Thursday, July 28, 2011

pleased to meet you:

fun facts:

His father was a women's shoe designer and his mother, a seamstress.

He earned a scholarship to the Parsons School of Design in NYC.

In 1940, he became Columbia Records first art director. It was there that he introduced posters and cover art for the protective record sleeve.

Because of this new idea, record sales increased eightfold in mere months.

He made album art from 1939-1973, estimating a total of 2,500 works of art!

"I love music so much and I had such ambition that I was willing to go way beyond what the hell they paid me for. I wanted people to look at the artwork and hear the music." -Alex Steinweiss

Monday, July 25, 2011

chillin' with color

photographed by Louis Dahl-Wolfe,  1950s

bright pink pop

19th century Japanese canopy

Friday, July 22, 2011

feelin' blue*

Margaret Keane, 1963
(back cover of Tomorrow's Masters Series)

*not really, it's FRIDAY!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

pleased to meet you:

fun facts:

Born in 1921, he started creating his drawings in 1953.
He had no formal art training and worked as a stenographer for the Rock Island Railroad.
He didn't think of himself as an artist.
He wasn't very fond of his job and his drawings gave him an escape.
His drawings are made on graph paper with an ink pen.
In his older years, his caregiver found his drawings in a drawer and realized their awesome-ness.
His works were exhibited at the show Obsessive Drawing at the American Folk Museum.

I can't get over how cool these are. so crazy intricate! and his color choices were ahead of his time.
Anyone know more about him?

found at the American Primitive Gallery

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Castle and Dragons, 1958 (back cover) designed by William Pene du Bois

while we were out: long beach flea

did you find any treasures over the weekend?

Monday, July 18, 2011

black & white

pretty drop caps illustrated by Einar Nerman, found in Fairy Tales from the North, c. 1946

Thursday, July 14, 2011

don't you agree?


crazy awesome vintage jewelry

glasses: 1969, Gastone Novelli (Italian)
earrings: 1967, Jesus Raphael Soto (Venezuelan)
both pieces executed by GEM, Milan

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

wardrobe wednesdays

1. fresh flowers. they definitely make any cute outfit cuter.
2. Pucci dress, c.1966
3. straw purse, 1950s

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

his and hers

+ (←lots more here)

Illustration from Einar Norman, Fairy Tales from the North, c. 1946

while we were out

Monday, July 11, 2011

july newsletter

a semi-kaleidoscopic peek at the July newsletter. subscribe here if you like!

pretty place for pattern

nice colors, nice geo floral

Friday, July 8, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

going up?

Cy Twombly (once again) 

pleased to meet you:

fun facts:
He was named after Cy " The Cyclone" Young, a baseball player in the early 1900s
He shared a studio space with Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns
Studied with Franz Kline (among other artists) at Black Mountain College in North Carolina
Served as a cryptologist in the military
Moved to Southern Italy in his late 20s
He made sculpture too!

tell me, what do you think of his work? I really like his scribble style.

1. Five Days at Iliam, 1978
2. Zyig, 1951
3. Ferragosto IV, 1961
4. Roman Notes VI, 1970
5. Pan, 1975
6. Lepanto, 2001 (panel 8 of 12)
7. Pan II, 1980

in honor of Mr. Twombly , who passed away a few days ago on July 5, 2011

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


hand dyed patched textile

Monday, July 4, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011

sharing is caring

1955 cigarette invention
photo: Jacobsen/Getty Images