05 10 2017 - Inspired By

Today I’m featuring my latest graphic design obsession… vintage Exlibris designs.

An Exlibris (bookplate) is a mark of ownership which the owner of a book sticks into the inside of the cover. It is made by an artist who is commissioned by the owner to create according to his wishes and ideas a small graphic that bears the owner’s name and the word Exlibris. The word Ex libris is Latin and, together with the owner’s name, means “From among the books of N.N.” In order not to lessen the value of the book by writing one’s name directly into it, one marks one’s ownership by sticking the bookplate on the inside of the cover.

Lucky for me, The Frederikshavn Art Museum and Ex Libris Collection has created a digital Exlibris museum project. Started in 2010, the goal of the project is to preserve and share these beautiful and unique designs with a larger audience.

It’s amazing how much these small designs can convey about the former owner’s personality… which is probably one of the most intriguing and captivating things to be about these designs. Another fascinating thing to me is the span of time these bookplates cover- from 1700 up to current day. Below is a collection of some of my favorites- enjoy!

Artist: Maria Elisa Leboroni. Owner: Gennaro Sallusto. Year: 1935. Country: Italy.


Artist: Edward Grabowski. Owner: Kotarskiego Stefana. Year: 1963. Country: Poland.


Artist: Albert Jaern. Owner: Aslaug Haave Lamberg. Year: 1942. Country: Norway.


Artist: Albert Jaern. Owner: Bjørn Severin. Year: 1944. Country: Norway.


Artist: Albert Jaern. Owner: Edgar Noel. Year: Unknown. Country: Norway.


Artist: Albert Jaern. Owner: Roald Holmen. Year: 1943. Country: Norway.


Artist: Walter Bergmann. Owner: Walter Bergmann. Year: 1923. Country: Germany.


Artist: Hans Michael Bungter. Owner: Poul Rygaard Jensen. Year: 1967. Country: Germany.


Artist: Ernest Huber. Owner: Dr. Roger Bliss. Year: Unknown. Country: France.


Artist: Jüri Arrak . Owner: Eha Toomas Vetevool. Year: 1977. Country: Estonia.

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04 27 2017 - On Etsy

Today I’m sharing a recent Etsy favorite, Small Adventure. Small Adventure is a shop featuring paper goods by Keiko Brodeur, who describes her inspiration for starting the shop as a way to not only enjoy drawing and painting but to observe nature and learn about traveling and cultural lifestyles. Enjoy!

Yak Birthday Card

Happy Birthday Forest Card

Thank You Tundra Card

Hello Desert Card

Camper Trailer Birthday Card

Motorcycle Dad Card

Multi-taskin’ Mama Card

Orange Plains Birthday

Miss You Pup Tent Card

Treehouse Dad Card

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04 26 2017 - Inspired By

Today I bring you the work of Danny Jones, currently a designer at Google VR, specializing in 3D interaction & visual design. The project featured below is a series of 3D badges he did while at AQUA, for a Nike workout app. Each badge could be unlocked after varying degrees of time spent working out. Enjoy!

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04 19 2017 - Pattern Play

It’s spring! I recently moved from Brooklyn to California, so for me, this means overflowing wildflowers (sometimes growing out of the sidewalks), pungent smells of flowers and fruit trees, and of course, an excuse to wear a floral dress. I’ve also been leaning towards a more romantic design aesthetic, which includes as many floral/nature motifs as I can get away with. I thought it would be fun to round up some of the floral patterns I’ve been loving lately, in honor of this lovely season. Enjoy!

Bloom Floral Pattern Collection

Subtle Botanica. Vol.2

Floral Pattern

Floral Pattern

Watercolor Floral Design Set -Audrey

Tropical flower pattern

Blush & Gold Graphic Collection

Watercolor tropical patterns

Tropical palm leaves vector patterns

Vintage Roses Patterns

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04 12 2017 - Inspired By

I’ve been a long-time fan of the work of Jamie Beck, and have followed her online life, first with (her now defunct blog) From Me To You, and then her latest iteration, Ann Street Studio, which chronicles the work and life her herself and her husband and business partner Kevin Berg.

Coincidences are always a funny thing, and as it should happen, right around the time I noticed she left New York for French countryside, I was plotting my own escape from New York- which involved selling everything I owned and taking a train across the country, from New York to California. I think because of this parallel, I’ve been following her journey closely, in part because of the beauty of her photography, and also as a way to perhaps understand my own escape.

Her personal work has taken a departure since she’s been in France, and I couldn’t be more in love with the result. The work that she’s currently sharing on Instagram seems deeply personal, incredibly artistic, sensual and daring. I’m particularly inspired by the self-portraits she’s been sharing, often in the nude, that are reminiscent of oil paintings from centuries past.

I’m obsessed with this dress (and it’s Mara Hoffman, in case you’re wondering)

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