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Thursday
May302013

artist profile: ariel erestingcol

Where was your favorite place to live?
There are a few favorites- NY, SF, but there’s no place like home, Los Angeles, because it’s where I grew up plus the weather and energy is amazing.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
Technically there aren’t any separate rooms since I live in a studio so I guess…the studio. It’s a place where I can get involved in my own thoughts and express myself.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The French curve, because it’s traditionally used for drafting but you can use it as a drawing tool to produce fluid/smooth curves and varying radii. Plus digitally it’s used for vector based graphics. Aside from my art practice I am a graphic designer, I am always using the pen tool which is based on the French curve.

What are your sources of inspiration?
The urban quotidian. What’s better than to use what’s around you—the everyday is a great source of inspiration, the intricate architecture, the city landscape and the people that make it buzz .

What do you drive?
A gunmetal grey Toyota Tacoma 2010 pick-up truck. Practical for an artist LOL.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A time device that can make TIME still…

What are your interests outside of design?
Spending quality time with Friends/Family and tending to my dog, he’s the best dog ever!!!

Who are you design icons?
Paul Rand who created the (ABC logo). Marc Atlan, charles and Ray Eames, le Corbusier and whoever came up with the ‘Sunny D’ logo.

Form vs. function?
Can’t have one without the other.

What is your signature?
Illusion vs. allusion – it’s a re-occurring theme in most of my pieces – blurring the lines between what you are looking at and what is being presented. My works allude to the fact that the imagery being presented can only be grasped when you take a step back. It’s like when you see a realistic image at a distance but up close it’s just a jumble of noise and stuff.

What is your personal decorating style?
It’s a hybrid of reclaimed vintage materials with a touch of modern, what I like to call “modern vintage”.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
My tools! “My tools…I love my tools…”

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Making art.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Use an old painter’s ladder as a bookshelf.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
My painting teacher at art school would scream at me about not using enough color in my paintings. He was always yelling at me, “ the whole world is in reverse!!!- it’s not about what you want, it’s about what it needs!!! It’s not about what you can’t do, it’s about what you can do- alternatives ways-haven’t you heard of that yet?!!!”

Although it was hard at times, those moments stuck with me through the years in my studio practice, not because of the yelling… it was clear to me that if you need to get something done you can’t get all caught up in your inabilities to move forward—to get there sooner or later you have to focus on what the situation needs. I guess it’s another way of being present through action and at the same time separating yourself from your fears and wants.

My advice: everything is a work in progress. See problems as challenges and get absorbed in the present because otherwise you might just miss that one important moment.

Friday
May172013

artist profile: kent youngstrom

Where was your favorite place to live?
Easy. Chicago.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
Kitchen/Living Room open space. Lots of Art, lots of Action.

Who are you design icons?
Pollock, De Kooning.

Form vs. function?
Round dice do not work very well

What is your signature?
Circles. I paint a lot of circles.

What’s your personal decorating style?
Minimal but unexpected.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Other than the bikini? My back deck. It’s simple, comfortable and full of family and friends.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Sappy movies that really shouldn’t make me cry like Restoration. Stories of people coming full circle. Collections of things no one knows what to do with. The desire to be wanted.

What do you drive?
Ha. A mini-van with sto-n-go seats. I can carry a large amount of art & supplies along with my kids and their friends. Very artsy I know!

What one item do you wish you owned?
A large parcel of land with a Dwell style home and large studio within a few yards of the back door.

What are your interests outside of design?
Thursday night futbol. 5:30 am workouts. Laughing with the family. Scrambled eggs. Running the race to win.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
As far as i know, i can’t take anything with me when it is all over so i am not much of a collector. I will say that it would be hard to do what i do without my paint brushes and my Mac.

What’s had the biggest influence on you?
I think we are influenced by so many things in our life, but art-wise my grandfather could build/fix anything and he passed that on to my mother who has passed it on to me.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Oops Paint. You know… the discounted gallons at the hardware store that have been returned because the color didn’t look right or it was mixed incorrectly…

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
“I think your time here is over.” —a former boss. It forced me to figure things out on my own.

I am often asked how i manage to survive as an artist. My answer is always the same. “Hard work, hard work, and a little luck.”

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.