Things I think are scathingly brilliant: Jenny Swearington

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Wow, what a find;  I’m very excited by this peepshow tunnel book  entitled ‘Fly Me To The Moon & Back’!  An  incredibly detailed little scene is made up of intricately cut paper concertinaed into a book form; so much visually & figuratively packed into a space of just 9 by 9 by 10 inches!  Peek into the window & you get to play peeping tom in this mid century couple’s life of domestic bliss.   Truly amazing work by Jenny Swearington, from the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina.  An artist of many talents, including printmaking, clothing creation & textile design; more of her work is available at jennythreads


Things I think are scathingly brilliant: I’m a Sally Pants

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These clever, quirky & eminently practical candlesticks are dreamt up & then cold welded into being by an Illinois PhD student in her spare time (apparently sleep is optional; who has spare time while undertaking a PhD in anything?) when she’s not studying history.   Such attractive pieces with a sense of humor to match their robust nature; just love it!   Even her store I’m A Sally Pants has a sense of fun, with the slogan ‘where form mocks function’!

Things I think are scathingly brilliant: benconservato

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Wonderful 16 page (including covers) screen printed book ‘The Ern Malley Affair : Le Scandale Ern Malley’ by Sydney artist Emma Kidd.

This is a  inspired by the poems of Ern Malley “The Darkening Ecliptic”, one of Australia’s greatest literary hoaxes (to read more about this: The Ern Malley Poetry Hoax)

Absolutely stunning meld of hand pulled screen printing & mixed media make up this wonderful art object; just perfect for the poet, history lover, delighter in hoaxes or art collector in your life!  More of Emma’s work is available at her store benconservato

Things I think are scathingly brilliant: Clay Lab Detroit


How good would a cup of tea taste when poured from a teapot as magnificent as this?  Incredibly this amazing work of art is also a fully functional, dishwasher safe, microwave safe & food safe teapot.  The very cool atomic design is fully hand built; no mass production moulded run of same sameness here!

For more work by the very talented Detroit artist Carrie Armstrong Reid, who is studying at the  College for Creative Studies in Detroit, have a look at her website ClayLab.

Things I think are scathingly brilliant: Unique Dichroic


Breathtakingly beautiful work by Western Australian glass artist Deborah.   She not only freehand etches her designs into each piece, but also makes the dichroic glass herself!   As amazing as they are on screen; they’re even more spectacular in person.

I recently purchased some of Deborah’s fabulous work & all her pieces are so wonderful that it took me forever to choose just one!   I highly recommend a browse through her beautiful online store UniqueDichroic

Things I think are scathingly brilliant: Joe Papendick


Easily the most spectacular birdfeeders I’ve ever seen; the work of St Louis artist Joe Papendick is out of this world!   Carefully designed as a practical, secure place to allow birds to gather & feed ; they’re also beautiful sculptural pieces in their own right.  They stand  a fabulous 6 feet tall & are constructed with steel ; including a clever stainless steel screen tray to hold the food whilst allowing water drainage ; these beauties will probably outlast you!

View more of Joe’s amazing pieces at his store or see what he’s working on at his blog.

Things I think are scathingly brilliant: Ray Vincente Eclectic

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Take a look at this striking smoking jacket by Ray Vincente.  Absolutely breathtaking design for the confident man; those cuffs & collar appear so simple & effortlessly beautiful.   Love the details & the cut of this jacket; so stylish!

More of Ray’s outstanding use of fabric to enhance both men & women are available in his store RayVin123

Definitely a designer to watch.