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Where The Artsy Folk Live: Ladies Who Create

9 Oct

While Mr. Forager & I are on the road, making our way to California, we’re rerunning Artsy Forager’s most popular posts.  This post originally published on February 1, 2012.  Enjoy!

Here I am ready to make yet another embarrassing confession to you: I’m nosy.  I’m not a Facebook stalker or anything like that, but when the hubby and I are out for a walk around whatever neighborhood in which we happen to find ourselves living that month ( haha ), I can’t help but spy inside people’s homes.  I mean, I don’t park myself in the bushes like a Peeping Lesley, but I love catching glimpses of other people’s interiors.  So of course, peeking inside the homes of creative folks is irresistible to me!

So, for a little mid-week fun, I thought we’d catch a glimpse of the homes of some very creative ladies.. all artists in their own way.

Artist Kelly Reemsten’s L.A. Loft ( via Apartment Therapy )

I love the way artists’ living spaces so often reflect the palette and style of their work– never more true than in Kelly Reemsten’s Mid-Century inspired L.A. loft.  The artist known for her pop-style paintings of ladies dressed in vintage garb dresses her home in much the same way.  A neutral background compliments pops of color and classically mod furnishings.

Artist Kelly Reemsten’s L.A. Loft ( via Apartment Therapy )

The home of Janie Bryant, the brilliant costume designer behind the to-die-for fashions on Mad Men, is as glamourous as you would expect, with subtle hints at the retro styles she embraces on the job.

Mad Men Costume Designer Janie Bryant’s L.A home ( via photographer Bonnie Tsang’s blog )

Mad Men Costume Designer Janie Bryant’s L.A. home ( via photographer Bonnie Tsang’s blog )

Is it any surprise that fashion maven Kate Spade’s home has a classic, preppy feel?  But I love that her choice of artwork reveals a personality behind the perfection.

Home of fashion designer Kate Spade ( photographed by Eric Morin )

The Brooklyn apartment of artist Lily Stockman is an eclectic, comforting space peppered with global influences reflecting her travels, which include a recent artist’s residency in India.  Just as in her work, Stockman’s home is filled with simple patterns and soft yet vibrant color.

Artist Lily Stockman’s Brooklyn abode ( via Big Bang Studio blog )

Artist Lily Stockman’s Brooklyn abode ( via Big Bang Studio blog )

Featured image is Kelly Reemsten’s LA Loft.  Sources:  Kelly Reemsten, Janie Bryant, Kate Spade, Lily Stockman.

Friday Faves: It’s Like High School Without the Bad Hair

6 Jan

‘Tis a new year and with that comes all sorts of lists documenting the good, the bad and the ugly from the past 12 months.  While there’s certainly no bad or ugly here at Artsy Forager, I thought it would be a kick to award our featured art some high schoolish superlatives.  Put your mittens on your kittens and away we go!

BEST DRESSED:  Kelly Reemsten

Holding Your Attention by Kelly Reemsten, oil on panel, 36x36 ( via Skidmore Contemporary )

CUTEST COUPLE:  Maggie Taylor

Ever After by Maggie Taylor, pigmented digital print, 15x15

BEST HAIR:  Robin Williams

Tired Prince by Robin Williams

MOST THOUGHTFUL:  Susan Hall

Peace by Susan Hall, oil on panel, 27x27

LIFE OF THE PARTY:  Sarah Ashley Longshore

Last Call by Sarah Ashley Longshore, acrylic on canvas with high gloss resin 48x60 ( via Gallery Orange )

MOST ATHLETIC: Eric Zener

Love by Eric Zener, oil on canvas, 14x11

BIGGEST FLIRT:  Deborah Scott

The Girl Would Believe Anything by Deborah Scott, oil and mixed media on canvas

BEST SMILE:  Ann Marshall

Ba. by Ann Marshall, graphite on paper, 20x14

MOST LIKELY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD:  Steve Williams

Taxicab Situation with Counterfeit Results, mixed media, 48x48

Were you awarded a superlative in high school?  Let me guess, Most Creative? 🙂  Have a great weekend, Artsies!

Featured image is Books by Holly Farrell, acrylic and oil on masonite.  All images are via the artist’s websites, unless otherwise stated.

Artsy on Escape Into Life: Kelly Reemsten

27 Dec

Ya’ll be sure to check out my post today on Escape Into Life, featuring Kelly Reemsten.  No doubt, you’ll recognized Kelly’s work from her Artsy Forager feature recently.  What can I say, her work just calls out to me!

Cleaning Is Addictive, oil on panel, 36x36

Kelly Reemsten feature on Escape Into Life

You’ve Come A Long Way to Bring Home the Bacon, Baby

14 Nov

Growing up, I wanted to be Audrey Hepburn.  Or Doris Day.  Or any of the beautiful, plucky, well-dressed heroines of the 50’s and 60’s.  I longed for the “good ol’ days”.  When women dressed up in hats and gloves to go shopping and flitted around the house in chiffon petticoats.  But then I woke up and realized that I was looking at the past through movie-colored glasses.  That those women, while dressed to the nines on-screen, still had to scrub toilets and change diapers and were still fighting to be recognized as equals.  But have we really come that far?  Artist Kelly Reemsten captures the frustration and seeming futility of all that it means to be female in a post-feminist world.

Cleaning Is Addictive, oil on panel, 36x36

Reemsten’s women are dressed in highly feminine candy colored vintage frocks, but often wielding iconically masculine tools such as a chainsaw or axe.  These tools can be seen perhaps as menacing or even empowering.  Or rather, looking at the imagery as a whole, the dresses and tools may be symbols of our efforts as women to “have it all”.

Inconspicuous, oil on panel, 36x36

Women still feel pressured, perhaps now more than ever to be all things to all people.  They are expected to not only cook, clean, care for children, etc., but now are also expected to have a successful career.  And look fabulously fashionable while doing it.  What once was strictly male domain is now our stomping ground, as well.

Unrequited, oil on panel, 36x36

Are the women pictured trying to maintain their femininity in a male dominated workforce?  Or are they working to show us that gender differences are inherently there and should not be ignored?  We were created equal, yet different.

The Hopeless Romantic, oil on panel, 36x36

Throw Back, oil on panel, 36x36

What say you, Artsies?  While you’re pondering, take a gander on over at Kelly Reemsten’s website to see more of her work.

Featured image is Slip, oil on panel, 72×48.  All images are via the artist’s website.

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