Richard Yasmine / Ashkal

 

Richard Yasmine created Ashkal for the Sursock museum store, an ode to the reflection of a human’s soul as a nostalgic yet contemporarily design and Sursock’s history. Ashkal means shapes, or in this case faces. The series of magical yet simple vanity hand mirrors – a circle, a square, a rectangle, an oval, a pentagon and a triangle – are all made of a mirrored stainless steel fixed on a golden brushed brass pedestal.

 

 

 

 

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Jordan Andrew Carter

 

Jordan Andrew Carter is a freelance illustrator who likes to take a tactile approach to his work, juxtaposing pencil drawings against graphics. The resulting icon-filled portraits are flat art filled with details as well as loads of color and personality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feel Good Valentine’s Day Printables

 

This month we partnered again with Vivian Kvitka, aka The Good Viv, to bring you two printable valentines to spread the love. The world needs as much as it can get, and a sweet sentiment or piece of mail (that’s not a bill) has the ability to make people genuinely smile! These print two to a page and can be mailed like a postcard – just write on the back, address, and add stamp – or handed out in person. I think the thing I love most is neither is actually Valentine’s Day specific, they’re all about love and support so print out a bunch and share the good feels!

Download Heart + Might here

Download I Think You Are Magic here

 

 

 

 

 

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Frances Berry

 

Frances Berry‘s photographs could almost feel all too familiar if you didn’t notice something… off. Berry seeks to “create alternatives to the traditional snapshot that reinforce rather than destroy our internal visualization of time so that one may revisit a moment in a more authentic and meaningful way”. Her mastery of not only photography but digital manipulation make a powerful combination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Work + Play in Palm Springs

 

That’s not a postcard.

For most of last week I was in Palm Springs for Alt Summit, a conference I’ve proudly spoken at more than a handful of times. I’ve grown used to heading to Salt Lake City every January for the event, so when it was moved to The Saguaro in southern California for 2017 I was more than a little excited. Five days away from the Pennsylvania winter? Sign. Me. Up.

 

 

I opted to fly into San Diego rather than Palm Springs because one of my best friends, who was also going to Alt, lives there. Fly across the country and then roadtrip for two hours? Yeah, sure. And even when it turns out to take three and a half hours because of rush hour it’s okay, because I got to see two Sizzler restaurants. (Did you know they still exist? I didn’t.) That first night there was a lovely poolside party that we lasted about a half hour at before going back to our room where I finished slides for a panel the following morning.

 

 

One of the biggest travel perks for me is not having to make breakfast. And in this case I got to eat it with a (different) good friend before heading over to hair and makeup for my 9am panel.

 

 

If you’ve ever wondered what I look like A) speaking on a panel B) after roughly 4 hours of sleep C) with too much bronzer on D) and my jacket falling off, well, here you go! Dreams do come true.

All joking aside, our talk on making old content new again went fantastically well. I always think a successful panel teaches the panelists as well as the attendees, and this one did just that.

 

Justin Hackworth

The good thing about speaking first is that any pressure is off immediately and you’re free to explore and enjoy the rest of the conference. All of the colors of The Saguaro made for some amazing photo backdrops, and I busied myself popping in and out of other talks, catching up with blogger friends I rarely get to see, and chatting with sponsors.

 

 

 

 

Lunch was always held outside in the California sun, which was still blazing even in 70-something degree weather! One afternoon the parking lot was filled with the most amazing cars, each one armed with a small business owner ready to share their story.

 

Justin Hackworth

Justin Hackworth

The main portion of the conference ended Thursday evening with a great keynote by Todd Oldham. Yup, that Todd Oldham. I’m happy to share that he’s personable, down to earth, and very direct – three qualities I look for in everyone I meet.

 

 

 

I spent the last day hanging out with other longtime bloggers discussing the nitty gritty of our industry. Where it’s come from and where it’s (maybe) going, best practices and new concerns, etc. It rarely happens that so many of us are together and we definitely took advantage.

 

 

 

But my favorite thing, a bucket list item in fact, happened on the drive back to San Diego that evening. A stop at the Cabazon Dinosaurs! You might not know, but I am a deep down dino nerd. It was chilly and crazy windy when we stopped, I think we were out of the car for all of ten minutes and I managed to snap at least fifty photos including one of me hugging T-Rex’s leg. If you hop over to Instagram there’s more proof…

Until next time, one of my favorite places on Earth!

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Isabella Nazzarri

 

Isabella Nazzarri‘s art makes me feel so many things, above all else elation. But what fascinates me most is her definition of millennial art. Nazzarri essentially says that abstraction and figuration are things of the past, that these dated classifications are no longer functional or important. A read through of her Texts section goes much more in depth and I found it very worthwhile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Side Tables + Nightstands

You know what they say – side table in the living room, nightstand in the bedroom! (Oh wait, I’m the only one who says that. I digress.) Tiny tables are a part of decorating that I especially look forward to. They can be relatively affordable and simply swapping one or two out can change the look and feel of an entire space. Check out these ten that have caught my eye, I’m really feeling warm metals lately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Print Edition: February 2017

Composition 505 by Chad Wys

 

Lune Watercolor and Ink Original by Louet Folk

 

Never Let Me Go by Henn Kim

 

On Moth’s Wings by Lauren Blair

 

T.S. Eliot Quote by Old English Co.

 

Orange Flower Fleurs by Sébastien Bouvier

 

The Neighbors by Home of DODO

 

The World is Your Oyster by Sugar Paper

 

We Welcome All Letterpress Poster by OKO Gallery

 

Vertical Cactus by Fox Hollow Design Co.

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Basic House II

 

Basic House II by Martin Azua is a habitable space that’s foldable, inflatable, and reversible. The experimental prototype is constructed out of polyester and is currently part of MOMA’s collection in New York. This almost immaterial house self-inflates with body heat or from the heat of the sun, it protects from the cold one way and from the heat when reversed.

 

 

 

 

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Adams Carvalho

 

Sao Paulo, Brazil-based illustrator Adams Carvalho has been hard at work creating digital art, which is he then prints onto cotton paper. Adams’ choice of pastels really reflect the subject matter at hand incredibly well – surfer chic, millennial land! Check out his shop here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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