beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Spraypainted Tiles

    Tiles, at least the kind stocked in piles at big box home improvement stores, really aren’t all that thrilling. The initial excitement comes when you’re picking out tile designs and textures and, of course, the first month or so after the installation… then the appeal wears off, and the tiles become normalized within a space, just […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: 3-D Glass Collages

    As kids, we can all remember making collages at some point in our life – whether it was in a grade school art class or just for fun. We would sit there destroying our parent’s Better Homes and Gardens, Good House Keeping, and Sports Illustrated magazines. Some of us even moved on to create more meticulous, visionary and inspirational […]

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  3. Meet the Makers: Product Designer Mariko Kusumoto

    In this Meet the Makers blog series, we will feature an artist that, quite simply, makes something. Drawing inspiration from custom works handcrafted in various media, we travel beyond the pieces by diving into the minds of the creative makers themselves. Today, we feature our interview with Mariko Kusumoto, the creative designer of a fiber product line […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: A New Era of Ceramics

    The art of ceramics has existed for centuries – even before it was considered art – and has largely served functional and modestly decorative purposes. From early civilizations discovering how to craft ceramic bowls, cups, and vases, over time, these simple items have transitioned from purely practical into more intricate, decadent works of art. But even […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: A Thanksgiving Feast for Your Eyes

    Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and we’re ready to please our pallets with savory gravy, tender turkey, tart cranberry sauce, fluffy mashed potatoes, and so much more. It’s easy to catch ourselves drooling just thinking about all of the different foods and their tastes, but what about the way they look? Their colors, shapes, and sizes? Yes, Thanksgiving […]

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  6. Meet the Makers: Crochet Graffiti Artist

    In this Meet the Makers blog series, we will feature an artist that, quite simply, makes something. Drawing inspiration from custom works handcrafted in various media, we travel beyond the pieces by diving into the minds of the creative makers themselves. Today, we feature our interview with Polish artist Agata Oleksiak, also known as “Olek”, a street artist […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: Hyperrealistic Mini Worlds

    Everyone loves a good landscape artwork. From painters like Jean-Baptiste and Claude Monet to the amazing photographs of Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter, we’ve been captivated throughout history. It is enchanting how we can watch a sun set over a hill or autumn leaves blow across a pond in a matter of minutes, yet we […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Art You’ll Want to Kiss

    In the most simplistic terms, kissing is the act of pressing lips against something or someone. Now the meaning of that kiss will change based on the situation and the culture, but no matter the connotation, it always involves your pout. But what if you could turn the everyday action of a kiss into a career? Into […]

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  9. Meet the Makers: Textiles Made From Milk

    In this Meet the Makers blog series, we will feature an artist that, quite simply, makes something. Drawing inspiration from custom works handcrafted in various media, we travel beyond the pieces by diving into the minds of the creative makers themselves. Today, we feature our interview with Anke Domaske, the creative designer of Qmilk –  textile fibers […]

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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: Smoke Paintings

    Fireworks are exciting; They symbolize freedom, celebration, and love. We watch fireworks displays on holidays like Independence Day and New Year’s Day, and we set them off when our favorite sports teams win (Go Indians!). When we kiss the love of our life, we measure the amount of chemistry between us by whether or not […]

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