Flowers That May Brought

Well, May is almost over. What a glorious month. The sun came out. The sky rained. The flowers bloomed – and I collected some some for you!


Margaret Berg has been exceptionally successful in grabbing attention with her colorful watercolor designs.  Her illustrations have been translated onto cards, tableware, phone cases, linens, packaging, and on and on.


Aleks Gusakov combines text, illustration and graphic design techniques to create an interesting 3-D effect.


Anne Ten Donkelaar creates these delicately beautiful 3D collages from pressed flowers and cutout images.  Go see more of her work, please.

Flower construction #52 (w:120 h:80 d:6.5 cm)


Angie Lewin combines her printmaking skill with her study of horticulture to create a magical natural world. Love, love, love this work. She’s also been featured in a book that showcases her work and process.

Green Meadow - linocut print by Angie Lewin - printmaker

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Bugs!

Well, hi there stranger. It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Trying to balance this whole family-baby-work-fun-life thing.

But it’s spring, and things are alive outside! Trees blooming. Storms raging. Bugs buzzing. Thought I’d post a few interesting bug-inspired pieces for you to admire!


You’ve probably seen her work before, but Kari Herer takes gorgeous photographs of botanicals. Here, she combines insect illustration with flowers in such a beautiful way. Find her work on etsy, here.

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Edouard Martinet turns found objects into incredible mechanical insects. “Wasp” below uses objects such as bike headlights, typewriter bells, and boot steel tips.

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Ingrid Dijkers is an artist and art journal maker. Very creative and fun work. Her website has some video tutorials, and she also leads workshops around the country.

butterfly - Ingrid Dijkers - love the way the butterfly wings are added as pages in this mini album!


Drooling over Laura Zindel‘s nature-inspired designs. Illustrations of the natural world translated onto ceramics, textiles, and jewelry. Just lovely.

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Visit Me on Etsy!

Good morning. It was a beautiful day yesterday, so little bird and I took some time to enjoy it! Today is drizzly and overcast, so working indoors it is.

I wanted to invite you to visit me on Etsy.  Cutie pie baby headbands, embroidered linen tea towels, and embroidered postcards are in stock at the moment.

Lace Headband with Fuschia Flowers, Ribbon, Rhinestone Brooch

Embroidered Linen Tea Towel Set of Two - Fuchsia Flowers

Postcard with Geometric Embroidery - Yellow and Gray Bird on Pink Clover with Pink Stitching

Use WELCOME20 to get 20% off!

Cheers,
DeeDee

Fine Art Friday – Installations

An art installation usually involves many parts that are intended to be viewed as one singular work of art. They are often site-specific work, created for a particular space, and are typically large scale.

They trigger more of your senses than, say, a painting on a wall. They envelope you, transform the space you’re in. Make you feel like you’re not just a viewer, but part of the work itself.

Here are a few art installations I wish I could see in person.


First, just for the first day of Spring. origami butterflies flying above a clean white space. So peaceful.  “Dream Colourfully” by designer Adrian Koh for Dream Interiors x Elixr.  From Fun of Art.

Dream Colourfully

 

Gabriel Dawe‘s work has been on my radar for a while. I was excited to see Apartment Therapy highlight it recently in a post, 9 Eerily Beautiful String Art Installations.  From his bio, “Gabriel Dawe creates site-specific installations that explore the connection between fashion and architecture, and how they relate to the human need for shelter in all its shapes and forms.”

 

From Pakistani artist Anila Quayyum Agha, ‘Intersections’ consists of laser-cut wood, a single light bulb, and a 6.5′ square cube.  It uses light and shadow to create geometric shapes reminiscent of a “pattern in the Alhambra, which was poised at the intersection of history, culture, and art and was a place where Islamic and Western discourses, met and coexisted in harmony and served as a testament to the symbiosis of difference”.

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Baptiste Debombourg’s site-specific installation uses two tons of broken glass to “flood” the Abbey Brauweiler, a former Benedictine monastery in Germany.  The artist’s site only describes the piece with a quote from R. Martin Gard (French author and winner of the 1937 Nobel Prize for Literature) :  “The mind is everything. The material is the servant of spiritual”.  Found at My Modern Met.

 

And finally, Janet Echelman’s work – wow.

From her website: “Janet Echelman builds living, breathing sculpture environments that respond to the forces of nature — wind, water and light — and become inviting focal points for civic life. Exploring the potential of unlikely materials, from fishing net to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create her permanent sculpture at the scale of buildings. Experiential in nature, the result is sculpture that shifts from being an object you look at, to something you can get lost in.”

Below, “The work is designed to be an ephemeral, floating form above Marina Bay, where the lines between sky, sculpture, and water become blurred.”

Yep.

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Color Inspiration – Strawberry Ice

The sweetest of Pantone’s Spring 2015 colors, Strawberry Ice makes me long for dewy mornings, warm evenings, and cold desserts. Here are a few things I’ve found to be pretty in pink.

strawberry ice


 

Thanks to Inspire Bohemia for this huge collection of plate display ideas!  This is a project that I keep meaning to do at home. My husband’s mother left him some beautiful china, including a gorgeous set with pink flowers. Lots of inspiration here.


Some plant ideas.

Indoor: succulents in pink and green.
Simply Succulents has a large variety to choose from.

 Sempervivum Leucan Rebrum S-1131

Outdoor: Pink Mulhy Grass. Looks like cotton candy when it blooms!

Spectacular photographs by Shihya Kowatari who photographs leaves and flowers under different colored lights. Check out more of her work at cuded.com.

Incredible bird brooches by artist Julia Gorina. Found at Beads Magic.
Julia Gorina is extra talanted jewelry artist. She makes amazing and wonderful alive birds brooches. She use silk, vintage fabric, seed beads, sequins, different glass beads and other nice high quality materials.

Colorful watercolor print over at Sweet Magoo. Check out her other work. I love the llama.
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Green Bird Things In Honor Of St. Patty’s Day!

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.


Not a bird, but a birdcage! I love birdcages, but I never want to see a bird in one.  I have a couple of pretty ones that I used in my wedding, and some succulents just a propagating away.  I’m totally doing this project from from Rainy Side Gardeners.

Succulents

 

Teapot Birdhouse from Robin’s Nesting Place. How sweet is this?! Projects like this get me rethinking how I look at thrift store or yard sale items that may be broken or missing a piece.  I like that color, also.  Lucite Green for Spring!

 

How about this graphic print from Sanna Annukka? Go over to her site to see lots more Finnish inspired works!  Found at Animalarium.

 

And some clover, just for St. Patrick’s Day.  This is Vermont (from birds and blooms of the 50 states) from Dutch Door.

vermont (from birds and blooms of the 50 states)

 

Now off to enjoy a pint of Guinness. Cheers!