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.)
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)
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.
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)
I had such a wonderful day today! Remember, I’m between 6-9 hours ahead of my friends in the states, so for me the day is just about to end (it’s 11:30 PM here). What did I do? Well first, my IKEA kitchen was delivered and installed — I cooked my first official meal tonight (that wasn’t in a microwave!) in our new space and we had our friend Allie over. He kept telling me how crazy he was about the kitchen, how my light looks like a little dog, and the great walnut counters that he went ‘nuts’ for. Well, not real walnut, they are IKEA laminate, so faux bois… But they look spectacular and I’m thrilled. I also did a ton of errand running with my husband and Allie in the city this afternoon… stocked up on art supplies at this massive 2-floor art supply/craft store called Idee. No Martha Stewart supplies there but honestly, I don’t care and don’t miss MS at all because I’m learning to live without certain products just fine, replacing them with new ones that I’ve never seen before. It’s a nice change for me I think.
I have been living in Germany now for 6 weeks and keep wondering when the fun will end because every single day has been great and I’m not exaggerating. The best part of the day was when my mother-in-law came over again today with yet another friend of hers to ‘tour’ my apartment. She makes such a big deal out of my place and all of her friends are the cutest — picture 60+ year old ladies who have very ‘old German style’ interiors with lots of orange, blue, and brown touring my modern mostly white, lilac, gray, and pastel-y apartment swooning over my stuff. The best part was when one of them was going nuts over my photography from Wren & Chickadee and a surreal print from Betsy Walton. I was grinning ear to ear. They all told me that I should open a shop here and, “bring this style to us”. I have concluded that it’s not that older Germans do not like light and bright colors and fun motifs, it’s that they aren’t exposed to it in the same way that I am being online all day… One thing I must comment is that I’m going to try harder to bring the art I see on sites like Etsy, DaWanda, Trunkt, etc. to those who I know aren’t online like some of the ladies that have been visiting me via my husband’s mom. I was thinking of placing a big order for postcards and such from all of my favorite shops and keep them in a vintage wire postcard holder in my entryway so that when people come over and see my art and all this stuff they’ve not seen before, I can give them some postcards and small prints to take home with them. Spread a little indie art love. Why not? So now I just need to find a vintage postcard holder that I can mount on the wall or perhaps something that spins for a shelf top… eBay Germany here I come!
Okay so back to art… I was shopping yesterday in Jennifer Davis’ etsy shop and while talking to her she told me about this project that she recently worked on with Amy Rice and so I looked at Amy’s blog and website and stopped dead in my boots. Amy is phenomenal! Now I’m wondering is Amy has prints because I’d love to add something to my apartment from her collection too.
My goodness she is talented. Where has she been all of my life? I cannot believe I’ve not heard of her until today because I’m sure all of you talented design savvy creatures already know… and I’m just light years behind perhaps? If some of you are in the same boat as I am, then let us drool over the paintings of Ms. Rice together, shall we? First let me show you my very favorite piece, “Make a Wish”, from her collection. I heard it’s sold so my heart hurts a bit but oh well, I’m certain someone out there is very happy with it.
Look at the colors, the frame, oh.my.god. I just made a wish that whoever purchased Make a Wish will feel sorry for me and send me this painting. I doubt it will work. :) Making a wish does not guarantee it will be granted but part of the fun in life is hoping and wishing, don’t you think?
And look at this stenciled building with her paintings on it. I really enjoy seeing her work in such a natural setting. I can totally see her work hanging over some lush velvet sofa in an Anthropologie store, can’t you? It would fit into so many different decor styles from bohemian modern to a country farmhouse.
Amy if you’re reading I’m sorry for not blogging about you much sooner as the more I’ve read about you online this afternoon the more I realize how famous you are and how behind I am. Your work is brilliant and has inspired me so much today… Thank you for sharing your vision and lovely work to the world Amy!
(images from wren & chickadee (first), betsy walton (second) and all others from amy rice)