Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Saul Bass new release…ish

January 24, 2011

It may be an obvious or cliche choice for favorite designer…but I really do love Saul Bass. He is best known for his poster design as well as his creative approach to opening titles in film. For those of you not into old movies and poster art, you’ll know his logo for United Airlines.

I was excited to find today that his film,”Why Man Creates”, created in 1968 was for the first time uploaded to youtube in it’s entirety. The film explores and discusses the nature of creativity as it is broken down into 8 stages.

It aired for the first time, as a shortened version,  on the first broadcast of “60 Minutes” in 1968, and also won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Feast your eyes on the genius of Saul Bass!




Accentuate the Negative

April 27, 2010

While I am up in the air on my way to Sydney, I thought I would share with you the wonderful art of illustrator Noma Bar.

Noma was born and raised in Israel but currently lives and works in London as an illustrator and graphic designer. He has worked for publications like New York Times, Esquire, The Guardian and Time Out London. Most recently he has published a book called “Guess Who? The Many Faces of Noma Bar” that features beautiful caricature style illustrations that utilize shape, color and manipulation of negative space. See if you can figure out these portraits and find the hidden elements that give their identity away.

Up and Away!

April 21, 2010

I am in the midst of a pack-a-thon plowing through laundry, sorting and Tetris-ing my belongings. I leave in a week for a visit to Australia where my boyfriend, Graham, will be crossing the stage for his PhD. A proud moment I cannot miss!

Although the flight itself is impossibly long from New York to Sydney, I do have a fondness for the idea of travel, luggage, travel size things, and gadgets invented to make the whole experience even more exciting.

Here are a few adventure-inspired goodies from Etsy!

Its A Small World Glass Globe by CuteAbility

Its A Small World Glass Globe by CuteAbility

I love this little globe pendant by CuteAbility. I am the last person in the world you’d want to put in charge of navigation, but I do love the look of old globes and maps!

Large Kelly Green Leather Backpack by TheLeatherStore

Large Kelly Green Leather Backpack by TheLeatherStore

I’ve never been much of a purse person but as a tourist I think a good backpack is a must! Something to hold my cameras, umbrellas and travel essentials that holds me so I don’t have to hold IT. My travel packpack is an unfortunate little one shouldered black bag, but this kelly green leather is right up my alley! The shape and color is just beautiful. The inside lining is a fun floral print too!

Kiwi Coral Carpetbag by marykaiser

Kiwi Coral Carpetbag by marykaiser

I think this must be the most beautiful carry on or overnight bag. MaryKaiser makes a lot of really beautiful carpetbags but I am partial to this silky green coral!

Cold Shoulder

March 2, 2010

We just had another nasty snow storm in Upstate New York but I can’t help feeling that spring is on its way. I love the spring season because I love to mix and match summer wardrobe with warmer layers. Little jackets, capes, caplets, boleros and shrugs are so fun to mix and match with outfits. Here are a few to get you warmed up for spring!

Silk Mohair Blue Dream Shrug by Modestambition

Silk Mohair Blue Dream Shrug by Modestambition

ModestAmbition chose beautiful colors for this springy bolero. It looks so pretty and feminine and I’d love to see it with a flowy cream dress! ModestAmbition designs all of her patterns herself and has some really beautiful work. Check out her Etsy Store!

Blacka and White Stripped Bolero by Ananya

Black and White Stripped Bolero by Ananya

I just love this stripped bolero by Ananaya. I can see this with a bright, full skirted dress. It’s looks to be really well constructed and I like the care she put into the stripes. She has a lot of other really beautiful designs in her Etsy store…especially dresses! Ananaya is also willing to make custom apparel, so check her out.

Bustled Bolero by Toccata

Bustled Bolero by Toccata

This lush full Bolero is beautifully gathered by Toccata. It looks like whipped dark chocolate…yum! I think this could be classy or edgy…either way I love it! Check out Toccata’s other beautiful fashion designs in her Etsy Store.

Routine Shawl by KColine

Routine Shawl by KColine

So Glitzy! This would be so fun for a night out…especially when you don’t want to wear a jacket. KColine is located in Brooklyn, NY  and all designs are original. She has a lot of really cool, edgy designs in her Etsy shop.

Liza Rietz

February 27, 2010

This morning I stumbled on a designer from Portland, Oregon. She has been creating custom clothing since 2001 and has sold her designs to high-end boutiques in major cities across the US and even has her own shop in Portland. You can find her designs at her web page,, or stop by her Etsy Store!

Her designs are unique and beautifully structured, and completely wearable! I really like that her clothing is made with clean natural fabrics, and the pow comes from unique silhouettes and structures and folds that are very unique and very well done.

Ruffle Dress by Lizarietz

Ruffle Dress by Lizarietz

Kimono Sleeve Jumpsuit by Lizarietz

Kimono Sleeve Jumpsuit by Lizarietz

Wool Cloche Light Gray by Lizarietz

Wool Cloche Light Gray by Lizarietz


Flickr Treat!

February 3, 2010

After trolling the flickr groups for inspiration…these crafts found their way to the top!

strike handmade clutch bag by stripy cat

strike handmade clutch bag by stripy cat

I love the off center flap and the bright button! Beautiful and simple!

Bathtime Robot by Lisastarchild

Bathtime Robot by Lisastarchild

awww… theres also a super cute little robot in a tub of noodles!

Roma Roma-ma by Stay Home

Roma Roma-ma by Stay Home

and lastly…I must confess, I am caught up in the GaGa craze. This little doll is super cute. She’s got the look and the bow down pat!

Moving Paper

January 26, 2010

At the moment I feel like a bit of a tool as I am blogging from a café. But there are things to be done!

Above is a beautiful video from New Zealand to promote books. I am a collector of pop-up books and while this might not be a traditional pop-up book…it is pages coming to life!

Kwang Hoo Lee

December 7, 2009

I love this design! Korean designer Kwang Hoo Lee came up with this concept of folding functional art. What a great way to hide extra seating 🙂 I don’t know how many houses this would work in but for tiny cafes with eclectic art it could be a great idea. I wonder how comfortable it is?

Another of his designs is the Peg Chair.It’s a cute design and perfect for a kid’s room, but the pegs actually function and will hold coats and bags. Great design Kwang Hoo Lee!

Southern Paradise

November 25, 2009

Before leaving Australia, Graham and I were trying to make the most of our time together. We took a quick weekend trip to the Nan Tien temple in Wollongong south of Sydney. It’s the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere and an absolutely beautiful, peaceful place.

Nan Tien Temple known as “Southern Paradise” is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere. The temple focuses on the exchange of eastern and western cultures; the interchange of the traditional and the modern; and also the adaptation with the local communities. Not to mention, the nurturing and educating of devotees and the general public. Over the past ten years, Nan Tien Temple has become one of the favourite venue for religious study groups, school excursions and community group outings. Nan Tien Temple offers regular events, such as meditation retreats, excursions, art and craft classes etc. Nan Tien Temple is not only a place of Buddhists attraction in Sydney but also one of the most well known international tourist attractions. It attracts more than a few hundred thousand visitors from all over the world all year round. In addition, it plays an important role of propagating the Buddha Dharma and promoting the exchange and harmonization of the eastern and western cultures as well as all religions.

I’m not a religious person but I do think that religious places are beautiful and I love visiting them. Nan Tien features a number of different temples, each ornately decorated and allow you to give different kinds of offerings. Some had incense, rice, candles or flowers and each offering stood for a aspect of life that could use some cleansing or prosperity.

Nan Tien TempleIn the first temple Graham made a donation, I made a prayer and then received this itty bitty scroll with good advice 🙂 Behind me you can sort of see the statues and decoration but cameras weren’t allowed :/

Nan Tien TempleThe second temple was set up higher than the first and was surrounded by smaller buildings for teaching and seminars. There is a room for learning caligraphy, restaurants and tea rooms. This temple had a big bell and drum (I wanted to hit it so bad!) and had a beautiful view of the mountain side and the Pagoda in the distance.

Nan Tien Temple

This was NOT ALLOWED but I couldnt help it…it was so impressive! Each little light on the was a small recess with a statue of buddha. The lights were lit in prayer. Here you could light a candle in prayer or tie a wish to a small tree. All over the grounds of the temple were lily ponds surrounded by many small buddha statues and each one was very different. Apparently, buddha isn’t one person but rather a name to refer to someone who has reached enlightenment.

Nan Tien Temple

After leaving the temples we climbed a very big and steep hill to ring this gratitude bell. I wasn’t feeling grateful when I got there but it was a beautiful view and a beautiful bell. From there you follow back down the hill to the Pagoda. I was surprised to find that the pagoda is a very tall mausoleum filled with small compartments for ashes. The bottom floor is a temple and each level up has small compartments with brass plates naming those buried there. On the grounds there is also a crematorium.

It was a great trip and I really recommend a go if you’re in the area!

Tick Tock Cool Clock

November 19, 2009

I wish I had any information at all to give you on this clock but I only stumbled upon this photo. It’s just beautiful and I love how industrial it looks. It looks like an old school bell or fire alarm bell? If you know anything about it please share!