Art: The Artbarn Auction

I love when people see white goodies and think of White Cabana! That’s what recently happened to Shannon (8foot6) who emailed me this photo of Tamim Sahib Zader’s white-on-white silkscreen.

silkscreen by Tamim Sahib Zader

This art piece is up for grabs at the Artbarn art auction online (currently) and offline this Thursday, February 9th in Toronto. The funds raised are going to support the Artbarn art school.


Art: Anna Church

Take a closer look at Anna Church‘s photographs, and you may be surprised at what you find. From afar, you may see a beetle, a heart, or a row of feathers, but on closer inspection, you’ll find trophies, shoes, and teacups. Anna Church is a sculptographer – she takes photographs of the sculptures she creates with interesting, unusual, and everyday objects.

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Crowning Glory, from $795

Swan-Lake-Anna-ChurchSwan Lake, from $795


My Heart’s Content, from $650


Career Girl, (sold out)


Taxonomy I – Stag Beetle, from $650

In addition to her own collections, she also offers bespoke commissions whereby you provide your bits and bobs, and Anna will create an incredible display of them for a beautiful, original photograph. In addition to this, she offers custom wedding insignias, like the one below, that brides and grooms will enjoy for years to come.


Wedding Insignia

Learn more about Anna Church’s approach to art and business in this Design*Sponge feature.


Art: I’m a Ceramics Designer

Okay, so I’m not really quitting my day job to become the next Jonathan Adler, but I am currently working on a very cool project which has required me to put on my very first ceramics designer hat (eek – so exciting!). Let me explain.

This fall’s BlogPodium will feature¬†a local organization called Sistering¬†that offers supportive and educational programs to homeless¬†and¬†marginalized women, so that they can develop new¬†skills and have more control over their lives. Inspirations Studio is a division of¬†Sistering that develops participants’¬†knowledge¬†about crafting ceramics.

This year, I have the opportunity to design a collection of ceramics in collaboration with the artists at Inspirations Studio that will be auctioned off at BlogPodium in September with all proceeds going back to Sistering. Earlier this spring, I met with¬†Victoria at¬†Inspirations Studio, and I shared my designs. Under¬†her guidance and instruction, the artisans¬†are¬†bringing my designs to life (um, amazing!). The process thus far has been really cool and creative, and the items are coming along so darn beautifully! I’m impressed, and I’m eager to see the final products soon (it’s so hard to be patient, but I’m trying).

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 Inspirations Studio, photos by me

I hope to eventually share stories from the artisans at Inspirations Studio and the full production process, but for now, here’s a very small sneak peek of one of my designs¬†(I can’t give everything away quite yet!).


photo by Victoria

Christine Dovey of Bijou and Boheme is also busy designing items, and attendees of BlogPodium have a chance to win a¬†chance to design pottery of their own! I encourage you to submit your design if you’re attending BlogPodium this September.¬†Read all about it here.

Art: A Noiva by Joana Vasconcelos

Take a closer look…this is not your average chandelier.

A Noiva (The Bride) by Joana Vasconcelos

A Noiva (The Bride) by Joana Vasconcelos, via Le CentQuatre

At first glance, this is just a gigantic (as in 5m high) chandelier. But with a closer inspection, you’ll discover that this sculpture by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos is actually made up of tampons. Yes, tampons. Over 14,000 of them!

A Noiva is at Le CentQuatre in Paris until mid-September 2012. Joana Vasconcelos also has an amazing exhibit at Versailles until the end of September 2012.

Many thanks to CC for sending this my way.

Designer Spotlight: Heyday Design by Claire Madill

I was recently introduced to the lovely Heyday Design, owned by Vancouver artist Claire Madill and I’m impressed (thanks Christine!). These white porcelain creations are all about modern Canadiana!

Large beaver jar, $85, Heyday Design by Claire Madill

Detail of Beaver jar, $85, Heyday Design by Claire Madill

Small Canadian jewel jar, $36 each, Heyday Design by Claire Madill

Nursette jar, $18, Heyday Design by Claire Madill

Extra large Imperial Crown jar, $125, Heyday Design by Claire Madill

I have a growing collection of glass Imperial crown jars so I’m definitely a fan of the white version above. Claire creates these jars from a slipcast using a mold made in-studio from the original glass version (some courtesy of her nanna – sweetness!). And the fun doesn’t stop there – Claire has a line of accessories as well. Have a look at these earrings:

Wing earrings, $52, Heyday Design by Claire Madill

Images courtesy of Heyday Design.