Monday, February 23, 2009

Laptop Therapy.

I am officially full-blown sick. I've had an on/off temp of 100 and a very sore throat...not fun. I have been toying with the idea of vending at stART in the Park- an arts festival in Worcester this spring and I'm frustrated that just as I started to get inspired, I end up lacking the energy to put any of my thoughts onto paper or into art. So instead I've had to make do with the "paperwork" end of things: coming up with a list of items to make and sell, lists of materials needed, designing tags, searching the web for inspirational photos, etc... Thank goodness for my laptop. It will have to suffice as my medium of choice for now. I leave you with a few great photos from the talented contributors to Flickr that represent some of those ideas floating around in my head.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Spring 2009 Fashion.

I have been defaulting on my art this week. I've been super busy and a little under the weather so I'm going to have to catch up on projects this weekend. In the meantime I've been OD-ing on tea and new spring fashion. Many of these lines were shown on the runway this past fall to be launched for spring, though I'm just getting a chance to discover them now. Here are a few of my favorites.

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti
Monique Lhuillier:

Christian Dior:

Stella McCartney:
Tropical Grapefruit Green Tea by Celestial Seasonings:

Monday, February 16, 2009


I'm headed to my art class in a bit and just finished adding the final touches to my project. Thought I would share. My instructor gave us this Durer print as a starting point. We were told we could alter it in any way we wished. It immediately reminded me of India and I found these great National Geographic images that I used as added inspiration:

Here is the final product. I'm not sure what I feel about it. It is very different from what I would usually create but I am satisfied that I captured the "essence" of the images. Please ask if you have questions about materials used as I'm not going to bother listing them all....basically anything I could get my hands on.

Valentine's Day.

Happy Valentine's Day! Ben and I celebrated at Monsoon in's the best Indian food you'll ever have. Then he bought me ice cream and flowers and we watched a movie. Thanks babe. I made Ben an altered art memory box. I created it in a vintage Romeo and Juliet cigar box and added photos of us, ticket stubs and some other pieces. The lettering is lyrics from the Styx song "Babe" which I know is incredibly cheesy but it reminds me of him so much. I hope everyone spent the day with someone they love!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Benjamin Burrows Photography.

In other news: my talented, wonderful boyfriend just launched his new photography website. I am extremely proud of him (and maybe a wee bit jealous too). Check out the new site and tell him what you think.

Eerie Art.

I have amassed a quite large collection of vintage pharmacist bottles and was wondering what I could do with them other than display them in my kitchen cabinet and this artist came to mind. I stumbled across her Myspace page about a year ago and I am in love with her work. Her name is Lisa Mei Ling Fong and she is an assemblage artist. Her work definitely has that beautifully creepy, ethereal look that I strive to create (yet somehow my love of glitter always takes over). Every piece looks like it came out of a victorian curiosity shop. She has such a unique style, though I can't promise that I won't try to borrow some of her ideas :).Check out her website and her Myspace page Here are a few of my favorite pieces of hers. Enjoy!

And here is a portion of my collection. Many of these are Victorian homeopathic bottles.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Altered Art.

I began an altered art and collage class Monday nights at the Worcester Art Museum. So far it has been great for inspiring new projects. I'll be sure to post more as I create. In the meantime, my friend Gina and I have decided to organize our own art class. Every week we will be sending one another an inspirational photo or tidbit to base a piece off of. Here was the inspiration for last week:

And here is what I came up with:

The antique Valentine's that Gina sent reminded me of a vintage vanity for some reason so I decided to use an empty makeup compact. I distressed it with acrylic paint and sandpaper and then embellished it with bits of the actual print as well as roses, pearls, glitter and a small frame. What's great is that Gina and I couldn't wait to see how different each of our projects came out but they are actually very similar, I think we even used the same plastic roses that we salvaged from my craft room! Check hers out at and stay tuned for next weeks project.