Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Inspirational Outings ~ Brewery Art Walk, Los Angeles CA

I had the pleasure of attending my 2nd Brewery Art Walk in Downtown LA this past weekend.  Twice a year, the Brewery Artist Complex opens it's gates to the public,  and you can spend a magnificent day strolling through the studio lofts, homes, and galleries of some of LA's most talented artists.
The complex itself is beautiful.  As you would expect, many of the artists decorate the outdoors of the grounds as well as the inside of their lofts.  
 I remembered & admired several artists from my 1st visit 2 years ago.  It's such a huge complex with a diverse range of talent, styles, and media...but walking back into a few studios felt like revisiting an old friend.  
One of my favorite lofts that I visited (both years) is that of artist Dave Lefner.  His graphic imagery is rather iconic & falls right in line with all of the Street Art rage thats buzzing right now.  He's also a really nice & welcoming person & I enjoyed speaking to him about the work.
I would be inspired to work in this space!
Living space in the Loft
Living Space in the loft
I also really enjoyed visiting the studio of Guillermo Bert again.  For those of you who have been following my blog, you may remember my goal of purchasing a piece of his work.   Well I finally reached my goal and brought home not 1, but 3 pieces of his amazing art.  It makes quite a stunning tryptic!
Artist Guillermo Bert & I in front of his new series.
My splurge! Guillermo uses a laser cutter, gesso & 24K gold leafing to give some of his barcodes a stunning glow.  

In addition to revisiting a few artists I've been admiring, I also discovered a few new favorites.
I really responded to the work of Sam Kopels who develops his own industrial enamel paints to create his masterpieces.  
"Above All Things I must Love Myself"
Binary numbers
And can I please bring home some of the amazing pillows created by Lumi & Co.  They've pioneered their own printing process & use eco friendly materials in creating their textiles & decorative items.

These Horse pillows are perfect for my KY Derby parties!
I can't wait till my next visit to the Brewery Artist Complex!  It's always an inspiring day that sparks the senses & gets the creative juices flowing...and I'd highly recommend it!
What's LA without Graffiti?

Cheers ~ Lara

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Thrift Share - Love a Good Book

I had a busy week of life and slow week of Thrifting.  I only made it to 1 thrift store & 2 yard sales this weekend, but I managed for find 3 really great books.  As you may already know, I have somewhat of a book obsession...but I'm happy to add these to my collection! 

This American Indian Tales and Legends is a Children's Book with AMAZING Illustrations!

Bunker Hill in Los Angeles has undergone a revitalization in recent years, but these images of how it was years ago are really special.

Need some fun imagery to Spark you Imagination?  Idea Art can help.  
This vintage gem is so much fun!!!

 Kinda like todays clip art...It's designed so that its use can be extended far beyond the original conception with the flexibility and adaptability of the art represented.  I wish I could find a whole series since this is Vol 4!  Has anyone else ever heard of these?
 The ideas for this gal are..."Excess baggage slowing you down", "Bon voyage" & "Well traveled" to name a few.  
I've already done a few sketches out of this book & thinks it's so divine!

I'm linking up to Apron Thrift Girls Thrift Share Monday post again, so drop by and check out all of the other amazing thrifty finds there :-)

Have a great week ~ Lara

Friday, April 15, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

Thrift Share - What a Gas

I just returned from a trip abroad and one of our many stops was Cologne, Germany.
It was a beautiful city, but one recurring & rather disturbing theme there was Gas Masks!
This display was in an antique shop in Cologne. SCARY!
On our last day in the city, there was an anti-nuclear protest about 5 miles long, and seriously 1/2 the protesters were wearing Gas Masks.  I saw gas masks in store displays, antique stores, and museums.
Is that normal? 
Instillation at Museum Ludwig.
This all leads me to my question.  I was at a Yard Sale and purchased a trunk with a bunch of vintage linens.  When I got home and started going through the trunk, I had to throw many of the linens away due to mold, but at the bottom lay this gas mask.  I've never known what to do with it.  Morally I thought it was a little too morbid to list in my shop, but I hesitate to just throw it away.  Do people collect these things? Does Goodwill sell them?

The bag is actually sort of neat, it would make a cool camera bag.
If you had a gas mask (or if you do)...what do you do with it???  Any insights would be greatly appreciated! 

I'm linking up to Apron Thrift Girls Thrift Share Monday post again, so drop by and check out all of the other amazing (not so morbid) finds there :-)
Have a great week ~ Lara
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