I walk. The twilight lurking just behind. “just one” she says “other” The breeze kisses my flesh with the comfort of spirituality. I’m swallowed by the sound hugging my ears. Her voice consumes like the sweetness of a child’s oppression. My soul. My feet move forward in the pre-night air. I’m living and learning to love. The self that moves through this life wrapped in the mold of what is to come. She tells me what this is, this thing that we all search for, her voice thick with a gift for the rhythm of the notes. “can you give me everything?” Her question that we have all asked. I move uphill embracing this moment of fleeting clarity. Her voice tugs at the essence of craft. She speak to me so clearly, with a lush voice of insight. “goal of everyone” My legs embrace the climb as the sunlight lingers in the trees. “Can you give my everything because I can’t give you anything”
The steep takes hold milking the sweat from my brow. I embrace the pain. I embrace the breath moving faster. I am alive and in this moment her voice caresses every swell of muscle, every inch of my flesh. The burn in my lungs like fire dancing on water “if letters spell out words…. i will trust in time that we will meet again, if you wait”
Florence is a city of beauty, character and inspiration. Around every corner there is something to be found. What amazed me about Florence was the artistry embedded in the very frame of the city. One of the moments I loved the most was the impromptu opera performance in the square by a talented woman in black. The food in Firenze is exquisite and there is no such thing as bad table wine. Oh how I miss Italy!
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It's always fun discovering new art, artist, and designers. Edmonds Art Festival brought forth a wealth of undiscovered creatives. From handcrafted soaps to elegant woodwork it was a lovely day for exploring the artistic culture of Edmonds, Washington.
This glorious steel owl by Abraxas Crow Company hovered graciously over the festival. I would have to say Gunter's up bring in Alaska has something to do with the perfection of his work.
Walden Lane Gourmet
I love the intricate artistry of Darlene Hardenbrook.
Larry Richmond Pottery
To the Left Artist Scott Kattenbaker and to the right a gallery of artwork.
Dwell on Design has proven yet again to be a wealth of design inspiration. From interior craftsmen/women to jewelry designers you can find just about anything your heart desires. Dwell is a showcase for innovation in design as well as a learning tool for those seeking to be more environmentally conscientious without losing out on style.
A few of my favorites are the custom craftsman tiles brought forth by artist/architect/tile maker Cha-Rie Tang. Her love of the Arts and Crafts movement is well admired in her work. http://www.pasadenacraftsmantile.com/
Then there is Laurel & Wolf, a place where professional interior designers are matched with clients in an accessible and affordable way. https://www.laurelandwolf.com/
Or how about the folks from GEOS creating recycled glass surfaces. I can't think of a better way to create beauty from waste. http://www.eos-surfaces.com/geos/
Colorhouse brings us non toxic wall color with zero VOC's, no toxic fumes or chemical solvents. These stunning colors can bring life to any space with the compounds that have been known to cause health risk. http://www.colorhousepaint.com/
Abundant in design inspiration there are too many good things happening at Dwell on Design to list. But if your curious you'll have to wait until next year to check out the goods or if you happen to be in The Big Apple in the fall you can have your moment in the candy store of design.
Delta Millworks - specialized lumber and millwork supplier.
I absolutely love this!
Delicious indeed! I'm all about the gold Marilyn wall paper. Trying to figure out how I can work this into my next design.
Flavor Paper - http://www.flavorpaper.com/
Matt Locke - Infrastructure Art
This amazing wall art is a map of California constructed of solid copper wire, stapled by hand on rotary-cut red oak veneered plywood, custom stained with jet-black acetone dye.
It's the afternoon. The light is still vibrant, glowing off the white walls covered in art and inspiration. I lay on my belly with my low back exposed to the air. The room is comfortable. I hear the hum. The buzz of ecstasy and anguish. There is this idea that for art we suffer which in my daily is untrue, but today this idea is inevitable.
In the first moments I am reminded of the pain so long removed. I don't cry out but I'm screaming on the inside. After hour one the pain is an old, dear friend to me. I'm reminded of the joy it once brought me and reminiscent of the pleasures of our bond. At hour two I am deep in the breath and focus on the comfort of the pain and the lessons to be gained from it. My meditation 'love'. The symbol I have chosen is a testament to this. In the final hours the pain shows its full dominance over me, though my body lay stagnant for the most part, my jaw begins to quiver, teeth clashing against each other. My saving grace is that I know the beauty to come from this. My body is the canvas and the artist is Christina Hock.
Skilled in the art and versatile at her craft Christina's work is pretty mind-blowing. First off there is a comfortable vibe in the shop (Dolorosa) and upon meeting Christina I felt no judgment. It was clear to me that she knows how to put people at ease. Her personality is down to earth. Her work is edgy and feminine, cut-throat and detailed. Her ability to take her clients ideas and put them into visual form is an astounding talent. Line drawing is an art inherent in most of us, with daily practice anyone could be good. This I believe. But it takes a certain type of expertise to take the line to paper and apply that same line to the curve of the flesh. Christina does this with grace and precision. She is a talent and a force of artistry.
Artist Diane DiPrima will be hosting a fundraiser for Smile Train on Wednesday, November 19 from 6-9 p.m. at the Roll Up Gallery, located in Public Works, 161 Erie Street, San Francisco.
Smile Train provides the repair surgery for children around the world affected by cleft lips and cleft palates. One operation costs only $250.
For more information please visit: The Events Facebook Page (click)
The food of my soul is music. So often it's a song, a piece of music that inspires me to create. The graphic art above was inspired by a song called The Newspaper by Citizen Cope. To me the song is a poetic journey of our material culture, insight you can move your hips to... Our willingness to believe what we see through the eyes of the media as an expression of truth i.e. Wag the Dog. Right or wrong the message of this song is beautiful and like much of his work Cope influences my imagination.
I walk in with the sort of confidence as if I’ve been here before… that's because I have. The wine-tender (AKA - GM Nick Caballero) is friendly, just as he was when I visited last week to snap photos of the bar.
There are a couple of folks at the bar counter and a group of ladies toward the back. The mood is perfect so far…
Burbank’s first wine bar… I have been so excited for this moment and though it doesn’t compare to my introduction to Left Coast when Ed was running the place, I still feel the love here, I still feel very comfortable.
Typically I’m not a fan of modern décor but somehow the straight lines and box-i-ness of the interior works, plus I can’t help but love a place that supports local artist. Perhaps it’s the warmth and abundance of wood, one of my favorite decorative interior elements…. I feel like a rare bottle of wine in a wine crate. I like that.
As more people trickle in I realize that there is nothing to absorb the sound of a large crowd in this space, an aspect of design which is continually over looked within the LA scene. No matter, I am sipping on a nice glass of wine Gran Passione, Merlot-Corvina, Veneto, Italy.
The food is heavenly, the creation and design of culinary artist Executive Chef Wesley Pumphrey and Sous Chef Jessika Maymi. There is no doubt that I will be back here. Owner's Shannan VerGow and Jen Raim have created the new social hot spot and I look forward to sampling more lush, dynamic wines!
There is a moment in the movie "Pride and Prejudice" (circa 2005) when Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, after a sleepless night, are spiritually summoned to a vast blanket of lush green fields in the opaque mist of the early morning hours. Both characters are in deep contemplation of their unending love for one another when they find themselves convened in the grassy meadow. When Mr. Darcey (played brilliantly by Matthew Macfadyen) attempts to express his undying love for Elizabeth (the always striking talent of Kira Knightley) his declaration caught in his throat... "I love, I love (breath), I love you"... the genius of a pure human emotion is expressed. This moment of heighten sentiment triggers deep feelings in my emotional orchestra, with such intensity that I begin to cry (every time I watch this moment in the film and I have easily watched it ten times over). This same embodiment of feelings is expressed in me when viewing the graphic design work of Louise Fili.
The essence behind these emotions tell the story of something incredibly special; It's the mark of exception design. Louise Fili is a modern day romantic. Her work speaks loudly to her undying love of all things Art deco, all things culinary arts, and her love of Italy. Former Art Director of Pantheon Books, Louise is currently Principle of her own design firm based in New York. There are no words that adequately voice my personal feelings for Louise Fili's graphic design and art, but I will say that her work is a lush treasure of type and line. Louise's work speaks with true romance. She is the Jane Austen of graphic arts. I implore you to discover her brilliance for yourself.
Photo's provided by the office of Louise Fili, Kelly Thorn - Designer
"Design is conceived when an inherent need to be creative manifests itself into physical or visual form."