New Inspiration

I have been working on my floor slowly over the summer but in the past few weeks I have been noticing more black and white patterns in my Sunday paper. Not the black and white of the newsprint but the kind of black and white that reminds me of my floor. Here is an ad by MAXALTO:

maxalto ad
   From the Valentino site, I learned that the Creative Directors are  Maria Grazia Chiuri & Pierpaolo Piccioli .  I took a look at the  Valentino Instagram  and found that Chiuri & Pierpeolo's collection was inspired by this illustration by  Joseph Larkowsky . His illustration below:


From the Valentino site, I learned that the Creative Directors are Maria Grazia Chiuri & Pierpaolo Piccioli.

I took a look at the Valentino Instagram and found that Chiuri & Pierpeolo's collection was inspired by this illustration by Joseph Larkowsky. His illustration below:

Valentino via @josayhef

Larkowsky was in turn inspired by Emilie Flöge, a fashion designer and business woman whose style fell squarely in the Wiener Werkstãtte

This adventure was totally unexpected and fun. It is similar to the learned new word that you seem to read everywhere after learning it...I am finding inspiration in so many new places. Now back to my floor. I am almost out of duck tape...

She was also a muse for Gustave Klimt, also hashtagged by Larkowsky--a nod to both Klimt and Flöge.

Emilie Flōge

Emilie Flōge

He also follows I Have This Thing With Floors --I wrote about them a few posts back--and there is also a inspirational pattern there.

Thing With Floors




chaos, flows, meanders

I just googled "patterns" and I came up with a variety of responses from sewing to tiles to patterns in nature.  A Scientific American article from 1986 on chaos suggests that in nature patterns "repeat" but not exactly in the same way because small differences in the starting points can lead to very different outcomes. Many natural patterns are shaped by this "apparent randomness".


The beat goes on...

By the way, I am also blogging once a month on the Hudson Valley Etsy Team. Check out the blog here.

Unsystem, system

 Last week I started to write a post that was off topic because it was my post deadline, but I decided to delay the post until I had more of the floor completed. I decided to skip the system and work without too much of a plan. I think the only system that I am using is to balance the intricate areas so the pattern is not too complicated all over and hard on the eyes.

Ugh...try to avoid looking under your oven if you live in an old house.

Ugh...try to avoid looking under your oven if you live in an old house.

Next post, some notes on pattern.

be kind, rewind...

Moving gives you the distance to take stock of things. Your friends are there but not within reach of an easy coffee each week. You have to rewind on your own and continue "to do what you love more than you love yourself" (thank you Elizabeth Gilbert).  

I have been thinking a lot about social media and how to best use it to learn and to connect and to this end, I have been talking to people about blogs and listening to podcasts about blogs and reading and reading and reading about blogs. All suggest that your blog is the engine of your work as a(n) _______. It is a place to share the content behind who you are and what you are interested in with anyone who will listen.

So....wait for it...

The blog is back and I am plan to post every two weeks on a Friday. I will stop posting on my crafty blog, and consolidate content with is a lot of overlap anyway. 

My first post on May 1st will be about a floor installation that I am working on. I will tap into Sol Lewitt and 70's decorating magazines. 

Let me know what you think, send your inspirations and ideas. By following, you can let me know that you like what you are seeing and reading..

Happy Spring!


love hurts!

via free people

artist stephen powers grew up in west philadelphia, where walls and rooftops were a blank canvas for the former graffiti artist. now, with the help of the philadelphia mural arts program, he has put a spin on the traditional notions of graffiti with love letter. the project is literally his love letter to the city where he grew up, that can also be read as a love letter from one person to another or from the residents of west philadelphia to their neighborhood.



A Letter for One with Meaning for All

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and Philadelphia native, New York-based artist Stephen Powers have collaborated to create Love Letter, a public art project consisting of a series of 50 rooftop murals from 45th to 63rd streets along the Market Street corridor. The murals, which are best viewed from the Market-Frankford elevated transit line, collectively express a love letter from a guy to a girl, from an artist to his hometown, and from local residents to their West Philadelphia neighborhood. Love Letter, which will be documented in two books, a film, and a gallery exhibition, speaks to all those who have loved and for those who long for a way to express that love to the world around them.

download the map for your next trip to Philadelphia! Stephen Powers site.

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Another cool one by Melanie Flood

The Current State of the Art Market Q&A with Melanie Flood of Melanie Flood Projects

1. Please explain to us about Melanie Flood Projects…How did it start it? Why in your house?

I began Melanie Flood Projects over the summer of 2008 because I felt that artists and photographers (like myself) needed a new style of venue to showcase their art. I was tired of it being utterly impossible for a young, talented artist to display their work, other than online or in crowded group shows that require a participation fee.

The Idea came to me when I was in the position of Managing Editor at Zingmagazine. We were involved in Art Chicago 2002 and while visiting I came across stay at home mothers that ran public galleries from their homes. These women were artists, curators, collectors, and they didn’t allow motherhood prevent them from being involved with what they loved. I was influenced most by a young woman who had Amy Sillman watercolors displayed on her fridge with magnets. Made me think differently about he way art should and could be displayed.

So based on the inspiration from these women, I decided to base the gallery from my home and I am fortunate enough to live in a lovely brownstone in a great part of Brooklyn. I am also drawn to the idea of the home as a social hub apart from public spaces such as bars, clubs, galleries, & cafes.

2. In my opinion you are pioneering the new concept of private dealing @ home…Is there a reason why?

I believe that in the environment of a gallery or museum the real importance of the artist is lost in the pressures of the “gallery” experience. By removing that factor I believe I am placing all the emphasis on the artist, using the comfortable and welcoming environment of a living space to ease viewers. I hope that in inviting people to view art in these circumstances, where art eventually ends up, will remove the formal pressures of the “art world” and will help people focus on art in it’s most natural state or form.

3. What is the advantage of it? Disadvantages? Please explain in detail.

I am not affected by the immense overhead of having a gallery space. Because I don’t have to worry about rent, making money is not at the forefront of my mind, this frees up the types of art I show. I also get to display art in my most favorite way-among domestic life, my own personal decorations. It’s like a revolving art collection! Another advantage is being able to have many styles of events other than showing art on walls. One example was a party in December where I invited 17 artists to come over for one evening and sell their wares; books, mags, zines, prints, etc…

More via Melanie Flood Projects...

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