Archive for the ‘Embellish/Art+Design’ Category

A Matter of Time

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Artist Stéphanie Gugliemetti deconstructs watches, taking their parts and creating dynamic mobiles — often contained within deep frames — in effect freezing time while capturing minute movements that measure how time flies. I discovered Stéphanie Guglielmetti’s work while visiting Paris and found her work playful yet poetic.

{My photos do the artist’s work a disservice, so please feel free to hop on over to Stéphanie Gugliemetti’s website or see more of her work here and here}

Doll Parts

Friday, November 1st, 2013

I recently discovered Niki Havekost’s work on Buy Some Damn Art. The artists’ three-dimensional figures, or dolls, work off the underlying theme of traditional “women’s work,” which the artist believes is integral to feminine identity. Hovekost has described the dolls as possessing tools and skills by which they can grow, evolve and restore themselves if need be.

{See more of Niki Havekost’s work online or visit Buy Some Damn Art}

Love Your Space

Friday, October 18th, 2013

At the creative agency where I’m a partner and creative director, I’ve had the opportunity to work with the lovely people at Art.com and collaborate with an incredibly talented crew of individuals. Character has been designing, art directing and working with Art.com for a year now, creating their direct mailer and concepting their lifestyle imagery. It’s work I’m very proud of and I’ve been eager to share.

Art.com offers the world’s largest collection of art, including original pieces, limited edition prints, and hand-embellished canvases — art to help you love your space.

{Credits: Client/Art.com; Photography/Todd Tankersley; Styling/Glenn Jenkins & Rachel Riedy; Copywriter/Sam Jones; Set builder/Tom Tankersley; Producers & Managers/Dawn Webb (Tankersley studio), Katya Black & Melanie Wood (Character SF); Creative Direction/Tish Evangelista, Character; Art Direction/Tish Evangelista & Kyle Macy, Character; Design/Kyle Macy, Character.}

Work of Fiction

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Artist and writer Harland Miller’s work present painterly reproductions of dust jackets of old Penguin books, but with fictitious titles the artist conjures up.

I have an art crush on Harland Miller’s paintings — from the references to American abstraction, German expressionism, and pop art; to the artist’s love for text, evident in the humorously tragic book titles.

{Interior image is of British designer Harriet Anstruther’s London town house | To read about the artist and see more of his work online}

Love’s Gamble

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Melbourne-based design studio A Friend of Mine was invited to participate in the exhibition Elsewhere, held in a London gallery. Each artist was given a novel to interpret. Receiving the novel Love’s Gamble, AFOM explored notions of love lost, gained and the inherent fragility of love. AFOM’s final piece was a book glued closed, cut it into segments, and held together in a floated acrylic case. Something broken, but new.

Hard Working Hand Soap

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Hudson Made Worker’s Soap is produced in small batches and reportedly smells of cedar wood with a hint of tobacco. The handsome packaging, created by New York based Hovard Design, captures Hudson Made’s philosophy of “a return to hand assembly.” { See more online at The Dieline }

Kite Flyer

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

New York based artist Jacob Hashimoto draws from his Japanese heritage for his installation work. Using bamboo for structure, rice paper pieces and nylon fishing line, the artist creates three dimensional structures comprised of thousands of miniature kites. { Images shown above are from Hashimoto’s Silence Still Governs Our Consciousness | See more of Jacob Hashimoto’s work online here }

A Stitch in Time

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Santa Monica based artist Diane Meyer combines personal travel photographs and embroidery. The artist sews directly on the photographs partially obscuring the pictures. The final works are abstractions of the original images — layered, seemingly nostalgic and mindfully intriguing. {See more of Diane Meyer’s work online here and here.}

On the Wire

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

{Intricate wire letterforms by Dan Hooper via Behance.}

Sheer Joy

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Australian artist Amy Joy Watson hand-stitches her joyful, geometric sculptures out of balsa wood.

Untitled, 2011, balsa wood, watercolor, polyester thread, balloons

Untitled, 2011, balsa wood, watercolor, polyester thread, plaster, 310  x 200 x 210 cm // Untitled, 2011, balso wood, watercolor, polyester thread, glitter, pine, 45  x 55 x 55 cm // Untitled, 2011, balsa wood, watercolor, Indian ink, polyester thread, glow-in-the-dark pigment, pine 50 x 52 x 52 cm

Untitled, 2011, acetate, glow-in-the-dark thread, helium balloon 220 x 40 x 40 cm // Untitled, 2011, balsa wood, watercolor, polyester thread, giant gobstopper 30 x 50 x 40 cm

Untitled, 2011, balsa wood, watercolor, polyester thread, 140 x 150 x 130 cm // Untitled, 2011, balsa wood, watercolor, polyester thread, helium balloon 350 x 80 x 80 cm

{See more at Amy Joy Watson’s website.}