Posts Tagged With: art

Favorite Links: 5 Beautiful Photography Blogs

There are quite a few talented photographers sharing their work on blogs these days. Here’s five that I visit regularly and am always inspired by:

pia jane bijkerk : A curation of visual soul. Beautiful photos from the blogger and other featured sources.

Caroline Dreams : A magical, fanciful journey through a Paris photographer’s dreams.

Le voyage creatif : Gorgeous photos of a food stylist’s life on a Scandanavian island.

la porte rouge : Photos and thoughts chronicling a rural life in Australia.

from me to you : Behind the scenes fashion and travel photography from around the globe.

Cheers, Amy

PS – the gorgeous image above is from le voyage creatif

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Bodoni Girl

Check out this tribute to Bodoni – a gorgeous font and one of my favorites. Poster designer Andreas Xenoulis used actual parts of the font – ascenders, descenders, letterforms – to create a Medusa-like, mysterious image:

You can read more about his creation process (and see in-progress pictures!) in this article on Visual News.

Cheers, Amy

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Book Igloo

It’s a book igloo. By Miler Lagos. I want one. Happy Monday.

Cheers, Amy

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Grandma Moses: Amazing Mom

One of history’s most amazing moms? Grandma Moses. She raised five children on a farm. Then, in her 70s, she started painting for the first time and quickly became one of the most famous American artists.

I sometimes get a little stressed about how much of my time is taken up with my newborn son. Here’s proof that having kids doesn’t spell an end to your creative life. Grandma Moses is definitely good inspiration.

Interested in knowing more? Check out this NYTimes article on Grandma Moses’s life.

Cheers, Amy

(Images from here)

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Haunting image from Werner Herzog

I don’t know about you, but I’m simultaneously freaked out and fascinated by this image from Werner Herzog‘s film The Ends of the Earth:

I have a lifelong fear of deep water, so I get a little vertigo and claustrophobia just looking at this picture. But, the light coming through the ice sheet is so gorgeous, I can’t tear myself away.

Cheers, Amy

Image sourced from here

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Make Your Own Library: ebooks into print books

I started reading to my son from the day he was born…I think stories and books are powerful tools for unleashing a child’s imagination. There are definite childhood favorites and old classics that I want to make sure Griffin hears. But, there are also some obscure stories that I’ve uncovered via Project Gutenberg which are worth adding to the mix.

One of these books is “Japanese Fairy World” – a collection of folk stories by William Elliot Griffis. Everyone has heard of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. I think it’s interesting to add multicultural legends to the mix.

I downloaded the text from Project Gutenberg via this link. I’m particularly fond of downloading ebooks, setting into type, printing out, and covering to make a little paperback chapbook.

Here’s some simple steps to make your own print book without using a custom layout program:

1) Download the text into MS Word.

2) Change the page view to landscape. Set the text into 2 columns.

3) Use page breaks to separate chapters, then set the chapter number and title in a larger size and a different font.

4) Scan through the pages to make sure that the text looks as you’d like it. If necessary, manually adjust using hard returns and page breaks.

Voila!

What about you? Are there stories that you think are essential for childhood reading? Perhaps some lesser known classics that are worth sharing?

Cheers, Amy

(Image Source: all cover designs by me… feel free to print off and use for your own personal e-book conversion! Obviously, don’t use for commercial purposes without contacting me.)

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Favorite Things: Louvre Graphic Comic Series

So cool…did you know the Louvre commissioned a series of graphic novels around a loose theme of the museum? I’ve read the first two and am now waiting to get my hands on some of the others…

 

Image Source: Amazon

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