Category: Art

ArtBig Love for Lisa Swerling’s Tiny People

If only my Polly Pocket collection had inspired me to do something like this….
 I’ve always been a firm believer that tiny makes everything cuter, but Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals go way beyond cute. Try: touching, silly, thought-provoking, whimsical; but most of all, they’ll make you smile. What Swerling has managed to capture with a shadow box and some miniature figurines (from architect’s models and railway toys) is a breathtaking collection of artwork that is both accessibly simple, yet strikingly complex.
In a recent interview with Sabotage Times, Swerling opened up about her path to Glass Catherals, and where she finds inspiration for her tiny worlds. My favorite snippets:
“Like a lot of people,” she says, “I have moments of inspiration, my own particular realisations about what it is to be a funny little human traveling around this big planet. Now what do you do with all these little thoughts? Well, I started putting mine in boxes.”

“But what I like about the artworks is that there is an intrinsic sympathy one feels with the figures which softens the ridiculousness of their pursuits. So whilst I am saying ‘Check out that poor woman, spending her whole life cleaning an infinite floor — is she mad?’ you also feel what she is attempting is in her way heroic, soothing to her soul, and maybe as good a way to pass time as any. One becomes a benevolent, merciful god, looking into the boxes.”

“My inspiration for this series was the collision between the seriousness with which we take our lives, and the limitations of our understanding. In Glass Cathedrals the heros are the tiny figures, my boxes the space where they struggle, aspire, dance, dream.”
Swerling will even customize many of her creations, (like “Evergreen” above), to look like you and whoever you choose to bring into your own mini world. Glass Cathedrals are available for purchase on her website, and range in price from $350 for the smaller guys to larger limited editions at $1450. I want one!

ArtLucia Pang: Beautiful Fashion Photography

When I received an email from a young Australian named Lucia Pang, I immediately became so excited to collaborate with her. At only 17, Lucia has a rare talent for fashion photography with so many amazing images to get inspired from! I wanted to introduce you all to her site and let you know that we will be collaborating with Lucia in some exciting projects in the near future! This award winning young photographer will definitely be one to watch and we are so honored to be working with her! Make sure to check out some of her awesome shots below and to check back for updates on our project!

ArtPushing Paper to New Heights: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave

Pretty dresses, huh?

Yeah, they’re made of PAPER… I swear!
Isabelle de Borchgrave is a Belgian artist who wears many hats, from painting to wallpaper to tablescapes and beyond, but my favorite is her fabulous collection of intricately folded, pleated, and painted paper dresses. Her recent exhibit at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, called “Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave”, showcased her incredible talent for costume design via paper, with a walk through the history of fashion, from the Renaissance through the era of Christian Dior and Coco Chanel (though, I suppose if you want to see her Chanels as much as I do, you have to buy the book).

Marie Claire de Croy and Child, after Van Dyck’s painting ; Neapolitan Woman, after Stanzione’s c. 1635 portrait
De Borchgrave has a gift for breathing new life into historic paintings through re-creation, like the two works above, inspired by art currently on display at the Legion of Honor. Her “I Medici” and “White Dresses” collections (below) are perfect models of her expertise.

De Borchgrave, a great admirer of fashion from every era, has devoted an entire collection to the work of famed Spanish fashion designer Mariano Fortuny, all displayed beneath a delicate tent created with, what else, paper.

The World of Mariano Fortuny
And if you’re not already blown away, she’s also recreated looks made famous by Marie Antoinette, Billie Holiday, Jackie Kennedy, and the fashion houses of Worth, Dior, and Lanvin, plus window displays for designers like Hermès. WOW.

Billie Holiday ; Jackie Kennedy’s Wedding Dress

Dior Display Window ; Lanvin

Hermès window display
I might add that she’s also made ballet costumes, Turkish kaftans, shoes, furniture, vases, men’s and children’s clothing… you name it. Plus her interior decorating skills are totally worth marveling over [she even did a collection of hand-painted, paper party décor for Target (sold out, of course)].
Check it all out at her website; it’ll blow your mind.

ArtCalling All Romantics: A Video Love Story

“What do you get when you combine two people in love, Paris, New York, and a Nokia phone?”
See for yourself:
Innovation is nothing new at the Edinburg International Film Festival. This year was no exception, where attendees watched eight short films shot only with a phone. Yep, a phone.
In the Nokia Shorts 2011 contest, eight filmmakers were each given two Nokia N8 phones, $5000 bucks, and a few weeks to make a completed short film. Equipped with a mobile crane and a ukulele-themed score, they created eight incredibly creative, unique stories. Ten thousand dollars and the Nokia Shorts 2011 Jury prize was awarded to JW Griffiths for his fictional tale of two lovers in different cities who eventually unite at the same location.

Pretty sweet, huh?
If you weren’t able to make it to Scotland, and you want to see the other entries, then click here or head to Vimeo for some short and sweet entertainment.
Anybody else suddenly inspired to go out and make a movie with your camera phone?

ArtChalk of the Walk: Edgar Müller’s 3D Sidewalk Art

Remember those wonderful summer days when Mom would let you bust out the big bucket of sidewalk chalk and go to town on the driveway? This is nothing like that…

Edgar Müller is a self-taught German street artist who’s been creating mind-blowing street art since the age of sixteen, and has held the title of ‘maestro madonnari’ (master street painter) since 1998. He’s travelled the world, sharing his captivating talent with a welcoming international audience. I could try to explain all the tricks and angles, but isn’t it more fun to just stare in awe?
Duality (Moscow)
Ice Age (Ireland)
Lava Burst (Germany)
The Cave Project (Germany)
The artist at work

Waterfall (Canada)
(Images courtesy of
Learn more about Müller and his amazing street art (he does more than just three dimensional landscapes) at Metanamorph.
Impressed? Which works are your favorites?