Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Grand Opening

I am really happy to tell you that I've just launched my own online shop! It's called the automatism atelier, and it's where I'll be selling my limited edition fine art prints, one of a kind mixed media collage work and more. I'm also doing an exclusive promotion for you, lovely automatism reader! If you visit my shop and then leave a comment below (with contact info), you'll have a chance to win one of four different letterpress prints in my Veggie collage series! Hand printed for me by the amazing Lauren Potosky of Play Clothes Press, each print was made on a Pearl Press dating from 1895 on beautiful acid free, 100% cotton paper. The print measures 4" x 6" and is of archival quality, too. Only 50 copies of each design were printed for this first run. Shown above is Mr. Onions — but be sure to go and meet Miss Cabbage, Sir Potato, and Lady Asparagus, too! Contest closes at midnight on Wednesday, October 7 2009.

Moments of Beauty

A lovely and inspiring still life/mood board by photographer Debi Treloar.

Lovely Lines

The stunning Stockholm loft and studio of Carouschka Streijffert, with its soaring architectural lines and beautiful objects, must be an amazingly inspiring space to live and work in. Love. See more of her gorgeous space on the Sk├Âna hem site.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Simple Pleasures

Comfort food — what we eat when under the weather, tired or feeling blue. What are your comfort foods?

(the beautiful still life photograph is by Nan Whitney)

Myoung Ho Lee

In his Tree series, South Korean photographer Myoung Ho Lee uses oversized white backdrops to isolate his subject from its surroundings, causing the viewer to focus on a specific tree rather than allowing the eye to range around as it would with a traditional photo of nature. From lens culture (which has an interesting essay on this series) via booooooom.

Are You Happy?

This has been making the rounds of the blogs lately, but it's still mighty good advice. By Blog.H34, via TypCut.

advertise on automatism

Interested in becoming an automatism sponsor? There's still some time before October 1 — find out more about advertising here.

(photograph via my Domino Deco Files archive)

Monday, September 28, 2009


Hope you have the time to sip your coffee (or tea) and reflect a little before plunging into your busy week ...

Pretty photograph by ole:) on Flickr, via petit coeur)

Raquel Aparicio

Love the work of illustrator Raquel Aparicio — not only is it beautiful, but brilliantly high concept, too. Gorgeous.

Atelier: Make a Paper World

These extraordinary origami-style paper shoes are by a French group called Ndeur, who are also behind a line of projects called Make a Paper World. The shoes shown here were created as accessories for the designer Heidi Ackerman. More of Ndeur's work here on a+.29.

Friday, September 25, 2009


Happy weekend! Hope it's a good one. I seem to be coming down with an icky flu bug at the moment, so it'll be a low key weekend of cocooning for me. But you go have fun, okay?

P.S. I have a guest post on lovely Linda's Simply Seductive today!

(photo by smashmydreamoflove on flickr, via you carry my love inside of your heartbeat)

Domino Archive: Chalkboards

New twists on the humble chalkboard, via my archive of images from Domino's Deco Files.

Atelier: Veasyble

First presented this June at Istanbul Design Week 2009, the Veasyble is a set of wearable accessories by Adele Bacci, Ilaria Pacini, Arianna Petrakis and Gloria Pizzilli of Mozaik Design. Very sculptural in concept — and poetic, too. Via Core 77.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Snapshot: Tranquility 4

I find so much tranquility in nature...the smells, sounds and colors. I can't think of anything more peacefully perfect...

— Mrs. French of Bliss

(the lovely photograph of birch trees is by Mrs. French)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Vintage Travel Posters
The Boston Public Library has uploaded a great collection of vintage travel posters onto Flickr. Amazing. Via Design Observer.

Les Fifoles
A charming French blog filled with the prettiest pictures.

75 Ways to Draw More
Quirky and inspiring downloadable book by Michael Nobbs that will get you drawing in no time. Great idea. Via @Theispot on Twitter.

Best Veggie B&Bs in France
Slideshow of beautiful French B&Bs that offer vegetarian cuisine and more — and that are lovely enough to tempt even the most carnivorous traveler.

The Lost Art of Handwriting
Author Umberto Eco (The Name of the Rose) muses on the decline of good handwriting.

Three Minute Fiction
From NPR: "Our contest has a simple premise: Listeners send in original short stories that can be read in three minutes or less. We're posting our favorite entries here every week until The New Yorker's James Wood picks our winning story and reads it on the air." Wonderful idea. Via 3quarksdaily.

Sunday Magazine Paper Doll
Artist Ilisha Helfman makes a paper doll every week from the cover of the New York Times Magazine. Beautiful work. Via Design Observer.

Fig Spread, Pear and Brie Flatbread
This sounds like an utterly decadent version of the humble open face sandwich. Goodness. From CSA Delivery, via Tastespotting.

(photograph via my archive of Domino's Deco Files)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Moments of Beauty

A drowsy moment becomes a study of the delicate play of sunlight on a woman's arm, in this lovely image by London-based photographer Guy Archard. Via Paper Tissue.

Sasa Antic

A beautiful interior from the portfolio of Swedish stylist Sasa Antic. Love.

Sponsor Spotlight

Aneta of Bobbin Talk is in the midst of developing Fashion eTutor, a series of fashion accessory design eclasses that draws on her extensive experience as an Accessory Design instructor at Parsons, a designer for Ralph Lauren and of her own Fashion for Technology line — plus the Accessory Design Textbook she's currently writing with Fairchild Publications. The first Fashion eTutor eclass will be Fundamentals of Accessory Design, with visuals and galleries of step by step images on how to create concepts, research and design an accessory collection as well as how to sketch and present. Sounds like an amazing series! Shown above is a reconstructed dress by Parsons students Katie Leaver and Victoria Choi, created for the Parsons - Louis Vuitton Reconstruction event.

Christina of the lovely My Sparrow shop has a wonderful fall highlight series going on right now, which highlights one of their unique items on the site each week over the course of 10 weeks. The beautiful series is currently being featured on the My Sparrow blog, too. I'm happy to see that one of the feature items is the wonderful Sophie Conran ware — as you may know, I'm a huge fan!

Kareem is keeping madly busy as always — this month his work will be appearing in the Cut and Paste show at Galleri KG52 in Stockholm, Sweden; the Life Essentials show at Art Whino Gallery in Washington DC; in ART BASEL Miami Beach and in the upcoming Cutters show at Cinders Gallery in New York. He also designed the seriously cool pair of Keds ladies canvas shoes above, soon to be released at And the original print of his collaboration with Brazilian artist Eduardo Recife will soon be available from inPRNT, too.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Simple Pleasures

Something pretty to wear. It's amazing how even the smallest new addition to one's wardrobe can give a lift to one's day. Photograph of Store 518 by Lee Clower from Oh Joy!, via carrots and peas.
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