Adrian Esparza

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Adrian Esparza draws on his bordertown El Paso, Texas roots to create his colorful installations. Each is formed from a sarape blanket that’s pulled apart thread by thread, then wrapped around nails hammered into the walls of the gallery it occupies to create a multi-dimensional linear structure. Esparza’s deconstruction and transformation of this cultural symbol reflects the displacement of identity that many Mexican-Americans experience as a result of migration.

 

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Megan Nicolson

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I recently discovered the embroidery work of Australian artist Megan Nicolson on Instagram. Meg turns drop cloths and paint rags into bold and graphic pieces of art that she then mats for framing. I’m a smitten kitten.

 

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01/ Elemental Turntable is the best looking simple turntable for vinyl newbies.
02/ Artist 1010 created a giant optical illusion on a highway – Le Périphiérique.
03/ Check out Kit Animalium – a 3D chocolate animal kit!
04/ Mimi O Chun’s Stuffed Hipster Emblems are detailed and awesome.
05/ I’m convinced these paper clips would up my organization game.
06/ Crushing on Christoph Niemann’s Brush Girl.
07/ Take a peek at 12 of the best in coffee brewing technology.
08/ Explosive dance portraits by Alexander Yakovlev capture powerful movement.
09/ Akilah Hughes documented her week in a visual diary of used makeup wipes.
10/ A government building in New Mexico has a cat library where workers can check out adoptable cats!

This week on Design Crush:
Let your playful side out with these Scribble Rugs.
Download this desktop wallpaper that was inspired by summer + HP Sprout!
Incredible architectural reliefs from Chisel & Mouse.
Definitely snatching up my sign in the Good Twin’s Zodiac Pin + Post.
Cosmic Nuggets’ Maskz series is colorful and dark – in other words perfect.
Admit it, you have a summer wish list all thought out too.
Laura Agusti’s Ashdown Cats are amazing.
Fourteen Father’s Day cards… because it’s this coming Sunday.
Bryan Ray‘s incredible work is teeming with color and loads of momentum.

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01/ Michelle Wibowo created an anamorphic sculpture of London’s skyline with cookies.
02/ HOT TEA transformed a pool on Roosevelt Island with technicolor.
03/ Intense rope masks by BertJan Pot.
04/ The Ecocapsule is solar-powered, allowing you to live off the grid anywhere you please.
05/ Loving this shadow creating You Are Here umbrella by Nadiah Alsagoff.
06/ Check out the world’s first hanging “zome” – Kodama Zome.
07/ Kickstart this! Vinyl Moon would release mixtape on vinyl! (And they’re pretty!)
08/ Update your phone background with these patterns from Cotton & Flax.
09/ SoAwkward pulls together the most awkward moments from Twitter in one app.
10/ The credit card-sized Light Phone does just one thing – make calls!

This week on Design Crush:
Feeling inspired by Michela Picchi‘s saturated work.
A photo story behind the inspiration of Pine & Boon‘s product development.
Three cheers for caftans!
We previewed a new series – PGH Maker Profile: Redraven Studios.
Good sound is key to summer, check out these 8 portable speakers.
Kristin Martsincic’s Pool Series is utterly refreshing to view.
The Food for Though Book Collection is pure brilliance.
I worked some magic to create a welcoming front porch.

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MaricorMaricar

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MaricorMaricar are an artistic tag team, which in my opinion there should be more of. Sometimes it’s nice to have someone push your limits, bring out your strong points, and say “No, that sucks” in creativity. These two ladies excel at the creation of embroidered illustrations, lettering, animation, and design (sometimes at the same time).

 

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Coastal Quilts

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If the coast holds a special place in your heart I have just the thing, Coastal Quilts from Haptic Lab. From Maine to Washington, the Great Lakes to Gulf, these quilts provide a snapshot of iconic coastal areas and their fragile eco-systems. Gold polysilk is appliquéd onto a pale blue soft cotton to create their heirloom-quality beauties.

 

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Michelle Kingdom

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Miniature scenes are embroidered by the hand of Michelle Kingdom as she explores psychological landscapes and words that are left unspoken. Each piece feels dense, compressed, and vibrating with energy as Michelle simultaneously honors the tradition of her technique and breaks down its walls.

 

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01/ Addicted to Glamour shows us a different view of the fashion industry.
02/ The Swirl Faucet creates an amazing pattern and saves on water usage.
03/ Take a walk on this meandering green suspended balcony path.
04/ Would you wear a Crayon dress if it were made by a famous designer?
05/ The B&O Play bluetooth speaker looks made for summer entertaining.
06/ I really love this – eco-friendly burial pods will turn loved ones into trees.
07/ Photographer/dancer Mickael Jou leaps through everyday life situations.
08/ Barbara Wildenboer turns old books into papercut masterpieces.
09/ A Japanese island where cats outnumber humans six to one. (Let’s go now.)
10/ I’d love to ride Sky Bike through the Andean Cloud Forest!

This week on Design Crush:
Eight new pieces of art to mix up your wall game in Print Edition: March.
Maker & Mineral‘s screen-printed pouches make me want to organize my bag.
Caroline Larsen does oil paintings like you’ve never seen before.
Backyard workspace inspiration for the outdoor office space I hope to create.
I’d open my mail way faster if it looked anything like Do Not Open.
Meet your go-to modern jewelry shop – Adorn Milk.
Completely inspired by the work of Hiroyuki Izutsu.
Check out Woven Pear for the best patterned socks!

Design Crush elsewhere:
I love matching the perfect rug + room when decorating.
I talked to Martha Stewart about empowering yourself and growing your business.
The Marketplace is carrying an exclusive print from Duealberi! Grab yours.

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