Retail: Cut & Collaged

December 17th, 2014


This season, I have to admit that I’m a bit behind. I haven’t seen the usual reel of holiday windows- something I truly love and look forward to, mostly because I’ve been head down in work, focused on end-of-the-year deadlines. It’s hard to explain the joy of absorbing something fresh, creative and hand made.  I particularly love seeing windows done on a budget, as they get crafty and experimental. For example, this morning, bleary eyed and focused on my phone, I looked up to avoid tripping on the curb and honed in on the doors belonging to Pas de Calais, a French shop in Soho.

I think they’re magnificent in a collaged/marbled/cut-out kind of way. They’re the opposite of minimalism, which is a welcome relief, and feel like the 3D version of Elephant Magazine or a spread in ID or Dazed and Confused. Huge fan. What do you think?



Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

December 16th, 2014


This week’s gallery picks highlight femininity, culture and the art of creation.

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1.Missy Weimer introduces new mixed media work she artist describes as exploring the “making of meaning”at Micaëla Contemporary Projects
2.Examining Picasso’s late transformation in style, as seen exclusively through the portraits of Jacqueline, his last and perhaps greatest love at Pace Gallery
3.Artist and designer Julie Verhoeven has created an immersive installation that explores concepts of femininity and how they are represented in popular culture, both past and present at Institute of Contemporary Arts
4.Möbius, González Palma’s latest body of work, juxtaposes the early 1900’s concretist/rationalist movement in Latin American art with the midcentury streak of intense nostalgia—also known as magical Lisa Sette Gallery
5.In Liz Collin’swork, art and applied design coexist: a painting is a rug is a blanket is a dress is wallpaper at Heller Gallery
6.Raised in Nigeria, Okore’s affinity for tactile and gristly elements from the semi-urban environs of Nsukka in south-eastern Nigeria, have inspired a body of works that broadly focus on transformation and regeneration of mundane ecological and man-made objects at David Krut Projects

Color Spotting in and Around L.A.

December 16th, 2014

visiting LA

At the end of October, my husband and I spent some time in LA. We had a wedding in Oakland, but figured it made sense to go a bit early, do some work, meet up with friends, and drive up the coast. Here are a few shots from my bouts around West Hollywood, Silverlake, Koreatown and Venice Beach.

Peach, blush and nude tones were still prevalent – they’ve had serious staying power for the past few years. A few favorites across the board were from A.P.C in the form of quilting, Ten Over Six as jewelry, ceramics and mobiles and Fred Segal, as a fringe leather and denim jacket. En Soie had quirky embroidery and printed saying on their womens’ and children’s accessories.

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Bold blue accents also held their own- either in combination with neutral palettes, or in tandem with other saturated brights. The two examples above are from Siglo Moderno, a luxury design showroom and Chariots on Fire, a beautifully curated home accessories shop. We also ate at Commissary, which had the most interesting menu. I wanted to include it, as the mix and match theme seemed to be a new update to my dining travails in L.A. At the few new places we visited, lots of various non-related plates were encouraged – most of which were unhealthy, but delicious. In a city obsessed with image, health and clean food, it almost seemed like a direct reaction to a trend that’s defined the area for so long. Anyone else feel the same way?


Friday Quick Links!

December 12th, 2014


1. Retro summer pics, because we just had our first snow via Miss Moss
2. Loving this pattern filled calendar via The Jealous Curator
3. A very modern DIY Christmas tree via design*sponge
4. You should probably make these adorable clay coasters via Oh Joy!
5. DIY citrus wreathe via Poppytalk
6. Photographing quantum mechanics blackboards around the world via We The Urban
7. Lovely DIY God’s eyes via Honestly WTF
8. Pretty desktop wallpapers from KT Smail via Designlovefest
9. A quirky take on the Christmas tree via Present & Correct
10. Wanting this glow in the dark wood table via Colossal
11. Delectable handmade tableware from Studio One Studio via Design Crush
12. Ready to wear straight out of the printer! via design-milk

Contributed by Emily Gup

Power Plays & Transparent Barriers

December 11th, 2014


I recently worked on four sets of FW 16/17 palettes for The Color Association for our biannual meeting. Whenever it’s time to convene, I spend a few weeks fixated on key visuals from the fashion, art, news and technology worlds and try to wrap my head around general cultural themes that have evolutional staying power.

I collect imagery and toy with ideas tied to politics, pop culture and generational shifts while attempting to trust my gut with what’s relevant and what feels tired. Sometimes it’s optimistic, other times it’s a bit grim. Mostly though, it’s a balancing act of positive and negative forces.

Here are a few magazine tears that caught my eye and fed some of my thinking in the last report. The palettes are for women’s fashion, so I always try to consider the commercial messaging I’m being fed. These fence and fishnet themes kept popping up in the pages of editorial shoots and fashion advertising. Looking at them, I see lust, capture, bondage, transparency, barriers, and female role playing.

Personally, this not-so-subtle messaging seems to both endorse and artistically react to the sexualization and confinement of women, a theme with unfortunate staying power in past and present realities.

This imagery contradicts the Lean In mentality society embraced in 2013.  Can you imagine Tavi Gevinson, Taylor Swift or Leandra Medine – all thought leaders and Gen Y role models modeling in fetishized meek poses? It seems to go against the grain of art by women for women – especially with a lack of underlying humor and irony (except for maybe the blue face mask).

There’s a fine line between art, fashion and propaganda, and while these magazine pages have abstract beauty to them, they also convey stark messaging. It’s simply hard to detach them from today’s political matters – specifically in regard to gender power plays and violence against women. In absorbing these works as a whole, I wonder where we’re headed over the next few years.

I’m also curious how you all read into them. Are you seeing what I’m seeing? And, does the 2016 election paint a brighter picture for women or are we just momentarily circulating within a culture that celebrates these ideals?

CATEGORIES:  ArtColorFashionFeatured CategoriesTrendWomens

Making Textiles with Maruja

December 10th, 2014

Here’s a little reminder of the tlc that goes into screen printing fabric. The step-by-step process can be tedious, but yields beautiful results. This pattern belongs to Maruja and was printed at a factory in Red Hook. I love how the video was made- it allows the viewer to follow along in the creative process and visualize how an illustration can become a textile.



Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

December 10th, 2014


Nerds rejoice! This week’s gallery picks highlight the delight of books and the written word.

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1. In this exhibition of new work, Sam Jaffe continues her investigation into the tensions between the handmade and the industrial made. Jaffe states, “Above all, my work is about surrendering to materials and the fetishistic nature of material culture.” at 65GRAND
2. The Archives, Tony Bevan’s latest series, sees the artist taking on infinite space. Inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ “The Library of Babel”, a story depicting the universe as a library, these labyrinthine repositories of books allude to the vast spaces of the imagination at Ben Brown Fine Arts
3. When Danae Falliers explored the extraordinary, Rem Koolhaas-designed, Seattle Public Library, she photographed the building and its endless stacks and shelves of neatly organized books. Due to the relatively low lighting conditions, all of the text along the book spines softly disappeared, and Falliers recognized that her library photographs had edged closer to pure abstraction, an idea that she with ran with when creating the work for this exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery
4. Charlotte Cornation’s porcelain books inspired by her oniric life using Jung dream interpretation at Galerie BSL
5. Dwyer Kilcollin latest work is deeply invested in an examination of the image from the inside out. Kilcollin’s work encapsulates a fluency in the virtual that is subsequently rendered materially-cast by hand using a gestural application of crushed rock and resin.  Many of the works evoke familiar forms: a sweater, a book, a backpack, a pair of binoculars-their forms pigmented by the view beyond the fence  at M+B
6. In Self Illuminated, Christine La Sala asks, “What can we learn from The Giant Quiz Book?” This propels her to explore the possibility of illumination through assemblage, dioramas, and light, offering interpretations on questions from the book at Alter Space

Color & Craft with Mira Hecht

December 8th, 2014


While exploring Artsy this morning, I stumbled upon Mira Hecht’s kaleidoscopic patterns. Her line work has a softness that’s distinctly abstract in comparison to the mathematic perfection of computer animated art. The dream-like quality and defined color palettes have craft roots in African, Asian and Middle Eastern arts blending cultures, moods and references. “Inspired by glimpses of perfection within the mind’s eye, each painting is meant to be a small gesture of exhalation, pointing to joy, connection and wholeness,” Hecht says. The works are currently on display through March in Washington, D.C. at the Addison Ripley Find Art Gallery. Pop in for a visit if you’re in and around the Dupont area!



Friday Quick Links!

December 5th, 2014


1. Gorgeous color in Antoine Henault’s photographs via Miss Moss
2. Super-sized yarn for super-sized & super soft knitting projects via Honestly WTF
3. Dina Brodsky’s tiny paintings via Fusion
4. Make bowls out of peppermints! via design*sponge
5. Interview with Elliott ‘Numskull’ Routledge via The Design Files
6. Photographers and the photographs that changed them via National Geographic
7. Kelly Puissegur’s hilariously weird narrative paintings via The Jealous Curator
8. Vousta’s handprinted wallpaper is calling our name via Design Crush
9. Turning old skateboards into furniture via Poppytalk
10. Interview with quilter Ben Vernon via O’Toole Blog
11. Sonja Hinrichsen’s drawings in the snow via Colossal
12. Lee Price’s hyperrealistic oil paintings via We the Urban

Contributed by Emily Gup

Enjoying Marcus Oakley’s Art

December 4th, 2014

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Last night, I discovered Marcus Oakley’s work on instagram. I was reeled in by this image, but found myself scrolling through his blog til 1 in the morning. I love the sketches, the shapes, the color ways and the painted cardboard objects. The process makes a lot of sense, as one style begets the next, and so on. To view Oakey’s steady stream of work, check out his blog, it’s filled with gems of the texture, pattern and illustration variety.



Creative Ensambles & Art Basel

December 3rd, 2014

*arty fashion

As the art and fashion worlds descend upon Miami this week, you can bet that the clothing will mirror the gallery exhibitions. Beyond interesting styling, there are patterns and textiles that are truly going the distance this season, presenting themselves are works of art. Here are a few favorites that incorporate color blocking, surrealism, asymmetry and line work, reminiscent of Sol Lewitt. Any favorites in the bunch?

1) Bottega Veneta, Net-a-Porter  2) Ellery, Moda Operandi  3) Alice Mccall, Moda Operandi  4) Alexander Lewis, Net-a-Porter  5) Kenzo, Moda Operandi  6) Fendi, Net-a-Porter  7) Dries Van Noten, Barneys 8) Muller, Moda Operandi


CATEGORIES:  ArtFashionWomens

Tuesday’s Gallery Picks

December 2nd, 2014


This week’s gallery picks are all about observations and the interpretations of moments.

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1. For true enough, Mary Temple debuts lush paintings on canvas and panel—text based abstractions embedded with philosophical and political phrases culled from cultural observation at Mixed Greens
2. POSE’s work explore the ever-evolving notion of the American Dream and its sometimes tenuous relationship to an experienced American history at Library Street Collective
3. Agostino Iacurci takes inspiration from everyday life creating bright multi-layered images, playing with synthetic shapes, bright colors and open titles. “Match Mismatch” is a consideration around the crucial role given to coincidences and correspondences in the interpretation and codification of reality at 19 Karen
4. Michelle Andrade debuts a series of seven acrylic-on- linen paintings that extend her text-based drawings into new figural ground. The work retains the poetic and diaristic qualities of Andrade’s earlier Notebook drawing series, commingling the mundane, the poetic, and the confessional amidst a swirl of brightly colored, nostalgic graphic forms at Charlie James Gallery
5. Jason Willaford’s latest body of work, “Bring into the Fold”, explores his constructivist methodology of quilted, cut and sewn discarded, petroleum-based billboards. It references the prolapse, the idea that these pieces are captured of galvanized at intervals in space and time by sewing pieces of vinyl together, as well as conglomerate constructions, where the artist either revisits or remains in the moment with the pieces at Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas
6.The work in Polly Apfelbaum’s exhibition “Colour Sessions” grew out of the artist’s experience Rome and, in particular, her fascination with the drapery and colored fabrics depicted in Renaissance and Baroque paintings which she saw there at Frith Street Gallery

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