November 2009

nanopod axon terminal earringsI am completely in love with the artwork of Tosca Hidalg y Teran of Nanopod Hybrid Studio. This Toronto artist makes jewelry and sculpture based on items normally found in science fiction novels and anatomy textbooks, and the results are stunning. All of her work is strange and beautiful, like it comes from some alien landscape or a biology lab of the future. You can check out her work at her Etsy shop, or you can visit her website at


Monky - Scott JacksonOne of my favorite places to find desktop wallpaper is Pixelgirl Presents. I’ve gone to the site for years for wallpaper, icons and other cute imagery, and one artist that always catches my eye is Scott Jackson, aka iamscotty. Scott is a designer and illustrator from England, and he focuses mainly on vector artwork made in Adobe Illustrator. Images of a remote and popcorn-wielding Ganesh and Buddha on a lotus flower are interspersed with aliens, bears and surfer dudes, and all have clean lines, bright colors and completely adorable characterizations. You can find the desktop wallpaper he has designed here, and you can see his entire portfolio on his website. Prints of Bird In Hand, Boat Girl and Pilk are also available here.

starburstmirror-pbAs any one of my friends can tell you, I’m pretty thrifty. I’ve never met a garage sale I didn’t like, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I love walking through the dollar store looking for things to craft with. The DIY website Dollar Store Crafts has tons of low-cost and cute craft ideas, but what I really love is the High Concept section where it shows you how to make high-style art for cheap. I found this tutorial for a retro mirrored wall hanging inspired by a $450 Pottery Barn piece. It’s pretty impressive and costs under $10 to make.