i’m so proud and excited for our very own jealous curator, danielle krysa. danielle, an artist, and an incredible curator who adds wit, charm and fabulous art to the blog on a regular basis and has for some time now (her current series ‘real art for a fictitious world’ is a house favorite), has also somehow managed to fit book author into her busy schedule. danielle’s new book is all about unblocking your creativity, aptly titled: Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists from chronicle books.
danielle is in town tonight, too — she’ll be at little paper planes in san francisco’s mission district from 7 to 9pm, so you can meet her, have a glass of wine, eat fancy sweet things, and try a few of the unblocking exercises from the book. maybe even pick up a signed copy. they’re also be a few artists danielle interviewed for Creative Block in the house so it’s going to be an evening of art and artists all celebrating the book and sharing how they move past those pesky and oh-so frustrating creative blocks. we all get them!
little paper planes
book launch party march 5 | 7 – 9pm
855 Valencia Street
san francisco | 94103
the list of 50 amazingly open, honest, witty, thoughtful, funny, talented artists that allowed danielle to interview them about their own creative blocks, insecurities, and inner-critics is most impressive. Not only did they give danielle candid views into their creative process, but each of them wrote a “creative unblock exercise” to help shake us out of our own blocks. this is some inspiring stuff. Almost 300 pages of stunning contemporary artwork, insightful advice, and creative-unblocking tips from danielle and these amazing artists.
this is the lovely light-filled studio space of jewelry designer leah alexandra photographed by janis nicolay for the March 2014 issue of Style at Home magazine. Leah invited me to share some images from the tour and i was most happy to share her studio space with you. a jewelry designer living in Vancouver, British colombia with her husband Kris, a music composer for film and television, leah and her husband were given the opportunity to buy the great space they had been renting and have since made it our own, including incorporating a great studio workspace for leah to run her jewelry business, leah alexandra.
Leah’s jewelry is fresh and versatile using materials like Sterling Silver, 14 Karat Gold Fill, 24 Karat Gold Vermeil, and carefully hand-selected gemstones and freshwater pearls inspired by A life living near water, having spent many summers on the shores of Cape Cod. Now all her jewelry is handmade in Vancouver, just a short stroll from the beach. for the whole tour of leah alexandra’s home check out this month’s issue of style at home, and visit her website for more on her jewelry collections.
hi guys. i’m sorry we’re a bit short on posts this week thus far, but i’ve come down with some kind of very unpleasant virus — food poisoning, i suspect. but anyway you don’t need to hear about that nasty bit of business. the domino galleries are back, and i’ve really missed them, so yesterday with one eye open i went in search of some calming rooms — pretty, pale neutrals. something to make me feel better and wouldn’t make the room spin. there’s some ‘best in shows’ there — rooms from domino magazine i’ll not easily forget and that always inspire — like that lovely living room with the for like ever print that went on to make decor history. enjoy, and i hope to be up and running much better tomorrow. xo
• all images via domino galleries.
hi! i’m melanie biehle, and i’m a seattle-based graphic designer, freelance writer, and photographer. i’m also a longtime fan of sfgirlbybay. you may remember seeing me here before gushing over sofia coppola and drooling over totokaelo.
today i have another obsession to share with you. well, two obsessions really – lookbooks and moodboards. i’ve been fascinated by both of these concepts since i was a kid, probably well before either of these words were used to describe them. now i’ve combined these two things that i love and designed what i’m calling a “moodbook.” today’s theme is “get away,” and i’d like to take us all on a mini-adventure without boarding a plane.
it’s not quite rome, but it’s dreamy. here’s a link to moodbook: get away on issuu, if you’d like to add it to your collection.
• image credits: page one (photograph by andrew stinson, creative and styling by bernadette pascua, makeup by samantha lau, hair by jillian halouska); page two (rome, italy photograph by melanie biehle); page 3 (art by emily gherard via design crush, sandberg wallpaper “gryning”); page 4 (diy table via hanna’s room, ceramic bowls by kirstie van noort via thisispaper ); page 5 (sandberg wallpaper “skymning”).
When Kiana Underwood and Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls got together for a joint floral design and calligraphy workshop, they were little skeptical of the turn out. While many people are interested in flowers, and many are interested in calligraphy, combining the two was a bit of a crossover experiment. Their friend and photographer Angie Cao graciously offered her Sunset photography studio as the venue, and what was expected to be a 6-8 person workshop ended with 13 attendees and a wait list. i, on the other hand, am not surprised at this turnout in the least — it looks like a great day of inspiring creativity.
Kiana and Maybelle started their planning with a trip in January to the Alameda Antiques Faire to look for some inspiration, where they found an old copy of The Language of Flowers, which became the theme for the workshop. Two of Kiana’s favorite vendors at the San Francisco Flower Mart — Torchio Nursery and Brannan Street Wholesale Flowers graciously donated flowers for the event, and Kiana says that both have always gone above and beyond for all of her event work for her floral design company tulipina. The workshop itself turned out beautifully, with the amazing attendees each leaving with a custom calligraphy kit from Maybelle and their final floral creation — i think one of my favorite things about these stunning photos was seeing the variety of designs the attendees made, all using the same flowers — stunning and so creative. The initial three-hour workshop flew by so quickly that Kiana and Maybelle are planning additional time for their next Petals and Penmanship workshop. a new workshop is in the planning stages, and the date is set, April 19th, with a venue pending, so stay tuned — you can follow tulipina’s facebook page for updates.
i love how diverse these floral arrangements turned out — each student created something totally unique to take home. this just looks like so much fun — i gotta sign up for the next workshop.
• all photos by Angie Cao.