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Entries in Art (9)

Tuesday
Feb222011

Picture Wall Gone Wrong, Gone Right

I love picture walls.  Well, for the most part.  They seem to be everywhere these days & I can definitely identify which style I like & don't like for me.  For example, walls where there are all different types of frames scattered all around look great when I see them online.  The reality is, I am much more of a symmetrical, clean lines, structured girl. 

So this picture wall that I did 4 years ago?  It's got to GO. 

Lately I've been thinking that it is just too random & too much of a mess.  I love the pictures, but not the layout.  Plus, it's time to update with new pictures (ahem, notasingleweddingpicturehangsonourwall) and art.

We have pictures from early trips to Jamaica, the kiddos (so little!) boating, our friends wedding in Italy (which was held in a castle a la Tom & Katie...but before Tom & Katie did it) and other pictures from when we were first dating.

As much as I love them, it was time for something new.  Enter Ribba frames from IKEA and These Are Things art, my jumping off point for the new display.  I love their take on the city map (other cities include Columbus, Manhattan, Brooklyn, San Francisco, LA & DC) &  helped them with the Chicago version - they sent me a map as a thank-you.  I also purchased one of their world maps for my mom for Christmas, which I'll blog about later. 

If you know IKEA frames, you know they aren't sized for standard US photo/art prints.  I decided to buy a large Ribba frame and cut/modify the mat, which I don't recommend unless you've spent the last 3 years of your life cutting boards (hello, design school!).  But if you do, here is what you'll need.  Make sure you use a brand new blade, or be prepared for disaster.

Anyway, I surprised myself when the mat turned out perfectly!  Sure, I didn't have the beveled edges and mitered corners, but it really doesn't make that big of a difference.

Since I wanted to cut down on the clutter of the previous layout, I decided to hang 2 more pictures and call it a day.  This ring shot from our wedding is one of my all-time favorite pictures, and I finally hung a wedding picture as well!

Our photographers were Ashley & Philip Colhouer of 13:13 Photography, in case you're interested.  I highly recommend them.  Highly.

All together now!

And there you have it!

Before:

After:

 

I was shocked at how it completely transformed this part of our dining room. It was such an easy update, which is always key with me :)

Tuesday
Feb082011

Time to Make a Clock!

I may need to rearrange some artwork and find space for this DIY wall clock.

 

I saw it while browsing e.louise's website and knew that I had to blog about it.  You can buy the kit, including frames, from the British store, but I think this would be a fun and easy DIY. 

Round up inexpensive frames from IKEA or a craft store, paint them all one color or various colors, as pictured above.  Then all you need are wall clock hands - most come with dots and a template that you can use to help arrange the frames - and you're set!

If I do this, I would frame modern, graphic patterned paper and trace/draw the number on top.  You can also buy numbers from any craft store - look for a fun font! 

I think this is such a creative idea - is there anyone out there who has tried this?  If so, please share your results!  I would love to see them.  If I end up doing this, I will of course share the process with you! 

Click here to buy clock hands

Great sources for pretty paper: Paper Mojo, Paper Source, Blick 

Friday
Nov192010

Tree of Codes - A Visually Stunning Read

Someone I work with pointed me to this incredible work of art/book.  I have never seen anything quite like this - and feel I'd have to see it in person to truly appreciate it. 

Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer.  The story is literally carved out of another book - I think it is just beautiful.

 Excerpt from Wallpaper:

"Tree of Codes' multi-layered narrative explores 'an enormous last day of life'. Told from the perspective of a boy coming to terms with the death of a parent, it's a haunting story, full of intense imagery. 'My father would walk along like a gardener of nothingness outside of the surface of life,' he tells us. 'He would scatter into fragments."

"'Visual writing' might be at the core of new publishing house, Visual Editions, but it doesn't let its devices become gimmicky or extraneous. In Tree of Codes, the die-cuts are key to the tale. The powerful voice that Safran Foer has exhumed from Schulz's text is made all the poignant by the gaps in between words, which have an extraordinary resonance. They give each phrase space to breath."

"Safran Foer first considered using dictionaries, encyclopaedias and even his own works to construct his story. 'But any of those options would have merely spoken to the process,' he says. 'I was in search of a text whose erasure would somehow be a continuation of its creation."

I expected this book to be in the $50+ range, just based on the amount of work it takes to print such a piece.  However, I was pleasantly surprised to see it for just over $26 on Amazon.  Do you think you would purchase this book?  I am seriously considering it!

Sunday
Nov072010

Paris vs. New York

I am in love with every single one of these Paris vs. New York comparisons by graphic designer Vahram Muratyan (okay, I could do without the pigeon/rat montage...).  

 "Un match visuel amical entre ces deux villes, c'est le regard d'un amoureux de Paris sur un New York rempli de détails, de clichés et de contradictions : suivez le guide."

"A visual but friendly match between those two cities seen by a lover of Paris wandering through New York's infinite details, clichés and contradictions : this way, please."

This one reminds me of my lovely friends Creature Gorgeous and Cupcake :)

Found via Pret a Voyager

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