Archives for category: Visual Inspiration

Good morning! Hope you enjoy these two artists!

Painting: Ethan Hayes-Chute

Find more of his stuff here.

Photograph: Joanne Ratajczak

And find more of her stuff here.


So, I know it’s Wednesday and hopefully Nikki will be getting a post up on here later (and me over there too) BUT I had this ready to go and wanted to post it. Images for a Wednesday morning!

Today, I chose images by photographer Alec Soth and installation artist Eiji Watanabe.

Alec Soth is an amazing photographer who also owns a business called Little Brown Mushroom Books. His books and the others he puts out are AWESOME. Like, I wish I had a bajillion dollars so I could buy some of their special editions!

You can check out Alec Soth’s photos here and Little Brown Mushroom Books here.

Eiji Watanabe cuts butterflies out of field guides and pins them up in different spaces. His creations are so super. You can see more images here.

I love it when I find cool new artists!

Good morning everybody! I’m going to start a new series of posts called Fine & Lovely which will just be two or three lovely images and little to no text. I think it’ll be fun!

So, today’s the first day of this new thing.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

P.S. This idea was mightily inspired by the blog Westervin and their posting series A Pretty Pair.

Photos pulled from:

Fuzzy Lights:

Girls in Swimsuits: from Tumblr

This morning Drew’s sister Amber sent us a link to the site Grain & Gram The New Gentleman’s Journal. This is a lovely site that features contemporary craftsmen participating in a slew of different trades.  It’s beautiful, with wonderful images, interviews and videos. I love looking at things that are this polished – it’s so inspiring and puts all sorts of ideas in my head about how I can make Made by Good better – you know out there in the future somewhere.

Anyway, the part of Grain & Gram that I wanted to feature today is the print shop Mama’s Sauce. I first learned about Mama’s Sauce on Anna Bond’s (of Rifle Paper Co.) blog a looong time ago and had kind of forgotten how awesome I thought they were. Well, today I was reminded that they rule!

So, check out this awesome video above (probably the slickest video, in a good way, about letterpress printing I’ve seen!) of Nick Sambrato of Mama’s Sauce, enjoy reading about all of the craftsmen on Grain & Gram, and be sure to look at Mama’s Sauce’s website. After looking at all of their excellent product, from wedding invites to posters, get ready to be inspired!

Grain & Gram here.

Mama’s Sauce here.

Rifle Paper Co. here.

Hi y’all! So, today was my day off. I spent the morning running errands and then headed to the studio for the afternoon. I had a really good time taking down stuff from last semester and clearing space for work that will be made this summer. Sometimes you spend so much time with things that you’ve made that you just can’t stand to look at them anymore. That’s how I feel about everything from last semester. So, yay for physical and mental space ready for new creative production!

Also, I wanted to share these images by Ashley G and Drew. This couple makes some of my favorite illustrations and I’ve been looking at their stuff for a while now. You can check out their website here and their blog here. Hope you like them too!

And, finally, Design*Sponge, one of my favorite blogs launched their site redesign today. It’s much easier to search through specific categories. I’m especially fond of the DIY section! You can check it out here.

Hope your week is off to a good start!

Do you ever find something that is so super you just can’t quit looking at it!? That’s how I feel about the work being produced by Marianne Dages of Huldra Press. Her books are so lovely! Each one is unique and contains found imagery both on the cover and as pages inside. What a cool way to put together a book!

You can check out her website here and her blog here.

So, my first year of graduate school is done and the summer is off to a good start. I’ve listened thoroughly to both Rumours by Fleetwood Mac and After the Gold Rush by Neil Young (trying to decide which album is next!) and have been super busy making books! Today, I wanted to post some process photos featuring my workspace (aka the living room floor) and a video called Letterpress made by School of the Visual Arts student Naomie Ross.

I’ll start with the workspace and book part.

I’ve had such a great time the past few days making new blank books, journals, and a new addition to the selection, address books. It’s so different to be making something without content — good to remember the pure tactile pleasure of putting a book together. I’ve been adding some embellishments to the covers (mostly because I am totally in love with those little paper flower poofs – I want to put them everywhere) to add some pop. Including an additional decorative element has been super fun. These should be up on Etsy in the next couple of days so keep an eye out! The poor Made by Good store has been so neglected! Oh, and that’s Eloise the cat sitting watchfully up there.

And the video.

I came across this video on Tipoteca Italiana‘s (I met Sandro Berra of Tipoteca at Hamilton Wood Type Museum‘s Wayzgoose last year) Facebook page. I often find that it’s hard to describe to folks exactly what I do so when I saw this I was so excited. It’s a great simple summary of printing.

I hope you enjoy these photos and the awesome video! You can check out more work by Naomie Ross here. Happy Tuesday!

I was doing some research today and stumbled upon this website. It reminds me of this site that I posted about a bit ago. What beautiful stuff! Good browsing material for (another) rainy gray day.

Also, here is the ‘about’ statment from the site:

“One vanishing art that can still be studied in the interstices of the assault of global retail is vernacular typography. All over the world, there are cities and towns that retain their rich traditions of vernacular signage. Unfortunately, the fate of these typographic havens is being threatened by the uniformity of corporate advertising, which ignores and subverts local history and tradition.”

I think I like Spain the best. Looking at all of this from all over the world makes me want to travel so much! Hope you enjoy!

I couldn’t think of a better title for this post because “look at these incredible images” pretty much sums it up. These photos were taken by photographers (Russell Lee and Jack Delano took the photos I chose to put up here) of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information mostly during the early 1940’s. The color is mind blowing!

There are more images here. It’s totally worth checking the rest of them out!

Oh the lovely things you stumble upon when you’re killing time before work on the internet. Aren’t these fabric posters just awesome? Type and words look good no matter what the medium. These were designed and executed by Gergana Plummer. You can see the rest of her design work here.

Yay for Tuesday! I’m going to try to cram a lot into this week because whether I’m ready or not school starts next week! Ahhh! I can’t believe it!