Friday, March 27, 2015

Wood Piles Turned Into Art

All of the above are created by Gary Tallman.

Image via

Do you know you can turn wood logs into art! These creative minds use huge piles of mundane wood logs to create artwork featuring owls, figures and other nature's elements. They seem to have a special skill in distinguishing wood based on it's color, texture shape and size which they use to their advantage in creating a piece. For example it's a work of a genius how the owl feathers are formed with different colored wood in the third picture from the top. So why not use the pile of logs sitting in your backyard to make your own masterpiece. 

Photos from Bored Panda

Polish Movie Posters by Marian Stachurski

"Na leśnych bezdrożach" Stanisław Niewiadomski Cover by Marian Stachurski Published by Wydawnictwo Iskry 1956

Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński Poezje

"Opowieści z dreszczykiem" Cover by Marian Stachurski Published by Wydawnictwo Iskry 1966

Sniegi Kilimandzaro, 1959

Marian Stachurski, Il Giorno Della Civetta, 1970

Liliane Atlan theater, Poster from Jewish Theater in Warsaw, 1975 

Marian Stachurski (1931-2014) a Polish graphic designer studied at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts under Henryk Tomaszewski. He illustrated film posters in the 1950's through to the late 1970's, for both domestic and international films. His distinctive style was bold and colorful in nature. He used simple forms and abstract elements influenced by Polish folk art. I like the posters with owl and bird illustrations depicting the feather friends in varied styles formed using plain lines to free flowing shapes. 

His original Polish movie posters can be purchased from the website called Polish Poster and more can be viewed on Pinterest, thanks to the collectors of his work for sharing.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

So Jeo LeBlond: Pysanky Easter Eggs

So Jeo LeBlond is a very talented self-taught egg artist based out of Scotsburn, NS, Canada who creates Pysanky or Ukrainian Easter Eggs. 

With the traditional Ukrainian Pysanky technique on real egg shells using beeswax and dyes she creates mind boggling designs. The last step of the step involves removing the applied wax with candle to finally reveal the stunning patterns. She uses varied kinds of shells from tiny finch eggs for making earrings to large ostrich eggs. 

Her work has been published in the Egg Artistry Guild of Australia Inc. as Featured Artist, Quarterly Magazine, the International Egg Art Guild Magazine, Weranda's April 2012 Edition and Medasset's (Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles) 2014 Easter Card. Her work can be found in private galleries and collections worldwide. She has an online store where you can find her work available for purchase.

Sweet Mother's Day Cards

The internet is overflowing with beautiful Mother's day cards which is just around the corner. I love sending personalized card to my mother especially because I know she loves to receive them in the mail. While browsing online I came across so many lovely cards which I thought you would like as well. I prepared a  little round-up of owl themed Mother's Day cards I've found thus far! I hope you enjoy the round-up and find something for your mom who loves owls (my mom loves owls!). 

You can find the direct link to the product page under each image.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rugs in Fun Designs

Skylar collection by Loloi Rugs is bright, fun and cheerful! The rugs are handmade with 100% wool which makes the range perfect for entry ways, bathrooms, living rooms and kid's rooms. To see many more lovely designs and to order, go here.

New Products by Smallable

Smallable is an online departmental store offerings kids designer clothes, toys, furniture, and decorations for nurseries and kids' rooms. They search the globe for special and unique gems with the focus on creativity and practicality. Their website is a treasure trove for parents with over 350 brands and 10,000 items. They have made it easy to shop with them by delivering to more than 80 countries!

Here are few of the owl products I like, more can be viewed on their website.
1. Moulin Roty Suzette the owl mask
2. Goodnight light owl lamp white
3. Le Petit Lucas du Tertre Rita owl dress white
4. Anne-Claire Petit owl music box multicolored
5. Anne-Claire Petit owl cushion heather grey
6. Bass & Bass owl piggy bank
7. Le Petit Lucas du Tertre owl bike t-shirt grey
8. Emile et Id owl pocket striped shorts playsuit dark grey
9. Emile et Id owl pocket sweatshirt brown

Monday, March 23, 2015

Artwork Carved On Egg Shells: Christel Assante

Detail of Barn Owl Carved on Egg Shell

I am so excited to have discovered the stunning work of Christel Assante. French artist Christel Assante creates detailed carvings on egg shells using knives, vinegar, a drill, and sometimes paints beautiful drawings on them.

"I like drawing on this so symbolic shape, on this so pleasant material because very porous which allow numerous different technics ... The egg shape allows to present scenes which evolve as you turn around it. I like this idea .."

Assante uses all kinds of shells from duck, emu, goose, nandu, pheasant to quail eggs. While she is carving, she prefer to hold the egg shell in her hand to minimize vibrations. It can take her upto 8 hours to carve a goose egg shell and one week for an ostrich egg shell. For her work, she sources shells from her friends, neighbors, her mother who has variety of birds and from a farm in Gers.

Once her piece is completed, a light bulb is placed inside the carved shell through a hole which magical reveals every tiny, intricate detail in her creation.

You can see the step by step with images of the process on this link.

To learn more about her work, you can read the wonderful interview she gave to Art et Artisanat du Monde, here. If you are interested in buying her piece you can check out the available work for purchase here.