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I’m alive world! After not blogging in almost 9 months (gasp!), I’m ready to come back. A lot has happened since June 2015: I escaped the oppressive rent, freelance design culture, stress and poor quality of life in NYC and headed south for greener pastures. By day I’m an Interactive Art Director based in Atlanta, GA. Outside of work, I’m still passionate about all things relating to fashion, advertising, patterns, and textiles. I have a few creative projects in works, so I’m excited to get those off the ground and share on here (and other places – stay tuned).

To get back in the swing of things, I’m going to devote this entire week to the charming and whimsical world of Fornasetti. I’m obsessed with their trademark plates (pictured above and below) but the world is Fornasetti is filled with many more curiosities I’m sharing this week. So get into it!

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Today I stumbled across the a-mazing work of Brooklyn-based artist Lorna Simpson and I’m so in love with her mixed-media collages. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Simpson rose to prominence in the 80s and 90s. Simpson, who’s work has been exhibited at MoMA and have exhibitions all over the world, has been creating work for over 30 years. I’d never heard of her before today, but I’m totally in love with this series. I really really really need to get started creating my own work and collaging again. So until I do, get into the great work of Lorna Simpson!

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Detail (below).

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How great do these look in a group? (above and below).

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Yesterday on Tumblr, I stumbled across this awesome series of heart prints and immediately fell in love. How great do these look in a series? So bold and graphic! After some research, I discovered these prints are the work of British graphic artist Patrick Thomas. This series was featured in Thomas’ 2013 London exhibition, ‘100 BPM.” The show was a series of silkscreened bold heart ideograms combined with found imagery and collage, a recurring motif throughout the exhibition, which was timed to coincide with the Feast of Saint Valentine. The majority of works were limited editions and unique pieces created using free-form screenprinting and collage. Much of Thomas’ other work is super graphic in nature, so naturally I love everything! According to the Hang-Up gallery in London,

Thomas has been described as an ‘icongraphiste’ by American design critic Steven Heller. His work combines iconic images to create new, powerful messages. His art avoids labels, Thomas explains “I’m interested in process, in typography, in image-making and art. What I do is hopefully something that doesn’t fit neatly into any one of these categories.

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I’m super-inspired by this series, and the larger body of work by Thomas. It really motivates me to start designing some of my own projects. I’m jealous that he’s already done so much work with this heart/love/target motif, but maybe there’s a way I can take this idea and put a new spin on it? I might also look into purchasing some of these prints, I’d love to get a least 4 for my apartment and hang them together. So feel the love (like I did) and get into the awesome work of Patrick Thomas!

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A few months ago while killing time before a movie, I stopped by NYC’s famous Strand Bookstore near Union Square. On the second floor they have a section housing old art auction catalogs from Phillips, Christie’s, Sotheby’s etc. If you’re willing to do some digging, you can find full-page prints of great art to take home and frame (or if you’re sneaky like me, scan, print and frame at a larger size). One of my favorite finds that day was a series of prints by Andy Warhol featuring Mick Jagger. I’d seen one of two of these before, but not the whole series together. I love how abstract and playful they are. They also look a bit drag queen-ish to me, which I also enjoy. Upon doing a bit more reading, Warhol & Jagger worked together a lot, most-famously for the Rolling Stones cover Andy designed. According to Revolver Gallery, “In 1969 the Rolling Stones worked on their ninth studio album Sticky Fingers. The band approached Andy Warhol and asked him to design its sleeve. Warhol agreed and received a letter from Mick Jagger that included a polite warning not to make the cover too complex to avoid problems during production. Warhol ignored Jagger’s warning and went on to produce an unforgettable cover that featured a close-up shot of actor and “Warhol superstar” Joe Dallesandros.” Love that story! So while everyone has seen Warhols Campbell’s Soup prints, or the iconic Marilyn Monroe portraits, here’s a deeper look into his oeuvre of work. Get into it!

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Great right? Here’s some photos of the two together and some Polaroid’s by Warhol. Lastly is a letter from Jagger to Warhol about their iconic album over.

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Roy Lichtenstein American Flag, 1985 (above).

At work our design team spends lots of time looking at all things America(n) and objects that symbolize American style. And what does this better than the American flag? Nothing! One of my new interests is finding different ways the flag can been graphically re-represented, especially by designers and artists. I’d never really thought about the American flag in this way, so I love seeing how creatively it can be recreated. In this post are some of my favorite modern twists on the classic American classic. Get into it, and may God continue to bless America.

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A few days ago, I blogged about W’s December 2013 Art Issue featuring George Clooney in a suit painted by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. W’s magazine cover inspired me to look more into her work and the 2012 Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama collaboration, images of which I also shared in the previous post. Today I’m sharing some of the A-MAZING in-store experiences Louis Vuitton created around the world in cities like Paris, London and New York. It’s neat seeing Kusama’s work come to life in an retail experience. Each of these pop-up shops are practically works of art themselves. As a windows and in-store experience designer, and someone into textile and pattern design, Kusama’s work is the perfect marriage of the two. So check out these interiors and beautiful store windows below. Embrace the polka dot. Love the polka dot!

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And now for the store windows (below).

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I’m literally obsessed, OBSESSED with the W Magazine‘s new December 2013 cover for “The Art Issue.” I can’t get enough of it. What a playful use of color and pattern, and doesn’t George Clooney look great? So unexpected. Clooney is wearing a Giorgio Armani suit, shirt, and shoes, customized by Yayoi Kusama. According to W’s site, In the late ’60s, Kusama’s celebrity rivaled that of Andy Warhol. A central figure on the New York avant-garde scene, Kusama was famous for her delicately patterned abstract canvases, soft furniture with phalluses, and happenings in which she painted naked participants with her now signature polka dots. She also had her own clothing shop, where she sold her racy designs. But when the emotional issues that had plagued her since childhood proved overwhelming, she quit New York and entered a Tokyo psychiatric hospital, where she has resided ever since. You may also recognize Kusama’s work from the Louis Vuitton collaborations a year or two ago. The December 2013 issue of W magazine is on newsstands now.

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Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton (above & below).

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