We The People

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Contemporary street artist Shepard Fairey well-known for his Obama Hope illustration in 2008, has designed a series of beautiful illustrations called ‘We The People’ in protest of Donald Trump’s inauguration. The posters feature women of minority: Muslims, Latinas and African-Americans, the three groups in Fairey’s view that have been most criticized by Trump and may be the most marginalized and vulnerable in a Trump administration -a sentiment many of us share and fear. The posters were made available before the historic Women’s March on Washington January 21 st, 2017, and all five illustrations are still available for high-resolution download from The Amplifier Foundation -the art machine for social change here. #artinaction

Company Of Women

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In The Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney, Published by Artisan, October, 2016. Across the globe, women are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit and starting creative businesses. In The Company Of Women profiles over 100 of these influential and creative women of all ages, races, backgrounds, and industries. Chock-full of practical, inspirational advice for those looking to forge their own paths, these interviews detail the keys to success (for example, going with your gut; maintaining meaningful and lasting relationships), highlight the importance of everyday rituals (meditating; creating a daily to-do list), and dispense advice for the next generation of women entrepreneurs and makers (stay true to what you believe in; have patience). The book is rounded out with hundreds of lush, original photographs of the women in their work spaces. #designheroines

About

Grace Bonney is the founder of Design*Sponge, a daily website dedicated to the creative community. Design*Sponge was founded in 2004 and currently reaches nearly 2 million readers per day. A native of Virginia Beach, Bonney has worked as a contributing editor at publications such as House & Garden, Domino, and Craft magazine. She is passionate about supporting all members of the creative community; she runs an annual scholarship for up-and-coming designers, writes a free business column for creatives, and is the host of a weekly radio show, After the Jump, which reaches over 500,000 listeners per episode. Her first book, Design*Sponge at Home, is a national bestseller and has over 100,000 copies in print. 

Perennially Precious

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Piet Oudolf Lurie Garden Millennium Park Chicago

Piet Oudolf the most influential garden designer in a generation, has radically redefined what gardens can be, moving them well into the realm of art. In the new immersive documentary, Fall Winter Spring Summer Fall: Five Seasons With Piet Oudolf, viewers gain a rare and poetic look at the creative process of this revolutionary figure, including intimate discussions across all fours seasons in his own private garden, and on visits to his signature public works in New York, Chicago, and the Netherlands, as well as to the far-flung locations that inspire his genius, including desert wildflowers in West Texas and post-industrial forests in Pennsylvania. Threaded throughout the film, Oudolf designs, installs and then opens a major new garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a work Piet himself calls his best yet.

Fall Winter Spring Summer Fall: Five Seasons With Piet Oudolf Documentary Trailer 2016, A film by Thomas Piper. One of the films that will premiere in the 8th edition of the New York Architecture & Design Film Festival which runs 28th September through 2nd October, 2016 at Cinépolis Chelsea. The nation’s largest film festival devoted to celebrating the unique creative spirit that drives architecture and design. For an A-Z list of selected films see here. With a curated selection of films, events and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to entertain, engage and educate all types of people who are excited about architecture and design.

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Piet Oudolf’s artful garden landscapes throughout the world, all of which are designed with a low-maintenance philosophy, are simply magical, in every season.

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Oudolf believes that his work has intellectual depth, which it does in that it is beautifully thought through all of these levels, but it is also about a feeling. And this is why his landscape designs touch so many people. He also believes it is important to use plants that have an “afterlife” and are good once they are over, which in turn makes the plantings better for ecology and insect life.

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Mother Nature may make meadows, but Oudolf perfects them with seasonal sweeps of vegetation, including Sicilian Honey Garlic, Rudbeckia, Coneflowers, Joe-Pye Weed, and ‘Shenandoah’ Red Switchgrass. “Structure is the basis of all planting combinations, but traditional gardening has a lot of dogmas. I prefer to let things go their own way,” Oudolf says.

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Best known for establishing enchanting, inspiring and resilient landscapes utilizing bold movements of perennial plants and grasses, Oudolf’s style is one of texture, fragrance, and color, with a particular interest in seasonal variation, plant life cycle, and transformation over time.

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Piet Oudolf has done for perennial gardening what artist Leonard Koren did for the concept of wabi-sabi: popularized and modernized an under-the-radar movement. Oudolf’s approach to planting extends beyond the technical to concepts of composition, time and temporality, repetition, and contrast. His goal is to create “dreamscapes.”

About

Piet Oudolf, the influential Dutch garden designer, nurseryman and author, is the leading figure of the “New Perennial” movement, known for using bold drifts of herbaceous perennials and grasses which are chosen at least as much for their structure as for their flower color. Working primarily with perennial plant varieties, Oudolf practices a naturalistic approach to gardening. Taking a cue from architectural design, Oudolf prioritizes the seasonal life cycle of a plant over decorative considerations like flower or colour, focusing primarily on structural characteristics, such as leaf or seed pod shape, present before and after a plant has flowered. He explains: “A garden is exciting for me when it looks good through the year, not just at one particular time. I want to go outside and for it to be interesting in all weather, in early Spring and late Autumn.”

The stability of perennials after planting are key to Oudolf’s designs. Unlike self-seeding or bulb-based plants that spread and require division each season, perennials remain in established formations. The result is gardens that persist in their planned state years after being planted with little deviation from Oudolf’s hand drawn maps. An overall approach to planting with a painter’s perspective informed by ecology.

Of the eight books the designer has co-authored these three are The Artful Blog’s favorites to date:

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Designing with Plants by Piet Oudolf (Author), Noel Kingsbury (Author), Timber Press, 1999. Trained as an architect, Oudolf values plants as much for their form and texture as for their color. He is the founder of New Wave Planting, a spectacular naturalistic style of landscape design. Oudolf stresses the importance of choosing plants that “live well and die well,” so that from birth in the spring through the crescendo of Summer to the stark beauty of Autumn and Winter the garden presents continuing drama and interest.

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Planting: A New Perspective by Piet Oudolf (Author), Noel Kingsbury (Author), Timber Press, 2013. Essential resource for designers and gardeners looking to create plant-rich, beautiful gardens that support biodiversity and nourish the human spirit. An intimate knowledge of plants is essential to the success of modern landscape design, and Planting makes Oudolf’s considerable understanding of plant ecology and performance accessible, explaining how plants behave in different situations, what goes on underground, and which species make good neighbors. Extensive plant charts and planting plans will help you choose plants for their structure, color, and texture as well as the way they perform in the landscape. A detailed directory with details like each plant’s life expectancy, the persistence of its seedheads, its tendency to spread, and propensity to self-seed, this book is a beautiful and invaluable resource.

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Hummelo: A Journey Through a Plantsman’s Life by Piet Oudolf (Author), Noel Kingsbury (Author), The Monacelli Press, 2015. An intimate look at the personal garden of the Dutch landscape designer. Hummelo -near the village of the same name in Gelderland in the Eastern Netherlands, is visited by thousands of gardeners seeking inspiration each year. It is Piet Oudolf’s home, his personal garden laboratory, a former nursery run by his wife Anja, and the place where he first tested new designs and created the new varieties of perennials that are now widely available.

Hummelo tells the story of how the garden has evolved over the past three decades since Oudolf and his family moved onto the property, with its loamy sand and derelict, wood stove-heated farmhouse, in 1982. Text by noted garden author and longtime personal friend Noel Kingsbury places Hummelo in context within gardening history, from The Netherlands’ counterculture and nascent green movement of the 1960s, to prairie restoration in the American Midwest, and shows how its development has mirrored that of Oudolf’s own outstanding career and unique naturalistic aesthetic.

Ultimate Crayon Box

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Karl Lagerfeld amongst his massive three-story floor-to-ceiling library of design books arranged horizontally in his minimalist Paris Studio. #aweinspiringarrangement

German fashion designer, artist, and photographer based in Paris, Karl Otto Lagerfeld is also the head designer and creative director of the fashion house Chanel as well as the Italian house Fendi and his own fashion label. Furthering his love for art and design, the iconic Lagerfeld has now added another notch to his visionary belt, in collaboration with Faber-Castell he’s launched an exquisite range of drawing and painting tools.

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Karl Lagerfeld & Faber Castell Collaboration, Stacked up in pyramid-style, this designer set has been named the ‘Karlbox.’ Limited to only 2,500 pieces each boasts its own unique serial number as well as a certificate of authenticity. The Karlbox treasure chest is functionally elegant, and collectible as a sleek Black Beech Wood cabinet with sections that open to resemble a vintage Chinese wedding chest. Lagerfeld says that Faber-Castell‘s drawing tools are a reminder of his childhood, that he has relied on their products throughout his career. “Since I was a little child in Germany, Faber-Castell has been the most famous brand known for its especially good quality. That reputation remains just as true today, particularly for artist pencils. “To me, drawing is like breathing and writing. These are things that almost relax me” says Lagerfeld. #farfromcrayolafare

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Displaying 350 hand-picked by the couturier watercolours, crayons, color pencils, including all 120 shades of his favorite Albrecht Dürer water-soluble color pencils, India ink pens and accessories. With colors ranging from pastels to bold and primary to secondary tonal shades, coordinated by color, while each color family is thoughtfully etched along the side spelled out in three different languages: English, French, and German. The limited-edition set went on sale Sept. 1st at Faber-Castell stores and Karl Lagerfeld boutiques, rolling out to select department and specialty stores like Gumps in San Francisco & Harrods in London on Sept 19th. Priced at nearly $3,000 current exchange rates. #rainbowofcolors

Karlbox Trailer, Think In Motion Production, The Karlbox unites the traditional values of the family-owned company Faber-Castell with the modern, unique and innovative spirit and style of Karl Lagerfeld. A symbol for the long-term relationship of both brands and represents the symbiosis of the fashion, art and design worlds. More details here.

About

Founded in 1761 by a cabinet-maker and headquartered in Stein, Germany, Faber-Castell is one of the world’s largest and oldest global manufacturers of pens, pencils, and art supplies, as well as high-end writing instruments. A multi-generational family owned firm that generates annual revenues of about $652 million. Other famous users of its colored pencils from the past include Vincent van Gogh and Paul Klee.

To see The Artful Blog’s favorite Faber-Castell Fountain Pen works of art visit previous posts Art From The Oak & The Great Pen.

Literary Wilderness

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Had I not seen the Sun
I could have borne the shade
But Light a newer Wilderness
My Wilderness has made ~Emily Dickinson

LITERARY: (adj.) of, relating to, or having the characteristics of humane learning or literature; bookish; of or relating to books. WILDERNESS: (n.) an area essentially undisturbed by human activity together with its naturally developed life community; an empty or pathless area or region obsolete; wild or uncultivated state; a confusing multitude or mass: an indefinitely great number or quantity; a bewildering situation.

Let Love Rule

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I’m with Lenny Kravitz who performed at the Democratic National Convention. Let Love Rule. I’m with Hillary Clinton the first woman nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States. Stronger Together. #americaisalreadygreat #lovetrumpshate

Humane Economy

In his new book Humane Society of the United States President and CEO Wayne Pacelle writes how the world can be better for animals, and humans too. A work Jane Goodall calls “essential reading for anyone interested in animal welfare,” in which Pacelle tells the story from the forefront of the animal protection movement. “The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals” illustrates how entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and Fortune 500 CEOs are using their own creativity to overcome cruelty. A fascinating read and critically important conversation to join about advancing a more humane economy.

Presently Pacelle is embarked on a national tour to speak about the themes of the book, and in many cities, conducting events in conversation with luminaries in politics, journalism, business, and other key domains in our world. With the goal of drawing these and other thought leaders into a discussion about our society fully embracing animal protection ideals. The next book event is May 2nd, 2016, at 7 pm at one of my all-time favorite indie bookshops, Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver Colorado.

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The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals, by Wayne Pacelle, Hardcover, Published April 19, 2016.

From the leader of the nation’s most powerful animal-protection organization comes a frontline account of how conscience and creativity are driving a revolution in American business that is changing forever how we treat animals and create wealth. Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States reveals how entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 CEOs, world-class scientists, philanthropists, and a new class of political leaders are driving the burgeoning, unstoppable growth of the “humane economy.”

Every business grounded on animal exploitation, Pacelle argues, is ripe for disruption. Indeed each one of us is, and will be, touched by this far-reaching transformation in food and agriculture; in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and cosmetics industries; in film, television, and live entertainment; in tourism and wildlife management; in the pet trade for dogs and cats and exotic wildlife; and in fur and leather fashions. Collectively it promises to relieve or end the suffering of billions of creatures, while allowing businesses aligned with the best instincts and values of their customers to flourish.

The Humane Economy is a clarion call to business leaders and to the world’s growing animal protection movement; it is equally a warning to the static thinking of animal-use industries and their apologists: “Here, in this humane economy,” Pacelle argues, “human ingenuity meets human virtue, and we discover at last that we can have it both ways -a better world for us and for animals, too.”

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About

The Human Society of the United States (HSUS) is America’s largest animal-protection organization. The society and its affiliates provide hands-on care and services to more than 150,000 animals each year, working also to professionalize the broader animal-care field through education and training. HSUS is also the leading animal advocacy organization, seeking a humane world for people and animals alike. It drives transformational change in the U.S. and around the world by combating large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting, factory farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts, and the wildlife trade.