Using controlled detonations of fireworks on paper, Rosemarie Fiore creates these:
From the artist herself: I bomb blank sheets of paper with different fireworks including color smoke bombs, jumping jacks, monster balls, fountains, magic whips, spinning carnations, ground blooms, rings of fire, and lasers. As I work, I create imagery by controlling the chaotic nature of the explosions in upside-down containers.
When the paper becomes saturated in color, dark and burned, I take it back to my studio and collage blank paper circles onto the image to establish new planes and open up the composition. I then continue to bomb the pieces. These actions are repeated a number of times. The final works contain many layers of collaged explosions and are thick and heavy.
See more of Rosemarie’s fireworks drawings here!
EricGjerge has an amazing set on Flickr where he has uploaded images from Owen Jones’ book The Grammar of Ornament. I could look at all the prints and patterns forever – there is so much inspiration on each page! Check out the whole set for many more awesome pictures like the ones above, in bigger sizes too!
one of our creative directors, merrie, just sent this photo to me…
merrie spends a lot of her time in india. recently, she took some photos of some kids there, when their grandma started yelling at her “hey, why r u taking THEIR pic!?! take my pic, I am beautiful, I can sing, I can dance!!”
These vintage Smokey the Bear nature posters are great! Wouldn’t you love to have one for your walls? Amy at Apartment Therapy was able to find one on Ebay after a little bit of searching, but for now, get bigger computer versions here.
Via Apartment Therapy.
Flickr user Straatis has a really interesting collection of photos of New York City in the 1940′s. There is something so amazing about a photograph from the past, and actually seeing what was like 70 years ago! Not to mention seeing the Big Apple 70 years ago! Check out the set if you’ve got a little bit of time!
I’m loving Leontine Greenberg‘s work right now! Her little birdie paintings are so whimsical and sweet! The bottom one in particular puts me in mind of Dr. Seuss! Check out her blog and Flickr for more watercolor goodness. Via.
These portraits by Laura Adel Johnson are awesome! Why have I never thought to create pictures with tiny holiday lights? I’m kind of amazed at how much detail comes through, too. Check out Laura’s blog for pictures of a few more pieces.
Via InsideOut Blog.
Skip Disneyworld. Go to Huntington Gardens in LA. I went there when I was in Los Angeles visiting our Free People stores last week. It is a beautiful cactus garden and greenhouse. Definitely worth visiting.