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National Coloring Book Day : something for everyone to relax, color and enjoy

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Here we are in the heat of the summer, and August 2nd is National Coloring Day! No matter where you are or what you're doing, it's a refreshing treat to dig into those crayons, colored pencils, markers or your favorite media and do some art. When you get involved and sail into that coloring 'zone' your troubles just drift away. If you need a little help getting ideas or getting started -- or if you've got some bored kids on your hands, have at any of these free samples! July 31, 2015

The Art of Maxfield Parrish

You will instantly recognize the wonderful works of Maxfield Parrish . . . you may even now understand many of the works you've seen and loved that were replicas, or copies of Parrish art work, from Michael Jackson to Robbin Williams and Fleetwood Mac! This beautiful treasury will lighten up your day with art references to keep you going all month June 30, 2015

Masterworks of American Modernism from New York to New Mexico

Last winter we told you about "New Photography Acquisitions" exhibit that opened at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum last March. That was a huge success, and they're preparing for the fall with the Vilcek Collection which features more than 60 masterworks of American modernism from early 1910 through the Post-war era -- May 25, 2015

20th Annual Designing Women Celebration Four: Pins, needles, pens, paints and passion

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This week's surf was a lot of fun. We got Kraft of craft and Murphy's law! We met designers who make movies and veteran skateboarding designers! So when we say "Roll" with the 20th Annual Designing Women edition -- that could be very literal :

  • Verena Michelitsch : New Twist, Old design problems
  • Murphy's Law : if it can be fabulous, Kelly does it
  • Martina : an eye for color, shape, style and space
  • Eugenia Loli motion in collage... and film
  • Nomoco : watercolor magician
  • The true craft of Kraft
  • Hire a Skate Mom!
  • and more to come!
March 27, 2015

20th Annual Designing Women Celebration Three: New finds, old friends

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Here we go with field trip #3 and we're stopping in on two of our favorites from years past ... kicking off with Laura Smith (ten years later) and more in the 20th Annual Designing Women edition!

  • You need this : Design and User Experience
  • Laura Moretti Communicazione Visiva Design
  • Maria Papaefstathiou . . . It's Just M (-:
  • Laura Smith : Classic Illustration
  • Daniela Uhlig is Tank Girl
  • Janet is the real deal
  • Alessandra Scandella
  • and more to come!
March 19, 2015

20th Annual Designing Women Celebration Too

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Okay, we've found some more for "Women's History Month"! Actually, some of these were sent in by readers, and we have several more to bring ing. Ladies and gentlemen, we present the 20th Annual Designing Women edition surf part TWO :

  • Marie Assénat : How much fun can you have?
  • Jessica Svendsen : real graphic design
  • Leta takes a unique point of view
  • Felicita Sala Italian playfulness
  • Nicole Miller-Wong
  • Amanda Jane Jones
  • and more to come!
February 28, 2015

A Pictorial tour through fashions of the 20th Century

As we embark on this year's "Women's History Month" someone mentioned that fashion plays a huge role in societal development -- and that some of the world's most beloved fashion designers are women! So we pulled from the Design-bookshelf's playbook and opened these books that follow a bit of the path of fashion. The samples we've included here are drawings or actual clip art that appeared in publications. They all give a visual waltz through the 19th and 20th centuries of fashion! Enjoy! February 25, 2015

Meet Lois van Baarle, illustrator, painter, teacher, animator and designing woman!

Every year one individual seems to stand out from the rest -- captivating our interest and admiration. In 2008 it was Luba Lukova; in 2010 it was Jessica Hische; ten years ago it was Nena Anderson -- there are many others, and they all have one thing in common. Beside their extraordinary talent they share a unique perspective of vision along with an entrepreneurial spirit that takes them to the top of their field! Lois van Baarle epitomizes those qualities -- and is our Designing Woman for March 2015! February 25, 2015

20th Annual Designing Women Celebration One

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March is "Women's History Month" and each year for the past twenty years, we've celebrated with a guided tour of some of the best designing women we could find in the world. Some of these were actually sent in by readers, others were discovered online by staff. . Ladies and gentlemen, we present the 20th Annual Designing Women edition surf 1 :

  • UN Women ad series reveals widespread sexism
  • Hallie McGee ~ Designer + Creative
  • How the Media Failed Women in 2013
  • Nicoz Balboa: Magical Mystery Wood
  • Anita Wasik : Divine Vision
  • Liz Clements : the fine pen
  • Three Designing Women
  • Luci Gutiérrez
  • Ena Cardenal
  • ... and more to come!
February 24, 2015

Easter arts & crafts: April fun for kids of all ages

In time for spring is this collection of art files you can download for fun, learning or even creative idea starters! The sample files -- all nicely drawn! All these come from the superb Dover books, and all of these are very inexpensive books! Have fun, happy Easter! February 24, 2015