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frey willeIn Frey Wille’s homage series, the focus is now on Expressionist painter Egon Scheile. “The themes of expressionism were diverse, experimental and radical. Artists expressed their deepest emotions through strong colour and design. They did not want to paint pretty pictures, or even realistic ones—they used ugliness, distortion and disassociation to express their own feelings, and elicit strong emotional reaction.” 

The Frey Wille site has a fascinating series of photos that focus on the design process. The elements and colors may provide inspiration for your next project. 

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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.

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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!!!

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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. 

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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.

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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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beetleLiving in the south, I have learned to co-exist with a wide variety of creepy crawlies. Patrice Bouchard’s The Book of Beetles  “showcases 600 species of the creature, including life-size photographs of examples from bright fireflies (a type of beetle) to quarter-pound Goliath beetles. Mr. Bouchard is a research scientist at the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes in Ottawa, where he tracks beetles’ effects on agriculture.” 

I hope you enjoy the photos in this Wall Street Journal article as much as I did…the patterns and/or colors may inspire your next creation.

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emilio pucciAnyone who works in polymer appreciates the genius of Judith Skinner’s technique of blending colors seamlessly across the surface. According to the fashion world, the ‘watercolor gradient adds a painterly finish to the season’s coolest staples.’ The fashion magazines are filled with ombre designs from head to toes…hair to shoes. Two examples are the shimmering rainbow evening bag from Roger Vivier (a limited edition of 50 and at $4050…perfect for any holiday occasion) and the subtle shading of the long gown from the Emilio Pucci’s (a definite departure from his typical pop art prints.)

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valentinoI found myself at a loss for words to describe the fashion world of Valentino. Although he retired from the day to day operations of the Valentino brand, the jaw dropping designs continue to walk the runway. I will let the images of the chevron design that caught my eye in the latest Elle and the Spring/Summer 2015 runway show do the talking.  (Love the lucite Minaudiere…be sure to scroll down the home page to see the ‘camubutterfly’)

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EmmanuelKasongoEmmanuel Kasongo is a Congolese jewelry artist who works with tiny glass seed beads to create jewelry with a ‘riot of color’. “Emmanuel Kasongo creates art jewelry, that is fabulous, vibrant, colorful and yet are totally wearable, statement pieces. Tubular beaded necklaces made from tiny glass beads in a myriad of unexpected colorations, filling fine Italian mesh tubes. His necklaces, bracelets and earings are a riot of color and color combinations, not simply filling a mesh tube in a single skein, but threaded, braided and knotted together in a riot of shapes with fanned and pointed ends. His African heritage clearly expressing itself through his art, honed and directed by his Parisian childhood, moving from his native Congo to Paris, where he began his career in fashion. Kasongo lived in both Paris and Milan, and worked for the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, Marithe Francois Girbaud and Romeo Gigli, sourcing, planning and organizing fashion shows and events.”

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