Houses and Plants by Happy Red Fish

March 13, 2014

Houses and Plants by Happy Red Fish

Houses and Plants by Happy Red Fish

Houses and Plants by Happy Red Fish

Houses and Plants by Happy Red Fish

Houses and Plants by Happy Red Fish

Houses and Plants by Happy Red Fish

A whimsy, happy post for the day. A few pretty little collages from Amsterdam-based creative studio Happy Red Fish. Even their name is cute!

Today I read the biography of Suze Orman and was so inspired by it, yes, Suze Orman. Like WTF. Dudes, you won’t believe it, but her life story is kind of amazing (you should totally read it!). She went from serving muffins for years at some coffee shop to being best buddies with Oprah, like, talk about taking huge risks and swapping muffins for Tiffanys.

Anyways, why do I bring this up? Because it freaked me out! I wanna be buds with miss O. I wanna look back and be all like “shiiit…remember when I was blogging at midnight and had to wake up early for work? Pfft bitchin times” and then ask Roberto to bring me another martini and puff my pillows. How am I going to do that? I dunno. When am I going to achieve such dream? Dunno!

So, this is why I chose to feature Happy Red Fish’ art work, because it’s pretty, happy, and uncomplicated. And we all need to feel that way once in a while or we’ll go coocoo for cocoa puffs.

Women Empowerment by Julissa Lopez

July 22, 2013

Mixed media by Julissa Lopez

Mixed media by Julissa Lopez

Mixed Media by Julissa Lopez

Mixed Media by Julissa Lopez

Julissa Lopez is a Santo Domingo based artist that has recently started an experimental series titled Women Empowerment. This series explores her own vision and thoughts on iconic women and their social influence.

I like Julissa’s colourful style – which I bet is influenced by all the tropical beauty in her country. Her work has a good amount of Kitsch without being too over the top, which is totally trending right now. Glad I discover her art thanks to the magic of tumblr!

In-Progress by Shaun Kardinal

July 18, 2013

Art by Shaun Kardinal

Art by Shaun Kardinal

Art by Shaun Kardinal

I recently revisited Shaun Kardinal’s site In-Progress and I was happily surprised by all the new images he has added. If you are not acquainted with Seattle-based artist, then you should definitely check out his work. Shaun’s embroidered paper collages are everyone’s favourite; they are the perfect combo of mixed media and geometry. In a way, I consider them to be some sort of textile – with the paper as the fabric and the collage and colourful threads as the embellishments.

Seriously, bookmark his site for whenever you need an inspirational pick-me-up. While you’re at it, take a look at this large-scale piece he created for one of his shows.

Photo Collages by Matt Wisniewski

July 9, 2013

Photo collages by Matt Wisniewski via The Artful Desperado

Photo collages by Matt Wisniewski via The Artful Desperado

Photo collages by Matt Wisniewski via The Artful Desperado

Photo collages by Matt Wisniewski via The Artful Desperado

Photo collages by Matt Wisniewski via The Artful Desperado

Lusting over these collages by Matt Wisniewski. I’ve already feature his work on the blog some time ago, and I’m still hooked on it.

His new collection – Futur couture – is probably one of my favorites! A mix of fashion, illustration, and photography all put together to create some delightful eye candy.

I’ve seen tons of magazines using collage as a new trendy way to illustrate mood boards and ‘get the look’ pages. Glad that mainstream media is catching up to it! Which one’s your favorite? I’m swooning over the one with the dude and the still life scence, of course!

secret garden by Enrico Nagel

August 6, 2012


I am in awe with these collage series titled Secret Garden by Enrico Nagel. First of all, the whole floral theme is very trendy right now so he gets extra points for that – but – by adding a few extra timeless elements like avant garde couture and solid colors – Enrico has managed to create strong modern art pieces that will remain beautiful, regardless of any trend.

I find similarities between Enrico’s work and Ashkan Hornarvar - who happens to be one of my favorite mixed media artists. I guess the list of favorites will just keep getting bigger and bigger!

all images: Enrico Nagel

via: arpeggia

ashkan honarvar

July 3, 2012

A bit ago I did a guest post over at YellowTrace – one of my favorite art and design blogs from Australia (lot’s of yellow happening on their site, which is a mega plus, of course!). On that post I shared a few collages that just blew my mind and today I would like to share them with you (they’re THAT amazing).

All these collages are part of a brilliant series titled Vanitas by Ashkan Hornarvar. The mix of fashion elements, color and texture is just mouth watering. Series like this make me get all tingly and thankful – thankful that some people like Ashkan are so so talented.

Ashkan Hornarvar


artful fridays – Rachael Ashe

May 18, 2012

Hello you!

It’s that time of the week. You know what I’m talking about, right? It’s time to feature awesome people!

Today we’re going to have a chat with Rachael Ashe - an emerging artist that uses recycled materials and found objects to create altered books and collages. Did I mention she also loves photography? Yeah, total rad-o-rama over here!

By the way the long weekend is upon us, which means a possible road trip AND lots of delicious pics. Stay tuned for next week’s “The Week in Images”

Let’s get the chat with Rachael started:

Who is Rachael?

I am an emerging multi-disciplinary artist, working in a number of media such as altered books, mixed media collage, paper cutting, and photography. I love working with recycled materials and found objects as much as possible. I live in East Vancouver with an entrepreneurial technologist and a small yellow bird, both of whom constantly inspire and keep me laughing.

When did you start making art?

I was drawn to art-making from childhood. First it was drawing and painting, and then photography. Up until about four years ago I was focused only on photography, mainly creative portraiture. As I transitioned from film to digital, I felt drawn to more tactile work in the form of collage, and this eventually led to working with books. At the moment I am entirely focused on  paper-based work in the form of collage and paper cutting, as well as altered books.

What are altered books?

The term altered books covers any art form that uses old books as a material. I use existing hardcover books I either find or buy second-hand to create sculptural assemblage collage.

What’s your favorite medium to work on?

I love trying different things and experimenting, which is why I end up working in many different mediums. At the moment paper is definitely my favourite, and I’m contemplating ways I can create larger pieces than I have to date.

What are some basic tools we would need if we wanted to create some altered books?

All someone really needs is a book and creative thinking, because there are many things one can do that don’t require any additional tools. Scissors, glue, gel medium, an xacto knife, and a bone folder knife are the basic tools I work with most often.

How do you recharge your creative batteries?

I recharge my creative batteries by getting out of the city for a change of scene, spending time in nature, and visiting the studios of artists I admire. I also get a recharge by experimenting with new materials or process because it can inspire ideas and lead to new work.

What would be your advice for people that want to pursue a career in art but don’t know where to start?

An important part of being an artist is to reach out to other artists and engage your community. I’ve learned a lot about being a professional artist by participating in events that have brought me into contact with more experienced artists. Most people are willing to share knowledge and experience, and it’s important to any career type to create strong connections with the people in your field. Don’t expect anyone to just hand you all the answers though.

Holy laser-cut precision, Batman! (all by hand though)

Her work is a beautiful mix of patterns, textures and nature. Visit Rachael’s Etsy shop to get your hands in some of her collages or follow her on Instagram and watch the magic of mixed media unfold before your eyes (you’ll also get a few sneak peeks of her AWESOME little bird)

Happy weekend!