Artists at Work

Andrea Lauren Design

by Nancy on October 28, 2015

anthologymag-blog-andrealauren-bluejayLast year, I bought a linocut starter kit from my local craft store so that I could make my own patterned wrapping paper. All the online tutorials made it look very simple. For me, however, it wasn’t simple at all! Frustrated with the tools, I ended up carving out a circle for a polka-dot pattern. Some more practice would’ve helped, but the most challenging task was drawing original illustrations. So I was in awe when I looked through all of Andrea Lauren‘s block prints, marveling at all the intricate carvings and details.

Lauren started her career as a classical cellist, and then changed her focus to creating visual art. She also has a fabric line—available on Spoonflower—that features her colorful and whimsical patterns, which rely on block printing as the basis of the designs. I love the playful nature of her illustrations, and can’t wait for her how-to book to come out next spring.

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Heather Levine

by Nancy on October 21, 2015

anthologymag-blog-heatherlevine-ojairanchoinn1With a background in photography and ceramics, Heather Levine knows how to work with and manipulate light. She operates out of her studio in Los Angeles, and is inspired by the California landscape, vintage jewelry, and ceramics. It takes her an average of four hours to carve each of her lamps, and she changes the texture with a light sanding afterwards. Levine also employs ceramics to create one-of-a-kind wall hangings; my favorites are the ones strung on branches, yielding a balance between modern and rustic.

Whether functional or decorative or both, her handmade designs will stand out in any room as statement pieces.

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Mineral Workshop

by Nancy on October 13, 2015

Anthologymag-blog-MineralWorkshop-1For me, fall is the busiest season of the year. There’s a sharp increase in juggling schedules, and the sudden arrival of the holiday season throws me for a loop. At the end of the day, I like to retreat into my bedroom to decompress, so I make sure to decorate that space with relaxation in mind. These hand-dyed paintings by Mineral Workshop are definitely the perfect pieces to bring ease and calm to any environment.

Artist Carrie Crawford uses the shibori technique to create layers of indigo in her artwork—binding and folding fabric, and then dipping them into dye. I especially love her paintings, and how they look so fluid and organic. Crawford uses only natural indigo and other plant-based dyes that she makes in her studio in Fairfax, California. Much of her inspiration comes from landscape and earthen features, and I find the rich depth of colors in her paintings dramatic, yet very comforting.

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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.



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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