Thank you for your continued interest as art oriented observations will still be posted, just not as frequently, like this little video-ditty about the singer Miquel’s creative process, on NPR’s Noteworthy series.
I’ve listened to but not all that familiar with Miguel’s music and only like some of it, particularly the rhythm and blues, funk and more psychedelic-soul / lounge oriented pieces, but his thought process regarding creating music and how the artist is affected is surprisingly very thoughtful. I enjoyed learning more about him and his music as he discusses the inspiration for his latest music and video. He states the importance of being in the moment to absorb those bits of creative sparks that are so quickly fleeting. He recalls his time on the beach in letting those moments flow. I’ll be thinking of this as vacation to the beach is quickly coming and I don’t want to bring too much work this time. Click the image below to view.
The Paul Smith store in LA has received the most notoriety for its vivid, perfect pink exterior color. It certainly attracts attention but has increasingly attracted attention of photographers with a constant flow of selfie uploads daily. So much so, that the attention the wall brings, creates its own security guard.
“The Paul Smith wall makes the list of almost every available “most photographed locations in Los Angeles” list…Everyone looks freaking great standing in front of it…The fact that the wall is a simple swath of color, unbroken and very, very tall, makes it curiously like a professional backdrop itself…creates a huge amount of contrast between the subject …makes it a particularly eye-catching image, especially on a small screen.“
The size of the wall, negative space and shadows all play into the perfect pink effect. Also of interest is the fact that the color pink has been trending the last couple of years. Pantone ranked it [Rose Quartz] and Serenity Blue as its top 2 colors for 2016. You can read other posts about Pantone’s Color Forecasting here.
Atlas describes it well, “That big pink wall is something else: arty, but not exactly art; unbranded but instantly recognizable; off-the-beaten-path but hugely popular.“
My original intent was to post my Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog post here this week but then I received these incredible pictures of animal sculptures made with cut paper. I’ll do a little of both. Plus, you’ll see an appropriate mention at the bottom in light of Mother’s Day this Sunday.
Firstly, here’s a snippet of the Animal Inspiration post:
I recently learned of a new video about one of my favorite artists, Jane Kim, of Ink Dwell Studios. The video not only depicts her creative process but explains how she paints with Nature always in mind, through animal inspiration.
Jane’s artistic talent is tremendous as is some of her projects.
Jane has also completed an ocean collage mural at Baltimore’s National Aquarium, which I’m dying to go see, using a combination of paint and cut paper techniques, and that perfectly leading into part two of this post.
Another amazingly talented artist using Nature and animals as their inspiration is Calvin Nichols. He creates incredibly intricate paper sculptures. He’s such a keen observer of his subjects. It’s almost as if he’s created a 3D format for scientific illustration. I love how the pieces break their framed boundaries, which is very indicative of trompe l’oeil artwork, but this is not because you know it is not real, however, the intricacy and detail is just as jaw- dropping in wonderment.
(Most of the wording below is taken from the email that I received — so I cannot take credit for it.)
He has worked 25 years to perfect his method. First he draws his subject, then he cuts paper shapes to create the foundation or form upon which more intricate cut paper is adhereed on top. It must take pain-staking patience. (Something I lose more and more as I get older.)
This particular series is appropriately titled, “Paper Zoo.”But he doesn’t just draw on it. He shapes it to create intricate works of staggering detail and beauty.To make the art, he starts by observing real-life animals and their movements. He takes numerous sketches that he will later use as reference for his paper art. He then cuts up thousands of tiny pieces of paper and pastes them together to form each animal.The texture he is able to achieve with this technique is astounding.Given that he’s only working with white paper, the details must be exactly right in order to create the appropriate depth and shadowing.Each small piece can take many weeks to complete.It’s incredibly delicate work.Each small piece can take many weeks to complete.While the bigger ones can take months, or even years.
The texture he’s been able to achieve gives the illusion that it must be soft. Make you want to touch it to find out.
His work has been featured in National Geographic, as well as numerous galleries and art shows all over the world.
The porcupine is probably my favorite with all those wispy paper pieces.He uses X-ACTO knives, scalpels, and scissors in the construction of his critters.This intricacy of this money and his face captures our emotion when viewing.The commitment these amazing pieces of art require is just mind-blowing. Can you imagine how frustrating it would be if you messed up a little detail on those pieces? Talent like this just doesn’t come around that often.
I’m not sure how he was able to achieve the realism of these zebras with different colored paper but his work is for sale and he does demonstrations, so worth looking into.If you’d like to learn more, for there is not much info about this artist on his website except that he is from Canada, go to his Facebook page to see his most recent news.
In keeping with our animal inspiration theme and with Mother’s Day this weekend, here’s a beautiful mural that could use some motherly care in the Mothers Building, which was originally designed to be a resting place for nursing mothers at the San Francisco Zoo. The building, with its Greco-Roman style and WPA project murals, was built in 1925 but has been closed to the public since 2002. The murals visually depict the story of Noah’s Ark in the largest existing, egg tempera work in the Western US. They could soon be lost and are in need of repair. Click here to read more of the story.
This is a quick post announcement from several alerts I just received indicating that at least two well known murals are changing. As one will be vanishing soon, so see it while you can, another gets a fresh redesign and new placement.
The beloved Luzianne mural by Robert Dafford in downtown New Orleans will be partially covered when a new residential unit gets built. So sad, this is a lovely mural that I enjoy seeing each time I go back home. However, the Reily family, the owners of the mural and property, plan on making part of the mural visible to the interior of the building. They also will digitally scan the Luzianne-cart section in hopes to reproduce and place on another wall.
Robert Dafford is the same artist who painted the wonderful Clarinet Mural. The Reily family not only started Luzianne tea but also Blue Plate Mayonnaise — two iconic Nola brand-name products. The highly accomplished Rozas Ward Architecture firm with Myles Martin as the lead architect are chosen to manage the project.
The Brennan family and Reily family share a common wall / section of the mural and there is a written agreement not to change or destroy the mural for 50 years from 1991. This could be problematic if agreeable measures to preserve the mural are not found.
One thought comes to mind, Casart coverings can digitally print the mural onto wallcoverings that can be removed without damage when and if needed.
Luzianne Mural by Robert Dafford. Photos via Times Picayune
Yes, that’s a “real” tree but certainly hard to tell with Dafford’s painterly skill.
Existing Reily Builidng by Rozas Ward Architecture
Proposed Reily Residential via Rozas Ward Architecture
Proposed Reily Residential via Rozas Ward Architecture
Jumping to the West, the locally known LA Lady Freeway mural by Kent Twitchell, which had retired due to being tagged and covered from view, is now being resurrected with an updated look and new Afghan Shawl. It will be rehung at the LA Valley College. Hopefully this will be a better placement for this lively lady mural to stay and for all to enjoy.
Personally, I think the added shawl extending onto the adjacent wall works wonders with the new location. Sometimes changing murals are a positive improvement.One interesting side note, I’ve recently discovered Great Big Story, “a video network dedicated to the untold, the overlooked and the flat-out amazing.”
They’ve featured a lot of art oriented stories like the Mumbai Taxicab fabric and others that I’ve also posted. I’ve added them to my Blogroll.
What a perfect way to start the new year with the completion of the life size bird mural, So Simple, a Beginning.
It was about a year ago that I first wrote about Jane Kim of InkDwell‘s endeavor to depict the evolution of the world’s birds in a giant 70 x 40 foot mural for Cornell University’s Department of Ornithology. It’s taken a year and that’s pretty miraculous considering the intricate detail and accuracy involved to paint 270 birds and even a few dinosaurs.
Here are InkDwell‘s photos below showing the stunning result. Casart wallcoverings were used in the early stage as temporary wallpaper templates for the continents and geographical locations on top of which the birds were painted.
Many birds painted by Jane Kim
African Section of mural
Cormorant in progress
Great Grey Owl
Detail Broadbill Bird
Congratulations to Jane and her crew for all their hard work to create the largest and first-of-its-kind educational mural about the evolution of birds!!
Casart coverings is glad to have played even a small part in this major endeavor.
For timing sake this blog post is regenerated from my other site but still applies for design.
This is not your usual blog post for Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog, but “Sit Down. Stand Up,” keeps ringing in my ears. I’m doing this a lot lately trying to get our new website ready. Radiohead’s song keeps playing in my head with its slow staccato beat building up with a frenetic crescendo to a sudden and unexpected drop. I was making steady pace and with a frenzy to be live by today but hit a sudden unexpected setback when I uploaded our 6,000 ! product variations with an importer and discovered, while on vacation mind you, that my 2,000 images had multiplied to 19,000!! It took 3 days, 10 hours each day, to remove these and to be able to start with a clean slate. I’m back on track but unexpectedly behind my original goal. Goals, I’ve decided are meant to be changed.
All this sitting has got me I’m thinking about getting a better office chair. Where to start? I started following Sayeh’s Office Stylist Office board on Pinterest. Maybe I’ll get some good ideas here. I need a drafting chair that is comfortable and one that raises and lowers height because I have both an office desk and a drafting table. The chair needs to accommodate both. I keep coming back to this one, seen in Houzz Interiors by Maite Granda but comfort is key. I believe this one if from Skolas, which I thought I saw listed or maybe that was the name of the person who first commented on it, but now I cannot find the source of course.
I want something white with chrome so this Airgo one from Pottery Barn fits the bill and will go nicely with my lavender Venetian Plaster and magnetized walls. I know, it’s a crazy artist thing but this color with white works for me. The one drawback (besides price) is it has to be cleanable so leather would be preferred.
I even like the one we used in our Peacock Damask photo shoot. I have to go back to Homebody, where we took the photos, to ask about it.
Casart coverings’ French Peacock Damask
Back to sitting down and standing up and starting and stopping due to setbacks…We’re nearly there and can’t wait to get it up and going, so stay tuned while work progresses behind the scenes.
I did a good thing! Who knew a Google alert would lead me to the Laramie Mural Project. And here’s how it happened.
I have no connection with Wyoming but when I clicked on their mural link, I was drawn in. I liked their website – their home image takes up the entire screen. I’ve been paying attention these days to website design as I’m in the process of creating new and easier-to-edit templates for both my sites. I noticed the picture of the unfinished mural and I always like to see the progression of a project. This got me clicking to learn more.
I learned that Laramie is trying to beautify their town with murals with help through the Laramie Main Street Alliance — a partnership between the town of Laramie and University of Wyoming. I believe that murals can beautify a town by adding character and interest and increase community pride and involvement as well as bring economic vitality — all from artwork. This got me clicking more. I went to their Kickstarter page. I had attended a business conference with the founder of Kickstarter on the panel so I was interested + ever since we went through the process of applying for Living Social’s Mission Small Business Grant, I’ve been interested in ways to fund business projects. I have another in mind and I’m thinking Kickstarter may be a good testing ground.
I really liked what I saw — the murals and how easy it was to use the site. I thought the write up they did for each level of backing were clever and captivating. You’ll have to go to their Kickstarter Campaign site to check these out further but here’s a visual taste of the murals. They have a lovely assortment of styles and are very rich with talent. They expressed the big, wide open country that I think of when I think of Wyoming, of where I have only passed through once while in a car on a family trip. I must have been about 10 years old.
OK, I was sold!
The great thing with Kickstarter is you don’t have to spend much or you can spend as much as you want. I donated $15. I wanted to contribute something but I have no association with Wyoming otherwise, but believe in the mural project’s mission and like most of the murals. I also wanted to test Kickstarter’s platform for business. It’s one of the few fundraising sites that really does cater to artists and their creative projects; whereas, other Angel Investor type sites are primarily interested in start-up technology companies. Kickstarter as a business concept appeals to me.
Checkout was easy and used my amazon account. I was so satisfied with the process that I used their smart marketing message that came up at the completion to share with your friends. I shared on Facebook, which then gets tweeted to our 795 followers.
This was a great business lesson with marketing and charitable giving all mixed in. I felt good and even more so to learn this on the Laramie Main Street website, that they have reached their $15,000 goal but the more they receive, the more they can do. I like it and I’m glad that any donation beyond what they wanted will be well spent:
We have reached our $15,000 goal on Kickstarter!!! But, if you are still interested in donating, know the more we raise, the more we can do. Additional funds will be used for more murals and educational material like an audio guide or walking tour of public art downtown. Our Kickstarter page for the Laramie Mural Project will be up through July 21st.
I plan on following up on their mural progress because I want to see their completion and maybe even go visit.
Since there were only 3 more days left for fundraising for this project at the time of this writing, please go to Kickstarter to look for others and perhaps do a good thing.
Here are some other murals that artists from this project have painted.
The show runs March 7th with a Kick Off Preview Party tonight through March 10th. Proceeds benefit three Alexandria, VA community groups: Twig (supporting the local Alexandria Inova Hospital / my volunteer group), The Lyceum (supporting Alexandria’s History Museum) and the Alexandria Association (dedicated to preservation of historic structures and promotion of the decorative arts).
We’re right in the middle of launching new Euro Chic designs for our Casart Décor pillows. I haven’t had a lot of time to do much else — except to say that Art is Everywhere and on pillows as well. These designs by artist Edward Doyle are inspired by illustrations, signage and insignia that have an Old World, vintage charm with appeal for your modern living.
In investigating ways to get high res images for some of my materials that we offer for repositionable wallcoverings, I’m looking into what might be the best, most convenient and affordable photo technology to use.
It’s pretty amazing that with the newest iPhone, you can get a good high res image that might even be better than earlier DSLR cameras — or at least better than my son’s, as he informs me. I think it’s a ploy to get the latest iPhone 😉 Actually, he wants a better camera.
In the meantime, I ran across this to explore. In just a couple of months, the technology may have even further improved.
We’ve already found a way to rig a tripod for the iPhone using a coat hanger, but ended up using a Luminex camera to shoot this latest footage. We edited with professional film editing software to be able to compare with the television footage and create our own educational video. This has been very helpful to show that not all repositionable wallpaper is the same.
If you are looking to turn your own photos into high res artwork, here’s a helpful “How To Make [Photo] Murals from Phone Photos” from PhotoJoJo on Apartment therapy. Click the link to read the steps. Not too difficult but you may just want to upload them to Casart coverings, where we can turn them into a large scale wallcovering that can be repositioned, removed and reused. No frame or hanging needed.