Grid Poems Vol. I

 

Let’s start with… what exactly is a grid poem?

A grid poem is a 3 x 3-inch arrangement of lines written to allow two different readings: left-to-right and top-to-bottom. This allows subtly, or drastically, different perspectives to emerge from the same text. Part haiku, part Sudoku, the full poem is only revealed through re-reading and exploration.

 

 

Art and design collective Point in Passing just released a book of grid poetry with collaborator Brian Isett, called Grid Poems Vol. I. The book is a collection of 45 illustrated poems on hope, loss, and expectation. Not only brilliantly creative and imaginative, but also rather pertinent to the current times we’re living in.

 

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Ashley Longshore

 

Between her wildly reimagined celebrity portraits and creatively mouthy text overlays, Ashley Longshore‘s paintings are definitely out there. From former presidents dressed in modern day couture to a classic Audrey Hepburn silhouette changed up every which way, her art can definitively be filed under pop.

My paintings are representative of the world I see around me. I am inspired by pop culture and things that I find intriguing. I really like to combine the use of words and images in an unexpected way to create a smart, colorful bold statement. Most importantly my love of color is what really makes my artwork “POP”. My paintings are statement pieces that are a reflection of the experiences I have in my life.

Shop Ashley Longshore’s work

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paul White

 

Pencil. On. Paper. That’s all Melbourne-based artist Paul White uses to create his insanely detailed illustrations of vehicles and the occasional landscape (sometimes together in the same piece). From junkyards full of obsolete cars to graffitied passenger vans to partially deconstructed airplanes, White resuscitates each one if only for a moment in time. (Anyone else getting Max Max-ish vibes?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Debora Cheyenne Cruchon

 

Los Angeles-based French illustrator/designer Debora Cheyenne Cruchon loves to experiment with different styles, and I honestly can’t find one I don’t like. That said, my favorite just might be these collage-like little numbers with vibes that make me think of Florida and the 80s (maybe even together). Check out more of her work on Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

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Arco Table Light

 

The Arco Table Light is designed by Chicago-based sculptor Arielle Pollock. Inspired by gemstones, the top and bottom halves of Arco are made from a translucent PLA that creates a lovely diffusion when lit, emitting a glow that’s creates a calming ambience. The table light is made by Gantri, using an unique 3D printing process that combines advanced machine-engineering and meticulous hand-finishing, all done in the Bay Area.

 

 

 

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Karen Ann Myers

 

It’s no secret that our relationship with our bedroom is an intimate one. Painter Karen Ann Myers is out to explore the psychological complexities behind that thought, while also inspired by the cult of beauty in mass media. Each overhead composition includes many of the same elements – a bed, a patterned rug, a wood floor, a dresser or chair, a bedside table, and oftentimes a phone – along with a woman in various stages of undress and emotion.

 

 

 

 

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Irina & Silviu

 

Plenty of couples work together, but Irina and Silviu Szekely create across multiple disciplines – collage and photography. Today we’re highlighting the duo’s handmade collage work, which is made using scissors and glue just like the rest of us might grab at home. Each piece is full of completely disjointed bits and bobbles, and yet things end up ultimately harmonious. (I’m thinking we could all learn something from this, no?)

 

 

 

 

 

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Sseko Fall/Winter 2017 Collection

 

If you recall, I’m acting as a Sole Sister for Sseko this entire year! As a Sseko Sole Sister I’ve been connected to one university-bound woman on Sseko’s team in Uganda to help her reach her educational goals –  and with every purchase made through our shared link sales will go towards her university scholarship.

Sseko recently launched their fall/winter 2017 collection and I wanted to share it with you. There are so many great staples to get you sartorially through the next few months, quite a few I’m eyeing to give as gifts this holiday season. First off, Sseko has launched an apparel line! Highly curated, the first season includes shawls, dusters, kimonos, and scarves.

 

 

 

They’ve also expanded their beautiful bags into the realm of travel. Four styles of varying size have all the space you need to make it through an overnight or a long weekend, and if you’re a light packer (or the weather is warm) you may even be able to fit a week’s worth.

 

 

 

Of course there are also some seasonal additions to Sseko’s already impressive collection of leather bags. Mulberry is shaping up to be this fall’s hot color and they made sure to include it – I’ve been carrying around the bucket bag below during errands for a few weeks and have received so many compliments.

 

 

 

 

The Fall/Winter 2017 Collection is a celebration of strength and resiliency. We are women who know that a dream without a plan, without action is merely a wish. We fall and fail because we are done playing small. We do hard things because we see the gap between the way things could be. We stand in the gap, we face the darkness and know that when we emerge we will be stronger and more resilient versions of who we are created to be. We do not just survive, but thrive.

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Sierra Barber

 

Sierra Barber is a self-taught encaustic artist based out of Port Dover, Ontario. Her process involves a repetitive build-up of thin layers of melted wax that create forms specific to how the material was applied, allowing the material to gradually build and transform into something that appears to have happened organically. Sierra’s work has explored themes of preservation, the collection of memory, artificial memory, virtual nostalgia, and curiosities of time.

 

 

 

 

 

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