MissMalaprop.com is where modern handmade meets sustainable design. On my website, I spotlight the best in independent designers & artists, eco-friendly and sustainable products, New Orleans & Gulf Coast based businesses and issues, and people & organizations who are working to make the world a better place.
My own creations reflect those same principals. I began selling my creations under the name “dismantled designs” in 2004, after arriving home from a study abroad program in London where I saw the amazing artists at Portobello Market and where I was inspired to begin selling my own reconstructed clothing & accessories.
My designs are all one-of-a-kind, handmade and original. Most are made from used or vintage clothing, or remnant fabrics and trims. Each piece is meant to have a slightly unfinished, rough-hewn, well-loved look about it. I hope you enjoy!
This week I’m asking the age old question, what is art? And more specifically – do you consider street art (more popularly known as graffiti) to be art?
For myself, I’d say that while I don’t feel necessarily qualified to decide what is art and what isn’t – if something is created with the intention to be art – then it is, by the very definition of the artist. The motivations behind street art are varied, I’m sure. For some it’s likely just a form of mischief, for others a means of self-expression- yet arguably a more aggressive and politically charged form. For those whose work may never have found its way into galleries – this is one way to find a potentially huge audience, if only for a day until the work is painted over. Now – many of these artists have found vindication as street art has gained popular acceptance in the art world, with the work of pre-eminent grafitti artists such as Banksy taking in as much as half a million dolllars at Sotheby’s auctions. And the irony of this is not lost on the artists themselves – as is clear in Banksy’s own documentary, “Exit Through the Gift Shop“, which I saw this weekend.
Arguably the most well known name in the street art genre, Banksy’s film is a must-see for anyone interested in art, graphic design or any related field. Banksy – for those of you not familiar with him – is the pseudonym of an artist who has chosen not to reveal his true identity. Over the years his work has ranged from stencil art pieces on the side of buildings (uncommissioned and created under the cover of darkness) to displaying his own work (unsolicited) in art museums next to the works of the greats and beyond- featuring popular themes including politics, culture and ethics. What one might expect from this film at the outset – perhaps a chronicle of the street art scene from 1980’s to present or an in-depth look at Banksy’s inspirations – aren’t to be found. Instead we are taken down a different and possibly more entertaining path – and in the end the careful viewer is left wondering if they have truly just witnessed a documentary or if Banksy is even more of a showman than we previously thought.
Cal Breed: Cal Breed’s parents were an artist and an engineer, and he has spent his artistic life trying to bridge the dual inheritance. He works to combine the creative with the mechanical, the expressive with the critical.
In 1994 Breed was moved to work with his hands, and he began to venture into the world of glass. He spent months as an apprentice to Cam Langley, one of the South’s very few hot-glass artists. He became entranced by the medium of glass and the process by which it is made. As he progressed in his explorations, Breed studied with a variety of glass masters from around the U.S., working to develop his skills as a designer and as a craftsman. Once again, he searched for ways to combine technical proficiency with unique design.
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Watercolors are my favorite medium to paint with. I’m always astonished by how each painter is unique in their process and execution of this medium. The following artists are some of my personal favorites. Notice how the use of watercolors change from artist to artist and celebrate the difference with me.
Geninne’s Art Shop is full of intricate watercolor paintings. The artwork here makes me feel like I’m looking at beautifully illustrated scientific classification books. This particular painting, Crafty Bird, would be a cherished gift for your crafty friend or to yourself. I want one for my sewing room!
Several months ago I was fortunate to win a print of Lisa Kaser’s work. I instantly fell in love with all of her quirky characters and the sense of storytelling portrayed in each piece. Her use of gentle colors and humorous scenes invites peace and conversation. You will love the high quality of her work.
I marked CGalla Fine Art as a favorite almost one year ago and I check in every couple of weeks to gaze into the melting colors and movement of the paintings. I can’t get over how much emotion is conveyed from the brush strokes. The up-close faces are my favorite but there are several landscapes and still life paintings as well. This is an exquisite gallery!
I just about fell over when I discovered Be Happy Now. You will be smiling from ear to ear each time you glance at the artwork found there. Calendars, prints, collages and originals are all waiting for you to dive into. I’m fascinated by the lighthearted portraits painted in brilliant color combinations.
Do you love a little mystery in your art? If so, skip on over to Oh My Cavalier. The drawings and prints will have you dreaming of forest adventures and make believe friends. There is a vintage feel to the artwork and the restrained use of color is fantastic. I’m captivated!
As you have seen, watercolors are an intense and quite intriguing medium. Aren’t the different uses and styles wonderful? I hope you found a few artists to add to your favorites and perhaps a piece or two of artwork to add to your ever expanding collection.