Friday, January 30, 2009


Endless amounts of design and creativity are produced on a daily basis. I find myself constantly inspired. But, every once in a while, I see something that makes me absolutely giddy.

This is one of those times.

Two words: Knit Graffiti.

Yes, that’s correct, Knit Graffiti.

Concentrating at work today was a challenge because I was too busy imagining the possibilities.

So this is my idea (consider it a homage to Knitta Please and the other graffiti knitting crews):

Knitting patterns are written in abbreviations of knitting terms. For example, knit is “k” and “p” is purl. A common knitting term is yarn over, written as “yo” in patterns.

I propose a knitting group in Youngstown called yarn over Youngstown which will be referred to as yoYo.

I imagine some people would be offended by this type of graffiti, I guess technically it may be considered vandalism. Who cares though, it would make me and I believe a handful of others happy for a fleeting moment. To me, something that’s bright, creative, flat-out hilarious, and causes no permanent damage is not offensive.

I concur with the label of “the world’s most inoffensive graffiti”. As they say, “who in their right mind would come face to face with a sweater-wearing tree and do anything but smile?”

So just one question... who wants to join my crew?

In the meantime I’ll be cooking up a yoYo. logo.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Trace the Red Light
By Olena Shmahalo or Luminatii on deviantArt

I’m usually not intrigued by traditional pencil drawings but I just love these. It’s truly subjective, but this is not only drawn beautifully but so emotive. It has a sadness about it that provokes that feeling of wishing to escape.

The wanting-to-jump-out-of-your-own-skin emotion has got to be one of the worst feelings ever. Yet this is so beautiful.

Travel Faster
I think bicycle images, especially illustrations, rank right up there with antlers and zebras. And that is purely a formal preference even though I love spinning and biking.

Prints are available online.

Typography - Alive & Kicking

"The definition of a typographer is outdated. I don’t see myself as a scientist or an artist, just as a typographer who wants to break barriers."
-Oded Ezer
Helvetica Live! is Oded Ezer's interpretation to the famous typeface:
"...formal intersections between the famous Helvetica letters and various object silhouettes. Consciously ignoring "logical" context, I was influenced by Dadaist methods and contemporary virtual hybridizations of animals and human beings. These typo hybrids suggest a more playful and humorous attitude to typography, a field that often suffers from an unjust reputation of an overly strict and serious one."

I love Milton is Oded Ezer's homage to Milton Glaser's I heart NY logo:
"This 70x100 cm poster is a homage to Milton Glaser, whose famous I heart NY logo is one of the things that stuck into my mind forever. Glaser's design is simple and direct, and I felt it will be still recognisable even if I will make it more complicated."

The End: Analyzing Art in Troubled Times

The End: Analyzing Art in Troubled Times

Date: February 7, 2009 daily until May 3, 2009
Time: All Day
Cost: Free with Admission

At the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

The End: Analyzing Art in Troubled Times is a large group exhibition of contemporary artists that seeks to analyze the power of art in troubled times. As the stability of the United States economy continues to erode and as talk of a prolonged economic malaise spreads, everyone from the ruling elite to the man in the street worries with ever-increasing frequency about what might happen should this country—and perhaps the world beyond—spiral into economic collapse. The End confronts this hard-edged topic head-on. In addition, Warhol’s Death and Disasters, Skulls, Jackie, and Electric Chair series will be on view in the permanent collection galleries to explore Warhol’s own fixation and fascination with the theme of disaster.

The contemporary artists included in the exhibition are Lida Abdul, Beth Campbell, Luis Camnitzer, Daniel Canogar, Castromori (Hiroshi McDonald Mori + Stefano Castronovo), Davis/Langlois, David Deutsch, Mary Beth Edelson, Karen Finley, Roland Flexner, Daniel and Geo Fuchs, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Lukas Maximilian Hüller, Rashid Johnson, Cary Liebowitz, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Jonathan Meese, Trevor Paglen, Hirsch Perlman, Raymond Pettibon, Jane Philbrick, Martha Rosler, Diane Samuels, Shelly Silver, Susanne Slavick, Althea Thauberger, Mitra Trabizian, Banks Violette, Hugh Walton, Lawrence Weiner, Christopher Wool, and Aaron Young.The exhibition was curated by Eric C. Shiner, The Warhol’s Milton Fine Curator of Art.

Image: Enredos 1, detail by Daniel Canogar

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Alexander Calder's Circus

The great man is he that does not lose his child's heart.

Theodora by TrueViolet

Another new invitation set added to my Esty today. Link

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Also at the Butler

The Area Artists: 72nd Annual Exhibition
January 25, 2009 through February 22, 2009

The Area Artists Annual, a juried exhibition of works in any media, is open to any artists 18 years of age or older, living within a forty mile radius of Youngstown.

A predict a trip to the Butler sometime in my near future.

Visit the Butler Institute of American Art
The Beecher Center
524 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio 44502
330-743-1107 Ext. 123

11am to 4pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday • Noon to 4pm Sunday
11am to 8pm Wednesday Closed Monday & major holidays. No admission fee. Donations accepted.

Speaking of Andrew Wyeth...

The Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH) will be hosting a special exhibition of Wyeth’s work January 16, 2009 through February 28, 2009. The exhibition is drawn from the permanent collection and private holdings and includes work from both Wyeth and his son, Jamie Wyeth.

Cool. If only Christina's World could be there.

Image: Pumpkinhead
Self-Portrait by Jamie Wyeth, 1972

Incredibly Close

This is my favorite painting of all time and I’ve wanted to see it in person for years. Currently it’s “not on view” at MoMA. I’ve been to MoMA before and was disappointed that it wasn’t on view at that time either. WTF MoMA?

I and the Village
Marc Chagall. (French, born Belarus. 1887-1985). I and the Village. 1911. Oil on canvas, 6' 3 5/8" x 59 5/8" (192.1 x 151.4 cm). Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund. © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Painted the year after Chagall came to Paris, I and the Village evokes his memories of his native Hasidic community outside Vitebsk. In the village, peasants and animals lived side by side, in a mutual dependence here signified by the line from peasant to cow, connecting their eyes. The peasant's flowering sprig, symbolically a tree of life, is the reward of their partnership. For Hasids, animals were also humanity's link to the universe, and the painting's large circular forms suggest the orbiting sun, moon (in eclipse at the lower left), and earth.

The geometries of I and the Village are inspired by the broken planes of Cubism, but Chagall's is a personalized version. As a boy he had loved geometry: "Lines, angles, triangles, squares," he would later recall, "carried me far away to enchanting horizons." Conversely, in Paris he used a disjunctive geometric structure to carry him back home. Where Cubism was mainly an art of urban avant-garde society, I and the Village is nostalgic and magical, a rural fairy tale: objects jumble together, scale shifts abruptly, and a woman and two houses, at the painting's top, stand upside-down. "For the Cubists," Chagall said, "a painting was a surface covered with forms in a certain order. For me a painting is a surface covered with representations of things . . . in which logic and illustration have no importance."

I also want to see this in person before I kick the bucket and this one is “on view” at MoMA.
Christina’s World
Andrew Wyeth. (American, born 1917). 1948.
Tempera on gessoed panel, 32 1/4 x 47 3/4" (81.9 x 121.3 cm).

The woman crawling through the tawny grass was the artist's neighbor in Maine, who, crippled by polio, "was limited physically but by no means spiritually." Wyeth further explained, "The challenge to me was to do justice to her extraordinary conquest of a life which most people would consider hopeless." He recorded the arid landscape, rural house, and shacks with great detail, painting minute blades of grass, individual strands of hair, and nuances of light and shadow. In this style of painting, known as magic realism, everyday scenes are imbued with poetic mystery.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

I want these...

From undeadmushroom12 on etsy. Today I got my "knit or die" key ring in the mail, which I love. It's made out of an old spoon and hand stamped. As I was leaving feedback I noticed these...

$8 well spent.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Thomas Meyer must love redheads.

From Top: Lily with Circles & Westwood

From Meyer's website:
The use of female portraiture as gathered from current culture, regardless of time period, has always provided an insight, no matter how subtle, into the world condition. Whether it be Singer Sargent at the turn of the century, or Alex Katz throughout the 60’s and 70’s, we gain an insight into the world situation during their time. It is for this reason that I find it relevant to continue the act of reproducing the image of current feminine haute couture in order to make sense of and at the same time critique our world as it is. My use of classical methods of drawing, “with a twist”, and simple painting methods that leave paint as paint, are intended to remove the magic or mysticism from the act and leave the work and its statement in a simple and readable form.


Russian-born and London-based artist and designer Yulia Brodskaya says “my greatest passion is to explore the ways of combining illustration and typography”. These images are definitely successful in doing just that. Dubbed “PAPERgraphic” by the artist, they also take on a sculptural quality. Beautiful.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

More Demetri Please!

Yes, I still have a crush on Demetri Martin so I’m super excited about this... I just read in the February issue of Elle that he has a new sketch-based series coming soon to Comedy Central. It’s called Important Things with Demetri Martin and according to him focuses on an “important” topic each episode, “like chairs”. If you didn’t see Demetri Martin. Person. yet wtf are you waiting for?! It’s hard to explain, but I’d say it’s a comedy show with music and sketches. H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S.

Antoine Et Manuel

Images from French designers Antoine Et Manuel. Stunning work.

From top:
Graphic Design Museum, Breda, Netherlands, Gods
RATP (Parisian Metro), Carte Intégrale

Thank You

Thank you to all the brides-to-be who visited my booth at the Bridal Show. I look forward to working with you in the future.

Friday, January 9, 2009

TrueViolet at the 2009 Bridal Show

This weekend I will be a vendor at the Eastwood Bridal Show in Niles, Ohio. I've attached some of my new invitation designs. The show is 11am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday, January 10-11, 2009. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Loyal Loot

Beautiful contrast in texture. Made from log cut offs, acrylic paint, and water based gloss finish. The craftsmanship if off the chart... looks like a little ceramic bowl sitting in a log. Impressive!

Log Bowls combine the incomparable beauty of trees in their natural state with a high-gloss vibrant finish. Each bowl is handmade using only locally reclaimed trees of all varieties (fallen or cut down due to infrastructure, re-landscaping, droughts, or stormy weather). The trees are hand selected, gathered, turned and finished by Loyal Loot Collective and local crafts people. Log Bowls come in a large variety of colors and are completed by hand with a water-based, furniture grade finish.


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