Hope everyone has a sweet week ahead 😉
Jewelry is a powerful statement -and an ancient one. Among the artifacts unearthed from previous civilizations are forged rings, lapis pendants, carved bone bracelets and delicate earrings made of gold. We’ve been decorating ourselves for thousands of years, and I see no reason to stop now. Which is why I’m so happy to see local jeweler Sophie Hughes making a splash around Boston.
She works primarily with recycled materials, making her jewelry a very Eco-conscious treat. Sophie has been celebrated by magazines like the Improper Bostonian, Boston Common and Boston Magazine. and her pieces have been seen on Bella Hadid and Rose Byrne. Yay Sophie!
Sophie’s store, Ore, is right down the street from our house and I met Sophie at her shop shortly after we moved back to the neighborhood. We chatted about the jewelry that she makes, and also about the other artists she carries in her store. The pieces featured here are all hers – she notes that she makes jewelry for everyday life, pieces you don’t have to take off and pieces that feel good on your skin. I wish her all the success in the world, she’s a real talent and her work is beautiful.
If you’re in Boston, you can visit Ore at
80 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116
Loving artist Aaron Whitehouse’s “Of The Earth Series 1”, a collection of mixed media and resin on wood
To me, they look like forms on the Earth’s surface you might see from a satellite photo. I’m mesmerized by anything that is, or looks like, an aerial view. Maybe that was his point; either way, I’m into it.
Sometimes good can come of a tragedy. Wildlife Conservation Research Unit has seen an outpouring of support and donations in the wake of the illegal hunting of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe this summer. It’s always a shame when animals die by the hands of humans for selfish reasons. In this case, the world was outraged enough to stand up and do something about it. Live on, Cecil!
Happy International Tiger Day!
I love these beautiful animals. In light of the horrible recent killing of Cecil the lion by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, let’s hope more attention can be drawn to the continued loss of our big cats so we can do more to protect them. Today we celebrate tigers, but each and everyday we should celebrate all forms in and of nature. Learn more about Tiger Day here.
I share my studio space in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood with some serious talent. Among us are interior designers, photographers, event planners, a small marketing agency and the ceramic powerhouse couple Jill Rosenwald and Lawrence McRae. I was passing by my favorite bowl this morning on my way in and it dawned on me that I’ve yet to mention Lawrence and his work here on the blog.
McRae’s pieces are made by hand, then carved by hand. They are so perfect they look like they may have been stamped by a machine, but after watching him do this day in and day out, I assure you they are not.
They are both delicate and strong – I love how, in many of his pieces, the negative space as a whole creates shape itself.
I think my office desk may need one of these lamps. There are so many wonderful artisans in this neighborhood. I remember coming over here as an art school student and touring the studios on Summer Street. I’m so lucky I now have a space here of my own, which is totally a dream come true.
While up in Maine, I finally had the opportunity to drop off a wedding gift for friends that I’ve had hanging on my own walls for quite some time. Their wedding took place on Great Pond in Maine, so I captured the area in a watercolor for them. I hope they enjoy it for many years to come!
I wanted to share an artist with you today that I’ve long obsessed over. Daniel Egnéus is a Milan-based artist & illustrator with an incredible career. I’m sure we’ve all seen his work in books and magazines along the way. I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it.
Egnéus was born in Sweden and has lived throughout Europe during his career. You can see how the continent, with it’s rich and ornate history, inspires his work.
This video gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the making of one of his books, “Little Red Riding Hood”. It’s a fascinating look into the how & why behind the artwork.
I may just be ordering a copy of this book for my upcoming birthday.
I hope you enjoyed this beautiful work, and if you want to learn more about Daniel Egnéus, he has a wonderful website here.
It’s been quiet here on the blog since I’ve been out and about being loud in life – first came a long weekend to the Cape for the 4th
then an impromptu rendezvous up at Belgrade Lakes in Maine.
It’s been a fun and somewhat unexpected summer break, but now that the fireworks have all been lit and the s’mores have been consumed, it’s back to work. Lots of projects going on in the next few weeks, stay tuned for updates & other design news here.
Happy Birthday America
One of my studiomates, talented Nicole Baas, is currently traveling throughout Denmark and Sweden. We talked at length about the perfect black Nike sneakers for her trip. Girl knows style.
I’m loving these images of her trip from her Instagram account. Scandinavia is at the top of my travel list lately. Afterall, it is the motherland of perfect design in almost every category. Nicole has a great Instagram feed, definitely worth following.
Hope you had a great Monday! xx
I had the opportunity to work on a fun email campaign for a longtime client of mine last week. They are growing fast and wanted to send out a thank you to their clients & supporters. One of my favorite things about G2 is not just the awesome people who work there but they let me have so much fun with their look. They are definitely a fresh face in the world of finance!
I just completed a really fun watercolor commission. I love painting places and things people love, so when my client asked for a portrait of her family’s auction house, I was excited to tackle it. Her family is moving and has to sell the space, which has given them many special memories over the years. I love how it turned out. I hope it brings the family much happiness.
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After watching Virunga, I was inspired to do a little illustration work featuring the mountain gorillas.
I’m happy with these little sketches; I love the contrast of the black gorillas against the lime-greens of the rainforest. I think this would make a great series!
Have a great Monday everyone..
I did this piece a few weeks ago around the time of the Kentucky Derby. How exciting for American Pharoah to be in the running for the Triple Crown! Good luck to him tomorrow at the Belmont Stakes.