Modernist Items for the Home from Illustrator Charley Harper

Charley Harper

Charley Harper was an American original. For more than six decades he painted colorful and graphic illustrations of nature, animals, insects and people alike, from his home studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, until he passed away in 2007, at the age of 84. His work style has a Mid-century Modern meets Art Deco vibe to it and an aesthetic that is timeless. These items make great gifts for bird, animal and art lovers. Read more

The Silence Of Dogs In Cars by Photographer Martin Usborne.

The Silence Of Dogs In Cars by Photographer Martin Usborne

Most people balk at leaving a dog alone in a parked car for many a good reason; dangers of overheating or freezing, dog-napping, and yes, loneliness. London-based fine art photographer and animal lover /activist Martin Usborne, captures the forlorn and melancholy beauty of these poignant animals in  his 96 page hardcover photo book,  The Silence of Dogs In Cars. Read more

The Latest Paper Sculptures, Editorial and Advertising Work From Su Blackwell

Su blackwell cut paper art

The enchanting book sculptures by Su Blackwell have been featured commercially and in fine art galleries around the world. Created on various scales, her amazing craft has been used as full sized sets for videos, theater productions and television commercials, window displays and editorials as well as compelling small boxed sculptures, installations and fine art exhibitions. Read more

Beautifully Designed CHOMP Food Chain Puzzle Books by Mirim Seo and Kelly Holohan.






Chomp puzzle books are designed to teach kids about basic food chains. Crafted of wood and paper, each beautiful puzzle book introduces a different level of a food chain in its environment; Forest, Ocean, Arctic, Jungle, and Desert. All food chains include, producers, consumers, and decomposers and each plays a role in the chain. When completed, the puzzle shows the eating process.

Beautifully designed and packaged, the set of books was a design project by student Mirim Seo for Temple University’s Tyler School of Art  under the tutelage and with art direction by Professor Kelly Holohan.

Ocean:




Jungle:

Arctic:

Forest:


At this time Chomp is not available for purchase, which is really disappointing, but hopefully the puzzle books will be paired with the right backer to bring this project to life. May I suggest Kickstarter?

“New Fashion Photography” Book From Prestel Launches With Exhibit.


The latest fashion tome from publisher Prestel, “New Fashion Photography,” had a living launch on the walls of Berlin’s CONTRIBUTED Gallery on April 12th. The gallery is displaying the best images as limited edition art works until May 18.


above: An image from Yasunara Kikuma featured in “New Fashion Photography”

The 21st century has brought about seismic changes in photography, technology, fashion, and art. At the nexus of these exciting movements is a group of fashion photographers who are breaking ground in a variety of ways, including cultural referencing, digital imaging, photo manipulation, and the use of new media. The stunningly illustrated book “New Fashion Photography” profiles 28 artists from around the world. New fashion portraiture is challenging conventional ideas of beauty by confronting us with the unexpected. The photographers explore new avenues previously off-limits, opening the art of fashion photography to thrilling possibilities.

The book, which was edited by Paul Sloman and Tim Blanks, includes images from the following photographers:
Nick Knight, Miles Aldridge, Rankin, Markus + Indrani, René Habermacher, Ruven Afanador, Chadwick Tyler, Yelena Yemchuk, Paola Kudacki, Aram Bedrossian, Daniel Sannwald, Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello, Sean + Seng, LaRoache Brothers, Alice Hawkins, Kourtney Roy, Eugenio Recuenco, Wing Shya, Bruno Dayan, Paco Peregrín, Takahiro Ogawa, Pierre Debusschere, Catherine Servel, Serge Leblon, Daniel Jackson, Sean Ellis, Daniele & Iango, Yasunari Kikuma.

All in all, more than 30 photographers are featured in a selection Sloman calls “hierarchy-free.”


above: Wing Shya is known for his work with filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai.

“The book is an exciting combination of big-name heavy-hitters that many people will recognize and a younger wave of experimental photographers who have been either inspired or nurtured by them,” said Sloman, who wasn’t in Berlin for the event.


above: An image from Takahiro Ogawa that appears in Prestel’s “New Fashion Photography” book.

Famous faces include Daphne Guinness, Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey, and a host of models like Iris Strubegger, Liya Kebede and Carolyn Murphy.


above: A photo from Sanchez and Mongielle that appears in Prestel’s “New Fashion Photography” book.

“High-end fashion photography in the 21st century is creating amazing escapist worlds, but at the same time these images go very much to the heart of the way we think about ourselves,” Sloman commented.


above: Lily Cole photographed by the LaRoache Brothers.


above: An image from Kourtney Roy that appears in Prestel’s “New Fashion Photography” book.


above: A photo from Spanish photographer Eugenio Recueno that appears in Prestel’s “New Fashion Photography” book.


above: Newcomer Aram Bedrossian has only been shooting for a couple of years but has earned inclusion in Prestel’s “New Fashion Photography” book.

The 224-page hardcover book sells for 34.95 euros in Germany and will sell for $49.99 in the U.S. But, Amazon has it available to pre-order for only $29.81

Like John Hamm? Like Puns? Look No Further, Here’s the Punny Jon Hamm Coloring Book.

Created by Toronto based art and design collective, Team Art, are 14 pages of various and hilarious Jon Hamm expressions paired with the appropriate puns; Hamm and Eggs, Summer Hamm and Gianni Proscuitto to name a few.

sample pages:



Size: 4 x 5.5 inches (10 x 13.5 cm)
Handmade in Canada
Please allow subtle differences in each book as they are all individually made.


$11.48 USD, buy it here.

The Coolest Coloring Books For Grown-Ups Part III – 25 New Adult Coloring Books.

adult coloring books

My previous two posts, The Top 30 Coolest Coloring Books For Grown-Ups and The Coolest Coloring Books For Grown-Ups, Part II. Twenty New Ones for 2011-2012 still receive plenty of attention (and most are still available for purchase). But hold onto your Crayolas (or colored pencils or Sharpies) because I’ve got a slew of new and awesome coloring books for grown-ups that range from erotic to artsy, for 2012-2013. These make fabulous holiday gifts for friends, co-workers and even for yourself. Read more

Dogeared Design. The Folded Book Art of Isaac G. Salazar.

folded book art

Isaac G. Salazar is a completely self taught American book artist located in Artesia, NM. With a degree in accounting, he works as a full time accountant. Having never having taken an art class, he discovered his talent for folding the pages of books to create imagery while trying to find a hobby he could enjoy. Only recently did he begin to refer to himself as ‘an artist.’ Read more