Archive for the ‘Embellish/Art+Design’ Category

Rose Tinted

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

You know when you try to remember an event in your past and all you may get is a hazy image? That’s what Alexia Vogel’s paintings make me think of.

Inspired by color field painting, Cape Town-based artist Alexia Vogel takes a fresh approach to landscapes. The artist works with layers of thinned paint and glazes to play with depth and tone. Using old family photographs as a starting point, she creates abstractions of landscapes — often with a soft pink tones — that loosely resemble fading photographs.

{ Read about Alexia Vogel here and see more of her work online. }


Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Australian agency The Monkeys collaborated with design company Maud to create a series of limited edition prints for beverage distributor Diageo. Titled Mixionary, the series features one a cocktail per print, screen-printed with proportionate color blocks that represent the volume of each ingredient.

The prints are refreshingly clever.

{Learn more about The Monkeys and their Mixionary series.}


Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Artist Susan Dwyer is inspired by expanded form and space. Her three-dimensional work include cast plaster bulges and inflated vinyl bumpers.

Shown are Dwyer’s Untitled (Yellow Fade Grid), 2009; plaster, acrylic paint, polyurethane; 18 x 15 x 2 inches // Untitled (Peach Corners), 2009; plaster, acrylic paint, polyurethane; 15 x 7 x 2.5 inches // Untitled (Gold Pair), 2007; plaster, gold leaf; 4 x 8 x 2.5 inches // Triptych (White), 2008; plaster polyurethane; 11.5 x 10 x 3.5 inches // Untitled (Six Bulges), 2008; plaster, acrylic paint, polyurethane, gold leaf; 14 x 14 x 4 inches.

Learn more about the artist’s work online a Susan Dwyer.

Stick Drawings

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

French-based artist Francis Limérat uses thin wood sticks with which to “draw.” Taking cues from abstraction, Limérat practices a reduction of form to basic geometric designs. His sculptural artwork has little physical depth, but shadows create the vision of space.

{ Learn more about Francis Limérat. }

Grow Your ABCs

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Alice Mourou, a Moscow-based art director, composed delicate letter forms out of blossoms, florist tape and wire. So blooming adorable.

To see more of Alice Mourou’s work and videos on how she created her delicate Blossom Type series, visit her website.

Prints Charming

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Camilla Frances Prints is a textile print studio specializing in women’s fashion. The studio creates prints that are a unique combination of expressive femininity and digital edge. { Images via Camilla Frances Prints. }


Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

I’m crazy about Danielle Kroll’s work. In particular, I like her John Muir Trail series and Paintings on Science, where she affects photographs with her illustrations.

Check out more of her work online at hellodaniellekroll. Prints of the artist’s work are available at

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 and collaborate with an incredibly talented crew of individuals. Character has been designing, art directing and working with 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. 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/; 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.}