Well why don’t you follow the artist, Kumi Yamashita?

It’s follow Friday!  A perfect way to kick off the weekend is an introduction to a unbelievably talented artist, Kumi Yamashita.  The Japanese artist uses three simple materials to produce her work in the series Constellations;  a board,  thousands of nails, and one loooong string.  She wrapped the one piece of string around 7,000 nails to create photorealistic portraits.  Incredible!  She usually only completes a few each year because of the time it takes her.  Yamashita also created some mind-blowing shadow art that is definitely worth a look.

Hannah and I are off to Art 14 today.  Excited to see what all the hype is about, and share it with you.  Only in its second year, and already many wonderful reviews.   Have a good weekend!



Mana detail




Sachi, Detail

Cy, detail


Well, why don’t you pair black with white?

We posted recently about monochrome and how it bring that timeless chic.  Today we are pairing up some art by Josefina Isabelle with some stunning black and white objects to set it off nicely.  It all looks so cool and clean, I might get a few of these to spruce up the studio


1. Invisible Crown by Josefina Isabelle

2. Cluster Light by Kathleen Hills

3. Black Arrow Cushion from Ferm Living

4. Paulistano Chair from Bodie and Fou

5. Half Circle Stacking Mugs by Kate Spade Saturday

6. Translucent Black Twig Cutlery from Mad House Collection

Well, why don’t you meet artist Phaedra Peer?

We love the bold colours and beautiful women that star in the art of Phaedra Peer.  She has had many exhibitions since graduating from Brighton Art College and we can’t wait to see more.  Phaedra tells us more about her inspiration and what she has in store for the next year…

1.  Tell us about yourself, have you always wanted to be an artist?

Yes, I would say I have always been an artist. I’ve been doodling hearts and flowers for as long as I can remember and they are still prolific in my work. I didn’t much like art at school as I always had such strong ideas of the kind of art I wanted to create, which rarely correlated with what the course was dictating. I’ve been painting for years now but the first year after I left uni I tried to hold down a conventional 9-5 job with a steady income and I was honestly miserable. When I’m not doing art it’s like there’s a hole in my heart.

2. Where do you find your inspiration?

Everywhere! I love painting beautiful faces so I spend a lot of time scouring the internet and magazines for gorgeous girls which is actually quite depressing! I’m obsessed with Disney and fairytales so I find inspiration often in children’s book illustraions. I love a good quote or song lyric and often shape images around that. I’m a sucker for anything girly like butterflies or glitter but then am also drawn to quite dark stuff really and find the intersection of these fixations quite interesting to depict.  

3. Do you have a favourite painting of yours?

I really love my Kurt Cobain painting. It’s on loan at pure evil gallery and it’s the only work I actually miss. When I get it back it will definitely be hung in my bedroom..he was great. I also really like my Freddie Mercury portrait but again that’s probably just as it depicts someone I idolise so massively. I don’t think I feel overly attached to any images of the nameless girls portrayed for their beauty, but I’ve got a few celeb deity like homages that won’t ever be for sale!

4. What plans do you have for the future?

Me and my friend are opening a 3 story shop in Brighton which is going to be a coalition of fashion and art so currently I’m working on a series to fill that space- it will be open from April. I studied art in Brighton so can’t wait to be working and creating down there one more. Long term I would love to have my own gallery, there’s so many amazing artists I aspire to connect with and love the idea of curating a show with all my favourite hand-picked art.

5. Where can we find you online?

My website is www.phaedrapeer.com and my blog, which is more up to date, is www.phaedrahannah.tumblr.com

Well why don’t you get geometric?

I have been inspired by 3-D geometric shapes and patterns lately, and plan to use some in my own artwork. The sharp points, nice lines, and flat surfaces will lead your eye around the work.  For me it is the challenge of being exact and precise as my work is often based on intuition and chance.  Hopefully I will have a blend of the two.

The sun is shining in London! Such a great way to start the week.   Have a good one!

Glass and metal geometric sculpture
Mika Barr Origami Cushion by Nake
3d geometric shapes tattoo by kamil czapiga

François Morellet's Geometrical Abstract Art | Trendland: Design Blog & Trend Magazine
"Life Tunnel" (2008), by Atelier Bow-Wow. Steel plate. At "Psycho Buildings", an exhibition of architectural environments designed by artists, at The Hayward gallery in London. Photo Stephen White
* All images found on Pinterest

Well why don’t you follow the artist, Maya Hayuk?

A couple of weeks ago Hannah wrote a post about pattern artwork.  I was really drawn to piece by Maya Hayuk.  Then a few days ago I saw a photo taken in NYC of Maya’s work on the street.  After a little more research I have found that Maya does it all…murals, street art, paintings, prints, and textiles!  A girl after my own heart.  Her bold and bright patterns are such stand outs, and really refreshing to see on the streets.

Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper, photo by Carin Olsson by Paris in Four Months, via Flickr
Photo by Carin Olson of Paris in 4 Months featuring Gary Pepper Girl
GARDEN PARTY, 2012, Acrylic on panel 48X36”

HAMMER MUSEUM 2013 installation view, paint on walls 50 x 20′, Photography by Brian Forrest
NORMAL, IL. October, 2011
BIG BANG BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST’S PROOF #1. 2013, 7-color hand-printed screen print water-based ink 29.5×22″ (75cm x 55,5cm) Printed at Pictures on Walls

*Photos from Maya Hayuk site

Well, why don’t you create your own blackboard art?

One of the first things we did when we moved into our new home was to make a blackboard, mostly to remind myself to do things but also to have a bit of a doodle.  Its a great way to get those creative energies out.  It doesn’t stop at wall space, why not try to upcycle furniture by painting it in blackboard paint.  The best thing is, if you don’t like what you have done it can be returned to how it was with just a damp cloth, why not get creating…