MODERN TWIST: CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE BAMBOO ART. melbourne, fl

MODERN TWIST: CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE BAMBOO ART. melbourne, fl

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I am an artist by trade & education, and am an avid connoisseur of art and craft, especially weaving and handcrafted works.  When I found the Modern Twist exhibition right down the street from where I am living, it was a no brainer, and did not disappoint.

For more information, click here.

DALI MUSEUM. st. petersburg, fl

DALI MUSEUM. st. petersburg, fl

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Dali’s first selfie! 😉

 

The Dali Museum is a museum dedicated to the works of famous Surrealist artist Salvador Dali.  I had visited this museum once before as a teenager, and still nothing compares to seeing them in person…the scale of some of the paintings is lost when viewing online or in books.

BAKTUN: THE END OF AN ERA

BAKTUN: THE END OF AN ERA

Fortunately for some & unfortunately for others, the world did not end today, 12/ 21/ 2012.  Ancient Mayans did not actually predict an apocalypse today, but rather the end of an era.  I am currently smack in the center of the supposed apocalypse, so I thought I should just go with it.  This & the following two posts are a few things I have seen today, in homage of baktun.

CEMENTERIO. playa del carmen

CEMENTERIO. playa del carmen

The cemetery at Xcaret in Playa del Carmen was an unexpected place where I spent the most time.  The time & creativity used on each memorial was wonderful, and it was so much more personal and heartwarming than the traditional gravestone.  In addition, the crypt was beautiful, with a wall of wax made by the drips of the previous candles.  Beauty in the simplest of ideas.

ORIGIN: THE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FAIR. london

ORIGIN: THE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FAIR. london

Yesterday evening we met our friend Paul McAllister at Origin.  It is London Design Week, and many shows that I’ve seen this week were highlighting craft, which is refreshing since usually craft and design are seen as separate entities.

Here are a few of my favorites from the show:

Anthony Theakston

Gary Allson

John Alfredo Harris

Momoko Kumai

Pacha Design

Paul McAllister

Soungcheul Park

THE POWER OF MAKING. london

THE POWER OF MAKING. london

Recently saw a great exhibit at the V&A called “The Power of Making.”   It is a great show highlighting the work behind beautiful objects, which so often goes unnoticed.  The process in itself can be the art form.

COLOR PALETTE INSPIRATION, MFA. boston

COLOR PALETTE INSPIRATION, MFA. boston

I am already thinking about my next line of shoes, and a museum is a fantastic place to find color inspiration.

I think the last is the winner!  There is a nice balance of neutrals & colors, darks and lights.