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* fluorescent

Posted on January 1st, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Inspiration.


I haven’t been posting inspiration-y things for some unknown reason (last one was 2005 according to my archives!), so maybe I’ll do more of that this year.

I have a bad habit of accumulating piles of magazines.  Once the piles get too big, I file the ones I might ever refer back to (Readymades, all things Martha, and one-offs of select design and craft mags) and rip out pages I like from the rest.  I’ll eventually come up with a good system for organizing the loose pages, but for now they get thrown into a bin.  I rifle through the pile every once in a while when I’m looking for ideas.

Anyway, on today’s spree, I came across an issue of Wallpaper from a few months ago and was reminded of a pair of portraits commissioned from Hiroshi Tanabi (who I think is the same person as Hiroshi Tanabe, though this particular drawing isn’t listed on his site anywhere).  I like his line-work, and especially the mix of black pen with fluorescent marker.

The other one is the same drawing but with an orange highlighter instead of yellow.  I love love love the fluorescence against the brown background.  I think there’s some garish embroidery thread in my collection, hmmm.

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* California printmakers

Posted on July 26th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Inspiration.


I’ve been thinking about prints lately, which has brought me back around to my favorite artists.

Tom Killion‘s woodcut prints are amazing. His California coast series is my favorite.

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You might recognize Patricia Curtan‘s prints from the Chez Panisse cookbooks. We have some of these up in our kitchen. (Scanned in then printed out so no book-chopping was involved.)

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Kathleen Lipinski is a serigrapher I came across on the craft fair circuit when I lived in California. Unfortunately I could only afford her notecards. This print involved 18 colors!

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* Crafting in Public

Posted on June 10th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Inspiration.


Just back from yet another trip for a meeting. The summer traveling scarf is about 1.5 feet now. After still another trip next week, maybe I’ll finish it off. I think it’s funny that my 9th or 10th knitting project is a garter stitch scarf on big needles. It’s with the leftovers of patons divine from the spiderweb capelet.

Anyway, this meeting had my favorite example of crafting in public. I sometimes get weird comments about being a crafty scientist. For some reason people find it very contrary to my lab persona. (Although others don’t, Hi Alex!) The president of a big funding agency was at this meeting, and she worked on a needlepoint during all the sessions. It was cool to see.

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* Jennifer Murphy

Posted on November 7th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Inspiration.


Here are a couple of Jennifer Murphy dolls, by the way, very optimistically filed under To Imitate.

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more here.

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* crochet earrings

Posted on October 27th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Inspiration.


These crochet earrings made by Purldrop are for sale at Cut+Paste. I think I’ll try to make something similar the next time the crochet bug hits.

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* Megan Whitmarsh

Posted on October 16th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Inspiration.


I love Tiny Industries/Megan Whitmarsh’s tiny embroidery. I first came across her wallets at Plastica thanks to a blurb in Readymade.

She does art exhibits too. This piece is called King Kong in the Desert.

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* Debbie Lucas felt

Posted on September 5th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Inspiration.


Debbie Lucas has some really neat felt landscapes, among other subjects. I’ve been scouting for ideas for some kind of large-scale picture to make. Cross stitch takes too long. Maybe this is it. It’s impressionistic enough that I could probably screw up the felting pretty bad and it would still look vaguely landscapey. Link via Art for Housewives
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* Angela Adams rugs

Posted on August 30th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Inspiration.


Don’t know how I would go about making a rug, so Angela Adams is probably safe from homemade knockoffs. I like the design sense, though.
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* Hanabi flowers

Posted on August 24th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Inspiration.


Good Together has lots of cute, craftable stuff. You may remember their button jewelry in Ready Made. Awful Cufflinks featured their fuzzy pink necklace today, which is what reminded me of them. I really like the flowers on the Hanabi Shoulder Bag. They snap on. I might attempt something similar if I ever find some vinyl that I like.
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* Martakco handbags and belts

Posted on July 8th, 2004 by maitreya. Filed under Inspiration.


Oooh, I really like the bags and belts at Martakco. They’re made of ultrasuede, with really neat flowers and colors.
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