Wednesday 28 December 2011

designer loves art....Natalie Irish...132

we have all finger painted, but have you lip panted?

this is Natalie Irish

from Huston, USA,  she has been experimenting with several techniques in art. oil paints,  inks, ceramics and many thumbprint. what was surprising is her  technique "lip print", somehow using only her lips she is able to create  a portrait. you can see some of her videos on her webpage. although using a monochromatic color scheme , i'm surprised by the values and tints she is able to get.

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Sunday 25 December 2011

designer loves art...Denver Gillen & Robert May...131

Merry Christmas everyone, last year we talked about santa, so lets talk about another loved Christmas character.:

this is Denver Gillen  & Robert May

" You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, 
Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen., 
But do you recall? 
The most famous reindeer of all?...."

Rudolph born in the USA was written by May and illustrated by Gillen, was first published in 1939 for Montgomery Ward during the great depression. although the song and the movie where don't afterwards, the first printings where quite popular. here are some of the original images.

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Tuesday 20 December 2011

designer loves art....Beatrix Potter...130

for my birthday this week  i'm writing about a woman who left  her mark, started her own business. i admire her for being a strong and a role modern woman even though she was  hold to rigid Victorian moral standings

this is Beatrix Potter

born in England she staring from a very young age, she painted and drew. what started as a little story to make a little sick boy feel better became a success in an industry were children's books where starting to bloom. this is how she started to form her business and what would able her to become an independent woman, quite rare for the Victorian era. with her lively imagination and wonderful watercolors she made a mark in the industry . her delicate strokes and colorful images makes her work come to life and enchant children.

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Saturday 17 December 2011

designer loves art....Romero Britto...129

not many contemporary artist can get away with being colorful, or even use the term "pop art" to describe their work

this is Romero Britto

born in Brazil his first encounter with works from Picasso and Matisse took when he was in his early 20's. he combined his love or pop art with his new knowledge of cubism. the result  a wonderful mixture or color, textures and happiness. all of his work extrudes cheerfulness and is considered an agent of positive change. seeing his work i can't disagree,  you can easily smile when you see his work. I hope we get to see much more of him.

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Thursday 15 December 2011

designer loves art....Peeter Neef the Elder...128

perspective in interiors is hard to achieve, specially in a place like a cathedral.

this is Peeter Neefs the Elder

fleimish painter, who worked in Antwerp, Belgium ,  he mostly worked in paining interior settings, specially of the cathedral of Antwerp. some or his paintings are quite accurate and some do have some creative freedom in them. the paintings are small usually in copper, panel or wood with oil paint. but one small problem with him is that his work and that of this sons are difficult to distinguish and many times mixed. personally i love the perspective used for the depth perceived, i do think the scale of the people is a little erred, but i've never been there so its an educated guess.

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Friday 2 December 2011

designer loves art...Susan Stockwell...127

many artist show is different faces of the world we live in.

this is Susan  Stockwell

born in Manchester UK, she has worked with both paper and recycled material from home or the industry,scale and detail are important part of her work. ans her work tries to show us a sight of the actual world we would sometimes take into consideration. she has had several commissions from London, china and USA.


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Sunday 27 November 2011


Sorry its been a busy week and I will probably be busier the next coming weeks, so I'm going to try and post once per week, until things get settled  again.
thanks for your understanding.

Saturday 19 November 2011

designer loves art...Paul de Lamerie...126

some artists are good for what they do and are looked for when alive.

this is Paul de Lamerie

British but of french descent. he became one of the  most important silver-makers of his time. he was known for his innovating designs as well as his bold use of the material. he mostly worked for specific customers rather than make a piece and wait for it to be sold.

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Sunday 13 November 2011

designer loves art....Rie Hosokai...125

some materials are hard to work with, but some are harder than others

this is Rie Hosokai

living in Japan, she has been experimenting with balloons for some time now. her use and knowledge on them as material makes her able to even make some clothing out of them or some 3d figures. she has had some runway shows, a recent book and even an i-touch application not to mention numerous exhibitions.

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Thursday 10 November 2011

designer loves art....Jörg Ruel...124

any artist can tell you, detail can make or break a piece

this is Jörg Ruel

from Nürnberg, Germany he was a metalsmith, and from the little i found from him quite talented. the detail of his work is amazing. his use of material and incorporating objects such as a shell is wonderful. i believe most of his work is privately owned. if anyone finds more information about him please let me know i would like to  extend this a little more.

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Sunday 6 November 2011

designer loves art....Julia Barello...123

we recycle many things, but some materials go unnoticed until someone sees then in another way.

this is Julia Barello

A teacher in the NMSU, her artwork is in a material that hasn't been used before, she is using x-ray film, she cuts it out and dyes it with colour. she likes to explore the balance between  order and excess. her work comes to life with not only the transparency of the pieces but also though the shadow they leave behind.

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Tuesday 1 November 2011

designer loves art....Thomas Chippendale...122

art is not only in a painting or a scupture, but sometimes it is in things we use everyday

this is Thomas Chippendale

born in Otely , UK he is one of the most renowned furniture makers of his time. he was trained by the best  in the trade in his town, from which he learned all the technical skills. he worked as a cabinetmaker until he published his book "the Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director" this was one of the first furniture design books to exsist and it sold out quite fast. his book also helped for self promotion. his style was mostly know to be  Rococo. detail was impresive not to mention the quality of work.

Thursday 27 October 2011

designer loves art....Dale Chihuly...121

how many materials are there to work with?

this is Dale Chihuly

born in Washingnton, usa, his material of choice is Glass. he enrolled in one of the first glass programs there was to study and continued in Rhode Island school of design where he formed the glass program. he also has work in many glass factories  and has had exhibitions all over the world. usually our first impression of glass is how fragile it is, but what we don't take into consideration is how malleable it its , how colourful it could be and how many textures it can take. his work is impressive specially the large scale pieces as well as the installations.

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Saturday 22 October 2011

designer loves art....Sir Thomas Lawrence...120

from the son of an inn keeper to a knight

this is Sir Thomas Lawrence

born in the UK his talent was known since he was a little boy. he is one of the most famous painters in the late 18th century early 19th century. his speciality were portraits and because of this most of his work is privately owned. he had the opportunity to paint some of the most recognised faces of his time including some artist, royalty,military figures and even the pope. alot of his work is not only done in oli but also in pastels and charcol. he was knighted in 1815 and became president of the royal academy in 1820.

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Thursday 20 October 2011

designer loves art....Janet Echelman...119

art work is always affected by the elements and not in a good way, but what of they where created to be transformed by them?

this is Janet Echelman

of american nationality, her artwork is created so that i will respond to the elements it is in contact with, it maybe water, air, earth or even fire, its possible that this respect or incline for the elements came form the several years she lived in Asia. So she started to think in what way she could create a volume without a solid body, one day while watching fisherman in the India, she decided her work would be of nets.

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Sunday 16 October 2011

designer loves art....Jonh Constable...118

sketching is mostly done with pencil, but they don't always show what we want.

this is Jonh Constable

born in England, she was one of the first artist that took to making small sketches with oil paint.
this was to allow and show the effects of light. most of them where small and done on the exterior, then he would go to his studio and try to create a paining but this was usually not the case, as he made this little sketches for his own entertainment and enjoyment.

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Thursday 13 October 2011

designer loves art....Elise Windsor...117

how many artists play with our visualisation of objects?

this is Elise Windsor

from Toronto, she is an emerging visual artist. her work has been seen in Canada, USA and even Russia.
it is not hard to understand why her work is ingenious. i hope we get to see more of her work in the future.

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