A few weeks ago I received a note from Jenna Snyder Phillips introducing me to her latest collaboration with Jonathan Adler. Remember this post about her fantastic nudes? I still plan to gift myself one someday… The safari themed collection sold out in record time, but don’t worry, she has more to come!
Jenna is based in NYC, and her note serendipitously came as I was planning my trip, so a studio visit was quickly arranged. Meeting Jenna and seeing her art in person was definitely a highlight. She couldn’t be sweeter (or more talented, but that goes without saying) and I loved getting a glimpse into her creative process.
You can see a bit of the inspiration behind Jenna’s work in the sprawling photos pinned above her desk. The glacier pictures on the bottom left inspired the abstracts in the third photo and a skull will soon be interpreted as art in a new series. I think we’ll be seeing more of Jenna in the upcoming months and I’m looking forward to following her continued success!
Mina Oka Hanig
Yesterday I woke up feeling restless and wanting to get out of the city. Somehow Bugsy’s delicious deep dish pizza came up and that was all the incentive we needed to head towards Old Town, VA. It’s just a short drive over the river, but with its charming cobblestone streets, boutiques and antique stores, Old Town feels worlds away from the hustle of the city.
Walking off our lunch led us to the Torpedo Factory Arts Center which is one of my favorite local sources for original art. The atmosphere is so much more relaxed than a traditional gallery and you can often strike up a conversation with the artist or even catch them working on a new piece in the back of their studio.
I had to snap a few photos to share in the studios of two of my old favorites: Tory Cowles and Betsy Anderson, as well as some new discoveries like Mina Oka Hanig’s mosaics and the landscapes of Marietje Chamberlain. We didn’t intend to buy anything, but Marietje Chamberlain’s tie watercolors were too perfect to leave behind. Once they’re framed they’ll be living in Garrett’s closet.
Are there any new artists whose work you’re admiring lately?
Photos by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style
Good Morning, Morning by Kate Lewis | AIGA/NY Anniversary Poster by Maira Kalman | Big Orange Chair by Kate Lewis | Beach by Yao Cheng | Sunglasses by Denise Fiedler | Coat of Arms by Patricia Carlin | AIGA/NY Anniversary Poster by Paula Scher |Hydrangeas by Denise Fiedler
Art can undoubtedly make a room but shopping for it requires a bit of hunting and I’m always on the lookout for new resources to share. When Uncommon Goods asked to collaborate I browsed through their home decor collection and found some great pieces I thought you might like, but when I came across their beautiful artists gallery I really started to get excited.
There among the huge selection of wall art were pieces by two of my favorite artists, Kate Lewis and Maira Kalman, who up until now, I had no idea sold prints! In a twist of serendipity, I just looked back at this post I wrote about Kate Lewis’ artwork (over a year ago!) and in it I mentioned loving a piece called ‘Big Orange Chair’. That exact piece is available as a print on Uncommon Goods. It’s fate, no?
After calming myself down after the initial Kate Lewis/Maira Kalman freak out, I was happy to discover a few new-to-me artists whose work I also love. The intricacy of Denise Fiedler’s papercuts amazes me, and I’d like to live in Yao Cheng’s pink watercolor beach scene. If you’re expecting, or know someone who’s expecting, I think an illustrated coat of arms by Patricia Carlin would make a wonderful addition to any nursery and is such a thoughtful and unique gift.
Hope you found something you like!
This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods, a site whose artwork I’d be happy to have hanging on my walls. Thoughts are my own.
My sister (yes, of camo fame) just moved into her first post-college apartment and requested a post on artwork for her new space. She’s taking full advantage of this time in her life to be as girly as she wants in her decor choices and specifically asked for some feminine pieces for her gallery wall.
Etsy is by far my favorite resource for affordable original artwork and after a bit of searching I found a shop selling the most perfect pieces for my sister’s collection: The Vault Files. I’ve yet to meet someone that doesn’t love peonies (are you out there?) so I thought I’d share my discovery.
I seem to have an attraction to close up floral photography (as evidenced here and here) but the black backgrounds set these apart. They have a modern edge, but also remind me of antique German botanical charts. The best part is, they’re priced so well, you won’t have to worry if you can’t pick just one favorite–I know I can’t!
Today is the official start of New York Fashion Week which seemed like the perfect opportunity to share these adorable illustrations of some of fashion’s most iconic faces from The Costumer’s Sketchbook.
Now to decide between Diana Vreeland, Iris Apfel and Anna Wintour. Something tells me I’d be much more productive with Anna’s ‘I’ll clap when I’m impressed’ face staring down at me.
Who’s your favorite?