May was such an amazing whirlwind of career opportunities.

The Des Moines Social Club Firehouse Memorial was finished and the DMSC officially opened. There was a huge crowd of support for the club, arts and culture, and to hear David Byrne speak.

DMSC opening

We felt like we were a part of Des Moines history to be there for the opening. May also marked the opening of the restaurant, Malo! This will definitely have to be it’s own post. The art has been a hit though and it’s been so fun to see all of the hard work pay off.

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Katharine Morling’s work has been making the art internet rounds lately and I am jumping on this beautiful bandwagon.¬† From the UK-based artist, “My work can be described as 3 dimensional drawings, in the medium of ceramics.” Couldn’t have said it better myself. Her works look like sketches come to life. I have visited her site regularly over the past few months and have been dreaming of one of the paint brush sets for my office desk.

Her work, for me, is the perfect example of how art can live in your house in unexpected places. It doesn’t have to be a painting or a drawing hung on your wall.

She has many items that fit under the $500 mark that I try to show on this site, like the following:

Pot of Scissors, Katharine Morling, Porcelain and black stain.

Pot of Scissors, Katharine Morling, Porcelain and black stain.

You could get the whole pot of scissors or just a single pair to sit on your desk.

Painting Mixing Palette, Katharine Morling, Porcelain and black stain.

Painting Mixing Palette, Katharine Morling, Porcelain and black stain.

Glasses, Katharine Morling, Porcelain and black stain.

Glasses, Katharine Morling, Porcelain and black stain.

Ball of Wool and Needles, Katharine Morling, Porcelain and Black Stain.

Ball of Wool and Needles, Katharine Morling, Porcelain and Black Stain.

 

And because you need to see these too, there are options well above that price point but really incredible.

Time, Katharine Morling, Porcelain and Black Stain.

Time, Katharine Morling, Porcelain and Black Stain.

Zebra, Katharine Morling, Porcelain and Black Stain.

Zebra, Katharine Morling, Porcelain and Black Stain.

Cut, Katharine Morling, Porcelain and black stain.

Cut, Katharine Morling, Porcelain and black stain.

Now that’s a power tool I am interested in. But really, that group of cameras is to die for.¬†Want it. I am particularly fond of sculpture that hangs on the wall.

I am always interested in learning about new artists for these posts, so please pass some names along if you come across something you love.

xoLiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Friends. Hope that you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. If you are anything like me, it’s been tough getting back in to the swing of things this morning. Just to help in your procrastination of working I have compiled some of the latest links that I have loved reading.

-Sploid made an interesting take on what classic paintings would look like if they were photoshopped like today’s magazines. Link.

-Several museums are starting to put their catalogues online. I have been holding on to this link on how The Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands is allowing people to download high-res pictures for free personal use. Great idea for your computer backdrop. Link from How About Orange. And the Met just released 400,000 images for the same purpose. Link from Colossal.

-One of my favorite sites for all things creative, Colossal, shared a video showing ballet dancers from the Washington ballet demonstrate their most difficult dance moves in slow motion. Link.

-Given that my masters is in public art, I am a sucker for this Design Sponge article on 10 amazing outdoor art installations. Link.

Enjoy and happy procrastinating.

xoLiz

I want to share a recent trick that we used on a project. I was recently working on a restaurant (I know you are thinking, yes it’s currently all you talk about) and the all of the walls needed to be built. While this process was happening, I was choosing artwork for the space without actually having seen it and working from plans. When I was able to start actually installing works though, our wall behind the host stand just seemed much bigger than I had originally expected. The artwork was still perfect for the space but we wanted something to help take up a bit more room around the work.

Janet, Chelsey Faye

Janet, Chelsey Faye

How gorgeous is that piece?

That’s when it was decided that we would paint a border around the work in a second color to create almost a larger frame around the piece.

Janet in progress.

Janet in progress.

This is a great and inexpensive way to work with a large wall by visually breaking up the space beyond just artwork.

Entrance to Malo. Photo Credit: Malo
Janet, Photo Credit: Ryan Damman

Janet, Photo Credit: Ryan Damman

Chelsey did an amazing job and I will be posting more on the artworks and Malo soon for a complete project post.

xoLiz

Ever have one of those months that seems to both fly by and stand still because of how much is going on? Well that was April for me.

I had two major projects that were completed in April. One project you have already seen (the Firehouse Memorial at the Des Moines Social Club) and the other you have seen bits and pieces of if you follow me on Instagram. Malo, the new Orchestrate restaurant, has been such a treat to work on from start to finish.

You will soon get to see the completed project in a bigger post but wanted to show some of the great pictures from when Mark Flores and his assistant Mateo came to town to create our Luchador.

Mark and Mateo are from Chicago and drove in for 2 nights to work on the mural at the restaurant. We talked about then working on a canvas and shipping it in. But it quickly was decided we really want them to work on site and see the space. It worked out perfectly.

Mark and Mateo working on the mural late at night.

Mark and Mateo working on the mural late at night.


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Recently a friend of facebook linked to an Elle Magazine article about the 11 things every fashionable woman should own before she is 30. I’ve got about a year and a half before that milestone so I thought I should take a look. The article said you need a classic shoe (check), a signature scent (Coco Mademoiselle, check), and most importantly, an original piece of art you love (!!!).

The quote reads, “It can be a photograph you find in the West Village, but filling your home with art that speaks to you will always make you happy.”

This is so true and I love everything about it. I love that it needs to be an original piece of artwork that is unique to you and your home. I have works of art that I have collected over the past few years that make me smile every time I see them. They fill our home with color, vibrancy and creativity.

A few years ago I was at a fundraising auction for the Des Moines Art Center and fell in love with a piece of artwork. It was already going up higher than I should have spent at the time but I loved it. (And I was drinking champagne which acted as an instigator.) So I bought this awesome piece…

Michael Peter Cain, P'isaq reVerBo 1, 2011. Photo Credit: DRJ

Michael Peter Cain, P’isaq reVerBo 1, 2011. Photo Credit: DRJ

It now hangs in our home in a place of honor. It’s one of the first things you see when you enter the door. As the light changes throughout the day; it too changes. It looks like it’s glowing at all times. I love it and it makes me think of a time when I couldn’t really afford it but knew I couldn’t leave without it.

Do you have your ‘original piece of art you love’? If so, share it! I would love hear about them.

xoLiz