And shop these designs – now available in both indoor and outdoor pillows!
Oh have we got a treat for you.
Every month we’re taking you behind the scenes of the DENY network and into the homes and studios of the most creative people we know…our artists and in-house staff! There’s something beautiful about peeking into someone’s life behind closed doors. You get to see their personality truly shine through in their home decor selections and tastes, while also getting a glimpse into their inner workings.
To kick off our DENY At Home series, we’re giving you an intimate look into the wonderful world of one of our DENY Artists, Kal Barteski. Learn about her intense love for polar bears and why the color black is her knack. So, sit back, grab your beverage of choice and prepare to be inspired by this rad artist!
First things first, Kal. If you were a superhero what would your catchphrase be?
Making letters awesome!
And you sure do! How would you define your unique style?
I’m bold, but painfully simple.
What do you love most about your neighborhood?
I’m super lucky to live in an old, established and extremely conscious ‘hood. It’s walkable. It’s social. It’s community based with farmers markets and ‘walking school busses’ (that’s a real thing!) and family-run corner stores. Our neighbourhood is centrally located, full of parks, massive old houses, 100-year old elm trees, artists and a pretty outspoken commitment to the environment. I love it here.
Sounds like bliss! Favorite room in your house?
I love our main floor. It’s kind of a living room/kitchen/dining room combo.
What are 3 necessities that you feel are needed in every room?
Oh man. I need light, a throw blanket, and ART.
We couldn’t agree more! What’s the story behind the oldest heirloom in your home?
Besides the house itself, I have a pair of old trunks from a boat that came to Canada from Europe around 1910. That’s around the time our house was built. I like to think that that journey was an adventure that started here and carries on. (Plus they are big, black, weathered and fabulous.)
Wow! We love the story behind vintage finds. What was your biggest splurge (in home decor)? What was your best bargain?
Splurge: we had an extra long dining table made from reclaimed grain elevator floor boards. I love that. Bargain: I made a dining room light out of wire I found in the garage.
LOVE that light. What a great DIY! And speaking of that beautiful dining table: You can invite 6 people (living or dead) to a dinner party. Who made the list?
Maya Angelou , Kelly Slater, Charley Harper ,Barack Obama, Tina Fey and a polar bear.
Ha ha. You sure do love your polar bears! 5 things you can’t live without?
Black leggings, apples, Bensimons, big sunglasses, white t-shirts
Favorite item in your house?
The house itself. It’s OLD. It turned 100 last year and it’s a beast. But, the character cannot be beat.
If you had to choose a piece of your own artwork and build a room around it, which piece would you choose and how would you compose the space?
The WHEN YOU LOVE painting is one my personal favourites and I HAVE built a room around her.
And you did it well! Now, let’s talk about YOU. Where do you see yourself as an artist in 5 years?
I’d be really happy if I was still here. Still painting daily and riding along with this rad adventure.
Sounds like perfection. If you had to describe yourself as a color, what would it be and why?
Black. Steady, mysterious, versatile.
We love your studio workspace. It looks so fun to create in! If you’re running low on creative inspiration, what’s your remedy?
PLAY. I have three fantastic daughters under five and two insanely adorable French bulldogs. Seeing life through the eyes of those five balls of creative energy – fills me up in the best of ways.
ADORABLE!! Speaking of pets, what are your pet peeves?
People who are LATE. Image theft online. Clutter. Excuses. Unreliability. Also super annoying to me: dogs barking.
If there’s one artist (dead or alive) that you would want to have drinks with, who would it be?
What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
Colours. I think about paintings I want to do. I think about polar bears and what to get for groceries. Really exciting stuff!
If you could only do one dance move the rest of your life, what would it be?
Running man. Definitely.
That’s why we love you. Why do you love DENY?
Easy, bold, fabulous.
KAL BARTESKI is part of the DENY Artist Family. You can find all of her designs on her artist page and pick your favorite for a shower curtain, duvet, throw pillow, wall mirror and so much more! She is a professional artist who specializes in painting, writing, design and staying inspired. She sells her work globally and keeps a daily journal online. An award winning designer, sought after script artist and winner of a Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award, she is a creative powerhouse and inspiration living her dream in Canada’s wonderland. When she is not elbow deep in paint she is busy speaking about art, inspiration and creativity. And maybe a little magic.
We’ve turned 2! Our present to you?
A free 16″ Throw Pillow with every purchase!
One is the loneliest number. And two? Well, everything’s better in pairs. Think about it…
Mac & Cheese, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Bert & Ernie, Batman & Robin, DENY & You… You get the point!
To celebrate our terrific 2nd birthday, we’ll be pairing your order up with a complimentary throw pillow! Make a purchase on DENY Designs today only (3/26) and receive a free 16” throw pillow of your choice with your order! It’s our way of saying thank you for two incredible years, while also giving your order a stylish companion.
Simply add the 16” throw pillow of your choice to your shopping cart and use the following discount code at checkout to receive your complimentary throw pillow with purchase: terrifictwos
HAPPY SHOPPING FROM DENY DESIGNS!
Free pillow is good for 16” throw pillow size only and only valid with a purchase on 3/26/2013. Not valid on fabric sample purchases. In the event of a return, pillow must be returned with order to receive full monetary refund.
By now, you’ve come out of your winter hibernation and realized that the first day of spring officially happened yesterday. We here at DENY have been counting down the days, anxiously awaiting the sunshiny rays where we can dust off the ol’ bicycles and ride them to work!
Fun DENY fact: Did you know that 80% of the DENY crew lives close enough to ride our bikes to work? Yay! We love being so neighborly. Here’s a graph to illustrate our awesomeness:
Okay, okay, on to the giveaway. With the coming of spring, means our next celebration – Easter! And what kind of Easter Bunny would we be if we didn’t leave something for you in the spirit of the holiday? Not a very good one, right?
Sooooo, we’ve put together QUITE THE TREAT for you. We’re not talking about an Easter basket with some Cadbury eggs, a chocolate bunny and marshmallow Peeps (although we may or may not be noshing on those items for breakfast all month…).
We’re upping the ante and offering our readers the
MACDADDY OF ALL EASTER BASKETS
with stuffers so glorious, we’ll have you jumping up and down like a five year old again! So, here we go!
One lucky DENY fan will receive this amazing Easter basket filled with the very best spring options that DENY has to offer:
Here’s what’s inside:
So how do you win? Well, let us tell you.
Yup. The DENY Easter Egg Hunt is on. We’ve strategically placed several colored Easter eggs throughout denydesigns.com and it’s your job to find one of them! The first person to find an egg and post its location link to our Facebook post, wins the loot*!
Good luck and Happy Spring!
*Valid for U.S. residents only.
ROYGBIV. Black, gray, white, red, yellow, green, purple and brown—some of your favorite colors, and the colors of your clothes. But who knew that those same colors also signal what kind of person you are, according to online retailer Starfashion.
To help you bring across the personality that you’d like to for various occasions, Starfashion created an infographic ‘Meaning of Colors’ to help you narrow down what colors you should and maybe should not wear.
So what do you think – will you be following these tips to guide your future wardrobe choices?
Oogle away! A Japanese study has just been published that claims that looking at pictures of cute animals improves your mood and increases productivity in the workplace. So now your 27 minutes spent on Daily Puppy at work when your boss isn’t looking are totally legit.
According to the study lead by Japanese researcher Hiroshi Nittono for Hiroshima University, looking at pictures of puppies and panda cams and grumpy, grumpy cat videos at work is great for both you and your boss.
Results show that participants performed tasks requiring focused attention more carefully after viewing cute images. This is interpreted as the result of a narrowed attentional focus induced by the cuteness-triggered positive emotion that is associated with approach motivation and the tendency toward systematic processing.
For the study, Nittono and his colleagues studied a group of 48 students as they completed a task similar to the American board game “Operation.” The students attempted the task three times; the first after looking at a series of pictures of baby animals, then after seeing adult animals and finally after seeing pictures of delicious foods.
The students who looked at cute animals did far better at the game then did peers who observed adult animals or food, outperforming their peers by a “significant margin,” according to Gawker.
Why the improvement in mood and productivity? One reason was linked to a behavior tendency of adults to slow down speech when talking to puppies and kittens. These behaviors “may transfer to subsequent task performance,” according to the Washington Post.
Another reason may be connected to human nurturing instincts. “If viewing cute things makes the viewer more attentive, the performance of a non-motor perceptual task would also be improved,” the study stated.
So continue awwww-ing at your desk, because these little guys aren’t really a distraction.
Recognize any of these fingerprints? Well you should thanks to the elusive Italian artist known only as Dito Von Tease.
Dito has embarked on a project called Ditology that features eerily familiar portraits of celebrities on the ordinary human finger. The faces produced on each solo finger range from the well-known public personality (Steve Jobs) and political figure (Che Guevara) to the fictional icon (Mr. T) and religious guru (Dalai Lama). There is no person that is off limits in this lighthearted, comical series. Every “person” in the presented portraits is intricately adorned, costumed, and given an appropriate backdrop.
In addition to the ongoing project’s humorous nature, the artist behind the work adds another level of playfulness through his entirely appropriate chosen name “Dito” that translates as “finger” in Italian, which would also mean that Ditology translates as Fingerology. What’s perhaps most ironic in all of this is that we often use fingerprints to identify people, yet Dito Von Tease has managed to retain some anonymity by only exposing his fingerprints.
It is truly incredible how something so basic like a piece of colored thread can be turned into a glorious masterpiece. Artist Gabriel Dawe does just that. Originally from Mexico-city, the Dallas-based artist has been continually creating these jaw-dropping installations that pop up places around the work like Belgium, Canada, Barcelona and the UK.
Gabriel Dawe creates site-specific installations that explore the connection between fashion and architecture, and how they relate to the human need for shelter in all its shapes and forms. “His work is centered in the exploration of textiles, aiming to examine the complicated construction of gender and identity in his native Mexico and attempting to subvert the notions of masculinity and machismo prevalent in the present day.”
All we can say is WOW.
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Photographer Daniel Kukla who has a background in both biology and anthropology has a new series of work called The Edge Effect where he photographed square mirrors propped on easels in locations around Joshua Tree National Park to catch the reflection of the horizon behind him.
The resulting images create the bizarre effect of looking at a paintings sitting in the middle of the desert. Of the work Kukla says:
In March of 2012, I was awarded an artist’s residency by the United States National Park Service in southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park. While staying in the Park, I spent much of my time visiting the borderlands of the park and the areas where the low Sonoran desert meets the high Mojave desert. While hiking and driving, I caught glimpses of the border space created by the meeting of distinct ecosystems in juxtaposition, referred to as the Edge Effect in the ecological sciences. To document this unique confluence of terrains, I hiked out a large mirror and painter’s easel into the wilderness and captured opposing elements within the environment. Using a single visual plane, this series of images unifies the play of temporal phenomena, contrasts of color and texture, and natural interactions of the environment itself.
Check out some of the photos below, and you can see his website for several more photos.
Surf’s up! At least for Hawaiian-based photographer Kenji Croman it is. Kenji Croman is the mastermind behind these amazing photos of waves seen in ways that most of us can only dream of.
Not only a master of his trade – his work has been featured on CNN Travel and the cover’s of various surfing magazine – but also extremely passionate about showing the world his point of view in the water through his work.
He says “The reason why I enjoy photographing the artistic wave from my point of view is because it’s so hard to describe what i see when I’m in the water. For years before I got into wave photos, I would be bodysurfing these beautiful perfect waves in the morning, the colors would be amazing and I wanted to share it with others. No one in their right mind would wake up at 4:30am to watch the sunrise, and even if they did, they wouldn’t be in the water experiencing what I am. So with my background in photography, and many, many years of practicing, I learned the art of wave photography.”
Do these make you want to go to the beach too?
Have you ever sat around and wondered exactly why different colors are used in different spaces and on different product designs? We know that for decades each different color has had a specific meaning attached to it, but as we dug deeper, we have come to find out that a lot of corporations use color to evoke certain feelings – like an increase in appetite or the feeling of sophistication.
According to the ‘Psychology of Color’ infographic from PaintersofLouisville.com the color red is supposed to increase the appetite, blue increases productivity and suppresses the appetite, while black is used to create a feeling of sophistication and luxury.
Oh, and don’t paint your baby’s room yellow unless you want it to cry all the time. We should probably paint our offices blue now…
Check out all the color tidbits below, they’re pretty interesting:
If you are anything like us, the second you get your hands on a piece of bubble wrap, it’s a goner. Not sure if there has ever in the history of our office been a piece of bubble wrap that entered without being squeezed. This is precisely why we are so impressed by artist Lo Siento.
The Barcelona-based artist is the mastermind behind creating some lovely typeface designs using only bubble wrap, colored dye and a syringe. Lo Siento carefully injects each bubble to create a gorgeous 4-D typeface that can be seen from any angle.
“[Each typography] is always inspired by a study of the grid,” Lo Siento said. “Each existing grid can hide a typographic character and thus, an alphabet.” In other words, rules were meant to be broken. And then rewritten in bubble wrap and food coloring.
Check it out:
Color lovers rejoice!
New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach has beautifully created an 8 x 8 x 8-inch hard-back cube atlas that effectively documents every variation of RGB color possible!
Named the RGB Colorspace Atlas, the book is a digital offset print on paper with airbrushed cloth cover and book edges create a colorful reference volume of all the colors in existence. The special binding was co-designed by the artist herself in collaboration with daniel e. kelm, and were printed at Wide Awake Garage, an independent bookbinder, with help from Leah Hughes.
Pretty gorgeous right?
I need a vacation! The talented photographer Gray Malin is the creative genius behind this series of breath-taking aerial photos of beaches around the world.
In his incredible ongoing series titled À la Plage, À la Piscine, Gray shoots from doorless helicopters, capturing life on the beaches below. His project has taken him around the world and the results are simply stunning. From such heights, people and objects become patterns creating repetition, shape and form. These photographs are a visual celebration of color, light, shape—and summer bliss, leaving us daydreaming of a beach, a towel and some sun.
Be sure to check out: http://www.maisongray.com/collections for the complete gallery of this wonderful series.
It’s that time of year again! With New York Fashion Week in full swing and designers showcasing their newest looks for Spring 2013, PANTONE has just revealed what colors you will see the most next year.
Now you can plan that Spring wardrobe ahead of time – just make sure it includes something that is ‘Monaco Blue’ – PANTONE’s top color for the spring fashion season of 2013. According to PANTONE Color Institute’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman, she describes Monaco Blue as a “wonderful, calming and anchoring color” to the rest of collection.
What other colors can you expect next Spring? PANTONE’s other top 9 colors include ‘Dusk Blue’, ‘Emerald’, ‘Grayed Jade’, ‘Linen’, ‘Poppy Red’, ‘African Violet’, ‘Tender Shoots’, ‘Lemon Zest’ and ‘Nectarine’.
So, do you love or hate these color choices?
Would you like fries with that? We don’t think you’ll have room after this one… The Black Bear Casino Resort in Minnesota just set the Guinness World Record for the world’s biggest burger on September 2, 2012.
This record setting beast weighed 2,014-tons, and consisted of 60 pounds of bacon, 50 pounds of lettuce, 50 pounds of sliced onion, 40 pounds of pickles and was topped off with 40 pounds of good ole’ American cheese.
While on the grill, the massive burger required a crane to flip it over – and took about 4 hours to cook in a special outdoor oven, while the toasted bun took 7 hours to bake.
“What I saw today was a feat of remarkable teamwork that resulted in a world record burger that actually tastes really good,’ said Guinness Records representative Philip Robertson.
After the record was confirmed, the burger was sliced and diced for the crowd to enjoy — for free! Yum!
Janne Parviainen is the creative genius, artist and photographer behind this series of shots where he “paints” a room with LED lights and captures the images using a long exposure setting on his camera.
According to Parviainen, no post-production editing was done on the photos and the results came directly from what was captured on the camera – pretty awesome right?
Paviainen said that it took him about 30 minutes to create each shot – by running back and forth through the room, tracing each of the objects with a colored LED light.
Check them out:
So you think this is a photograph?
Well it’s not. Yes, you read that correctly – this is not a photograph, but actually a portrait – a real-live hand-drawn portrait by Portugal-based lawyer and hobbyist, Samuel Silva.
Pretty incredible right? Samuel Silva uses nothing but paper and standard ballpoint pens – yes, the pens that you doodle stick figures with in your meetings. His hyperrealistic portrait uses eight different colors and it took him about 30 hours to complete.
When asked if he’s a professional artist, he replies, “No, I’m just a lawyer, art is just a hobby for me, although it takes from 5 to 50 hours to finish each drawing.”
He should really consider quitting his day job as a Lawyer.
The first picture above is Silva’s hand-drawn portrait, while the one directly below is the photograph.
But wait! There’s more! Check out some more of his absolutely stunning works below, once again, using ONLY pen:
When you think of Crayons, what usually comes to mind? Probably something along the lines of Kindergarten and coloring books right? Well not for the talented Vietnam-born artist Diem Chau. For Chau, a Crayon is not used to color, but is just the start of some of the most amazing detailed carvings and sculptures.
“Chau combines common mediums and common means to create delicate vignettes of fleeting memory, gesture and form, resulting in works that combine egalitarian sensibility and minimalist restraint. Her work touches on the value of Storytelling, Myths and its ability to connect us to each other through cultural and humanistic similarities. Chau’s current work drifts into new territory by exploring the periphery of the narrative, moments forgotten and faded, or too brief to retain.”
Check them out:
National Geographic is known for their stunning photo journalistic and landscape photographs, so it is no surprise that the winners of the National Geographic Traveler Magazine 24th Annual photo contest have some absolutely incredible talent.
National Geographic Traveler Magazine received more than 12,000 entries from 6,615 talented photographers in 152 countries around the globe. Using the power of photography, contestants shared their lives through their work. Taken in locations ranging from Afghanistan to Vietnam, the winning pictures show everything from peaceful landscapes to unexpected moments. However, all of them depict the beauty of the places and people that make traveling memorable.
Here are the 12 winning photographs – each with an amazing story behind them.
You can see the full stories behind each photo here: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2012/.
Combining his love for food and typography, Phiadelphia-based artist and creative director Roni Lagin has created a brilliant series of typographic posters that foodies around the world are sure to love. The poster series celebrate the renowned foods and cuisine types from each of the different cities from around the world.
His series, titled ‘Delicious City Prints’ has covered some of the most popular foodie capitals around the world – such as New York, Paris, New Orleans, London and Chicago, creating a visual, fun way to check out cuisine from around the world!
Princeton-based artist Erika Iris has created various portraits of famous musicians using recycled cassette tapes.
In her series called ‘Ghost in the Machine’, she uses black shiny tape from the long forgotten audio device and turns it into intricate portrayals of the musicians.
According to Iris, her works were inspired from a phrase by British philosopher Gilbert Ryle—who once described how a spirit lives in a body. She imagines that humans are just like cassettes—our thoughts merely wrapped in our awkward ‘body’ packaging.
Photographer Leland Bobbé’s world of photos expresses the modernity of humanity, humanity in the third millennium.
In his portrait series ‘I mezzi drag di’ (“The means of drag”, or “Half drag”) for Vogue Italy, Bobbé brilliantly depicts the two faces of drag queens—“the Nietzschean ‘overman’: the man that goes beyond, who is beyond. Not male, not female, not biological”, according to Vogue Italy.
In ‘Half Drag’, the split-faced images show men changing themselves and finding their feminine side in parallel to their masculine side—exploring the concept of contemporary queer and sexuality—clearly showing the difference, and clearly showing what wonders make-up can do.
Though the images look as if they’re made of two separate faces and joined together, they were not constructed in post-production.
“These images are part of an ongoing series of portraits of Drag Queens in half drag. With this series my intention is to capture both the male and the alter-ego female side of these subjects in one image,” Bobbé said.
“Through the power of hair and makeup these men are able to completely transform themselves and find their female side while simultaneously showing their male side. These are composed in camera and are not two separate images joined together.”
Floor is an art piece that features 180,000 plastic figures crowded together with arms turned skyward, holding up glass plates that are able to support the weight of visitors. It was created by South Korean artist Do Ho Suh and can be seen at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute.
Would you trust the little guys to hold up their end of the deal?
Australia-based tactile typographer Dominique Falla uses only Illustrator, pins and hundreds of yards of colored string to create large-scale typographic art installations.
For all of her installations she uses the same technique: “I draw the type by hand, scan it, redraw it in Illustrator and then make the physical from pin and string. Hundreds and hundreds of meters of string!” says Falla.
She has so many great past creations, but one piece created for Strutten’s Square One exhibition, an event that pays homage to Brisbane creatives, titled Relax and Unwind, really caught our eye. It took Falla seven hours to hammer in the pins and 18 more to wind all that string. “I liked the idea of ‘unwinding’ being made out of wound string,” she says.