sweater weather (inspiration)

Like it or not, it's coming. Get excited about sweater weather with these super quirky knit designs. A fun mix of art, fashion and furniture design. 

La Casita de Wendy went a little overboard on this, er...I think it's a scarf? Love it. Super quirky fun. more here

La Casita de Wendy went a little overboard on this, er...I think it's a scarf? Love it. Super quirky fun. more here

Fall 2014 collection Alessandra Lucioni. Seriously, if there's another Polar Vortex this winter, you might see me walking around Chicago in this outfit. 

Fall 2014 collection Alessandra Lucioni. Seriously, if there's another Polar Vortex this winter, you might see me walking around Chicago in this outfit. 

If you like this, (and how could you not?) you are going to want to check out more work by artist Nick Cave

If you like this, (and how could you not?) you are going to want to check out more work by artist Nick Cave

Hannah Haworth made these sled dogs titled, The Hunt,  with sweater knit techniques. awesome. so awesome that it has inspired many a copy-cat diys on pinterest.

Hannah Haworth made these sled dogs titled, The Hunt,  with sweater knit techniques. awesome. so awesome that it has inspired many a copy-cat diys on pinterest.

It looks pretty nice to lounge around on these knit modular pieces. Available here for a pretty penny.

It looks pretty nice to lounge around on these knit modular pieces. Available here for a pretty penny.

I would take one of these poufs from GAN rugs.

I would take one of these poufs from GAN rugs.

And definitely a few of these mini sweater rugs. Again by GAN rugs.

And definitely a few of these mini sweater rugs. Again by GAN rugs.

Outdoor installation by Orla Genger. If it looks familiar, that's because I've featured her mesmerizing work before, here.

Outdoor installation by Orla Genger. If it looks familiar, that's because I've featured her mesmerizing work before, here.

rebel rugs (inspiration)

I had the pleasure of viewing the Magritte show at the Art Institute of Chicago this weekend, which I highly recommend. Now, the works below are not surrealism, but I like viewing them with this 1938 quote from Rene Magritte in mind.

To show everyday objects in situations in which we never encounter them…to disrupt the order in which one habitually sees objects…to make them shriek aloud.

It's been a while since a piece of art made with everyday objects felt this fresh. I've seen a lot of everyday object art. Made a lot of it myself in both undergrad and graduate school. These rugs made up of everything from cocktail umbrellas to fireworks are totally dreamy. In addition to this work by "We make Carpets", there's been a lot of inspirational work with rugs. I've included some favorites below.

Installation view of a 5 year review of Dutch trio, We Make Carpets. From a distance, you see traditional pattern making, up close you'll be confronted by a critical view of consumer society. It's pretty great to be allured by the beauty and then quietly chastised by the message. 

Installation view of a 5 year review of Dutch trio, We Make Carpets. From a distance, you see traditional pattern making, up close you'll be confronted by a critical view of consumer society. It's pretty great to be allured by the beauty and then quietly chastised by the message. 

cocktail umbrellas

cocktail umbrellas

fireworks, spoons, styrofoam containers, clothes pins...

fireworks, spoons, styrofoam containers, clothes pins...

crayons

crayons

I've written about Faig Ahmed once before here. This piece is my favorite of his so far. 

I've written about Faig Ahmed once before here. This piece is my favorite of his so far. 

Sand. It's SAND. The artist,  Daniëlle van Ark, spent 5 weeks in residency creating these intricate sand patterns on the floor and when the exhibition was over - poof - is if they were never there. The subdued color palette lends to the ghostly effect. Good stuff. 

Sand. It's SAND. The artist,  Daniëlle van Ark, spent 5 weeks in residency creating these intricate sand patterns on the floor and when the exhibition was over - poof - is if they were never there. The subdued color palette lends to the ghostly effect. Good stuff. 

i just love this image from this ad campaign for Swedish Design Studio Oyyo. I think Magritte would like it too. 

i just love this image from this ad campaign for Swedish Design Studio Oyyo. I think Magritte would like it too. 

bubbles and balloons (inspiration)

I keep coming across playful works featuring balloons and bubbles. I think I'm attracted to the idea that they appear to be ephemeral, but, have been fabricated to last *forever*. 

The Big Bubble by Alex de Witte, is an extra large bubble of blown glass functioning as a pendant lamp. Each piece is slightly different from the next in exact size and shape. The design won first place for best new product at Design District Amsterdam 2013 and is now available for purchase at Dark.

The Big Bubble by Alex de Witte, is an extra large bubble of blown glass functioning as a pendant lamp. Each piece is slightly different from the next in exact size and shape. The design won first place for best new product at Design District Amsterdam 2013 and is now available for purchase at Dark.

This installation is a bit meditative to watch, waiting for them to pop. These large plastic bubbles are made by Luka Fineisen. Thanks Luka.

This installation is a bit meditative to watch, waiting for them to pop. These large plastic bubbles are made by Luka Fineisen. Thanks Luka.

This bubble tent is ingenious. Or is it... Would you camp in this? The lake tells me, yes. The scary campfire stories burned in my memory tell me no. 

This bubble tent is ingenious. Or is it... Would you camp in this? The lake tells me, yes. The scary campfire stories burned in my memory tell me no. 

Sydney based artist, Todd Robinson, created a few different works featuring these lazy balloons. I love the ones that drape and balance on the edges of the playground he's provided for them in this exhibition at Pompom Gallery in Sydney. 

Sydney based artist, Todd Robinson, created a few different works featuring these lazy balloons. I love the ones that drape and balance on the edges of the playground he's provided for them in this exhibition at Pompom Gallery in Sydney. 

POP by Gemma Tickle. "Playing with the expectation of how objects behave, you can create new versions of the everyday. 'POP' is a celebration of this, taking the essence of an object and reforming it to an impossibility" Gemma says of her POP series.

POP by Gemma Tickle"Playing with the expectation of how objects behave, you can create new versions of the everyday. 'POP' is a celebration of this, taking the essence of an object and reforming it to an impossibility" Gemma says of her POP series.