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Moulton Jewelry

by Joanna on March 30, 2015

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During a recent trip to Austin, I discovered the gorgeously simple Moulton jewelry. Designed by artist Jen Moulton, each piece feels perfectly minimal and balanced. She focuses on designing geometric pieces with a clear thought in mind: creating something that she would want to wear herself. I could wear these pieces every day, yet they also feel like they could be just the right finishing touch for a special occasion outfit.

Moulton believes in finding “beauty in simplicity” and that philosophy truly shows in her work. She works with a wide range of materials, from 14k rose gold to sterling silver and bronze.

(Interesting little side note: She is the fourth generation in her family to own and operate a small business.)

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{ Images from Moulton }

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Stella Maria Baer

by Joanna on March 26, 2015

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New Haven, Connecticut-based artist Stella Maria Baer may just be my new favorite painter. Her super-detailed paintings of moons, planets, and celestial bodies actually took my breath away when I first saw them.

A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Baer draws inspiration from her memory of the desert—”the lines, the color, the space.” Plus, with a background that includes assisting Titus Kaphar, it’s clear that Baer has a knack for creating the beautiful.

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 { Images via Stella Maria Baer }

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Leili Art & Design

by Joanna on March 25, 2015

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Ceramics have kind of always been my jam. There’s just something to be said for the heirloom qualities that a good tabletop piece possesses. These pieces from Leili Art & Design are right up my alley with their neutral tones and amazing surface texture.

Each wheel-thrown or hand-built stoneware piece is made in Leili Art & Design’s MIT studio, with some pieces having been exhibited across the U.S., Israel, and Australia. The ceramicist herself has a background in fine arts, including drawing and painting, and—interesting enough—was an apprentice to Kahlil Gibran.

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{ Images via Leili Art & Design }

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Jackie M. Graham

by Joanna on March 23, 2015

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Hungry yet?? These watercolors from San Francisco-based artist Jackie M. Graham are sure to do the trick. Her food pieces veer toward the realism spectrum of things, which I totally love, particularly when it means elevating the pop-tart to artform status. Graham believes in bringing joy to her audience with “fun and quippy” artwork. The amount of detail Graham captures is truly remarkable—and definitely makes my mouth water.

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{ Images via Jackie M. Graham }

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Christian Ruiz Berman

by Joanna on March 18, 2015

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Just like fashion, I sometimes wonder if art also follows the ebb and flow of trends. Lately, artforms like weaving and painting are on my radar big time, but what about sculpture? I just haven’t seen much of it. Perhaps this is why I was so jazzed upon discovering these mixed media sculptures by Christian Ruiz Berman.

Not only is his work absolutely gorgeous, it’s deeply personal—reflecting a journey that includes being removed from his homeland at a young age. He parlays this experience into his art, asking “What is the role of the tribal, the communal, and the artisanal in a society where the click of a button can connect you to the rest of the world, and global media conglomerates dictate the styles and cultural norms of millions?” Berman’s pieces feel raw, compelling, and vibrant. My favorite part? His use of feathers, which he states act as “brushstrokes” and juxtapose nicely with the man-made materials he also incorporates.

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 { Images via Christian Ruiz Berman; found on Trendland }

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