I heard from Bianca Hall earlier this week who shared her line of screen prints under the name Kiss Her (cute, huh?) and found her work to be pretty sweet, especially her modern use of the doily motif. Some of you may know I’m into the often feared doily but I can’t help it — they resemble snowflakes, they are kind of folkish, and they seem so delicate and feminine. Bianca’s inspiration comes from ell ooh vee ee, love.
A romantic at heart, she designs bold graphic prints with lots of color that work in a variety of settings from the kitchen to the kid’s room. She also uses diamond dust on some of them. Here’s the scoop on that, “Bianca uses diamond dust in some of her work, adding a third dimension that really catches the eye. Originally used by the late great Andy Warhol (most famously in his Diamond Dust Shoes piece), it has recently been resurrected by the likes of Damien Hirst, Peter Blake and Gavin Turk to name a few. As we know, works by such artists are out of most peoples reach, but now everyone can afford to have a bit of sparkle on their walls. Slightly misleading by name, it’s actually fine sheet glass that’s been shattered and made into tiny shards that sparkle like…..well, like diamonds!”
A note about her prints, those without diamond dust can be inserted into standard frames (from IKEA for instance) but those with the dust require a pro to frame them.
Seeing these doilies leads me to reveal a dream I had last night. This is really goofy but I think I’ll share anyway because it’s every color of crazy. I ran into Gwen Stefani at a music store and shyly said hello and introduced myself and embarrassed, I blushed and ran up to the second floor to browse magazines. I wanted to tweet everyone about the sighting and recall being really angry that I didn’t have my iPod Touch on me. Anyway, she came to find me and said, “Well hello Holly, why did you run away so soon?” and then the next thing I knew I was in this funky room/harajuku girl lair with her new collection of jewelry and homewares. I could sit here right now and draw everything I saw, I mean really great pieces that I don’t recall ever seeing in ‘real’ life. One was this amazing jacket with a doily pattern, very understated, very cool, very Jean Paul Gaultier. I saw these amazing necklaces that looked like doilies with an edge, like they were knitted by a really mean grandmother going through her teen emo/angst period a little late life. Another was different, no doily involved at all, just a smooth gorgeous ceramic ring, in white, that was designed to resemble a diamond engagement ring. In the center of the huge white ceramic “diamond” there was a tiny diamond in the shape of a heart, which was very small and sweet. Inside of the ring, you know in the band part that no one can see, it said “I’ve made a promise, to me” and another one said, “I thee wed myself”, and the third one said, “Love thyself, the greatest love”. She (Gwen) wanted me to rep her line and talk about it on my blog (LOL) but I refused as I explained that I don’t rep other people and have no interest in doing so. In the end, she gave me a handbag, the doily patterned jacket (sassy!) and one of the ceramic rings. After that, she started texting me like every few days, “On my yacht”, “Bling bling, hello are you there” and other crazy stuff. I mean, hello Holly? I can’t believe how teenage my dream was last night! And that doilies were involved. And design. And my blog. I guess what you do for a living is with you all the time, huh? I have these design-themed dreams a lot though, but most are pretty boring. I’m still thinking of the ring I saw, I wish it existed — it was amazingness squared.
Okay your turn. Any wild and crazy dreams lately?
(images: kiss her)
I have to share Australian designer Mae with you and her wall stickers because ohmygoodness they are the cutest whether you have a little one or not, these are just darling. I saw them for the first time last night at an Etsy shop live event and loved them instantly because instead of vinyl they are fabric… I wish more would experiment with fabric and wallpaper like Inke Heiland, who I first introduced to you here back in ‘06, who creates animal silhouettes out of vintage wallpaper from her design studio in the Netherlands.
The Mae designs are not only fabric so they’re tactile and to me, more beautiful but also removable, washable and reusable. You can put them on many surfaces, from your window to the wall or even certain furniture. Don’t you just love these? The tea set is my favorite but there is also a build your own tree set, woodland creatures, dinosaurs and more.
Artist Sharon Elphick contacted me today about the opening of her new online shop, Elphicks, where you can find a curated selection of art prints from not only Sharon but from some of her favorite artists like Charley Harper, Karin Akesson and Hazel Nicholls.
It’s nice to be nice, what a sweet print — I especially like that it appears to be on a biscuit that resembles a Bahlsen cookie. Cute!
I talked about this lady in ‘07 but I couldn’t resist posting about her again after viewing the coolest project she’d posted on Flickr recently. Adriana Bezerra, or Drika.b as her fans know her, is a handbag designer in San Francisco by way of Brazil with the most delicious handbags with her signature jute trim. Check out the little photos of her bags that she so carefully placed on a linen board as a reminder of all the bags she’s designed since launching her collection back in late ‘06. Don’t you just love this idea? I’m swooning here…
I’m a proud owner of a Drika.b bag and whenever I wear it out I always receive a ton of flattering comments about the size and shape of it — people really seem to love (and want) it where ever I go. I almost want to keep a supply in the trunk of my car and be her east coast rep or something, it’s a riot!
Don’t you really love this display board idea though? And her perfectly neat play space? Inspiring…
(images: Adriana Bezerra)