Something is happening in my little world and I'm increasingly fascinated by the usage of nature in art. The fact that it is in art that is also accessible makes it even better. From florals and faunas to sweet (or not so sweet) depictions of animals, I'm digging on it.
But I also like something to be quite abstract about it, too. The subjects aren't in their natural elements. They are manipulated in some way. There are other components that have no place there. A little while back, I wrote about Nick Knight's 'Flora' series, which shares a lot of these details. What Kari Herer does, however, brings it to the next level.
You want to reach out and touch Keri's work. If it's layering gorgeous flowers against a pure black background or adding florals in as elements on a beautifully sketched animal, there is something so fascinating about her eye and her work. Keri appreciates beauty, as much as soft touches of 'out of the box' creativity.
Head over to Kari's Etsy shop and go crazy.
(All images c/o Kari Herer)
Modern lines and design have never been traditionally my 'style' but as I give myself more of a chance to properly explore my tastes, I've really started to fall in love with interjecting bits of geometric, precise artwork. And Geometric Ink on Etsy has completely taken my heart. Seriously. I want all the things. Get me all the things, please.
Kara, the amazing artist at Geometric Ink, has really fused stunning elements of nature that really cannot be confined with the removal of color and the clean lines that really define her work. There is a beauty that is really balanced out by gentle masculinity and it's all f**king perfect. I have never wanted a moose above my bed. Now I want a moose above my bed. And even more amazing? A lot of her work is original watercolor...and she makes sure it is affordable. Which is the coolest.
Oh, did I mention the lovely Kara is offering a 20% discount code?! Well, she is. So get your Geometric Ink shop on here with the code 'LOVE20'. And all orders come with a surprise bonus print.
Don't forget to enter our Etsy giveaway for the coolest candleholder out there! It ends this week so get your cutie little patootie over here to enter now.
(All images c/o Geometric Ink)
Let's start with blogger issues. Because I've been so rubbish as of late, I want to just get that out-of-the-way and we can all carry on. I've not been writing much at all recently. And I feel like I'm in this flood of bloggers recently who are all going through the same thing...creative block. I love writing. I love writing Thrill of the Chaise. I love writing for you and for myself. But sometimes, it just doesn't flow like it should. So instead of giving you a bunch of half-assed posts, I felt maybe it was best to just take a step back for a moment and regroup. Have I properly done that yet? Not really. But I'm getting there. Life gets in the way sometimes and your focus is pulled other places.
I don't know if I have properly explained to you lovely people that I am back in the big kid work force with a full-time permanent position. And it's writing. A lot of writing. So I think it's a combination of being a bit creatively exhausted when I get home and not being as used to writing in my own voice anymore. The point is, I'm going to make an effort to change. I miss you lot. And I miss sharing all the things with you. So I will be a rock star at work. I will be a rock star for Thrill of the Chaise. And I will get enough sleep (maybe). Let's move on, shall we?
So Etsy Bloody Monday, eh? How I have missed thee! So let's jump right in. With the delightfully darling Matou En Peluche. As I continue to settle in my new apartment (which is coming along swimmingly, although not as quickly as I would like, which is 'all at once'), my focus remains quite steadily on decor. I have a list of things I am really 'into', which are all a bit bizarre but, hey, we all have our things:
- Sea urchins
- Solving almost every problem with 'just spray paint it gold'
- Skulls (oldie but a goodie)
- and MERMAIDS
Some of these things are new fascinations. But a couple are old faithfuls. And, in fact, mermaids are something that I have quietly coveted since college. BACK STORY ALERT. I went to a small liberal arts school that had a mascot. It was the devil. Which I love. But we had a bit of an unofficial (and historic) mascot who is the one who really struck my fancy. Way at the top of our school's first building, Old West, was a beautiful mermaid looking over all of us, being adorable and majestic all that once. Every now and then, I would be given a thoughtful mermaid token and now I have a bit of a collection that I adore.
When I came across Samantha's work at Matou En Peluche, I was struck by her style that seemed to mix both Art Deco and Asian influences and created a depth to something seemingly straight-forward at first. There are elements of fashion illustration, mixed with vintage story telling and a healthy dose of childlike wonder that comes out of each image.
And then I saw the MERMAIDS. I mean, come on. How gorgeous!
(Images c/o Pinterest, Dickinson College and Matou En Peluche)
'Even world famous rappers have problems'. I mean, sometimes you just need to be reminded of that, right? Sometimes famous people don't wear make-up either. Sometimes they act like us plebs and go to the grocery store. Sometimes they go bat shit crazy and shave their hair too. (Sorry Britney, you're a doll and have a gorgeously shaped noggin.) Artist Ali Graham is hysterical and has created a series of Jay Z's '99 Problems'...ya know, just as a reminder that real things can happen to unreal people. Hysterical.
(Images c/o Ali Graham)
Decorating a new apartment, I'm completely decor obsessed. I've gotten a lot of the major elements in...bed, TV, accent chairs, bar stools and a couch that will hopefully be delivered this week. But the major thorn in my side is my artwork. I have some great stuff and I'm currently staring at it all piled up against the wall in my living room. Some of it needs to be framed after traveling back to the States without one...and all of it needs to find a home in this place. As I dream of a gallery-style wall of art in the living room, I need some more beauties that stand on their own while also playing nice with the things I have already. Enter the beautiful work from Etsy shop Two Arms.
A two person printmaking and design shop based out of Brooklyn, Mike and Karen from Two Arms bring together two of the things I love the most. NYC (Brooklyn, in particular) and bulldogs. Everything in the shop is hand-pulled and hand-printed by the artists, so you really get something properly original and unique. Their style is a bit industrial but with huge character...there is a playfulness in their designs that seems to exist from within. Textures really make the images stand out and even the most simple of images demands that you take a closer look. I would like to request that one of you out there create a 'bulldog wall'. Many thanks.
For the next week, Thrill of the Chaise readers can get 20% any purchase from Two Arms! Just enter the code 'thrillofthechaise' at checkout and enjoy! Go ahead...get your shop on.
(All images c/o Two Arms)
I'm still in Mexico, exploring and enjoying and am just not ready to properly sit down and write about what I've been up to. Mostly because I am trying to extend the feeling of this trip still being in motion and not like any part of it might be over. You can get some peeks at what has been happening over on my Instagram (@thrillofthechaise) but today I wanted to talk about what is happening as we speak over at Uncovet. Because it's awesome. And time sensitive. And I know I shouldn't be doing any shopping online while here on vacation but, dammit, they make it impossible not to do so. See my other chit-chat about Uncovet here. As a review, if you don't know Uncovet, this website is a really beautiful curation of great artwork, handmade goods and all around clever items that gets updated every day. The sales on items are limited-time offers and have enough new items on a daily basis to distract you but not overwhelm. Today, they kinda knocked it out of the park, so I wanted to share some of my favorite things... In unrelated news, my birthday is June 28th and I'll be 30 so that's kind of a big deal. (Click on the images to see more information.)
Go. Shop Uncovet. Be merry.
(All images c/o Uncovet)
This may not be the inspiration behind Patricia Chang's Spring collection but it's my inspiration behind loving it. Am I a robot enthusiast? Nah. But do they have a special little place in my heart? Oh yes. But they gotta be cute and well-placed. And yes, I know all this rambling sounds ridiculous but I have an opinion on robots and I'm more than happy to share it. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFZjqVnWBhc]
I love the colors and details of this collection. Sometimes the biggest (robot) statements are made when they are understated. I mean, I'd be totally down to wear a get up that made someone say 'wait, oh shit, is that a robot?!' Anyone?
Oh. And while we're on the topic of robots.
Etsy. Robots in love. Cute. The Big Harumph.
(All fashion images c/o Patricia Chang)
What are the sayings? Those who can't 'do', teach? Those who need therapy become therapists? Those who can't draw obsess and buy? Yeah...I'm one of those. Much like the tap dance incident of 2011, I had very high hopes that when I attempted fashion illustration while attending Parsons (I was forced to take the class, don't get it twisted) that I would be naturally brilliant. Pen to paper and LOOK OUT! Magic! But as it turns out (again, much like the tap dancing), I was shit. So the direction I decided to go was to completely obsess over those who are actually great artists and, as a consolation prize, hopefully one day have some ballin' artwork to hang in my future home. I've written about the incredible Blonde Lasagne before here. But I wanted to take a moment to really appreciate Cate Parr, who offers a completely different style with stunning jewel tones and soft watercolors. Freaking love it.
(All images c/o Cate Parr)
Well, it's official. After I risked my life and sanity getting myself into NYC to ride out the hurricane and make sure I was on time for my first classes Monday morning, my first day of school was cancelled. But nothing stood in my way today and I have now properly begun school! I still have to move into my own apartment and find myself an inspiring and adorable desk for my room to keep me focused in my studies, but until then, I can think about other things I would like to decorate my room with. When I found this on Etsy, I immediately fell in love. It's funny, quirky and a lovely little reminder that it's best to be a bit imperfect.
If there is one thing to really enjoy while staying at my parent's home in Connecticut (there are way more than one thing but this one is pretty great), it would be the chance to see more wildlife than you can handle in a gorgeous setting. Wild turkeys. Deer. A loose cow from the farm up the street. Watching a little pink piglet grow in seven short weeks into a proper porker. Even a wolf catching some rays in the field out back. Or the robin's nest I found tucked neatly away in one of our English boxwood trees.
Such a small, perfectly formed nest with those flawless colours would be impossible to not take a bit of inspiration from (and it is safe to say, when it comes to shopping, I can be easily inspired anyway).