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Plants: Our Silent Guardians

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Plants are our silent guardians Lili Cuzor The Standard

Claire Cottrell

This Thursday night is the opening for a very exciting exhibition PLANTS: Our Silent Guardians, by Lili Cuzor of Tigers to Lilies in collaboration with Lauren Spencer King of the Sphinx and the Milky Way, and Claire Cottrell of Art Bookstand who will have a pop-up bookstand shop set up, all taking place at the Standard hotel in Hollywood.

The installation and shop will be up from 3/21 – 4/21, go check it out! I know it’s going to be amazing! I so wish I could be there to see it! There are some sneak peeks on Lauren’s blog here and here.

Opening Ceremony this Thursday, March 21st, the Spring Solstice from 7:00pm – 9:00pm Claire will be debuting a film she made and there will be herbal teas, plant installations, artwork and more!

<3 day

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

TigerstoLilies, Valentine's Day, Cookbook LA, Lauren Spencer King, Cheri Messerli, Ben Medansky ceramics,  Shelterhalf

This Valentine’s Day I’ll be selling some marbled paper I made for Tigers to Lilies flower pop-up at Cookbook in Echo Park and at Shelter Half in LA.
Lili will be there making her magical creations in person at Cookbook, and Lauren from Sphinx and the Milky Way will have some awesome cards for sale, perfect for any day, not just Valentine’s day. AND!! ceramics by artist Ben Medansky! Whose work I’ll do a little post on soon, it’s incredible! Come by and say hello and treat yourself or or a loved one!

only the best for valentine’s:

TIGERS to LILIES wildflower bouquets
SPENCER STUDIO handmade cards
CHERI MESSERLI handmade marbleized papers
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in store @ COOKBOOK (Echo Park) & pre-arranged @ Shelter Half (La Brea)
february fourteenth from 10 – 6

Bookstand at the LA Art Book Fair

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Art Bookstand LA Art Book Fair Printed Matter MOCA

CM Cheri Messerli textiles LA Art Book Fair Bookstand

This weekend come check out the first ever LA Art Book Fair at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary. Bookstand will have a very special stand set up along with many others who I’m excited to see like Iko Iko, Ooga Booga, Family Books, Nieves and many more! The first image is from the BOOK STAND booklet: the southwest, by L.A.-based photographer Ye Rin Mok.

I’ll also be selling some of my CM textiles at Bookstand, in amazing company alongside prints by Lauren Spencer King (pictured above), and ikebana arrangements by Tigers to Lilies come check it out. Starting tonight thru Sunday.

Painted Days

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Gerhard Richter

Overpainted Photographs by Gerhard Richter, super inspired to get out my paints!

Fumiko Imano

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Fumiko Imano photography

I love the work of artist Fumiko Imano. I just found a link to her blog, and was reminded of how much I love the playful spirit of her work. It looks like she has a cool exhibit up in Singapore right now. I was so sad I just missed her show with Kotori Kawashima in Tokyo by a couple days when I was there.


Monday, May 28th, 2012

California Mindset Casa Brutus Tokyo
California Mindset Casa Brutus Tokyo
California Mindset Casa Brutus Tokyo
California Mindset Casa Brutus Tokyo

While in Tokyo I picked up the latest special issue of Casa Brutus which focuses on California creators and a lot of the amazing people and things happening there right now. Also while I was there, a California Mart pop up shop had just opened, featuring a lot of the same people who are in the magazine, Beatrice Valenzuela, Altadena Works, Heath Ceramics..
Very excited that this magazine features friends and is connected to an exhibition which has sent several friends out to Tokyo recently. The exihibition DREAMERS is curated by Serena Mitnik-Miller and is at Ron Herman Sendagaya. If you’re in Tokyo go check it out, and if not go out and find a copy of this magazine! So much more good stuff inside, South Willard, General Store, OK, Dosa, Altadena Works, Aya Muto, Heath Ceramics, the Ace Hotel and much more. It makes me so happy to see where I’m from being celebrated and having a creative community come together. I miss California!

Kojiki Girls

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Kojiki Girls
Kojiki Girls

So the artists who’s work I loved at Kosmos Lane gallery, and one of whom was doing the “Potato is Future” fortune telling performance, are the Kojiki Girls. These guys so crazy I love it! Here’s a peek at some of their work they have online. I won’t share all the amazing postcard images I picked up out of respect for their work but I really hope these guys get a show in Paris and a book out soon! You can see one of many videos showing them in action here. Also check out the craziness on their respective blogs, Machiko and Pia.

Kosmos Lane

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Kosmos Lane Studio & Gallery Tokyo Chihaya Kaminokawa Boojil
Kosmos Lane Studio & Gallery Tokyo Chihaya Kaminokawa Boojil
Kosmos Lane Studio & Gallery Tokyo Chihaya Kaminokawa Boojil

In Tokyo I had the pleasure of being taken to the closing party of a gallery show at Kosmos Lane Studio & Gallery by our friend Chihaya. It was one of the nicest days we spent in Japan. The show was about travel souvenirs and the stories that went with them. There were some really funny objects and images in the show. There was also a concert by a cute band that normally performs for kids, homemade soups and the most delicious breads ever (more about that later) David had his fortune told by an artist who’s work I’ll also share later, but who does performances that are so funny. We met some new people and spent the whole day there, there was even a drawing workshop that everyone participated in, organized by Boojil, who is super nice and currated the show.


Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Spills photography by Bianca Brunner

Works by Bianca Brunner
via the sphinx & the milky way

Dans l’Atelier de Cécile Daladier

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Cécile Daladier ceramics

Cécile Daladier ceramics

Cécile Daladier ceramics

The other night I had the pleasure of visiting the atelier of Cécile Daladier. The space alone is impressive, adding to that we were told it used to be the studio of Alexander Calder at some point while he was in Paris, but what makes it so beautiful and inspiring is the spirit and aesthetic that Cécile has created within it. Her ceramic pots are created to hold very small flowers and plants that she procures from the sidewalks and streets of Paris. Finding those tiny specimens that grow between the cracks of the cities pavements and bringing them back to her amazing award winning garden to give them a place to really grow wild. She is not solely a ceramic artist and botanist, her work spans intuitive piano lessons, she makes incredible tree branch creations (no other words to explain them), her and her husband, Nicolas Soulier who is an architect, have a company called Asaii together, they also have a talented group of kids who I hear all do amazing things, and a very beautiful home which I did not realize was featured in the same book David and I are in.
The opening was a beautiful event, the bread was all homemade, the tiny oyster shaped ceramic dishes were handmade containing the most incredible rice pudding and ice cream, and then there was the biggest table of oysters I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to see more images to come of her work. There is a very unique beauty to what she does and I am so happy to have been able to visit her studio.
Thank you to Clarisse for inviting us!
last 6 images are via her site.


Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Kjell Varvin Scout Holiday

Work by Kjell Varvin
“I never knew these installations would keep me busy for such a long time. I consider the work to be simple and unproblematic. There are no controversial elements. There is no hierarchy among the elements, which combine again and again into new constellations. The way I compose is like chamber music—nothing spectacular or grandiose. The forms, lines and colors may linger in the memory like sounds, rhythms and intervals, but my visions are not for concert halls. I am concerned with ambiance, a space where you can breathe freely and relax. The objects that I present move around, endlessly testing out new relationships. The elements don’t stay in the same position for long, just long enough for a few digital snapshots. The structures I build are influenced by the patterns of radio waves, x-rays, particle collision, birds, wind, heat, light, and the movements of ants, bees, dust particles, and sand. The work is left open for new and further interpretation. I consider these installations to be intermediary stages in a never-ending process.” -KV

Karla Black

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Karla Black Turner Prize 2011
Karla Black Turner Prize 2011

My friend Alison introduced this artist Karla Black’s work to me and I love it so much I wish it were mine and almost didn’t want to share it. I love her palette of pastels in interesting compositions combining textures, space and odd materials. Really wish I could see this in person. You can listen to the artist herself talk about this installation for the Turner Prize for 2011 here.

Bleached Bleached No.2

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Iko Iko Los Angeles Ethan Cook

Iko Iko Los Angeles Ethan Cook

Such a good idea! Love that Iko Iko has an artist catalog each month.
ISSUE NO. 2 of BLEACHED BLEACHED introduces a selection of work by New York based painter Ethan Cook.

“With pushes and pulls of color stains, creased absences, sporadic metallic piles and fades, process is pointing to process here. A texture of addition and subtraction shows how the canvas is something he’s working with rather than on–what kind of interactions occur and those that happen unexpectedly.
Entitled “Something in the Way,” the something is important to consider…in the way of where things may go and come back…in the way of a trance of color fantasies, star clusters, spiral galaxies, rock landscapes, reflection pools…in the way of illusion and in the way of thinking.
A good start on a new year.”
“BLEACHED BLEACHED is a light catalog of images by an individual artist presented monthly on our website and as a downloadable pdf. To bleach = to remove the color, to alter the fiber, to change what was the original.”

Yayoi Kusama

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Yayoi Kusama

Today’s the last day of the Yayoi Kusama exhibition at the Pompidou, so see it while you can if you are in Paris! I went yesterday and left so inspired. I really loved her Infinity Nets and the amazing environments she creates.

Joan Braun

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Joan Braun
Joan Braun

Works by the talented Joan Braun, Artist/Photographer for Self Service and YSL among many others.