Archive for ‘Art and Design’

April 17, 2012

Portlandia + Owl City (How Indie!)

by Jillian Douglas

So for a while I’ve been enjoying this lovely image as my wallpaper:

Catnap! From Portlandia!
It’s the best thing ever. (Will be replaced within a week, however, as you know how my Desktop ADD goes). There’s actually a whole bunch of wallpapers for all you Portlandia fans, done by different artists (“Catnap” is by Nate Duval).

“Feminist Book Store” is my new one… created by Methane Studios, Mark McDevitt.

This makes me so happy.

I also have a bit of lovely music for you! Adam Young (of Owl City) released a new track (or perhaps it was prematurely released? I have no idea). Anyways, enjoy Dementia here on First Listen. (Does anybody else love Owl City as much as I do? And Adam Young just seems like a spectacular man, introverted and always dreaming).

February 29, 2012

Do you ever dream about weddings?

by Jillian Douglas

I do all the time, it seems. Not even just my own future wedding- which I’ve been planning since I was in 2nd grade (back then my dream wedding had ponies, Cinderella dresses, and a honeymoon in Paris… just so I could pretend to be Madeline). Sometimes I even dream of potential weddings that wouldn’t necessarily be for me. Regardless, there’s a lot of wedding dreaming going on.

One of the best ways I’ve found to obtain wedding inspiration is the internet. Prior to Pinterest, I hadn’t really thought out of the box. Inside or outside? was probably the biggest quandary I pondered. But then, all of a sudden, Pinterest introduced scandalous new ideas such as having a country backyard wedding by choice, embarking on a very romantic elopement, or even just finding less expensive bridesmaid dresses that the girls will actually love.

And as everyone knows, Pinterest is really just another type of online messenger; there has to be a source of all this wedding goodness. So I compiled a list of favorite websites that have really inspired me and my ever-evolving wedding style.

1. Green Wedding Shoes. I love this website because they curate the quirkiest, most creative, most Portlandia-esque wedding ideas and inspiration. You’ll find photos of awesome real weddings, helpful posts about products and wedding-related companies, and dozens of DIY projects. Be prepared to be awed.

2. 100 Layer Cake is another website devoted to The Big Day. You’ll find ideas for everything from the Bachelorette party to what to use as a centerpiece. Style-wise, think somewhere between classic and indie. See their blog for further wedding love…


3. W. Scott Chester Photography. This blog is so great; really, it’s just the home of a wedding photography team. But the people who hire Cristen and Scott are usually pretty gifted in the wedding-planning area themselves, and the photography is out-of-this-world crazy good. So great subject + great photographer = amazingness. They are, by far, my favorite wedding photographers I’ve found so far. So be sure to check this blog out. You will be inspired.

4. Jill Thomas Photography is the home of another great photographer. Other than her awesome first name (wink), her photography bursts with real reflections of who her subjects are. Jill’s photos show less of the photographer and more of what really matters: the people in front of the camera. As a photographer, I find that difficult to master and incredibly admirable.

I hope this post has been helpful, even if you’re just dreaming like I am. Isn’t dreaming fun?

February 24, 2012


by Jillian Douglas

The Art House Co-op are the brilliant people behind The Sketchbook Project, which you might’ve heard of before. Both Ashley and I participated in it last year, and though it’s super challenging, it was exciting to be part of such a huge community art project!

So, coming from the same people is a new project, one that is completely free (besides postage and supplies): The 10×10 Series. The Art House Co-op basically offers “10 new community art projects in 10 weeks to celebrate our Year of Inspiration.” And every project is free!

There is one project you can sign up for right now: The 4 x 6 Exchange 2. The 4 x 6 Exchange 2 shares the joy of receiving art in the mail; after you sign up, you send in a 4 x 6 piece of art that will be swapped with someone else’s around the world. So not only do you get the joy of creating something, but you receive a little piece of art, too! Know that to be a part of this project you must sign up before March 1, and watch out, because there is limited availability…

One of the past projects in The 10×10 Series is The Jar Project, in which the Co-op sends each participant a jar that they have to fill or decorate in some way. I’m so bummed that all the slots are already taken! But I’m looking forward to seeing pictures of all of them together… maybe I’ll make my own little installation of jars. Hehe.

I really do want to do one of these small projects, just to jump-start some creativity in my life. The Art House Co-op is just one more thing to add to my list of Why I Need to Move to New York City. But meanwhile I’ll enjoy still being a part of one of these awesome collaborations!

What do you think? Are you inspired to join any of these projects? I can’t wait to see what the Co-op offers next!

2 More Awesome Art Opportunities:

Hey Hot Shot! The International Photography Competition is a contest for photographers “of all stages of their careers” that offers a lot of different ways to be found (through weekly newsletters, a 20×200 book, and even a gallery exhibition of your photography). These competitions are ongoing, but the deadline for the current one is March 14.


The 6 x 6 Exhibition held in Rochester by the Rochester Contemporary Art Center collects thousands of original art pieces from international and local artists that are only 6×6″ and displays the collection this summer. They also sell the artwork to raise money for the RCAC. Many celebrities (including Danny Wegman!) even submit artwork, although every piece is exhibited anonymously until after the exhibition. Submissions must be postmarked by May 5th!

February 13, 2012

a modern impressionist

by adandelionchild

Today my painting professor shared this video with us about portraitist Sandro Kopp. He’s a very talented artist who began doing his portraits via Skype. His work takes on a unique style as he incorporates a sense of movement and pixelation. Personally, I enjoy impressionist work immensely and Kopp’s innovative approach to portraiture is very compelling and beautiful to me. Watch this video about his process and to see some of his work!

February 10, 2012


by Jillian Douglas

I’m so, so excited to share this with you! One of my favorite musicians, Priscilla Ahn, has put together a collaboration with Charlie Wadhams for Valentine’s Day called the Sweethearts EP. And it’s free! I’m listening to it right now and it’s so soft, pretty, and full of lovely ideas and harmonies.

If you don’t check it out I will probably be found in a corner crying on your behalf.

They even put one of the songs, Dear Sweetheart, to retro home videos of Charlie Wadham’s own grandparents.

There’s just something about old-school recordings that makes me sentimental.


…Wasn’t that just gorgeous?

So seriously, download this and be happy for the rest of your life.

In other news, here’s some more fun clicks:

the Anthropologist (brought to you by Anthropologie) showcases Jim Deneven’s unique art form and his experience.

Amaze someone with a handmade Scratch-Off Photo Valentine! Learn how over at Photojojo.

A simple way to spruce up your space: a super-cute Valentine’s Day garland DIY project via HelloBee!

February 7, 2012

Things Organized Neatly

by Jillian Douglas

These aesthetically appealing photos were all found on Things Organized Neatly, where Austin Radcliffe curates photos of- you guessed it- things organized neatly.

ed: Barbie utensils, I think. I really like this, I don’t care how straight it is.

I find it fascinating to comb through all of the submissions… subjects range greatly from a massive toy car collection to vintage keys to sandwiches. Also popular are photos showing the contents of people’s bags.

Old keys.

SUBMISSION: Cucumber Sandwiches. :)
the blog out and see if you’re inspired to photograph a part of your life freshly organized!

All photos acquired from the Things Organized Neatly blog.
February 4, 2012

temporary love

by adandelionchild

Valentine’s day is right around the corner and what better way to show your affection than getting a tattoo? Afraid of taking the leap? Well here’s a more temporary way to display your devotion without suffering all eternity if things don’t *God forbid!* work out. From the incredible Tattly, I’d like to share Enamorado. Tattly also just came out with their more festive take on their classic “Late Watch” design, which I’m planning on sporting for the holiday. Grab your beaux  and get matching tats 🙂

PS. I just ordered a set of this genius design to share with a friend that is pessimistic about Valentines Day. As I told him, Valentine’s Day is not about couples, it’s about love, and it needs to be celebrated! If you’re flying solo this V-Day, think about the people you love and don’t let the hallmark tradition ruin your celebration!

February 1, 2012

Love, Lost and Found

by Jillian Douglas

This Christmas my brother’s girlfriend gave me a delightful book titled Missed Connections: Love, Lost and Found by Sophie Blackall.
It’s a collection of little blurbs people put on Craigslist or in newspapers in hopes to reconnect with someone they happened to meet but lost, and whimsical illustrations to match these little but important events. It is the sweetest book ever, and just perfect for anyone who’s ever thought, what if?

Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found

Missed Connections actually started as a blog… where people fell in love with Sophie’s illustrations. Now prints are available for sale at her Etsy shop, too.

Here’s one I love…

Girl Sleeping on Train
Sunday, May 9, 2010
-m4w -19 (2 or 5 train)
You were the gorgeous brunette sleeping on the train. I was the guy sitting next to you. I just wanted to apologize for my repeated lack of consciousness onto your shoulder, we both got off at flatbush. Hit me back up if you think this is you.

So if you need a good dream nowadays, please grab this book, or visit her blog. You will be delighted.
And who knows what could happen to you one day?

Photos acquired from the Sophie Blackall shop and blog.

January 26, 2012


by Jillian Douglas

Check these lil’ babies out!

I found these the other day on Lovely Package, a blog dedicated to “curating the very best packaging design.” The packaging design was pretty stellar (scroll down more), but I just happen to like the product itself- a simple lid that will make any canning jar into a spill-proof mug. You just put replace that metal cap and screw on the rim part.

Isn’t that neat?

To purchase, visit the Cuppow site

Here’s some more coffee wonders:

What can I do with all these used coffee grounds?

It all started with goats.

You’ll never guess which country consumes the most coffee. Okay, the U.S. But I bet you’ll never guess the third-leading coffee-consuming country!

How to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

December 19, 2011

Sincerely, My Face

by Jillian Douglas

There are several things in this world that I get cravings for.

1. Chocolate.

2. Hugs and kisses


3. Paper goods!

I cannot get enough of those pretty packs of stationary.

When I saw this stamp on etsy, I nearly jumped! It’s just too cute!

Custom / couple portrait / handcarved rubber stamp
What would be more perfect than a happy little portrait to sign off on a letter? Lisa Grossmann draws from a photo of yourself, and then carefully cuts away on what looks like a piece of linoleum. Unfortunately they cost $70 each (mehhh). But the price is so high because the delicate lines are so tough to get just right. Good job, lilimandrill!
P.S. There are individual ones, too!