International Art & Design

The other day I was online and it occurred to me that I was drawn to a variety of sites from around the globe. If I won the lottery and could travel anywhere in the world, Australia would be my first stop. The art and design community there is so inspiring.

I enjoy every house tour I browse on the Design File website. The plants in this room caught my eye, I'm very inspired to create something similar on canvas. This is the home of Australian artist Miranda Skoczek. Photo from the Design Files. 

Behind by Javiera da Fonseca

Behind by Javiera da Fonseca

As soon as I opened up my email, there was "Art for your Inbox" from The Jealous Curator. I was excited to see the colourful work of Mexico City based artist Javiera da Fonseca. When I checked out her portfolio I honestly could not pick a favourite painting. Every single image is stunning! I love mid-century architecture and she does it so well. If you are in Vancouver check out her exhibit at Back Gallery Project.

Refugio FX by Javiera da Fonseca

Refugio FX by Javiera da Fonseca

The photo below is from fenton&fenton a design shop in Australia. I was blown away to see all of the wonderful artwork they carry from over 20 local artists. I was a little envious to be honest, I would love to a collaboration similar to this one day. A girl can dream right!

This outdoor collection is perfect for the warm climate they have. There is still snow on the ground outside my window even though it is officially Spring. The planter on the left was inspiration for my painting Plant Study #9.

This outdoor collection is perfect for the warm climate they have. There is still snow on the ground outside my window even though it is officially Spring. The planter on the left was inspiration for my painting Plant Study #9.

"Lucy Fenton established fenton&fenton inspired by her experiences backpacking around the globe. From vintage to avant-garde, the furniture collection accords with vivid textiles, one-off curios, artwork and jewellery to create a highly sought after look. Lucy has created an emporium filled to the brim with colour and texture, a haven for creativity where you are bound to find the object of your desire!" 

They also offer services to help you decorate and style your home for resale purposes. I personally don't know of any retail shops in Canada that also offer staging as well. A fantastic idea in my opinion. "Adding warmth, texture and interest to a space is key when selling. Not only does it make prospective buyers instantly feel at home, it helps them visualize how they too can create a space that is welcoming, liveable and personal."

Artist Helen McCullagh reinterprets the still life genre in a modern context in her work.

Artist Helen McCullagh reinterprets the still life genre in a modern context in her work.

Meet my new girl crush...Megan Grant. I'm in love with her style & fell down a rabbit hole while browsing her IG feed.

Meet my new girl crush...Megan Grant. I'm in love with her style & fell down a rabbit hole while browsing her IG feed.

The painting leaning against the fireplace is by artist Carly Williams. Some elements in her work remind me of the mobiles by Alexander Caldwell. The small cactus piece on the mantle is by the talented Kate Jarman. 

The painting leaning against the fireplace is by artist Carly Williams. Some elements in her work remind me of the mobiles by Alexander Caldwell. The small cactus piece on the mantle is by the talented Kate Jarman. 

The graphic patterns in the work of Ali Wood are a modern juxtaposition to the floral arrangements. I think they look wonderful grouped together in this vignette.

The graphic patterns in the work of Ali Wood are a modern juxtaposition to the floral arrangements. I think they look wonderful grouped together in this vignette.

The connection between interior design and original art is an important one. Good designers & decorators understand that artwork really does make a space come alive. Whether it's a gallery wall or one statement piece, artwork helps balance all of the other design elements in a room.