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LATEST OBSESSION: The Gallery at Sketch


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Design like this makes my heart sing. It reminds of my days at Parson’s where my teachers pushed us to go outside the box-  don’t take your designs too serious,”  “a little whimsy never hurt,” my teacher’s would say to me. It was an exciting time and one of the reasons I started my career working in commercial design. Designing restaurants and retails stores gave me an immediate rush; the pace was crazy fast and exciting, you were always collaborating with new artists, pushing the unknown, exploring new ways to use different materials. There seemed to always be a pull toward taking design boundaries further than before- a wider span to explore and grow, yet all the while adhering to strict design principles.

I was in heaven.

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posted August 18, 2014


THOUGHTS ON A THURSDAY


“The only way out is in. If you go back to the island of yourself, you will see the teacher in you.”

                                                                                                                                                          -said someone

Photo: Nino Migliori (Italian photographer extraordinaire)

 

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posted August 7, 2014

WEDDING CHICKS: happy hour feature


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A very special thanks to the wonderful ladies over at the  Wedding Chicks for featuring this photo of my floral work in their latest happy hour edition of wedding vendors. It’s always so exciting to be mentioned among my peers; I’m beyond thrilled and grateful for the opportunity!

 

“Susan Zaring Design is a floral and design studio located in San Francisco, CA sources the highest quality product with a commitment to seeking out the best florals in the bay area. Susan partners with local farms and vendors, and grows select varieties in her garden to create architectural, romantic, whimsical, yet moody, and angelic designs. View all of her thoughtfully inspired work here.”

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posted July 30, 2014

CECIL BEATON: style icon


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As a creative, I’m constantly looking for inspiration. I came across this photo the other day of none other than the legendary Cecil Beaton. Who was he? A celebrated British photographer, costume designer and illustrator. Born to a society family in Hampstead in 1904, he rose to fame photographing the ‘Bright Young Things’ of the Twenties and Thirties, attracting attention for his extravagant backdrops, which made creative use of humble materials like cellophane, paper and mirror. He went on to design customs for Audrey Hepburn in the film My Fairs Lady in 1964 as well as the set.

What makes him an icon? Cecil’s exquisitely composed images have had a huge influence on modern photography- especially his fashion shots, which continue to inspire through their use of color, light and evocative settings. His choice of subjects, from poet WH Auden to Mick Jagger, represents a chronicle of 20th-century culture. Plus, there’s his determination to stand out: ‘Be daring, be different, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-savers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.’ 

I couldn’t say it any better myself- definitely a man after my own heart… To learn more about Beaton’s work you can check out his brush-drawn textiles that have been relaunched as fabrics and wallpapers here.

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posted July 28, 2014



HANG A HAMMOCK


 

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Hang A Hammock is a young collective of craft women and craftsmen based in Masaya, Nicaragua. They produce and sell hammocks, hanging chairs and macrame cribs using handwoven cotton and sustainable woods or bamboo.

Check them out here for purchasing information.

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posted June 3, 2014