The home of lovely Barb Blair ofKnack Studios was inSneak Peek on Design Sponge several days ago. Barb rescues and restores vintage and found furniture and she does it magnificently. If I wasn't papercuting and painting I think I would want to be a furniture hunter, rescuer and restorer. I love what she does so much. Barb sells her pieces in her design studio, and sheblogs too.
Barb owns one of my papercut pieces, Flower Pot, and she was very sweet to share the photos of the piece displayed in her den. I love how colorful, vibrant and warm this room is. I especially like the carpet and the sofa. You can see the Flower pot in the back, in a white frame.
So, here are several more photos of Barb's apartment (more can be seen on Design*Sponge):
I adore the big "b" over the bed - a found piece taken off a subway shop.
Hallway wallpapered in wonderful Waverly print.
Simply love this chair. And take a look, in the back, there's the Flower Pot again!
This is a mural on the mysterious mansion in our neighborhood. The mansion was apparently bought not long ago by some celebrity or other. The rumor is it's Nicholas Cage, but then, I think I might have started that rumor. We have yet to see any sign of life coming from that house. The only person we ever saw is that guy in the mural. I have no idea what he's up to, even though I thought about it quite a lot. Maybe he's about to be taken advantage of by a certain femme fatale, or he's just lying around on a nude beach. Or he's giving away his body to the science. Or he's saying: I surrender... but to whom he's saying it to, I guess we'll never know. But what I do know is that I really like this mural.
I was trying to tidy my studio tonight (good luck!) and realized that I have quite a few framing options for my papercuts. My husband and I love frames, what can I tell you. Our eyes start to sparkle at the mere mention of frames. Our favorite pastime is going to the framing shop. We have become quite the experts regarding the size, the width of the frame, the materials used, the glass, the matting vs. the mounting... What! Enough, with the frames already. But wait, I'll stop in a minute, let me just show you some of the different framing options for my papercut art that are on offer in my shop (all of my papercuts are available framed and unframed, if unframed they come mounted on a sturdy 11" x 14" black mat, ready to pop into a frame of your choice)...
Autumn Kiss in a 11" x 14" black wood frame, with glass front
By the Dutch design team Demakersvanand here is what they have to say:
"Industrial production is for us a big source of inspiration. The Big Miracle of how some products come about is a beautiful phenomenon if you look at it closely. In our projects we often combine the sensitive and the small with the powerful, large and industrial.
The Lace Fence project translates that line of thinking. Fencing is a sign how we modified and cultivated our environment. Like brambles fences are rising rampantly around us. What would happen if a patch of embroided wire would meet with and continue as an industrial fence.
Hostility versus kindness, industrial versus craft."
Lace Fence contains decorative elements based on traditional lace patterns.
I love the idea behind this design and mixing of the industrial and craft. Brilliant. If we need to be fenced in let us at least be inside a Lace Fence!
I'm pretending to be a professional photographer today...
So, here are the smashing photos I took:
Title: Things they make me do
OK, so I used my husband's pet cow Nuni for this photo shoot. I made her balance on the slippery leaf. I am a very bad person, I know. But, she might become super famous, she might get hired by the famous Shanghai acrobat troupe, who knows? And then I will be a very smart person. Note: No animal was harmed in this photo shoot. Nuni admitted that she actually kind of enjoyed the excitement and danger. It was a welcome change from her monotonous life of a grazer.
Title: My Kitchen Supervisor
This is one of the three masks from Java that we have on our kitchen wall. I love this shot because it looks as if it was taken in the jungle (sort of:). This mask is my favorite of the three because it scares me the most. I like to think that I cook better because of him being there, staring at me from the kitchen wall. He scares me into putting more effort into my food creations.
Title: Blowing Kisses
This is another one of our masks, from the African Songe tribe. They keep me company when I make my papercuts and paint, but they don't intearfere, they live me alone. They have great concern for the rights and feelings of others.
Several of my customers and some interior designers I was working with inquired in the past months whether I will ever consider making large papercuts. I was certainly intrigued by the idea, but didn't really have much free time to embark on a project that would engage me considerably. But, I loved the idea of making luxurious, collectors edition papercuts, so I decided to give it some time and effort and create one to start with.
So today, I am introducing Marie Antoinette, quite luxurious, in new surroundings, but as lovely and vain as ever. I toyed for quite some time with several ideas as for the background, decoration etc. and decided on this beautiful Waverly ToileCountry life fabric in linen. I think it best accentuates Marie and it's somewhat thematic. After all she was intrigued by the country life, had her own model village built and would dress as a shepherdess and milkmaid. So, let's pretend that that is exactly where she is, in her rustic retreat Hameau.
The artwork is mounted on toile fabric that has been mounted on canvas. The finished piece is sealed with clear protective finish and decorated with black organza ribbon around the edges. The whole piece measures 22" x 28" and is ready to be displayed on the wall of your home. Each piece includes a certificate of authenticity and the description of the art form.
So, here is Marie...
On the wall of our bedroom
Another wall shot
I hope you will like this new creation. It is available for purchase in my Etsy shop.
I will be designing and making more large pieces in the near future, different sizes, different themes... so, please, do keep checking!
I'm very fond of Edwardian period, especially the fashion and the Art Nouveau movement. And I am particularly fond of this glamorous vintage 1900 Edwardian gauze dress from Myfavoritevintage on Etsy. Goodness. My heart aches for it. Isn't it just exquisite?
Sadly, quite out of my reach. But, still, I will continue to gaze at it and dream...
I also think that this Lady Hare of the English Rabbit Society from Middleburgis quite adorable, holding these two wee rabbits...
And how about this building in the Art Nouveau District of Riga, Latvia? Just spectacular.
I'm absolutely besotted by the photography of Angus McBean. He was one of the most significant portrait photographers of the 20th century, associated with surrealism, and was know as a celebrity photographer. I love the magical, surreal, macabre and witty quality of his work. I was well pleased when I discovered that Thames & Hudson (the masters of great art & photography coffee table books) is coming out with a new book on his photography The Photographs of Angus McBean From the Stage to the Surreal. What a treat!
Here are several of his photographs, a peek into the world of Angus McBean...
Sir Robert Murray Helpmann
Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold
(I think this must be my favorite name of all times.. wouldn't you like to be called Ms Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold? I think when I finaly get a cat I'm going to name her that.)