I've been fascinated by the miniature since I was a young artist. There's something so powerful about making our world small. I highly recommend a visit to the Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago. And for a really interesting read, On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection, by Susan Stewart. Even if you're not as committed to this inspiration as I am, I think you'll find the approaches to the subject below are pretty awesome.
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.
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.
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.