The basic storyline of the movie Her is that a lonely man falls in love with his operating system. Weird, right? However, maybe falling in love with a calendar wallpaper for your desktop/tablet/smartphone isn’t such a bad thing? It is the month of love after all. I designed the February calendar wallpaper with Valentine’s Day in mind, of course. It’s inspired by the Paper Muse Press Cupid’s Arrow wedding invitation suite. Here’s to hoping your month is filled with lots of love.
As I mentioned previously in this Behind the Blogger post, we’d like to introduce you to a few of us working behind the scenes at Paper Muse Press. Desirae Struthers is our design and trend extraordinaire of the office. To celebrate her savvy ways, we’re starting a new column, From the Desk of Des, where she rounds up some of her favorite finds based off of her trend spotting. In her introductory post, Winter White, she celebrates all the white we’ve been seeing falling on the ground—and walking down the runway—lately. From Des:
I try to keep on top of the latest trending colors, especially at the beginning of the year. I’ve recently been inspired by the white trend that’s popping up on runways for spring. But you don’t have to wait until spring to enjoy it! I’ve already noticed people sporting it on the streets and in their homes.
The white trend this year can be seen as white on white, with varying textures for contrast, or black and white. You can also add a pop of white to anything dull to add a bit of brightness and life. The white trend is easy to follow because white is a neutral color. You can also follow this trend with household items and accessories. I’ve always loved homes that have at least some accent of white in their decor, and white home accessories look so clean and modern.
Here are a few of my favorite things that follow the winter white trend:
1-Revisions Design Geometric Planter | 2-Jonathan Adler Salvador Vase | 3-Mikabarr Origami Pillow | 4-Zara Short Dress | 5-Winter White Knits Chunky Infinity Scarf | 6-Waterstone Succulents Sculpture | 7-Cheap Monday Paper Wallet | 8-White Faux Taxidermy Deer Head | 9-Revisions Design Bottles
How would you like to see how your name looks on some of your favorite Paper Muse Press wedding designs, without having to pay a dime? Sounds pretty good to me! At Paper Muse Press, we don’t just send you a set of generic samples. With Three for Free samples, you get three wedding invitation card designs of your choice with your names on them so that you can see how the invitations will look completely finished. No guesswork (or worrying) for you. When I was planning my wedding, less worry was always welcome!
Get Your Three for Free Samples:
See the custom samples ordering instructions and available designs in the wedding invitations section of our shop. Use the code 3FREE, available for a limited time.
It may be cliché, but I’m all about organization at the beginning of the year. I want to clear off my desk, get my inbox to zero, delete any unneeded files and get my calendar in order. I know I’m not the only one embracing a fresh start. With that in mind, we’re starting up a new monthly column in which we gift you with a free downloadable calendar wallpaper to help you get organized in the new year. The January calendar wallpaper is inspired by the Paper Muse Press Sunburst wedding suite. Happy planning + organizing!
Download the January Calendar Wallpaper:
The housing market is heating up (thank goodness, right!) which means more people are buying homes. For me, this translates into creative ways to say congratulations on your new digs. I was inspired to create this DIY papier-mache housewarming gift with personalized photo notepads from the Paper Muse Press shop, paint and the large decorative letters from my local craft store. Throw in a cute papier-mache house to wrap the personalized notepads, and you have a one of a kind gift. The main pluses to this project are it’s easy and budget-friendly!
What you’ll need:
Notepads, envelope liner, paint, decoupage glue (or spray adhesive), newspaper, paint brush, large craft store letter and papier-mache house (or box).
Step One: Select notepad design and customize. The first step was to search for photos of the family (what fun!). Then select a notepad design that fits them or their new home. I opted for the Fine Line 4″ Photo Notepads because of its fresh, modern style. I chose to put their name on the cover and then just a photo on the inside sheets, but you could add their new address here as well! I also ordered matching envelope liners to use for the craft.
Step Two: House
While shopping for the large ‘R’, I came across the adorable papier-mâché house. It was the perfect size to put the notepads inside. The inspiration for the red roof and R came from the red accent on the Fine Line notepad pattern. I used the envelope liners for the base of the house and cut out the photo and name to complete the home.
Step Three: Letter
The R took 2 coats of red. I searched the Sunday paper for the letters to spell ‘Rojas’ as well as their new address. The design at the bottom of each sheet makes a great detail when cut along the highs and lows of the design. Using spray adhesive, attach all the images and letters.
Step Four: Fill the house with the notepads, other goodies and deliver!
I love the red color because it reminds me of the Rojas’ spirit and is trans-seasonal. It looked great on their Thanksgiving mantel and will go right into the holiday season. Quick, fun and easy personalized housewarming gift! Peace and love!
Today we’re sharing the work of Sage Dawson, an amazing artist from right here in the midwest. I’m happy to say that she’s not only a wonderful artist, but she’s also my friend. We met while we were both working on our undergraduate degrees in Fine Arts. I love following Sage’s work, she creates beautiful, thoughtful, layered pieces using printmaking methods, painting, drawing, and collage. In her most recent work Sage focuses on exploring abandoned buildings and spaces. Here’s more from her artist statement:
“On Streets Like Ours, In Rooms, Up Collapsing Stairs examines the history of cartographic rendering: mapping to investigate the distinct identities of spaces, dwelling rights, and contemporary perspectives of nostalgia. The work draws from on-site dwelling rights research in India, radical cartography, and phenomenological approaches to documenting abandoned and forgotten sites. Most of the places and objects explored, such as the 1163 Mary Street house in Springfield, Missouri, are nearly invisible to the communities within which they reside, though they remain intact, collecting dust and mildew atop obsolete technologies, peeling tile, furniture, and architectural remnants–such as the bathtub, a part of the 1163 Mart Street house since its construction in 1941. The work examines the production and destruction of space, and its larger impact on the people who encounter it.”
Sage also keeps a blog about her work called Sage Dawson News. It’s an update about her shows, lectures, and published work, but also a peek inside her studio and a behind the scenes look as she sets up her installations at galleries. For me an artists process is just as interesting as the final art work they create. Here’s a very few pics of what you can find, it’s definitely on my must read list of art blogs.
A big thank you to Sage for letting us share her work. If you’d like to see some of her pieces in persons she’s got a solo show coming up in St.Louis on May 24th, and also one on July 5th in Kansas City at Front/Space gallery. I know I’ll be attending!
Staying inspired in any job can be very rewarding. I’m always looking at other designers and illustrators to help keep me informed and inspired. One of those individuals is Lisa Congdon. If you’re not familiar with Lisa then you probably should be. Her clients include Chronicle Books, Running Press, Harper Collins Publishing, Target, Urban Outfitters, and Random House Publishing. Her work is shown in galleries across the US. Lisa did not start painting till she was in her thirties and is mostly self-taught. She loves to collect things and chronicled a book, A Collection a Day. Lisa is also well known for her hand lettered quotes and plans to have another book published featuring some in the Spring of 2014. Lisa currently lives and works in the mission district of San Francisco.
If you would like to see more of her work visit her site at http://lisacongdon.com/
If you don’t know who Tad Carpenter is, then you probably should, he’s kind of a big deal. As a Kansas City girl, I can’t help but be proud that my hometown can boast of such a talented guy. He’s an illustrator whose work is colorful, quirky, and overall super fun. He’s designed products, and packaging for the likes of Target, Publix, Adobe (yes Adobe), Snapple, and many more. His concert posters are so lovely I’d definitely hang a few of them in my home, and his art prints are colorful, and sweet, many of which would make great gifts for weddings, house-warmings, or baby showers. I also love taking a peek into the interiors of creative peoples homes, and him and his wife Jessica were featured on Design Sponge for a house tour. Their space is everything you’d imagine, filled with light, lots of color, and fun quirky objects all over the place! Thanks so much to Tad for letting me share his work on the blog today! See all of his designs on his website tadcarpenter.com.
(photo by Eric Linebarger)
Every year in Kansas City we have The Plaza Art Fair. It’s an amazing event, an outdoor art festival with artists that come from all over the country to show their work. Each year lots of the same artists appear, which is great for collectors who love particular artists works. However this year I was searching through all the artists booths for something new to me, and came across the work of Dolan Geiman. Immediately I was pulled in by all the layers and textures of his pieces, as well as the bright colors he uses. His work stood out from a lot of the other artists, and he combines lots of different techniques including painting, collage, printing, and sculpture, plus he and his wife were super sweet and told us all about the process of making his pieces. He’s worked with some huge companies as well including Anthropologie, and Urban Outfitters (two of my faves) to produce artworks that everyone can afford. I even bought two of his panel paintings for my own home. Plus who wouldn’t love his tagline, “Contemporary Art with a Southern Accent”.
So glad that I found Dolan and his artwork. Please make sure to check out his website, you won’t be disappointed!
I’ve heard a lot about The High Line for years but only recently got the opportunity to visit this lovely lofty park. The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It was founded in 1999 by community residents. The Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for visitors.
I wanted to share some images that I took on my recent visit. When we were there we were lucky enough to have a lovely late Spring Saturday to enjoy the views with. The park was very busy that day with many locals and tourists from around the world.
A flower garden on the High Line.
Sarah Sze, Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat). Visit The High Line’s website for more info.
French Street Art Star JR’s Enormous New High Line Mural. Visit Blouin Art Info for more details.
What is The High Line Zoo – A Project by Betten, Bae and Braunstein
If you are in New York visiting or live there and just have visited The High Line yet I highly recommend it!