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I don’t know why this didn’t happen sooner but Vans finally meets Van Gogh. In this wonderfully alliterative combination, the well known athletic brand has created a collection based around four of the creative genius’s works. Finding inspiration in —Skull, Sunflowers, Almond Blossom, Self-Portrait as a Painter, Old Vineyard with Peasant Woman— which offer glimpses into certain moments in the artist life, these wearable masterpieces are now available to the masses.
Almond Blossom is one of my favorite pieces by Van Gogh and without a doubt my favorite part of this collection. I would buy every single piece if I could.
The collection will be sold online at both Vans and at the Van Gogh Museum’s gift shop, and the museum will be donating all profits from the collaboration to the preservation of the Van Gogh collection and keeping the artist’s legacy alive.
Images from here.
On our honeymoon, Andy bought me a framed blue butterfly to match the one I’d gotten tattooed on my wrist. I kept it in the window of my office for year, which unfortunately was a horrible idea since the sun bleached all of the lovely color from my beloved butterfly. When we went back to Savannah this past November, Andy bought me another blue butterfly from the very same shop the original came from. My original butterfly is now on the bookshelf in my bedroom and its replacement is on a bookshelf, far away from the window, in my work office.
Since that first butterfly, I’ve found myself gravitating to them more and more when it comes to home decor. Now this isn’t to say that I’ve gone butterfly crazy, just because it falls within that motif doesn’t mean that I’ll like it, but realistic renderings and framed arrangements? Now, those are right up my alley.
My collection is still quite small; I am trying to be very choosy about what I invest in. Also, Andy finds them just a tad creepy so I definitely don’t want to go overboard, but bit by bit, I am integrating them. Someday I will have a display as lovely as one of these.
I love flowers and tea and teacups, so I’m sure it surprises no one when I talk about how much I like Floral Story series by artist Marina Malinovaya. Each image is created with a table, a tea set, and a lot of flowers. I’d also imagine a lot of patience. In addition, I suspect that the artist is some sort of wizard because I’ve seen her Instagram account and she appears to have a cat. I would never EVER be able to lay something like this on the table with out there being fluffy paws all up in everything.
I need that teeny spoon. It’s really cute, plus it might be the source of her cat control magic.
Images from My Modern Met.
I am always down for a good craft, and I like to think that I am pretty good when it comes to tutorials and DIYing, but every now and again I run up against something that keeps me humble and reminds me there will always some one out there who can make your skills look like finger painting at the kiddie table. I am completely in awe of the two huge floral chandeliers created by Zoe Bradley for the Burlington Arcade.
Made from more than 1,860 paper flowers, these gorgeous installations were created in honor of the shop’s reopening last summer.
I’ll admit to being a bit slack-jawed when I first saw these images. I’ve made paper flowers before, and the hours and hours of work that had to go into these pieces is staggering.
And now I want to make a smaller one to hang in my dinning room. I think it would be awesome for a party or, you know, a Wednesday. Without a doubt, it would be an excellent conversation piece.
All images from Zoe Bradley Design.
Well, those are two words I don’t usually associate with one another. Living in Florida with its warm muggy weather, I have seen more than my share of creepy crawlies over the years, and like most people, I’m not a fan. The thoughts of swarms of bugs covering walls, all Temple of Doom style, honestly makes me a little queasy. But when I saw photos of one such installation at Wollaton Hall, England, I had to admit that maybe I might have been a bit quick to judge. The installation was created by artist Anna Collette Hunt and is called Stirring the Swarm.
“Stirring the Swarm is a ceramic installation that tells a curiously dark tale, inspired by the collection of Entomology in the Natural History collection at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, England. The exhibition lures viewers into this macabre story as they find these enchanted insects, gathered following their flight from the previous infestation.”
“A static swarm of 10,000 thousand of handmade ceramic insects infest the space, each one unique and strikingly beautiful”
The amount of work it took to create and coordinate these specimens is impressive. So maybe bugs aren’t always as bad as I think they are. I am completely okay with them when they are gilded and not real.
All images from Anna Collette Hunt.