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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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Flowers of Visalia

by Kate on March 19, 2015

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Is everyone else as excited as I am to welcome the Spring Equinox tomorrow? I am sure those of you on the East Coast are aching for a change of seasons, and I can’t say that I blame you. When I think about that magic of spring, it’s not simply the warmer weather and longer days: it’s the COLOR. I am a firm believer in the body’s emotional response to color, and I can already feel the shift happening when I look at these Instagram images of the botanical treasures the grow in and around the town of Visalia, California.

Browsing through this Instagram feed is like diving into paradise; like Gaugin’s first visit to Tahiti or when Darwin laid eyes on the Galapagos—a world teeming with sweet-smelling blossoms and lush green vines. The creator of these images, Sarah Speidel, is adept at capturing her subjects in abstraction, highlighting the often overlooked shifts in color and translucence that occur in each petal or plant leaf. These pattern-like images are a feast for the senses, and a perfect way to celebrate the change of seasons. Happy Spring!

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 { All images via Flowers of Visalia on Instagram }

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