Articles by Venus Emma Marigmen

Art

L.C. Armstrong takes New York by flowers

Marlborough Gallery launched another art exhibition for L.C. Armstrong newest work entitled Signals at Sunset. The exhibit opened on February 8th and will run until March 4th. As announced, Signals at Sunset continues Armstrong’s explorations of the surreal and the hyperreal. Expanding upon the language of Magic Realism these flowerscapes, a term coined by writer Luanne McKinnon, depict bright, intensely detailed flowers over maximalist landscapes both real and imagined. This artist's practice of layering acrylic on linen panels imparts a luminosity and a pearly, otherworldly glow to her works. Radiance often comes from an imposing sun and the flowers that populate the paintings loom larger than life and are often improbably bright. Armstrong was born in Humboldt, Tennesse. She worked multiple jobs to be able to send herself to school. She finished Fine Arts both from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in '82 and San Francisco Art Institute in San...
Architecture

San Francisco: the street mural haven

San Francisco is not labeled the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California for nothing. Have you been to the city? It's a popular tourist destination not only because of its cool summers, steep rolling hills, fantastic architecture and landmarks (hello, Golden Gate Bridge!) but also because of its incredible street art. For the art-loving tourists, a visit to Haight Street, 24th Street, Balmy Alley, Osage Alley, Cypress Street, Lilac Alley, and Clarion Alley will be the best part of the tour. These streets and alleys are highly concentrated with murals and graffitis. The history of this public art in San Francisco goes a long way back. It was Diego Rivera who first took a brush and used the city walls as a canvas for his arts in the 1930s. Other artists followed suit which eventually made the city a global hotspot for outdoor public art. Today, these arts are used as a medium to either send a message (mostly political and social) or to simply...
Art

Embroidered textile art gives “meticulous” a new meaning

Rachel Wright took fashion and textiles at Birmingham City University and finished both Bachelor and Master's degree there before starting up a business in 1994. Just a mere glimpse at her work says a lot about how passionate she is about embroidery. She takes inspiration from landscapes and cityscapes. Her favorite subjects are the sea, harbor towns, boats, and lighthouses. The shapes, colors, and details of these are then borrowed and echoed in delicately hand or machine embroidered fabric collages, using vibrant threads, worked onto papers and fabrics. The signature skies in her landscapes are often dramatic and expressive. Embroidery enables her to draw and paint using fabric and stitch as a medium. What makes her embroideries different is their striking colors which she uses to captivate and draw the viewer in. More than anything, her main goal is to delight the eyes of her audience. Aside from her website, you can learn more about Rachel Wright and her art...
Books

Artist gives life to stories through cute illustrations

Home is Homeless by Hava Nissimov, Poems for Amalia by Dafna Ben Zvi, and Wings by Gogo and Sunshine are just some of the books that illustrator Ofra Amit made artwork for. While she mostly works side by side with these books' authors, there are occasions she has to work alone - especially for classic literature. One example of this is The Gift of the Magi where the author, O. Henry, has already passed away. This Tel Aviv-based artist studied Architecture but eventually graduated in Visual Communication in Wizo Academy of Design in Haifa, Israel. She worked as an animator for a while before becoming an illustrator. She mainly uses acrylic on paper or board. She currently teaches illustration and once in a while lectures about her work in design schools. For more information about this artist, visit her website and Facebook. Some of her works are available for sale on Etsy.  ...
Art

This baker makes cakes that you just couldn’t bear to slice

Emma Jayne Morris, 46, is a British cake designer based in Aberdare, South Wales who creates amazing life-like, animal-shaped cakes. Although she has made a lot of other designs, her dog-shaped works became the most popular because of its insanely realistic appearance. Emma runs a cake design business and would usually get unusual requests from clients like cakes in the shape of a bag, shirt, vinyl record player, house, yacht, hotdog sandwich, and shoes, among others. Emma uses vanilla sponge and fondant icing to create these adorable designs. She makes her dog-shaped cake based on photographs of actual dogs. The most challenging part for her is sculpting the sponge to its complicated shape but once she starts decorating and adding details, the process becomes fun for her. Emma started baking 6 years ago and since then, the passion has grown for making even more incredible ones in the future. For more of this artist's works, visit her website and Facebook page. ...
Art

Filipino celebrity hand-paints designer bags

Heart Evangelista is a Manila-based Filipino actress. She joined the entertainment industry in 2000 and has made quite a name for herself since then. Aside from being an actress, singer, and VJ, Heart is also a painter. Also known as Love Marie Ongpauco-Escudero, it was only in 2014 when Heart launched this facet of herself as an artist through a solo exhibit that was held in Ayala Museum entitled "I am Love Marie: The Art and Works of Love Marie Ongpauco". It was a huge success that it was followed by 9 other exhibitions and collaborations. Although her earliest works comprise of traditional paintings in a canvas, she became particularly known for her hand-painted designer bags. She first took a risk by painting on her Hermes Birkin bag with an acrylic for leather. It scared her the first time but the finished product was great and she never looked back since then. Aside from handbags, Evangelista has also been painting on clutches, dresses, collars and even children’s...
Art

Graphic artist makes stunning stationery using mainly watercolor

Yvette Lising is a freelance visual artist based in Manila. She graduated with a degree in Fine Arts with a major in Advertising. At a young age, drawing and painting portraits became just a few of her favorite past times. Yvette is not the first artist in the family, as her dad is a photographer, among other relatives, who are also in the creative field. While they easily served as her influence growing up, it's interesting to know that she also draws inspiration from video games, movies, and everyday adventures. Today, Yvette is busy juggling between freelance jobs as a graphic artist for local businesses and her recently-launched illustrated stationery business TypeScratch. TypeScratch creates notebooks and planners, wedding essentials, social stationery, and stamps out of handmade painting and patterns. Some of her latest favorite designs to make are cats, botanical, and sushi. She uses mainly gouache and watercolor to draw and paint. Aside from her...
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