Archives for category: Art

Last night we planned to go listen to the orchestra that plays outside. I roasted the chicken, spread bread with salty Irish butter, and went to Savenors to buy a packet of those crispy Tate’s cookies.

Then Lux’s mood seemed suspiciously explosive, like we might traipse over to the park put down our blankets settle in with our paper cups of wine and then she would start shouting and pointing with no reasoning whatsoever, just shouting and pointing.

So instead we invited our friend and her boston terrier over to have dinner at our house. We ate the chicken sandwiches at the table and poured the wine into real glasses and Lux tried to feed the dog, Murray, her spicy sesame noodles. After Lux was asleep we started talking about trends lately and the crafting trend of Brooklyn came up. You know, the one where studios have opened and beautiful watches are being made by hand, and crazy inventive sweaters are being knitted, and fine cloth is being tie-dyed in the best way possible. Whenever this comes up I begin reviewing my closet in my mind; wondering if I own anything of that caliber—that I would save for years to come—and more importantly: that would last for years to come.

I have a dress that I bought for my rehearsal dinner four years ago and I’ve since worn it to parties of all sorts, and some weddings, and just recently I wore it to the party we had in the park. The funny thing about this dress is that it’s from Anthropologie. In general I have a very difficult time shopping at Anthropologie. The trouble is that almost every item in that store is so heirloom. Usually there are two floors, both of them brimming with beautiful clothes, every single item could be that dress, or that sweater, or that jacket that you are known for, that embodies your style and makes you the richly dressed girl with lots of character.

I end up not shopping because I have this collision of “who am I?” thoughts: am I the bookish artist? am I the frivolous gardener? am I the spirited crafter? And I leave after admiring the lace bralette and examining the embroidery on the sweater and watching how the skirts’ soft cotton falls just so. And I also might have twinges of fear that say: that dress will try to make you, instead of you making it.

But nonetheless once I got my dress out of the store and into my closet, it became the clutch piece that I rely on and hope to wear for years to come. I’m grateful to Anthropologie for this lovely dress that was available to buy when I needed it and I’m especially grateful for how easygoing and accommodating it has turned out to be. Do you have these pieces like this in your closet? That despite the trend of $10 dresses from H&M or awfully sewn editions from Target, that you’ve managed to get home and love and make part of your life? Or are you considering investing in something truly made by hand?*

The loveliest illustrations taken from Danielle Kroll’s blog. 

*I am! Right now I’m working with a local jeweler to make stud earrings just like I want. But more on that when it happens.


Guess what’s on my desktop right now?

This pretty little number, designed by my friend Kellyn. I love the green wood frame and the graph paper.

She was inspired by The Happy Show, a free show in Philadelphia right now. We stopped by when we were there two weeks ago. I highly recommend. It’s on until August 12th. Everything about it was unlike any art show I’d ever been to.

If you click on the image, it will give you a bigger size for closer examination.

Yes, this is me at Target, all the time.

a birthday card by Fomato.

first seen on bb-blog.

These designs by Greg Christian remind me of the early days of dating Joe. Noticing the most banal things and being thrilled that they reminded me of him; that feeling of, We’re the only ones who like bookstores like this; finding yourself charmed by the simplest aspect of their personality….I don’t know if Greg himself is wooing someone with these (but he must be, right? They are just too convincing) but I’m glad he’s sharing them with the rest of us.

Genuine sentiment, simply executed: works every time.

Greg is launching a small project of all these designs, called TH PRSNL PRJCT, next week. Follow him on twitter for updates.

Last weekend a good friend of Joe’s from college, Brad Johnston, had his graduate art thesis show at Savannah College of Art and Design.

We’re so amazed by his work, I thought I would share a few pieces here. Click on each image for closer inspection.

I love the animation of these foxes. Close-up:

I have seen these two of his prints used as iPhone wallpaper and they look awesome: 

Brad’s website. and for good measure, his wife’s super cheery HuckleberryGal tumblr.

I might have just stumbled onto everyone else’s already favorite artist, so I’m treading lightly because I never noticed him. But I really liked a few things about this show. Namely: laser cut art. kids buying art. kids (Olly is 24) making art and having shows.

Sometimes when things get liked instantaneously all around the internet you think, “but no one would really show up and buy this.” But they do!

Interview with Olly Moss.

Video first seen on Varsity Bookmarking.

I love these fictional painting of the Unknown Hipster stumbling into the Royal Wedding. He looks delightfully hapless. Great colors.

The Wall Street Journal was free on Tuesday, for whatever reason, and I went to straight to the Lifestyle stuff. There was an article about how Christo was doing without Jeanne-Claude (grim), including this beautiful photo of them. Their story of life as lovers-collaborators is always inspring to me.

We have a print of their as-yet unfinished project of covering the Arkansas River in Colorado with fabric. It might sound sad to look at the print, an unfulfilled and now possibly doomed project, but I love it because the detail and span in the drawing is a reminder of how powerfully they dreamed things into being before anyone could even imagine them or believe they could happen.

Bryan O’Brian photo from

I love the color palette of these Aziz Ansari photos from Paper Magazine. The interview is good too.

Watercolors of Metamorphoses, done by my friend Grant Hanna who is at SCAD in Atlanta right now.

It feels like a bad idea to declare a favorite particular medium, but watercolors always get me.

The March issue of Matchbook has an interview with Abby Clawson Low, whose blog I’ve had as a suggested read at the bottom of E & D for awhile now (for too long actually, keep an eye on those and I’ll change them up). She has a super unique eye, designs joyful stuff, and–as it turns out from the interview–is just as nice as one might guess from her work.

photo from Matchbook

Seeing the quilt+floral+map combo in this photo made the little cat inside me curl up and purr to sleep. So cozy. The whole Seattle apartment, featured on Design*Sponge yesterday, is extra lovely and heirloomy.