Happy Duvet Tuesday! DENY Designs Duvet Cover Giveaway

Yep. We know it has been awhile, but it is back! It is time for our favorite day of the week (except Friday) – DUVET TUESDAY!

We want to give anyone and everyone who participates the chance to win their very own DENY Designs Duvet Cover.  Nothing beats curling up under the covers after a long day. And what better way to unwind than to surround yourself with gorgeous, fantastical artwork? Turn your basic, boring down comforter into the super stylish focal point of your bedroom – one that your friends and family will surely be jealous of.

We think that’s pretty rad, it’s a $190 value!  Plus, who doesn’t want to snuggle up in something that is free?

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It’s pretty simple, to enter, just follow DENY Designs on both Facebook and Twitter and then fill out this very, very short form (you only have to enter your name, email, your fave DENY Designs artist and why you really want a duvet) to be entered to win a DENY Designs duvet cover:

http://blog.denydesigns.com/duvet-tuesday-giveaway

We will announce the winner next Tuesday, August 28th on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Good luck, and keep on designing!

              

Pop of Color: Urban Origami Street Art

Colorful origami is popping up in unexpected urban places in Hong Kong and Vietnam this summer compliments of French paper artist Mademoiselle Maurice.  Not just for fun, Mademoiselle Maurice places the installations to convey a deeper message.

She says about her work, “The origami crane became an international symbol of peace. It’s also a tribute for all the victims of the violent actions in our world. We can see an human solidarity network thought of the accumulation of all the papers. Sometimes, I like to imagine when I am folding that all the origamis are like people, and I imagine some imaginary positive connection  between this humans. Therefore, every origami represents in a simplify way some natural elements, in a graphic way, like flowers or birds.”

Hundreds of paper cranes in all different bright colors arranged into urban (and unexpected) masterpieces. So gorgeous!

 

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Diamond Jubilee Color Guide: A PANTONE Color Chart Fit For A Queen

These days, it seems like PANTONE is everywhere. So what better way to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration than with a super cool color guide made from selections matching the Queen’s wardrobe over the years?

PANTONE and advertising agency Leo Burnett London chart six decades of style for Queen Elizabeth II with the launch of a limited-edition ‘Diamond Jubilee Color Guide’. The guide is designed to capture and commemorate some of the Queen’s most memorable color choices since her coronation – featuring PANTONE Color references and citing the date and location that determined her outfit color choice.

Selecting feature colors from the Queen’s wardrobe, PANTONE featured some of these colors – the reason behind them? Check it:

PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow – The Queen’s royal wedding outfit from 2011 was Primrose Yellow. Yellow is a color that speaks to the future with hope and optimism.

PANTONE 13-4411 Crystal Blue – Blue is a colur staple in the Queen’s wardrobe, is also seen as de-stressing so it’s no surprise she was sporting a serene blue to a Royal Garden Party in 2010.

PANTONE 16-2124 Pink Carnation – In recent years, she has been seen in trendier bright pinks, defying her age and communicating that she is a monarch modern in thought and spirit.

PANTONE 13-5414 Ice Green – During the Queen’s landmark state visit to Ireland, the first since the country gained independence in the 1920s, she was seen in a cool shade of green.

So will you be seen using the Diamond Jubilee Color Guide? Or will you steer clear of this PANTONE look book?

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Too Cool: Giant Furniture

Talk about feeling itty bitty. Artist Robert Therrien created this series of over-sized furniture that measure over 10 feet tall! Robert Therrien is know to recreate everyday objects true to their original material and color, but on an enlarged scale.

Robert explains his inspiration for this series:

“The artist’s point of view – from the small world – could be viewed as a large ges­ture- publi­cally. The prac­tice is cre­at­ing some­thing both large and small. Pub­li­cally, Table and Chairs is per­ceived as a big object, where it actu­ally orig­i­nated from a small detail-a corner bracket sup­port­ing the table leg. Instead of crawl­ing under­neath and pho­tograph­ing an actual table in order to see it, why not shrink your­self and take a normal snapshot?”

This installation was on display as part of the Lifelike exhibition at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Therrien was born in Chicago in 1947; he now lives and works in Los Angeles.

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DENY Designs Artist of The Week

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Randi Antonsen.  Randi’s work is so unique, bright and wild – we just can’t help but to fall in love with it. Learn more about Randi and her inspiration:

Randi says , “I have a carefree but fully engaged approach to life and art.I find inspiration in the smallest of things because I ‘see’ with these inquisitive and always looking for magic eyes.My work incorporates many approaches and mediums all in one; but then so doe’s life. I am always willing to flow with new life and change my art with it.Overall I bring to my work one consistent phrase and that is this energy of the mixing of life’s varied forces; as in nature, as in life, as in art.”

Check out a few of Randi Antonsen’s artworks on DENY Designs products:

 

To see all of Randi Antonsen’s work on DENY Designs products, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/randi-antonsen-all-art

  

DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Ginette Callaway

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Ginette Callaway of Ginette Fine Art.  Ginette’s watercolor and oil pastel pieces are bright and beautiful, and with the wide range of subjects, you are sure to find at least one to fall in love with.

About Ginette Callaway: 

I am French born to a German Mother and a French Father and became a US citizen in 2008. I live in the United States and paint in Oil and Watercolors from my Basement Studio in Georgia. Besides my traditional paintings I also love to do fresh contemporary abstract in watercolor and ink, mostly very colorful. My inspirations life, life and life.

I paint every day because that is what I love to do. If I never leave my basement that is fine because in my head I’m somewhere else. Nature inspires me most, because nature is the biggest wonder of all. Animals, Flowers, scenes from around the world and places I have visited. I remember a fragrance of a flower or fresh squeezed limes and it triggers a painting.

Simply from sun up till sun down my head is in a creative vice.

 

To see all of the Ginette Fine Art pieces on DENY Designs products, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/ginette-fine-art-all-art#

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Sit. Stay. High Fashion Dog Portraits

Artist and photographer William Wegman, along with his editorial dog Man Ray – had a partnership that produced some amazing photographs. I don’t know if the photographs themselves or the fact that  Wegman could get Man Ray to sit still for that long is more impressive – but either way, I need the name of his doggie trainer.

This is the story behind William Wegman and Man Ray:

It was while he was in Long Beach that artist William Wegman got his dog, Man Ray, with whom he began a long and fruitful collaboration. Man Ray, known in the art world and beyond for his endearing deadpan presence, became a central figure in Wegman’s photographs and videotapes. In 1981, Man Ray died. It was not until 1986 that Wegman got a new dog, Fay Ray, and another collaboration began marked by Wegman’s extensive use of the Polaroid 20 x 24 camera. With the birth of Fay’s litter in 1989, Wegman’s cast grew to include Fay’s offspring — Battina, Crooky and Chundo — and later, their offspring: Battina’s son Chip in 1995, Chip’s son Bobbin in 1999 and Candy and Bobbin’s daughter Penny in 2004.

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