Sunday, December 29, 2013

[Street Art Sundays] C215

Oh oh oh! I am so excited to share this artist with you today!

Now, I have a very special place in my heart for cats. I'm sure I was one in a past life…. anyway, moving on. ;)

C215, real name Christian Guémy, is a French artist who has work all over the world. Not ONLY does he portrait cats, but also has a beautiful mission:

"I try to interact with context, so I place in the streets elements and characters that belong especially to the streets. I like to show things and people that society aims at keeping hidden: homeless people, smokers, street kids, bench lovers for example"

Here are my favorites from his large collection

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Incredible Theatrical Worlds Created in a Small Studio

When I first saw these pictures on Design Sponge, I assumed they were made in Photoshop or some digital platform. (BOR-ing)

THANKFULLY I read the description of the artwork and realized that they were REAL! A sweet South Korean girl (I imagine that she is sweet…) spends days, weeks, and sometimes months creating these scenes in her small 10ft x 19.5 ft studio. Bless your little heart, JeeYoung Lee.

I am so impressed with her talent and I hope you get a visual thrill out of her photos too. By the way, it is JeeYoung in these photos!

"My Chemical Romance"
"I'll Be Back"
"This Is Not Enough"
"Reaching For The Stars"
"Neverending Race"
"Sweet Appetite"
"Monsoon Season"
"Treasure Hunt"

*Photos from Opiom Gallery

Sunday, December 22, 2013

[Street Art Sundays] David Walker

Wow. So much emotion can be expressed through a painted face. To me, it takes a true artist to showcase that.

David Walker (from England) has the touch and I love how he mixes black and white portraits with bursts of color. Simply stunning!

Wynwood, Miami, Florida, USA (Source)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Niko Inko Art Inspired Tattoos

I can't even put into words how amazing this is. Tattoos have come so far in the past few years. Tattoos artists are testing new limits and doing incredible work.

I especially love the work of French tattoo artist Niko Inko. His tattoos literally look like paint strokes on the body. AMAZING!


*Discovered by Illusion. Photos from Niko Inko unless otherwise stated.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Clay Opera Pottery

I'd love to learn how to make pottery. Seems so fun yet challenging to mold the pieces by hand just so to get each piece just right.

I was instantly intrigued by this pottery by Clay Opera (Marta Turowska from Warsaw, Poland) because she makes her pottery look like cute animals, but after looking a little closer, her work made me think a bit more broadly and simply smile.

She takes ordinary sugar dishes, soap dishes, etc. and gives them a touch of whimsy to turn on the fun. I wish we had a bit more of this in all of our "things" to give us smiles throughout the day!


*Discovered by Miss Moss

Sunday, December 15, 2013

[Street Art Sundays] Natalia Rak

Natalia Rak is a 27 year old artist from Poland. I have never been to Poland, but I always imagine that it is very cold and stiff. That's why I am so happily surprised to see Natalia's COLORFUL paintings!

Take a look…

"Spellbound" - Turek, Poland

Monday, December 9, 2013

New Icon: Stuart Haygarth

Taken from Stuart Haygarth's profile

"Starting in 2004 I have been working on design projects which revolve around the collections of objects. The objects are normally collected in large quantities categorized and assembled in a way that transforms their meaning. My work is about giving banal and overlooked objects a new significance. The finished piece of work takes various forms such as chandeliers, installations, functional and sculptural objects."


Here is just a smattering of his amazing work:

"Aladdin" - Collected glass pieces from flea markets all in the same colour, then illuminated from the bottom to provide a beautiful glow and preserved case of "jewels". Wouldn't this be INCREDIBLE as a coffee table?
"Aladdin" in violet

"Urchin" - Believe it or not, this "shaggy" appearance comes from spectacle arms!


"Disposable" - This is kinda incredible. Stuart took plastic embossed wine glasses and made this stunning light fixture. He has a pink florescent light inside.


"Disposable" raw material!

"Tide" - Uh, this is insanity. This is a chandelier created from plastic pieces found washed up on the Kent shoreline.  This particular piece was made with clear pieces. You can barely see the clear strings holding up the pieces. There is one for each piece and they are attached to a MDF platform above.



"Spectacle" - Chandelier made of spectacles!


"Wing Mirror Table" - Inspired by smashed wing mirrors of cars… amazing coffee table. The shattered glass is laminated with toughened glass to create a smooth surface.

"Wing Mirror Table"

"Wing Mirror Table"

"Magoo" - Created by eye glasses!


"Lighthouse" - Standing lamps created from caps of all types of bottles and containers!



"Optical" - Similar to "Tide" where objects are hung by translucent string and attached to an MDF board above.  In this case, Stuart uses eye glasses!



"Drop" - Similar to "Optical", but using bottoms of plastic bottles and containers.


"Millenium" - Made from party poppers, hanging from an MDF board with translucent string.


"Tail Light" - Chandelier made from tail lights!

*All photos from Stuart Haygarth