Wednesday, September 14, 2016


While I'm sitting in a classroom taking copious notes about the "1-2-3 Magic" disciplinary method (snoooooore...), I thought I'd leave you with Marleigh Culver's Matisse-inspired work. Swooooon! I first learned about the up-and-coming graphic designer when I read about the artist last month on Sight Unseen. Here's THE excerpt from Vivien Lee's article that had me at HELLLLLLOOOO:

Much in the way our love for a book is evident in loose binds and worn-out pages, there’s a certain value in the way we let beloved things blemish or roughen overtime. The Japanese call this permission of imperfection wabi-sabi — wabi denoting a singular, often uncontrolled uniqueness akin to a flowing streak of paint, and sabi literally meaning “chill” or “withered,” which references the beauty of corrosion. Marleigh Culver, a graphic designer at Need Supply by day and visual artist by night, feels a certain kinship with this design approach. “I like sloppy shapes and rough edges, and for my pieces to look like they’ve been moved between houses for generations,” Culver says. Marked by bold, saturated tones and influenced by Herb Lubalin’s logotypes, her prints reveal color as their focus, expressing their nature as objects themselves without the need for much else. “Color is really emotional to me. It’s tricky to find a voice in a genre of fauvism and modernism — when the most amazing things are the simplest colors and shapes — but I like having the challenge.” 

Smitten with Culver's wondrous wabi-sabi works? Be sure to check out her SHOP and TUMBLR.
(Also, how fun is the term wabi-sabi?! Say it aloud with me. WABI-SABI. I told you it's smile-inducing.)

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