Folk art always restarts my brain when I am exposed to it.
So, here is an image of a piece from a museum I went to this weekend. The piece is a quilt, so it's bed-sized. It was made by a woman named Jessie B Telfair. I thought how wonderful it would be to sleep under a quilt that said 'Freedom'. I wonder what it would do to my dreams.
You can find a link to the Folk Art Museum Here where there are pretty great views of the other, amazing works by unknown and untrained artists around America. It's always refreshing to look at folk art-- sometimes knowing something was made without training makes it much easier to enjoy.
Here are some great, unique items from sellers I found on etsy.
Orno who makes beautiful, beautiful, wood earrings, hand carved and stained....I love the simplicity of these lovely, perfect forms.
Nervous System...who make these amazing, future-organic mesh plastic jewelry pieces (and, I think, are from Cambridge-- trés MIT.)
These are great examples of beautiful, simple pieces that use the materials as a part of their asthetic. I especially love how the Nervous System bracelet almost looks like it is part of the skin-- a tattoo or a web.
Beautiful boxes of soap make great little gifts...and quench my desire for fabulous, perfect typography....ahh. Check out the selection at Pop Ink.
Not to mention, French makes beautiful paper, as well. Us designers know them as one of the premier paper vendors in the industry. Their inspirations are taken from utilitarian papers, like butcher's paper, construction paper, and the like. I am not sure, but I know they will send out sample books if you're curious-- and it's worth it to take a look!