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Friday
Aug242012

artist profile: selene perez

From the Creativity Explored studio in
San Francisco—a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art—comes artwork by Selene Perez.

Born in 1982 in Mexico, Perez has created a vast bestiary of strong, graphic drawings of animals. Ranging from seven-legged cats to flocks of geese in flight, she makes her creatures with the simplest of marks across an array of media.

The influence of printmaking is evident in all of her work—vivid contrasts between dark and light, fine lines and densely black forms, all skillfully balanced. In a similar vein, her three owls pillow is executed with wisps of ink that expertly and simply catch and express the essential elements of the owls: eyes focused and finely feathered.

To spend a minute with Selene in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.

Friday
Aug172012

designer profile: sean dare

What are your sources of inspiration?
The everyday! Nature, Friends, Family. Architecture, Materials, Processes, the Past and Present.

What are your interests outside of design?
Family, music, arts, film, water sports.

Form vs. function?
A harmonious balance is ideal….

What one item do you wish you owned?
The patent to the water powered engine.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
What a great question! I think it would have to be something that has made a ‘real’ difference, something like a cardiac pacemaker or artificial limbs.

Who are you design icons?
Charlotte Perriand, Vladimir Kagan, Hans Wegner, Carlo Mollino, Dieter Rams, Marc Newson the list could go on and on!

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
It has to be our house.

Where was your favorite place to live?
My hometown of Brighton is one of my favourites, that’s why I am still here! There’s such a diverse mix of culture, arts, history and beautiful scenery—from the beach to the rolling hills of the Sussex downs.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
It changes! We redecorate our house every couple of years and with each fresh approach my favourite room changes. Currently its the bedroom, We have just painted the wall behind the bed in an ochre yellow and added my newly designed Walnut and Maple bedframe. The tones of the Walnut and Maple work beautifully with the yellow.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Do it yourself! Painting is easy and fun. Don’t pay people to do it if you can do it yourself.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
If you never try, you’ll never know!

To see all of Sean’s current designs for CB2, go here.

Thursday
Aug162012

artist profile: ka wai shiu

Ka Wai Shiu was born in 1964 and was one of
the first artists at the Creativity Explored studio
in San Francisco—a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art.

Shiu creates elaborate, detailed drawings and paintings—often complicated natural environments populated by many figures, or very specific stories ranging from the path of a Chinese New Year parade to an epic voyage of ships across the sea.

She sometimes integrates text into the two-dimensional space using many languages—including Cantonese, her first language—to narrate or give clues to the scenes she depicts.

To spend one minute with Ka Wai Shiu in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.

Friday
Aug102012

meet us: jason lewis

Where’s your favorite place to live?
Chicago.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
I don’t think I have a favorite room, they are all in a tie for third place.

What are your sources of inspiration?
I do get inspiration from other furniture, buildings, objects—I think a lot of my desire to design and build things comes from an appreciation of things other people have built.

What do you drive?
A sweet 2011 Mazda.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A dishwasher.

What are your interests outside of design?
Books, movies, television. Mostly hanging out with my kids, pretty much anything I do in my free time has to also be entertaining to a 4 and 5 year old.

Who are your design icons?
the Eames, Hans Wegner, Sam Maloof, Finn Juhl, George Nelson, Paul Mccobb,  I could keep going.

Form vs. function?
I will cheat and say both.

What’s your personal decorating style?
Do you mean the decorating style I would like to have, or the decorating style that I actually have?

What’s your favorite element/possession?
An Eames bent plywood chair that was in my grandparent’s house. The first piece of furniture that I really noticed as something other than an object in the background.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Being able to do something I enjoy for a living.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Clean up the house.

To see all of Jason’s current designs for CB2, go here.

Tuesday
Aug072012

artist profile: lance rivers

Born in 1967, artist Lance Rivers is a participating artist at the Creativity Explored studio—a nonprofit visual arts center in his hometown of San Francisco—where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art.

No aspect of the processes that make a city function has escaped him, and this—the sharing of his attention to the beauty of simple, industrial elements and compositions—is how he shows his love for the city.

Buildings, large-scale construction machinery, street cars, train lines—even the escalators within the MUNI and BART stations fascinate Rivers. He admits his obsession with architecture was first realized as a teenager as he began simply sketching the local bridges and tunnels he saw around him. Not surprising, the bridge architecture and landscape prints reflect a large portion of his work.

Go here to spend a minute with Lance in the Creativity Explored studio as he creates a new piece and reflects briefly on his love of architecture.