Ira Svobodová

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Ira Svobodová‘s latest series – Papercut – is inspired by architecture and shows off her mastery of shadow and light. Svobodová paints layers of acrylic gels to create the incredibly pure, unmixed colors in each piece. All I know is that her work makes me want to run, not walk, to pick up my sketchbook and do some shading exercises!


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( via Trendland)


Sarah Ball

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My family is full of immigration history, mainly from eastern Europe. Serbia on my Mom’s side and Russia, Czechoslovakia, Austria, and Scotland on my Dad’s. I think that’s why Sarah Ball‘s Immigrants resonated so deeply after I first saw these paintings. Each tells their own story without words, and I very badly wish they could open their mouths and speak.


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Melissa Loop

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Melissa Loop captures my vision of the tropics 110% in her bold, saturated paintings. I can just about feel the humidity rising up from each piece with their streaks and runs, can’t you?


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Amanda Happé

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Toronto-based Amanda Happé is decidedly gifted in the painting and drawing areas of life. (As well as in the beautiful-long-red-hair area, but that’s another story.) Not one to shy away from color, Amanda embraces it wholeheartedly through all of her work. Her latest is a series referred to as Runes Waterfull of stark imagery and simple shapes on clean white backgrounds.


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Johan Barrios

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Columbian artist Johan Barrios works in graphite and watercolors to create some of the most beautiful mixed media results. The finished pieces leave me feeling as though I’m looking at washed out film that’s been dipped in a series of chemicals. But nope, just raw talent.


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Seth Smith

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While I realize we technically have over a month of summer left it also feels as though we’re crawling towards the finish line. That’s what Seth Smith‘s paintings feel like to me, the last few days and week of warm weather before school and other obligations start to creep in.


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Drew Tyndell

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Nashville, Tennessee’s Drew Tyndell manages to combine painting, sculpture, and collage into one explosion of incredible art. The puzzle-like end result shows off his skills in graphics and woodworking, as well as a killer mastery of color usage.


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This week on Design Crush:
Fill my kitchen with the ceramics of Elnaz Nourizadeh and call me when you’re done.
In love with the structural bags in Candamill‘s fall 2015 collection.
Lucy Williams‘ architectural collages are so intricate it hurts.
Ondu pinhole cameras are wooden, handcrafted, and on my wish list.
This month’s PGH Maker Profile is a good one on tin artist Worker Bird.
Sleek and modern jewelry from Metalepsis is beyond perfect.
I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Carson Ellis’ Home.
Lindsay Stead’s Collection Quilts are sure to be heirlooms.


Trek Matthews

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Trek Matthews is a painter, illustrator, and maker from Milwaukee who’s currently based in Atlanta. His interior and exterior murals are full of perspective and geometric goodness, usually in lovely muted tones though he sometimes opts for bright boldness.


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