I am a self-proclaimed perfectionist and for that reason, I am extremely hard on myself. I can easily – and often do – spend hours and hours and HOURS on blog posts. Then I go to sleep and do the same thing the next day. The words “It’s good enough” are not in my vocabulary. I think most creative people can relate? These past few weeks were especially stressful and busy and I know I need to cut myself a break sometimes. Coincidentally, I found The Motivated Type on Etsy the other day. The shop has tons of little reminders I need to tell myself more often.
I came across Holly A. Senn‘s work while doing research paper on Installation Art for my Art History class. Usually the stuff I have to write about for my classes doesn’t relate much to this blog, but I was happy I came across something I could finally share on here too! My favorite installation of hers is Tale, which was displayed at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland. The picture above is from an installation called Enchanted Forest of the Mind. Seriously best name ever.
Holly Senn is a sculpture and installation artist living in Tacoma, Washington. All of her works are created from discarded library books, so she explores the lifecycle of ideas and how they are generated, dispersed, referenced or forgotten.
As a lover of books, I feel bad for the old library books that had to suffer in the process, but the installations are absolutely beautiful, so it’s for a good cause.
I saw Cori‘s DIY fabric-covered typewriter on Instagram and thought it was way too cool not to share. She cut the fabric and glued it on the typewriter with acrylic gel medium. With all those little nooks and crannies to fill, it is quite the tedious DIY project (which is probably why I won’t be doing this DIY anytime soon…).
Inspired by Instagram, Asia turns photos from her favorite ‘grammers into illustrated versions. What a neat idea! I love seeing Instagrams taking a new life in the form of illustrations! I also love how Asia uses photos from lesser-known Instagrammers as well so I can find new people to follow.
I found this sitting in my computer archives and had to laugh. I thought these pictures would never see the light of day, but now they are just too good not to share.
Back when I was applying to SCAD, I entered their Challenge Scholarship Competition. I found out about the competition pretty late in the game and the photography challenge had already ended. Darn. The only challenge left (besides some sort of dress-sewing competition) was their accessories challenge. The accessories challenge was to design an innovative handbag that was functional in real life. I sure didn’t have enough time design and so sew a fancy dress (I only had 1 week until the deadline), so I chose to enter the handbag/accessories challenge. Being a nana at heart, of course I had to do something painfully nana-ish: Grandma’s Brag Bag.
For the grandmother who can’t talk enough about her grandkids, who needs to be toting around a wallet full of school pictures? This bag is sure to stir up conversation wherever she goes. The clear pockets make it easy for grandma to update photos as her grandkids grow. It also comes complete with detachable bag that can be used as a carry-all for when she babysits the kids for the day.
Some of the pictures are my own baby pictures (can you guess which ones they are?) and some of them are random pictures I found off the Internet haha (hello Google Images). If you see your picture here, do know it was used for an educational cause!
Unfortunately I didn’t win. But I still had fun making it. I’m waiting for the perfect grandma to give it to. My grandma (thankfully) isn’t like this haha!