SCREAM! And other beauties

An unexpected trip yields great viewing!
The Scream- lost for many years and found again.


Tilda Swinton sleeping


Andy Warhol – an old favorite


And Starry Night of course!


A Glassy Affair!

We would like to present the ethereally glassy works of Jamie Harris here within the KidSpace and LightSpace series. Jamie is a glass artist with a difference. He believes deeply in his ability to create from glass, but true to any artist, he is never satisfied and is almost humble about his experience with the material. The spectrum of work of Jamie Harris Studios, shows maturity of content, a deep understanding of material and aesthetics, pleasing contours and striking forms. And one begins to respect his ability all the more when one learns that he learnt glassblowing through the age old method of apprenticeship in addition to be educated in the craft.

By self proclamation, Jamie loves the use to color in his work. His experiments with hues and pantones create a playful quality to even the most mature of his creations.

We were drawn to the Mod Series for children’s spaces. Designed to be sculptures, with scoops that show the depth and layering of color within, the Mod could just as easily be a set of lights in a child’s room.










We also love the 2 color glass sculpture from the Infusion Collection which may be famous someday.

Glass sculpture (Infusion Collection) waiting to be finished

Finished Glass Sculpture Infusion Collection

And finally we love the Rock Pendant Chandelier Lights. The form of these lights was imagined with the retro fixture that illuminates it, giving it an almost electric quality. See for yourself.

Rock Pendant Chandelier

Good luck to you Jamie. Carry on creating beauty with glass! More of JHS’s pictures here and here.

Sketchbook Project 2012

So long ago, I signed up for the signed up for the 2012 sketchbook project. And then as all human being do, I sat on the project for a bit. And now the deadline draws closer, and nails are being bitten. So I are embarking on a frightful personal journey and starting work on my Sketchbook.

Although there are many things that people do with their sketchbooks-make them colorful, make them crafty and unique (Check our Natalie Malik, and Riyo’s books shaping up), I am going to do the plain thing. I’m going to treat my book like a sketchbook and just sketch. My theme is Monochromatic. My tools are below. And you can find the direct link to my progress here.

I plan to sketch one thing each day now until Jan 16th, 2012. It will be a thing that inspires me, or just makes me curious. I’ll try to write a little note on the location of the object. And maybe, just maybe, if you are lucky, I’ll post the Latitude and Longitude of the object. Just because I’m a geek like that.

KidSpace: Rothko but happier

Rothko Tile Page

Presumably everyone has heard of Mark Rothko. We were particularly attracted to his works early on in our explorations into art. Except that by that time he was famous and therefore unaffordable for the average small collector. We recently found an artist whose work suddenly prompted stirrings within–not felt since we saw Light Red over Black (1957) by Rothko at the Tate Modern several years ago.

Eileen R Miller’s art is strong and beautiful. She earned a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1979. She lives and paints from Wilmette, IL. She has exhibited at several places in Illinois and in New York. We found her at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show and loved her work.

Perfect piece of REAL ART for your little tyke’s room. If all goes well for Eileen, it may also serve as their college fund!

The Medium Series
The Medium Series
The Light Series
The Light Series
The Dark Series
The Dark Series

Also see: KidSpace, More KidSpace, Even More KidSpace, Yet more KidSpace


Beautiful video shared by Geninne (a great artist, by the way). Her blog is here. This video film is an original work, conceptualized, designed and produced by Jim Hill & Meesh Rheault Miller of Glowing Heads, Olympia WA. The music was a piece by Laura Inserra. The book featuring in the video, Patience, was designed, created and demonstrated by Randi Parkhurst at Parkhurst Paper Arts.

Thank you Meesh, for getting in touch and for sharing your wonderful work.

Always more fun + promo code

Did you know that you could print your own little books for as little as $2.00 a piece?
Did you also know that you could purchase a set of ISBN codes for about $10.00 bucks if you wanted to “self-publish” your little books?
And did you also know that you could drive those books around wherever you go and hand them out to whoever you know, for free. Cost of driving around not included. The assumption is that you are going there anyway!

BUT, it is better to have someone else publish your book even though it is much cheaper to do it yourself. WHY? Because it makes you look cool! It makes you look like someone who others want to publish and who others want to read.

AND WE ALWAYS SAY: If it needs to be done, let the professionals do it. (It keeps them employed!)

AND THAT IS WHY: We are signing up for the 2012 Sketchbook Project!!!!! Yay!!

It includes a “World Tour” of the books. Never you mind that the ‘World’ extends only as far as Canada in this case (London and Melbourne are for local entries only).


PS: You can use the code ADDAFRIEND when registering to get $2.00 off your order. Consider that our gift to you!!!

KidSpace: Fun Doodles

Found an interesting place recently. A place where children can doodle freely, for the entire day if they choose, and whatever they draw can be converted to a book, a planner or even a canvas.

Introducing Scribble Press. A one of a kind studio where kids do what they do and SP helps them convert it into something long lasting and memorable.

We are loving the colors!

KidSpace: The city is my canvas!

Continuing with the KidSpace Project- this is a typical example of what qualifies. A sheltered street, low through traffic (fewer disapproving adults), textured grey wall and some chalk. Voila- personal canvas is born!



KidSpace: Children’s M of M

Now where would one find a space that was best designed to engage kids? Naturally the Children’s Museum. We expected everything there to draw us and our little “tester” in. There were many toys, and many things to play with, but very few DESIGN elements, that were engaging to a child.

It is hard to explain so we are going to try to outline some criterion:

We are looking for things that are NOT only and obviously toys. They are NOT decals (of Diego, or Spongebob, George, etc.) We are looking for things that are part of the spatial expression of a room, and by their intended presence, draw a child, or a child-like adult in. They could even be a different kind of interpretation of a traditional activity that kids do, like paint or make a mess. And they could simply be elements that we have never seen before…

Its kind of subjective, but we hope to clarify our intentions through the process of finding actual elements of DESIGN that define or engage a space for a child so you’ll see what we mean. For instance, take this blackboard at Children’s Museum of Manhattan:

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It is part of the space.

It is a design element (wall painted black) but it is engaging to a child because of its intended use, height and the colored chalk lying around.

The chalk holder is bolted onto the board.Yes, the potholes are filled with colored liquid, and can be rotated! It is simple, elegant and was one of the more popular kid attractions.

Kid Space

Introducing our new pet project: KID SPACE

For a while now, we have been interested in this idea of how children’s spaces are different from ours. It is not necessary to have toys in a space for it to engage a child. In fact we find that our 3 year old tester finds fun in the most unobvious places- the bar of a scaffolding becomes a hanging beam, a strategically places toilet roll holder becomes a steering wheel, a clothes hook is an elephant with its trunk up- you get the idea!

So to honor active imaginations of our youngest generation, and to explore design from their perspective, we are going to dedicate the next few posts to children’s spaces (design and details) that we find intriguing or those that we consider huge success because they cater to the littlest folks in the best way.