tokyo cuteness

Japanese stores always make me smile.

There’s something so artful and adorable about Japanese displays, trinkets and packaging.  They have a way with making seemingly mundane objects feel genuinely delightful.  Entire aisles are dedicated to creating amusing lunchboxes.  As in, you open up your lunchbox and it’s like Disneyland in there!

The attention to detail is extraordinary.  I find myself wanting to buy delicate wooden spoons, funny looking snacks, and ceramic incense burners for no reason whatsoever.  How can anyone resist tiny frog-shaped bells on keychains and Pocky, I ask you?

tips for artists

tips for artists

I’ve had a lifelong love affair with language, typography and graphic design, and I love the wit and the irony of this painting by John Baldessari.  It boldly tells you what sells, and breaks every rule.

Baldessari once said, “I think when I’m doing art, I’m questioning how to do it. I’d say, ‘Well, why is this art? Why isn’t that art?'”

A pioneer of conceptual art in the 1960s, he’s one of the most influential artists of his generation.  This painting was one of his first breakthrough works.  It sold, and it’s worth millions today.

What do you think of it?  What does it make you feel about art and commerce?

hands on experience

I get lost looking at art.  It just makes me feel more human.  For me, the connection stems from knowing that each object is a direct reflection of the person who made it.  Whatever the reason for creating it – commissioned art, tortured art, practical, outrageous – it’s all a reflection of an individual hand.  Someone’s thought process.  Someone’s vision made real.

I’m always fascinated by the why, but more than anything else, I love to picture the person actually making it.  The tools.  The time invested.  The mistakes.  The everyday frustrations of the creative process.  The journey from a lump of clay.

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