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ART: Find what speaks to you

I love imagery in the home, its an important element that can’t be forgotten and a wonderful opportunity to really personalize your space and fill it with meaning. It seems many of my posts on tEot tend to lean towards filling your home with art.  Recently I added a post about Etsy Seller Erin Tyner for her interesting depictions of little people in ethereal landscapes. I would like to state for the record that I’m not a photographer nor am I an expert in anything really. But I was impressed with what she had for sale in her Etsy shop. I’ve been interested in macro photography and have my eye out for images like hers and I want to use this post to explore that journey and to illustrate my path to this aesthetic.

As an Art History student at UNCG,  Andres Serrano was a point of study and his acclaimed piece: Piss Christ was something that we touched on lightly in the History of Photography class. This image spoke to me. I spent a short time as a Development Intern for SECCA (South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art). It was through that experience that somehow I came to learn of the controversy that surrounded a 1989 traveling exhibit organized by SECCA and partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts…. There was a Congressional outrage at the subject matter and it came to question what vision Tax Payers were contributing their money towards when an artist photographed a small plastic crucifix immersed in his own urine.

The Estate of Things chooses Andres Serrano

I can’t personally deny the beauty of this image. We won’t delve into it any further than that… but I will say that it set the tone for an aesthetic that I’m not yet over. Fast forward……… Years out of college and feeling perhaps an era away from idealism – I rest myself in enjoying art more for its aesthetic value (love a reference here and then – but Bible-Belt outrage is no longer a requirement to get me hyped up). Now its more about my surroundings…. what will make my day to day life more enjoyable. I stumbled upon Etsy in late 2005 – a few images – photographs of Toy soldiers caught my eye. Can’t remember the artist, didn’t buy the prints… but the point – was that I felt inspired and I took that with me. I’m a DIY wannabe so I bought some toy soldiers to try my hand at some macro photography. I took them to work (a web studio full of photographers. My friend Eva Gronenthal , who writes for the blog – Parallels through Image took interest and we shared a few other artists that we both enjoyed. I still check out her blog). So instead of getting together with someone and learning how to properly emulate this macro style – I ended up pairing up with my photographer friend Bregan and launching them over the cubicle to the new guy with Shock and Awe tactic. How quickly I forgot why I ever bought them in the first place.

Bregan introduced me to another photographer to check out: David Levinthal . His depictions of toys and miniatures span subjects from Hollywood Glamour, to Hitler, to Blackface Memorabilia. For me, the image below evokes an Edward Hopper feeling.

Recently I’ve done some more searching for images that speak to this fun aesthetic in a different way. I’ve found some interest in an artist, Naoki Honjo. Study this image below. It looks like a Miniature – but this craziness is real. Honjo has a few tricks up his sleeve for creating these images (aerial, large format, tilt shift, narrow focus) – but what strikes me is that b/c of this the human brain perceives the image as a miniature set. What? Awesome.

So just this week, aforementioned friend Bregan surprises me and shows me some photographs that she took just recently of some gems from her toy chest. Look at this and tell me its not beauty. She’s sending over the files now so I can get them printed in large scale and soon they will be hanging on my newly painted purple wall. :) I’m so in love.

Conclusion:
I just wanted to share a little glimpse into how and why imagery can translate into a choice that you make for your home. An unabashed approach to filling your space with imagery that means something to you will have positive results no matter how hot your wall color is or how many duckets you dropped on your sleek sofa.

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ETSY Seller of the Week: I’m Smitten

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The Estate of Things chooses Im Smitten

Holy Crap this is FantastyFunStuff. Its like zany children’s storybook illustration with good color choices. A great surprise should you send such a beautiful card in the mail but I’m thinking of framing up one or two and grouping with some other random collections of bizarre art.

I’ll let the illustrations do the talking. And click ’em to see them in the ETSY shop!

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller Im Smitten

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller Im Smitten

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller Im Smitten

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller Im Smitten

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COLOR: What’s your prediction for 2009?

The Estate of Things chooses Purple - Color Trend

Today I read this article:
http://lasvegasmarket.com/wmc/press_room/feb-1-2008-trend-guru-mic.shtml

Purple. It snuck its way into my wardrobe here and there throughout the year and the jury was still out on why it was popping back up in my life. Sometimes its hard to tell if you intuitively pick up on trends merely b/c they pop up in the world, if they are force-fed to your sub-conscious, misleading you to believe that it was your own original idea. Either way – I do have love affairs with colors and like most of my relationships they sneak up on me and last way longer than they should. Does this mean that its time to break up with Turquoise? I’m just not sure I’m ready for that.

Pantone 18-3943 Blue Iris

Pantone Selects Color of the Year for 2008:
PANTONE® 18-3943 BLUE IRIS

Blue Iris was Pantone’s color of the year for 2008 – I am preferring a more pure purple myself… they’re almost there. I think in 2009 we’ll be seeing more and more and more on the purple side. What I am interested to see is what the market will provide in terms of color palettes. I think that purple can be all wrong if not paired appropriately. I’ll be thinking about this while you check out this collection of fun Purple Inspired Designery.

The Estate of Things chooses Purple

Also, If you are a color nut like me

Use this totally Kool Tool to help you come up with your own palettes. http://kuler.adobe.com/

or – Rate your Color IQ with this fun test !

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A Furbish Studio Open House – Well, I Suwanee

The Estate of Things chooses I Suwannee

Thank you for the heads up from my friend, Interior Designer Laurie Rhoney, who emailed me with a link to I Suwannee – a totally refabulous blog about things and stuff by a girl that we know you’ll like. She’s holding an Open House tomorrow in Clemmons, NC with her fun refurbished furniture projects, home wares, screen printed goodies, flair etc… I’m thinking I’ll hit the road to check her out.

Click on the Invitation Image to see I Suwannee’s Original Post and don’t forget to cruise through her posts for a sneak peek at some of what she’ll have available.

The Estate of Things chooses I Suwannee Open House

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Etsy Seller of the Week: Erin Tyner

The Estate of Things chooses Erin Tyner

I’m really into this fun macro photography style. I get a really neat feeling from the stories that I see in these teeny tiny people photos and the dreamy worlds that they live in. I want to own this kind of imagery and think a series on my wall will make my home feel inspiring. Please check out Erin Tyner’s Etsy Shop and let us know what you think!?

Here are a few favs, click on the photo to view it for sale in Erin Tyner’s Shop.

The Estate of Things chooses Erin Tyner

The Estate of Things chooses Erin Tyner

The Estate of Things chooses Erin Tyner

The Estate of Things chooses Erin Tyner

Other Fun Erin Tyner Stuff

Erin Tyner Blog

Erin Tyner Photography Website

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Joel Dewberry Fabric

I’ve been on the hunt for some fun and inspiring fabrics to play with (meanwhile building a repertoire of links to fabric sites for the TEOT Resources Page.)

I’ve run across some really fun ones for kids and adults alike. But I really liked this guy, his website and his patterns – so I wanted you to join me by saying hey to Joel Dewberry! I like your pretty birds and patterns.

This is a sweet little dress made from John Dewberry’s Aviary line…..

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and Here’s a little snippet of the most recent (though I gather that its more than a year old) line of fabrics from Joel Dewberry called Ginseng.

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Etsy Seller of the Week: PataPri

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While my my Newfoundland Puppy, Pollock chewed on the Rug or did what he could to otherwise ruin something in Sarah’s carefully edited home – She and I sat on the couch and laughed at this awesome find. We decided that hereforth – we are gonna publish our picks for Etsy Seller of the Week.

Hands down PataPri is a worthy first entry.

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Sarah went nuts… Pretty sure she is purchasing this Art Print while I type away.

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Meanwhile I have my eye on some Kitchen Towels that look like Paper Towels. I like the subtle implication that we shouldn’t be wasteful. Thank You PataPri. We love what you are doing!

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Do you remember Flip Dolls?

Mine was Little Red Riding Hood, the Grandmother AND the Big Bad Wolf. The flip doll usually came as a fabled friend/foe combo. They were story-telling dolls and I remember the joy of sitting at the librarian Mrs. Spuller’s plump feet as she spun me into fantasy land with these at her lap.

The doll is double bodied and separated by a long skirt so you need merely to turn the skirt upside down for a brand new character. Some may come with an additional accessory, for example – it was the bonnet that turned Grandma into the BBW with my childhood doll.

I’m totally interested in these as a come-back kitsch item. I’m looking around for them and I did stumble upon a cute little seller called “UmbrellaPrints ” with something similar. It’s not quite the same thing – but the concept is there. Not to mention, their fabrics are desirable and I was thrilled to learn that they are screen-printing them themselves.

So, now I’m thinking and dreaming of a DIY flip-doll project. I went out and bought the stuffing and some fabrics. We’ll see how it goes.

The Estate of Things chooses UmbrellaPrints Flip Dolls

UmbrellaPrints makes a similar concept doll – flip over a flat piece of fabric for a new facial expression and different outfit.

The Estate of Things chooses Kiki Smith - Owl and the Pussycat Flip Doll

See Kiki Smith ‘s “Owl and the PussyCat” Flip Doll that she made while she was acting as Artist-in-Resdence at the Fabric Workshop and Museum

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Doily Screen

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Check out this fantastic Do It Yourself Arts & Crafts Project for the home. The result is a beautiful screen. Hang it on the wall, behind the couch, etc.

Your nearest party supply store should have packages of paper doilies. You’re gonna need lots! If you want a uniform look go ahead and get doilies in all the same size. However, for a more interesting patchwork look pick up a range of sizes and shapes. You’ll also need a package of white tie wraps or a floral wire in white. You can attach the doilies together with other material if you like, but this maliable wire is easiest and this is going to be a tedious project.

Once you are home and all prepared with lots of floor space, just open up your first package and start laying out your doilies in your preferred pattern. You might get hung up on this, so keep in mind the only decision that you really need to make is if you want it to be a geometric pattern or something more haphazard. Once you’ve got them laid out begin attaching the ends where they meet with the floral wire. Once you are done you might get your hands on a long piece of white pvc piple. You can use packaging tape to attach the top of your screen to the pipe and then just roll down a couple of layers and secure the ends using more tape.

Hang her up!

If you need an option that is a little less fragile, try cutting out circular shapes with cardboard and attaching them using the same method. I recommend selecting a color scheme and pre-painting the circles before attaching them together. While I think this option is even more tedious, I did see it executed in an Anthropologie store display, draped over a canopy bed. It looked pretty rad and that’s why I’m talking about it now.

Lastly, check out this beautiful floral screen. The piece resides in the Permanent Collection of SFMOMA. Its titled No Betweens, by artist Jim Hodges . This is the ultimate inspiration for this project. Hodges pieced his screen together by de-constructing silk flowers and sewing the flowers back together in a random pattern, attaching petal to petal.

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The Holga Cult

A great solution for decorating your space with photography without it feeling like a Freshman Girl’s Dorm Room.

Holga Camera

The Holga Camera emerged from the early 1980’s as a toy camera. Manufactured in China, its appeal comes mostly from the quality (or lack thereof) of the prints it produces. I was first introduced to the Holga Camera when visiting a little camera shop in Los Angeles. There was this gaudy display case filled with silly toy camera’s all decorated, painted and pimped out. My photographer friend explained to me the virtue of this plastic body camera and its massive underground appeal. I’ve since noticed its appearance at Urban Outfitters and several books have stuck out to me when perusing the little coolio bookstores about town. Suffice to say, it has a cult appreciation in the photography world and appears to have become decisively hip among the hippest of hipsters. (whatev!)

Purchase this inexpensive camera from your local camera shop or online. Urban Outfitters sells the Holga Camera as well as other fun cameras that produce fantastic frame worthy results. The Holga is a Medium Format camera and takes 120 size film which can be purchased at most any photo store.

If you aren’t the DIY type, Etsy features tons of great samples of the photography style.

This is the result from the Holga by my Photographer Friend who loves Eagle Rock.

The Estate of Things chooses Christopher Alabada

“Eagle Rock”

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