Johanna Goodman / The Catalogue of Imaginary Beings

 

The Monday after this year’s Women’s March seems like an ideal day to share Johanna Goodman‘s The Catalogue of Imaginary Beings! All women, all fierce, all powerful. Each elongated figure is a collage combining elements of art, design, and architecture with references to cultural artifacts such as talismans, idols, and totems.

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Polly Fern

 

Illustrator and ceramicist Polly Fern creates whimsical art that could have been made today or one hundred years ago, it’s that timeless. Domestic everyday scenes, city architecture, and portraits adorn ceramic pieces she’s crafted and prints ready and waiting for your walls. Then there are the brooches, the cards, and the holiday ornaments but you should probably just check out her shop for yourself!

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Clover Robin

 

Illustrator Clover Robin clearly finds delight in all things botanical, a gal after my own heart. At first glance her work left me wondering whether it was drawn or collaged, and you know how I love it when I’m fooled by mediums! My walls are practically begging for a piece of her work to be hung upon them sometime soon.

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Trending: Emerald Green

 

Emerald green has long been one of my favorite colors and I’m so happy to see it’s having a moment this autumn! I love how interiors and fashion often intersect like they are for this trend and can’t wait to take advantage and add a few pieces in this rich, deep hue to my home and closet.

 

Deep Green Brick Wallpaper Mural // Camryn Suede Bow Flats // Doris Emerald Aluminum Tumbler

 

Emerald and Copper Print // Emerald Cabochon Ring // Emerald Coast Shower Curtain

 

Green Agate Coasters // Malachite Wallpaper // Orion Emerald Green Ceramic Accent Lamp

 

Nine Stone-Filled Hoop Earrings // Obi Velvet Kimono // Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Wicked

 

Overdyed Naima Rug Swatch // Pleated Skirt // Skye Crushed Velvet Comforter

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Print Edition: October 2017

If There’s Love in a House by The Bee & The Fox

 

Blue Art by Myriam Van Neste

 

Make Your Own Luck by Vincent Cousteau

 

Lyrical Embrace by Lynne Douglas

 

No Fun In Perfection by Jasmine Dowling

 

Solar System by Valhalla Studios

 

Mouth No.33 by Lisa Krannichfeld

 

This Divide Poster by Eleven5

 

Wing Tips by Lisa Congdon

 

Zoey by Jessica Buhman

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Tugboat Printshop

 

I was following Tugboat Printshop and their traditionally hand-crafted, fine art limited edition woodcut prints long before I realized they were even from Pittsburgh. Each unique piece Valerie Lueth creates is an original, authentic work of art created start-to-finish by hand. Tugboat’s drawings are made on 3/4-inch birch woodblocks, then carved in low relief using knives and chisels before being printed directly from the hand-carved blocks. I really appreciate how detailed each piece is and the incredible amount of work put into every woodcut print.

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Ashley Cecil

 

Our Pittsburgh Maker Profile series has been on extended hiatus for awhile now. This area is so rife with creativity that I feel I’ve been doing it a disservice, simply highlighting one maker a month really isn’t enough. So this September I’ll be highlighting a few dozen instead! You’ll know it’s a Pittsburgh creator by the little seal above that will mark each post.

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I first became aware of the flora-meets-fauna art of Ashley Cecil last spring when she created a line of scarves that sold at the Carnegie Museum of Art. She paints from live observation at renowned institutions, and marrying realism with abstract modern backgrounds is her signature style. Those two things alone garner loads of interest for me, but what makes it all work so well together is Ashley’s innate understanding of color and the way she knows when to keep it reigned it or go all out. She’s also working to save birdlife with an innovative window film that helps birds see the surface rather than fly into it injuring, or even worse killing, themselves.

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