One of the sweetest escapes in the world is, well, exploring the world.
Aside from photos and memories of course, my favourite souvenirs from my trips are artistic ones. Having a creative memento in my home from a trip is such a great way to take me back to that place.
My latest adventure was a trip to Vietnam in January. Boy did it ever live up to it’s reputation as a beautiful country. You can see a tiny visual snapshot in this post over here.
I saw many beautiful pieces when I was there but the truth is that the Asian aesthetic just doesn’t fit with my decor. Then one day I visited a studio where all the pieces were handmade by locals with disabilities and I was really drawn to the embroidery pieces. I found something that was SO me. Needless to say, I fell in love with a piece and it became my souvenir of Vietnam.
I just finally got it properly framed & hung it up. It’s a beauty!
I was sucked in by the Lucky Jackson booth. The artist (let’s call her Lucky) oozed with cool character & charm and had a huge friendly smile. Embroidery pop-ish art is her thing (that’s my term, not hers). Her colourful vintage inspired pieces sucked me in, not surprisingly. She did a bunch of celebrity portraits but my favourites were the other characters & scenes she had.
Here’s the beauty I took home. According to my friends it could be a self portrait…hmmm.
Here are some of her other pieces that I loved. Check out her store and website to see all her work or even buy a piece if you’re so inclined. She’s working on a project where she makes a new one every day of the year, so there’s lots to choose from.
Holy cow do I ever love these painting by Michael Cina that I saw on Design Sponge this morning. I know, I know, some of you are like “it’s just a bunch of paint blobs” and I guess in a literal sense you’re right. But there’s something about these paint blobs that get a reaction from me, so that makes them more. Not surprisingly I think what I love most is the colour selection. I also love how organic they blend and bleed into each other. I can appreciate the ones where the paint is manipulated more by the artist because it takes a great eye & skill to create balance or tension or anything else you want the viewer to feel but I really love when you put a bunch of great materials together and let them do their thang & see what happens. Here are a few of my favourites….
Those that know me well know that I LOVE music. And the love has just gotten stronger over the years as my tastes have gotten more diverse. Sometimes I’m just overwhelmed by how much great music is out there.
Of course music itself is an art form but getting the music out there to the people or the people to the music is also an art.
graphic design + music = music poster!
Music posters have been around forever and are so much more than an advertisement for a band or show. The good ones don’t expire with the date of the event…they become collector items or at the very least find a place on your wall…maybe eventually the basement rec room wall, but still! They’re art. Like art, they can stir a memory or feeling from you or they can just look great.
Even though I’m such a huge music fan I have yet to declare my devotion in the form of a music poster. Mostly because I’m so indecisive. And also because of the dilemma of choosing a poster based on the band or the design? That is a big decision for a music & design geek like me. But I’ve been looking, trust me. Here are some favourites from bands that are cool with the kids these days:
I’m lucky enough to have a great little stationary & print shop on my street in the market called Kid Icarus which is tiny but full of great printed greeting cards, calendars, unique goodies and a bunch of great music posters. Like this one:
All the silk-screen printing is done on site under the name Studio Number Nineteen. Definitely worth a peek if you’re in the area.
I think it would be amazing if I found one for a show I actually attended & loved. That is the goal for me. Still searching…