It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since my last post! It seems like just yesterday. Everyday I ask myself when will life be settling down into a comfortable rhythm and everyday our lives seem to crazier and crazier. I live a good life surrounded by good friends, loving family, great clients I can’t complain. For the most part I bring the craziness on myself by trying to cram as much into one day as I possibly can. It doesn’t always work out so well, apparently I am not super human after all and it really is hard to juggle being a mom, wife, friend, daughter and business owner. I had good intentions to write this sooner, clean out my closet sooner, change the oil in my car sooner, go to bed sooner, lose weight sooner…the list goes on. In the end I get the job done.

I am always collecting pictures of random things I find inspirational and once again I’d like to share them with you. There’s quite a few since I’ve been collecting for awhile and I decided to split them up into separate blogs rather than plunk them all here. So this one relates to artists that inspire me and the next will be furniture that inspires me.

The first is a an artist that is inspired by topography. Matthew Cusick creates incredible works of art from Mapquest by reconfiguring roads, rivers and municipal transit systems to create intricate images that look like paintings and drawings, if looked at from distance.

"mapquest" mixed media by Matthew Cusick















Mixed media Matthew Cusick















I love the use of recycled material and these next few artists have done things I wish I thought of!

I was recently in London and discovered Ryan McElhinney who creates made to order one of kind lamps using recycled toys from his London studio. They are bonded together and coated in a high gloss lacquer. I can see this in a traditional or modern setting. I love them!

Gold Toy Lamp




















Toy Lamp























Anna-Wili Highfield is a Sydney based artist that makes sculptures of animals created from archival cotton paper, that is torn, painted, then sewn together, to create the figure of an animal.

French artist Anastassia Elias is on a roll with her Roleaux paper tube art. I think they would look awesome on shelf with the light filtering behind them. A collection would be great but they are pricy little things at 400€- 900€ per roll!

In The Park by Anastassia Elias



















Tango by Anastassia Elias











Painters by Anastassia Elias



















Always good to have a sense of humour with art. How did artist Vlad Artazov look at nails and see ballet dancers, a sore loser or surgeons? He creates simple yet brilliant vignettes using nails and screws which he then photographs. I love these!

Sore Loser by Vlad Artazov. You can just imagine this nail storming off in a huff!













Nail Surgeons by Vlad Artazov
















Nail Ballet by Vlad Artazov