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May
2013

vibrant floating paintings by joris kuipers

On 04, May 2013 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

Joris Kuipers‘ intricate, richly detailed creations combine painting, sculpture, and installation art. Trained as a painter, Kuipers applies vibrant hues and complex textures to his surfaces, sometimes applying paint directly from the tube or using spray bottles to achieve what he calls a “contemporary pointillism.”
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16

Nov
2012

the great happiness space: tales of an osaka love thief

On 16, Nov 2012 | In Selected Posts, TV & Film | By sue

I watched this documentary earlier this year and was blown away. The Great Happiness Space: Tales of an Osaka Love Thief, directed by Jake Clenell, is a heartbreaking look at the emotionally fraught world of Japanese host clubs.
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04

Nov
2012

photography: the incisive art, with ansel adams

On 04, Nov 2012 | In Art, History, Selected Posts, TV & Film | By sue

There is some truly wonderful stuff in the archives at THIRTEEN, and luckily, for their 50th anniversary, they’ve released some of it online. This 1962 program, Photography: The Incisive Art, follows Ansel Adams as he captures the magnificent landscapes of Yellowstone.
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Sep
2011

favorite illustrators: jen corace

On 21, Sep 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

I’m simultaneously dreading the end of summer, and getting really excited for the fall. Not mutually exclusive! I get a bit emotional at the beginning of September, since I’m still wired to have those first day of school jitters and it’s weird to not be preparing for a new school year. Anyway, with all my nostalgia bubbling up and fall fast approaching, I can’t get enough of Jen Corace’s lovely paintings and illustrations right now.
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01

Aug
2011

beautiful vintage travel posters

On 01, Aug 2011 | In Design, History, Selected Posts, Travel & Life | By sue

I love it when arts and education institutions use social media to make art more accessible. The Boston Public Library has an amazing Flickr sharing highlights from their collection of books, prints, memorabilia, and other objects. Yesterday, I got really caught up looking through their set of gorgeous vintage travel posters from the early twentieth century.
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01

Aug
2011

sergei mikhailovich prokudin-gorskii’s photographs of the russian empire

On 01, Aug 2011 | In Art, History, Selected Posts | By sue

These photographs by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) are enchanting and fascinating. In 1909, with the support of Tsar Nicholas II, Prokudin-Gorskii embarked upon a photographic survey of the Russian Empire.
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10

Jul
2011

susanne nobis minimalist lake house

On 10, Jul 2011 | In Design, Selected Posts | By sue

This minimalist lake house designed by (and for) engineer/architect Susanne Nobis is so striking, with clean lines and simple, graphic shapes. The overall effect is airy and modern, and the design allows for maximum views of the surrounding nature. The house, located by Lake Starnberg (near Munich), is a modern reimagining of a traditional twin boathouse.
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06

Jul
2011

der muslhaufen: armin blasbichler’s south tyrol home

On 06, Jul 2011 | In Design, Selected Posts | By sue

Architect Armin Blasbichler’s home was featured on Design*Sponge recently, and I was blown away by its whimsical, clean aesthetic. I think that so often, spaces are really cool and modern but somewhat lifeless, or they’re very creative but feel too precious/overblown to live in. This house has a wonderful balance of playfulness and minimalism.
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01

Jul
2011

antique tarot and playing cards

On 01, Jul 2011 | In Design, History, Selected Posts | By sue

I was searching for photos of a certain tarot card deck and I ended up on the World of Playing Cards site. It’s a treasure trove of images and information about playing cards through the ages (well, since they were invented in the 14th century).

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30

Jun
2011

eerie, beautiful photography by kim høltermand

On 30, Jun 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

Not very holiday weekend apropos, perhaps, but I’m loving Kim Høltermand’s moody, ethereal photography. The images have a stillness and sense of isolation that is both haunting and serene. Kim is a Danish architectural and landscape photographer, but his day job is “fingerprints expert in the Crime Scene Unit of the Danish National Police‚” and his photography career only started a few years ago.
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30

Jun
2011

lisanne de jong by viviane sassen

On 30, Jun 2011 | In Fashion, Selected Posts | By sue

Viviane Sassen’s latest work in the July issue of Dazed & Confused really caught my eye. The photographs are so surreal and colorful, with vivid floral backdrops and gorgeously, psychedelically layered ensembles styled by Katie Shillingford. Model Lisanne de Jong’s dynamic movements are captivating as well.
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29

Jun
2011

favorite illustrators: johan thörnqvist

On 29, Jun 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

Swedish artist Johan Thörnqvist superimposes whimsical, dreamy illustrations of imaginary scenes and cities on real life photography. The result is fun and playful, but also feels a bit wistful—I think it’s the yearning for these fantastical worlds to be real.
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