[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

columbus is cool :: Columbus Design Week

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For those of you not from Central Ohio, and for those of you in Central Ohio that have been oblivious to nearly every storefront, poster, and local magazine/newspaper in the city, 2012 is Columbus’ 200th year. Yahoo! Tons of celebrations and events are happening all year to commemorate the occasion from giant birthday parties to bike tours to public art exhibits.

Coming up September 29-October 7 is a week dedicated to showcasing the awesome design scene Columbus has to offer. I have been working with a core group of about 10 designers as well as a number of fabulous collaborators to help make this event come to life. Links to official articles and websites describing the events and sponsors/affiliates will be at the end of the post, but first I want to highlight a couple of the great events we’ve been working on.

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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.

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 ūüôā

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 //

Fab Finds

I was introduced to a new website a couple days ago. It is fabulous, and appropriately titled, fab.com.

Heard of it? No? Ohhh man, you’re in for a treat!

For those of you familiar with shopping sites like Rue La La or Gilt Groupe, its basically the same thing where different companies have sales on it for just a couple days, except on fab.com the products are all super cool, well designed products (as opposed to clothes). They sell everything from jewelry to furniture to books to lighting to art to hair styling tools and everything is just, well, fab. A lot of the sales are from etsy shops, which I love. There’s so much energy behind handcrafted work and¬†entrepreneurial¬†businesses right now, and I’m totally all for it. They also sell vintage items and have a pinterest-type board for inspiration. Not that we need another pinterest….but in case you needed another pinning outlet…

Before you scurry off and look at it, let me show you some fun things I’ve seen over there the past couple days and am restraining myself from buying.

bamboo sunglasses

via proof eyeware

How awesome are wood sunglasses?

Lexon watches

via lexon design

there’s something really cool about a simple, single-colored watch.

hexagon necklace

via Mani & Lou
(this is her etsy shop, this necklace isn’t there, you have to go fab.com for it!)

light bulb chandelier

via Urban Chandy

¬†This could be a fun project to try. Not much for wiring? Stop by Cassidy Brush’s etsy shop!

cityfabric Chicago tote

via CityFabric

CityFabric has totes, tees and prints of different U.S. cities. I’m putting this up here even though they don’t have Columbus…They need to get on that!

colander light

via Flea Market Rx

A colander turned light, um, cool!

Get the gist? Fab stuff at fab.com, you should check ’em out!

Fox in Sox on Knox on Box

Oh Dr Suess, Who knew some twenty years later I would use you to title a blog post?

Music Monday this week is fox themed. Let’s cut to the chase and start with the music and move on to more fox fun.

Cue Fleet Foxes, an Indie folk band from Seattle. A friend told me about them this past week and turns out I’ve heard some of their songs before. ¬†Have a listen for yourself and see what you think.

Now onto the foxy goodness! My final studio in grad school was “fur themed” where we investigated different types of fur and figured out different ways of representing and drawing fur in a technical sense. A requirement for the studio (which we didn’t know going into it) was to acquire an animal hide so we could study the fur qualities and manipulate it hands on.

I chose a fox. For some reason I was interested in the fur’s “poofiness” and the fox was one of the poofiest hides I could find. ¬†We had a whole slew of animals in the studio ranging from a muskrat to a springbok to an elk, it was quite a sight.

I’m not going to get into all the tiny details of this project, because that’s not really what this blog is about, but I will show some of the drawings and the final “model” that was produced.

drawing a fox

fox

fox

Architecture school can be so weird, right?! This was by far the most outlandish thing I did in school. I not only left that studio with an interesting conversation piece to have on my end table, but also a slight bias toward the fox.

We can move out of the fox-in-architecture-school-realm and move into the fox-in-craftiness-realm. Since that studio, I have been very aware of all of the fox¬†paraphernalia that exists out there and have seen tons of fun foxy things. Here’s some highlights I found on Etsy. (the images link to the sources, so if you find something you simply cannot live without, go check it out!)

adorable mini felted fox adorable felted fox

peta-friendly fox collar knit pattern

origami fox stationary

fox stationary

fantastic little fox coat

fox coat

vintage fox necklace

vintage fox necklace

awesome fox t-shirt

fox t shirt

Who knew music monday would lead to all this foxiness! Thanks for stopping by and have a good week!