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.
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!
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.
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!
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