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Leigh Wells

My Honors Art class spent their final weeks of school working through an abstract painting project.  I came to find that I actually don’t have a clue how to really teach abstraction.  Something magic has always happened in the past, where something instinctual kicks in for the kids and happy accidents led to goodness in the end.  Midway through I got myself together and re-approached my usual method, finding loads of eye candy along the way.  

That’s where the work of San Francisco based artist Leigh Wells comes in.  I first came across her drawings a couple years back (check out her Tangled Series- amazing right?) and recently stumbled upon her more recent work, pictured above.  Using mixed media on paper, I love the way these collages hover over the line of representation and abstraction.

Find more work on her website, right here.

In 2010 Italian designer Cizak Dalmas launched La Clinica, a collection of furniture and housewares with a story.  What you see here are all handcrafted pieces produced by artisans located in three parts of the world: Brazil, Italy, and Spain.  This collection is “based on the interaction between young designers and experienced artisans, which combines new ideas with centuries-old know-how”. According to local traditions and resources for materials, the result is three different collections based around the same basic design.  Visit La Clinica’s website for more info and photos!


The combination of being uber busy with work for the past couple weeks, being summoned for jury duty this week (ugh), and feeling under the weather today has left me in a bit of a daze.  This collection of photos is the work of artist Cecilia Paredes.  (Far more lovely than my pity party, no?)  Click here to see more of her inspiring work!  

In much brighter news, Johnny’s been busy creating a new collection of rings and earrings using new techniques with wood, steel, and gold.  Can’t wait to get together pictures to share with you in the coming weeks…stay tuned!

I’ve been finding loads of gorgeous imagery on Pella Hedeby’s blog STIL inspiration, this home in Singapore being no exception.  I’m loving the minimal and simplistic approach to the design and decor.  And that top photo (by Rupert Singleton) might just be my favorite interior shot ever… 

See more photos right here.  Have a great weekend!

Everytime I get around to posting blues on Wholesome Scraps 2, I always come back to Pia Pasalk’s gorgeous porcelain vessels from her ‘Perfect/Imperfect’ series.  Though her clay work is featured here, her design label, Content & Container, reaches beyond into other realms:

Launched in 2008, Pia Pasalk’s design label Content & Container celebrates the beauty of the inconspicuous, of that which lies concealed beneath the everyday surface.  It turns the everyday into an element of style, the blemish into the focus of design.  Ignoring the boundary between jewellery, product, and fashion, Content & Container creates concept-based works that are at once objects of utility and multi-faceted sites of sensual experience combining look and feel in equal measure.  Content & Container produces small series, limited editions as well as one-of-a-kind-pieces.

Click here to visit Content & Container (the design of her site is fabulous as well)!

Most. Gorgeous. Editorial. Ever.

Posts on fashion rarely find their way onto Wholesome Scraps.  This editorial from Italy-based Amica Magazine is the exception.  I found it back in 2010 and it keeps popping back up from time to time…far too phenomenal to not share!  

Amica Magazine, March 2010 / Mark Pillai, photographer / Claudia Carretti, stylist / Masha Kirsanova, model

(via Lace & Tea)

While perusing page after lovely page of the blog Field & Sea I came across a post on Joanna Logue's paintings that I wanted to share.  Here are some thoughts behind her work:

My painting is inspired by the landscape surrounding my studio in Oberon. I am interested in the tension created by the juxtaposition of shapes against the wider field and the placement of these forms within the picture plain. By doing away with extraneous detail, my hope is that a kind of distillation might take place, where the essence of this landscape hums softly through.

Hum, they do. 

(all images Michel Brouet from Mixed Media Studio / Joanna Logue)

Here’s a gorgeous travelogue I recently found on Jessica Comingore's blog, Destined To Design. These photos are from her trip to Granada, Spain and they’re giving me a serious case of the travel itch.  We have several dream destinations in mind, though Spain has never been one of them.  After reading what she has to say, it’s becoming a contender:

Out of all of the cities I visited in Spain, I can safely say I left my heart in Granada. Between the incredibly slow pace of life, the lengthy stories from the locals, the perfect 80 degree weather + the Alhambra, I have not stopped fantasizing about it for a day. The Islamic influence on the architecture made for a seamless pairing with the traditional Spanish surroundings, and I left feeling there was much to learn from the residents of this quaint hillside town. We spent our last afternoon there enjoying a glass of Ribera beneath the sun with a flamenco dancer performing nearby. Definitely a ‘pinch me’ moment…

 Visit Jessica’s blog to see more of her photos.

This is the work of artist Gregory Thielker, and believe it or not, they’re oil paintings! They’re part of a larger series titled 'Under the Unminding Sky'.  Here’s what he has so say about this series:
These paintings reflect my interest in the way that the road delineates and controls how we experience landscape. From the roadway perspective, we not only travel from one place to another, we see landscape in a varied and complex manner. I use water on the windshield to create a shifting lens for the way we see the environment: it both highlights and obscures our viewing. Perspectives slip and compress, while shapes and colors merge into one another. I also work with relationships between surface and depth, between flatness and illusion. These images are born out of real experience and have a close relationship with the medium of painting: its fluidity, transparency, and capacity for layering, mixing, and blending.
As someone who’s in a constant state of longing for anything resembling weather, these paintings do it for me.  See more of Thielker’s work here.

This is the work of artist Gregory Thielker, and believe it or not, they’re oil paintings! They’re part of a larger series titled 'Under the Unminding Sky'.  Here’s what he has so say about this series:

These paintings reflect my interest in the way that the road delineates and controls how we experience landscape. From the roadway perspective, we not only travel from one place to another, we see landscape in a varied and complex manner. I use water on the windshield to create a shifting lens for the way we see the environment: it both highlights and obscures our viewing. Perspectives slip and compress, while shapes and colors merge into one another. I also work with relationships between surface and depth, between flatness and illusion. These images are born out of real experience and have a close relationship with the medium of painting: its fluidity, transparency, and capacity for layering, mixing, and blending.

As someone who’s in a constant state of longing for anything resembling weather, these paintings do it for me.  See more of Thielker’s work here.