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I have been working with metal worker/artist James Poulos to design and create steal railings for our stairs and several coffee, side and couch tables out of wood and metal. I have enjoyed planning out the textured elements of these projects to create a industrial/romantic feel. I will upload images of the drawings and final result of the stair railings. Here are images of the perforated metal that I have been researching for the bottom of the tables. They all have a beautiful textile quality. Of course, according to me, these patterns are required to bring beauty into a room.

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This looks like a peak into a miniature world.

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The only confirms that things are better in multiple

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Where can I get one of these?

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A room with striped floor could hold my attention for hours. I would probably never want to leave.

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Overdecorated to perfection.

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King of fowl.

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I found these photos on facebook – someone I know had linked to one of their friend’s albums on a trip to India. There is something about these that reminded me of my favorite book when I was young “The little princess.” The rooms are magical. I especially am drawn to the images of rooms where things are hanging from the ceiling. I am also more and more aware of my love of anything that makes animal references in art and design. The cages for birds and pigeons, the strange elephant horse and the rendered peacocks represent both beauty and childhood.

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Circus

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For a couple of years I have been planning on designing a collection with a circus theme. I was so inspired a few years ago by MirrorMask and more recently by Coraline. With thoughts of my upcoming baby in mind, what better inspiration than the colors and whimsy of the circus?

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Flax Works

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Several months ago I started a collection based flax for a linen collection. After months of other projects including remodeling the kitchen, Christmas commissions and whatnot I am finally back to develop the collection. Here are some initial images I culled for inspiration.

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Inspired by Doodle Art

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A doodle artist I stumbled across on Flikr by the name of hanssolo grabbed by attention. A lot of the work seemed, well, like doodles, but there were elements that attracted me. Of course, the repeat/textile quality to the work as well as, probably unintentional, references to Agnes Martin and Sol Lewitt struck me. I also appreciate the free handed, youthful and joyful quality exhibited here.

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Juarez, MEXICO Color Study

I am currently in Juarez, Mexico. The area I am in is a bit isolated so my afternoons have been a little slow, but I didn’t want to end up sitting in my room since it is so beautiful – 70`F outside, compared to the -10 I will be returning to next week. My friend Leah and I decided to give ourselves the task of finding bright and beautiful images in the form of a color study. It was a fun challenge because for the most part, this place is marked by a lot of dust, cinder blocks and desert bland colors. Because the day was so clear and bright, I was excited by how these images turned out. 

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This last image is my color study self portrait: Me and my Birdie, sticking right out of my belly here…

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Henna Art

These images were all culled from various links for henna artwork. I am continued to be on a search for a successful tattoo that is textile inspired but gets a really contemporary feel. I think these succeed to get the textile elements, but they could be worked with to get that modern feel. A few weeks ago we went out to the drive in theater and there was some silly action movie called “Wanted.” Angelina Jolie was in it and sported a really great hand tattoo that reminded me of Indian henna art that I quite liked.

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