Saturday, September 30, 2006


This week I scurried to make a piece for the annual Works of Heart auction to benefit people living with AIDS and their families. The auction takes place Saturday October 21st at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. If you are in Raleigh check it out. You can find tickets at White Rabbit and Quail Ridge Books. This dear deer needs a new home.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


I found this this site through Designsponge via Katey of That's Hot and One Good Bumblebee via in4mador. It generates any website into a graph. Above is and this blog. Watching the graph generate is fun; it appears to blossom on the screen. Love it.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Weekend Links

This weekend if you find yourself outside sipping esspresso and your laptop is just dying to some atention then check out these links:

-Letters of Marc Jacobs: a hilarious diary of sorts
-Bella Muse: stationary, cards, prints and tees by artist and typographer Alicia Peck
-Vena Cava: independent fashion designers Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai
Vena Cava's latest presentation can be seen here. If you can get past the contrived set, the
clothes are really lovely.

On a local note, there is some great art in Durham at the moment.

Branch Gallery has Amanda Barr and Jen Garrido work up until October 28th.

George Rousse has installations in various warehouses in Durham and visitors can see them on Saturday and Tuesday. He considers the photographs taken of the work to be the final piece but if you go I think you get a viewfinder to get a sense of what it looks like.

Amanda Barr

Jen Garrido

George Rousse

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


I have been trying to figure out who made this little fish vase since I bought it in Vienna a few years ago. The marking on the bottom is a little wonky and I couldn't read it. Thanks to a lot of blog press the designer is getting recently I found it was made by Vienna artist Sandra Haishberger for Feinedinge. The textured and pierced pieces are pretty killer.

Following a link from Decor8 I found these hilarious paper doll from Egg Press. These limited edition prints are modeled after the owner's dog Pearl. You can find Pearl's bio here. She must be very important. Catch the series for $38. Corchetta the Chihuahua isn't very good with other dogs. Maybe I could break her in slowly with these.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Happy Monday. I bought lots of great finds at the flea market this weekend, including the amazing boxes on the left. They originally held jewelry findings in a jewelry manufacturing warehouse in Providence. A lot of the reclaimed vintage pieces that I use came from the same place so I thought it was only fitting that I have them. The finding nailed to the outside corresponds with what is stored inside. To top it all off some of the boxes still had findings in them. I also picked up some more dipped gold leaves, vintage buckles and escutcheons. The pretty scroll pieces are from a friend's trip to a Prague flea market.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Rocking the Catwalk

While fashion week is always a fun distraction, this season I am especially loving the Sartorialist's coverage of street looks. He is shooting the shows for but his personal blog is even better. I love this look from his site. The blue! The red!

Rodarte: Love the bows. Not sure about the the flowers. Can't figure out this pair of designers/sisters. Check out the article about them in this month's W.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Heart Anderson

My Anderson necklace is getting some love and now I am on the hunt for more tiny vintage enamel flowers so I can make more necklaces. My tiny vintage enamel flower stock is running dangerously low. I just added these necklaces to my etsy store so get them while they last. Bring flowers into Fall.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

SCAD style

The other day at nested I saw some great notebooks from SCAD's Working Class Studio. This is a venture where students produce a contemporary home accessories and lifestyle line. I hadn't checked out shopSCAD's website in a while and there are some finds there too. The store itself has a huge variety of one-offs, paintings, jewelry, handmade sketchbooks and accessories. Located in an old building in downtown Savannah shopSCAD is well worth the trip. When I was there last year I picked up a Posey bracelet from Kathryn Riechert. The online store has a well edited version of the store and the collection from the Working Studio is a great example of how design schools can give students a taste of the working world. I may just take a little weekend Savannah trip soon. Maybe it won't be eight thousand degrees if I go in October instead of July. And I can see Ashley of Newsham.
An archival giclee print The Mannequins by Amy Kayln Sims

Working Class Studio's melanine plates in colorways perfect for late Summer dining

Parking Lot by Nathen Abels

Monday, September 11, 2006

Summer into Fall

One of my favorite things about this time of year is organizing all the bits I have amassed over the Summer. Lately I've been taking stock of trips, using sketches to start designing my next collection and cataloguing recent photographs. I just came across pictures from my trip to Cape Cod. The weather is so mild there that the hydrangas and lilies grow into amazing giant bushes. The rain looked great on these blooms as I woke up one morning.
Here are a few nice architectural shots. Who would have thought the JetBlue terminal could hold its own next to the Brooklyn Bridge?

I also found a brochure from the Schmuck 2006 International Contemporary Jewelry exhibit at the Museum of Art + Design. The combination of 'low' materials and found objects with traditional stones and metals seemed to be a big trend. This brooch by Annamaria Zanella uses paper mache and precious metals.

I also caught the Eames exhibit going on downstairs. The graphic design of their posters and event invitations struck me even more than the furniture. They used a lot of line drawings and a really bold orange. Film clips showed the couple's creative process and their personal correspondence showed their unique collaboration. My favorite piece was a letter written from Ray to Charles while he was traveling to Paris. It was part love letter and part wish list. The list was complete with store adresses, colors and sizes. For more on Charles and Ray Eames visit the Library of Congress exhibit. They have a some of their 350,00 slides of everyday curiosities online.

Monday, September 04, 2006


From now on I'll be posting about recent work, upcoming exhibitions, inspirations and any upcoming k. talis events here. I'm working on a lot of new things for Fall but I thought a good place to start would be my studio. A late Summer cleaning binge turned into setting up weird little still lifes all over the apartment. Cleaning out the studio lead to cleaning out the website. A new version should be up tonight. Check back here for rants, raves, observations, tons of pictures and Summer design favorites. Let me know what you think!


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