[mid week refresh] Aurora Robson

aurora robson collage

It’s Wednesday.

The work week is in full force, and well, sometimes we need a little pick-me-up to keep the inspiration flowing for the remainder of the week. I came across Multi-Media artist Aurora Robson’s work while perusing the Columbus College of Art and Design’s lecture series this coming school year. Not only is she presenting at the school in September, but she will also open a solo exhibition at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens that runs through April. I know I’ll definitely be checking that out!

The medium for these collages are ink and junk mail–yup, junk mail. I would love to see them up close to really understand the dimension of the work since these images almost look like vector graphics. Her figural style is also transposed into sculpture, painting, and installation work that you can see on her website.

We_Travel_We_Respond - aurora robson

Aurora Robson - Inga

A Community - Aurora Robson

The Only Mystery - Aurora Robson

all images via Aurora Robson’s Website

Blog Love: Street Art Utopia


all images from Street Art Utopia

Holy Cow it’s August 1st! Let’s ring in the new month with some cool public art because how awesome is yarn bombing and graffiti?? Public Art has interested me for a while now–in fact a large portion of my grad school thesis dealt with this type of design. I love how a small insertion into the public space can have such a large effect on the the occupants. The art has a dynamic presence as inhabitants interact with and change it over time…

Anyways…

I woke up this morning with an email from my former classmate (and good friend) sharing this fabulous blog called Street Art Utopia. It’s full of great examples of street art both by novices and internationally known artists. Check it out today and be amazed.

stuff steph loves: triangle inspired jewelry

stuff steph loves :: Triangle Jewelry

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I’ve been seeing a geometry trend in everything from jewelry to product design to furniture these days. I love the clean, simplistic feel, but the different shapes still give a little unexpected character. Here’s a little round up of some cool 3-sided gems I think would be awesome to wear.

Yay for Fridays! Any fun plans?

Project Living Room :: the chair dilemma

living room update

Project Living Room seems to be stuck in “thinking about it” mode. I’m still totally planning on doing the refresh but I’m still just figuring out what to do.

One issue is the dilemma of the chairs. As you can see, the living room has 2 large cushy chairs and one couch. B and I only sit on the couch. We rarely use the chairs. Only when people come over and it would be awkward to all pile on the couch together does someone then sit on a chair. All other times, we don’t sit on them.

But Lucy does.

She sits on both of them. They are her chairs.

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beach bag essentials

beach bag essentials

I think this will be the 42,876th time I’ve mentioned it, but, B and I are headed to the beach this week! Woot! Design Sponge posted this awesome diy beach bag project out of a mesh screen and since I am completely in love with it, I used it as inspiration for planning my next few days of soaking in the oceanside rays. Here’s some of my essentials for beach days:

1. A good read. I’ve started this book already and I’m sure I’ll finish it up this week. // 2. Keep a hat on to protect your hair and scalp. How adorable is this hat from Target? // 3. Sunscreen is a must! I always put stronger, oil-free stuff on my face to keep up my youthful appearance 🙂 // 4. Need to stay hydrated when the sun is beating down on you all day. // 5. I typically keep the books away from the beach because I don’t like to get them sandy, so I read magazines down by the water. I try to keep it well rounded balancing out the modern design with a healthy dose of celebrity gossip.

Alright I suppose I should actually pack instead of blogging about it! Enjoy your Tuesday!

Blu Friday

Have you heard of the artist Blu? We were looking at his work yesterday in the office and I thought it was too cool not to share. I love old industrial parts of cities and Blu makes crazy awesome stop motion animations using the existing urban fabric. Pretty awesome. Check it out.

BIG BANG BIG BOOM – the new wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

What are you up to this weekend? Any fun plans?  Happy Friday the 13th! Make sure to stay away from black cats and all that jazz 🙂

project: living room refresh

living room update

A new project! Giving the living room a bit of a much needed face lift! This idea has been brewing in my head for a while now, but I was hesitant to do it because, quite frankly, I am more than a little embarrassed to show you the before picture of the room. Plus, it’s sort of a weird feeling to be posting my personal space so publicly. But then I figured, I managed to suck it up and show the horrendous weed-covered yard in Operation Front Door, and this isn’t as bad (or so I hope) and that was just the motivation I needed to get the yard cleaned up. Let’s hope that happens with this project, too. Continue reading

lucy loves :: dining in style

I’ve been noticing a lot of well designed fine dining options for the pup lately.  Actually, I’ve been noticing all sorts of all around cool stuff for dogs, but I needed some order to the post and images, so here’s a round up of lucy’s wishlist of serving ware:dog food dining round up

// 1. Orange powder coated steel wire dog dish? Cool! via Unleashed Life //
// 2. I love these helvetica treat containers. via Harry Barker //
// 3. Make sure to keep the dog hydrated in this heat while you go on walks with this expandable water bowl that clips on to your water bottle. via Popware for Pets //
// 4. This bowl holder is made from reclaimed wood. via Snazzy Jazzy Pet //
// 5. An Eames-style dog food stand complete with hair pin legs. Love. via ModPet //

I ka(n)t get enough….

Oh man I think the power outages are getting to me with my punny post titles, but seriously, how fun is the ikat trend going around right now? I’m definitely loving it.

Ikat is really a dyeing technique similar to tie-dye except the threads are tied off and dyed before weaving the fabric together. Whereas tie-dye is done by tying off the fabric after its been woven together. The result is a boho chic pattern that works on everything from clothes to housewares.

Here’s some favorites I picked out to share with you:

1. Ikat linen clutch via Bagboy on Etsy // 2. Raspberry Ikat Chair via Anthropologie // 3. Ikat print scarf via Gap // 4. Mugs via World Market // 5. Headband via Cara Accessories // 6. Copi Ikat Cube and Pillow via Found Object on Fab.com

It was hard to narrow down the selection for this round up, but check out my pinterest board for more fun ikat ideas!

I actually don’t own anything ikat yet, but after this round up of goodies, I’m thinking I’ll have to make a shopping trip soon!