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The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Valentina Ramos.  Her bright and playful artworks have been a consistent hit with DENY Designs fans – we love working with her!

About Valentina Ramos:

“After 15 years working as a graphic designer, Valentina Ramos started to create other arts and crafts. From these creations, Valentina Design was born: her world of fantasies and dreams; where her uplifting drawings and designs took shape.”

“In her Miami studio, this Venezuelan artist spent countless happy hours playing with her paints and her Rapidograph Pens. She enjoys working with different materials, but black ink is one of the mediums you will always find in her original prints, paintings and drawings. Her love for artworks with little intricate details are a signature of her own drawing style.”

 

To see all of Valentina Ramos‘ artwork on DENY Designs products, visit her artist page here: http://denydesigns.com/collections/valentina-ramos-all-art

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Jacqueline Maldonado. Jacqueline joined the DENY Designs team in early 2012, and we are so happy to have her! We were drawn immediately to Jacqueline’s vibrant (an incredibly unique) designs. As the year moves on, she is constantly surprising our team with new artworks – making her profile truly standout in the art community!

More about Jacqueline Maldonado:

Jacqueline Maldonado is a New York City native currently residing in Southern California. She spent most of her adult career in various facets of the fashion industry, all the while nurturing her artistic talent through higher education in visual art and developing a discipline in her artistic practice. In her recent move across the country, Jacqueline took a leap of faith to pursue her art as a full-time endeavor. Equipped with sharp focus, ambition, determination, resourcefulness and innate talent, in a very short time, she is beginning to see success as a professional artist. She sells her works as prints and originals and also partners with several retailers and manufacturers who print her work on various products. She is proud to be partnering now with DENY Designs!”

Jacqueline Maldonado The Red Sea Modern Clock

“Jacqueline works in a variety of media and explores many styles and modes of artistic expression; including but not limited to: watercolor, oil pastel, photography, digital imaging, graphic design, textile and surface design. Often, she combines several of these media, inventing unique and modern forms of art. She creates compositions derived from many sources and amalgamations of inspiration: imagination, emotion, nature, memory, and music. When asked to comment on her work, Jacqueline states, “I think about what can be communicated through line, form, tone, composition and the relationship of these elements to each other. I aim to create imaginative work; work that holds mystery, work that is poetic, and work that is luminous with color.”

Check out some of her fabulous designs on DENY Designs products: 

To see all of Jacqueline Maldonado’s amazing art on DENY Designs products, visit her artist page here: http://denydesigns.com/collections/jacqueline-maldonado-all-art

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?

 

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, September 25th on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Good luck, and keep on designing!

              

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?

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The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Khristian Howell.  Khristian is known for her bright and extremely unique color and pattern designs – which we are constantly falling more and more in love with!

About Khristian A Howell:

“I am a color and pattern expert and I create artwork for a range of licensed products including fabrics, stationery, wallcoverings, and more.  More importantly I am embarking on a color revolution. I believe in living a life uncommon. I am certain that exploration, listening, and hope can teach us new things about ourselves and each other.  It is this passion for travel and living a life inspired that I hope is evident in all my work. I am positive one person can teach the world one honest footstep at at time. I deeply believe in living a life that is colorful, balanced, and inspired. If you believe in the magic of truly inspired design, let’s make something beautiful – together.”

“I have been very lucky to work with a list of amazing and varied clients including Better Homes and Gardens, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Tiny Prints, Andrews McMeel Publishing, Eddie Bauer, REI, Anthology Fabrics, Shutterfly, HGTV.com and more. I also love working with small business like Hey Baby Studio and Olive + Oliver who trust me with their budding branding concepts.  Big news! I am now available to work with private clients! Let’s collaborate and make your space a place you will adore.”

Check out some of Khristian Howell’s fab designs on DENY products:

To shop all of Khristian Howell’s designs at DENY, visit:  http://denydesigns.com/collections/khristian-a-howell-all-art

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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:

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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:

 

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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!

              

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!

Check out some of Lagin’s posters below: 

 

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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.

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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?

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The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Casey Rogers! 

Casey Rogers is new to the DENY Designs team and just like us, she is a true animal lover with a great sense of humor. We can’t help but to fall in love with her funny, cute and cuddly animal art (especially the design “Puglet”).

About Casey Rodgers:

My name is Casey Rogers- I am an illustrator from a little town called Stroud in the UK. I graduated from Loughborough university with a BA Hons in printed textiles.

I love to draw all things furry, feathery and fluffy, hopefully with a sense of humour and a unique style. I have had a lifelong fascination with animals of all different shapes and sizes and love to draw their beautiful little faces. I hope I bring a sense of fun and interest to the subject matter.

To see all of Casey Rodgers artwork on DENY Designs products, visit her artist page at: http://denydesigns.com/collections/casey-rogers-all-art

    

We love our DENY Designs customers! They never cease to amaze us with a DIY, creative spirit – doing things with our products that we could have never imagined possible – making spaces bright, bold and beautiful.

These photos were sent to us by a customer who fell in love with the artwork by DENY artist, Valentina Ramos - particularly her design titled ‘Aaron’. Taking cues, inspiration and the color palette from the Aaron design, she used DENY Designs shower curtains and customized them herself to create window covers and then painted and accessorized the room to complete the look.

The result? One adorably chic nursery!

  

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.

Check the photos of Relax and Unwind below, as well as some of her other brilliant pieces!

 

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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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Get ready to saw “awwww”!

British photographer Mark Taylor has an uncanny knack for bringing out the cuddly sides of his subjects’. Mark Taylor creatively pairs pets and animals like kittens and ducklings and then captures their interactions – some of which are too darn cute for words.

His photographs are a legacy from his late mother Jane Burton who pioneered the style so familiar on calendars in offices and maths teacher classrooms everywhere. His work has even graced the cover of National Geographic Magazine.

So far, he has had no cases of them eating each other.

 

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Australia-based artist Lisa Rodden slices, layers, paints and folds paper to create delicate and detailed three-dimensional hand-cut paper art, in all different shapes, sizes and subjects.

In her ‘Hand Cut Paper Works’ series, shadows interplay with colors to give paper feathers, fish scales and geometric shapes an intricate, life-like feel – pretty amazing what you can do with such simple materials!

 

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The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Amy Sia!

Amy was recently added to the DENY Designs team and all we can say is: COLOR!  We are absolutely loving her amazingly bright, colorful,  and playful designs!

About Amy Sia: 

Amy Sia is a London based textile print designer dedicated to creating unique and vibrant artwork. Amy says, “I love bright colours, painterly prints, and dreamy photographic prints!”.

To see all of Amy Sia’s designs on DENY products, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/amy-sia-all-art

Board game geeks and street art enthusiasts alike will love the Monopoly-themed art found in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood – we sure do!

From a sidewalk painted as a property card to a pile of plywood Chance cards, the installations by street artist named Bored, are an impressive nod to the classic game and an interactive twist on what have become street art standards — sidewalk stencils and wheatpaste posters.

 

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Berlin-based sculptor Markus Fielder crafts incredibly realistic objects from beeswax, right down to the smallest detail. Using only the wax to form his life-like works, he somehow makes a balloon and a feather look weightless, while his knife and axe sculptures appear sharp and threatening.

Fielder showcases his sculpture until he eventually he melts down the wax for reuse in a new creation.

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You have probably thought it at least once before, but humor website Smosh has “re-packaged” and created new names for some of our favorite snacks and treats – and they are funny.

From “Spray-Painted Styrofoam Peanuts” (Cheetos) or “Edible Miniature Yoga Mats” (Fruit Roll Ups) – after you’ve actually thought about these snacks, are you still as enticed by them?

 

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Wow, wow, wow. We are generally against using books for anything other than reading, but artist Guy Laramee is the exception. Guy takes plain books and carves them into the most amazing, intricate sculptures that we have ever seen!

What Guy Laramee says about his work:

The erosion of cultures – and of “culture” as a whole – is the theme that runs through the last 25 years of my artistic practice. Cultures emerge, become obsolete, and are replaced by new ones. With the vanishing of cultures, some people are displaced and destroyed. We are currently told that the paper book is bound to die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might ask so what? Do we really believe that “new technologies” will change anything concerning our existential dilemma, our human condition?

So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are.

After 30 years of practice, the only thing I still wish my art to do is this: to project us into this thick “cloud of unknowing.”

 

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A paper crane origami bird is one thing; but artist Won Park takes his origami folding skills to a whole new level.

Using dollar bills and other forms of paper currency from around the world, Won Park can fold just about anything your heart desires. We came across his brilliant foldings of some super cool miniature things like: a suit jacket, fish, a telephone and even a replica of the Eiffel Tower!

We wonder how many paper cuts he must have at this point in his career…

 

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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure (or amazing art installation).

An art installation recently popped up on Botafogo Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that showcases three gigantic fish made from discarded plastic bottles. The title of the installation is “recycle your attitude”.

The sculptures were created to raise awareness for the recently completed United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, dubbed Rio+20 - a conference held to discuss and promote environmental protection.

Pretty great right?

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