meanwhile, in san francisco : wendy macnaughton

Posted: March 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: art, illustration, lettering and fonts, places | No Comments »


Wendy MacNaughton is such a talent and her new book, Meanwhile, in San Francisco: The City in its Own Words looks to be a very special collection of illustrations and notations, capturing all the corners and characters of her home city — from the library to an intersection to a few moments with a city bus driver. Bravo!












(*via Brain Pickings; All images courtesy of Wendy MacNaughton/Chronicle Books)

jonas dahlberg : memory wound project

Posted: March 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: art, doing good, places | No Comments »


Jonas Dahlberg‘s Memory Wound project is the finalist in Oslo’s July 22 Memorial competition, which sought a memorial to honor the 77 victims of the two separate and solo-operated terrorist attacks that occurred on July 22, 2011. What a beautiful design for so painful a memory for Norway.

Dalhberg’s own description: The concept for the Memorial Sørbråten proposes a wound or a cut within nature itself. It reproduces the physical experience of taking away, reflecting the abrupt and permanent loss of those who died. The cut will be a three-and-a-half-meters-wide excavation.

…Visitors begin their experience guided along a wooden pathway through the forest…Then the pathway will flow briefly into a tunnel. This tunnel leads visitors inside of the landscape and to the dramatic edge of the cut itself. Visitors will be on one side of a channel of water created by the cut. Across this channel, on the flat vertical stone surface of the other side, the names of those who died will be visibly inscribed in the stone.

The names will be close enough to see and read clearly—yet ultimately out of reach….It should be difficult to see the beauty of the natural setting, without also experiencing a sense of loss. It is this sense of loss that will physically activate the site. .



(*via Notcot via ArchDaily)

lake quinault : with angie smith

Posted: February 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: art, places, the earth, travel | No Comments »


Traveling with a talented photographer friend like Angie Smith ensures you will have beautiful images for remembering your adventures.

A few weeks ago, Angie and I spent a weekend in Washington state on the Olympic Peninsula, spending a night at the historic Lake Quinault Lodge in the Olympic National Forest. Here are some of her photos (you can spy me in the lawn below).

For more of her work, visit




illustration : eleanor taylor

Posted: February 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: art | No Comments »

Eleanor Taylor

Eleanor Taylor is a Brighton, UK based illustrator who works in a variety of mediums – paint, charcoal, ink, collage and digital techniques – for a variety of clients plus her own exhibitions. Enjoy her full portfolio.

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(*via Design Work Life)

winter escape : wild swimming photo essay

Posted: January 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: art, places, the earth | No Comments »


Remember deep green? Transport yourself from this frigid air into a summer moment, captured by photographer team Craig + Kate for a photo essay in Cereal Magazine earlier this month.






we are tiny : photo series by randy p. martin

Posted: January 27th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: art, places, the earth | No Comments »


I really appreciate the message behind this photo series, We Are Tiny, by Randy P. Martin.






(*via Fubiz)


iris apfel : on the meaning of style

Posted: January 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: apparel, art, design | No Comments »


Enjoy this video from T Magazine with the inspiring 92-year-old Iris Apfel, style guru.

(Image via Into the Gloss)

happy new year !

Posted: January 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: art | No Comments »

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New Year, new week and I’m picking back up with the blog after some restful downtime. Here, a shot from my recent visit to MassMoCA, highlighted by the Tom Phillips and Johnny Carrera exhibit.


carly waito : gemstone paintings

Posted: December 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: art | No Comments »


Exquisite gemstone oil paintings by Toronto-based artist, Carly Waito.

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(*via Dwell)

nate lowman : pizza ornament

Posted: December 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: art, paper | No Comments »


Artist Nate Lowman and Nordstrom teamed up to produce these pizza ornaments ($12.95) which benefit the non-profit, RxArt. RxArt “transforms pediatric hospital facilities into comforting and engaging spaces through site-specific installations by contemporary artists.”

(*via Refinery 29)