2011 Mociun + Corwin Calendar

I love this print by Lena Corwin and Caitlin Mociun. It’s a limited edition of (50) sized 18″ x 24″, 4 color, and hand screen printed.

Halla Tomasdottir: TED Talk

SO inspiring… Last weekend marked the first-ever TEDWomen conference, dedicated to exploring how women and girls are reshaping the future. This AMAZING talk is from Halla Tomasdottir, an Icelandic businesswoman who got her company Audur Capital through the economic collapse by applying 5 “feminine” values to financial services.

Fold, by Surabhi Saraf

Artist Surabhi Saraf’s recent video FOLD premiered at the Root Division Gallery in San Francisco this past September. The piece is a “multi-channel audio-visual installation (that) presents a visual echo of the present instance: it takes an unexamined moment (like folding laundry) and gives it life.” Some notes by Saraf on her process: “I look […]

Karl Nawrot & Walter Warton

This is an interesting project (completed a while back) by Void Wreck – collaboration by designers Karl Nawrot and Walter Warton. The piece explores infinite variations of pattern with a collection of 150 handmade stamps. ~ Stamps Box (2005 – 2006) “The box contains a collection of 150 rubber stamps. Each stamp consists of a […]

It’s Snowing Upstate

Worked in the studio all day while watching our first snowfall come down consistently through the sun. Nothing stuck to the ground. Maybe tomorrow we’ll wake up to a winter wonderland. There are so many beautiful old stone houses here in the Hudson Valley – I can’t wait to see them all covered in white. […]

Bicycle Drawing Machine

I love this interactive art piece by artist Joseph Griffith. Who wouldn’t want one of these in their own home? ~ found via Swiss Miss

On Line: At the MOMA

~ Ellsworth Kelly (American, born 1923). Brushstrokes Cut into Forty-Nine Squares and Arranged by Chance. 1951 Looking forward to visiting the “On Line” Exhibition at the MOMA this month. “Drawing conventionally has been associated with pen, pencil, and paper, but artists have drawn lines on walls, earth, ceramics, fabric, film, and computer screens, with tools […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you all have a beautiful Thanksgiving Day! ~ images found via Dwell Studio & Habitually Chic

Art Basel 2010

I’m jealous of everyone who’s going to Art Basel next week. There’s a bunch of artists whose new work I’d love to see -  Carlos Amorales, Hurvin Anderson, Stephen Andrews, & Mark Bradford. Have fun to those of you who are attending! ~ Carlos Amorales ~ Hurvin Anderson ~ Stephen Andrews ~ Mark Bradford


After reading about Commune in this month’s House Beautiful, I looked up their work to find beautiful interiors created in the Ace Hotel, the Standard, and one of my favorite retail spaces – Kiki De Montparnasse. I was most intrigued by their residential interiors, particularly this gorgeous property in Los Feliz, California. The shiny black […]

Woom – The Hunt

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My studio partner at Double Triple, Phillip Niemeyer just finished directing and editing this stop motion video for the west-coast-based avant-garde duo Woom. Dan Forbes, an amazing photographer and cinematographer also worked on the project. Kudos guys!

Nest Interiors: NYC

I’m excited to announce that Nest Interiors is now carrying some pieces from my hand painted striped pillow collection. Thanks Lana & Henry! I love this store for it’s great mix of classic modern and sophisticated designs featuring unique accessories, ornate pillows and locally sourced artwork. Located in Manhattan’s Chelsea District, the space is between […]

New Marian Banjes Website & Book

Marian Bantjes has just launched a new site AND a new book. She speaks about it all here, in an interview with Debbie Millman of Design Matters. Digging through her new site, I found some pattern work I hadn’t seen before that is beautiful. “Feathers” – for Maharam Wallpapers

Words of Wisdom: Design Visionaires

Last week, the Art Directors Club inducted the 2010 class of its Hall of Fame at a gala ceremony in New York. These beautifully designed cards by Pentagram’s Michael Beirut, highlighted quotes from 10 past laureates including Saul Bass, Paul Rand, Massimo Vignelli, Annie Leibovitz and Seymour Chwast. The font is Carter Sans designed by […]

John Maeda: Looking for Superman

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“Rhode Island School of Design president John Maeda defines the key qualities of standout innovators – a willingness to struggle, to make mistakes, to live with ambiguity – and tackles the creative’s biggest challenge: How to lead other creatives. Perhaps confronting the status quo, killing bureaucracy, and leading change can be its own art form.” […]

Information is Beautiful

A great new site, run by David McCandless , that archives data visualizations and examines “how designed information can help us understand the world, cut through BS and reveal the hidden connections, patterns and stories underneath.” 1. Colours in Culture { view full graphic } 2. Left vs. Right (US) { view full graphic }

Arturo Herrera: Berlin Singers

The work of  Venezuelan artist Arturo Herrera, was by far my favorite at this year’s Editions/Artists’ Books Fair. Presented by The Lower East Side Printshop, Herrera’s piece “Berlin Singers,” is a series of ten prints that combine etching, screenprint, archival inkjet, and collage. The edition is a set of 20.

Mel Bochner: Printmaker

Today kicks off Print Week in NYC. I’m especially excited for the Print Fair, hosted by the IFPDA. One of my favorite artists, whose work I’m hoping to see is Mel Bochner. – Strong Language, 2007. Etching, spit-bite, soft-ground, aquatint, & sugarlift. – No, 2009. Monoprint with engraving and embossment on hand-dyed Twinrocker handmade paper. […]

Oil & Water Do Not Mix

Happiness Brussels created a limited edition of 200 posters, designed by Anthony Burrill and screen printed with oil from the deep water horizon spill. All benefits go to CRCL (Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana). View the project website OIL & WATER DO NOT MIX from Happiness Brussels on Vimeo.

Howard Hodgkin: Painter Printmaker

Earlier this week at the MET, I viewed some large scale prints of Howard Hodgkin and was reminded of how much I enjoy the work of this British painter. Hodgkin represented Britain in the 1984 Venice Biennale, won the Turner Prize in 1985 and was Knighted in 1992. Known as a superb colorist, his paintings […]

Modern Anthology: Dumbo, Brooklyn

Modern Anthology, a shop in Dumbo that recently opened this past summer, has a great collection of vintage industrial furniture, mechanical objects and lifestyle accessories and apparel.

Bryan Nash: Woodcuts

I love these large scale woodcuts by Bryan Nash. His work spans a variety of media including sculpture, works on paper, etchings, woodcuts, and installation. With a studio in the north-western corner of Connecticut, his work is influenced by the New England countryside. ~ via acidolatte

I Wonder: New Book by Marian Bantjes

This is going on my holiday wish list for sure… just released by Amazon this month.

APT with LSD: Coco Rocha’s Gramercy Apartment

Beautifully styled shots from Vouge’s feature “APT with LSD“. Photographed by Claiborne Swanson Frank

Gene Davis: Color Fields

- Gene Davis, “Franklin’s Footpath”, 1972, image via Culture Making Known primarily for his paintings of vertical color stripes from the 1960′s, Davis’s work explores rhythm and repetition across seemingly endless variations of color. – Gene Davis, “Shabazz”, 1965, found via flickr – Detail from “Phantom Tattoo” by Gene Davis, 1965 The two images above, […]

The Art of Hermann Zapf

“A film on the purpose and techniques of calligraphy. Presented and produced by Hallmark. Filmed at Hallmark cards during a visit by Mr. Zapf. Production manager Noel Gordon. Script outline Peter Seymour. Script editor Richard Rhodes. Camera Direction Frank Robinson. Associate cameraman Heinz Burger. Idea and direction Harald Peter.” ~ found via Changethethought

Morris Louis: Painter

- Nancy Drew, “Morris Louis, 1959″, (96 x 92) acrylic, flock and glitter on canvas, 2002 (This piece was created as an homage to Morris Louis, influenced by his work from 1959) – Morris Louis, “While Series II” – Morris Louis, “Para III”, acrylic on canvas, 243.8 x 228.6 cm, 1959. – Morris Louis, “Ambi […]

Marian Bantjes: 70

Beautiful work from one of my favorite designers, Marian Bantjes. This illustration was created for the New York Times Week Review in response to the following summary: “In many ways Ringo turning 70 and celebrating by playing radio city is exactly the kind of counterpoint that gerontologists like Robert Butler, who died this week, dreamed […]

Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton

What a gorgeous burst of color from Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2011 collection. Not to mention the cheetah, tiger and panda prints! ~ images via The Satorialist, Fashionista, and Fashion Gone Rouge.

Chad Hagen: Art & Design

~ Square Things ~ Black Lung ~ I Am Not a Number I just came across the work of artist/designer Chad Hagen through the links on Vince Contarino’s site. I particularly like is black and white work – beautiful experiments with texture.

On the Bowery: New 35mm Restoration

Wow, I was blown away by this film. On the Bowery is screening until Sept 28th at Film Forum in it’s newly restored 35mm version. A colleague of mine, whose father worked on the production, encouraged me to go see it before its short run ends. The film is not yet distributed in the US. […]

Spruce Design & Decor

I’m excited to announce that Spruce Design & Decor is now carrying some pieces from my Hand Painted Striped Pillows collection. The store is located on Main Street in High Falls, NY and offers a blend of American and European mid-century furniture, art, lighting and decorative objects. Open weekends only. ~ images via Spruce

Luca Barcellona: Calligraphy

Beautiful calligraphy work by Luca Barcellona. This video is mesmerizing: ~ via BOOOOOOOM!

Betsy Walton: Digital Painting

I really love Betsy Walton’s paintings – particularly her use of color and pattern. It’s interesting to see a piece by her created digitally. Waiting for the reproduction so I can add it to my collection!

Dalton Ghetti: Tiny Works of Art

This week starts the fall semester at Parsons and I’m thrilled with my new students – an extremely diverse group with a lot of enthusiasm. Much of our course work will merge both tactile and digital processes as we explore 2D design fundamentals. I’m always excited to see artists experimenting with typography in the physical […]

Scarves from Pergolina

I love the color combinations of these beautiful floral and striped scarves from Peroglina. I’ll take one, or maybe two. Happy Labor Day!

Bathroom Glamour

Woah! Blown away by this bathroom posted by Coco & Kelley. I’d never get any work done with a room like this.

Calypso Home: Inspiring Room Ideas

Calypso’s new rug collection offers some inspiring room ideas. What a great mix of color and pattern.

Dave Coote Design

I came across the work of furniture and interiors designer Dave Coote, via Design Sponge a few months ago and keep coming back to his site to peek at these simple gardening cabins made from reclaimed materials. We have two small barns on our property upstate and I’d love to transform one of them. The […]

A study on Japanese floral patterns

Thank you Siri for this study on floral patterns in Japanese Textiles. Here are some favorites.

Ian Hughes: 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel

Ian Hughes is a colleague of mine at Parsons and I absolutely love his work. His first solo show in NYC is opening this Thursday at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel in Chelsea. Hughes’ paintings re-examine and renew the always delicate relationship between color and form. Hughes’ forms are strangely suggestive, but of what exactly: primordial […]

Wangechi Mutu: My Dirty Little Heaven


These new pieces by Kenya-born, Brooklyn-based artist Wangechi Mutu are part of a show called “My Dirty Little Heaven” which is currently up at Deutsche Guggenheim. This series entitled “Zebra Crossing” were made in 2008.(watercolor, ink, collage on paper) I like to lean on the sciences, because it’s an instinct to categorize what we’re afraid […]

Valerie Belin: Photographer


Wow, these photos by Valerie Belin are blowing me away. I love how her images restrain from using the full value scale and explore a subject matter that we usually associate with the full color spectrum. Beautiful compositions. Original post via UXUS.

Megan Park: Textile & Fashion Designer


I just came across the work of Megan Park while visiting Erica Tanov‘s NYC shop last night. I love her mix of hand embroidery with modern colors shapes and cuts. The work of this Australian-born designer is inspired by “Parisian flea markets, street vendors in Hong Kong, and the bead markets of Old Delhi”. Every […]

Rosemarie Fiore: Firework Drawings


These are pretty incredible. Drawings created by exploding live fireworks, by Rosemarie Fiore. Found via Boooooom.

Samantha Robinson: Ceramics


I love these handmade ceramic cups made by artist Samantha Robinson. The nature inspired patterns, textures and colors in her work are beautifully executed. ~ images via Daily Imprint

Tana Lawn: New Spring Collection


Last week I got the heads up from Oh Joy to check out Tana Lawn’s new Spring Fabric Collection at Liberty of London. I did and it is stunning. A few of my favorites include: Gabriela, Yasmine’s Poppies, La Sandra, Pebble, and Hall Drive.

Color in a Small Place


Just saw this bathroom makeover on Design Sponge by meg from elsie marley. I like the deep turquoise color against dark wood for a small room. Below is another great use of color in Zach Motl’s 178 sq ft. Clinton Hill apartment (via The New York Times). The marine green wakes up the tiny space […]

Empire Vintage: Melbourne Australia


This month Chris and I are moving forward on buying a home upstate. I’m super excited and crossing my fingers that the deal goes through. We’ve been looking for the perfect place for years now and if all goes well, we may be moved in by April. So, without getting ahead of ourselves, we want […]

Vince Contarino: Painting


This afternoon I went to see a few galleries in Chelsea and was impressed by the work of Vince Contarino, whose paintings are currently being shown at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel (6th Fl.). ~ all images via vincecontarino.com

Nina Gotlieb: NY Country House


As we continue to search upstate for a home, I’m constantly looking for inspiration for when we finally do make the move. This country house, located in Clinton Corners and designed by Nina Gotlieb has an open, airy floorplan that invites the outside in. ~ via DesignSponge ~ photos by miha matei

Hand Screen Printed Pillows – cont’


Still working on a collection of pillows based on my Stripe print series, and I’m getting really into it. The color scheme is based on this image. Here are some panels I just printed this past week, waiting to be sewn. Hoping to get 100 completed by the end of this month.

Jean Pagliuso: Poultry Suite


I love these black and white photographs by photographer Jean Pagliuso. Makes me want to fill a chicken coop with such unusual varieties. ~ found via Dear Ada

Tamara Maynes: Hand-crafted homewares


Australian-based designer, Tamara Maynes wears many hats. With a background in fashion, her latest work focuses on hand-crafted homewares and personal redesign projects- such as this chandelier (above) that was saved and re-crafted with yellow wooden beads. Her hand-dyed macrame owl collection- titled “to john denver with love“ was a big hit last summer. Currently […]

Betsy Walton


For Christmas this year, one of my favorite gifts was this print by portland-based artist, Betsy Walton titled, “The Healer.” Here are two other great prints from her original paintings. Each can be purchased at her Etsy shop.

Sanna Annukka: Illustrator & Printmaker


Happy 2010! I’m excited about this upcoming year. I have a lot of projects in the works and am hoping to launch a new personal site in April that will consist mostly of screen prints and hand-printed products. Speaking of new sites, illustrator Sanna Annukka has just launched her new online portfolio and store. I’ve […]

Pablo Lehmann: Paper Artist


~ via of paper and things

Lesley Vance Paintings


~ via Reference Library

Mokum Textiles


Inspired by last weekend’s pillow project, I signed up for a class next spring on interior fabrics. Many of my favorite textile designers are coming out of Australia. Mokum, which is based in Sydney, creates beautiful interior textiles and also distributes several international brands. ~ photos via Mokum

Silkscreened & Hand Painted Pillows


This past weekend, my fiend Ali Azios and I decided to make some hand-crafted holiday gifts. With the designs from my Stripes Prints Series, we printed on some satin and cotton fabric and made these pillows. Took us two days to make eighteen for some very lucky people! Looking around for other home textiles, I […]



Workstead, made up of Stephanie Brechbuehler and Robert Andrew Highsmith, makes beautiful products that mix metal, wood, anitiques and industrial materials. Here are a few images of work I’d love to own. / Workstead Chandelier, O.C. White Short Arm Lamp, Robert Highsmith Table, Soft Goods Pillow & Blanket Design.

Tara Donne: Photographer


Every year the holidays seem to spring up out of nowhere. Before you know it, it’s the new year. I was just peeking at the new work of photographer Tara Donne, an old classmate of mine. These festive food shots are getting me in the mood for celebrating. ~ images above for Martha Stewart Living […]

Ana Last: Stylist

Beautiful prop styling and flowers by Ana Last with photographer Anson Smart for Inside Out magazine, Australia.

Enoc Perez Screenprints


This past week was Print Week in NYC hosted by the International Fine Print Dealers Association IFPDA. The event focused on “printmaking and its vitality as an artistic practice through the ages.” I was able to make it to the Editions Artists’ Book Fair, and the IFPDA Print Fair at the Armory and was really […]

Francis Jens Spitta: Pillows


Beautiful color and texture inthese hankie pillows by francis jens spitta. ~ via Oh Joy

Gisèle Celan-Lestrange


Gisèle Celan-Lestrange (1927-1991) was born in Paris and studied drawing and painting at the Académie Julian from 1945 to 1949. Shortly after she married the poet Paul Celan whose work inspired many of her etchings. ~ via butdoesitfloat.com

Henrique Oliveira


These striking installations by Henrique Oliveira are made of old and peeling wood. They feel like three-dimensional paintings. I’d love to see them in person. ~ via Design Sponge

Eileen Quinlan


These beautiful new photographs by artist Eileen Quinlan are currently being exhibited at Miguel Abreu Gallery in a series titled “Smoke & Mirrors.”

Diet Sayler


As I work with my students on visual exercises that explore the language of form and the use of limitations in design, I’m reminded of the beautifully distilled work of Diet Sayler and his experiments in line, composition, and texture.

Enoc Perez Screenprints

Dean Goelz: The Beaded Curtain


A great new show opening tonight at Like the Spice in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. “Dean Goelz’s characters appear from the dotted background as though it were a transformative limbo, never knowing a beginning or an end, just an eternal continuation, like an elegant outsider.” ~ Like The Spice

Georgia O’keeffe


I finally got to the Georgia O’keeffe: Abstraction exhibition at the Whitney this past weekend. Two of my favorite works in the show were “Black Iris” (above), and “Music Pink and Blue No.2.” (below). To me, O’keefe’s work often gets over-simplified and hyper-sexualized. It was wonderful to see the complex color combinations and fluid brush […]

Milton Glaser Video


A short documentary about the life and work of New York based designer and artist Milton Glaser. { video }

Katina Huston


Some beautiful mixed-media work by Katina Huston made of hair and enamel.

Jessica Hische


It’s taken me a while to get settled back in the city. Finally getting started on some new artwork! I just came across this print by Brooklyn-based designer, Jessica Hische. Her typographic work is beautiful. This poster is available here as an edition of 250.

Michael Scott


I just missed this great show of Michael Scott’s work at Gering and Lopez Gallery. These paintings are made with enamel on aluminum. I love their imperfections and how the process is revealed.

We Live in Public


Back in the city. It’s taken me a while to get settled. What a different pace from living on the farm. I’m excited to get out this fall and see some great work. First on my list is the film We Live in Public now showing at the IFC Center. Check here for showtimes. “The […]

Pauline Galiana


This project by Pauline Galiana is a beatiful example of repurposing material from one project to complete another. Very inspiring. A film by Richard Devereaux documents her process. “Natural sounds and natural lighting inform this elegiac mediation on making — on art formulated and gridded from the detritus of painting. This meticulously-paced video by Richard […]

D*S Wallpaper: by Deanne Cheuk


Deanne Cheuk has created two desktop wallpapers for Design Sponge as the first installment of a special year-long d*s artist series. I’m really enjoying the one above. ~ via Design Sponge

The Printmaking Bible


Yesterday I turned 30, and what an amazing day it was. I took off from work and spent most of the day picking and photographing flowers from the farm with Mackenzie. Chris got me some of the best presents this year including this extremely comprehensive book on the art of printmaking. I can’t wait to […]

Katharina Trudzinski


Stunning painting, sculpture and installation work by Hamburg-based artist, Katharina Trudzinski. ~ via Dropular

Textiles: Jobs Handtryck


This week’s Design Sponge correspondent, Brittany Watson, wrote a great post about her trip to the Jobs Handtryck workshop in Västanvik, Sweden. This family-owned and operated company has been around since 1944 and creates beautiful hand-painted textiles. The shop set-up is so quaint and makes me think of what I’ve read of Florence Broadhurst’s wallpaper […]

Ian Hughes: Works on Paper


My friend and colleague Ian Hughes has some of his latest work in a group exhibition at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel in Chelsea. I love his use of organic forms and texture in this series of coil drawings made with acrylic washes. The show runs until July 31st (hours: Tues. – Fri. 11-6pm, Sat. 12–5pm) […]

Alexandra Penney


I love three prints from photographer Alexandra Penney. Before working at Vouge Magazine with with Alexander Liberman and various photographers including Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Duane Michals, and Helmut Newton, Penney worked as painter and art critic. ~ color prints, 24″ X 24″, 2003.

Deanne Cheuk


Deanne Cheuk, one of my favorite NY-based designers (originally from Perth, Australia), has recently launched her new website. It’s loaded with tons of great images of print, pattern, illustration, product, typography and fine art work. Best known for her work as Art Director for Tokion Magazine, Cheuk has been in the spotlight since 2003. It’s […]

Plumb Pretty Sugar


I love this beautiful Kimono Style robe made of Indian Habutai Silk by Plumb Pretty Sugar. This shop designs “loungewear, bedding and accessories borne from the idea of bringing breezy happiness, cozy comfort and easy-living chic to lounge wear, home and accessories. Dreamily imagined, the designs features giftable, gorgeous silhouettes in whisper-soft fabric in enchanting […]

Christopher Bettig


I love the colors, texture and geometric forms of these paintings and collages from artist/designer Christopher Bettig of The Mountain Label. Great work! ~ via Design Milk ~

Virginia Kraljevic


I came across the work of Virginia Kraljevic last week at the Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair. The line work and textural quality of her illustrations are beautiful. I really enjoyed the more abstract compositions.

We Not Me Poster


I came across this poster a long time ago on Change The Thought, but hearing Obama’s speech in Cairo this past week made me think about it again. This one’s going on my birthday list.


Dana McClure is a Brooklyn-based visual artist & designer working across a variety of disciplines including printmaking, collage, painting, graphic design, & time-based media. This archive is a shared collection of inspiration, work-in-process, & studio updates. { studio site }


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