Archive for the ‘art’ Category

Betsy VanLangen photos = people + materials

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Betsy VanLangen has some provocative works with a great mix of materials (and food) with people in her portfolio. Very creative. Love it!




vintage travel posters: love the graphics

Monday, November 9th, 2009

vintagetravelposters.jpgHunting in Poland c1961 – Design by Wiktor Gorka  Paris-Orly for Air France c1962- Design & Illustration by Jaques Nathan Garamond 

How about [a] virtual tour around the world to start off the week? I dug up a handful of travel related posters from 1950s-1970s for all the desk jockeys that are itching to get out of town.

Love these gorgeous, old school graphics and totally itching to get out of town! It’s fun/ funny to interpret the message of the posters. In Poland: our deer will hunt you, you can’t hunt the deer… And the vibrancy of Paris expressed as beautiful stained glass in historic architectural buildings. As much as I enjoy photography, vintage imagery is refreshing in comparison to today’s photographic/ photoshop advertisements.

via Flavorwire and see a couple hand fulls more at GrainEdit

2 collections of Dried Fruit Jewelry

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009



Love that artists explore with just about any medium and material.  Gorgeous, edible art! Reminds me a bit of RingPops.

Using only a silver ring and a dehydrator, a jewelery designer transforms fruit into wearable art. These rings are made with a simple silver ring that is then topped with slice and segments of various dried fruits. The results are completely edible and play with the notion of jewelery as a precious art. Each ring will slowly decompose and eventually disappear if it isn’t eaten first. The rings are made from fruits such as oranges, plums, kiwis, apples and beets.

More ‘dried fruit rings’ at DesignBoom


CraftBoston 2009 highlights

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Craft Boston featuring 200 Contemporary Craft Artists was held at the World Trade Center, Boston on March 27-29, 2009. A great show of independent crafts people and artists. Below are a few of my favorites.




Gijs Bakker at Harvard GSD

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Gijs Bakker, one of the founders of Droog Design, spoke at the Harvard Graduate School of Design tonight.



Victor Schreckengost: unspoken legend

Monday, January 19th, 2009

This post is long overdue…


Back in May of last year, I visited an exhibit which showcased the work of Victor Schreckngost, who passed away at the age of 101 in 2008.  Along with his own work was the work of his students and some of his students’ students at the Attleboro Arts Musuem in Attleboro, MA. Schreckengost completed or produced at least one piece of design or art work each week of his career! That is amazing. See more photos of the IDSAboston trip from IDSAboston’s Flickr.

STRANGEco: 2d fine art to 3d commercialization

Thursday, December 11th, 2008


STRANGEco vinyl toys are inspired by PopCulture 2d illustrators and artists. The 2d illustrations are brought to 3-dimensional life for commercialization and play. It’s quite an exciting way to bring fine art into mass production, along with educating the consumer to appreciate such work. Above limited edition piece titled “Turtle Camper” by Jeremy Fish, which is about living and traveling in your own head.


I’ve also been seeing these Mr. TTT in a lot of places lately (maybe because of the holiday season?), but never delved further until Jim Crawford of STRANGEco spoke at the ICA/AIGA speaker series.

1800 Tequila: Limited Edition

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Woohoo! Thanks to Charlie over at SpecialOpsMedia, 1800Tequila sent me a sample with artwork by Mexico City based, pop illustrator Jorge Alderete.


See my original post and SpecialOpsMedaBlog.

[Edit: more at NotCot]

free musuem entrance…

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

…on the first weekend of each month! From Bank of America’s Museum’s on Us

This weekend I saw Boston’s MFA exhibit on Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry. Dazzling to say the least.

Treasures of Syracuse University library

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Tonight I went to Boston Public Library to listen to Suzanne Thorin, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries of Syracuse University (my alma mater!), speak about SU’s treasured artifacts and special collections. And what an incredible collection it is! Of course, as always, I wish I knew about it sooner- when I was a student less than 2 years ago. Although there were only a handful of items presented, all had an impact that I wish I had known about- particularly during freshman art history class. I had no idea that SU had nearly 80% of Marcel Breuer’s original architectural design sketches or Margaret Burke-White’s original camera equipment and photography prints and negatives. It truly brings history to life to be able to see first hand the thought process of writers and artists or to appreciate artwork close up!

I was able to snap a few photographs of some artifacts:

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It’s not just the sound of “Thomas Edison’s Blue Amber Record,” but the packaging that is significant. Package on right LEFT uses less material and 1 less color- saves on cost, production, and materials! A genius Edison was.


“Illuminated Manuscript,” significant in its use of vellum paper and Gutenberg’s Printing Press over woodblock typography setting. Gorgeous.

The Special Collection (6th floor, Bird Library) is constantly in search of ways to better itself for the use of Syracuse University’s faculty and students. I can’t wait to hear more about the Plastics Collection of the 1940’s-50’s that came from Leominster, MA! This will certainly be a great resource for ID students in Smith Hall 🙂

Thanks for the educational evening! Learn more about Syracuse University’s Library here.

Sarah’s Smash Shack, San Diego

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008


I didn’t have the best of days today and coincidently heard a short report about Sarah’s Smash Shack on the radio during my drive home this evening! Too bad it’s all the way out in San Diego, CA. But what a great business concept! Choose from a “menu” of breakables and go into the “Break room” to express your emotions, whatever they may be or just go in to have some fun that you wouldn’t at home 🙂 Plus broken glass and ceramic is donated to local mosaic artists.

aah, knowing that this place exists makes me feel better already!

YouTube Video Report and YouTube Fun with Photos and more at

Thanks Saba for the PhotoWalks tour!

Thursday, September 4th, 2008


One of the many great photos I took. It’s like my very own postcard!

Labor day weekend I became a bit of a tourist in Boston- the city I grew up in. As a local or a tourist, I would definitely recommend taking a PhotoWalks tour to get a different perspective of the city (both the story of the city and through the camera lens). Not only did I learn a bit of Boston history, but I learned some great reinforcing tips on composition and camera angles. It really is fun and interesting for beginners or photo-hobbyists. The 1-1/2 hour tour really went quick and I’m sure I’ll be back for another. Thanks Saba for the tour of Beacon Hill!