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paris space invader sightings

Friday, August 19th, 2011

While in Paris I had four space invader sightings, which at the time I was really proud of, but after researching for this post I discovered that Paris has over 700 invaders! …that definitely bursted my bubble. For those who aren’t familiar with the Space Invader guerrilla artwork it’s by a French urban artist that refers to himself as “Invader” who creates tiled “space invaders” and other characters based on the 70s video games. These mosaics pop up all over Paris (and the world.) It was a fun game to try spot the little buggers around the city, but obviously I wasn’t very good at it! I already forsee a Paris round 2 mission to see as many as I can!

Space Invader official website // map of Paris marked with Invader locations // Invader on wiki

Another resource to find out more is to watch Exit through the Gift Shop, a documentary on street art that features Invader which I reviewed in this post



monet and his water lilies

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

The first of my favorite experiences in Paris was seeing eight of Monet’s water lily paintings at the Musée de l’Orangerie. (Thanks Moira for the recommendation.) The paintings were so rich and colorful in person; their size alone is impressive. (My pictures really don’t do these paintings justice AT ALL.) To complement seeing these paintings I took a day trip to Giverny, the location of Claude Monet’s house and gardens. You take a short tour of his house and then get to explore the gardens. There are two parts in Monet’s garden: a flower garden called Clos Normand in front of the house and a Japanese inspired water garden on the other side of the road. It is truly a painter’s garden—full of soooo many colors and flowers. It’s obvious that the beauty that surrounded him was why he stayed inspired for so long. I’d recommend that any artist take the trip to see Giverny. More Paris to come tomorrow!

aakash nihalani

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Tape artwork by Aakash Nihalani. Such great colors and imagination!

via Maranon blog

108 of the best haircuts in music history

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Another fun infographic poster from Pop Chart Lab. Remember their awesome beer and rap names ones too?

Available for purchase here.

shop update: gee whiskers series

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The newest addition to my fancy seeing you here line is the Gee Whiskers series. It’s the puurrrrfect way to say hello. These cards are A6 folded screenprinted with two colors on Paper Source Eco White. (Includes a French Paper kraft envelope.) Available for purchase in my shop. Prints and more from this line to come soon!

The cards feature a halftone image of my kitty Jesse James along with a colorful and chic accessory. Be sure to check out the last picture on this post where you’ll see Jesse checking himself out on the card—it’s too cute!


Aled Lewis – Make Something 365

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

There are a lot of designers out there doing the ‘make something everyday’ thing. Unlike most however, Aled appears to be doing it well. These definitely got a chuckle out of me.

– Christian


mt. pleasant temporium opens tonight!

Friday, February 18th, 2011

The Mt. Pleasant Temporium opens tonight from 7-9PM! The small storefront at 3068 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, will sell handmade crafts and wares by 30 artists. Events will continue throughout the next 24 days. Some of my favorite local crafters are featured there; knit outta the box, fire studio and bookish lady and I’m looking forward to seeing the work of artists new to me too! Get all the details for the pop up shop here.

Hope you all have a great holiday weekend. I’m looking forward to some nice weather!

image via TBD

fortune cookie coin purse

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

“Fortune Cookie Coin Purse holds a small fortune. Like real fortune cookies, these purses are proudly made in the USA. Made from leather, purses measure 4” x 4” x 2”. Each purse has a unique laser etched ID number. Coin purses come with a dust bag and printed fortune inside.” Designed by Diana Eng who was a contestant on Season 2 of Project Runway. Learn more about her and her fashion creations here.

They are currently out of stock, but you can preorder your fortune cookie coin purse here.

via the dieline

let’s swap

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

This is definitely one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas. A site where artists and designers can swap art for free. Above is the current item for swap; Good Morning/Good Night by Dolce Press. Now go get your swap on!

exit through the gift shop

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Over the weekend I watched  Exit through the Gift Shop, a film documenting the inside story of street art. The film follows an amateur filmmaker Thierry Guetta who becomes obsessed with capturing the most famous street artists on film, only to have British stencil artist Banksy turn the camcorder back on Guetta with wildly unexpected results. I loved the movie. There is a mysterious lure to their rebellious artwork. A statement against society that fascinates and inspires me. With that said, after watching the movie I became obsessed with researching the main artists in the film. SPOILER ALERT: (Don’t read any further until you watch the film.) I found articles (here and here) claiming that the movie is a Banksy stunt. They went to the extent of stating that Guetta is actually Banksy. I’m not sure I agree with that but I do think the movie was a stunt. And here is one more article claiming to know the identity of Banksy. It is fascinating none the less, even if it is just a theory.

If you are interested in watching the movie it is available on Netflix watch instantly.

Links for other street artists featured in the film: Space Invader, Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Mr Brainwash