Rachel Wightman, Jewelry Designer, Sydney, Australia
Rachel Wightman is the designer behind the delightful accessories label called ‘Not Tuesday’, an Etsy shop launched for her sweet designs. Rachel creates super cute handmade necklaces, made from simple polymer clay beads. She previously worked as an interiors stylist in magazine-land for over 10 years before becoming a mom 2 years ago, and finding a new creative outlet. A failed experiment with resin led Rachel to polymer clay, and it wasn’t long before she was hooked and creating jewelry with beautiful color combinations and organic forms.
To see more of Rachel’s designs visit her online Etsy shop or her website.
Armelle Caron, Mixed Media Artist, Montpellier, France
What we love about Armelle Caron’s work is she unmaps the city, creating organized neat rows of deconstructed city blocks. Her work becomes reinterpretations of abstract urban city plans that are placed into organized components by shape and size.
For more on Armelle’s work visit her on the web.
Phoenix First Fridays at triARC featuring art trends by theSTUDIO.
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Fumiko Toda, Painter and Printmaker, New York
I am obsessively fascinated with color, texture, textile design, and form, although most of the images and inspiration I find for art are drawn from my childhood background.
I grew up in the Japanese countryside, near the edge of a pond thriving in bio-diversity. I would spend long summer days collecting all manner of insects, leaves and stones to escape my isolation. After attending art University in Kyoto, I moved to New York City, in 2001, and was strongly influenced by the urban experience; how metropolitan living tends toward disconnection and results in an existence bereft of intimacy.
Through the making of art, I engage this disconnection: from the community of humankind, and from the natural world. Working on paper allows me to create different layers of acrylic paint, ink, graphite and oil-pastel; in the overlay of various surfaces and visual effects resulting from this process, I can suggest the passage of time and recollection of memory.
For more on Fumiko’s work visit her on the web.
Near the banks of the Neva River in St. Petersburg, Russia, this trade complex by Vitruvius & Sons transforms the world’s most ubiquitous symbol of commerce—the bar code—into a powerful architectural motif. The rust-red steel building brightens an otherwise bleak urban setting. Vitruvius and Sons liven up this space by introducing a splash of color while playing with a post-modern symbol, the elongated windows which create the impression of a barcode. This barcode effect help to clarify the functional identity of the building, and at the same time they turn out a big portion of irony.
Maggie Siner, Painter, Virginia
Maggie Siner finds beauty in unexpected corners of the everyday world. Painting directly from life her paintings have very enduring qualities: exquisite clarity of light, color and bold brushwork capture the momentary nature of absolute recognition. Her subject matter ranges from the intimate (a handful of cherries), to the monumental (interiors), to the whimsical combinations of objects, always evoking surprise and beauty. She has exhibited and taught for 30 years in America, France and China, influencing a generation of painters, and her work is in private collections around the world.
For more on Maggie’s work visit her on the web.
Ron specializes in wall mounted bas-reliefs constructed from found wood. The original color and texture of the wood is utilized to form a gripping and realistic mosaic. The realism is further enhanced by the perspective built into the relief. Van der Ende uses his method to conjure up dark industrial and space age imagery. We love the diamond and star shapes made from salvaged wood.
He is from Rotterdam, the Netherlands
For more on Ron’s work visit him on the web.