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Fuco Ueda December 14, 2008

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I discovered her work through the Nucleus Gallery, which I stumbled across from a Myspace bulletin made by one of my favorite artists, Axelhoney. Her work is absolutely breathtaking and unique. So incredible on so many levels.

My favorites are Bad Summer and Birthday, from The Bliss Express and Ephemera exhibitions; respectively. Just stunning:

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hello savannah August 11, 2008

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My new earrings from LulaBoutique. So cute! 

I’m always finding endless bunches of adorable things on Etsy (which will spoil you forever against mass-market product). Junk post. But I love them so.

boopsiedaisy July 28, 2008

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“Doll Nut,” “Neo Polly Tan,” “Pam Cake” & “Ceasar Sally.”

I’ve been meaning to do a post on boopsiedaisy for awhile now. I stumbled across her on Etsy and instantly fell in love with her kitschy and frankly quite bizarre fine art prints. I love the injection of pure color, her sense of childlike whimsy mixed with an LA-Halloween-creepshow kind of vibe. Dolls’ heads mixed with food? (Her fantastic “Who’s on the Menu?” series) Crazy original and crazy cool. All her prints have cleverly punned names, too. I’m dying to collect some of her work, the hard part is deciding which prints to pick up.

pinkytoast March 16, 2008

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I’ve been checking out Pinkytoast’s art and dolls for awhile now. I love the big-eyed characters, her use of whimsy and color, the sense of fantasy, and also the darkness and edge she gives to something that could come off as overly childlike. She has a range of characters from her Tattoo Girls to her Sweet Tooth Girls, and she’s always coming up with something new. A few of my many favorites:

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Tie Up My Heart Circus Girl

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Twilight and a Midnight Swan

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Little Tattoo Mermaid

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Sweet Ginger Heart

“Living and working in Brooklyn, NY, Pinkytoast…has a soft spot for all things, (well, most things) sweet and sour. Her original paintings, dolls, and drawings are peppered with pinks, sour pouts, big eyes, raindrops, baby doll dresses, twins, moon balloons, and flying bananas. [Her art]…is inspired by retro kitsch, fairy tales, little kiddles, mod fashion, blythe, dollfie, vintage rag dolls, sad clowns and circus shows, the melancholy of goth, and all things pink.”

Pinkytoast’s art is available for purchase at Etsy, the hardest part is choosing what to get!

Broken Colors March 8, 2008

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Broken Colors by Michele Zackheim chronicles the remarkable life and art of Sophie Marks. Raised in rural England by her artist grandparents, Sophie is inclined to follow her own bohemian existence. When World War II strikes its catastrophic devastation upon the Midlands, and her own young life, Sophie loses all she knows. While she is forever scarred from those wounds and other tragedies, she finds constant new ways to make herself shine with resilience, most importantly through her painting. She finds love and many years of romantic fulfillment in a sculptor named Luca Bondi, but when their relationship crumbles, Sophie must yet again find a new direction for herself. In the end, Sophie comes full circle, proving that perhaps it is never too late.

Zackheim accurately captures the essence of painting and art processes through words. She tells the story quietly, with beautiful but unpretentious language, and the story tugs at the heart. The emotions ring true and the story sweeps across Sophie’s whole life, from young womanhood into her eighties. Woven with bits of history, beautiful descriptive fragments of Europe–from the Midlands of England, to Paris, to Italy, the American Southwest and back again, Zackheim paints a sentimental and vibrant story.

Any creative spirit will appreciate this book. Broken Colors is rich with life pleasures and sumptuous language. Inspiring quotes from famous artists punctuate between chapters, and Zackheim’s style is consistent and solid. It’s an intense book, in both content and wording, a book to be savored and enjoyed. Just as in real life, passion is sometimes juxtaposed with anguish, and devastation with constant hope.

Fafi love January 24, 2008

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I have been into the “Fafi Girls” ever since Nicole introduced them to me over a year ago. Fafi is a French artist who has taken her feminine graffiti to a whole new level with her distinctive style, and now Fafi Girls are recognizable all over the world. Graffiti art has always been interesting to me, but I really love Fafi’s girls and her soft, dreamy approach to how she does her characters. Her use of color is brilliant. It’s girlie and funky all at the same time. I had a hard time deciding how I wanted to incorporate Fafi into this blog, because all her work is so beautiful, it was hard deciding on just a few images. So I doubt this is the last you’ll see of Fafi here!


(my personal favorite so far)

I love the sexy, flirty, playful vibe of Fafi’s characters. They can be demure but they are often aggressive. The sheer fantasy and originality of her work is what makes it amazing.