Posts Tagged ‘eco’
School’s out, y’all! Time to head down to the pool, the beach, and the farmer’s market… and what better way to make a splash beach-side (or pick up a bushel of those fabulously fresh Georgia Peaches if you’re in the south) then with the super chic Little Mermaid Eco-Tote designed by Artist Andrea?
You may recall another one of Andrea’s awesome totes featured a while back, Ooh La La (find the fashion print here). And at the fab price of only $TEN BUCKS$ a bag, why not get two…or three! And what was that???… oh, yeah!!! YOU can enter this super FABULOUS GIVEAWAY hosted by the Art School Grad Blogspot to win your own FREE Little Mermaid Eco-Tote! Who doesn’t like FREE STUFF???
Andrea also recently released another fab design in her eco-tote line that will have even the landiest of landlubbers a droolin’. Ahoy! Check out this here booty! Ok, going a bit ‘overboard’ with all the pirate talk. I’ll go walk the plank now.
And hey, c’mon, that hot pirate chick needs somewhere to stash her booty…ahem…makeup. Artist Andrea is hitting the nail on the head with her line of bags. Check out the lovely new line of cosmetic bags… the perfect size to fit in your overnight bag or even a large handbag! And the interior is a cushion-lined polyester which equals super easy cleaning in case of a little shadow spillage. Not to mention a great little zippered interior storage pocket! And did I mention that she has two super adorable designs? I have the Juliet style… GORGEOUS!
Disclaimer!!! I feel as though I should mention my recent obsession with turning photographs into vintage, digital Polaroids… check out this site to turn your fave snapshots into classic looking Polaroids by Polardroid.
Let’s get back to fun in the sun…
Days beach-side, pool-side, park-side, what have you; if you have kids (and even if you don’t and you’ve been enjoying that pre-mommy bikini bod and a Pina Coloda in Cabo), then you know summer time not only equals squeals of delight, fun in the sun, and hours of splashing in the waves (followed by others’ squeals of delight if you’re single.. in Cabo… and just lost your top); you’re also familiar with sand in the most unimaginable cracks and crevices; sunburn, sunburn, evil, awful sunburn; and cranky, cranky, sun-drained tiredness. Oh, the joys of parenthood…and singledomhood…or whatever. Ha!
Really, I’m going somewhere with this…
What better way to wind down that cranky, tired, over-sunned beach bunny? LAVENDER! From the Greek word, ‘lavare’, which means to wash, lavender is known for it’s reputable relaxation qualities. Heck, apparently, in the Middle Ages, Queen Elizabeth used it to treat frequent migraines! If that’s not relaxing, I don’t know what is!
I recently started bathing my three year old wild, sun child, London, in Baby Swank Naturals: Lavender Chamomile after our nearly-daily pool trips. After a few hours at the pool, becoming over-tired and over-saturated in chlorine, a dunk in this lovely baby wash has become my saving grace. I think London likes it, too.
The light, floral scent of lavender, which is not as overwhelming as similar products I’ve used, is so relaxing for nerves frazzled by a three-year old’s poolside temper tantrum… and it’s relaxing for the child, too! I have to admit, one thing that I was concerned about with using this product, was the effects it would have on London’s skin.
See, London has uber sensitive skin. Right before her second birthday, she developed a rash. I thought it was a heat rash for the first two weeks. But then it began to spread, and it was a horrible, horrible sight. We were out of town, visiting my parents, at the time. And it just kept getting worse. So, I finally took her to my childhood pediatrician, who then referred us to a dermatologist that confirmed our lingering suspicions… the dreaded eczema!
Eczema, eczema, eczema! So many potential causes, so hard to determine…and after of over a year of trying to figure out if it was laundry detergent or the world’s most navigationaly-capable cat (oh, that is a story all in itself…remind me, and I’ll tell you some other time) or just life in general… nothing. So, back to the Baby Swank Naturals Baby Wash… I was nervous.
At first, I dabbed just a bit on a washcloth, and washed my daughter gingerly, nervously. Everything seemed fine, no rashes out of the ordinary. So, the next day, I added a bit more (though a little of this product goes a long way), and scrubbed her down… her steroid creams and lotions by my side (yeah, sadly, it’s that bad). Nothing. Nothing at all. Just a clean, less-cranky, and smelly-good baby girl. Ok, toddler girl, but she’ll always be my baby!
With that said, definitely check out Meagan’s new line of baby washes, especially if you’re like me and prefer natural products free of junk like parabens and preservatives, and all those crazy long names that take you an hour of tongue twisting to pronounce.
This week, the Artist du Jour series catches up with the lovely Marina Taliera ,who, through her stunning portrait and map series, reminds us to look within ourselves and, with borrowing the words of Gandhi, be the change in which we wish to see in the world. I have fallen in love with Marina’s expressive use of emotional line and captivating color, as I’m sure that you will as well. Enjoy!
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Marina Taliera, and I am a painter of “Maps” and “Abstract portraits”.
I’ve always been a creative person; my childhood was filled with travels and
never ending questions about the world and its mysteries.
After studying costume design, I fell in love with painting.
I can spend hours in my studio, reading listening to music and painting. Originally from
the south of France, I currently set up my “atelier” in the beautiful town of Oaxaca, Mexico.
The Abstract Portrait series has such a raw emotional beauty about it.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I started that series back in 2005 with a painting called “BRUJA”,
I was talking on the phone with a friend, sketching and I ended up
painting a face on top of an unfinished abstract painting I liked the
result , got commissioned to do two more and decided that they’re was
something to explore there. I have no fear of a wrong line or a wrong
color when I paint; it starts as an abstract, a collage; recycling
papers and textures then I layer paint, oil pastels, and a story takes
place. The “Abstract Portraits” reminds us to look within, the eyes
are closed meditating, leaving a certain mystery, the strokes are raw
and express movement.
Moving to Oaxaca a city known for its colorful art, crafts and
architecture was a great way to stimulate my creativity. Traveling,
stepping outside of your comfort zone, helps I’ve noticed to get the
best work out .
Tell me about ‘Recyclarte’ and the Map Series.
“Recyclarte” is the name of the etsy store that I started with my
partner J-Paw. We are both passionate about art and the idea to reuse;
giving new life to objects, papers, metal, bottles… it just made sense.
“Recyclar”-”arte” became the perfect word to describe what we do.
Art like music is a great way to spread messages and I think the “Map
Series” is a way to remind people to cherish simple things, the
texture of a tree the shape of a coast line.
In my paintings, I use recycled papers , dried leaves and flowers,
onion skin, cardboard, sand; anything organic that catches my attention
by its uniqueness.
I come from a generation that has been hearing “the
world is polluted, sick, dying” since middle school but I try and always
stay positive. A lot of amazing people are changing the way they live
and consume, and I am hopeful that in the next few years more will
What’s your favorite part about the creative process?
Finishing a painting is always a great feeling, showing it for the
first time , getting different reactions from people, etc . I usually
start 3 or 4 at the same time so there’s always a canvas calling my
attention. If i get blocked on one piece, i can always move on to the
Selling on Etsy has led me to experiment more when it comes
to taking pictures of my artwork. I really fell in love with it ! I
look for the perfect place now, the perfect outdoor wall or tree to
photograph my work. I think it gives art a different approach showing
it in nature vs a gallery wall.
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Probably telekinetic powers! How great would it be to be able to
paint, holding the brush with my mind only.
I would definitely be working with animals. That used to be my
dream job as a kid. We have rescued 3 cats and a dog so far since
we’ve moved to Mexico. I definitively plan to open a shelter for
rescued animals with the sale of my artwork . It’s something that is
really needed here and that I believe can be helped.
Where can we find you?
More of my work is available online at : www.http://mtaliera.mfbiz.com/
I also upload weekly pictures to my Facebook page:
J-Paw’s recycled masks and paintings can be found at :
Some of my “Arte rocca” pieces are currently being displayed at Black
Box studio: http://www.la-blackbox.com/ and I’m currently working on
some pieces for the upcoming 2011 FONCA art festival.