I have been gone from this space for far too long, friends. I’ve been busy? Summertime? I don’t know, the point is that I miss being here and I want to be here more. To start, I want to share the extraordinary work of Stephanie K. Clark. I came across this article about her embroidered homes and you know I can’t resistbeautifulembroidery. Take a look:
I love the colors, delicate details, and use of shadows in her series of dwellings. They work together to tell a story. In her own words:
I consider myself a painter and I paint with thread. The process of transforming string into art struck me as something visually stimulating with complex simplicity.
The idea of using embroidery permeates the feelings of my grandma’s home and the embroidery skills she has passed down to me. With that, I use embroidery to create the domestic feel to tell the story of life in the home and family.
I came across these photos of artist Yulia Brodskaya’s quilling portraits on HonestlyWTF this morning and was absolutely blown away. The amount of depth and character she is able to invoke with paper is amazing. See more portraits and her other stunning work here.
Asusual I am in love with Erin Considine’s new collection. Her mix of metals and textiles leads to such a beautiful, organic and rustic marriage in jewelry. Also, can we talk about how beautiful the light and the model in her Spring 2013 Lookbook are? Swoon.
We all know that cats rule the internet, but in the past few weeks I have come across a couple of artists that use cats as their muse to create captivating, often hilarious and irresistible works. Check them out:
There is something so endearing about the kitties in Heather Mattoon’s Cats in Clothes series. I love that the outfit completely defines the personality of each cat. Also, I love how they feel so dignified and stately, albeit they are cats in clothes. She has prints, greeting cards and custom portraits available on her website.
I am confused and fascinated by Casey Weldon’s four eyed cat paintings. I can’t look away. Check out his blog if you want to get lost for a few hours in his pop culture and nostalgia driven pieces. They’re compelling.
Mimi Vang Olsen is a pet portraitist with a shop in the West Village. Although she paints all kinds of pets, her cat portraits are what really shine for me. I love all of the pattern play and folk quality of her work. I would love to visit her shop someday.
And, because I am a true cat lady, here are my favorite portraits of my own kitties via Instagram:
As I mentioned in my previous post, my mom and I took a day trip to Dead Horse Bay–which lies at the southern edge of Brooklyn. Dead Horse Bay was named because of the horse rendering plants that surrounded the area in the 1850’s. From the New York Times: “Dead Horse Bay sits at the western edge of a marshland once dotted by more than two dozen horse-rendering plants, fish oil factories and garbage incinerators. From the 1850’s until the 1930’s, the carcasses of dead horses and other animals from New York City streets were used to manufacture glue, fertilizer and other products at the site. The chopped-up, boiled bones were later dumped into the water. The squalid bay, then accessible only by boat, was reviled for the putrid fumes that hung overhead. A rugged community of laborers, many of them Irish, Polish and Italian immigrants, lived in relative isolation on neighboring Barren Island, which shared the bay’s unsavory reputation.”
During the turn of the century the marsh also began to be used as a landfill and was filled and capped by the 1930’s. The cap burst in the 1950’s spewing trash all over the beach. Since then garbage continuously leaks onto the beach from the landfill and into the ocean from Dead Horse Bay.
While a garbage filled beach does not sound like a fun place to visit, I found the area very tranquil and eerily romantic. Littered with both broken and intact bottles from another era along with the occasional horse bones and various other garbage (leather shoe soles, random pieces of metal, rubber hot water bottles from the 30’s) it is a scavenger’s dreamland. Dead Horse Bay is magic. I am glad I went with my mom too. I have lived in New York for over ten years and she has seen the sights–multiple times! This adventure was something a bit strange that neither of us had done and we had so much fun. She also walked away with a bunch of colorful broken glass for a future mosaic project:
And I got pretty bottles to put around my apartment:
Remember when I posted Twenty-Seven Names look book? Peruvian artist Cecelia Paredes has a similar aesthetic of blending into elaborate patterns. She uses make-up, costumes and the the aid of her assistants to virtually disappear into her colorful botanical paintings. I love it.
I love, love, love DryLake Jewelry. Using vintage charms and chains as well as vintage-inspired multiples their jewelry is truly one of a kind. I love the mixed metals, vintage chains and the triangle and diamond themes. I will take one of each, please.