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Dolan Geiman’s New Website

I talked about Dolan Geiman last January, but just in case you missed that post I have to sing his praises again! He just announced his new website so I thought you’d love to check it out as it’s almost as perfect as his gorgeous artwork. He also has a lovely blog that I just found today that is super inspiring. For those of you not familiar with his work, he is an American contemporary artist (with a fun southern twist) originally from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia now based in Chicago.

Dolan works in silkscreen, painting, drawing, collage, and 3-D construction. Dolan is inspired by, “found objects, rural iconography, vernacular architecture and culture, as well as nature’s flora and fauna”, evident in all of his work that I think is just spectacular. My goal is to someday own a Geiman original as I’m sure many of you would also love to own something from him. Congrats on your new website, Dolan. It rocks!

Psst: I just LOVE this display idea – white nails – brilliant!

(images from dolan geiman)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on October 01, 2008

Inspired by Natalie Ferstendik

A pair of tweezers introduced me to the work of designer/illustrator Natalie Ferstendik. Yes tweezers, see?


These were purchased at HEMA in Amsterdam last month, not because I needed them, but because I loved the product packaging. After a little research I found out that the illustration is by Natalie Ferstendik who has worked for a slew of fashion and publishing clients including Elle and Vogue and is known as one of Europe’s leading illustrators. See how much you can learn by being a curious shopper? This is something I’m known for though… when I shop I soak up as much as I can so I can take all of the info home to google it! I’m a sneaky spy shopper!

Maybe you’ve heard of Natalie before, but she is new to me… her illustrations have graced the pages of the fashion magazines all over the world but somehow I’ve missed them. Not anymore. Now I will be on the look out for Miss Natalie. I love how glamorous and colorful her work is and since I can’t get enough of a good fashion illustrator then Natalie has officially been added to my list of favorites right up there with Sweden’s Liselotte Watkins and Brooklyn artist Samantha Hahn (whom I absolutely adore as a person and artist).

Psst: If you like Natalie’s work, you can purchase this limited edition print, “Pearls”, from online shop Nelly Duff here.

Natalie is represented by the New Division Illustration Agency.

By the way, don’t these images make you want to redecorate a room in your home? I look at the colors and bold graphics and think of a palette for a living room, for instance. Some of these illustrations also give me inspiration for pulling together an outfit for Fall… My goal for this season: USE MORE COLOR!

(images 1. Photo by Holly Becker for decor8, all others from New Division & The Society of Artists Agents, the last image from Nelly Duff.)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration on October 01, 2008

I Vote For Art

I was so happy when Ben from I Vote For Art wrote in to announce his newish (opened in May) affordable art shop online featuring the work of talented artists worldwide. I am so inspired by art, seeing how people translate emotions, dreams, their surroundings, memories, etc. into something visual that can be displayed and cherished is so very special to me as I know you feel the same way as I do… We are such art junkies, we can’t get enough! Fortunately there are websites like I Vote For Art to satisfy our desire for more, more, MORE!

Jellyfish by Leo Hillier.

Here is how I Vote For Art works: Create a free account like I did and then have a look at the artwork and if you see something you like click on the little thumb to cast your vote. The art with the most votes gets promoted to the front page giving that artist the chance to have their work seen before all who visit the site. I think this is a very cool concept — site users can voice their opinion — way to go with your rad idea Ben!

Instructions by Kareem Rizk.

Casitas by Marco Recuero.


Mr. Bowler by Sauerkids.

Abril by Seniorita Polyester.

Today Is The Greatest by ben the illustrator.

Of course, the site isn’t only about voting… you can buy art (yay!) and even sell your own work and by listing your piece(s) on I Vote For Art you can also see how people respond to it. Interested in learning more? You can find out the full scoop-de-doop here.

Thanks Ben for writing in, I voted for the works above…

(images from the sources listed above via i vote for art)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on September 30, 2008

Sidsel Gaustadnes & Spagat

I cannot deny my love for owls. I carry a photograph of one in my wallet and look at it whenever I need courage or if I’m in a bad mood — I glance at my little owl and the world is all better again. Don’t laugh, I love carrying around little tokens that reel me back in whenever I’m feeling a little out of balance. Something about owls in particular really captivates me. When I was little my mother took me regularly to this beautiful sculpture park and garden in South Carolina near our house called Brookgreen Gardens. It was my absolute favorite place to go, especially because it had a small zoo where I would spend hours admiring the owls. I would stand before them perched high in their tree and imagine what they were thinking, what they did when the zoo closed, if they understood what I said as I spoke to them. I always felt tremendous peace looking at them, the great horned owls were my favorites…

It’s no surprise why today I’m still very much a lover of owls. I’m always interested when I find others who have been inspired enough by owls to photograph them or include these gorgeous birds into their artwork or pattern designs, like artist and graphic designer Sidsel Gaustadnes from the Spagat blog and shop.

A card Sidsel designed that will soon be in her shop… no owls here but look closely at what it says. It’s a riot but many a truth is told in jest!

Doesn’t this arrangement look so sweet? These are paintings by Sidsel and her studiomate Line Juhl Hansen. Line is a professional artist and freelance architect who has a lovely blog here and an Etsy shop. I’d love to own a painting from Line or Sidsel.

Do you like owls too? If not, what do you enjoy seeing in artwork that gives you good memories of times past? I love owls, birds in general, and girls – fashion illustrations, abstract paintings of women, and of course florals… I never tire of flowers.

(images from Sidsel Gaustadnes)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on September 29, 2008

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