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June 11, 2009

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Antiques by the Bay

June 8, 2009

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If you are able to be in the Bay Area on the first Sunday of the month, I definitely recommend checking out Antiques by the Bay, the Alameda flea market. There is a ton of furniture, clothing and, as evidenced by my photos, lots of collections.

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custom cake toppers

June 8, 2009

I have a number of friends who are planning weddings right now, that, in addition to the fact that we design wedding invitations,  makes me spend quite a bit of time thinking about weddings. There are endless ways to infuse your personality into your wedding, but one very simple place to do it is with some great cake toppers. These three designers offer some awesome customization options so you can get cake toppers that are exactly what you are looking for.

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The Small Object makes fantastic crafty custom toppers. She even has a cupcake version available. To view the huge variety of toppers that The Small Object custom made, click here.

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My sister gave us these molded resin cake toppers, designed by Chris Collicott, to use at our wedding. They are sold individually so you can mix and match gender and color. They are a great option for people who are looking for a very clean, modern design. Available at Zipper Gifts.

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These adorable merino wool cake toppers are from Yu Yu Art. Though I initially thought they were tiny, they are about 8-inches tall. I love the vintage-ish feel that these have. You can see a ton more of these fabulous toppers here.

Into the woods

June 3, 2009

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Row 1: Green felt Bambi from Enna Design Shop; “Owl on book” print from e.soule

Row 2: Rabbit Puppet Shadow tee from Flytrap Studios; Wearable Mini Feltidermy from girl savage

Row 3: “Animal Crime” Custom Large Messenger Bag from skirt; Sterling Silver Buckhorns necklace from Skylark Studio

Row 4: Super cute amigurumi pattern from Owlishly; “Happy Ending” embroidered art from Mary’s Granddaughter

Row 5: Sterling Silver Squirrel pendant from 15 Clove Jewelry; Adorable raccoon boot protectors from Peek-a-Boot

Fun with Crayons

June 3, 2009

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Here is a great collection of the evolution of Crayola’s packaging from the dieline. I love the vintage boxes. Below is a limited edition set of reproductions of some of the older boxes. I wasn’t able to find all three, but I did find these and these.

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Evelin Kasikov

June 1, 2009

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I first became aware of Evelin Kasikov last week when some of her work was featured on Black Eiffel. I was completely blown away and contacted her immediately to see if she was interested in being the first of our mini-interviews with artists, designers and crafters. Evelin graciously accepted. After reading her responses to our questions, I think I might love her work even more. I definitely recommend spending some time looking at her site and exploring some of the other pages of her beautiful books.

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Read the complete Q & A and see more work, after the jump.

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So Awkward

May 28, 2009

We don’t generally post things like this, but I just came across this amazing blog. Jessica and I could hardly breathe we were laughing so hard at some of these. At one point I literally almost fell out of my chair and was covered in mascara from crying. Check it out if you need a laugh.

Here are two of our many favorites.

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Twitter on Paper

May 27, 2009

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“Putting Tweets On Paper Since May 26, 2009.”

Generally I am a pretty early adopter of technology, but I am still totally behind on the twitter phenomenon. I finally set up an account a week or two ago, and have yet to post any updates (and probably never will). Basically I have stuck my head in the sand when it comes to Twitter — until now.

Twitter on Paper is a hysterical new project from Sam Potts, where you submit a request for a tweet on paper and he will mail it to you. I definitely recommend checking out the about page, which ends with this question:

Why would anyone want a tweet on a piece of paper?
I have no idea.

I too am unsure why someone would want a tweet on paper, and yet, I sort of do.

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via Swiss Miss

Cardon Copy

May 25, 2009

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Cardon Copy is a pretty awesome project from designer Cardon Webb in which he redesigned found fliers and tear-offs and then replaced the originals with his redesigned posters. Conceptually I think it is a pretty neat project, but I also like that each poster was designed in a distinct style.

More posters after the jump.

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Font-y Friday: Rubik’s Cube Font Generator

May 22, 2009

I thought this was so cool, it just begged to be a second Font-y Friday.

For the assignment, “Produce a visual representation for the word ‘Move’,” Jas Bhachu created a rubber stamp set that can be used in varying combinations to create type. I love the packaging and instruction booklet too.

I wish it were available to purchase, because I really wanted to buy one for Owen (he was always a huge fan of using the letterpress equivalent when setting metal type).

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show posters

May 20, 2009

Three of the four experts are going to see the Decemberists play tonight at the newly-restored and reopened, historic Fox Theater in Oakland. Since I’m a big fan of silkscreen, gig posters and the Decemberists, here is a collection of some of their beautiful show posters.

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Even more posters, and all the poster credits, after the jump.

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New Work from Noah Dasho

May 19, 2009

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Noah Dasho just sent over some images of a beautiful new etching he just finished called Conversations. It is a 12″ x 16″ two-plate etching (softground, aquatint, spitbite) with added watercolor.

View some of Noah’s older work after the jump.

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Jenny Holzer: PROTECT PROTECT

May 15, 2009

We went to a number of museums on our trip, but hands-down the most interesting exhibition we saw was Jenny Holzer‘s Protect Protect.

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Jenny Holzer, “MONUMENT”, 2008.

Texts: “Truisms”, 1977-79; “Inflammatory Essays”, 1979-82. © 2009 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photo: Vassilij Gureev. Collection of the artist; courtesy Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers, Berlin and London; and Diehl + Gallery One, Moscow

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Jenny Holzer, “For Chicago”, 2008.

Texts: “Truisms”, 1977-79; “Inflammatory Essays”, 1979-82; “Living”, 1980-82; “Survival”, 1983-85; “Under a Rock”, 1986; “Laments”, 1989; “Mother and Child”, 1990; “War”, 1992; “Lustmord”, 1993-95; “Erlauf”, 1995; “Arno”, 1996; “Blue”, 1998; and “Oh”, 2001. © 2009 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photo: Attilio Maranzano. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, commissioned through the generosity of the Edlis/Neeson Art Acquisition Fund

The show includes a variety of media, not only the LED signs that Holzer is best known for (shown above, but, as you might expect, the pictures can’t begin to do them justice), but also a series called Redaction Paintings which reproduce government documents about torture at large scale. The show is incredibly affecting; the matter-of-fact tone of the transcripts of marines discussing a war we are still engaged in can be a little hard to stomach, but are very important to read.

Here is an excerpt from The Whitney’s text about the show:

The works in this exhibition feature selections of Holzer’s writings from 1977 to 2001, as well as declassified pages from U.S. government documents she has used as source material since 2004. The exhibition’s subtitle PROTECT PROTECT derives from texts detailing plans for the Iraq war, yet it also relates to the problematic power of personal desire, as encapsulated in one of Holzer’s best-known statements: PROTECT ME FROM WHAT I WANT.

Whether she is using her own idiomatic texts, borrowing the words of international poets, or citing formerly classified materials containing policy debates, battle plans, and testimonies of American soldiers and detainees in U.S. custody, Holzer works between the public and private, the body politic and the body, the universal and the particular. Always timely, she provides a range of opinions, attitudes, and voices in works infused with formal beauty, sensitivity, and power.

Holzer is a favorite of ours from way back. She appeals to our love of type and also a social consciousness in artwork that is rare. From her Truisms, which were like incredible bursts of keen observation executed in a variety of media, through Lustmord, which dealt rather chillingly with text from the abusers and the abused (sometimes cut into skin or tagged onto bones) to this use of declassified torture documents displayed large or on flashing LEDs, she has consistently made thought-provoking use of texts.

To read more about the show, click here. Protect Protect is on view at the Whitney until May 31st.

The Botanic Gardens

May 14, 2009

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As we’ve mentioned, Owen and I just got back from the East Coast. The first leg of our trip was spent in Washington DC and the second half in New York.

If you are going to DC, I definitely recommend checking out The United States Botanic Garden. It’s steps from the Capitol, and we were planning on visiting that, the outdoor gardens and the Library of Congress buildings, but it was raining absurdly hard, so we ended up spending all our time in the conservatory. Thankfully, there are tons of beautiful plants and flowers to see even without visiting the outside gardens. I know it is a bit simple to write a post that essentially boils down to “flowers are pretty,” but the Botanic Gardens were really lovely, the orchids are formally so interesting to look at and it is a great place to spend an hour or so on a rainy afternoon. Plus, since so many artists and designers draw inspiration from nature, it offers a great opportunity to get exposure to plants you wouldn’t normally see.

For some information of the history of the Botanic Gardens, click here.

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May 13, 2009

I’m back at work today — making the rough mental transition from vacation mode to work mode. I thought some of these items from Etsy might brighten my office, and help make the transition a little smoother.

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Row 1:
Vintage perpetual calendar from 26olivestreet; Small address file from MargaretAndWalter

Row 2:
“Stay Classy…” pencils from Earmark; Vintage stapler from bluebell

Row 3:
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from bluebellbazaar; Gocco-printed notebook from twoguitars

Row 4:
Vintage pink wire record stand (could be a nice stand for files) from bouquet; DIY calendar from talkottown

Help improve the Etsy shopping experience!

May 12, 2009

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If you shop on Etsy, or have thought about shopping on Etsy, you should take a few seconds to take the Etsy Shopper Survey. They really do want to make the shopping experience as good as possible and feedback will help. It is anticipated that the survey will be live through May 22nd.

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May 12, 2009

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Sorry for the lack of posts from Owen and me lately — we’ve been on vacation. We promise to have some fun posts about our trip soon, but before that happens, I thought I’d post a little something in honor of the latest postal rate increase.

The USPS has only released a handful of stamps at the new letter rate (44¢), but I’m pretty psyched about these new Simpsons stamps and think the new king and queen love stamps are pretty lovely. Hopefully they’ll release some new artist stamps soon like the Nevelson, Noguchi or Chales and Ray Eames ones. If none of the designs from the USPS suit you, they now link to a few different outside companies that will print your designs on postage stamps.

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Father’s Day Cards now in our Etsy shop!

May 1, 2009

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We’ve just added our new Father’s Day card to the etsy shop. Owen and I are both really happy with how they turned out. The Father’s Day cards are available as a single card and also in a set with a Mother’s Day card for a little discount.

Just a reminder: Mother’s Day is May 10th and Father’s Day is June 21st.

Special: get 10% off any May etsy order from Design des Troy by mentioning you read theexpertsagree.

Gertrude & Mabel

April 30, 2009

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As long as we are giving shouts out to wedding photographers, I feel I must mention the wonderful photographers at Gertrude & Mabel Photography who shot Owen’s and my wedding a few years ago.

Not only do Heidi and Judy take fantastic and artistic candid shots, they are also total pros at making portraits not look super posed.

I’ll try to add a few of their shots from our wedding, but for now the shots above are all from Gertrude & Mabel Photography’s site. All images are ©Gertrude & Mabel.

Grain Edit’s Mid-century Modern Sticker, Label and Stamp Club

April 29, 2009

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I was just looking around on Grain Edit and found a rather old post about the Mid-century Modern Sticker, Label and Stamp Club. I figure since the images in the club are all from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s, it it OK that I’m a little late on posting about this. It is an AWESOME collection of, as the name would suggest, stickers, stamps and labels. The collection is beautiful to look at, but could also serve as a great resource for inspiration.

The images above were submitted by Max Friedrich Hartmann.