Fabienne wrote in from Paris today about her work as a graphic designer along with the opening of her new etsy shop Labokoff where she sells prints of her art. She merges photography with paint by embellishing her photos with subtle painted motifs like circles, starfish, and swirls.
I enjoy seeing France through her eyes, it’s like taking a mini vacation. Muted imagery of the eiffel tower, lazy days along the coastline of Normandy, the calmness of the countryside, it’s all very inspiring. This work gives us a glimpse of the French lifestyle through the eyes of Fabienne, each telling a story as you gaze into them. Go ahead and see for yourself, look closely and use your imagination…
(images from labokoff)
Nicole from Etsy Love just wrote to me about Ellie Curtis, a London designer with a brand new etsy shop where she sells some pretty amazing pillows and prints based on her whimsical illustrations (love her unexpected color combinations like violet with orange). Ellie takes her drawings and creates screen prints onto paper and fabric with crisp modern results. Her inspiration? “I often like wandering around places like the British Museum, the V&A, or the Pitt Rivers in Oxford to soak in the many different objects and their owner?s associated thoughts, worries, beliefs,” she says.
In the past, Ellie created brooches that I found pretty enough to post so I have to share them to you today. I’m not sure if she plans to make them again or carry these in her etsy store, but I wish she would at least consider it. I’d love to pin them to throw pillows, especially the butterfly.
(images from ellie curtis)
I rarely hear friends in my circle or other bloggers talk about Art.com so either it’s not trendy to shop there or people are shopping them and just keeping it on the down low, but hey I’m willing to try ‘em out. And though I may instantly disqualify myself from the cool kids club by admitting it, I actually like some of the prints over on Art.com. At least the stuff I unearthed below. These are gems. I haven’t browsed their site for at least as long as I’ve been blogging so I wasn’t aware that they’ve expanded and now do custom framing and everything for amazingly low prices compared to the common frame shop.
The more I browsed the site, the more I found that while it’s loaded with your typical The Kiss and Starry Night prints, there’s a lot of really nice work there including some of the fabulous work of Egon Schiele (Seated Nude with Violet Stockings is a favorite of mine), Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso (I’ve always wanted the owl serigraph or war and peace), the beautiful work of Norman Parkinson, Yuko Lau (great for kids), Lauren Hamilton (also a good one for the children), and Yoshitomo Nara to name a few.
(images from art.com)
I’m always up for seeing fresh new wallpaper patterns especially since it’s not going away anytime soon. There’s talk around innovative ones coming to market that can be peeled off when you move (applied like a giant wall sticker with no trace left behind, perfect for renters and home owners worried about wallpapering with paste). Since perky patterns are all the rage, you may enjoy Walls Like Pictures out of Germany.
Owner Sabine just launched her collection online today that she designs herself, including realistic photo wallpaper. Sabine will even work with you on custom designs upon request, try that with a large wallpaper manufacturer! She has so many patterns to select from, you have to check out her website for details, pricing, and more. I love the bamboo and ethnic prints shown above, along with the deer heads in blue and yellow. And below are some of her bolder prints for all of you brave decorators out there. ;)
(images from walls like pictures)