Disparate Inspiration

alyson iwamotoThe inspiration for Alyson Iwamoto’s Wabi Sabi collection came from her Japanese grandmother’s teacups and the California desert. Alyson “is continually inspired by nature’s intense and unexpected beauty. And my love for clay inspires me to create! Like a Zen garden, I look to express only what is essential. She is a native Los Angeles ceramic artist. Both her Japanese heritage and L.A. roots deeply influence her work. She has worked in clay for 20 years and she has pursued her dream as a full-time ceramic artist for the last four.

For nearly a decade Alyson taught children in Skid Row at Inner-City Arts. There she learned about humanity and imagination. She received her BFA in ceramics from Cal State University Long Beach.”

Mish-Mash = Unique

Julia-Turner-Blue-Field-RingOver the course of a 20 year career as a metalsmith, Julia Turner became frustrated with the sheer weight of metal and moved to other materials, seeking more warmth, color and volume.  “Among the dozens of objects arranged on an 8-foot table in her sun-washed jewelry studio are bowls of beads, chunks of wood – some natural, some stained colors ranging from canary yellow to cerulean blue – a roll of safety-orange duct tape, postcards, a shard of shiny black record vinyl, several books, and a carefully trimmed and shaped lump of charcoal salvaged from a backyard barbecue. Vignettes, color stories, and contrasting geometries play out across the 32 square feet, which, viewed from above is like the love child of Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Albers.”

You can read more about Julia’s work in the February/March issue of American Craft.

Not Just the Blue Box

tiffany circles pendant-jpgTiffany’s little blue box has always been a symbol of beautiful design, even before it is opened. The Tiffany 1837 Collection “is proudly inscribed with the year that Tiffany & Co. was founded, this iconic collection gives a nod to the past while expressing a modern sensibility with sleek curves and smooth contours.”


Say It With Flowers

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???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????A recent article in the Wall Street Journal suggested you Say It With Flowers. Needless to say, this timely sentiment was expressed shortly before Valentine’s Day. The most interesting item in the accompanying photo was the Roger Vivier handbag, featuring a beautiful spare pattern of budding flowers on a delicate pink background. My mind immediately jumped past February to a warm, sunny spring day with the scent of flowers in the air. It won’t be long now!!!

Art on You…Not on the Wall

roy lichtenstein“This is the kind of art you hang on you, not on a wall”…or so reads the advertisement for the Roy Lichtenstein brooch. The very interesting fact in this 2014 Artists Books and Multiples blog post is the price of the brooch in the ad…$35. If you read further, you will discover it is now available on Ebay for $8950. 

Colorful Chaos

mark grotjahnThe featured photo of Mark Grotjahn’s Untitled (Circus No.1 Face 44.19) appeared in the Arts in Review section of the Wall Street Journal this week. Additional work by the artist may be found here. I am not certain why I was captivated by this painting, but my head has been spinning with ideas ever since.

Expensive Tick-Tock

louis-vuitton-escale-worldtime-watch-1Louis Vuitton’s name is synonymous with elegance & timeless design. Now, the design is time…or in this case the Escale Worldtime “featuring a dial that displays 24 cities and countries around the world and hand painted with 38 differing colours. The new complication has been designed to rid the face of extra hands and replace them with three separately rotating dials. With such workmanship (it’s takes a whole week to paint one face alone) it’s no wonder that only 20 will be made this year (and that each will set you back $67,000)”.

While this watch is not in my price range, the  handpainted squares on the face are great inspiration for a series of canes. 


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