MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District Downtown Los Angeles, by Melissa Banks Richardson, is a book of photographs that captures what it is to live in and love this unique neighborhood. I was the graphic designer for the cover and the layout of the book, and selected most of the photographs the ended up in the book, out of hundreds upon hundreds that Melissa has taken. For information on buying this wonderful book, go to her site at: http://downtownmuse.com/book/
One of the wonderful things about living in Los Angeles is Griffith Park and the Griffith Park Observatory. Luckily, the double-named Griffith J. Griffith donated over 3,000 acres to the city for a nature park along with plans for an observatory and an amphitheatre. The Observatory, completed in1933, was designed by the architect team of John C. Austin and Frederic M. Ashley, who also designed Los Angeles City Hall, and it is one of the city's examples of Art Deco style. The perfect place to see the Hollywood sign, on clear days you can see ships in Santa Monica Bay and planes landing at LAX.Read More
Dia de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery: it was a riot of color, ritual, beauty, family, and story. With music, drums and Aztec dancing. With plentiful decorations of skulls and skeletons. And with a majority of the people attending wearing dramatic skull make-up in the style of la catrina / el catrin to participate in the festival.
Here is a selection of residential bedroom images that I admire. Most likely you will see an interesting use of color, balance, pattern or texture.
The 18th annual Los Angeles Antiques Art + Design show took place this past weekend in Culver City, showcasing a diverse array of beautiful and interesting objects from across the country and around the world. An unusual collaboration with The Willows Community School provided the event with young, enthusiastic school-age docents ready to share their knowledge of the pieces that they had researched. This year at the opening gala, LACMA's Decorative Arts and Design Council presented the Design Leadership Award to the talented husband/wife team of photographer Tim Street-Porter and interior designer Annie Kelly.
The Peter Zumthor exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is interesting and provocative, and definitely worth seeing . Zumthor, a Swiss architect who earned the Pritzker Prize in 2009, maintains a relatively small practice in Switzerland and is able to be selective about the projects he takes on. Here he shows us his proposed ideas for bringing about a unifying change to the LACMA campus through the scale models on display.Read More
This year, as part of its partnership with Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) offered a special program for its Emerging Professionals, called GO PRO/LA. A series of networking opportunities, access to the Dwell exhibits and to design industry leaders, CEU learning lectures, social events, and tours made up the GO PRO/LA program, and they made sure it was worth every minute.Read More
The T-shirt is now 100 years old! The design of the T-shirt was so perfect that it has become a standard item in almost every American wardrobe. To see a timeline of the history of the T-shirt see http://www.tshirtbirthday.com/ by Custom Ink.
Keep reading for a few T-shirt examples I have collected from over the decades.Read More
If you were unable to attend Dwell on Design, the so-called "America's largest design event", at LA's convention center, here are some of the highlights, continued from the last post.
This year's Dwell on Design was full of interesting design and informative speakers. I have pulled together a selection of my favorites.Read More
There are big things afoot in my household right now. My husband and daughter, both artists, are having a two-person, father-daughter pop-up art show, with an opening tomorrow on Father's Day, in downtown Los Angeles. We are busy with all the preparations! I have always planned to include art happenings in this blog, but since this one is happening within my own family, it HAD to be included: I have behind-the-scenes access! For anyone in the LA area, here are the details: it's at Artshare L.A., 801 East 4th Place, in the Arts District, the opening is June 16th 4 to 8pm, and the show continues Monday and Tuesday June 17th-18th noon to 8pm. I've included a few photos here, more to come soon.