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Cloud Storage
By August 30, 2010

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Time to paint your walls sky blue and slap on some clouds! These Hylla Cumulus cloud shelves designed by Carl Hagerling are such a dreamy way to house your odds and ends.
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[ via DesignTorget and Gizmodo ]

Artist Interview with Sandy Ostrau
By August 25, 2010

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Sandy Ostrau’s wonderful paintings are filled with lush splashes of colorful energy. Composed on location, Sandy paints iconic Northern California landscapes, adding her own distinct artistic zest. As a result, Sandy’s paintings have an indescribable magical element about them. Light spills dynamically down dizzying hillsides, telephone wires are braided together with thick brush strokes of sky, waves swallow tiny chunks of rock, and the sea and sky duel for dominance over the horizon line.

Culture Vixen’s Gayle Wheatley caught up with Sandy to discuss art and creative inspirations.

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Gayle Wheatley: How did you get your start as an artist?
Sandy Ostrau:
Even as a kid art was my thing. I drew and painted on everything through high school and into college studying Art History. I started selling hand painted furniture, clothing, and ceramics in the 90′s and had a contract for my designs with Nordstrom department stores selling silk screened designs as wearable art. My line was selling well but I was spending too much of my time on sales and business and less and less time on art so I closed up shop and began taking oil painting and drawing classes at the Palo Alto Art Center. I fell in love with oil, a very forgiving medium, and began to focus on plein-air landscape painting.
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GW: What are some of your artistic inspirations?
SO:
I found two fabulous teachers, Brigitte Curt and Jim Smyth and studied painting with them. Over the years I was influenced by Bay Area artists Seldon Gile and the Society of Six artists and many of the iconic artists of the Bay Area Figurative movement including Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bischoff. From this influence I have developed my own style of modern landscapes.

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They Draw and Cook
By August 23, 2010

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They Draw and Cook is a blog featuring inspired illustrated recipes and food art. Cooked up by professional illustrators Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, the idea blossomed while the two were on a family vacation and Nate threw together a pasta dish based on a meal he once had in Berlin. Said dish included figs. Salli bought the figs. She began painting them. Food fused with art. From there the pair set out to create an illustrated recipe book, which also became a blog featuring yummy artwork by talented artists all around the world. A new delicious post is added daily and there’s now a separate Kids Draw and Cook blog for aspiring food lovin’ artists 16 and under. Bon Appétit!
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[ via theydrawandcook.com ]

Carl Kleiner
By August 20, 2010

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I’m diggin’ Carl Kleiner’s provocative photography installations. I love how his edgy humor shines through distinctly with each piece, and how he incorporates graphic elements and traditionally flat shapes into a 3-dimensional plane.
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Rockin’ Stone House
By August 19, 2010

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Check out this stone house in the mountains of Fafe, Portugal!
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[ via A Cup of Jo and Feliciano Guimaraes ]

Matthew Sporzynski: Paper Pushing Genius
By August 18, 2010

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Matthew Sporzynski is a talented paper-craft artist whose imaginative creations have graced many a cover and interior page of Real Simple magazine. Matthew gracefully transforms a 2-dimensional medium into living 3-dimensional space through his flawless portrayal of food, fashion, travel, and lifestyle concepts. His art is cheerful, colorful, and often positively delicious—he makes his paper foods look so tempting! You know you’ve got something special when you can construct a paper ice cream cone so that it drips, or make paper curtains sway in the wind. Plus, his paper clouds, waves, bubbles, and chocolates are simply breathtaking as well!
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[ via Matthew Sporzynski for Real Simple Magazine ]

Lucy and Bart
By August 16, 2010

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“LucyandBart is a collaboration between Lucy McRae and Bart Hess described as an instinctual stalking of fashion, architecture, performance and the body. They share a fascination with genetic manipulation and beauty expression. Unconsciously their work touches upon these themes, however it is not their intention to communicate this. They work in a primitive and limitless way creating future human shapes, blindly discovering low – tech prosthetic ways for human enhancement.”

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[ via lucyandbart.blogspot.com ]

Steve Scott
By August 15, 2010

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Steve Scott is an animation director and illustrator based in London. His imaginative work showcases the fantastical, with a healthy touch of science fiction thrown in.
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[ via stevescott.com.au ]

Hans Silvester: Natural Fashion
By August 12, 2010

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These stunning photographs are the recent work of German photographer Hans Silvester. They feature the Surma and Mursi people of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia, and their unique body painting. Silvester has a book out, Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa, showcasing his tribal photography.
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Read more about Hans Silvester

[ via dailymail.co.uk ]

Sanna Dyker
By August 10, 2010

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Sanna Dyker is an illustrator based in Dundee, Scotland, who creates charming sketches that have appeared in the Scottish art zine yuck ‘n’ yum and Edinburgh Festivals magazine.
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“I like to focus on the small nitty gritty details of people’s everyday existences; from passing gossip and menial everyday tasks to unkempt hair and chocolate wrappers that have missed the bin. I gather them all up in my head like a giant scrapbook, and bring them into my work, conserving them in some sort of form before they are past recollection.”—Sanna Dyker

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[ via sannadyker.com ]

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