The Gallery at 543 will be exhibiting Robert’s painting for another two weeks, so please feel free to come down to the Philadelphia Naval Yard (at the south end of Broad Street) and see it for yourself!
These leaves were cut so beautifully by Jen Stark! What a perfect time of year for them! I saw them on Design Dig, and decided to look up a bit more about their creator. What I found was so awesome! I love Jen Stark’s other work! It is similar to Julian Vallée‘s work in that she loves to cut and use paper, and she uses lots of bright colors! I thought it was so funny I found her today after I just was talking about Julian’s work yesterday! See some of what I’m talking about below, and even more of Jen’s work can be found on her site.
I spotted the work of artist Leah Bartholomew on Frankie Magazine’s blog, and I wish I lived in Australia so I could see it in person! She just opened a show at the Gorker Gallery. It looks so cheerful autumn beautiful. That sun really gets me in the mood to drive through the countryside on a bright fall day.
And I LOVE the poetic description from the announcement:
“Dry wheat leaves stream like ribbons in the hot wind and the sun won’t go to sleep. Harvest time is coming and there is a whole world hidden in the corn fields – a world of innocence and nostalgia, children with skin like honey and feathers in their hair hiding from the future, singing songsabout the summer and freedom.”
So I’ve been a fan of Julian Vallée‘s artwork for a while now – he is a master of working with cut and paste, and uses lots of really bright colors! When I saw this piece on Booooooom my first reaction was whoa, and then I knew I had to share it with you! I want to live in a world where that’s what it looks like when you spray paint from a can. Check out Julian’s website to see more of his work – total eye candy.
Happy election day everyone! Tomorrow when we wake up we’ll have a new president! I am so excited and impatient to see what happens, but until then, these funny little finger puppets made by Mullish Muse are making me smile. They could play with the little Halloween bat finger puppet we had on the blog the other day…
At any rate, don’t forget to get out and vote today!
I’m totally inspired by this tutorial on childhood flames for artfully shredding a t-shirt. Check out her blog for the step by step, or just checkout the video. It takes hours, but looks amazing!
This awesome “drawing” was created by Debbie Smyth, entirely using pins and thread! It looks so cool! See more pictures and information here on Design Boom.
I love these cute little mushroom stumps made by Small Stump. They are like mini-worlds to escape into! I want to be a tiny person that sits on the mushrooms…
You might remember when I mentioned the Gee’s Bend quilts a while back. They are completely exquisite, and use really unique techniques and styles – all in all, totally inspiring! They are currently being exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and I just wanted to give everyone who is in the area a reminder! This is a really great chance to see 74 of these amazing and historical quilts before they go home on December 14th. Go on a Sunday to pay whatever you like instead of the normal $14 museum entrance fee. (I’m going this Sunday!) Check out the museum’s page for some cool background information about the quilts, and for tons of pictures of them go here.
“Bedecked, Bedazzled & Bejeweled: Costume Ornamentation at New York City Ballet” is a small online exhibition of some of the most beautiful ballet costumes.
There is a great article on the website to accompany the exhibit, and I really loved this bit about the maintenance and continuity of the costumes:
The expected life of a costume at NYCB is about 10 years, depending on wear and tear. Just as Karinska used to slip secret details into costumes that only the wearer would know about – a colorful bow, a strip of gold – so the NYCB Costume Shop continues the tradition. Hynes reports, “If we make a new frock, something we love to do is use some of the trim from the old costume and put it on the brand-new one. I tell the dancer that the diamond edging on your wrist is from Jacques d’Amboise’s jacket, that this flower is from Patty McBride’s costume. I love to find some little morsel to remember.”
Today Philadelphia is having a huge party to celebrate the Phillies winning the World Series, which started earlier today with an extremely long parade beginning at the square and going south down Broad Street to the stadiums. I was lucky enough to have the chance to watch the parade, and the amount of people who participated was absolutely astounding. As the parade passed people, they would just join in, and it became a huge mass of people walking to the stadiums. It was one of the coolest things I’ve seen!
Here comes the beginning of the huge crowd!
This went on for hours. Just amazing! It’s a day for parades!