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‘So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.’

I’m behind on posts this week. I’ll provide some lovely filler with what I like refer to as childhood toys grown up. Last January I posted Christian Faur’s ‘pointillist’ portraits and I have a few more, courtesy of DudeCraft.

First up is Joe Black , who recreates the famous self-portrait of artist Chuck Close using LEGOs. Please be sure to explore more of Chuck’s work at Artsy.

Here is the original self-portrait:

The next portrait is a re-visualization of a Chinese soldier boy taken by photographer Robert Capa which was used on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1938 when it covered the second Sino Japanese War. It is comprised of 5500 toy soldiers.

Joe Black also has some brilliant super hero portraits.

{ I snagged the Gene Wilder/Willy Wonka from filmfanatic.org. }

New Etsy Treasury – The Descent II

I decided to make a follow up to last years ‘The Descent’ treasury. I discovered many gorgeous new pieces and also stumbled upon Boline Strand’s work, which is the first item featured. She has some amazing pieces on Etsy as well as her site, bolinestrand.com.

The Descent II

Other wonderful pomegranate goodies that I couldn’t fit into the treasury template after the jump… (more…)

Bon Weekend – Art in the city

Charleston Art Walk and Aetlier Gallery Opening Cocktail Reception
Tonight from 6 – 8
153 King Street

atelier gallery is a transitional gallery space that focuses on supporting and promoting the work of both established and emerging, local and regional artists. ever since opening in february of 2009, atelier has been known for bringing fresh, original artwork to local and national collectors alike.

atelier’s philosophy is based on the belief that our collector’s needs are of utmost importance and introducing them to the best, beautiful, affordable and collectible pieces of fine art and craft is our passion. atelier’s knowledgeable staff have over 20 years of experience and are happy to assist in helping you find the perfect addition to your home or office.

They have really amazing work and my stuff is among them! We hope to be there for a good portion of the reception.

Ronit Baranga

A friend sent me a link to the work of Israeli artist Ronit Baranga and I had to share it. I absolutely adore and want all of her tableware!


Happy Monday!

This is shaping up to be a wonderfully busy week. I have a lot of things to post but I’m busy trying to get ready for all of this!

Wonder Women

The Wonder Women Show is a collection of artists celebrating powerful and strong females everywhere! We will be having local art and music, as well as a fashion show, belly dancing, and jewelry vendors. Hula hoops will probably abound, and we are hoping to have some spoken word and possibly fire poi. All in all, it is shaping up to be a fantastic evening.

Feel free to wear your most fabulous and empowered outfit to the show!!

For more info, please visit the Facebook event page.

Atelier Gallery

Grand Opening Cocktail Reception
My work is now being carried this beautiful gallery.

For more info, please visit the gallery events page.

Holy City Artist and Fleas (Saturday & Sunday)

For more info, please visit the HCAF Facebook event page.


While we were in Nassau in February to celebrate Aileen’s birthday, our cab driver gave us a couple of Bahamian coins to bring back home. I wanted to do something fun with one of the coins to remind me of our weekend and gave it to my CFM neighbor, Stella Maris, to make into a ring. Stella is incredibly talented and makes the most wonderful jewelry. I absolutely love it.

If you’re in Charleston, please stop by and see her work. She’s at the Farmers Market on the first and third Saturdays and also organizes the Holy City Artist and Fleas.

Elizabeth McGrath

Elizabeth McGrath

Many thanks to my friend Amy for introducing me to the uh-mazing work of LA artist Elizabeth McGrath! She’s the lead singer in the band Miss Derringer and has been given the name Bloodbath McGrath in reference to the subject matter of her work. Click on the bloodbath link to read more about a documentary on her life.

Pictured above: Savoy | The Incurable Disorder | The Weasels | One Day.

This hauntingly beautiful bird reminds me of someone very close to me who’s spectacularly talented. The world needs to know more about her as well. ♥

Etsy coupling in our bedroom.

roddy & ginger pillow

We finally got around to getting a pillow form to go inside the roddy&ginger pomegranate tree pillow cover we won {and which arrived from London} in November! It’s hand screen-printed onto white linen and backed with a beautiful grey linen. It’s soft and beautiful and it is a welcomed addition to our bedroom. Better late than never, right? Thank you roddy&ginger!

The picture above the chair is an 8″ x 10″ print of an original papercut from Etsy seller, Mon Petit Fantome and is titled, ‘I Do Not Know Where We Are Going, But At Least We Are Together’. I featured one of their papercut prints in my Papercuts & Silhouettes Etsy treasury last year. The partial picture does not do it any justice. At all. The black is thick {for lack of a better word} and the white just pops off the page.

Don’t mind the branches…I haven’t decided if they’re staying in that corner.

They Might Be Giants – High-Voltage Pylon Competition in Iceland.

I stumbled across one of these images on Flickr last night and wanted to share their story. Oh how I would love to see these in around here!

Landsnet, a public company that owns and runs the electrical transmission system in Iceland where 80% of the electricity is from green sustainable sources such as geothermal power, was working with the Association of Icelandic Architects to obtain new ideas for the appearances of the towers and lines. The competition was announced worldwide and the entrants could design completely new looks or they could alter the appearance of existing towers. American firm Choi + Shine Architects sought to create a series of towers that would become monuments in the landscape, something more than just a necessity. The pylons would require only slight alterations to the existing towers. The pylons could also be in configured in different positions, depending on the terrain and environment. If the power lines ascended a hill, the pylons could imitate a climber.

Says Choi + Shine:

Like the statues of Easter Island, it is envisioned that these one hundred and fifty foot tall, modern caryatids will take on a quiet authority, belonging to their landscape yet serving the people, silently transporting electricity across all terrain, day and night, sunshine or snow.

The concept won honorable mention in the competition, and it were one of four winners at the 2010 Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Architecture competition.

{ All images by Choi + Shine }
To read more about these incredible designs, please visit Land of the Giants™.

On the rocks.

I was doing an image search on Google recently {for what, I can’t remember} and ran across Livingstones, created by French designer Stephanie Marin. She got a lot of press a few years ago but this was the first I’d heard of them and wondered how many others hadn’t been privy to these incredibly cool and functional designs. They range in size from a small pillow and as large as a couch. There are companion pieces for the outside call Neo livingstones, which are made from neoprene, and garden furniture that look like giant raindrops and are illuminated! They’re all listed under ‘Collections’.

Brazilian designer Domingos Tótora was featured yesterday on the Alternative Consumer and I can’t do justice in describing how amazing his designs are! Not only are they beautiful but they’re also made using a certified sustainable process which turns the recycled cardboard into pulp, and then into objects that would certainly be a focal point in any space.

totora table

If there are other such similar ‘rocks’ out there, I’d love the hear about them!

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