Artist I Heart

Liz Toohey-Wiese

"Observing Growth" tapestry wall hanging by Liz Toohey-Wiese

{ Observing Growth tapestry wall hanging }

Now here’s a multitalented artist I can’t get enough of right now. Liz Toohey-Wiese is a Canadian bread, Icelandic traveled artist who creates brightly colored and boldly rendered pieces that my eyes just want to gobble up. Her creativity isn’t restricted to one medium. Nay, her talents meander across painting, drawing, photography, and fiber art, creating a diverse yet seamless collection of eye-catching pieces. Weaving together popular imagery and patterns (eyes, hands, polka dots) with natural landscapes, Toohey-Wiese depicts picture-perfect places I’d like to visit— each creation seems grounded in nature, place, a sense of belonging, and home. And the colors! Her paintings and weavings especially feature fun combinations of rich hues, dark shades, and vibrant tones. I can’t get enough!

"Thirty Foot Pool" painting by Liz Toohey-Wiese

{ Thirty Foot Pool painting }

"Holding Sight" tapestry wall hanging by Liz Toohey-Wiese

Holding Sight tapestry wall hanging }

"Nature Is Beautiful But It Doesn't Love You" by Liz Toohey-Wiese

Nature Is Beautiful But It Doesn’t Love You }

tent piece by Liz Toohey-Wiese

{ tent piece }

"Natural Patterns I" painting by Liz Toohey-Wiese

Natural Patterns I painting }

"Jug Island" by Liz Toohey-Wiese

Jug Island painting }

"Reflect" tapestry wall hanging by Liz Toohey-Wiese

Reflect tapestry wall hanging }

"Galiano Island" painting by Liz Toohey-Wiese

Galiano Island painting }

A Pretty Pair

A Pretty Pair: Escape to Thimble Mountain

illustration by Anna Jane Searle; photograph by Sharks Keep Moving

{ The Thimble Mountains by Anna Jane Searle of Annarack }  { Untitled by Jamie of Sharks Keep Moving }

Maker's Remarks

Maker’s Remarks: Debbie Carlos

{ Black Mountain }

While looking for a new photo print for our bedroom that was both large and affordable, I came across this crazy cool Mountains poster by one Debbie Carlos. I just had to have it, and how (!), so I messaged Debbie to make sure I could get it quickly. I’m about as patient as a spoiled kid on Christmas Eve. I also wanted it as part of a mini apartment facelift before our first wedding guest arrived. But mostly, I just wanted it now! Debbie turned out to be very accommodating. So sweet, in fact, that I thought, “Gee. I bet she’s a lovely, interesting person, and I sure would love to learn more about her and feature her gorgeous work on our blog.” So that’s what I did! Debbie kindly agreed to participate in our Maker’s Remarks series and has answered a few questions about her work, her life, and her inner crab.

{ Lake }

Your photos seem to express a love of nature. How do you find things to shoot despite living in a big city?

I don’t often take pictures of the city itself, choosing to focus more on the home and the quiet surprising/beautiful moments that happen sometimes. But Chicago is great in terms of greenery. There are tons of parks and  preserves within the city limits that I often shoot in. I also tend to take the most photographs when I’m traveling.

{ Woods }

Do you have any current or upcoming creative projects that you’re excited about?

I’m collaborating on a project with my brother, who is an amazing graphic designer based out of Minneapolis. He designed the award winning catalog for Yves Klein’s traveling exhibition and is senior designer at the Walker Art Center so you know this is going to be good! We are finalizing the design and about to go into production. It should be making its debut at this year’s Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago!

What’s your spirit animal?

The Dancing Crab

{ Blue Egg }

You also have a food blog! Can you share one of your favorite recipes with us?

Since it is summer, I feel like I must share with you the recipe for Watermelon Shake! Its a take on a Mexican Agua Fresca but its name is a shout out to my Filipino background (we call our blended fruit drinks shakes even though there is no dairy in them).

Watermelon Shake

Watermelon, cubed
Cold Water
Lime juice
Sweetener (Sugar, Agave Syrup, Honey, Splenda etc)

Use about a  4:1 ratio of watermelon to water. Pulse in a blender and taste. If its too watery, add more watermelon or add water if mixture seems too stiff. Add a small pinch of salt and season with lime juice and sweetener to taste.

* to make this a little boozy add some tequila

{ Gradient / Jade }

And you make jewelry? How do you balance all of your creative drives?

I feel like I always need to have a project going on. I think if I sit still for too long or if nothing is on the horizon, I get really anxious. I also think its really great and healthy to change it up a bit every once in awhile. If I get tired of working on photos, I know I can go and work on some jewelry.  If I get tired of both, maybe I can go into the kitchen and have a cooking project. There are a lot of things that I’d like to be able to do that just don’t happen and thats ok and sometimes it does get overwhelming but I kind of wing it based on mood. Its always good to have something going on.

Needle Drop

Needle Drop: Fleet Foxes “Grown Ocean”

I’ve always enjoyed music videos that offer a behind the scenes glimpse of a band in studio. This new video from the Fleet Foxes is no different. Plus, it has mountains. And it doesn’t hurt that the song is good, too.

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