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Out And About

Last week, Taylor Design took an afternoon off and headed to the Big Apple. Our destination: The Museum of the City of New York to see EVERYTHING IS DESIGN: THE WORK OF PAUL RAND. Rand was a master of American graphic design. He’s at the top of the list of legendary designers studied, admired, and emulated in art schools around the globe. He brought art movements like Cubism to graphic design. He helped revolutionize the advertising world. He created a number of iconic identities and brands still recognized today. read on

Matisse Up Close



At the beginning of February, in between snowstorms, we took our twins to New York City for the first time. It was a day filled with firsts… First MetroNorth train ride. First taxi ride. And first trip to the Museum of Modern Art, one of my favorite destinations. We went specifically to see Henri Matisse: The Cut-outs because, despite only being six years old, my kids know them well. read on

Irving Harper 2.0




This past weekend, we went on an art adventure to the Rye Arts Center to see the Irving Harper paper sculptures in person (See my previous post about Harper and his work). The exhibit contains only a small fraction of the work he created, but it was a great cross-section of it and awe-inspiring. The patience and meticulousness he put into these pieces is unreal. Hundreds and hundreds of teeny, tiny pieces of paper assembled into amazing abstracts, animals, faces and figures. And, most mind boggling to me, he NEVER sketched anything out before he began. They really must have been therapeutic for him to make. read on


Monster interpretation by Alex Egner

Elementary school students draw monsters. Their monsters are redrawn by invited artists. The artist’s interpretation is presented back to the students. Giggles, glee and more creativity ensue.

That’s The Monster Project, created by University of North Texas communication design grad, Katie Johnson. Her goal: “to help children recognize the power of their own imaginations and to encourage them to pursue their creative potential. … With a decreasing emphasis on arts in schools, many children don’t have the opportunity for creative exploration they deserve. That’s a monstrous trend we would like to destroy. As artists ourselves, we understand how important that initial creative exposure is and how it can truly alter the shape of a child’s future.”

So far, over 100 illustrators, photographers, painters, metalworkers, designers from all over the globe have participated in the recreation of the students’ monsters. Check out the impressive gallery of creatures crafted this year.

The Other Talent of Irving Harper

Best known for his iconic work as the design director at the George Nelson Office (like the Ball Clock, the Marshmallow Sofa and the Herman Miller logo), designer Irving Harper had another hidden talent: creating paper sculptures. Over 40 years, Harper crafted more than 300 pieces from paperboard, balsa wood, toothpicks and variety of other materials as a “stress reliever.” Until recently, they had never been exhibited outside of his Rye, New York home. In September, the Rye Arts Center mounted “Irving Harper: A Mid-Century Mind at Play” to publicly share his creations for the first time. The exhibit was supposed to close in early November, but it has been so popular, the Center has extended it through the end of January 2015.

Above is a quick interview with Harper in which he discusses his work and love of paper.
Then, get yourself to Rye for a look at his whimsical works. Additionally, you can see numerous photos of his work and read more about him and his career here.


Field Trip, Part 2

Crayola Experience

As a last hurrah before embarking on their public school education, my husband and I took our kids to the Crayola Experience in Easton, Pennsylvania. When I discovered this place existed, I did a little dance of joy—crayons are one of my favorite things! Who doesn’t love a brand-spanking new box of Crayola Crayons, especially one with the sharpener built in?! All those colors to choose from in a box of 64 or 96. Their fantastic names emblazoned on their wrappers. And, that waxy clay smell. It may be better than the smell of a freshly printed book! Crayons were my first art supply, as they were for my kids, and I’m sure most future artists.

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Field Trip


While on vacation in Western Massachusetts, my kids and I made our second (hopefully annual) trip to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. The world renowned artist and author (of children’s books like The Grouchy Ladybug, The Hungry Caterpillar, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?) founded the museum in 2002 along with his wife Barbara to “inspire a love of art and reading through picture books.” The only museum of its kind in the US, it “collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world.” The museum includes a collection of more than 10,000 picture book illustrations, galleries, an amazing art studio where everyone can be Eric Carle for a little while, a theater, two libraries, a wallet-depleting book store, and numerous educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and school kids. read on


Elsa's Coronation gown (Photo by Angie)

Elsa’s Coronation gown
(Photo by Angie, FashionbyMayhem)


She’s 4. Her (nick)name is Mayhem (named after the Dean Winters’ AllState commercials) and she’s already a fashion phenom. read on

Two Jobs




In March of 2009, I suddenly had two full time jobs. One, I’d had for 10+ years as an art director at Taylor Design. The other, in a brand-spanking new line of work: being a Parent. No matter how prepared you think you might be for parenthood, you aren’t. There is quite a learning curve to this field and it goes on for a really long time. And I got a double-dose crash course by having twins. read on

Toy Stories

Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti loves to photograph the people he meets on his globetrotting travels. He creates themed collections of them: local celebrities, grandmas with their favorite food creations, sets of twins from one Brazilian town (possibly thanks to Josef Mengele’s time there in the 1950s and 60s).

One of the most interesting collections (in my opinion) he has created is called “Toy Stories.” For 18 months, Galimberti traveled to 58 countries photographing children with their most prized possessions: their toys. Galimberti spent the entire day with each family to become familiar with his subject and their treasured objects. Then he would meticulously arrange the toys and the child, and photograph them in their environs. read on

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