This past week with vacation and then a holiday weekend was so relaxing and fun that I had a hard time getting back to real work. Luckily my clients are amazing and after a couple of energizing meetings yesterday I am back at it. As I am working these are things that are some fun things on my radar this month.

At the University of Iowa, Colleen Theisen who works at the Special Collections and University Archives made these amazing .gifs show fore-edge painting. This is a technique that hides paintings in the fore-edges of a book until the pages are fanned out and the whole painting can be seen. So cool. The technique can be dated back to as early as the 1650′s and is being demonstrated on an 1863 Robert Mudie book, Autumn. There are very few things that I love more than secret paintings. Check out their Tumblr page as they continue to share discoveries from the library.

Autumn, Robert Mudie, 1863, University of Iowa Special Collection and Archive

Autumn, Robert Mudie, 1863, University of Iowa Special Collection and Archive


 

Autumn, Robert Mudie, 1863, University of Iowa Special Collection and Archive

Autumn, Robert Mudie, 1863, University of Iowa Special Collection and Archive

 

For the holidays (is it really close enough to be talking about the holidays?!) artist Takashi Murakami and Shu Uemura are teaming up for a beauty line. Hands down Shu Uemura has the best eyelash curler on the market and I am due for a new one so I think an art-inspired one is in order.

TakashiMurakami

 

British retailer Marks and Spencer has put out a new campaign featuring ‘outspoken women’. In the group shot features some recognizable faces such as Helen Mirren’s but also artist Tracey Emin. I am a huge fan of her light installation pieces and so I have thrown in a few images of her work after the ad photo.

Marks and Spencer

Tracy Emin, Just Love Me, 1998. Photo Credit: Christie's.

Tracey Emin, Just Love Me, 1998. Photo Credit: Christie’s.

 

Tracey Emin, I Promise to Love You. Photo Credit: Media Bistro

Tracey Emin, I Promise to Love You. Photo Credit: Media Bistro

Finally, one of my favorite blogs to peruse, Oh Happy Day!, has created a project to create commissioned portraits. You have until September 9th to order for the holidays, as it would make a perfect gift for a loved one. They have streamlined all of the details to make it much easier and cost-effective. Such a smart idea.

Oh Happy Day!

Alright back to working on some exciting projects. I am officially inspired after writing about these fun and random things on my radar. Have a fabulous day.

xoLiz

 

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