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April 22, 2014

Off the Canvas - Art on Recycled Paper and Wood









There is something alluring about art that exists off the canvas. Illustration on recycled, reclaimed, and natural materials feels approachable and tangible. And whether the art commands attention from the decaying paper, splintering wood, and corrosive metal or assimilates and weaves into the material, it is the history and texture of the material, the beautiful layer of story, that pulls. In honor of Earth Day, we hope you enjoy some striking pieces on paper, reclaimed wood, and recycled silk. Reuse. Recycle. Reinvent.

Above by Amy Rice.

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March 13, 2014

Type & Time: Drawn Typewriters



The sound is seductive: typebars striking ink ribbon; the bell of the carriage return swinging left. In my selective nostalgia, typewriters were never used by anyone except authors - typing stoically in a room with light filtered through plantation shutters, in the company of scotch glasses and a wastebasket of crumpled pages.The typewriter embodies a writing process that is hard and stark and dirty and mechanical. Itís a symbol of the beauty of process, the struggle of wordsmithing. And so my love for the typewriter is also a love for its aesthetic. I am giddy for illustrations of vintage typewriters, drawings where you can almost smell time and dust preserved. Here are some of my favorites.

Above by Loui Jover and Chris Packer.


February 27, 2014

A Beautiful Tribute: Google Illustrates Some of Steinbeck's Monumental Works





Perhaps no novel opens more powerfully than John Steinbeck's Cannery Row: "Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream."

Steinbeck delicately drags the reader into the visceral, tactile, and palpable worlds of his Depression era characters. We smell and taste and spit out life with them.

Today Google doodled some of Steinbeck's monumental works in celebration of his birthday. The illustrated slides, featuring quotes from the depicted novels, are a bold and beautiful tribute to a cherished American author. Hats off Google- gorgeously executed.






February 24, 2014

Intricate Drawings on Wood



I was immediately drawn to Camellie's handmade drawings on wood. Originally from Romania, now living and working in the UK, Cami's aesthetic pulls hard. Her intricate ink on white acrylic complements the texture of the wood. The grain patterns, rough edges, and fibrous composition of bark frames her starkly beautiful illustrations, and the contrast is just plain lovely.


February 18, 2014

Peculiar Little Paintings





Angela Dalinger's work is, well, odd. Characteristically so. The subject matter, which can be violent, morose or sexually-charged, conflicts with her two-dimensional, rudimentary, colorful style-- leaving me feeling somewhat peculiar about the whole thing, and at the same time drawn to the idiosyncrasies. In true art brut form, her work seems intentionally unintentional and subversive. I'm left wanting an explanation I know I'll never get. Or maybe I've overthought the whole damn thing and she's just painting pretty little pictures in a quiet 100-person town bordering a forest.


February 16, 2014

When Women Laugh



Inspired by Roy Lichtensteinís Shipboard Girl, Danor Shtruzman captures laughing women in watercolor. His work shares the same cliched femininity and comic book sensibility as the pop art icon, but his use of greyscale on aged book pages adds a texture and meaning all his own. His Laughing Girl series is an unabashed tribute to happiness in a sometimes lonely world. Smile and the world smiles with you.


February 13, 2014

The Quintessential, Quirky, Compendium of Cats / A Mini-Coloring Book Featuring 28 Global Artists





Purring softly in the corner, curled up and licking itself, is DA's first mini-coloring book, and we suddenly realized that we never made the acquaintance. So, dear community, we're proud to introduce you to "The Quintessential, Quirky, Compendium of Cats!"

As submissions rolled in for our second coloring book, we noticed an undeniable theme. Cats from here till Sunday - cats wearing clothes, admiring cubist paintings, looking French, sipping coffee. So we hoarded (*ahem, I mean compiled) them like a crazy cat lady, knowing one day we'd find them a proper home, a book all their own.

And so the mini-coloring book was born! The book -- featuring 28 global artists in a mashup of styles-- is truly the catís meow, because it's not only creative and cuddly, it's charitable.



In honor of OKAT's own shelter cat, Mylo, Doodlers Anonymous and The Quintessential, Quirky, Compendium of Cats! is proud to support The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animalsģ and its mission to save lives. (aspca.org)

Like anything from our shop, this will ship with a DA doodle sticker, bookmark and postcard. So color it up, get crazy with a crayon, and help support our feline friends!







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