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5 Artists That You Should Check Out

Hello and happy Friday! Earlier today I posted a book review on Real Simple for Pulled, A Catalog of Screen Printing by Mike Perry so feel free to hop over there and read it… but this post isn’t a repeat of that, rather it’s to meant to share 5 of the 40+ artists in Perry’s book that I really liked. We each have our own definition of what beauty is so something I love may not be your personal favorite but at least check these creative folks out below and see what you think. In fact, I’d love to really see what you think – so if any of these artists click with you, let me know and tell me why. Okay, let’s get started! :)

First up is Ashkahn Shahparnia – his work is bold, colorful and awesome and I love his shop. And yes, that is an illustration of blogger Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan who founded the web’s first, largest and most popular design blog, Apartment Therapy that all other design bloggers sorta laud as the god of blogging. That snazzy illustration appeared in ReadyMade magazine who just so happens to always have the best illustrations, don’t you think?

Next is Brooklyn’s own Jim Datz, I love his city posters. Great stuff. The London one is funny, spiffy, and I like the colors. I also love the little black cab with the man riding in the back reading his newspaper (an actual newspaper, remember those?) with his giant mustache. I’m happy to see the mouth of the cab driver completely shut because most cabbies I’ve had in the past several months wouldn’t stop talking about god, politics, religion and terrorism. Yeah, I always seem to get the best cab drivers (not). At least this little guy with the fancy stache can read his paper in peace.

Rachel Domm, whom you may know from some of her awesome work for jumbo clients like J.Crew is also in Perry’s new book. She has a store, too. I like that subtle pink Forever & Ever poster.

Next up is Andrew Holder and really, what’s not to love about his work? So strong and clean. Peacocks, bear, deer, raindrops, pine trees. He does them all so very well and his color mixes are phenomenal. Swoon.

And last, but not least because Perry’s book has tons more artists to browse, is Hannah Waldron. She has a bigcartel store too. I like her work because it’s intricate while feeling casual and that’s hard to pull off. I can’t explain what it is but I love the Rain Day poster. It’s sweet but I’m not really sure what it’s all about. When I first saw it I thought it was like another way to say Sick Day, like a Rain Day would be a day when you are just blue and not really ill, sorta depressed and sad and needing a warm bed, a hug and a vodka martini. :) I  really don’t know what a Rain Day is, do you? But I like the swirly letters, the color, the spacing and just the vibe those two little words put off.

Also in this book is the work of Steven Harrington (not shown above) who I think is pretty darn special. I own a limited edition print of his, two actually, and really like the colors and shapes he uses. I love the work he did for Target – I’m so inspired by this video. Can you imagine being an artist and seeing your work displayed like that?

Do you have any favorites from the PULLED book?

(images: linked to their sources above.)

 

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines on May 20, 2011

Inspired By StyleCookie

When Anke and Sanne, two stylists and a photographers from The Netherlands, wrote to me about StyleCookie I knew I had to share their new e-zine with you. They launched StyleCookie (yes it is also one word, it is considered trendy in the Netherlands and Germany to combine two English words into one it seems) as an inspiring space online in the form of an e-zine and a blog about decoration and inspiring products for the home that changes biweekly.

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Their latest theme is Paper, in Dutch it’s called “Papier en Vliegwerk”. Since mother’s day is coming up, they created a delightful mother and daughter theme woven into their 8 pages to inspire women everywhere. They have lots of products made from paper and also some DIY decoration ideas to make at home. Here are some images that Anke and Sanne sent to me to share on decor8, I hope that you feel inspired after seeing them and that you check out their site for more beautiful things to feast on.

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Don’t you just love the Dutch! I do, I’m such a fan of everything they do with interiors – products, displays, books, magazines, all of it is amazing. I’m constantly in awe by their eye and talent for thinking out of the box. I remember when I attended Dutch Design Week in 2006 on assignment for Domino magazine, it was my first time at the Design Academy Eindhoven and I was completely blown away by the talent. I remember walking through the exhibit halls looking at the products each student designed feeling absolutely stunned by everything. I remember talking to a student who said that the current goal of young Dutch designers was to reinterpret “grandmother’s things” into modern wares for modern times without losing their sense of place and culture. You really can see this as a theme in many designs coming out of The Netherlands and I love it. The nod to history is respectful, but the need to update is vital.

I’ll be back on Monday, so have a lovely weekend friends and meet me back here then for another week of decor8ing fun!
Also, a big thanks to InStyle magazine (US) for the very special mention about me and my new book. I really appreciate the huge press love! :)

(images: stylecookie)

Posted in Books + Magazines on April 29, 2011

Matthew Mead Summer Issue

Hello lovely friends, I’m on a roll with posts today so you’ll have to forgive me… :) I thought that since I am a contributor to the Matthew Mead Summer Issue that I’d help him spread the word and yes, I know that I already shared a huge sneak peek of the issue with you already (here)… But because I’ve already seen the entire spread of stories and noticed that everything is so nicely done that I think you may enjoy a few more glimpses of what he has in store for you with his second issue. As I told you already, Leslie Shewring and I teamed up to produce a 3 page story about creativity that you will find in this issue which is quite a delight for us to have our first collaboration in print. We hope that you like our story!

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To purchase Matthew Mead Summer, please click here.

Congrats Matthew to another winning issue!

(image: matthew mead)

Posted in Books + Magazines on April 29, 2011

Contest Winners: Decorate Book!

I was thrilled and honored when nearly 1,200 decor8 readers entered to win a signed copy of my new book, Decorate (UK version)! A big hug and a mighty thank you to everyone for participating. As promised, there are 3 winners and I’d like to share those names with you now. You will be contacted today with a request for your complete mailing address so that your book can be sent. Please allow up to a few weeks for it to arrive, depending on where you live.

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T H E     W I N N E R S    A R E

#1006, Krystal Schroder

#221, Krissy

#11, Jorissa van Ginkel

Many, many thanks for entering this contest — for those who didn’t win, here is a list of many large retailers worldwide who stock the book, however lots of smaller shops carry it too. I am waiting for Chronicle, Murdoch and Jacqui Small Publishing to send me lists of where it is sold so I can give all of the shops a huge shout out on decor8 so when I have those lists I will share the stocklist with you. If you want a signed copy, Liberty online carries a few and Selfridges in London (in their book section on the lower floor has a few left) along with both London Anthropologie locations who carry signed copies for a limited period so visit their stores in London for those.

I appreciate all of your love and support regarding my first book, this was a huge step for me but the love and support in this community has been overwhelming and delightful — you’ve made it such a special time of my life and a great way to always remember this blogging era as I refer to this period when we are all online, blogging, connecting and meeting up. Who knows where blogs will be in twenty years, but personally this book will forever mark this time period as I’m sure it will for you as well. When you author a blog, so much is read and enjoyed but then forever stored in the archives — I have thousands of posts that some of you may never find as they are buried and long forgotten. That is why this book is such a special collection of my thoughts, tips, Joanna’s ideas, Debi’s gorgeous images that I love — and it’s all in one place so that others who like decor8 can have a little slice of it in book form.

Oh I have to thank you — I sooooo appreciate the many reviews that you are leaving on your blogs, amazon, other websites, etc. about Decorate — I’m linking all of them on the Decorate fan page on Facebook but if I’ve not seen or linked yours there yet, please run over and link it on that page and also on the decor8 fan page so everyone can see what you wrote!

I love my book :)

And again — a big warm congratulations to Krystal, Krissy and Jorissa! I hope that you will enjoy your signed copy of Decorate from me to you. It is the UK version, so it will be in British English with the cover showing designer/writer Rita Konig’s New York City living room with her gorgeous sofa (shown in photos above). I hope that you enjoy it!

(images: holly becker for decor8)

(image: holly becker)

Posted in Books + Magazines, contests on April 27, 2011

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Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

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