Sunday, February 28, 2010

Robert Hodgin

Phenomenally talented Robert Hodgin, his blog, Flight 404.

Animations, Solar and Weird fishes/Arpeggi.

Visual messages

Lovely visual messages by Ethan Park found via Typography Served. (Makes me hungry for salad.) Yeah, and you can buy the poster! More of Ethan's work on Behance

Birds And Power Lines

Robert Anthony generous offer of these wonderful brushes, Birds And Power Lines for free. Thank you!

Biomimetic Butterflies

Worth blogging again, The Barbarian Group's Biomimetic Butterflies. Watching them move makes me want to cry every time!

"The Butterfly wings are made of laser cut, heavyweight drawing paper. After laser cutting, and some clean-up with an X-Acto knife, the wings are glued to a small piece of cotton to form a simple and delicate hinge. Using lightweight fabric keeps the overall look clean and creates a hinge with much less resistance than a more standard mechanical hinge. Each wing is fitted with two pairs of neodymium magnets by sandwiching the wing paper between each pair, making sure that the polarity on all magnets is consistent. To keep the Butterfly in place, we pin it to the mounting board with black insect mounting pins.

The wings are articulated by moving a large neodymium magnet oriented so that it has the opposite polarity of the magnets on the wings. For example if the magnets on the wings all have the south pole facing down, the large magnet will have south facing up. So when the large magnet is moved close to the wings, the magnets on the wings are repelled causing them to close. To move the magnet, it is mounted to a servo motor using a 2" plastic drum. The servo faces perpendicular to the central vertical axis of the Butterfly’s body. The magnet is mounted on the edge of the drum so rotating the servo causes the magnet to move away from the Butterfly, which in turn lessens its effect on the wing."



Also Magnetic Structure Prints

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ranunculus

Ranunculus

Artificial Life

Making of Artificial Life NOVA - scienceNOW. One of my favorite shows in TV.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

If you live in New York, looks like you have one more day to visit Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Discovery Times Square Exposition.

Internet Online Website!

No more struggling with technical jargon. No more having to explain to your uncle what SEO is. No more Internet Anxiety Disorder. Best of all, InternetOnlineWebsite.com is 100% free, satisfaction guaranteed. Via The Barbarian Group.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Morgan Blair

Morgan Blair's work thrills me!

Justine Sutton

Beautiful typography, Limitations by Justine Sutton via of paper and things.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Brain Rules

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. Really wishing mine worked better these days. And the blog.

Nick Gentry

London artist, Nick Gentry uses floppy disk and paint to create his masterpieces. "Each floppy disk used in the paintings has a history and story of its own. It represents the increasing pace of the modern life cycle, where objects are created, used and disposed of quicker than ever. To challenge this notion, as these personal artefacts of life are cast aside, the obsolete are now given new life and a renewed purpose by using them as a medium for art." Via Artist A Day.

Font Aid IV: Coming Together

SOTA : The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) is proud to announce the release of “Coming Together”, a font created exclusively for Font Aid IV to benefit the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti. The font consists entirely of ampersands, to represent the idea of people coming together to help one another. Type designers, graphic designers, and other artists from around the world contributed artwork to the font.

The font is being be sold for $20US and is available through font distributors Ascender Fonts, Veer, FontShop, and MyFonts. All proceeds from the sale of the font will go to Doctors Without Borders, to help with their relief efforts in Haiti.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Da Da Da Studio

Wally № 087, a picture wanna-be at da sign and music D light logo and branding, very cool.

Small Venice

kris's color stripes' small Venice is really lovely.

Essentially Ellington

Grandma post! 15 High School Jazz band finalist announced for 15th annual Essentially Ellington, and Edmonds-Woodway is on the list! Matt off to New York in May!

Blanket goodness

Blankets from recycled fabrics design by Ladak at Boboho.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

52 colors

52 Colors, in one year Mick will make 52 portraits, using colors as a guide. Isn't that a wonderful idea?

Beach House Greetings

My very talented friends, Duane and Susan, have created another paper maché masterpiece for their impeccably wonderful card store, Beach House Greetings in Shoreline. Duane has made snowmen, pumpkin characters and dogs! Each one adorable.





Matt Sesow

DC artist Matt Sesow work makes my head spin with joy. Please go look at this studio, is exactly what a studio should be. Found via Folk Art Mary blog of folk artist Mary Michael Shelley.




Monday, February 22, 2010

Found art

On my way to the dentist, spied this little piece of moss with the spores dried up. Yes, I am easily entertained. My dentist for 18 years, Dr. Goodwin, is the best, in case you are looking for someone in my area.

found moss

spores silhouette

Gosh, it goes quickly

I was cleaning out folders at work today and ran across this photo of Matt that we shot many years ago. He and a bunch of our children were in a special series we did about children and sports. I gasp a little to see him so young and that feels not so long ago. I have been experiencing some sadness, pre-empty-nester? I don't know. But I can't say this enough now to people with kids ... it goes faster than you think!

Beverley Ashe

Beverley Ashe's gallery full of surprises.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lyle Carbajal

Lyle Carbajal's work is chaotic, impassioned, colorful and full of life. I speaks to me, I love it!





Saturday, February 20, 2010

"in a vase"

It has been a hard week of "down-in-the-back", after lifting heavy objects in my backyard. Sorry, not so much blogging this week. More icing, heating and taking nice drugs.

On a lighter note, I finally did it. Something I have thought about, dreamed about and angst over for many years. I made my book of flowers "in a vase" (yes, on my Mondo Beyondo list). It took me months to find, edit and organize my photos. Sadly, that was the hardest part of this job. And the second part of that is, I can't believe how many photos I kept that were marginal at best. Putting this together was a good reason to hit the delete button on many, many, many images clogging up my computer. A difficult part, for sure, for me, who doesn't throw anything away. But an essential part, of clearing out the clutter and keeping only what I thought was suitable to print. Trust me, I still have thousands of images to delete and store.

I was determined to give my S-I-L something special and unusual for her birthday because she is a special person. (Especially since her Christmas present still sits in the basement where I started to wrap it all up months ago.)

It arrived. I thought I might cry. My hand shaking a little as I opened the package. What would it look like? Photos blurry? I did have a moment when I felt a tear come to my eye but then the book editor took over and I found a typo, then a couple of photos that weren't up to my standards. Yes, I should have not hit the "print this book" so soon. David had proof-read most of it. And had gone through every photo, okaying it. I just should have waited another day or so. Anyway. I have now righted all my wrongs. And I am so thrilled with the outcome. Beyond what I had imagined, even with the couple of goofs. Just think, my S-I-L will have the first signed, edition, with the typo covered with a piece of paper.

"in a vase"

Life in the Alphabet

Life in the Alphabet hand drawn by Eibatova Karina has amazing detail. Via the very talented Jason Drakeford's blog, Inspire To Be More.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen runway magic. Very sad about his suicide.

Adolfs house

Sandra Juto has documented Adolf's house in the loveliest way.

Ed Larson

Leapin' Lizards, I love all of Ed Larson work, especially his Picture Quilts.








Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lovely Day

My son knows I love Lovely Day by Bill Withers and all remixes to follow ... how you can't move and snap your fingers when you hear this. So he called me into the bedroom to listen to this song the other night and since then I can't get it out of head. Which is not a bad thing. So since it plays over and over, thought I should have a couple of versions to pull from. ;)









I Used To Believe

When I was young I used to believe via Absolutely Small. Very fun! Go have a look at what people believed when they were kids.

Well, I don't have to make this one up. I believed in fairies. When I was very small I lived in an apartment in Dallas, Texas. My mom and I shared a bed, one of those that have a bookshelf attached to the headboard. I woke one night to find little people, fairies, sitting around my head in the book shelf. I was so fascinated watching them, I stayed very still as not to frighten them away. Their voices were so small that it just made tiny trill sounds, but I knew they were talking about me. It was thrilling and I felt so lucky that they were visiting me. I have thought about this event many, many times in my life and I know it was not a dream or an illusion. Somehow, I had this magical visit. For what reason, I don't know. But it happened, to me. The weirder part ... many years I was confiding in my college friend, Faith, telling her of this. She got all quiet and strange and said she had the same encounter when she was young. Coincidence?

When I was young, I believed my mother would marry her long-time boyfriend Jack and we were all live happily ever after. That did not happen, although my mom and Jack remain fast friend until this day. I always cry when he calls to say hello. He will never know how he broke my heart.


When I was young, I thought my step-father loved us so much, that he would quit drinking.

When I was young, I thought if I ate fish, it would make me smarter. I ate a lot of fish.

I thought that something terrible could come up from the drain in the bathtub and grab me.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Well-worn furniture

Please! Please, can I find of these. Something Megan at Frugal Farmhouse Design, owner of White Flower Farmhouse at got see in person, maybe even purchase. *Sigh*

Barnhouse and Freckles Chick

I had almost forgotten about Vintage Printable, but I am going to link on my sidebar so that won't happen again!

Gehard Demetz

Sculptor Gehard Demetz's interview at Yatzer. His work is amazing.


Diana Marie Behl

Printmaker Diana Marie Behl via A Beautiful Party.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

cursive design

I love this post about what inspires cursive design.

Blog if forward

I forgot I hadn't blogged this the other day ... to explain my post today ;)

sfgirlbybay had a blog mash-up ... Blog it forward, sounds wonderful. Here is the schedule of bloggers. And found lots of fun links there.

Katie Sokoler's (aka Color Me Katie) adorable "kiss in your pocket" Flip Book.

Victoria Thorne

The Wife of an Artist

Lori's Benevolent Postcard Society

loftlife's The Lovely Ladies of Cyberspace

The amazing scarves by Tainna via Coco+Kelley

Love today

For Valentine's Day I thought I would participate from afar in Blog it Forward, about what I love, what inspires me, what propels me to continue this blog. I love to find things that make me swoon, paper sculptures, typography, linen clothing, wild and chaotic paintings and quilts that make my eyes wobble in my head. Fun and unusual rings. Green architecture. And I love to make things. Discovering the process. Getting out the tools. Making a mess then cleaning up. Sewing (or least dreaming of sewing). I am not an artist but I believe more of a crafts person, needing to keep my mind and hands busy, thinking of ... and making something.

And then my family always inspires me to be and do bigger and better things in my life.

But for the bloggers that inspire me ... well,


The unusual in the mundane. Being surprised by finding beautiful shapes and functionality in nature. Always looking out for something very special. Daily Poetics, Ulla, Wish Jar.

Thinking out of the box. In all aspects and encouraging us the do the same. Art for Housewives. Jared Shear, Dear Ada and Shelley at Notes from Halfland.

Knowing there are normal, mentally healthy, content, fun, smart bloggers in the world, knot in the string and Dee at Thea Quilts

... that they are raising kids AND being creative, life in the lyons' den , Deborah Boschert, Bella Dia and Kelly at the camp.

That are always looking to be better and helping others do the same by spreading inspiration, exploring all senses, be present, be there and visual voice.

That inspired me from the beginning of my blogging effort, Erica Mulherin - Currently.

Friends that love me no matter how many miles, years are between us, Rita, Faith, Tara and Sherry.

Friends that I found through this little blog, Just Jill, Scott, Shash and Erin at Biscotti Togs.

Friends that don't blog at the moment, Meggiecat, Michelle but still inspire me.

A talented friend gone too soon, Daily Learning.

love blossom

So Happy Valentine's Day to you! Thanks for stopping by. The below images are very large for you to download, here and here, if you want to make your own card today.

oxo

hot type of love

Or maybe this on for a little love tag.

one love

Debi Treloar

Love Debi Treloar Photography.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Silvia Cordero Vega

Calligraphy becomes so much more in the works of Silvia Cordero Vega. Collection of calli-collages on Flickr. Honestly, my eyes become so excited when looking at a selection of her work, I don't know where to explore first. ;) (Later, before I posted this I saw Dear Ada also has a lovely post on Silvia Cordero Vega ... great minds think alike?) ;)


A Ring, Today

Remember how I said I would love to participate in this challenge, The Ring a Day. Well, I can't produce a ring a day for the group, but I can make this little ring today. ;) Of course, from the grapes.

tendril Ring

Mobiles and a magazine

Fränze Straessle's Mobiles are so very adorable! Via papier mache blog. And have you seen their fabulous magazine?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

That's makin' me hungry!

Martha Stewart's Beef and Coconut Soup with Crispy Shallots looks delicious. As do all the Asian Recipes.

Call for entries

3 X 3 call for entries ....

Larry Halvorsen

His work is always fun to see, Larry Halvorsen.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Opera at the Market

Yes, Elana, this is wonderful! Last November at the central market in Valencia, Spain, opera singers disguised as shopkeepers were selling produce at the various stalls.

X-ray vision

X-ray: See Through The World Around You. All I can say is, I wish I had an X-ray machine. Nick Veasey, X-ray photographer.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Potted trained

I grow these about this time every year, just so I can cut the grass and have the fragrance. ;)

out-of-the-box decorating

grow some to drink

You could grow it on your roof

Maybe some moss?

Ring-A-Day Challenge

Wish I had time to participate in the Ring-A-Day Challenge, doesn't that look fun. Via ART MIND. Also Ring a Day Flickr pool.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Flower show

The NW Flower & Garden Show was a little disappointing. But it is always a treat to walk into the main entrance and be hit with the scent of hyacinths. A few favorites. Not enough vertical gardens, just thought there would be so many more, and more affordable options. Like this one featured on Poppy Talk by Flora Grubb Gardens.

A succulent chair

a succulent chair

Room with a hue

Room with a hue

Tub full of hyacinths

tub full of hyacinths

Crops for clunkers

crops for clunkers

Installing a husband

Another funny one via my email pal.

Dear Tech Support,

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.

In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as NBA 5.0, NFL 3.0 and Golf Clubs 4.1.

Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system.

Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.

What can I do?

Signed,
Desperate.


Response from Technical Support

DEAR DESPERATE,

First, keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system.

Please enter command: ithoughtyoulovedme.html and try to download Tears 6.2 and do not forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update.

If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.

However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0 or Beer 6.1.

Please note that Beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will download the Farting and Snoring Loudly Beta.

Whatever you do, DO NOT under any circumstances install Mother-In-Law 1.0 (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources.)

In addition, please do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend 5.0 program.These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0.

In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend Cooking 3.0 and Hot Lingerie 7.7.

Good Luck Babe!
Tech Support

Eva Isaksen

Printmaker and collage artist, Eva Isaksen work in on display at the convention center, wish you could see them in person. Represented by Foster/White Gallery in Seattle.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Domes & Tunnels

Domes & Tunnels by Tim Jonson.

three-hundred and sixty five

In honor of three-hundred and sixty five (ampersands), a blog celebrating the beauty of the ampersand, one is posted each day, I had to make one from the grapevine tendrils. ;) Found via Design Mom.

Jack Long

Fanciful work by Jack Long, I must have plants and houses on the mind today. ;) Found via Jamaica Byles.

my house party

I bought one of these adorable "house plant" from my house party, their blog. They have many house styles, go have a look. Found via abby try again.


Saturday, February 06, 2010

blackshed

blackshed's winter solstice. Lovely.

Voewood

I stopped off at B&N last night to take a look at Tara's spread in Artful Blogger. Flipping through many magazines and stumbled across Voewood. Well, it was really a butterfly quilt in a piece on Voewood that caught my eye. I was hoping to see more detail on that quilt, but no. The quilt or wall hanging was an antique or old linen with big, colorful butterflies quilted and flying about. "Voewood is an extraordinary Arts and Crafts country house that has been restored to the highest standard. It combines an interior that includes bold designs while remaining true to the essence of the original building. The house was built largely from stone quarried from the land, thus creating beautiful sunken gardens and croquet lawns." Well, I would love to stay there for a week to explore. ;) By the way, there is just a snippet of that butterfly quilt in one of these photos below.




Do you find yourself leaving a bookstore repeating names over and over to Google or look up when you get home? I do it all the time. If I think I will forget the name, I just buy the magazine. ;) I looked up many names last night. Okay, I am off the Rick's for my Wordpress class. See you.

Alexis Mackenzie

Alexis Mackenzie's "Never Be Sad" botanical collage is simply wonderful. Her site and her blog, Cocoon Balloon.