Oh, My Darlin’ Clementine…

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Darling Clementine is a small Norwegian design agency that also offers an edited collection of products under the banner: “Darling Clementine Paper Empire” (love that moxie!). I am totally charmed by their scandinavian aesthetic, and ability to create work that is clearly modern yet gives a warm nod to tradition. They also write a nice blog that you can visit by clicking HERE.

Harvest Posters, $30 each
Harvest Posters, $30 each
Tea Towels, $30/set of 2
Tea Towels, $30/set of 2
Notecards, $21/set of 6
Notecards, $21/set of 6
Post Cards, $20/8
Post Cards, $20/8
Print, $40
Print, $40
Mug with saucer, $25 each
Mug with saucer, $25 each
Print, $40
Print, $40
Fine Tea, $20 each
Fine Tea, $20 each
Fine Tea, $20
Fine Tea, $20
Editorial illustration for Family Living
Editorial illustration for Family Living
Cover for a Reader's Diary, autumn 2011
Cover for a Reader’s Diary, autumn 2011
Poster & Flyer for Blårollinger
Poster & Flyer for Blårollinger
Kate Spade Book Illustration
Kate Spade Book Illustration
More book illustration for Kate Spade
More book illustration for Kate Spade

A Glimpse of Spring

It’s only February, and I’m already getting a bit impatient for the coming of spring. To tide me over, these lovely watercolors by bay area artist, Elise Morris.

Finding beauty in the unexpected, Elise works from a deep desire to learn her natural surroundings.  She begins each piece with a simple line drawing, and adds layers and layers of translucent paint.  The resulting paintings and drawings explore concepts of nature, at the edge of abstraction.

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A Kiss Deferred

An animated version of a narrative by Nikolina Kulidžan; part of the New York Times series on Modern Love. (You can read the whole article here.)

Have a very Happy Valentines Day this weekend! xoxo

Designed and directed by Moth Collective
Produced by Nicholas van der Kolk
Written by Nikolina Kulidžan
Animation: Marcus Armitage, Joe Bichard, Jonathan Djob Nkondo, Noriko Ishibe, Eamonn O’ Neill, Claudio Salas, Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits
Sound Design: Nicholas van der Kolk
Client: The New York Times
Production year: 2015

Fresh Inspiration from Pattern Curator

Pattern Curator makes me happy. It’s a fabulous resource for inspiration that I strongly encourage you to check out… you can get lost in there (in a good way)!

Pattern Curator collects images and photos to create a visual short story. Our goal is to inspire and connect like minded creative individuals, like yourself. We offer a look at print, pattern & color trends in a minimalistic point of view. Each board is curated visually in a way that is directional, relevant & trend-right. Whether you’re in the industry, an artist, designer, student, blogger, or have an interest in pretty pics, we hope you are inspired to create something amazing.

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Ambling through Antwerp – part 1

I had the privilege of visiting Antwerp, Belgium in October of this year; a place I’d never been before. It was such a pleasure to explore the city! Very urban and sophisticated in the city center – as you might imagine – but with a certain softness; a cozy, casual lifestyle that was uniquely its own. We also explored garden shops in outlaying areas, which made me yearn for spring before the last leaf of autumn had even fallen… Here’s the first batch of images from my retail excursions:

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Still Life

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Mary Jo Hoffmanis is a former aerospace engineer who began photographing natural objects found around her home in Minnesota. She gathers these lovely artifacts (often with help from her family), creates thoughtful arrangements, and scrappily photographs them in her home. Each day, she shares a piece of her beautiful work on her blog, Still.

I sent my first image out into the universe on January 1, 2012 hoping that I would enjoy the discipline of producing a photo a day, and hoping that a few kindred wanderers might find their way here. Still blog is a place to stop. A place to look at one thing at a time. A place to be still.

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Fruity Goodness

Beautiful brand identity for FRUTITAS, a Polish company that sells processed fruit. The family company, which was created out of “love for the sweet taste of dried fruits born on Polish soil”, makes snacks that are healthy and sweet, cheerful and colorful.

Designed by: Paris+Hendzel Studio, Poland.

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Inspirational Resource: Pattern Curator

Pattern Curator makes me happy. It’s a fabulous resource for inspiration that I strongly encourage you to check out… you can get lost in there (in a good way)!

Pattern Curator collects images and photos to create a visual short story. Our goal is to inspire and connect like minded creative individuals, like yourself. We offer a look at print, pattern & color trends in a minimalistic point of view. Each board is curated visually in a way that is directional, relevant & trend-right. Whether you’re in the industry, an artist, designer, student, blogger, or have an interest in pretty pics, we hope you are inspired to create something amazing.

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Tempting Tiles

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Mosaic House is a New York based tile company specializing in a variety of Moroccan tiles; hand-painted, cement, mosaic, chiseled and wood. As the newest generation in a centuries old family of tile makers, they draw upon the traditional craft expertise of Morocco, while embracing a modern taste for texture and design. If you poke around on the site a bit, you’ll find videos showing how each tile is made, like THIS. Amazing.

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Spring Summer 2016 Pattern Trends from Patternbank_part 1

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Love this sampling of trend-relevant print & pattern for spring/summer 2016 from Patternbank, a global trend forecasting company based in the UK that delivers innovative (and typically spot-on) forecasts as well as a huge selection of licensed pattern designs. These totally inspiring works of art may have their roots in women’s fashion, but many are also generally (or certainly, directionally) applicable in home and giftware categories.

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Foody Fare

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ANEK shop is all about simple pleasures of food, and cooking, and beauty and joy of everyday moments. The lovely assortment of prints are created by Ana Zaja Petrak, a graphic designer and illustrator working and living in Zagreb, Croatia. Each one is an archival fine art giclée reproduction print on beautiful white Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 276 g Paper (genuine artist paper made of 100 % cotton with fine, smooth matt surface), printed with finest archival, fade resistant inks. Prices range from $30 – $85, depending on size. (As always, click to shop!)

Food has always played an important role in my family growing up. I’d say my love for food started with my granny’s delicious recipes. Gastronomy is something that I really love, it excites and inspires me. I tend to make my artworks simple, colorful, accessible and witty, wanting to reflect feeling of good food & living. I’m inspired by everyday moments and small things, simplicity and nature. Passionate people, cookbooks, dance, music, nostalgia, sentimental things…and gorgeous Italian food.

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