Thursday, February 12, 2009

Guts and Glory

It's been a while since I did an inspiration post, so here's a few artists and things that are making my heart beat faster right now.

I've linked to Crystal's blog in an entry before, but I neglected to show you something she makes that is so exquisite: spine brooches! I almost wish I weren't saving hard so I could buy them all! Her shop is here.

Lisa Kokin creates wonderful mixed media books, sculptures and installations using paper, buttons and mixed media, but my favourite are her sewn antique photographs:

...on her site she says "I sit in my studio and speculate about the nature of the photographed people’s lives. I will, of course, never know the truth, so I feel it is my job to give them new lives and rescue them from the obscurity they would be headed for were it not for me, humble servant of the arts."

This image is so inspiring:

....I'd love to create some simple cuffs that echo this worn-out glory.

And finally, this poster:

...sound advice, and something that- yet again- makes me wish I didn't need to save my money right now. Especially as the thrift shop coughed up yet another gorgeous pair of shoes in my size...delightful black, leather, shin-high steampunk boots with side buttons....oh dear. I really ought to stop going into the thrift shop.



oldflowers4me said...

your post made my friday night-ive just opened a bottle of champagne-would you like a glass...

ArtSnark said...

Cool. Thanks for sharing

RowanDevoe said...

ooh, all of this is fabulous! thanks for the links! and, if you find boots like that it is just too amazing and you have to have them! if you didn't get them then i would have to come all the way over there and smack you!
take care,

;aura dellaporta said...

so glad I found you love your creations!!! xoxox Laura

Jen Crossley said...

These are very cool brooches I love them Thanks for sharing.
Those shoes sound so cool

Robyn said...

I love Lisa's sewn antique photographs. There are so many wonderful images this month. Your cuffs and studio photos in particular.

Crystal said...

I'm honored to be mentioned on your inspiring blog once again.
And of course, you know, as I was reading your post above about the book you found at the antique store I was thinking to myself "hmmmm...I wonder what the spine looks like"!
Thanks for the continued inspiration you bring.

beth said...

ahhh, i want that poster. i teach middle school and it would be perfect for my art room.

Seth said...

Great collection of images and objects to spotlight!