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26

Three Cheers for Caftans

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My friend Jaime and I have been planning our retirement for years. Key elements include huge sunglasses, turbans, red lipstick (preferably on our teeth), and caftans. So it’s rather serendipitous that the flowy frocks are back in style at the moment – black and white, colorful, patterned, long and short. What once was seen as your grandmother’s housedress is your summer wardrobe’s best friend.

 

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Indigo Shibori Caftan by Proud Mary // White Crackle Organic Linen Caftan by Emerson Fry // Warboel 01 by Humanoid

 

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The Caftan by Hatch // Onda Silk Caftan by Lotta Designs // Agave Nut Birch Green Caftan by Rodebjer

May
26

Pine & Boon

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Jess Marie Griffith is crazy talented. She runs a small design studio in Seattle where she sews, paints, sculpts, and collaborates – it’s also where she runs her bag and textile company Pine & Boon. Jess’ work is influenced by raw intuition, utilitarian construction, and artful details that all meld together to create pieces you’ll be sure to use for years to come. Today she’s sharing her process from start to finish – looking and listening, sketching and planning, stepping away, doing it, and testing it out – with us through a photo story shot by Serrah Russell.

 

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May
25

Michela Picchi

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On this first unofficial day of summer the work of Michela Picchi seems like a good fit. A rich, saturated palette is a hallmark of her style along with an amazing graphic appeal. The Italian-born, Berlin-based Picchi works with some big name brands as well as creating for herself.

 

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May
22

Happy Weekend

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01/ INKO is a hand-tattooed iPad keyboard – so rad!
02/ 20,000 sheets of paper and 4 tons of stone make up Steve Messam‘s bridge.
03/ Pretty but controversial, check out Marco Evaristti’s Rauður Thermal Project
04/ Feminist Lisa Frank is perfection.
05/ Matthias Schaller realizes the beauty in artist’s palettes.
06/ Some grain silos in western Australia got a creative makeover.
07/ Huge eyeballs that maybe belong to mythical creatures from Stefano Prina.
08/ Thomas Lohr showcases the intricacies of birds’ feathers in his photography.
09/ Ron Isaacs created clothing art with plywood and acrylic paint!
10/ Life listed – best friends build tiny homes on a ranch together.

This week on Design Crush:
The vintage postcard landscapes Caterina Rossato creates are incredible.
Glop is a multifunctional, bendable line of kitchenware.
The most amazing paper masks from Mlle Hipolyte.
The Messenger is such a fun interactive gift that travels from person to person.
Merve Özaslan’s Natural Act collages are so good.
Obsessed with these Fireclay Tiles vibrant colors and patterns.
Michael Carson nails the underplayed glamour look in his paintings.
A few weeks ago I taught some ladies how to make DIY Abstract Painted Potholders.
Loving the different mediums and styles of Ashleigh Ninos‘ work.

May
22

Ashleigh Ninos

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Multi-medium artists make me so jealous, but in a good way. Ashleigh Ninos is doing good things with both illustration and dye on paper in her respectively titled series Contour and Forecast. Both are minimal in nature while packing a serious punch of impact.

 

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May
21

DIY Abstract Painted Potholders

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The first weekend in May I had the chance to lead a workshop at Anthropologie where we made these fun and colorful abstract painted potholders. I made a few samples beforehand for inspiration, so I thought I’d share those along with a bit from the event itself, then tell you how to make your own.

 

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The girls at the Pittsburgh Anthro’s Bakery Square location did an amazing job setting up for what was actually their first ever event. We all noshed on the tastiest mini cupcakes, fruit water, and plenty of Prosecco while painting. It was a beautiful day, and sitting inside those big windows with the warm sun shining in made everyone extra creative.

 

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The best part of this project is that there are zero rules, it’s all about having fun. Paint skills don’t matter one bit because the end result is meant to be abstract and playful. We played with different materials to create designs – drinking straws, toothpicks, and cardboard – that could add a graphic element.

 

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This gal was the life of the party. She showed up with her babysitter about halfway through and proceeded to tell everyone how wonderful they were doing (her words) before creating this masterpiece to give to her cousin. We sent her off with plenty of cupcakes and took plenty of selfies.

 

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Supplies:
• plain white potholders (make sure they are meant for use, not decorative)
• matte acrylic paint
• paintbrushes
• paper plates for palettes
• paper towels
• drinking straws, toothpicks, etc
• water jar for brush rinsing

 

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Thanks to Anthropologie for hosting the event and to everyone who came out to create!

May
21

Michael Carson

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The underplayed glamour Michael Carson conveys in each of his paintings draws the viewer right in, making them long for the chance to take part of the magic. (Or at least making me long for the chance.) Bars, clubs, cafés, and dance studios set the hazy scene for his characters, while giving a nod to both French Impressionist and post-Impressionist eras in style and technique.

 

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May
20

Fireclay Tile

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I’m generally drawn to safe neutrals when choosing the more permanent features in a space. Hues that help to create a blank canvas to build out a room upon, ones that have legs beyond my current style preference. But then I learned about Fireclay Tile and their incredible, brilliantly designed products that are made by hand in their factory just outside San Francisco. Their expansive collection of designs, shapes, and colors has got my creative engine turning and I’m thinking that maybe I need to take a walk on the wild side!

 

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May
20

Merve Özaslan / Natural Act

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Merve Özaslan‘s Natural Act collage series shows off city and suburban scenes with portals to the natural world. Özaslan explores the relationship between nature and humanity, in the end reassuring us that each one is a part of the other.

 

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May
19

The Messenger

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My best friend and I used to have this round metal ball with a hinge that we passed back and forth holding little gifts to one another. The Messenger reminds me of that, but with a way better execution. Artist Becky Kent was inspired by carrier pigeons used in times of war to send messages, and created this ceramic bird sculpture with a mid-century vibe that holds a rolled up note. The Messenger comes and goes from your hands but connects you to anyone who receives it for years to come, track it forever online using its unique ID number. You can support The Messenger on Kickstarter right here.

 

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