summer of love at the mfa boston.

“One pill makes you larger And one pill makes you small And the ones that mother gives you Don’t do anything at all Go ask Alice When she’s ten feet tall”
– Jefferson Airplane, White Rabbit

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of visiting “The Summer of Love: Photography and Graphic Design” exhibit, currently showing at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibit, on view until October 22, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic Summer of Love in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Visitor’s can take in more than 120 posters, album covers and photographs that center around the artists, albums and performances of an iconic moment in culture and music.

As a student of graphic design, I was particularly interested in the trends that emerged at this time around typography. Throughout the exhibit, visitors can see a trend in type which mimics the movement of lava lamps and sets reverberating colors in contrast on both album covers and concert posters. This effect is used deliberately and forces readers to engage more closely with the art in order to read words on the page. As a web designer, I know the effort that is spent in today’s digital media to ensure contrast and legibility standards so it struck me that 50 years ago the design trends of the moment encouraged just the opposite.

The MFA and their contributors generously allow visitors to use photography throughout the exhibit, and encourage sharing via social media (#SummerOfLove). I took a handful of photos while there which I’ve shared below. Enjoy!

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bits of inspiration – #97.

I have this reoccurring issue where every time I try to do my holiday shopping for friends and family, all I can seem to find are gifts that I would like to receive. I was searching the internet this week for some unconventional subscription services that might make good presents and came across Papirmass, a subscription model which delivers exclusive art prints by up-and-coming artists to its subscribers. I love how this business seeks to lift up its artists while simulataneously enriching the homes of its subsribers. If I didn’t already own more art than can fit on the walls of my apartment I would absolutely be enrolling myself in this service.

Papirmass also hosts a blog on its website where you can see more work from artists and read about new features to the subscription service. Below I’ve included some of my favorite pieces from Papirmass’ December featured artists, Matt Harrison Clough. You can read an interview with the artist here.

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image courtesy of Papirmass and Matt Harrison Clough


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mattharrison3image courtesy of Papirmass and Matt Harrison Clough


mattharrison2image courtesy of Papirmass and Matt Harrison Clough

bits of inspiration – #94.

If you don’t currently subscribe to Feature Shoot‘s email newsletter you should sign up right now. Last week the site featured a collection of images shot using drone cameras. I personally have mixed opinions about drones. I once lived in an apartment building where one of my neighbors regularly flew his drone just outside the windows of the building and it always made me nervous that he was spying on me. That being said, I’ve recently seen some really incredible photos and videos that have been shot using drone cameras and it’s hard to argue with the beauty of the results. Below are some of my favorites from the Feature Shoot post. Check out the full collection here.

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Azurite Pond, 2016, © Michael B. Rasmussen


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Coogee beach, Sydney, Australia, © Aaron and Tom of the Vertical Project


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Shortcut, © Robert Work


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Image © Zane Isaac

a few of my favorite things – Etsy gift guide.

You know it’s officially the pre-holiday season when Etsy releases their annual gift guides. These lists can be super helpful but also a little overwhelming because they have sooooo many sub-categories. It’s really easy to go deep into the rabbit hole of looking through suggested list after list around this time of year. From tea towels to tech accessories, these Etsy collections literally include something for everyone on your list. Below I’ve selected some of my favorite items. Hope you enjoy!

caosters
Gold Rimmed Agate Coasters
$115.00

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Kitchen Towels, set of 3
$34.00

necklace
Letter Necklaces, set of 3
$20.50

notebooks
Minimalist Marble Notebook
11.43

popcorn
Gourmet popcorn and seasoning kit
$30.00

bath
Eucalyptus Bath Bombs
$5.00

case
iPad mini leather folio
$123.00+

bits of inspiration – #82.

The world’s first art exhibit intended exclusively for dogs took place earlier this month in the UK. Artist and designer, Dominic Wilcox, curated and contributed pieces to World’s Art Exhibition for Dogs wich was on display at a London gallery from August 19-20. Despite its short run, the groundbreaking show has garnered significant press. Read more about the show here and scroll down for more images.

Contemporary art exhibition just for dogsphotography courtesy of Mikael Buck

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bits of inspiration – #77.

I came across the portfolio site of artist, Andres Amador this week after reading that he would be hosting a series of events in Boston over the weekend. Amador specializes in sand design and has travelled the world creating his special brand of environmental artwork. As is the case with his visit to Boston this week, Amador often invites the public to participate in his creation process. His exhibits have been captured in beautiful photography (they are inherently temporary) and I would encourage you to scroll through his portfolio site here: www.andresamadorarts.com. I’ve shared a couple of my personal favorites below:

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