Instagram photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot
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I came across colorful cartography prints by Jennifer Carland while browsing Etsy last week in search of local artists for a roundup in next Monday’s Boston Globe. I was quickly drawn into her Etsy shop Carland Cartography, where I discovered lots of boldly colored maps of Boston neighborhoods and nearby towns.
I suppose I am a particular connoisseur of map art. Probably few of you know that my first job out of college was as the Maps Editor for a travel magazine. It was a pretty fantastic job (and I got to skip the whole assistant thing). I would read the manuscripts for features to determine what kind of map would best suit the story, look at the photography, then assign an illustrator to carry out the vision. It was right up my alley. I’d spread maps out on my work table, trace, and fill in all the relevant information, which the illustrator would turn into a visual masterpiece. Sometimes the maps would be concrete and informational, and sometimes they’d be fun and impressionistic. I should pull out my tears, scan, and post some; they were lots of fun.
Carland turns Boston neighborhoods — some kind of dreary — into fun and colorful graphic treats. Carland also has a Society 6 shop here you can order her map prints on iPhone cases, hoodies, mugs, stretched canvas, etc.
Somehow I managed the impossible over the holidays: I didn’t eat sugar for almost a month. I love chocolate. I love ice cream. I love chocolate ice cream, chocolate covered pretzels (thanks Matouk for the holiday gift!), Oreos (on special occasions only, like when a publicist sends out a package so I can sample a new flavor #redvelvetoreo), chocolate cupcakes (preferably with vanilla buttercream frosting), Dancing Deer chocolate brownies snagged off the assembly line, M&Ms (especially in popcorn), Hershey bars smeared in peanut butter (breakfast of champions), and in desperation, when I’ve purposefully neglected to buy anything chocolate, lest I eat it, semi-sweet chocolate chips from the baking shelf in the pantry.
Don’t be alarmed. It’s not like there’s chocolate encrusted between my computer keys and dripping down my J.Crew tees (not usually). I don’t partake every hour, or even every day. But I’d love to. So, it was a REALLY BIG DEAL when I cut out sugar for weeks. My mother-in-law had told me she lost 25 pounds from eliminating sugary sweets from her diet. That was enough motivation for me.
Did I lose any weight, you wonder? Yes. One pound. One measly f*&%$ing pound. And no, I wasn’t making up for the loss of dessert by gorging on carbs or even adding extra calories. So the weekend of my son’s 13th birthday party (32 boys and girls dancing in our living room), I decided to go ahead and eat a Georgetown cupcake. And another. There were many left over. So that weekend, I polished off multiple frosting tops. And you know what? I lost another pound.
So I am continuing to exercise and I am continuing to eat chocolate. In moderation of course.
All that as a really long, mostly irrelevant introduction to today’s ARTmonday post—21 Popsicle & Ice Cream Artworks. Because if you can’t have all the ice cream you want in the world, you may as well at least look at it. And also because hands holding out ice cream cones have been trending on Instagram for, like, ever.
Irresistible Flavors • Bruce Burt • Saatchi Art
Ice Cream • A+Y Paper Goods • Society6
Nau Clothing/Field Office
Ice Cream Cone • Andy Warhol • Artsy
Long Beach, New York • Bldg 25 (Free People blog)
Paper Ice Cream • Mr. Printables
Summer of Popsicles • Heritage and Joy • Minted
Mi Piace Gelato • Anek • Etsy
Popsicle Poster • HelloTinge • Etsy
Chocolate Eclair Ice Cream • JJ Galloway • UGallery
Ice Cream In Vermont • Instagram/laurenswells
Floating Ice Cream (Purple）• Soshiro Matsubara • Artsy
Take Out Flowers in Waffle Cones
Jiseon Park and Eunho Kim • SDesign Unit
Brittni Mehlhoff • Paper & Stitch
Brittni Mehlhoff • Paper & Stitch
Ice Cream • Celine Descamps • Society6
Sprinkle Me This! • Instagram/karyzmmah
Lemon Lime Ice Bar • Peter Anton • Artsy
I showed these woven wall hanging collages to my husband knowing exactly what he would say. He didn’t disappoint. “Is it 1969? 1971? #7 looks like something my mother used to weave.” To which I responded, “If you read my blog you’d know I already talked about hitting up your mom for a weaving.”
If you were inspired by last week’s decor post “18 Rooms with Woven Wall Hangings,” you might find a woven wall hanging here. These 18 woven wall hangings are all for sale, both at Etsy and mainstream shops. Anthropologie commissioned Robert Dougherty and Janelle Pietrzak of Los Angeles studio All Roads Design to create a few one-of-a-kind handwoven tapestries. Urban Outfitters has a an array of about 20 wall hangings, in macrame, hemp, and wool, with metal and wood accents. Interior designer Nate Berkus even created a woven wall hanging for his Nate Berkus x Target collection.
My favorite woven wall hanging here is #1 by All Roads Design, which would look fantastic in the Florida condo. But it’s pricey, so I ordered #10 by Rainie Williams in Newcastle Australia. It should look perfect with the coral and pink pillows and artwork. (You can see a photo of the Florida living room in the cork floors post). There’s something quite cool about #11 too; I think I may try something similar in the model apartment I am decorating.
Would you hang one of these in your home? Or are you afraid it would seem misplaced in time? Or too trendy? Or ugly? I think some are quite elegant. When you click through to some of these handmade woven wall hangings on Etsy, you’ll be able to see other designs too. Let me know if you buy one and send a photo of your tapestry in situ.
S H O P P I N G
1 All Roads Design Handwoven Arrow Tapestry, $750
2 Wallflower Weavings Striped Handwoven Wall Hanging, $37.67
3 Wild Columbine Textile Slate Weaving, $245
4 Naativ Studios x UO Woven Wall Hanging, $129
5 Hazel & Hunter Black Triangle Wall Hanging, $300
6 All Roads Design Handwoven Arrow Tapestry, $950
7 Jujujust Furry Landscape Handwoven Tapestry, $640
8 Magical Thinking Woven Wall Hanging, $129
9 The Unusual Pear Woven Wall Hanging, $24.02
10 The Unusual Pear Woven Wall Hanging, $39.24
11 Sonadora Southwest Fiber Wall Hanging, $88
12 Magical Thinking Yves Woven Wall Hanging, $99
13 Charlie Woven Wall Hanging, $89
14 Nate Berkus Fringed Wall Art, $34.99
15 Wall and Woven Fringed Woven Wall Hanging, $100
16 Willow and Pine Woven Wall Hanging, $100
17 Rachel Miller Woven Wall Art, $74
18 All Roads x Covet + Lou Wall Hanging, $245