I am so pleased that Domino magazine talks about the new revolution of fabrics and wallpapers in their current issue — I love that they term this fresh idea in design as ‘So Right Now’ (Domino, Democratic Decorating, pages 39-40, June/July issue) and that they highlight the work of independent designers Erica Wakerly, Twenty2, Of the Young and the Restless, and Rubie Green referring to them as the new revolutionaries. Yay!
With a voice as influential as Domino giving this new design revolution their stamp of approval, perhaps things will continue in this direction and designers will consider producing collections that aren’t to the trade only, something I’ve been hoping would occur for many years now. It’s one of the key reasons why I started writing this blog, I was frustrated with interior design because it was quite inaccessible a few years back, most felt so shut out by their local Design Center and had to work only with professionals for quality materials. This bothered me because I knew that there existed more and I wanted to showcase that, but how? I figured talking about it here would help and so did many other bloggers. I think it was around ’05 that Domino premiered its first issue. Etsy opened its doors. Craft fairs grew in America quite rapidly. More blogs popped up with strong, encouraging voices written by passionate authors. And together, only a few years later, we have all made a difference. Independent designers are challenging the traditional approach to the buying of designer goods, including the availability of quality products like fabric.
I guess you can say that when I opened Domino this weekend and read Democratic Decorating, I felt amazingly proud of us all. Bloggers and designers, book publishers like Chronicle who push so many lesser-known talents into the world, Domino who came in and changed the face of American design magazines (at least in my opinion), Etsy and other indie shopping sites, we should all partake in a global group hug for a moment because our work, our voices, are making a difference. One design blogger or a single magazine would not have brought about this change. We need our global community currently in place to launch our ideas and watch our seeds take root and grow into change. What a great feeling. Can I get an Amen!?
The very thing many of us want are beautiful products not intended only for the pros. This want creates a constant need for a new design mentality resulting in products that meet our needs. And though to-the-trade has its place in design and may stay on the scene for years to come, at least we have more alternatives. Many indie designers and artists are finally able to make a difference, turn a profit, support themselves, and do what they love in the process. Now that we are here, and continuing to make advancement in this area, would you ever go back? Never!
(photograph: holly becker for decor8, fabric from of the young and the restless)
Psst… In case you’re visiting decor8 this weekend I have a little treat for you. It’s the fab work that Laura Su sent over featuring her fashion illustration styled prints. She just threw open her shop doors at Etsy a few days ago. I’m loving goldenrod yellow paired with black right now. I also like the splattering of ink against white paper, it adds movement and dimension to her lovely ladies. Full lips, whispy strands, perfect brows, really nice work.
Congrats, Laura. You just wait and see how people respond to your talent, I see good things for you Ms. Su! Everyone blog about Laura! :)
Edit: I just found out that Laura is the designer behind the lovely Prismera jewelry recently featured in the Boston Globe. Eep! I feel like I’m before a celeb. I adore Laura’s jewelry and didn’t make the connection until a few minutes ago that this is the same lady.
(images from laura su)
You’ll have to visit My Marrakesh for the full scoop but I can’t resist giving you a sneak peek. This is a photo of the newly hand painted ceiling in Maryam’s boutique hotel Peacock Pavilions in Marrakesh, opening in November. Is this not stunning? Who wouldn’t love to sleep beneath a ceiling that looks like a giant suzani blanket? Oh how enchanting… The idea of white walls and wallpaper on the ceiling is wonderful but a hand painted ceiling like this one, I am well, lost for words.
This work is by Design Amour, you can visit their website to learn about their techniques and to view more examples of the magic that they create. Image a large chandelier in this space? Black iron with crystals perhaps? I can’t wait to see what Maryam does with this room, she needs to add interior designer to her already long list of talents.
I heard that the wonderful Design Amour ladies also stenciled concrete floors like this one for Maryam. But we won’t know until she shows us so I’m watching My Marrakesh like a hawk. :>)
And I have a little secret… Okay not so much now because I’m about to tell you. Maryam and her family invited Thorsten and I to Marrakesh in November, just six months from now. Can I wait? NO! I think about it constantly. I want to take you all with me, I think we should organize a huge decor8 sleepover, do you think Maryam will mind? I hope not. When I’m in Marrakesh I vow to post the full scoop here on decor8. I have to share the sights with you, I’m certain you’ll love it and find so much inspiration from all the pattern and color there.
(images from design amour and maryam montague)
Are you ready to see what’s shakin’ at Etsy this week? We have a little anthropomorphism, a few ceramics, some children hanging out with their imaginary pals, giddy London, and a pair of black and white striped tights that, admit it, you’d love to wear with bright red wellies!
First up is ceramicist Jasna Sokolovic. Born in Yugoslavia and now based in Vancouver, I found her while searching for ceramics recently on Etsy and couldn’t wait to share her work with you today. Her etsy shop is called Jasna Ceramics and she also has a website where she shows us her process and work studio. Her ceramic bracelets are to die for. Love this lady!
Now it’s time for a little human/animal hybrid action! Runny Bunny is a full-time studio artist in North Carolina who mixes man and beast using clay and paint to form rather unique pieces of art. Many artists are working with animal heads on human bodies, it’s been quite popular for a long time if you think about it, consider myths and the stories you read as a child, gods and goddesses of times past… I like to see how contemporary artists interpret such stories into their work and think that Runny Bunny does a rather nice job. Etsy recently covered anthropomorphism as a trend right here.
Jessica is the talented lady behind Vol:25, a completely self taught artist who genuinely loves creating and bringing joy to her customers. Her fresh, modern prints are youthful and spirited, they evoke feelings of being a carefree little girl… Attending the town fair, eating so much cotton candy that your tummy aches, chasing fireflies… Her work is imaginative and charming.
Here’s a little more cuteness for you today. This time it’s Tollipop, an artist I just found last week and bookmarked right away. I have a feeling that you will like her as much as I do. Her drawings feature creative kids on the go who seem to have quite active imaginations. The artist claims that as a child she had imaginary friends, so I’m guessing her little drawings are of how she remembers her own childhood. These are very sweet.
I really love the mood here in this photo, it brings me back to the first time I visited London 12 years ago. I swear I stood at this same spot admiring the double-decker buses that my beloved Morrissey once sang about. I recall the rush of the morning commute as I stood there completely jet-lagged yet loving every minute of this city called London. This great photo by NestaHome combines both hand drawing and photography, something I hope to see more and more of in the Indie art + craft world because I really love the idea of altering photos in this way. It reminds me of this children’s book that I like called Knuffle Bunny. Have you seen it?
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(images linked to sources above.)