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Thursday
Feb242011

one of a finds: knead it side table

Inspired by the centuries-old red lacquer wood kneading bowls of the Chettiar in Tamil Nadu, India, each knead it side table is handpainted in an optimistic burst of bright calligraphic squiggles and brushstrokes.

The striking designs are hand-painted by artisans in the northwestern state of Rajasthan—one of India’s largest regions—in the city of Jaipur. Their skills were once used to support India’s huge signboard industry, but with the rise in technology these painters have been replaced as companies turn to computer graphics and digitally designed signboards.

One of a Finds are offered one time only in a small reserve for collectors and enthusiasts— this table is from a limited edition of 500.

Friday
Feb182011

artist profile: marcus mcclure

In partnership with San Francisco’s Creativity Explored—a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with develop­mental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art—Marcus McClure’s two-dimensional artwork is reinterpreted as a hand-tufted wool rug.

Marcus was born in 1984 and has been a studio artist at Creativity Explored since 2006. Motivated by the physical process within the process of creating his works, he starts with geometric drawings and builds layer upon layer of thick acrylics.

For his abstract works, he usually prefers earthy, muted palettes from burnt oranges to olive greens—which work incredibly well on the watermarks rug over a sea of vibrant blue and turquoise.

To spend one minute with Marcus McClure in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.

Wednesday
Feb092011

artist profile: bret grafton

What’s your favorite element/possession?
My camera.

What do you drive?
I don’t have a car. I take public transport for the most part, and I occasionally rent cars for business.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A portable jet pack

Your personal decorating style is?
Russian prince hiding in Louisiana… is that a style? Eclectic.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My kitchen, I have a huge framed vintage cafe print in French advertising coffee hanging on the main wall, and I painted the room in warm, vibrant tones. It feels like a coffee house in New Orleans, and cajun is my favorite kind of food.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Books, I read constantly. Great branding. Vintage toys. Tattoos. I sometime think my brain is a snow globe, where each flake is an image or idea and I just shake it up to get inspired.

Where was your favorite place to live?
Other than Chicago…. Rome. I spent 2 weeks there on an artist’s sabbatical. I spent my days eating panini and gelato, and my nights with a tripod and an old film camera. I shot some of the most beautiful photos of the city and the Bernini statues.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The iPhone. I’m kinda crazy about the thing, I can update my blog, work with clients, show my portfolio, and use Hipstamatic to make art with my phone.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
DIY. Half my furniture is second hand and re-pourposed. I have a great sideboard made from cherry wood with beautiful grain that I got at the Salvation Army for 50$… it took me 2 days to strip the paint off the thing. I also have a 3 drawer coffee table that I picked up from a flea market. It was in great condition except for the top surface, which had some heavy scratches. I got a piece of mdf and some batting that I covered with a thick black leather and attached it to the top. Then I popped steel wheels on the bottom, now it’s a rolling banquet for when I need extra seating.

Who are you design icons?
Way too many to name (here’s a few) Jonathan Adler, Frank Loyd Wright, Hayao Miyazaki, Mondo Guerra…

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Do something artistic—something you’re not getting paid for—every week.

Thursday
Jan272011

one of a finds: painted elephant painting

This original canvas is hand-painted by an almost extinct community of Bollywood artists known for their kitschy, glamorous movie posters and sets. Sadly, with the Mumbai film industry’s move to digital vinyl billboards, the talent of these fine artists is no longer in demand. In an effort to keep their art alive, these paintings are created by the original masters and each is individually signed.

Once required to produce up to 20 posters a day during their movie careers, this special initiative provides the artists not only a new source of income, but also the opportunity for a slower pace focused on their skills and passion for painting. This portrait—of a divine symbol in Hindu mythology dating back over 5,000 years to the elephant-headed god Lord Ganesha—takes its inspiration from an old photograph of a painted and adorned elephant in royal procession from the Amber Fort outside Jaipur.

One of a Finds original works are offered one time only as a limited edition for collectors and enthusiasts—painted elephant painting has a release of 504.

Wednesday
Jan262011

artist profile: valerie jenkins

wood birds pillowValerie Jenkins is a native San Franciscan who joined the Creativity Explored studios in 2001.

When she talks, it’s as if she’s speaking in the form of a poem. So it’s not surprising that the lines in her beautiful visuals seem to be drawn from her innate lyrical quality.

Valerie works predominately with watercolors, ink and colored pencil on paper and her subject matter is varied—usually inspired by photographs—and sometimes letters, words, or numbers are incorporated in the final piece.

To spend one minute with Valerie Jenkins in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.