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Saturday Finds

October 25, 2008

Lisa Kokin

You have to browse Lisa Kokin’s entire site to appreciate the scope of her talent and imagination. The button sculpture shown here is but one of a whole collection of button works. Other projects include altered books, sculpture, and installation. I love them all, but was particulary drawn to the buttons. She says of these works:

“Buttons have made cameo appearances in much of my previous work; never have they been the primary material until recently. My parents were upholsterers and my earliest memories are of playing in their shop with piles of vinyl and foam rubber. I have sewn since I was a child and the stitch plays a major role in my work, so it was natural to join the buttons together to form a reconstructed family portrait.”


Artivi/Art in Motion is a community-oriented Web-TV which produces and broadcasts programs about the contemporary art world. Artivi is also a website which offers user-generated contents. My thanks to Sheree Rensel for sharing this wonderful resource on her blogroll. I just randomly clicked on this video studio visit with Chinese artist Tianbing Li. His paintings are wonderful, and there are some very good closeups of him painting a the very expressive face of a child.

Erin Ryan Miller

I am a big fan of Erin Ryan Miller’s art. Here is one example of her beautiful use of color. Click on the picture below to see more of her paintings.

Prayer Candles

OK, please forgive the shameless family promotion, but these funky and fun prayer candles are from my granddaughter’s Etsy shop, Peas and Carrots. And since it’s not easy getting through college while holding down a practially full-time job and keeping a high GPA at the same time, I hope you’ll spread the word. Her specialties are these candles and her very own handbag designs.

Finally, Art Slut Says . . .

It’s not too early to think about gifting that special artist in your life with this T-Shirt from the Art Slut Store. Or check out all their other fun and cheeky apparel and books too! The Art Slut concept and philosophy are the creation of Barb Benson, owner of the Key West Art Bar.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2008 10:26 am

    I love these “finds”! That button sculpture is terrific! I love, love, love those prayer candles too. I WANT one of those “Don’t Draw Drunk” T-shirts, but I couldn’t wear anything with the word “slut” on it. LOL LOL I just couldn’t. Love the message though. 🙂

  2. October 25, 2008 1:20 pm

    Love being turned on to new artists/places. Will check them all out. I keep meaning to comment that I like your new fall colored painting a few posts down. Happy Saturday!

  3. October 25, 2008 7:32 pm

    Hey Sheree and Paula – glad I could entertain you a little bit today!

  4. October 26, 2008 12:34 am

    I wait all week to see what you’re gonna come up with! This is my fave feature of your posts!

    Had a lovely time over at Lisa Kokin’s site. I love all of her works but truly enjoyed a great laugh at her chihuahua couture! Funny video!!

    Thanks for the burger and fries with that!!


  5. lou permalink
    October 26, 2008 11:09 pm

    dont need the canduls. the buttons isnt art.

  6. October 27, 2008 6:27 am

    Dina! I didn’t see the video until you linked it here. It is just too funny — especially if you have dogs.

    Thanks, Lou. So help us out here . . . what is your definition of art? We have all been kicking that question around for a couple of centuries.

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