Feb 26, 2015

7 Beautiful Portraits and Artist Entrepreneurs

One inspiration leads to another, or it definitely is when you are browsing through art and design websites and the gazillion images on Pinterest. 

I love candid portraits shot in peoples' natural environments... in their workspaces or homes, where they are just pausing for a breather from work. Here are some well shot ones, of enterprising, thriving artist entrepreneurs! I leave it to you to click on the links and explore the beautiful stories behind them.

Sabrina Ward Harrison in front of her painting

Richie Culver at home

Ani Alonso of Magia Pura

Polish artist NeSpoon in the middle of her street art

Yared Nigussu with this brilliant strokes

Print maker extraordinaire Cameron Short 

Khristian Howell in her studio

Inspirational, aren't they? 

Do check out these and plenty more on my Portraits Pinterest board

Feb 2, 2015

Inspiration: Brand: PAMPA

I'd consider it the world's best career option if one could travel the world, make money while doing so, and give back to society at the same time. Nothing beats that!

Here we're talking a brand, an offbeat, socially responsible one which aims at supporting dying art forms of indigenous communities... PAMPA... founded by an Australian-Argentine photographer couple - Vicky Aguirre and Carl Wilson - who have traveled wide and far.
"We are adventurers. We integrate cultures. We search nature. We preserve art heritage. We are Pampa."


This brand has one of the most beautiful websites and products (fantastic range of art rugs hand-woven by native South American communities) I have come across. Through Pampa, Vicky and Carl have provided a growing market for the otherwise local artform which might never have crossed the surrounding mountains. These rugs now retail at several stores across Australia and New Zealand.

Here's a completely rustic, earthy brand that I am tempted to idolize. 


Watch this video for starters...
The rugs lined up...

Some of my favourite one-of-a-kind rugs from their collections:








 



And their creators...





Read about the weaving and dyeing process here.

Pampa's Instagram and Tumblr feeds are to die for, filled with stories of horses, sweeping landscapes of Australia and South America, woven rugs, weavers, and yes, Lamas.

All images from the Pampa website. You must go there!

Jan 29, 2015

Inspiration: Artist: Satoshi Kawamoto, garden stylist, chalk artist

'Garden stylist'
'Chalk artist'.

Sounds utterly delightful, 
Got me "curiouser and curiouser", 
And I took a deep dive in...

Satoshi Kawamoto a botanical artist from Tokyo who conceptualizes and builds beautiful living worlds using plants, illustrations, and handwritten typography. He founded Green Fingersa lifestyle-oriented plant and design brand based in Japan.

His garden styling is far, far from neatly manicured lawns, trimmed hedges or a ton of flowering plants. 

And that's what draws me in... even though he works with potted plants, they seem to be out on their own, wild.
You see what I mean?

Are you bowled over yet? 
Here are pictures of the stores/cafes/homes he has styled. 




Here's Satoshi's instant industrial + botanical makeover of a lampshade... how cool's that!

If you too love the way his garden styling sounds, and if you ever visit NYC or Tokyo, don't miss out visiting his Green Fingers stores. I definitely won't! :-)

Satoshi's book "Decorating With Plants" also promises to be a treat, with ideas galore for all of you with a green thumb!

(All pictures are from the artist's website.)

Jan 22, 2015

Creating Gorgeous Gallery Walls

A tad late into the new year :-) 

Nevertheless here I am with a guest-post useful to anyone who's looking to spice up their walls or dress up a nook in their home... 

Modernize is a US-based firm giving homeowners all the inspiration to create their dream home. It also helps you connect with a professional who will make your dream home a reality.
 

The concept is interesting, and I am happy to have Jane Blanchard of Modernize talk to you readers with some fresh, interesting tips to work around a common idea... Creating Gorgeous Gallery Walls!

Over to Jane...
Visiting the local art gallery inspires you to create your own masterpiece, but where to begin is the question. If you're like many people, you have hundreds of photos saved in a computer somewhere or stacked in a storage box. Start sorting those favorite pictures and give them a chance to shine. Gorgeous gallery walls are possible when you adhere to a few loose rules.

Mix or Match?

Strike a chord with visitors using matched frames. This decorated living space uses the black frames to accent the leather couch below. White margins surrounding the photos give each image a visual punch as you walk in the room. You want to take a look at these photos because of their prominent role. Alternatively, try mismatched frames for a more eclectic look. Mixed frames are more appropriate for a casual living room with a bright color palette. Frames often complement unusual furniture in the room to bring all the elements together, for example

Pick the Right Wall

If you have a narrow hallway, don't hang your gallery where it could be struck down. Pick a wall that is prominent yet away from major traffic. This decorator chose a back wall in the living room for their gallery. As you enter the sitting area, you enjoy the pictures without ever needing to physically walk past them. You can always get up for a closer inspection, but it's not usually necessary because of the close proximity of the seating.

Go Big — or Go Small

This decorator has the right idea with a small gallery collection in the corner of this room. The display is simple and makes the space feel comfortable and quaint. It's a great example of a small gallery, but you can definitely go larger.

For those long hallways, try to cover most of the wall space with a big gallery. Each display type should match the room and available space. Trying to add two or three framed items to a huge wall with a vaulted ceiling doesn't have a cohesive look and can make the space feel unfinished.

Stick with a Theme

You don't want a hodgepodge of photos gracing the wall so choose your theme carefully. This room has a black-and-white theme, but you don't have to limit yourself to just color matching. Your theme could be a subject, such as flowers or horses. Stick to this theme to make the wall tell a story. Your guests will respond well to a themed wall rather than a collection of random thoughts across the space.

Change it Up

Once you create the gallery, you don't have to keep it as a permanent fixture. Art museums are constantly rearranging and adding new artwork. If you have a huge collection, swap out some pictures every season, for instance. This process refreshes the wall's appearance and encourages visitors to view the gallery again for all its changes. You want to be excited by the gallery to keep it updated as much as you like.

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Thanks for these pointers, Jane! 

So, bring out all those paintings, photos or posters which are lying rolled-up in your cupboards, and treat a wall or two in your home to a dramatic facelift!

(Click on the pictures to visit their sources)
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