Friday, February 26, 2010

Building upholstery

I have kept this image in my notebook folder for a while. The technique that artist/designer Joshua Ben Longo uses to make his "monster skin" fabric is similar to how I made the Colias for the Faulkner chair..... This is a tidy piece of invention...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

reflective building

I was thrilled to hear about the resurgence of work from design Mattia Bonetti in a New York Times article. Evidently his show at Paul Kasmin's gallery is quite fine. I loved this image with the reflection of of the back in the upholstery...I found it poetic.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Building making sense....

Spotted on avant garde designer Ghislaine Vinas' blog; the work of British designer Tom Price. Although this work was done a few years ago it feels very "new" to me. The seat being generated from the melting of the plastic and the PVC pipes being stable enough to make legs.....someone is either super smart or super lucky- and luck is a fine way to design

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Building Ritual

Embedded in the buzz about the new Paris design Gallerie Slott was the intriguing work of Arik Levy. This chair entitled confessions just "speaks" of a sin that has been forgiven........

Monday, February 22, 2010

Building a shift in gears.....

The Art Auction for Haiti Event was awesome. We raised money and we all learned something very valuable...that every one can make something that has value and make the world better. I got this image from the Reggio Emilia Teaching Facebook page because it reminded me that the power of making and seeing are two of the strongest in the world...... Happy Monday,go forth and make something.....and see something!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

building re-building 7

This is the last submission to arrive and the title is a "A Long Wait" by CAAD faculty member Mark Wise-very beautiful.......If you are town hope you can join us.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

building re-building 6

Young designer Corinne Olsen sent this mini-crazy quilt. This is a new way of working for her and happily it proves my point that there is a new way of drawing for young women designers....

Friday, February 19, 2010

building re-building 5

I should re-name the show "The mastery of the hand re-builds Haiti" . We have received the most beautiful drawings, prints and this etching by Marina Sharapova. Sent by her partner in crime Igor Kozlovsky. See their world on there web site......

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Building focus

My friend,Brooklyn artist Charles Miller sent this print from his boxing series. I think the common thread of all the work that will be shown is a steadfast focus on the subject matter.....does the public pay more for intensity?

The epic building........

Today is my birthday and Caleb gave me the amazing three volume set of Robert Polidori's documentation of the restoration of Versailles. I can not wait to stop working this evening and turn the pages...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

building re-building 4

I am really fortunate that when I have wacky idea like an art auction for Haiti...all I have to do is sit for an hour and e-mail friends and family to help. An easy, immediate e-mail exchange was with Brooklyn fabric artist Erin Wilson. She sent this beautiful "Short Story".

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

building re-building 3

I will be quite sad next week when every day a new art piece does not arrive in the post. This is a piece submitted by Los Angeles artist Tami Wedekind.

Monday, February 15, 2010

building re-building 2

By instigating this fundraiser I get the terrific job of sitting my studio with some wonderful work all week. One of the real pleasures of being in Mississippi has been getting know the work of Amos Kennedy. He is a master printmaker residing in Gordo, Alabama. A great part of his work is teaching printmaking to many acolytes who past through his studio-hence our terrific poster for the event by Mark Wise. Amos has contributed a work to the auction, it will all be very exciting.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

building re-building

All hands on deck to organize and orchestrate next Sunday's Fundraiser at Little Building Cafe. First order of business this beautiful letterpress poster done by Mark Wise.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Building Love.........

Every year, since Madeline was a baby, Caleb has made a watercolor Valentine for her, as well as me. We now have a lovely wall full and are anxiously awaiting this years addition. I thought I'd share some for this weekend......happy Valentine's day.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Building fancy

I have written about Fredrik Farg's very fancy chairs before. But these are getting closer to a interesting end. Up-cycling the bottom half of chairs and literally "tailoring" or constructing the top parts again he has made chairs for a party.....

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

the building of the knitted

I have a series of very chic furniture coming from the spring European shows but let's just glory in the the knitting of the chair! A project made out of covering the plastic garden chairs of the world. See the blog knitted chairs.....

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ah- some very good rooms

I truly admire the work of Isle Crawford and India Mahdavi. I think they are both rigorous and witty in their work. The work of my friend Ghislaine Vinas is in the same category. I feel like she sets out a very precise road map and just moves forward and forward towards the final result. Enjoy looking at her work-very innovative

Monday, February 8, 2010

Is this good room?

I find myself very taken with this images from the photographer Anita Calero's portfolio. Evidently, she is the darling of the Domino Mag photo set. The photograph is beautifully composed, balanced and art fully disheveled.....But is the whole room this good? Something to ponder.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

One Good Room

I was looking for descriptions of a "Good Room" while I was working on this talk. I found Edith Wharton's first sentence in her work The Decoration of Houses. She states, "Rooms may be decorated in two ways: by a superficial application of ornament totally independent of structure, or by means of those architectural features which are part of the organism of every house, inside and out." This is the manifestation of this premise-her beautiful home
The Mount in Lenox. Mass.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Building Impressions

If I were in L.A. today this is what I would go do. Rachel's Whiteread's show at the Hammer Museum which concentrates on her drawing method.....She says that the drawings are a diary of her work. Bet its pretty beautiful. Can someone score me a catalog?

Friday, February 5, 2010

An agreed upon myth.......

Another super interesting show is opening at The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at The Brooklyn Museum. Artist great Kiki Smith is installing a epic storytelling work based on the needlework artifact of Prudence Punderson(for more on Punderson see Laurel Ulrich's The Age of the Homespun), a young 18th century woman. The installation will spill into the very special period rooms of the Brooklyn Museum which is a act of courage I have never seen at a museum. This should really be good.

Sweet chairs

These stools are captivating.....Sweet, earnestly made? Can you sit on them? I am not sure? First seen on the beloved blog bloesem spend time with this dreamtime website. The creative duo is named FriedaMaria

Thursday, February 4, 2010

elements in sitting

These two super direct stools can be found on the on line shop Souk Shop. proprietor Danielle de Lange also is host of Style-Files Blog. I just love the "is what it is" quality.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

building elements

So in preparation for the furniture class's next assignment I will gather some stool projects that have caught my fancy. These beautifully crafted pieces are from the much discussed Pinch Design out of London.
Spend some time on their web site-their sensibility is awesome and there is much to learn from these folding perches.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Building strength

I am going to be a little remiss in my posting these next couple of days. We are getting ready for a fund raiser at Little Building and I am gathering all the talent in my orbit to raise funds for re-building in Haiti. This is a snap by Tori Higa from the last fund raiser we had at LBC. I love when Little Building really does some work. Will keep you posted on the event!