I have kept this image in my notebook folder for a while. The technique that artist/designer Joshua Ben Longo uses to make his "monster skin" fabric is similar to how I made the Colias for the Faulkner chair..... This is a tidy piece of invention...
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I was thrilled to hear about the resurgence of work from design Mattia Bonetti in a New York Times article. Evidently his show at Paul Kasmin's gallery is quite fine. I loved this image with the reflection of of the back in the upholstery...I found it poetic.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Spotted on avant garde designer Ghislaine Vinas' blog; the work of British designer Tom Price. Although this work was done a few years ago it feels very "new" to me. The seat being generated from the melting of the plastic and the PVC pipes being stable enough to make legs.....someone is either super smart or super lucky- and luck is a fine way to design
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
The Art Auction for Haiti Event was awesome. We raised money and we all learned something very valuable...that every one can make something that has value and make the world better. I got this image from the Reggio Emilia Teaching Facebook page because it reminded me that the power of making and seeing are two of the strongest in the world...... Happy Monday,go forth and make something.....and see something!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
I should re-name the show "The mastery of the hand re-builds Haiti" . We have received the most beautiful drawings, prints and this etching by Marina Sharapova. Sent by her partner in crime Igor Kozlovsky. See their world on there web site......
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I am really fortunate that when I have wacky idea like an art auction for Haiti...all I have to do is sit for an hour and e-mail friends and family to help. An easy, immediate e-mail exchange was with Brooklyn fabric artist Erin Wilson. She sent this beautiful "Short Story".
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
By instigating this fundraiser I get the terrific job of sitting my studio with some wonderful work all week. One of the real pleasures of being in Mississippi has been getting know the work of Amos Kennedy. He is a master printmaker residing in Gordo, Alabama. A great part of his work is teaching printmaking to many acolytes who past through his studio-hence our terrific poster for the event by Mark Wise. Amos has contributed a work to the auction, it will all be very exciting.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Every year, since Madeline was a baby, Caleb has made a watercolor Valentine for her, as well as me. We now have a lovely wall full and are anxiously awaiting this years addition. I thought I'd share some for this weekend......happy Valentine's day.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I have written about Fredrik Farg's very fancy chairs before. But these are getting closer to a interesting end. Up-cycling the bottom half of chairs and literally "tailoring" or constructing the top parts again he has made chairs for a party.....
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I have a series of very chic furniture coming from the spring European shows but let's just glory in the the knitting of the chair! A project made out of covering the plastic garden chairs of the world. See the blog knitted chairs.....
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I truly admire the work of Isle Crawford and India Mahdavi. I think they are both rigorous and witty in their work. The work of my friend Ghislaine Vinas is in the same category. I feel like she sets out a very precise road map and just moves forward and forward towards the final result. Enjoy looking at her work-very innovative
Monday, February 8, 2010
I find myself very taken with this images from the photographer Anita Calero's portfolio. Evidently, she is the darling of the Domino Mag photo set. The photograph is beautifully composed, balanced and art fully disheveled.....But is the whole room this good? Something to ponder.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
I was looking for descriptions of a "Good Room" while I was working on this talk. I found Edith Wharton's first sentence in her work The Decoration of Houses. She states, "Rooms may be decorated in two ways: by a superficial application of ornament totally independent of structure, or by means of those architectural features which are part of the organism of every house, inside and out." This is the manifestation of this premise-her beautiful home
The Mount in Lenox. Mass.
The Mount in Lenox. Mass.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
If I were in L.A. today this is what I would go do. Rachel's Whiteread's show at the Hammer Museum which concentrates on her drawing method.....She says that the drawings are a diary of her work. Bet its pretty beautiful. Can someone score me a catalog?
Friday, February 5, 2010
Another super interesting show is opening at The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at The Brooklyn Museum. Artist great Kiki Smith is installing a epic storytelling work based on the needlework artifact of Prudence Punderson(for more on Punderson see Laurel Ulrich's The Age of the Homespun), a young 18th century woman. The installation will spill into the very special period rooms of the Brooklyn Museum which is a act of courage I have never seen at a museum. This should really be good.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
So in preparation for the furniture class's next assignment I will gather some stool projects that have caught my fancy. These beautifully crafted pieces are from the much discussed Pinch Design out of London.
Spend some time on their web site-their sensibility is awesome and there is much to learn from these folding perches.
Monday, February 1, 2010
I am going to be a little remiss in my posting these next couple of days. We are getting ready for a fund raiser at Little Building and I am gathering all the talent in my orbit to raise funds for re-building in Haiti. This is a snap by Tori Higa from the last fund raiser we had at LBC. I love when Little Building really does some work. Will keep you posted on the event!