Glenn Barr

 

I’ve been a space nerd since childhood (REINSTATE PLUTO AS A PLANET!), and Glenn Barr‘s seedy pulp art aesthetic meshes so well with the subject that I couldn’t help but be sucked in. The Detroit-based painter captures retro space travelers and haunting women inspired by cult films from the 60s and 70s with open storylines that leave you wondering just what happens next.

 

 

 

 

 

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Printable Sensory Calendar

Monica Lee

A few weeks ago when I was in Palm Springs I attended a roundtable discussion led by my friend, Monica Lee. In it she talked about embracing your senses and using them to broaden the world around you, both for well-being and creative purposes. Lately I’ve found myself creating a bubble of health and positivity, and this idea of hers fit in seamlessly with the salt lamp and essential oil diffuser I’ve made room for in my daily life. Our senses are the way we experience the world, why not – literally – stop and smell the roses more often?

I asked Monica if I might share her idea with you, so we created a download that you can print and follow each day this March, it even includes a few thumbnails of her beautiful paintings. Each task is short and meant to be enjoyed while making you take notice of the things that might normally slide by.

 

 

Download the 31 Days of Senses calendar, then head over to Monica’s portfolio to see more of her feminine, romantic paintings and read about her outlook on art.

 

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Lindsay Stripling

 

San Francisco-based artist Lindsay Stripling creates dreams. Through watercolors and her brush, she paints folksy narrative and fairytale-like scenes that seem vaguely familiar in our minds if maybe a bit fuzzy. Lindsay’s stories have no beginning, middle, or end, leaving plenty of room for imagination. Be sure and check out her shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just Spices

 

The packaging for Just Spices is lovely on many levels. Each can is made of paperboard, an aluminum lining, and an extra membrane for freshness. Sunlight can affect the flavors of spices, but this packaging is 100% protected for optimal preservation of the USDA organic goods enclosed. And lastly, my favorite part – the portraits. Each one tells the story of local cooks who helped develop what’s inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Roza Khamitova

 

When you’re a fashion designer who ends up with too much inspiration you take it to the obvious place, your own bathroom. Roza Khamitova, who has clothing line Shovava, started by adhering her illustrations to the stark white bathroom walls and then connected them with more drawings. After working through bubbling paper and varnishes, her bathroom is a virtual forest full of birds, greenery, and more. I guess it’s always a good idea to have a fallback career!

 

 

 

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The Everleigh Cocktails

 

The Everleigh is a well-known hot spot in Melbourne that specializes in Prohibition-era style cocktails. To take their well-crafted drinks beyond the bar they partnered with The Company You Keep to design some of the best looking packaging I’ve seen of late. Taking their main inspiration from vintage perfume bottles, TCYK added the minimal amount of type necessary. The four cocktails available – Martini, Old Fashioned, Manhattan, and Negroni – can be purchased in a gift box of four or individually. Now the question is, could you bring yourself to drink them?

 

 

 

 

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Johnson Tsang

 

Johnson Tsang‘s completely contorted facial sculptures are so absurd they’re lovely. Hands play a major role in his Open Mind Series – extremities reaching up and out, stretching open an eye socket, or even squishing the face as you would a child’s. While maybe not for the faint of heart, each piece manages to look serene in all white bisque.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Riin Kaljurand

 

Riin Kaljurand‘s art is heavily influenced by her geopolitical origins, she makes it plain to see in her textural collages that are full of women hard at work in traditionally masculine settings like farms, factories, and construction sites. Each piece is created from dried layers of acrylic or household paint – manipulated at different stages of drying – by scraping, folding, cutting, drawing into and layering. Often the paint ends up looking like some other material altogether as a response to the materials shown in the source photographs.

I also use mass-produced tools, considered traditionally feminine, like icing nozzles and hair combs to create my paintings. To give my work a three-dimensional sculptural form, I make acetate structures by vacuum forming traditionally considered feminine objects like combs, brushes, cosmetic items, polishers, files, toys etc. Then I fill these forms with paint and when paint has dried, I remove these sculptural paint objects from acetate structures and incorporate them into my paintings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Goran Konjevod

 

A background in math and computer science can actually translate quite well to the world of art. I give you Goran Konjevod‘s folded sculptures (aka origami). After years of folding according to other artist’s instructions, in 2005 he began creating his own.

I try to restrict myself to working with single uncut sheets of paper or other foldable material (such as copper), and for the most part use very simple “pureland” folds. Normally, this last restriction would imply that the resulting forms are flat. However, a real sheet of paper is always three-dimensional — even when unfolded — and its thickness brings about a much more obvious three-dimensionality when multiple layers are present.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Frédéric Forest

 

Frédéric Forest‘s barely there line drawings are completely seductive in the most minimal of ways. The silhouettes remind me of the saying about leaving a little to the imagination. (A penny for your thoughts, they also look incredible as tattoos.)

 

 

 

 

 

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