Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa!

Two Besties in Red Cardigans and Navy&White Printed Tops. 
No, this was not planned. 

Hello all! Cathleen and I will be seeing each other tonight for a bestie fest. We will be celebrating our friendship and successful blog. We hope everyone is having a happy holiday season full of art and design. We will be breaking from the blog for the rest of this week, but fear not we will resume our postings on Tuesday, January 3rd of the new year. We look forward to seeing you again in 2012!


Monday, December 26, 2011

A Pair of Gloves

Méret Oppenheim, born in Berlin on October 6th, 1913, was a Surrealist known for her thoughtful manipulation of everyday objects with a feminist flair. Her most famous work, Object (Le Dejeuner en fourrure) (1936), or Breakfast in Fur, is a teacup, saucer and spoon covered in gazelle hair that now resides in the permanent collection at MoMA. 

One of the last works she created before she died in 1985 at the age of 72 was Pair of Gloves (above). The goat suede gloves bear a delicate, intricately rendered vein motif, silk-screened and hand-stitched in red. The artist made multiple pairs, or editions, signing and numbering each. 

I made an homage set for my mother this Christmas, using a pair of white gloves I picked up at H&M and blood red embroidery thread.

I hope she likes them. 

Merry Day After Christmas, Everyone!

- Cathleen 

[Photo 1: lockandspoon.blogspot.com; Photo 2: mondo-blogo.blogspot.com]

Friday, December 23, 2011

Design Always Repeats Itself: Golden Fleece Edition

Brooks Brothers uses a golden fleece as their insignia. The idea of the golden fleece is old and there is even a royal Order of the Golden Fleece. The first image is of Brooks Brothers golden fleece. The sheep should actually be just a sheep skin and not look so fat. 

Below are two badges from the royal Order of the Golden Fleece.

Gorgeous right? I always have fantasies about being in the Order of the Golden Fleece- just so I can wear the badge. 

- Grace

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Artist's Christmas Cards

Smithsonianmag.com is an amazing resource. They recently posted holiday cards that artists have sent throughout the years. Here are some of my favorites:

Alexander Calder

Alfred Frueh

Arnold Newman

August Arp

Helen Frankenthaler

Pablo Cano

Philip Guston

Robert Indiana

Stuart Davis

How cool! This is just a small sampling. Check out the entire collection here.

Once I sent out homemade thank-you cards and they were not received very well.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

ArtWORK of the Week : Matt Wisniewski

Matt Wisniewski seamlessly combines images he finds on Tumblr into some seriously stellar digital collages. His website features a pretty nice collection, but this one is by far my favorite. 

- Cathleen 

[image via Matt Wisniewski, discovered through thisiscolossal.com]

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Facet Finding

Faceted boulder made from steel, weighs 50lbs and sells for $1000. Buy it here


Monday, December 19, 2011

Shop Update!

Shameless self-promotion train pulling into the station! Toot toot! I've been working hard trying to get some new products up in the ol' Etsy shop before Christmas rears its beautiful, tinsel-covered head. This weekend was the final push to get it all online and I've got to say, I'm pretty proud of the turn out. More animal heads, silkscreen prints, and the debut of something new that I'm really excited about: totebags!! 

Any last minute Christmas shoppers out there? If you place your order by today, I will do my darnedest to get it to you by Christmas!

Love, Cathleen 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Skirting the Issue

We don't have a tree skirt. But I want one. I've totally missed the boat this year, what with Christmas being a week and a half away and all. But I am determined to make ours next year. Here are the best ones I gathered on Pintrest; simple, yet elegant designs that I think I could definitely pull off with my remedial sewing skills.

With skirts this pretty, it'd be a real shame covering them up with bulky ol' presents. Sorry, friends and family. You're just getting disposable razors and chapstick in your stockings next year. 

- Cathleen 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Terra-Cotta Works

I can't take FULL credit for this post, my friend Kait posted this series on her facebook that she found from the website Scoutingny.com. This being said I will take credit for passing this along. 

Under the 59th Street Bridge is a this little house (posted below).

It had been boarded up forever but recently Silver Cup Studios bought the historical landmark protected building and is restoring it to its glory. First the boards came off....

And this sign was revealed: 

Terra Cotta Works office and showroom was housed in the building through the 1920s but the building has lasted for over 100 years. The detail on the building makes you wonder why people don't build buildings like this anymore. What I find most amazing about all the reliefs on the facade of the building is how DEEP they are- I mean these are some intense relief sculpture! 

Below: Year built- 1892.

My most favorite feature- the three chimneys each with its own unique design embellishing it.

Of course all these images are courtesy of Scouting NY and you can read the original post with more images here.

This also brings me to one point I tell a lot of people I talk about design with in person but haven't spoken about on this blog. My first semester of graduate school an important furniture scholar spoke to our class and pointed out the sad fact that intricate and great mansions are rarely made in America anymore. The scholar pointed to the homes of the Vanderbilts, the McLean-Walshs and the Rockefellers- all amazing and innovative mansions which still stand out today then he said, think of the richest person in America, at the time Bill Gates and look at his home- yes it's big and yes inside it has amazing computer technology but as far as design and style go the house is empty of this. It's a sad fact that few homes are being made interesting and innovative design methods.



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Artist of the Week: Lee Meszaros

A Merit Badge for Knocking Socks Off

I must be having a Canadian moment. This week's AOTW spotlight is shining down on Lee Meszaros, a textile artist who hails from Paris, Ontario. Her clever merit badges for adults are silkscreened, hand-painted, and embroidered to help you commemorate all sorts of accomplishments and cheeky milestones.

If they were giving out these badges in my Brownie troop days, you can bet my sash would have been poppin' off. Lee's badges sell for $25 each in her Etsy shop and can be purchased here

- Cathleen 

[All photos snagged from Lee Meszaros' Etsy shop.]

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Witty Soap

Do you like wit? I do, sometimesdepending on the wit. And, of course, I have to get the joke. 

Photos courtesy of Foliage Shop on Etsy.

Etsy seller foliage sells these witty-tastic handmade hand soaps. A set of 8 sells for $16. Witty and adorable. 

Can be purchased at foliage's shop here. 


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