Category: Art

ArtOff the Wall: Art by Shawn Smith

 
Do not adjust your screen; you are seeing this just right. Why, it’s just the work of Shawn Smith, the Texas based sculptor!
 
Using everyday imagery trapped inside a pixelated view, Smith works as a human 3-D modeling system. By meticulously putting together small blocks of ink-stained wood, the fragmented images are full of movement and a computerized sense of life.
 

 
  The close-up on “Schrodinger’s Hat” (2009) is absolutely incredible. At only 22″ tall, you can imagine how tiny these little blocks are!
 
 
This fox is one of my favorite pieces by Smith; the wide range of tones are so perfectly placed that the image seems to flatten into 2D.
 
A close-up of “Everett” (2008) reveals a network of color that is bewildering, but absolutely wonderful.

ArtTattoos: Inspirational Body Art

From the bronze age to the 20th century, tattoos and piercings have been a form of self-expression for centuries. Their meaning and impact varies from culture to culture; and by their very nature, they are a timeless art. Each individual tattoo or piercing sets you apart from every one else in the world and lets you show your creativity and express your emotions and ideals.

 
 
The source of inspiration for this blog were the many examples of body art floating about the Lulu*s warehouse. I simply had to show them off!
 
Check some of our employees’ tats below: 
 
 
 
  Anna, Packer
“My feather tattoo represents my heritage and background. I am part Aztec Indian, and this tattoo represents a part of who I am and reminds me where I came from.”
 
  
 
Anissa, Processor
“The tattoo on my ankle is the Chinese symbol for strength. It represents the strength I was forced to develop when I was a teen mother and preparing myself for all of the responsibilities associated with that role. It reminds me of how strong I was during a time when I was very overwhelmed with how fast life was approaching me and how that courage was worth everything.”
 
  
 
Nikki, Shoe Inventory Specialist
Nikki wanted to focus on two of her tattoos for this blog. The first is the series of roses on her left arm. “Three has been a very symbolic number in my life. In a way, the number symbolizes me being a strong woman and how I became the person I am today. I chose red because it symbolizes power and that color brings the whole tattoo together of representing my powerful self.”

The second tattoo Nikki wanted to share was a large one on the left side of her torso. “This is my mom’s senior portrait. She will forever be part of me and she has played an important role in my journey of life and discovering who I am. The quote below my mom is from ‘The Great Gatsby,’ and it basically symbolizes being who you are, never being ashamed of where you come from and the importance of self-worth.”
 
 
 
Kellen, Operations Manager  
“The words on my right wrist say ‘Caller 10.’ It is a song by Punchline and is about how fate leads you to your soul mate and how important it is to never lose sight of this. I found my soul mate, and my husband has this album cover tattooed on him. These tattoos represent the meaning of love and the beauty associated with my marriage.” Aww :)
 
 
  
Liz, Shipper
“Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is my favorite author. His writings have changed my life in many profound ways, so I got this tattoo to symbolize how much his writings have influenced my life. It is dedicated to my favorite author.”   
 
 
 
Matt, Receiving Manager
“The tattoo on my left arm is of two eagles and a tree. The two eagles represent strength and courage and the tree represents creation. I love nature and all things pure, so I thought it would be great to get a tattoo that brings together all of the sides of my personality.”
 

Holly, Customer Service
“On the left side of my torso, I have a large dragon fly. When I was younger, I was very sick and my mother gave me a dragonfly necklace to keep me strong. Since then, every time something catastrophic happens to me that I survive from, I get a dragon fly tattooed on me. I currently have four.”
 
 
Stephanie, Blogger Relations
“I wanted to talk about a tattoo on my left arm that represents a very meaningful relationship in my life. My best friend’s last name is Fox, and I got a picture of a fox to represent the important role this friend has had in my life. She is not only a best friend, she is a sister to me.”
 
 
Cara, Blog Coordinator & Stylist
 “I choose the tattoo behind my ear because it’s one of my most meaningful tattoos and it represents someone who has changed my life for the better. I got it as a friendship tattoo - she got a fox because that is my last name, and I chose a crown because her name means ‘crowned.’ I couldn’t ever imagine her not in my life, as she is truly part of my family.”
 
 What great stories! For those of you who want some self-expression of your own, you can always consider the less permanent approach of henna and realistic temporary tats.
 
Do any of you have any tattoos?

 

ArtGive Your Favorite Pop Icons the Finger… Puppet

 Looking for a little something to cheer you up? This ought to do the trick!


Abbey Hambright, or abbeychristine as she’s known to the crafting world, has created the cutest, coolest and most brilliant felt puppets to help you get your favorite pop culture icons wrapped around your finger. Starting in 2005, Abbey’s clever (and might I add, quite thoughtful) idea to make finger puppets for her nephew’s third birthday sparked a charming new project, and lucky for the rest of us, she decided to share it with the world! 
 

Abbey’s finger puppets are inspired by big names from every platform of prominence, from music to TV to philosophy, and all the way to the White House. Some of you may also notice a particularly special affinity for Wes Anderson…

AND, not only are they adorable and entertaining, they’re also eco-friendly! Every little guy and gal is crafted from 100% recycled Eco-fi polyester felt created from discarded plastic bottles. See? Recycling can be good for the world and the soul!

 Check out some of the famous faces who’ve made their felt debuts (I dare you not to smile):

 
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
 
 
Bob Ross
 

Clockwise from top left: Harold & Maude, Frida Kahlo, Johnny Cash, Omar (The Wire), and Steve Martin
 

 Lloyd Dobler (Say Anything)
 
 
Pee Wee Herman, Larry David, and The Royal Tenenbaums
 
All of the little fellows above can be purchased online from her Etsy shop or Renegade Handmade; though, if you’re lucky enough to live nearby these retailers, you can meet them in person. They tend to run around $17.00, give or take, so this is a totally realistic gift idea (even if it is a gift from you, to you…).

As if that first helping wasn’t enough, I found my way to her facebook page, where I found loads more of her adorable creations from times past. AND I learned that she does custom orders, which is how a lot of the little guys below were born. So, if you want to get really creative for your next present-giving occasion, Abbey suggests:
 
“What could be better than that special somebody made felty and 4″ tall with a neck-less bullet-shaped body?!”
 
 Amen, sister.
 
 
Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie), John and Yoko, Raphie (A Christmas Story), Martha Stewart, Charles Darwin, Allen Ginsberg

 
The Breakfast Club, Flight of the Conchords, Harry Potter, NKOTB, Obama, and Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
 
(images courtesy of Etsy and facebook)

 

ArtCinemagraphs: Bringing Photographs to Life

 
“There’s something magical about a still photograph – a captured moment in time – that can simultaneously exist outside the fraction of a second the shutter captures.”
 
 
Known as cinemagraphs, these incredible photographs are a blend of still images and video, bringing to life a single moment captured in time.
 
The first true cinemagraphs were created by New York fashion photographer Jamie Beck, who worked with motion graphics designer Kevin Burg to bring her images to life. She posted them on her tumblr, From Me To You, and since then artists all over the world have been creating cinemagraphs of their own.
 
Check out some in the amazing images below.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Want to see more? Check out even more cinemagraphs at Tripwire Magazinediegoguevara.comdailypicksandflicks.com, and flickr.com/groups/cinemagraphs.
 
For all you Photoshop techies out there, here’s a great tutorial on how to make your own cinemagraph!
 
(Info and quotes courtesy of tripwiremagazine.com and pouryourheart.com. Pics courtesy of above-listed sites.)

ArtMike Stilkey Hits the Books… With Paint!

 
I’ve always loved the way a shelf full of books looks on a wall, but I’d never dreamt it could look this cool:
 

 
Los Angeles artist Mike Stilkey has been hitting the books… on the spine… with a combination of ink, colored pencil, paint and lacquer. SO cool! He describes his work as “melancholic and at times a whimsical cast of characters inhabiting ambiguous spaces and narratives of fantasy and fairy tales.” It seems fitting that such fantastical inspiration should come to life on top of stacks of old books filled with stories of their own.
 

 

 
I love the third dimenson of this one!
 



In a press release for a recent exhibit at the Rice Gallery, Stilkey explained what drew him to the old books, and how they sparked this creative idea:
 
“… sometimes by the title, or more the look of it, the antiqueness of it, or the wear and tear of it. Sometimes there’s a weird illustration. I’ve got these books and I’ll never read them, but I want them for some reason and I’ve never known why. And then I started drawing on them.”
 
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
 
(Images courtesy of demilked.com)