You know all those awesome handmade objects you covet on pinterst? Well you can find these things (and the makers) IN REAL LIFE this weekend at Feliz Sale! I’ll be doing a lot of my Christmas shopping here and I’m excited to meet the artists/artisans behind the many online shops I’ve been stalking the past few years. There will be meet and greets, creative workshops, and the main sale at the Palm Door on Sunday November 4. Woohoo!
Wall decals by Shanna Murray
Want these earrings, by Stone & Honey
And probably need this cactus tea towel by Leah Duncan.
“Money is never about money and sex is never about sex.”
And more thoughts on being a designer can be found in this great lecture by Debbie Millman.
My friend Verity got me hooked on listening to music by Jessie Ware (below). She has a Kate Bush gone R&B feel to her. I watched her “Wildest Moments” video over and over and I couldn’t figure out why I was so drawn to it. The video is literally the singer sitting in front of the camera, nothing special but so enticing at the same time. So I decided to check out the director’s bio and discovered the lovely Kate Moross. Unlike this music video, this London based designer/illustrator/creative seems drawn towards complex patterns and bright neon colors. Her style is very distinct and I really love it when a creative can just as easily design a pair of adidas one minute and direct a beautiful music video the next.
I’m back from my trip to wonderful Italy. It was amazing. Besides the obvious great food and weather, it seems that Italy has also perfected their package design. Everytime I went to the store I would stare at the boxes of salt or study the color palettes of each coffee brand. Who makes salt look sexy? The Italians. Did I tell you I love Italy?
Staring at all this beautiful design reminded me of Louise Fili’s work. She is an Italian-American graphic designer based in New York and her aesthetic is very Italian. She started off designing book jackets but these days she specializes in food packaging and restaurant branding. I really love the Italian art deco look and she’s able to somehow pull off this classic style onto logo re-designs and give it a much fresher look. Check out some of the before and after pictures of her re-branding here. And a nice interview with her here.
Somebody teach me how to sew and I’ll use this entire textile collection by Japanese shop Nani Iro to make summer dresses. Nani Iro means “Any Color” and I really love their choice of color palettes combined with their off beat designs.
I think I might be a bit obsessed with etsy these days so I might as well put my endless browsing into good use by showcasing my favorite finds. Here’s to my etsy discoveries, the stationery edition.
Above: I love all the notebooks by Arminho.
So simple yet so nice, I want this pencil holder by Less and More.
Nice little mountain journals by Little Alexander.
Cutsie Japanese style calendar by MadeoiselleYo.
Sassy pencils by The Carbon Crusader.
Hey Texas! Get my memo yet? I want queso. Now.
P.S. Love this poster and other typographic design works by the talented Simon Walker.
And my darling friend Jennifer James Wright came to visit me in Amsterdam right before my trip to Texas. We spent the whole week being lazy, drinking coffee, and catching up on the past two years (!!) of lost time. Besides being a great friend of mine, she’s an ahhmazing designer & artist so I’m going to show her off! She’s currently working as a studio designer at Weiden & Kennedy in Portland.