Monthly Archives: December 2009

Lotta Inspiration*


I got my dates mixed up for Lotta Jansdotter’s studio sale recently, but all was not lost as the designer happened to be in her studio that Saturday and very kindly let a friend and me poke around. There were still lots of lovely things to peruse (check) and purchase (uh, check and check).

A quiet look behind the scenes in Lotta’s workspace was a treat. She has an artful way of arranging beautiful utilitarian objects in neat groups.

Her ingenuity with pattern and use of images from nature are everywhere on display.

* Apologies to the designer for the rather obvious pun…


Postcard Mashup

I made holiday cards out of some old postcards I’ve had lying around for years. None of them inspired me on their own, but mixed up and matched together, I found a use for them. 

Here are the originals:

I also made this one by combining a postcard of NYC graffiti with the kaleidoscopic image above:

This one plays on the different textures and patterns in the two different images:

Happy holidays!

Ali Aschman and Others This Holiday Season

South African artist Ali Aschman will be showing three new pieces in a one-day silent auction party (with snacks, drinks and affordable art) at Cinders Gallery in Williamsburg (103 Havemeyer Street) this Sunday, Dec. 20, from 4-7pm.

The auction of works, titled The End is Like the Beginning, spans a broad range of work, some of it lyrical, some of it creepy (I’m not going to lie to you).

Matthew Feyld

Travis Millard

Jungil Hong

Allyson Mellberg

Mel Kadel

Kiersten Essenpreis

But back to Ali Aschman (who has a very inspiring blog called Miseryland, by the way). She will be installing another artwork in the window of Desert Island Comics at 540 Metropolitan Avenue, similar to her Minotaur installation from The Wassaic Project in August. (See a very cool NY Times slideshow of the Wassaic Project here.)

Swing by the book store from Monday, Dec. 21 onwards to check it out. It should be up for at least a month or two.