Masks by Abigail Brown

by Nancy on October 6, 2015

anthologymag-blog-abigailbrown-1I am pretty excited that Halloween lands on a Saturday this year, and now that October has arrived, the perfect costume is all I can think of. I usually make our family costumes, so they have to be simple, quick, and easy to make. While I was researching online for papier-mâché masks, I found these amazing works by artist Abigail Brown.

Based in London, Brown received her degree in Surface Decoration and Printed Textiles. Her unique and intricate masks are hand crafted and made entirely of newspaper. Brown uses acrylic paints and pencil crayons for color and texture, and each piece comes ready to mount on a wall. Although they are not made for wearing, I think they would make a fun decorative addition on my art gallery wall.



Moroso Collection

by Kate on October 5, 2015

anthologymag-blog-design-moroso-collection-1I was looking for some autumnal color inspiration the other day when I stumbled upon these stunning interior images from the Moroso furniture collection. These beautiful shots were taken in Patrizia Moroso’s home, which was designed by the incredible Patricia Urquiola. I love the eclecticism of this collection; the unusual colors and textures come together to make a really sultry palette. If you’d like to see more of the Moroso collection and their catalogue, you can visit the website here.

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by Kate on October 2, 2015

anthologymag-blog-food-croquembouche-1Even though I like to treat cooking and baking as a labor of love as often as I can, rarely do I make fancy dishes or even consider the presentation of the meal. There was something about this croquembouche, beautifully displayed and adorned with flowers, that stopped me in my tracks. It has since inspired me to put in the time to make a special, celebratory dish from time to time—for no reason in particular except to enjoy the process.

Croquembouche is a traditional French treat made of puff pastry balls and a coating of spun sugar or caramel, and is usually served at weddings and other special ceremonies. This recipe is much more practical for everyday consumption; each of the three ball recipes can be made vegan and are chock full of healthy ingredients: cashews, strawberries, sweet potato, honey, and shredded coconut, to name a few. I hope you’ll join me in trying out this fun take on the fancy French delicacy. To check out the full recipe, click here.

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Art of Plants

by Nancy on October 1, 2015

anthologymag-blog-artofplants-1It looks like Kate and I both have greenery on our minds! (Earlier this week, she posted about Sarah Illenberger’s “Wonderplants” art series and Sretan Bor’s botanical murals.)

Every year, I deal with an unpleasant raid of ants that get inside our walls and come through the vents looking for water. And every year, a thick black trail of ants attack my plants. I love having plants around, but I’ve had to minimize the amount of potted plants in the house. Air plants have been a great solution, and these wooden sculptures by Art of Plants are perfect vessels.

Jenny Wong-Stanley frequently uses recycled or upcycled materials and remnants to create her planters. After the wood is heated with high-temperature steam, each piece is bent by hand. The end result looks modern, yet the curves also lend an organic sensibility.

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Karolin Schnoor Calendar

by Anh-Minh on September 30, 2015

ks_1I’ve been receiving PR emails regarding holiday products for weeks now. And while I don’t like to rush this part of the year—fall is my favorite season—one thing I do like to consider well in advance is my calendar. That’s because in the past, I’ve made the mistake of procrastinating and then the calendar I want ends up selling out. *sigh*

Well, that won’t be happening this year! London-based Karolin Schnoor recently let me know that she’s now accepting pre-orders for her 2016 calendar, which features a hand-drawn illustration and type. (Regular Anthology readers may recognize her work; Karolin has done illustrations for the print magazine.) I love that her design is a single-page calendar, so the entire year is all right there in front of you. No page-flipping required. And the black-and-white palette means it will work in any decor, which is especially great if you decide to pick one up as a gift.

Be sure to browse the rest of her online shop, which offers additional prints and other paper goods. You know, in case you aren’t quite ready to start thinking about 2016 yet! (But I should warn you: Karolin’s 2014 and 2015 calendars sold out. So get one while you can!)


{ Top image via The Future Kept; all other images via Karolin Schnoor }