I'm always fascinated by what other artists and creatives have in their arsenal of "must have" tools. Here, letterpress and stationery company 1Canoe2 shows via their Instagram their favorite pens for inking, lettering and creating. Coincidentally, my favorite pen for both writing and inking for . . .
Check out this beautiful poster my friend Mikaela of The Hungry Fox designed for my next Rock & Shop Market event on Saturday November 30th at the Durham Armory. Isn't she talented? . . .
I've added two new 11x17 posters to my shop, featuring zebra and antelope art with diamond geometric and floral lace patterns. Available here. I've also added a handsome dark teal colorway to my Home Sweet Home wall calendars. . . .
Artwork by Carter Mull . . .
Earlier this month for my husband's birthday we were able to catch a free screening of the documentary Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry. The two of us actually met at a documentary film festival so it was a nice way to celebrate. We got a babysitter and strolled around Durham, our favorite local city (which . . .
Bryan Nash Gill makes relief prints from cut tree stumps. As seen in the October issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. . . .
Poppy Maxfield was another student participant in the Surtex show who is studying at the Leeds College of Art. I've always admired the UK's love of surface design and their large pool of talented artisans working in that field. I like Poppy's muted, watercolor like art. Laura Dro is a surface . . .
A few more highlights today from the Surtex show: brejer is Breanne & Jeremiah Simpson. They license their patterns through Robert Kaufman, Neiman Marcus, and Shutterfly to name a few. Khristiana Howell's booth was full of vibrant patterns, though I especially liked this sweet . . .
I spent a few days last week in NYC visiting friends and family and attending Surtex and The National Stationery Show. As a product and pattern designer, both events are exciting to visit. Surtex is the portion of the show dedicated to pattern and art licensing and The National Stationery Show is . . .
While in Charlotte last week we were able to peruse our friends Sandy & Duy's art gallery / boutique, Lark & Key. I hadn't seen their new location since they moved their shop into a new space two years ago. Sandy has a great eye for art and the space is filled with beautiful pieces. Duy . . .
I came across the work of photographer Filipe Dujardin in a recent issue of Elle Decor. He takes photos of actual buildings and then creates new ones by altering them into fantastical imagined structures in Photoshop. ** Image Credits: Filip Dujardin . . .
Cobalt blue is a hot color that is sure to be all over fashion and home dÃ©cor in the next few years. Iâ€™ve been seeing it everywhere, but what has been really catching my eye is the use of sun prints as a design element. The look evokes a watercolor painting with a limited palette and itâ€™s so . . .