Thursday, August 6, 2009

Obsession: Claire Coles Design

Sometimes, when I'm deciding what to share with you all, I bring up the imagery I've seen that I simply cannot get out of my head. Some time ago, I ran across Claire Coles designs on the ever inspiring blog, Design Lovely. These wallpaper designs simply will not leave me alone-they're gorgeous.
Claire Coles designs consist of stitching vintage wallpapers together to create a collage type design.
She also creates work on porcelain...these pieces make me uncomfortable for no explainable reason other than the stitching takes function away from the cup and adds a tactile element that I've never seen before (on a cup!). Being uncomfortable with a piece of work is NOT a bad thing...so please don't read me incorrectly.
What I wouldn't give to have one of her illustrations hanging on my wall! The detail and texture is astounding.
Look at the layers of color in that bird...
{see the full portfolio here}
Thank you Design Lovely for giving me something else to become obsessed over.
What do you think of these designs?

28 comments:

Dallas Shaw said...

thanks for the name drop yesterday xo
dallas
http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

pranksygang said...

I like the second one, the horses are done amazingly.

Iva said...

These are so captivating. I like them a lot. It's so unique, that she stitches vintage wallpapers together. Remarkable. I have never seen cups like that before. I would love a set, especially the one with the detailing on the inside, even more spectacular, in my opinion. I think the detailing and textures are wonderful. This is a beautiful post!

Berry said...

These are beautiful! I love the tea cups! Her work has such a lived-in, homey feel that is just wonderful.

Jenny.Lee said...

Amazing work!

drollgirl said...

so beautiful and romantic! and i bet they would be very fun to touch! love them.

LOVE

THEM!!!

MichCherie said...

I'm a big fan of anything to do with birds and that last piece is simply gorgeous!

captivate me. said...

How romantic! I adore those teacups :-)

nevin said...

These are beautiful!

Absolutely Not Martha said...

beautiful indeed!

Diana said...

those tea cups!! borderline want and need!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Wow they are beautiful! Great find. I love design lovely. Always full of wonderful things.

Stylestance said...

What incredibly gorgeous wallpapers. I'm already picturing them on a few walls of mine :)

Yansy said...

I love them as well. Thanks for sharing them with us.

thriftylittleblog said...

Those details are amazing. Beautiful!

Gabby said...

LOVE the wallpaper...so gorgeous. And I totally get what you mean about 'uncomfortable'. I would love to have those cups on display!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Simply brilliant!
Le sigh...

~xo*

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

The first one looks like a pencil sketch with color over it. I always love things like that.

christina said...

Amazing. I love admiring artwork of artists that I'm completely incapable of dreaming up myself.

MissBliss said...

TRULY DIVINE. How wonderful... love those cups and the last two pieces, I suppose the stitching speaks to me since I learned to cross stitch as a kid and loved it... ;)

MissBliss said...

btw, i see similarities between the art of the woman and your picture!!! they are right next to each other on my screen and what similarities!!! :)

Gabbi said...

I love her work and the idea of collaged wallpaper! The cups are a little confusing aren't they? Wish I could see one in person now...

jules said...

I love the one of the lady. And I totally agree with your statement about the teacups. I think anything that evokes some sort of emotion in you is worth another look.

Tamstyles said...

love these christina...the colors are awwwwwwwwwww good.

Rachel Follett said...

I am so happy that you find her work inspiring as well! To be honest I cannot get her lovely designs out of my mind as well. I visited her website recently again and got stuck there for awhile. Such talent!!

Kristin said...

Although the cups might not be truly functional, I would love to put them in the hutch I'm refinishing!

Atomic Lola said...

Love these items. I'd love them even better though if they were curtains. I love curtains.

Natalie said...

These are incredibly beautiful, especially the design in the first photo - lovely colours.

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