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Modern Quilters

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via Design Houston - Modernism emerges in quilting world Is there such a thing as a hobby-crush? Because I have a hobby-crush on modern quilters. And as soon as I finish up my current sewing projects, I'm going to finally take a running leap into the quilting circle. I've made two t-shirt quilts, so I understand the basic concept of how to make a quilt. But I've always wanted to design and sew my own quilt. It's on my list of 101 things, and I have a whole Pinterest board dedicate to quilts Read more ...

The Cloisters Museum

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When you enter the Cloisters Art Museum you'll leave Manhattan and step into a little piece of Europe. Located in Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, the Cloisters Museum is a medieval art museum. The museum is a blend of paintings, architecture, sculptures, artifacts, and stained glass. With several courtyards, you'll wander in and out of doors admiring everything from sunshine-laden stained glass windows to dark rooms protecting tapestries featuring mythical beasts. A cafe in one of Read more ...

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum feels more like you're traipsing through Lady Catherine de Bourgh's home than an art museum near Fenway. For precisely this reason, it's a must-go on my list. This unusual museum was the home of Isabella Stewart Gardner. She was an avid art collector in the early 1900s, who set up the museum in her Fenway home and ordered it to be left exactly as it is - which is how you'll view it today. There are no white gallery walls with succinct wall plaques to identify Read more ...

The Art Institute of Chicago

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I have a habit of taking lots of pictures in art museums of all my favorite pieces. I've dragged my husband to more art museums than I'd like to admit. If I am ever in a new city I always try to make a stop into new, or favorite, museums. I thought it would be a fun addition to the blog if I shared my reviews of art museums as I visit them throughout the year! I'll start with the Chicago Institute of Art. A personal favorite - the Chagall window   Where: The Art Institute of Chicago When: Read more ...

LACMA Gets Dressed Up: Diane Von Furstenberg Exhibit

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Fashionista I am not, but even I am familiar with Diane Von Furstenberg's iconic wrap dress. My dear friend I was visiting had been to the Journey of a Dress exhibit at the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and thought I would enjoy it - she was right! The exhibit celebrates the 40th anniversary of Von Furstenberg’s brand. The exhibit is made up of three halls - one central hallway features large-scale photographs that tell the story of the dress and its inclusion in pop culture throughout Read more ...

Don Gorvett and Staying Inspired

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This beautiful print is from the talented Dana Tanamachi and is for sale in her online shop found here. Over the summer I met Don Gorvett, a printmaker in Portsmouth, N.H. We fell into a lengthy conversation about making time for art and, although a complete stranger, he was extremely encouraging to me as an artist and I left his studio quite inspired.I had mentioned how I took a printmaking class in college and how much I enjoyed/missed it. He said that artists often don't give themselves time to Read more ...

DIY Kitchen Word Art: What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’?

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Last week I posted on my latest adventure with beadboard wallpaper - my kitchen backsplash. Well, I got inspired and decided to re-do the art above my stove. About a year ago I made a word-art sign that hung above my stove that said "What's Cookin' Good Lookin'" because it's not an unusual occurrence for someone in this household to burst out singing this song. While I loved the pop of yellow, the text didn't read well from far away, so once I had my new backsplash I was inspired to give it another Read more ...

Touring the Wacky and Whimsical Mackenzie Childs Victorian Farmhouse

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The types of artists and designers that I truly enjoy the most are the ones that create things you don't see with your two eyes. J.K. Rowling, Lisa Frank, Alex Katz, Betsey Johnson. And Mackenzie Childs. Mackenzie Childs creates whimsical ceramics, furniture and household items. All pieces are created and painted by hand in one of several trademark patterns (the most famous being black and white checks). The headquarters, store and inspirational-styled Victorian farmhouse are located on what Read more ...

Italy Travels: We Came, We Rome-d, We Conquered – Part I

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I failed to mention this in my last post. We trip-journal. I'd definitely recommend it. At the end of every day we each record the events of that day from our own recollections. It's funny to see what we each remember differently. Plus, 12 days of vacation can turn into a giant blur if you don't write it down each day! When in Rome. All roads lead to Rome. Rome wasn't built in a day. There's a reason Rome is a natural part of our vernacular. Amazing view walking from the Spanish Steps up to the Read more ...

DIY Subway Art

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I have finally succumbed to the mega-trend that is subway art. There is a lot of "word art" out there in the world today. "Real" subway art, or bus scrolls, are black and white and use the typeface Akzidenz-Grotesk, though modern updates of any official subway signage are written in Helvetica. I created this sign in Adobe Illustrator using Helvetica, and altered the kerning (space between letters) and letter height for variation. I printed it at Staples using the "Engineering Print" category - Read more ...