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Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, and in honor of all the talented, amazing women out there this post is dedicated to the incredible female designers working with Teroforma. We wouldn’t be where we are today without them! Since the Teroforma office is comprised of about 90% women we feel it is important to call attention to International Women’s Day. IWD has been around since the early 1900′s and the women’s suffrage movement, the purpose of the day is to promote equality for all women across the world. Learn more about the history and significance of International Women’s Day here.
Meet “Mayhem,” The 4 year old daughter of Instagram user Angie @2sisters_angie). Mayhem, has she is lovingly nicknamed by her mother, has quiet exquisite fashion sense for a 4 year old. In an interview with the Huffington Post Angie explains that Mayhem became bored with her store bought dress up clothes and about 9 months ago began creating her own by wrapping herself in construction paper, fabric scraps and anything else she could find. Creating these dresses has become a mother-daughter activity for Angie and Mayhem and over the past months their creations have grown increasingly elaborate and fun.
Check out the full interview here. and more images for Mayhem’s fabulous dresses after the jump!
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This is one of the most perplexing and fascinating things I have seen in a while. Swedish designer, Erik Åberg, has created this amazing system of interconnected wooden cubes that and be picked up, folded, pulled and twisted to form all types of elegant geometric shapes and patterns. “Ghostcube appears to be connected by some sort of hinge that allows it to move so fluidly form one form the the next, the amazing part is that these hinges are invisible! Check out the still images after the jump to see if you can spot any hinges….I couldn’t and to be honest, the Ghostcube has me mystified.
I love these adorable watercolors by Oslo based artist Elise Stalder. Elise draws inspiration from animals, nature, and fashion, I’ve picked some of her beautiful animals to showcase here. They have a great expressive style that reminds me of fashion illustration. The artist’s use of gold paint in some of the pieces adds an extra element of interest. The gold makes a great highlight for the little crowns some of the animals wear.
See more of Elise’s adorable animals after the jump.
We live in a world of advertising, a world were it is nearly impossible to leave your home without seeing at least one advertisement for this hair product or that light beer. In most cases these ads are mediocre or kitchy, on occasion we stumble across an ad that it light-hearted and humorous enough to make us giggle. Its is very rare that an ad actually makes us feel emotion, that is until you watch this beautiful, moving spot for Bell’s Whisky. I won’t spoil the ending but, The South African ad documents a truly touching slice of life and human determination. Very moving and very well done.
Maison et Objet offered its regular mix of luxury, beauty, craft and innovation. As always, the show certainly did not disappoint. The color trend this season was particularly sophisticated and somewhat nostalgic. We saw muted variations of sage greens and grays pared with an occasional bright pop.
As the show was filled with craftsman and artisans there was also a handful of products produced using new technologies like 3D printing. As it becomes more common the aesthetic it creates is becoming more visible and familiar in design.
Paris never lacks in luxury or beauty, which was quite prevalent in Hall 7. It was refreshing to see a sense of humor running throughout the show. As Sia adorned their booth with a wall covered in flowers and a flower filled Citroen, it reminded the observer that home décor can be fun!
If the walkways reminiscent of a night club were causing sensory overload, the Elsewhere in Nature exhibit in Hall 7 offered a calm getaway. Beautifully painted landscapes seen thru cut out walls drew you in to see a carefully curated product selection. The combination of and art and product was a simple metaphor for the shows essence.
For the past few weeks the majority of the United States has been trapped in the aptly named “Polar Vortex;” as a native New Englander I like to think of myself and no sissy when it comes to the cold, but these temperatures are complete nonsense. I have been hiding inside as much as possible, typically wearing multiple sweaters. Despite the fact that almost every American (with the exception of those jerks over in California) has been freezing their toes off for weeks now, the Polar Vortex isn’t all bad. The below freezing temperatures have yielded some really incredible natural ice formations, the coolest photos I have seen thus far are of Lake Superior frozen into a thick enough sheet of ice that safe access can be permitted to the caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in northern Wisconsin. Roughly 1,000 people have been arriving each day to make the chilly trek across the lake to check out the frozen ice caves. This is the first time since 2009 the caves have been accessible, assuming the weather stays frigid, cave access should be open for about another month.
Drawings and paintings that are so detailed and hyper-relaistic that they look like photographs are fairly common in the art world. It is rare to see a work of art that is achieving the exact opposite affect; Cynthia Greig’s Representations is a series of photographs that have been colored and styled to look like simple charcoal line drawings. Cynthia uses white house paint to white wash the objects in her photos and then draws on them with charcoal to create her three dimensional illustrations. I love the stark contrast between the conventional idea of photography as a realistic medium and Cynthia’s real life objects that don’t look real at all. These photos are just as impressive and intriguing as the incredibly perfect and crisply detailed works of hyper-realism that are created with pencil or paint brush.
See more after the jump.
During my freshmen year of college I had an drawing teacher how was adamant that gesture was the best way to create art, or at least the best way to begin, she encouraged us to used loose, sweeping movements and to draw with our entire arm. It seemed strange at first, but once you got the hang of it gesture drawing was quite liberating. Artist Heather Hansen has taken gesture to an entirely new level, instead of using just her arm, Heather uses her entire body to create large scale abstract drawings. Heather creates her symmetrical pieces by doing a sequence of carefully choreographed yoga-like moves on her canvas while holding a piece of charcoal in each hand. As she moves through her routine the swirling patterns become more and more complex and defined, she exhibits her work as a performance, creating a piece as gallery visitors watch her “dance”
See more images as well as a video of Heather in action after the jump.
These sculptures by Brett Kern look like cute inflatable toys, but they are actually highly detailed, carefully crafted ceramic pieces. Kern meticulously mimics the winkles and creases of air filled plastic toys, it is nearly impossible to tell that these pieces are ceramic the details are so impeccable. See more of Kern’s dinosaurs, astronauts and animals after the jump and be sure to check out his Etsy shop!