Block Shop Woodblock Prints

 

By now you’ve likely heard of Block Shop, the textile company run by the Stockman sister duo of Lily and Hopie. Their pieces marry modern California cool aesthetics with a traditional Indian hand block printing process that’s carried out by a family in Bagru, Rajasthan. After beginning with scarves and expanding to pillows, table linens, baby quilts, and rugs, they’re now offering framed woodblock prints! I’m partial to Sunwave – which is your favorite?

 

 

 

 

 

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Print Edition: August 17

Crashing Waves by Kym Fulmer

 

And So It Begins by The Novogratz

 

The Lungs by Lyon Road Art

 

Summertime Travel Skateboard by Telegramme Paper Co.

 

Into the Mystic by Ann Marie Coolick

 

Summer Color Form by LEIF

 

Banana Split by PLTY

 

This Just This by Debbie Millman

 

Geo Light by Lou and the Twin

 

Moon Phases Full Moon by Color Watercolor

 

Make Your Own Future by Telegramme Paper Co.

 

Haven by Helo Birdie

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Vivienne Strauss

 

Three words: birds. driving. cars. Vivienne Strauss‘ affection for the small animals is apparent in her meticulously executed collages, each with a sense of whimsy. The surface of another planet, plants and other ephemera strapped to the roofs of cars and trucks, and tiny feathered friends having a rest inside teacups all find a home inside Vivienne’s lovely art.

Shop Vivienne Strauss’s work

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Print Edition: July 2017

Tomorrow by Anthony Burrill

 

Take a Dive by Confetti House

 

Print 2, Formation by A’Driane Nieves

 

Paperclip Index Chart by Present & Correct

 

Pennsylvania Schematic Map by Transit Authority Figures (all states available)

 

Painted Leaves by Samantha Dolan

 

Holly Original Illustration by Kate Lewis Ink

 

Botanical Print by Prints Project

 

Another Task for You by David Shrigley

 

Hi Bear by Becca Tapert

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The Type Gallery

 

The Type Gallery is a series of beautifully designed and screen printed posters celebrating the art of typography by founder Mike Hanlan. Each poster features one of the of world’s twelve greatest typefaces and includes the designer, foundry, historical perspective, and a complete alphabet. Each is 24 x 36-inch print is screened in black and warm grey on archival 80lb cover stock.

 

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10 Days of Design Crush Anniversary Giveaways: Day 8 Kristi Kohut

 

Ten years ago this month I started Design Crush as a place to gather inspiration for my day job as a graphic designer, and five years ago it became my full-time job. To thank you all, as well as highlight some of my favorite sponsors from over the years, we’ll be hosting ten days of giveaways in celebration of ten years of this little site that could.

 

 

Krist Kohut is a longstanding favorite artist of mine who has been featured on the pages of Design Crush more than once. Her mixed media art makes me smile time and time again, whether it’s a piece from her intricate Agate collection or the more freestyle Color Field body of work. I feel like I just get Kristi’s work and in turn she must get me – and that’s a great feeling no matter where it comes from!

 

 

Krist‘s multi-media art is inspired by nature and she uses any number of mediums to create it, including acrylic, watercolor, ink, pastels, and glass beads. In 2007, in addition to her art practice, she founded Kristi Kohut Home, a design studio dedicated to making high-end fabrics, pillows, poufs, and wallpaper featuring her signature work.

 

 

 

 

 

“My work is influenced by color and pattern in the world all around us. A permeating crack on the sidewalk, the vibrant layers of agate rock, the exotic clothing of a faraway place, are my muses. I love the color and effect created when unexpected colors and textures are combined. The glossiness of an acrylic paint next to the chalky texture of a pastel. Or an iridescent blend next to a thick, velvety smudge of oil pigment.

My process is an intuitive dance of play, working until I find just the right combination of color and texture. I know when it is done, when it elicits a feeling inside, a zing, a ping of joy or pleasure that often comes with that final touch or pop of color, suddenly transforming the piece. That feeling is a connection to something more, something that is not of the day-to-day routine of life. The antithesis of routine. A hint at what’s on the other side of this world.”

 

 

 

I own three pieces of Krist Kohut‘s art, as well as a pillow and a scarf. Since releasing her line of wallpaper it’s become a goal to deck out one of my bathrooms with some of her pattern there as well. Of course we’re not leaving you out of the fun – Kristi is kindly gifting one reader with their choice of either one huge 37 x 57-inch print OR two 22 x 30-inch prints! You’ve got 22 chances to enter and 48-hours to make it happen, you know the drill.

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10 Days of Design Crush Anniversary Giveaways: Day 1 Artifact Uprising

 

Ten years ago this month I started Design Crush as a place to gather inspiration for my day job as a graphic designer, and five years ago it became my full-time job. I don’t even know how to begin to thank each of you for your support along the way to living this dream that I didn’t know I had. To be completely transparent, when it’s been good it’s been great and when it’s been bad I still couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing. I never used to believe people who said when you love your job you’ll never work a day in your life, but it’s so very true. And to thank you all, as well as highlight some of my favorite sponsors from over the years, we’ll be hosting ten days of giveaways in celebration of ten years of this little site that could.

 

Print + Wood Cleat

I first met one of the founding sisters of Artifact Uprising at lunch during Alt Summit when we shared a table, and since then I’ve had the pleasure of partnering with them many a time. Katie and Jenna started AU on a foundation of a decade’s worth of experience as professional photographers and a desire to create printed photo goods with elevated quality, thoughtful design, and responsibly sourced materials.

 

Wood Calendar

Since 2012 they’ve done that and more by staying true to their mission and an authentic, creative-driven business model. Artifact Uprising‘s focus on sourcing recycled paper for their books and wood products continues to resonate with me and many others, and they continue to give good materials a second chance at life by using locally-sourced fallen beetle-kill pine.

 

 

From a basement to an office in Denver, Artifact Uprising still prides themselves on being an authentic company that’s true to its eco-conscious roots – and that matters! Consistently surrounding themselves with people who challenge, and building great things with great people is what AU is all about.

 

Float Frame

As Artifact Uprising continues to create beautiful, minimal products that everyone is sure to love, they also keep a focus on stellar customer interactions. Seriously – their customer service is some of the best I’ve ever experienced, and it shows in everything from the site’s interface and user experience to the end product showing up at your doorstep.

 

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“We believe that doing good is more important than doing well – and that kindness makes the world right. We believe in travel and the things you can learn from getting lost. And we believe the best lessons come from the listening. We try to laugh when light is needed and persist when the path requires it. We love wide open spaces and campfires and the kind of quiet that allows you to hear the snow crunching below your feet. We believe in those who wake up every day to choose joy. And we believe in the underdog. We believe in always remembering where you came from. We believe each of us will – in time – do something really, really nice for the world.”

Artifact Uprising is kind enough to be giving away a $250 gift code to one Design Crush reader! There are up to SIXTEEN(!) ways to enter, but act fast because you only have 48 hours to get on it. (They’re also offering 10% off using code GIFTDAD if you’re shopping for Father’s Day!)

 

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Stephen Baker

 

It’s crazy to think how much can be expressed using only basic shapes and a minimal color palette, but that’s just where painter Stephen Baker excels. His In-Between Days series is a standout, depicting those small moments in every day when you’re in the moment without realizing it. Many of Stephen’s pieces are available as giclée prints so swing by his shop, then check out his portfolio for some fantastic installations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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