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Monthly Archives: November 2012

  • Celebrities in College - Our Dorm Art Picks

    It seems like each day more and more celebrities are heading back to the quad to hit the books! From California to New York, it’s becoming more common to see stars sipping lattes in the library, cramming for exams, and yes, decorating their new living spaces.

    While the Hollywood A-List might not be in need of “dorm art” per se, they still face the same challenges of regular undergrads in their need to furnish a small, temporary space to reflect their individual personalities. Luckily, Wheatpaste Art Collective has an awesome collection of dorm art specifically engineered for just such places!

    We’ve taken a few of the top stars enrolled in college today and paired them with our dorm art picks that we think they’d love to hang on their walls.

    Emma Watson (a.k.a. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter movies) is shaking things up at Brown University in Rhode Island, and we figured that only the chic dorm art of noted fashion illustrator Izak Zenou would do for this English model/actress. Pictured above: Je Suis Fleur Canvas Wall Art

    Nathan Adrian made a splash at his Olympic debut in 2008 when his relay team won gold and repeated his dominating performance in 2012, winning gold and silver! He’s currently studying public health at Berkeley, and since he may not have a lot of time to consider his dorm art décor (between training, studying, and being all-around awesome), we’ve taken the liberty of selecting the Scuba Diving Wall Portal Decals by Martin Strmiska to A) make him feel at home in the water 24/7 and B) cover an entire wall in one fell swoop – leaving his mind free and clear to pursue… another Olympic medal perhaps?

    James Franco is no stranger to making the ladies swoon and the guys crunch their teeth with jealousy. He continues his quest to become the best looking, most ambitious, and smartest celebrity in Hollywood by graduating from the elite graduate film program at NYU AND the graduate fiction writing program at Columbia. He’s now pursuing a PhD at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and we’re overwhelmed just reading about it. As a guy who seems to appreciate a higher level of thinking, we figured he’d dig “Do the Astral Plane” by Jesse Tise for his dorm art selection.

    Last but not least, Haley Joel Osment (best known for his role in The Sixth Sense) graduated from NYU in 2010, joining the ranks of elite alumni including author Howard Zinn, comedian Aziz Ansari, actress Anne Hathaway, director Spike Lee, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, singer Lady Gaga… the list goes on. As a young actor who has been in the biz almost his entire life, we figure he’s got a lot to say about it, and what better way than with Tag Your Wall custom lettering as dorm art? Pebbles & Flow would surely bring a touch of California sunshine to the streets of NYC, so that’s our final pick for now.

    As we add more art to the ranks of our unique wall art collection, stay tuned for more dorm art picks from Wheatpaste!

  • DIY Thanksgiving Ideas

    Hosting a Thanksgiving Day bash can be...

    nerve-wracking (and expensive)! Luckily, Wheatpaste Art Collective is no stranger to hosting parties on a dime (and as big-city dwellers, parties in small spaces are our specialty). We’ve put together some awesome DIY Thanksgiving ideas to give you a leg up on the planning without having to shell out buku dollars!

    Instead of buying metal place card holders for seating assignments, why not use what’s in your own backyard? Gather up some small pieces of wood and follow this DIY Thanksgiving ideas tutorial on how to create a low-cost wooden table accent. While you’re at it, recycled paper works wonderfully for the place card holders themselves. Don’t print new – reduce, reuse, recycle!

    To-go containers can get pricey (not to mention easy to mix up if you bring your own). Bake individual mini pies in lieu of to-go containers – everyone can easily eat their dessert or take it with them. Guests’ choice!

    Unless you’re still banished to the kids table (don’t get down on yourself if you are – just face the reality that you’ll be there long after you graduate from college), keep the kiddos busy with DIY Thanksgiving ideas of the craft variety.  This veggie Thanksgiving turkey set up will definitely inspire some vegetable love, and you can re-use your old toilet paper rolls to make decorations! You’re never too old to get craftin’ yourself, so feel free to try your own hand at it as well.

    If you’re looking for DIY Thanksgiving ideas of a more elegant nature, these pressed flower luminaries at Apartment Therapy are easy and super cool looking. Recommended for design-savvy hosts on a budget!

    There are tons of other DIY Thanksgiving ideas on Pinterest, so browse around and see what other inspiration you can find! (Psssst – we like this board and think you will too). Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be crazy, uninspired, bland, or boring on a budget. Just look at what’s around you and get crafty!

  • Rachel Caldwell Q+A

    Rachel Caldwell for Wheatpaste Art Collective

    You’re sure to have seen Rachel Caldwell’s work all over the place – from shirts on Threadless and House of Blues to the pages of Juxtapoz Magazine and beyond. Her work is easily recognizable and loveable to her fans (after all, who wouldn’t love the wickedly adorable Unicore?), and her hand-drawn, digitally finished illustrations explore themes from nature to femininity with the greatest of ease. As part of our Collective, we want to make sure you get to know Rachel Caldwell behind the work and as this month’s Featured Artist, here’s the nitty-gritty about her inspiration and process!

    Wheatpaste Art Collective: Welcome to your feature, Rachel! Let’s get started. A lot of your work is under the name Thirsty Fly – where’d this name come from?

    Rachel Caldwell: A few years back when I began posting my ink drawings to various artist communities on the web, I quickly had to choose a screen name one day. I came across a poem written by William Oldys about a fly that was drinking out of his cup. The beginning of the poem states: "Busy, curious, thirsty fly! Drink with me, and drink as I". I thought it was charming so I went with it. Now I don't like it as much and I am not as charmed. The best screen name of all time is Killer Napkins--and he is a killer artist.

    WP: We still think it’s pretty neat. Plus, I know I definitely have more regrettable screen names from earlier in my internet days. Onward with the questions! What kinds of jams get your creativity flowing?

    RC: I like too many different types of music. I like classical music, but I also like Eminem and Jay-Z. I also like Alicia Keys and Adele. But if I ever feel lazy or defeated, Eminem does the trick.

    WP: Do you ever do collaborations or are you pretty much a solo artist?

    RC: I do not typically do collabs, but I would like to do one sometime down the road.

    WP: Anyone that you’d love to collaborate with?

    RC: Too many to name, but, I adore the following artists: Lori Earley, Greg Simkins, Brian Viveros, Mark Ryden, and David Bray to name a few.

    WP: Any of those artists would be lucky to work with you! Now, we know you have worked and taught in Philadelphia for years. Philly is personally one of my absolute favorite cities ever. What do you love about Philadelphia and how has it helped influence your work?

    RC: Philadelphia is less of an "elitist" city when compared to New York or Boston. It has a "raw" sort of "realness" to it that is exciting. There is wonderful architecture, food, and culture. There are awesome bridges, beautiful architecture, and of course great people. The train station is the most beautiful place in the world! The way the museum is featured so prominently is also extra cool . . . I could go on.

    WP: What’s your work process? Is it more hands-on or digital?

    RC: I do ink drawings on paper, then scan and clean up in Photoshop. Then I digitally color them. No Wacom yet.

    WP: Any exciting new projects coming up?

    RC: I just completed two new drawings for Fender apparel and I am currently working on drawings for Columbia Sportswear and Four Seasons Hotels. Last year Fender and House of Blues got together and made my "swirly guitar" drawing the "official" House of Blues tee shirt for all HOB locations across the U.S. That felt pretty exciting to me!

    WP: That’s awesome, congrats! We’d love to get our hands on that swirly guitar image (wink wink!) Your work has a lot of linear patterns, along with animal imagery. What’s your favorite animal or if you could be one animal, what would it be?

    RC: A Great-horned owl or a Raven. Owls truly are amazing animals and so incredibly beautiful. Ravens feathers are so shiny and black (they are visually gorgeous) and they are one of very few species of birds who do acrobatic flips in the air just for the fun of it.

    WP: Final question - you’re stuck on a deserted island and can only bring 2 books and 2 movies. What are they?

    RC: Books: What Looks Like Crazy on An Ordinary Day by Pearle Cleage; The Red Tent by Anita Diamant Movies: Uncle Buck; The Count of Monte Cristo.

    WP: Sweet stuff! Thanks for taking the time to let us into your artist brain.

    If you dig Rachel Caldwell’s style and want to check out her work, her Canvas Wall Art and stickable posters are exclusively available at Wheatpaste Art Collective. Stay tuned for next month’s feature!

    Interview by Beth Demmon Ivey.

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