Tag Archives: art

January 19, 2011

What is Cubism?

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Cubism is modern art movement where artists represent the “total experience’ by showing multiple views simultaneously on the same canvas.  Objects are broken down, analyzed and reassembled.  Distinct characteristics of cubism include fragmented, geometric shapes, lack of depth, and multple viewpoints. Cubism revolutionized modern art and paved the way for many modern art movements.

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Analytical Cubism (above): monochromatic muted color, overlapping planes, no distinct edges

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Synthetic Cubism (above): collages, physical materials, more color, assemblage

Time Period: 1907-1921

Founders: Pablo Picasso and George Braque

Other Important Artists: Juan Gris, Fernand Leger, Roger de la Fresnaye

Media: Sculpture and Painting

Influences: Paul Cezanne, Pointillism, African Art and Masks

images:  Olga’s Gallery

January 17, 2011

Random Acts of Inspiration: Julie Morstad

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If this is your first introduction to the work of Julie Morstad, you’re in for a treat. An illustrator and artist, Julie’s work often features children and animals.

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We love her use of colors and textures! Do the dancing girls above remind you of any of the pieces from our recent Fall Collection? (Hint: here, here and here.)

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You can see more of Julie’s work on her website, and shop for prints of her artwork at her online shop.

January 12, 2011

Be Prepared for Art-Making!

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1.) Indigo Stripe Tee 2.) To Be an Artist 3.) Painters Overalls 4.) Bandana Set 5.) El Artista Shirt 6.) Paint Splattered Jeans

There’s nothing like dressing for the part in comfy and casual Tea clothes when making and creating. This season we’re celebrating everyone’s inner artist. We compiled some of our favorite art-inspired and art-friendly pieces above to get you started.

As for art projects, the sky is the limit! We listed some of our favorite kid-friendly DIY projects below.

Garden Projects

Potted Plants and Chalkboard Paint

Miniature Tin Gardens

Paper

Cardboard Stampede

Calder Mobiles

Paper Lanterns

Paper Bag Puppets

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Painted Umbrellas

Big Canvases

Fabric

Make your own Pom Poms

Stamping Fabric Textiles

 

For a quick art fix, print out our Coloring Book Pages of Tea Collection graphics!

December 20, 2010

Picasso and his Stripes

Welcome to Catalonia, Spain! We are so excited to share our discoveries of this unique region of the world with you, and what inspired us to create our new collection.

“Viva el Artista” is the name we gave the first delivery of clothing for this season, which is greatly influenced by the abstract and artistic beauty of Barcelona. Inspired by the architecture and buzz of the city, our designers also found themselves being drawn in again and again to the work of one of Barcelona’s most famous residents – Pablo Picasso.

This season we have several items that reference not only to his work, but also his fashion sense. Picasso was known for his love of striped shirts, as some of the most famous images of him prove:

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This style of stripes, either in black and white or navy blue and white, are a timeless icon, often associated not just with Picasso but with 1960s fashion across Europe.

We have two pieces this season that reference Picasso’s stripes – a comfy knit sweater for boys, and a chic and playful tunic for girls. And ladies if you like stripes, keep an eye out for our brand new Catalonia-inspired women’s items that will be premiering soon….

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You’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more about Picasso this season, and how his work has influenced different pieces in this line. We look forward to sharing this exciting new destination with you. Stay posted!

 

 

December 15, 2010

Gingerbread

Gingerbread is one of those deliciously international foods that appears in many countries around the holidays. It is rumored to have been introduced to Europe in 992 by a monk named Gregoire de Nikopolis, and today different variations can be found in Germany, Sweden, England, France, Poland, and many other countries.

The award for gingerbread enthusiasm, however, must go to the town of Bergen in Norway. Every year they build Pepperkakebyen, a town built entirely of gingerbread. It is tradition for every child under the age of 12 to contribute towards the event, and is believed to be the biggest gingerbread town in the world.

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For a great compilation of 15 Gingerbread cities around the world, check out MightyGirl’s recent post.

 

 

Although I love gingerbread my skills are not quite that advanced, so I think I’ll be sticking with this simple gingerbread house interpretations this year:

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Want to make your own? You can find instructions for these here.

December 14, 2010

Living Things Series by Little Otsu

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I was holiday shopping last night and found a wonderful book in one of my favorite stores, Little OtsuThe Little Otsu Living Things Series Volume 1 is entitled “A Guide to Eastern European Wildlife”.

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Illustrated by Lizzy Stewart, this little 16-page book is filled with intriguing and detailed drawings of animals, half in color, half in black and white. Some of the images resemble beautiful children’s book illustrations with little villages in the background, and others are more surreal:

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Want a copy of your own? I do too! But they won’t last long – there were only 1000 copies made. You can find them here.

December 8, 2010

I Wish This Was…

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Check out this amazing project started by Candy Chang, called “I Wish This Was“. Candy lives in New Orleans, and saw so much potential in vacant store fronts and buildings around the city. She designed and distributed stickers in stores around New Orleans that people could take (for free) and use to label buildings and spaces with their ideas and hopes for the structure’s future.

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The project really took off, and participants were encouraged to photograph and share their stickers here.  I love this project – it can be funny or serious, and encourages us all to re-imagine our surroundings and articulate what we wish the world was.

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For a curated look at more stickers and locations in Candy’s project, visit her site here.