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Two things you should know about me: 1. I am obsessed with interior design, and 2. Give me a TV-on-DVD box set and plunk me down on a comfy sofa and I’m content for hours. Basically, I love interior and TV probably more than is healthy. Combine the two and holy bananas, I’m one haaaappy camper.
(Random aside: I, at one point, did consider going into set/stage design. But my program stopped offering the courses, so that didn’t happen.)
ANYWAY. TV + interior design in one place makes me happy. So naturally, these hand rendered floor plans of the apartments of popular TV characters makes me positively giddy. The artist, Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde, has put so much detail into each one. I’m just in awe of his attention to the smallest of details and his skill for drafting and rendering such beautiful floor plans. Wowzers. And the given: still lusting after miss Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment after all these years. Someone promptly built me her studio so I can live in it! (Hey, a girl’s gotta dream, right?)
Images via Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde, found via A Diary of Lovely
Hello, bright, bold, ultra colourful and super collage-tastic art! I dig you. These magnificent explosions of flora and fauna, mountains, outer space, under sea creatures, you name it… this is the art of Ben Giles. And it’s insaaaane. Insane in the good way, obviously. I love the way he’s layered in so many elements into each piece to create an “updated” scene to the original vintage photograph. Pretty rad. This is but a teeny tiny selection of my favourites. He has pages upon pages of more awesome collage-y goodness over on Flickr: check it out!
Images via Ben Giles
I’m not lying when I say my favourite colour is rainbow. Typically, it’s my sneaky way of saying white is my favourite colour. But in this instance, I literally mean rainbow is my favourite. Brace yourselves, incoming rainbow explosion! How can this installation done entirely in bright, saturated hues from every side of the spectrum not make you love rainbow?
Pretty cool, huh? Even cooler, it’s all made from string! Pretty incredible to think its made up of so many itty bitty pieces and those gradients come out so smoothly. Holy skill + dedication! I bow down to thee, Gabriel Dawe, you rainbow genius, you.
Images via Gabriel Dawe
I always find outdoor art installation most fascinating. I love seeing what wild and wacky things creative minds will think up, and most of all, I love seeing how this pieces integrate into their natural environments. I think I’ve found a new favourite in this installation, titled “Bubble-gum”, located in Almere, Netherlands. The premise is quite simple – a collection of some 50 colourful balloons floating across the surface of water – yet oh so delightful. It’s whimsical and magical and fills you with that special sort of child-like wonder where you want to jump up and down and point and squeal aloud. (It’s not just me, right?) Funny how something so seemingly simple can impact you in such a way.
And I’m forgetting the best part. Not only are these colourful little bubbles generally amusing on their own, they also dance. You heard me. At night, they’re fitted with LED bulbs and these glowing little orbs of light drift across the surface of the water floating every which way the breeze so chooses to take them. Pretty magical, huh?
Images via Renee Reijnders & Merijn Hos.
What’s black and white and pink all over? The abstract art work of Fede Saenz, that’s what! And I’m a total smitten kitten for it. I adore the limited colour palette (black and white obsessee in the house, what whaaaat?), the movement of the pieces as a whole, their size (guys, they’re HUGE – 4′-0″ x 5′-6″! I love that!), and, of course, I’m the smittenest of the smitten kittens for a good mixed media mash-up. Acrylic, graphite, spray paint, pastel? Yes, yes, yes and yes. Plus, they’re just plain fun. From the bold fluorescent signature pink, to the playful shapes and lines (and splotches! Love me a good splotch.)… I’m both mad with painterly envy and exploding with inspiration!
Images via FedericoSaenzRecio.com
How about a little Warhol this morning? Nothing like a little pop art to feed the soul and fuel a little creativity, right? I’m no rabid Warhol fan; just your average admirer. And while I can appreciate his more bold/iconic/well known pieces, I prefer his simple sketches and photographs, and of course, the many assorted prints with his infamous and often blunt little quotes & sayings. For funzies, here is some of my favourite art work from & art work inspired by everyone’s favourite pop artist.
Sooo covet this “All is pretty” poster. I’ve searched everywhere I can think of, but can’t find a source for it. Someday though, this will be mine.
A few film strips of Miss Edie Sedgewick.
NYC Street Map, c. 1949. Yay childhood art!
Hearts, c. 1979-84. Simple and sweet.
It’s these tongue-in-cheek little blurbs of text that I love. He’s so honest! I love it! (And I understand, Mr. Warhol. I too like boring things.)
The end! This was a sort of random post. But I dig the random, so I’m goin’ with it. Tell me about your favourite Warhol piece in the comments if you feel so inclined. :)
Image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.
If where you live is anything like here, May flowers are a bit lacking. (Possibly from a lack of April showers, but that’s another story.) In any case, for the flower-deprived, check out these, what she dubs “flower constructions”, by artist Anne Ten Donkelaar. Crafted from photos and meticulously collaged, these beauties are filled with bright and cheery colours. Plus, look closely – they pop off the page as if truly alive and casting the most delicate little shadows back onto their bed of white. Pretty neat, huh?
Images via Anne Ten Donkelaar