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Spotlight: Simona Ciraolo

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Today, we’re talking about Simona Ciraolo, an illustrator and children’s book author.

Simona’s illustration (seen above) of a little girl with a pink top knot and a tiger best friend to read books with is just… everything. It’s just like, how did she KNOW? There’s even an inquisitive lemur for good measure. I’d like to move in, please and thanks.

For more of Simona’s work, visit her website: http://simonaciraolo.com/



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Spotlight: Berta Salinas






Before I came across Berta Salinas’ work, I would’ve described embroidery as “kitschy” or “retirement home-y.” Clearly, I was wrong! I mean, the subject of the series of embroideries above is cannibalism. Cannibalism. She’s superseded kitsch, and I love it.

Also, Berta Salinas is a badass artist from Madrid. You can see more of her work here. She sells her embroideries here.

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Spotlight: Eric Marinovich + DoNotOpen.IT

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I mean really, the medium, the craft, the price?! Worth every penny. Sign me up.

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Spotlight: Oliver Jeffers

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Screen Shot 2014-01-07 at 5.41.58 PMOliver Jeffers, a Brooklyn-based artist, made these paintings (the series is called: “Dictators and Hair”). I think he had a fun time painting them, you know? And subsequently I’m having a fun time viewing them! Win/win.

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Spotlight: What My Daughter Wore








Brooklyn artist Jennifer Williams documents the daily outfit choices of her daughters and their friends for her blog What My Daughter Wore.

Let’s get real here: Williams is one hell of an illustrator, and her kids are too cool for school. I mean, a Madonna tee with a fur coat on top? Ray Ban specs and a floral crown? Get outta town! Let’s all be friends.

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Spotlight: David Ryle

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Photographer David Ryle’s series of “Steam Portraits” makes me want a strawberry milkshake (and that’s a real compliment, coming from me).

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Spotlight: Michael Wolf



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When you live in a big city like Tokyo, subways are just a part of life. You’re cramped and uncomfortable, but so is everyone else. Quickly you learn to surrender to the jostling crowd; you relax, breathe, and go with the flow, knowing full well that it’ll all be over shortly. Photographer Michael Wolf, with his series entitled “Tokyo Compression”, captures these inbetween moments. Wolf has managed to capture the moment of surrender, when the subjects allowed themselves to let go of their discomfort and be swept away with the rushing current. There is a rhythm to life in a big city, and Wolf’s subjects are just bobbing their heads to the beat.

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Spotlight: John Baldessari

“A Brief History of John Baldessari”
narrated by Tom Waits

John Baldessari is one of the greats (and not just because he’s 6 feet, 7 inches tall).

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Spotlight: Enrique Gomez de Molina

Miami-based artist Enrique Gomez de Molina dismembers taxidermy animals and splices them back together. The effect is startling, but as I continue to stare at them I find myself willingly transported to a Pan’s Labyrinth sort of fantasy land (and I don’t hate it).

Molina was recently sentenced to 20 months in federal prison for illegally importing animal specimens (some of which were considered threatened species). On top of the jail time, Molina was required to pay a $6,000 fee and cede all of the illegally trafficked animals to government officials. The illegally imported animals ranged from a King Cobra to a Slow Loris, and were smuggled in everywhere from Bali to Canada.

Aside from the obvious illegality of the sculptures, I think they’re mesmerizing. Like a dreamworld version of the Museum of Natural History.

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Spotlight: Brianna Fano


Jewelry designer Brianna Fano just gets me.

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