorite artists are involved. Yay!

Boston Locals: Exhibit Opens Tonight @ artstream left: Abby Glassenberg. right: Tara Hogan.

The exhibition, Stories and Tales, features work from Abby Glassenberg, Tara Hogan, Alena Hennessey and Darryl Berger. I know Tara very well and her work is lovely, I own a piece from Alena, and I adore Abby’s birds, so I can’t brag about them enough. The opening reception is this evening, Friday, March 7th and details and directions can be found on the artstream website. Light refreshments will be offered and all are welcomed to meet some of the artists and enjoy the artwork at artstream which is located at 56 North Main Street.

(images from abby, tara, artstream)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Amy Walsh

February 27, 2008

More beautiful art to fall in love with today, this time from Philadelphia-based artist Amy Walsh. Amy wrote in about her work this afternoon and I was delighted to see it as I’d not heard about her before and really enjoy the colors and arrangements of things she pulls together for her mixed media collages. Amy recently completed a series of twelve designs which comprise “Beastiarium” which is a collection of oddball creatures that are hybrids of animals, plants and sea creatures. The entire series is currently available in her etsy shop. What a fascinating body of work!

Amy Walsh Cabinet 4 is my personal favorite.

I can’t help but notice this trend in the art world right now of printing on pages from vintage books or sheet music. Amy uses books from the 1800’s. It’s a clever way to reuse something that otherwise may go unnoticed or worse, be discarded. Have you spotted this to, prints on pages? I like seeing all the mini trends out there… I often wonder where they originated and why other artists decide to pick it up, what inspired them about printing on vintage pages? Maybe Amy can stop in and answer this question for us. Amy if you’re there, I’d love to know more… Perhaps you can comment below?

(images from amy walsh)

Arts + Crafts, Handmade, Rooms

Pearl Bell Tableware

February 27, 2008

These plates are fantastic! Pearl wrote to me today about Pearl Bell, her collection of classy lady plates, cups, and saucers and I knew I had to feature them. I love that feeling, when designers write to me and the moment I click on their link I get butterflies. It’s so exciting to come across interesting work, so thank you Pearl.

Pearl Bell Tableware

She’ll soon be expanding her tableware collection to include animals (like the little owl you see above), but for now it’s all about the ladies! Even though you can dine on these, I’d prefer hanging them on a wall as art, but that’s just me. My favorites are the mostly white plates… And I love seeing fashion illustration on ceramics. Thank you Pearl for your submission, your work is really tops!

(images from pearl bell)

Arts + Crafts, Rooms

DwellStudio Wall Art Collection {new}

February 27, 2008

Hot off the press! That’s right, DwellStudio has expanded beyond bedding, soft toys, and table linens. They’re going for room domination now as they’ve just added wall art to their nursery collection. How fun! These prints are pretty cute, it makes coordinating everything for the nursery so much easier for new parents if you’re into themes, that is. Some parents are, some aren’t. But in case you like this sort of thing, DwellStudio is your one stop shop for baby.

DwellStudio Wall Art Collection {new}
What’s next? Rugs? Tiles? Clothing? Diaper bags? Whatever they think of next, I’m sure it will be another big hit. It’s great to see them bringing their graphics to walls everywhere. Nice work, Dwell!

(image from design public)

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