Valerie Tyler Designs Marina Earrings featured on Capitola Girl

It’s always an honor to be featured by a blog, that I also love as a reader. Susan, a.k.a Capitola Girl, recently e-mailed me to let me know she was featuring my Marina Earrings, in an article she was doing on Ocean Themed Jewelry. Check out the feature, Friday Findings: A Bucket of Buried Treasure and see what she had to say about my Marina Earrings, as well as other lovely featured pieces of jewelry from a few other artists.

Thanks Susan!

While you are there be sure to check out the rest of her blog, and her own jewelry gallery as she’s a pretty talented (and busy!) gal.


Bask and Tes-One Art Opening @ Touch Supper Club 2/28

From Touch Supper Club:

Thursday February 28, Touch Supper Club will be hosting an art opening for two new installations. Polar Opposites by Meredith Hahn will be from 8-10 p.m., BASK and Tes-One 10-midnight.

BASK is the moniker of one, Ales Bask Hostomsky, who along with his parents emigrated from Czechoslovakia to Florida and began to soak up America’s popular iconic imagery along with the sun. He quickly began to notice similarities between the communistic iconic propaganda from his youth and the consumer advertising of his teens. BASK soon discovered that they were simply two sides of the same coin, each vying for our short-lived attention spans, all the while selling us (or telling us?) anything and everything from Marxism to McDonalds. Seeking conspiracies-and finding them embedded in the popular iconography of the mass media, BASK began painting bold, media critical broadsides to assuage his fear of being manipulated. A fear cultivated in a repressive regime, had now returned, but to the most unlikely and safest of places—the American living room. The artist’s richly textural work imbue his “anti-iconic,” sometimes satirical worldview with an undercurrent of dark emotion. His canvases are the city’s flotsam and jetsam of industrial and consumer decay. Combining his graphic skill with his trademark multi-layered applications, BASK builds up the surface only to break down the image. “My art is a type of deconstruction,” says BASK, “I try to focus on the imperfection of things, rather then their unachievable perfection.” BASK’s imagery has appeared in countless publications in both advertising and editorial capacities. His work has been shown in the Florida International Museum as well as the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art which also has his work in its permanent collection. BASK has also exhibited his work in solo shows in Baltimore, Detroit, Miami and Tampa among others.

Bask is a street artist who utilizes various mediums to bring forth socially and politically-aware messages. Bask draws from the iconic, subversive imagery of advertising and propaganda. Bask has been noted as being one of the top contemporary post-graffiti writers– having been categorized with the same cultural importance as D-Face, Buff Monster, Swoon, Faile, Above, Shepard Fairey, and Banksy.

From crayons to krylon, Leon “Tes One” Bedore has been creating art on walls for the majority of his life. Tes became a serious street artist in 1992, painting murals and graffiti art throughout the Tampa Bay, Florida area. In 1999, he began developing compelling graphic design and web pages for a number of clients.

Tes One combines his street-art roots with his digital design experience to create works that reflect his unique worldview. Tes is quickly gaining international recognition as a contemporary artist seamlessly bridging the gap between graphic design and fine art. He has developed his own signature by producing an urban street style with the deliberate and thoughtful technique of a fine draftsman. Tes works with themes such as the contrast between technology and nature, color versus contrast, and grime versus grace. The end result is a compelling mixture of emotion and composition, which reflects on the viewer like an intimate conversation. When experienced, it becomes obvious why such emotionally compelling work is moving from the street and onto the walls of museums and galleries.

Tes One has enjoyed acclaim in places such as London, Miami, Detroit, Cleveland and San Francisco, and his work has been featured in a number of international publications, while his work often finds home in private collections worldwide.

Free Admission.

This is the pre-party to the opening of Ta-Daa at the Artchitecture Gallery Friday February 29 from 7-10. Visit the Artchitecture Gallery for more details.


Gems like Candy

I came across Elle a Belle Designs awhile back and fell in love with the delicious gemstones she uses. They are absolutely yummy looking, in their various bold candy-like colors. She uses lovely stones like chalcedony and amethyst, and other gemstones with shades such as pink, aqua and purple. They’re perfect for the gal who simply has to have her jewelry match her outfit. I think you’d be hard pressed to not find a piece in all her collections to match every item you own.

My current favorite is this Waterfall Necklace of Aqua Chalcedony, Apatite and Sterling Silver:


The colors are so refreshing and cool. Can’t you almost feel a mist from a waterfall looking at it?

Art with a new Purpose

If you haven’t heard of zJayne, you haven’t heard of one of my favorite recycling/repurpose artists. What repurpose means is to take a product that had a former life, and give it a new purpose. In zJaynes’ case she takes all sorts of embellishments from jewelry findings, to vintage collage pieces, and other materials and turns them into altered art dolls. zJayne also has an entire line of recycled bags made from–get this—t-shirts! I love that zJayne is giving items a new life and saving them from being part of an already over-burdened trash heap. She proves that old does not equal junk, and a that having good eye combined with technique makes a successful artist.

Here’s my latest favorite Altered Art Doll Assemblage by zJayne called “Madonna Noire” It’s absolutely exquisite!


Artsy Toys for Kids

I came across an blog article called The School of Design, written by HGTV’s Caren Baginski. I absolutely fell in love with the adorable educational toys she found, that would not only build up kids “smarts” but introduce them to the world or art and design. My favorite of her finds is a young architect’s kit from HearthSong. Definietly check out the blog post at Design Happens for more creative toys!

The article inspired me to go searching for even more educational art and design related toys. Here’s a few I discovered:

Kingmaker Studios has the perfect game for your budding young artists to teach them color theory. Chroma Cube, designed by Shannon Couture, looks like it’s a fabulously fun way for kids to learn about the color wheel, and how various colors mix to form others.


Just in time for Easter, Yaelfran has created an adorable Easter Egg Match game, but instead of cute chicks or bunnies, these eggs are totally mod with funky bold patterns and colors.


The Hidden Skills of American Idols; Their Secret Star Quality

American Idols have such a buzz about them, and everyone loves to guess and surmise who will get through and why.  Who has the best “pipes”, to use a word from judge Randy?  Who doesn’t sing like they’re on a “cruise ship”, as Simon might say? Lastly, as Paula might say who is “colorful”?  It’s usually evident from the get go, exactly who can sing well and who is a little weaker.  However, there is a lot more to the making of a star than just singing ability, and the greatest singer does not always become the number one idol.   Let’s consider the qualities of American Idol contestants not clearly evident upon the stage that really boost them into the winner’s spot.

Those with prior band performance experience have an edge.  Think about it.  Those who do not have experience usually just goes with however the piece is already arranged and have no idea what to do with it.  They end up “not making it their own” as the judges claim, as they have no idea exactly how to.  They may end up singing it in the wrong key, as they’re not sure how to change the key.  Those who have experience know how to tell a band to change the arrangement. They know how to experiment with the key of a song until all weaknesses in their vocal range are hidden, and the best parts exposed.

Those with a sense of style still can boost their ratings.    Every now and then let’s face it, when the contestants look like weirdos it doesn’t help them much.  While Sanjayas’ hair last year may have gotten him some exposure, it didn’t boost him into the winners circle.  Those that can maintain their own sense of style, yet let wardrobe and makeup accent it catch the attraction of the public.  They need to have a balance.  I’m sure at times wardrobe has some strange ideas, and at other times contestants really probably need to take some more cues from their stylists.  A contestant who gets style will come out ahead. Let’s face it, Americans are somewhat drawn to pretty people.  While it may not totally determine the final vote, it certainly helps it a smidge.

Those who have a finger on the pulse of musical taste come out ahead.   The judges really do have a point when they say music has to be relevant and modern.  It doesn’t matter how beautifully a person can sing, if they pick the most boring songs known to mankind and perform them as such, they eventually get booted from the competition.  It seems that they get through for awhile based on merit, but after the public ywans through a few more songs, talented or not, people get sick of hearing them.

TGIF–Get your Shopping On

It’s Friday. It’s time to relax. As I’m sitting here, finally without a pile of projects to do (well, at least things that can wait until Sunday) I’d like to showcase a few designers with some fabulous goods.

Did the work week turn your brain to mush? Why not just roll with it, and get these Mental Vegetables Wine Charms, and add one to your drink glass for Friday Happy Hour. They’re such a deal at $5.00! The wine charms are just one example of the charming products you can find at AnthroPoMorphCo.

Of course, before you hit the town, maybe you want to get into some more comfortable clothes, and out of your work duds. What could be more comfy than stretchy cotton. The piecemeal two-tone t-shirt from is black in front and gray in back (great for those of us who can’t make up our mind)From  machinemachine in Hawaii.
Of course, if you want to get all glammed up, you could always try this lovely grey butterflies dress, with a unique “goblin” hood from Paris Designer, Malam

Before you head out the door though, you get organized and get all your stuff into a cute bag. You never know what a gal might need for a night on the town. Be sure to carry everything in style with a bag from Sara Kate. I personally love the Socialite. It’s has tons of room for storage, but it totally stylish!


Of course, if you just can’t bear to do anything but veg on the couch, you might as well make it worthwhile. Order up a batch of triple chocolate chip cookies from Ullja’s European Bakery. They’re preservative and chemical free (and did I mention they’re chocolate–as in premium European chocolate? Yum!)


Then when you finally peel yourself off the couch finish the evening off as a relaxing spa night with the 4 oz. lemongrass and sea kelp exfoliating scrub from Aspen Spa.


For you Purse Designers


Reminder: Derek Plaslaiko tonight

Just a reminder, Derek Plaslaiko will be DJing tonight along with Jamie Tyler, Funk Detective, Teknative, Vitruvius and more.  It should be a good party.  Check the old post

Ohio’s percent for Art

Dear taxpayer, do you want to know where some of your money goes?

The following quote if from the web-site of the Ohio Arts Council:

“In 1990, the Ohio Legislature, recognizing the state’s responsibility to foster culture and the arts and to encourage the development of artists and craftspeople, established the Ohio Percent for Arts Program. The law provides funds for the acquisition, commissioning and installation of works of art for certain new or renovated public buildings. Whenever the legislature appropriates more than $4 million for a public building, the law requires one percent of the total appropriation to be allocated for artwork. Since the legislation went into effect nearly 90 projects have been completed. Those projects have brought public art into many cities and small communities around Ohio. “

Interested in seeing where some of that money has gone? Visit the OAC’s Ohio Percent for Art Projects searchable directory.