You know how etsy does a roundup…well here’s my take resulting from my semi-regular searches of etsy for unusual and cool (to me) art pieces featuring my animal totem…the buffalo. Be sure to check out etsy and your local art sales for affordable art pieces that mean something to you!
Neil Young’s Heart of Gold. It’s a favourite!! This weekend I took a sad looking large size canvas I bought on discount at Winners (Good tip: there’s no way you could get such a large canvas for so cheap at the art supply store) and decided to re-invent it. I used mod podge all over it to add some texture to the canvas and let it dry. Then I painted it all over with a coat of dark brown paint (left over from my fireplace mantle colour mishap). Once dry I smudged black and some metallic paint all over the brown base to get some movement. Once dry I printed off the lyrics and started to stencil the lyrics onto the canvas in various shades of gold metallic paints. Here are the results:
It looks a bit weird with the flash but the results in person are terrific. I’m really happy with it. Super easy DIY Idea for all you crafters out there!!
When I was in University I worked as a community living support worker in a residential home for individuals with special needs. Recently Ive been looking at community living settings in Victoria (out of curiosity) and I stumbled upon the Pacifica Housing Advisory Association. The association works with the Downtown outreach Services office and is supported by government agencies and ministries to provide housing resources for clients living with mental illness, addiction, homelessness or risk of homelessness.
Look at some of the housing options they have created in our beautiful city. I didn’t know about this! Pics are links as usual
These are just two examples of several extraordinary projects undertaken by Pacifica who are partially supported by local businesses and public funding.
Remember; shelter is one of our most basic needs. Love your home, but save a little love for your community and the people among us in need.
I am always encouraging people to include local and First Nations Art and objects into their interiors. I like that they make a room feel authentic and most often the piece has a story behind it / memories attached which elevate it to special status in a home. There is a great oppotunity this summer to acquire your own piece of local art and to meet some great local talent via the Stinking Fish Studio Tour in July and August 2011. Check it out!! You’re not going to find this stuff at the mall peeps!
Here are just a few of the cool pieces available that I spotted from participating woodworking artists, but check out the link above for all mediums including painters, potters, glass, jewellry you name it. Pics are the links as usual
Lately Ive been listening to music as I research my decorating projects and I realized that I am totally inspired by music, lyrics and even music videos. I figured I could illustrate this inspiration through my blog posts and we could both listen to some great tunes and review some of my decorating and design inspirations. (sorry if you’re at work peeps, plug in your headphones…it’s worth it!)
This Temper Trap Song and Video have the dubious distinction of being my first example.
The song makes me feel like summer and the video’s flourescent bulbs are a great use of light and movement. It is all about the lights! And many designers, including myself are obsessed with finding the right light and the right amount of lights in order to visually balance and soften a room. The vertical bulbs remind me a little of Johnathan Adler’s Meurice Light.
I can imagine these hipster dudes hanging out in a corner like this….