Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Fall

Beautiful movie. Visually stunning.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New TrueViolet Design - Amelie

Just finished up this new design for my Etsy.

Play-doh Ads

They say "Let Imagination Take Over".

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Seimprejosefina on Etsy

This Etsy seller has an extensive collection of dolls and puppets inspired from TV shows and cartoons. These patterns are excellent! So similar to the real characters. I'm impressed with her selection too... she even has a PigPen and Franklin!

J. Turrell

Images from the portfolio of Jimmy Turrell. Beautiful.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Le Pied Léger

Crocheted shoes by Le Pied Léger on Etsy.

She discovered these shoes in lago Atitlán, Guatemala and was taught to make them by a local.

So cute.

Shepard Fairey at the Warhol

Shepard Fairey: Supply & Demand
The Andy Warhol Museum

Pittsburgh, PA
October 17, 2009 - January 31, 2010

Shepard Fairey, the Los Angeles-based street artist behind the red, white, and blue Obama campaign image that swept the globe, is the subject of an exciting new exhibition organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. The 20-year retrospective, the first solo show of the artist's work, explores the breadth of Fairey's career. In 1989 the first Andre the Giant has a posse sticker was created and the OBEY GIANT project was born. Twenty years later, Shepard Fairey has a solo retrospective exhibition at The Warhol. Within that time, Fairey has gone from artsy prankster and skateboarders’ underground hero to worldwide cultural phenomenon for his murals, fine art prints, and street art poster campaigns.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Things to covet...

Chanel Jade Nail Polish. It typically retails for $25 but is sold out on the Chanel website. Just out of curiosity I checked out the selling prices on ebay and one bottle of this Jade green is selling for over $100 a pop. Ouch! It’s hot but 100 bucks for a bottle of nail polish is a little out of my price range - even for a nail polish fiend like me.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Geek Chic

From a series called ‘Bookworms Never Go to Bed Alone’ the new body of mixed media work by New Zealand photographer/illustrator Kelly Thompson.

RIP Irving Penn

A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.

-Irving Penn

June 16, 1917-October 7, 2009

iStock Logos

iStock has announced that logos will soon be available in their online collection. Clients will soon be able to download a unique logo to brand their business or organization. I don’t know how I feel about this... Yes, I could sell logos to iStock but will this cheapen the quality of logos used by certain business and eliminate the need for custom designs? As a designer, this may take clients from an already super-competitive field.

iStock’s point of view:
This is a huge opportunity not just for existing iStock contributors, but for our community of designers as well. If you’re a designer, you've probably created hundreds of different logos over the course of your career and we're offering you an outlet to start selling logos to the world’s largest community of creative buyers.

hmmmmm. Depends if you’re paying me more or less than a real client would. I’m still trying to decide what I think of all this. Probably a good thing for buyers, maybe not so good for designers. I’m curious to see what kind of logos will be available. To be continued.

Alice on Fred Flare

Love this Alice T!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

This Friday...

The Wild Rumpus will finally start!

I know I posted this like three times now but I'm so excited I can't help myself! It's my favorite childhood book brought to life by Spike Jonze. I love this book so much I think I might get a little misty eyed at the movie. I'll bring plenty of tissues.

Christmas in the Woods

October 10-11 & 17-18 from 10am-5pm
44337 County Line Road

Columbiana, OH 44408

This is the Christmas version of Shaker Woods. Traditional crafts are also available. It's a great show to find handmade gifts for your friends and relatives.

Last year, my two favorite Shaker Woods vendors were also at Christmas in the woods. It's worth going just to get some "Herbs for Healthful Living" Coconut soap :)

And to help you get into the Christmas spirit...

52 Aces

Zeixs - a design portal created by a German based publishing house - has released this “52 Aces” deck of cards. Each card has been individually designed by 52 international designers and illustrators. A limited edition of 999 decks were produced.

It's like getting 52 unique little masterpieces.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Linda Zacks

Stumbled upon these beautiful murals today on Linda Zacks website. I like the collaborative effort and in turn, the mix of different styles on one mural.

From Zacks website:
Curius, a Paris-based design shop, invited me to contribute to a mural project on view at Gare Montparnasse. The theme of the murals is "What We Think About When We Travel"- the title in french is "J'avance, Donc Je Pense". Curius' inspiration came from Wim Wenders film "Wings Of Desire" when the two angels come down from heaven and listen to what people are thinking on the Berlin subway (without the black and white, of course). A handful of artists from Montreal, Melbourne, Sao Paulo, London and Paris also contributed to the murals which are giant collages. My work appears on the far right of each mural.

Every Little Counts

What child of the 80’s wouldn’t love these shirts?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Youngstown Etsy - Shop Local

Out of curiosity, today I decided to search the “Shop Local” section of Esty for Youngstown vendors. Youngstown is up to four pages. I think when I started my Esty in 2007 there may have been two pages.

Here are a few of my favorite local vendors:

Toni Armeni Sculpture
Cradled Orb
Toni was one of my design professors at Youngstown State. He's an inspiring teacher and his work is top notch.

Bit of Whimsy Dolls
I have to admit, these dolls are adorable. I like the combinations of animals and people. In this case, pirate/bunny.

Julie Garland Jewelry

Cute jewelry that’s also reasonably priced.

And of course ME! I’m in the process of taking all new photos and starting a second Etsy strictly for my knitting projects. So far I have set up the shop but am still on the hunt for models to photograph wearing my knits. My invitation business and first Esty shop, TrueViolet, was named in honor of one of the most inspiring women in my life - my Grandma Violet. This new Etsy is named after the street that my Grandma Emma lived on when I was a child.

Stay tuned for Negley Street Knits.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Mickey Mouse Ears = Cute

Cigarette = not so cute.

But I still love this.

By Brian Viveros.

Dome Homes

I came across these Japanese Dome Houses today while surfing the net. They’re built from polystyrene, "the fourth-generation building material" after wood, iron, and concrete. Basically a type of styrofoam. The special expanded polystyrene is said to have multiple environmental and health benefits including “prevention of aging and the recuperation of your health. ”

Sign me up! Screw the fountain of youth, I need one of these Dome Homes.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Chuck Close at Akron Art

In less than a week, The Akron Museum of Art will open it’s Familiar Faces: Chuck Close in Ohio Collection. Over 35 works by Close will be on display, including paintings, handmade paper pulp pieces, photographs, prints, and a tapestry.

Youngstown's very own Butler Institute of American Art, along with Ohio Museums from Cleveland to Cincinnati have contributed work for this exhibition. These public Close works will be joined by rarely seen pieces from private collections around the state.

Chuck Close is a top American artist who has overcome his condition as a quadriplegic to create beautiful work, mainly focused on portraiture. In the late 60’s he re-invented and re-invigorated portraiture, giving it relevance in an art-world focused on concepts and process.

This Collection will also offer a free film screening of Chuck Close on Sunday, October 4, 2009, 3pm. The film focuses on Close's process and features interviews with his famous friends and fellow artists Robert Rauschenberg and Kiki Smith.

Sounds like a must-see exhibit.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


I just found this while searching on Etsy. It's by Frosti. Her shop is one of the most bizarre I've seen. Check out this cleaver and dismembered finger thingy (what do you call this exactly?)

The first pic is kind of disgusting but cute however once they put it on this little girl's head it got a little too freaky for me. Who would do this to a child? The best part of this thing is that the description says " Blood splatter pattern may vary."

She also had some other bizarre but interesting stuff including a fried egg hoodie ornament and an LA County Coroners fake ID. Just what I've been looking for. hehe