Agri Chapel

 

Agri Chapel is located within a national park on Kyushu island in Japan, so it only makes sense that architect Yu Momoeda would look to the surrounding forest for inspiration. Just look up and around to see its influence!

 

 

 

 

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Francisca Sutil

 

You’ll notice how modern abstractionist Francisca Sutil‘s work has changes over the past decades when looking through her portfolio. Different surfaces, larger scales, even different paint viscosities. In her latest series – Mute – she relies on one simple brushstroke shaped like a teardrop to spell out her “uncoded messages.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Michelle Jader

 

Michelle Jader looks to motion, emotion, and acrylic panels to create layered paintings that explore transformation and personal growth. Photoshoots with various models are used as a starting point before painting several layers of semi-transparent acrylic panels that are then stacked in front of one another to create depth. Jader’s current series – Into the Unknown – explores the layers of emotion experienced right after we jump off of a figurative cliff and into what awaits.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fiona Roberts

 

Let’s get wonderfully weird this Valentine’s Day with the work of Australian artist Fiona Roberts. Her
Façade ceramic series focuses entirely on body parts that are slightly… out of their element. Wet mouths on dinner plates, dozens of dismembered fingers gathered in the bathroom sink, and discerning eyes that seem to be screaming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eliza Gosse

 

I’ve had architecture on the brain lately, which happened to be the best time to come across the work of Eliza Gosse. Her work depicts the suburbs of Australia, and she approaches her paintings from an architectural background.

“Turning to a style of architecture from the post war period – The International Style – Gosse’s paintings use flat planes of colour, clean geometric forms, and play off utopian architectural ideals with a nostalgic inflection.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Print Edition: February 2019

When Life Gives You Lemons Print by Hôtel Magique

 

Keep Me Wild Print by Honeymoon Hotel

 

Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire Coast Linocut Print by Michelle Hughes Design

 

CSS 6 Limited Edition Print by Jenny Pennywood

 

Orange Poster by Encore Design Studios

 

1890 Bicycle Patent Print by C. D. Rice

 

Strong Women Print by Honeymoon Hotel

 

Female Body Line Art Print by Oulu Prints

 

Cherry Bowl by Erin Lin

 

Rapper’s Delight Print by Honeymoon Hotel

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Hélène Delmaire

 

Hélène Delmaire‘s – a self-described ‘over-sensitive painter gal from France’ – creates paintings that are a beautiful study in the use of color and texture. I think she also creates an important dialogue (intended or not) about women’s bodies and the way they are hidden or displayed to the public.

Shop Hélène Delmaire’s work

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrate All Kinds of Love This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Printable Art // Valentine’s Day Dessert Board

 

5-Minute Valentine’s Day DIY // Gradient Texture Cake // Heart-Shaped Mini Waffle Maker

 

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cookies // Conversation Heart Bath Bombs // DIY Candy Arrows

 

DIY Valentine’s Day Cake Gift Boxes // Dollhouse Heart Locket // Printable for Your Far Away Valentine

 

DIY Heart Friendship Bracelets // Andy Warhol Lips Print // Heart Garland

 

Low-Carb Valentine’s Day Brownies // Printable Valentine’s Day Freezer Paper Treat Bags // Ombre Raspberry Lemon Sugar Cookies

 

Strawberry Cake Balls // The Best Sugar Cookie Bars // Timothy Goodman V Day Art Print

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Fresh Business Cards for a Fresh Start

 

At the start of the month I mentioned how I’ve been taking on more projects outside of Design Crush. Turns out that when you’ve been one thing for so long – nearly 12 years – a change of perspective helps with the next chapter going forward. In my case, a change of identity as I went back to being Kelly Beall. Getting some fresh business cards seemed like the best place to start.

 

 

Basic Invite has a nice collection of specialty business cards with plenty of modern designs to choose from, along with every other style you might be after. They offer over 180 color options, coordinate with your business or just choose your favorite. You can apply a different color and font to every element of your personalized business cards if you’d like! Speaking of fonts, there’s a library to choose from – but if that sounds too overwhelming you can just go with what they’ve suggested on the template. If you want to get extra customized choose the foil option that’s available in silver, gold, and rose gold, or the clear card.

 

 

I chose the Modern Hello design, perfect for handing out to potential clients. I love the clean lines, bold type, and straightforwardness of the layout partnered with that bright punch of green. And speaking as a graphic designer, it was a nice change of pace to find several designs that I didn’t need to change a thing on to suit my own taste.

 

 

 

Basic Invite offers a lot beyond business cards online, they’re also one of few sites that give customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation before they ever place their final order. Test the paper, see the quality, make sure everything meets your expectations – then choose from 40 colors of envelopes to make the perfect invite for your event. To make the process even easier, they offer an address capturing service allowing customers to share a link on any social media platform to request their friends and family’s addresses. The addresses will then be stored in your account and can be selected during the design process.

If all of that doesn’t make you want to check out Basic Invite, well, they’re currently offering 15% off with code 15FF51.

 

 

This post is sponsored by Basic Invite. Thank you for supporting that brands that help keep Design Crush kicking!

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Marc Dennis

 

I thought we could all probably use a little color and life in the midst of this polar vortex that’s descended upon much of the U.S. The work of Brooklyn-based painter Marc Dennis is brimming over with both in the forms of flora and fauna, I hope you enjoy exploring between the edges!

 

 

 

 

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