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heart felt – the creatures of Victor Dubrovsky

One thing’s for sure, Victor Dubrovsky sees the souls of animals. And he is able to convey them with such subtle suggestion of form and posture. Victor Dubrovsky is a multi-talented artist living in Russia who creates these extraordinary felted animals. What I love most about his creatures is the truth behind them. He shows nature as it is, sometimes sad, sometimes funny, sometimes harsh, sometimes warm. Simply amazing, I love each and every one of them.

To see more of his wonderful creatures, visit his site here. Make sure you checkĀ  out his photography to see more of his ability to capture the essence of animals.




wooden textiles

When I first saw Elisa Strozyk’s wooden textiles I was blown away. They are stunning. And while they are a pleasurable wonder to behold, they are also conceptually, so intriguing. Elisa’s creations are elemental shapeshifters – they play with the boundaries and limitations of what we understand a material to be. Wood, so solid and firm, is pieced in myriad patterns and attached to textiles, allowing the final creation movement, fluidity, and shifting form. She uses this technique to transform textiles, furniture, and traditional design elements into beautiful and intelligent works of art, enabled with a life of their own.

To see more of her collection (not to be missed are the paper weaves) visit her here.





the covers of coralie bickford-smith





So we all grew up being told that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. In the case of this gorgeous new series, Great Food, from Penguin books, due out next month, there are two things… First, based on how exceptional the cover looks, I don’t care what’s inside. Yes, I said it. Second, all you have to do is look at the titles and the authors and you can see how intriguing the insides are. If you have a penchant for anything remotely gustatory, then you want these.

This series is the latest from the extremely talented Coralie Bickford-Smith. A senior cover designer at Penguin Books in London, Coralie has created several series’ designs. Most extraordinary, and, it should be noted, I want every single one, are the Clothbound Series’ 1 and 2, making the classics even more collectible.


For more information on Coralie Bickford-Smith and to see more of her collections look here. {Check out the Gothic Horror series} And for a really interesting look at the Clothbound Series’ and Coralie’s process and intuitive and scholarly take on literature and design read this great interview with her on Design*Sponge.
As soon as Great Food becomes available I will let you know.
All images courtesy of CB-Smith.com.





… and glass installations

In case you didn’t go poking around yesterday’s post, there’s more. Not only does Caroline Swift make starkly beautiful ceramics, but she has also created these amazing glass installations as an exploration of delicate hand-blown spheres of glass and their sculptural possibilities. The fragile, shiny bulbs are tied crudely with raw, dark wires – again speaking to the contradiction between raw and refined that I love so much. And I love these, whether hung in a group or alone they make such an interesting and appealing statement. So much so that I thought they needed to stand alone in their own post.
All pieces are made exclusively by hand, by Caroline in her studio in Barcelona. To see more or to shop for her pieces visit her at Caroline Swift.
All images and information are courtesy of Caroline Swift. Thank you so much for letting me share your beautiful work.



getting fresh – saipua



If you know me, you know that I love flowers. You may not realize how much, I am a bit coy about it, but let’s just say that it’s a lot. And, I’m sorry to admit, I do discriminate. That’s not to say that I can’t get down with the daisy but… I sure do swoon for sweet peas, garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, anemones, hellebores, fritillaria, hyacinths, lilac, mimosa, orchids, and jasmine… to name a few.
It’s not often that I am absolutely blown away by the flowers and arrangements that I see, but that’s exactly what happened when I stumbled onto Saipua, a soap and flower shop in Brooklyn, New York. Flipping fabulous.
The flowers, the combinations, the textures, the sophisticated and astute use of color… not to mentionĀ  the photography and the styling… are exquisite and executed perfectly.


I can’t even say what my favorite would be. For these and a whole lot more check them out online at Saipua. Or, if you’re in the neighborhood pop in at 147 Van Dyke Street, Brooklyn, NY (Red Hook). Saipua made me think yes.
All images are courtesy of Saipua.



she hit pause

A little moody, a little nostalgic, and a little naughty. I love these images from She Hit Pause Studios. Photographer Matt Schwartz captures his version of the pin-up girl in these raw and scratchy, yet dreamy and wistful polaroids. His work is described as walking into a memory. All of these images and more are available from She Hit Pause Studios, commissioned work and unique wedding photography are also offered.



yes please – beat-up creations



When I first stumbled upon these pieces from Beat-up Creations I was giddy. Each piece I saw became my fast favorite. Angela Rossi, the creative force behind Beat-up Creations, takes the unloved, thrown out, and abandoned and turns them into fabulous new creations.
In the collection above, her original and exceptional artwork is framed in ornate, antique frames. I love the detail and tenor of these works. Her creatures have such personalities. And I love the fact that she hand-picks the perfect antique piece in which to frame them.
So you can understand my pleasure when I next saw the collection below. In the Altered Antique Plates Collection the amazing and unusual creatures are fired onto antique plates using an old ceramic decal technique. I love how the vintage designs on the plates coordinate so perfectly with the creatures they hold.
Which brings me to my newest happy place. The Picture Day Series is a collection from Beat-up Creations’ Altered Art Prints. These pieces are a whole new take on the grade school portrait photo, and they can’t help but make me smile.




Check out these pieces and more at Beat-up Creations Etsy store here.
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