Map It! My top picks for Map Wallpapers

February 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

LONDONLONDON by Thibaut

I love a good map wallpaper. In general, transforming something typically viewed at a small scale into something oversized makes for some pretty interesting and fun wall surfaces (like this one!)

Maps, often seen at arms length, become magnificent illustrations when seen at 20x their normal size. Map wallpapers make wonderful feature walls, often requiring little additional styling.

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I love a good map wallpaper. In general, transforming something typically viewed at a small scale into something oversized makes for some pretty interesting and fun wall surfaces (like this one!)

Maps, typically seen at arms length, become magnificent illustrations when seen at 20x their normal size. Map wallpapers make wonderful feature walls, often requiring little additional styling.

london-z (design) London -by Zoffany

Map wallpaper can take on many styles, from a studious masculine look, to modern nautical, there are maps for any mood.

LCW22213WGreat Harbor-Ralph Lauren Home

LWP60735W Desert Map by Ralph Lauren Home

New-Revised#6 1889 Map of Paris

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Why You Love The Blues: Set Design Magic by Eve Stewart

November 26, 2012 § 1 Comment

BBC’s miniseries “The Hour”, now in it’s second season, represents some of the most daring and exacting set design on television. Oscar-nominated production design master (and a professional hero to me), Eve Stewart, brings her talents to this 6-episode drama. Best known for her work on “The King’s Speech”, Stewart creates a lush but subtle world set in in 1950s London.

Photos by OhSuchAPrimaDonna

Stewart balances the use of aqua blues with patterned and textured warm tones. The show’s drama unfolds mostly in the newsroom and it’s offices, painted in shades of grey and blue which evoke logic, modernity, and organization. We see warm colors, wallpaper and fabrics in more private scenes, driven by minor characters or extravagant behavior and events.

I love nearly everything about BBC’s “The Hour”: it’s characters, the writing and the tone. But most of all, I love the visual treasure Stewart has created, in which almost any screen shot or production still could function as a study for an Edward Hopper painting. Each scene in “The Hour” really is a work of art.

Stewart, perhaps best known for her work on “The King’s Speech”, also served as the art director for the upcoming production of Les Miserables. The acting, singing and directing will all be wonderful, I’m sure, but I’m most looking forward to the background.

Hallway from “The King’s Speech”

Stewart’s Production Sketch for “Upstairs Downstairs”, Courtesy of PBS

Forest Inspired Wall Art

November 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

I love how the fall has a way of opening up the trees, allowing us to see their graceful limbs and delicate leaves.  This year I’ve been especially inspired by my visits to nearby gardens and arboretums. Check out this fall leaves pattern I developed!


Also this fall, I discovered the artwork of Julie Anne Mann. Her haunting, spiritual drawings of trees onto large walnut panels feel both eerie and comforting. The collection, appropriately named “Forest Portraits”,  presents trees with personalities, attitudes and flaws.  I especially love the portrait titled “The Lovers”, on display last month at the Wexler Gallery. Hand drawn with delicate silver leaf, I would absolutely love to have it on one of my (unwallpapered) walls.

Shofuso house. Wallpaper inspiration heaven!

April 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

This spring I have a residency with the Philadelphia mural arts program! My job is to create and install a wallpaper-like mural at a community center in the Mayfair neighborhood of Philadelphia. I’m instructing a group of 15 middle school students in drawing, wood block carving, and printing. We are studying traditional Japanese woodblock printing and yesterday travelled to the Shofuso house in Philadelphia. The house, built in Japan and shipped to the U.S. in 1957, is an exact replica of a 17th century Japanese mansion. The house, grounds and garden provided an incredible source of inspiration for our wallpaper. Thank you shofuso!

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We’re on Ruffled!

December 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ruffled, the premier blog for vintage-inspired weddings, has posted our photoshoot. We’re on the web!

You can see the rest of the photoshoot on Love Me Do’s site here:

Thanks again to everyone and Happy Holidays!

“By The Yard” opening reception

November 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

 

My handmade wallpaper is pictured above.

Thanks to everyone for coming out to support at great show and pop-up shop at Part Time Studios! If you weren’t able to make it out on the fourth, there will be a closing part on November 18th from 6pm-10pm.

 

 

 

 

By The YARD!

November 1, 2011 § 1 Comment

I’m so grateful to be a part of an amazing show, opening this FRIDAY!

Part Time Studios‘s November show is a pop up shop selling handmade fabrics, paper, bunting, garland, ribbon and more! 25 female artists have all worked hard to create yardage for all of you to check out, purchase, and use. The show is called By the Yard. It is curated by Halligan Smith and Lydia Trott. It features work by:Maura Grace, Katie Miller, Pia Panaligan, Melissa Choi, Emily IsabellaHaylie Waring, Peri Sokol, Sandy Smith, Harper Poe, Chelsea CookCaitlin Mociun, Julia Koral, Briana SergentShauna AlterioKate ThomasAllison NadauSarah Lee Parker, Megan Swanson, Tennyson Tippy, Kasia JacquotSo stop by November 4th from 6-10. Daper Dog food truck will be parked outside ready to sell you some delish gourmet hot dogs, and we’ll have some free goodies inside too. If you can’t make it for the opening then come to the closing Nov. 19th from 6-10.

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