Well, why don’t you get a little Glitz and Glam?

We can’t always lead a glitzy and glamorous life, but why not have an inspiring piece on our wall. This photo from Nadia Attura is exactly that. Nothing says glitz like The Ritz, and the effect she puts on the photograph gives it a bit of classic glamour and elegance. Here are a few modern day items as well to make your everyday world shine.

1. The Ritz by Nadia Attura

2. Gold Pendant Lamp from Lazy Susan

3. Classic Legs by Kelly Wearstler

4. Gold Cabinet from Gattox

5. L’Artisan Parfumeur from Ahalife


Well, why don’t you display the piece “unstretched”?

I recently had a conversation with a client about shipping the work to her on the rolled canvas, but not wrapped around the frame.  In recent months I have seen a trend with artwork.  The work is displayed “unstretched” or not wrapped around the wooden frame.  This is much easier for someone like me who lives in London to ship to someone in the US (or wherever), as it can easily fit in a tube and it keeps the cost down (added bonus). I love the raw look of it, and think it can add something unique to the room.  Here are some excellent examples of works displayed “unstretched”. Hannah and I have left one of our paintings without a frame, The Heart, and depending how it goes may leave many more!


// home of Eva and Gentry Dayton
Home of Eva and Gentry Dayton
Natural Eclectic unstretched canvas art
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An unstretched painting on canvas by Scottish artist Charlie Anderson
work by Charlie Anderson (I do not know if this is waiting to be stretched, but think the way it is displayed looks fantastic)
mid century pink
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The roll bar at the top makes it much easier to hang.  Image found on Pinterest

Well, why don’t you meet Sculpture Artist Silvia Krupinska?

Nature and organic forms are the perfect sculptures and Silvia Krupinska does it perfectly.  We have met her a few times from collaborative shows at Curious Duke Gallery, and have wanted to interview her ever since.  Here she explains how she started and what motivates her to create these beautiful works

Tell us about yourself, how did you start making sculptures?

I’m an organic texture artist based in London but originally from Slovakia. I always knew I wanted to be an artists, but only in my second year (2005) during my BA at Chelsea School of Art and Design, I moved away from only painting and have began to make 3D installations and sculptures. Interestingly, painting has never left me completely. There were times I called myself a ‘painterly sculptor and sculpterly painter’. I enjoy making sculptures the most, when I experiment with a technique and something unexpected happens. Whether it is my grape extraction technique, or salt and oil painting, I need that thrill from developing and inventing my own.

What inspires you to create?

The most inspiring thing for me are my own memories of nature and natural textures. I’m obsessed with various textures and surfaces. Sometimes they can be layers of time. My themes switch geographically between the UK, Slovakia, Portugal or United Arab Emirates. I’m adding places to my list on a yearly basis, as the holidays come and go. I’m very inspired by flow lines of rivers and shapes of lakes. I use digital and paper maps, which almost transformed my practice to creative topography, creative mapping.

Tell us a little about your process, how do you go about creating your artworks?

As you have probably guessed, the creative process excites me, sometimes it can turn to a performance. I film and document as each work develops and becomes finished. I don’t mind sharing my processes with people when I’m doing art workshops, or in my Youtube channel, blog. I like sharing and exchange of information. Perhaps I should be more secretive about how I make my art – some say people like to just guess how something was made, without knowing before looking at the objects? What do you think?

What has been your biggest achievement as an artist to date?

My biggest achievement to date was exhibiting during Venice Biennial in 2009 with EU-ART-Network collective, “Dreaming Europe-Real Europe”. I’m also feeling excited about my current project in collaboration with Museum Poprad, in Slovakia, where I was born. I’m creating a series of works ,which some of are planned to become a part of their permanent display in an anthropologically themed room about fossilized bones and plants from the Neanderthal era, including a treasure of a Neanderthal scull found in Ganovce, Slovakia.

What plans do you have for 2014?

This year I’m also working on ‘Water themes’ using creative topography and I’m conceptually and financially planning a solo show for 2015 with a working title – ‘Voda'(water in Slovak). I can’t say more about this but so far it looks like this could potentially be my first solo international touring exhibition.

Where can we find you online?

I nearly forgot to mention my design jewellery brand KAJ – Krupinska Abalone Jewellery. It was launched in November 2013 and I love making it! It satisfies me somehow. It’s natural looking jewellery almost entirely made from the recycled abalone sea shells. Abalone are characteristic by their lustrous iridescent mother of pearl on the inner side and irresistible and tactile white and pink texture on the outer side, which contain a row of breathing holes. I love abalone to bits! My shells are resourced from sustainable sources within the Trade in Endangered Species licence and all of my art is made with the environment in mind.
Website:  www.silviakrupinska.net
Blog:  www.silviakrupinska.wordpress.com
Online store:  www.krupinskart.tictail.com
YouTube:  www.youtube.com/user/SilviaKrupinska

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Well, why don’t you follow the artist Ashley Woodson Bailey?

In honor of the Chelsea Flower Show this week I wanted to find a fantastic floral artist.  I came across Ashley Woodson Bailey on Christine Dovey’s Bijou and Boheme (one of my favorite blogs for inspiration).  Bailey worked as a florist for over 20 years, and now focuses on photography.  What blew me away is that all of her images are caught on her iPhone.  Her eye and styling are absolutely incredible at catching the fragility of her subject. Beautiful!

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Bashful Beauty
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Pure Love
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Well, why don’t you get Art in the Everyday?

It is wonderful to see when art inspires the everyday designs around us. To see an artist’s creation on wearable and useable objects brightens the mundane. Recently we have noticed more and more “artsy” designs. Probably one of the most popular is Jackson Pollock’s action paintings. Here are a few everyday objects inspired by his well known works.


 1. Jackson Pollock Autumn Rhythm Number 30

2. Paige Denim Verdugo Skinny Jeans from Nordstrom

3.  Splatter Pillows from Houzz

4.  DIY Cabinet by French by Design

5. Veeshoo from Wolf and Badger

Well why don’t you check out Art Production Fund?

I came across Art Production Fund on the site AHAlife.  Usually a site where I find cool clothing labels, but recently a Peter Doig beach towel popped up, and I fell in love.   I did some research on the company, and found that they are a nonprofit organization that place several world renowned artworks to everyday objects.  Here are a few of their fantastic beach towels.  They might be a bit pricey for a towel, but a fun way to bring art to the everyday, and of course perfect for the summer!

“Art Production Fund (APF) introduces art to a larger audience by helping contemporary artists produce public art projects. The nonprofit organization has assisted in the realization of projects such as the famed Prada Marfa sculpture in Texas and has put pieces by up-and-coming artists on top of New York City taxicabs. In that same vein, APF’s Works on Whatever (WOW) places original artwork onto to everyday objects like mugs, plates, stickers and towels, thereby making works by Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger and other world-renowned artists accessible to all.”        


Peter Doig                                                       Barbara Kruger                              Julian Schnabel




Cecily Brown                                                Yayoi Kusama                                  Ryan McGinley