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There is something edgy about polaroids. I’m not sure if it’s because of its retro quality or because it’s so raw – there are no retakes – what you get is what you get. Whatever it is, I love it. Don’t you?
I have to admit, I was a little stumped on what I should post today and then it hit me – artist Jen Stark!!! She’s one of my favorite artists today. She has been Miami’s darling for the last few years (look through the pictures below and you’ll see why).
I was fortunate to interview her a few years ago for Florida Travel + Life magazine and she was so nice. She said she was inspired by her sister’s medical text books (she was studying to be a doctor).
I’m so crazy about her work. I love the colors and the shapes and the ingenuity of it all. Don’t you?
Check out her website – www.jenstark.com
TUESDAY: DIY ART
(ps. since this picture, I trimmed some of the fringe. It is a bit much here.)
A week and a half ago, while in the Dominican Republic (check out part uno of our trip here and part dos of our trip here), my sister-in-law, Nathalie, let me wear one of her necklaces around town. I fell in love and become obsessed. No, literally – I couldn’t stop thinking about making one of my own. So, last night, after collecting the beads and string on my lunch break, I made it. It only took me three hours to do it all – paint (and dry) the beads, braid the string and thread everything together.
I’m going to make more necklaces and bracelets in the upcoming days, so I’ll show you how I paint the beads in upcoming posts. (Hint: it includes bamboo skewers and empty cracker and granola bar boxes.)
Here are pictures of Nathalie’s necklace.
Here are pictures of my necklace.
Pretty good replica, huh?
Here is what I used:
1. Two pieces of fringed trim (I bought at a speciality fabric store. For a $1 a yard)
2. Three colors of cross-stitch thread (I already owned these from a previous art project – check my bird cage art here.)
3. Wooden beads (I bought a tub full for $5.00 with a 40% coupon at Michael’s. So it came out to be $3.00)
4. Acrylic paint (Already owned.)
5. Random beads (Already owned.)
So the total for this necklace is $5.00! Sweet deal!
Yesterday I came across this website (www.yarnbombing.com) and I fell in love. What a fun and colorful way to give joy to people, make them smile and warm their hearts.
People all over the planet are taking part in this craze and I think it’s absolutely wonderful. It’s yarn-anarchy!
Now, if I only knew how to knit …
WEDNESDAY: NATURAL LIVING
If there is one thing Alex and I do really well – it’s recycle. We have two recycling bins that are filled to the rim (and sometimes are overflowing) each Monday morning with cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, glass jars – and on and on.
I do wish, however, that we just didn’t use these items one time and then discarded them into the recycling bin.
So, I looked up creative ways other people have done to reuse recyclables – particularly glass and plastic bottles. Would you do any of these? I’m thinking the igloo would be fun in the backyard – haha!
I was browsing the Museum of Modern Art’s website and I came across these five modern pieces of art that inspire me. I hope they inspire you too!
Check out some of my art:
Art project: colorful recycled magazine shadowbox art …