ALI CAVANAUGH

When I came across Ali's work I had to pause for a moment, I just love the clarity in her work then when I read about her process I knew I had to share it with you.

 

Ali Cavanaugh carefully layers watercolor pigment on a wet kaolin clay surface using tiny round synthetic brushes. Her methods of layering translucent pigment on the white surface give the paintings a sense of  being lit from behind. The iridescence that she achieves with her stacking of colour is unparalleled. The luminous quality is often described by collectors as being transcendent or sublime and the detail and light can only be experienced in person. She has spent the last seven years developing her inimitable process and refers to her paintings as "modern frescoes" because they are so uniquely different than what we know of as traditional watercolour paintings. Her paintings are most similar to fresco-secco paintings, but she uses all modern materials; hence, modern frescoes. The panels for Cavanaugh's paintings are constructed by Ampersand Art Supply located in Buda, Texas. Ampersand first treats the wood panels with its trademarked 'Archivalseal' primer and then they coat the panels with a ph balanced kaolin clay veneer. This archival clay coating is delicate to the touch but very durable to the watercolour medium. Ali uses Daniel Smith and Golden's QoR watercolours exclusively.

 

 

  I could look at Ali Cavanaugh's work for days. 

ORIGAMI BENCH

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The origami bench is prototype lounge seating that we designed and fabricated by black lab architects in Toronto. The piece was created for the common space for the See the Light special exhibit at the 2014 Interior Design Show in Toronto. The benches is constructed from facets of baltic birch plywood that's connected by piano hinges with a white laminate top, on tubular steel legs. I've got a great spot in my place for this one. 

 

PHILIPPE MALOUIN

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Gridlock 7440

by Philippe Malouin a Montreal based designer. 

Raw and unpretentious, Gridlock is a series of lamps in the style of the Brutalist movement.  Gridlock feels industrial in its straightforward, platonic forms and the repetitive efficiency of the grid; however, it is assembled entirely by hand from thousands of tiny brass parts. Philippe Malouin's tribute to the industry-inspired, labour-saving dreams of modernism is paid for in toil.

All I can say is WOW!  

 

THIS ILK

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Look what I found! oooh this one's for all the jewelry lovers out there. This Ilk is a Montreal based jewelry company that was started by Tamara Bavdek an Industrial designer who wanted a pair of ear rings to go with her new look.  After have no luck finding something she made her own and today, This Ilk is a thriving business thats is now distributed in over 30 boutiques in Canada, the USA and around the world.

AMY JUDD

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I am so in love with these right now! 

The composition, light and positioning of the subject, creates curious images, which conjure up new “mythological” narratives or creatures within the paintings; using Feathers as armor, and birds as familiars. The sensitive brushwork on the figure’s flesh complements the delicate pattern of the feathers, however the compositions are bold and strong, and the figures are not frail or delicate; the feathers allude to strength, flight and bravery, rather than fragility.

-Amy Judd

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ALEX CORNELL

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Wow was all I could say when I found these images! how beautiful are they? Don't they look like Giant blue diamonds? 

These stunning photos of a rare flipped iceberg was taken by Alex Cornell and are a part of a beautiful collection of photos from his recent trip to Antartica.

Icebergs are notorious for keeping around 90 per cent of their bulk hidden beneath the surface of the sea. While this makes them far more dangerous to shipping than they appear, it does mean they’re extremely stable, and unlikely to wobble about. Yet even mountain-sized icebergs weighing hundreds of millions of tonnes have been known to flip over, creating tsunamis capable of swamping nearby vessels. 

-Robert Matthews of Science Focus

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