Tuesday, August 24, 2010

MOBA (The Museum of Bad Art)

In my lifetime, I don't know how many times people have explained their lack of creativity to me. My response never wavers. I believe that every person is creative and original, and with proper training can create beautiful work. But what is beautiful, really? Who decides what is aesthetically pleasing and what is not? 

Recently I came across the website for MOBA, the Museum of Bad Art in Massachusetts. According to their site, it is "dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory." If you don't have the energy to hop on over to Massachusetts, the collection is online and in book form. Plus, they send out newsletters to interested parties. 

It's strange how compelling this "bad art" truly is. Each piece was made with a specific intention, a hidden meaning and an artist's hand. I'm not sure I believe in the criticism of such a subjective medium to this degree, but that's the fun of it, right? During college I learned the benefit of critiques, but at some point you have to listen to your inner voice when creating a meaningful piece.

What do you think? 

Friday, August 20, 2010

This Made My Day

I'd like to send a special thank you out to Jessi Scurte of The Design Slice for sending me this cute and super hilarious short video by Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp. Introducing...Marcel the Shell With Shoes On.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

NapaStyle Registry

Yesterday I received a catalog that stood out from the rest of my daily junk mail. It was sent to me by NapaStyle, a company that offers furniture, glassware and home goods. I have an eclectic taste in design, and I love combining contemporary lines with vintage and rustic pieces. As I was flipping through the catalog, I fell in love with several pieces. I thought I would share them with you below. Enjoy, but be careful! You may be tempted to spend your entire savings account.