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Anatomy Of An Office #2: 15 Awesome Artists To Cover Your Walls!

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #2: 15 Awesome Artists To Cover Your Walls!

Welcome to Anatomy Of An Office. This series is dedicated to pulling together a functional yet stylish workspace with plenty of budget-friendly tips!

It’s important to set the tone of your surroundings and art definitely helps with that. I searched high and low to find the perfect mix and wanted to share 15 of my favorite artists with you. Better yet, I want to hear who you love as well since I still have some blank wall space. Please let me know who you’re obsessed with in the comments!

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #2: 15 Awesome Artists To Cover Your Walls!

15 Awesome Artists To Cover Your Walls

1. Chad Wys: I have a few of Chad’s pieces and I love how he takes classical sculptures and oil paintings and gives them a modern spin with bold splashes of color and geometric shapes.

2. RK Design: This artist focuses on a mostly black and white palette with organic shapes. A personal favorite of mine is the cross print.

3. Max Wanger: The reigning king of negative space, Max excels at highlighting the beauty of everyday moments, from the beach to the city.

4. Replace Face: I am completely obsessed with this artist — anyone that creates old-world style portraits of celebrities ranging from Michael Jackson to Mickey Rourke is a god in my book.

5. Andy Warhol: When I want some Warhol, I know that I can depend on to deliver his best known pieces at a really affordable price.

6. Sealoe: If fashion editorial-inspired prints are more your jam, this site is loaded with tons of options from black and white photos to fantastic typography.

7. House Industries: One of the best type foundries around also creates killer hand-screened prints. I actually have two of their pieces in my bedroom and LOVE them.

8. Ciara Phelan: Isn’t her illustration style great? Ciara’s Bird Head series is a personal favorite of mine.

9. Slim Aarons: A well known photographer of American jet-setters from the 1950s through the 1980s, Slim made a living out of capturing the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

10. Gray Malin: While he’s best known for his captivating beach scenes, I’m enamored with Gray’s portrait of black and white llamas covered in balloons.

11. Georgina Paraschiv: Bright paintings of fruit, abstract patterns and landscapes fill Georgina’s work. She has a seemingly bottomless archive of awesome prints.

12. Honey Lake Studio: The simplicity of photos Honey Lake creates really shines — this palm print captures the most beautiful light.

13. Malika Favre: A true master of the human form, she’s able to create intriguing art out of the most simple shapes.

14. Sharon Montrose: If you want to display a portrait of your favorite animal, Sharon’s print shop has you covered. She’s managed to photograph even the most obscure creatures!

15. Super Rural: You’ve probably spotted their famous For Like Ever print in the houses of the who’s who over the last decade. I’m excited to finally have a yellow version of my own on the way.

It’s so exciting picking out new art — next week, I’ll show you what’s arrived and how I’m displaying it in my new space!

On the hunt for even more office tips and tricks? Check out Anatomy Of An Office!

It’s Time to Pick Up The Scisssors. I’m Missing Making Collages.

Nubby Twiglet | My Cross To Bear Series by Shauna Haider

As I was digging through my archives over the weekend, I came across my art series from 2011, My Cross To Bear. And as I scrolled through, it reminded me of how much I missed creating collages.

I started making collages years before I really understood what graphic design was or owned a computer. In the late 90s, I began carefully piecing magazine snippets together, forming rough layouts. It became a huge passion of mine and lately, I’ve felt like I’ve lost touch with it.

Design is my job, but it’s tricky because it’s also my passion and my hobby. Doing design is my everything which makes it really hard to step away. But in a way, I’ve realized that don’t need to step away from something I love as much as just switch things up. Occasionally, I need to change the mediums and take the time to get back to my roots.

I’m ready to start making collages again. Just for fun.

Nubby Twiglet | My Cross To Bear Series by Shauna Haider

All work: Collage on ceramic and wood with resin by Shauna Haider, 2011

Advice #45: Should I Use My Degree or Follow My Passion?

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I am an architecture student finishing my fourth year of school this June but now I’m not sure if I will continue to pursue this path. I want to study fine art but I am scared that I’m not good enough and it costs a lot more. I chose to study architecture because I thought it was more practical to design houses than to paint pictures. Now I’m wondering if I made the right decision. I don’t want to end up doing a job that I don’t find fun!

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First of all, take a deep breath and realize how close you are to reaching a goal that you began four years ago. Some people may disagree with me but I’m a firm believer in completing what you’ve started when you’re that close (and have invested a good chunk of time and money). If you were only a year or two into your studies, it might make sense to pull out but you’re almost there!

Maybe I’m a bit more traditional in my career views but here’s what I think: For now, being an architect will allow you the opportunity to earn a great living until you figure out your next move. If your goal is to be a fine artist, you don’t have to jump in with both feet first (remember, many artists aren’t solely artists for a living). Perhaps it makes sense to work full-time out of school and see if you even like architecture (who knows, you might fall in love with it once you’re doing it professionally!) And then, maybe you can set a goal of cutting back your hours to part-time within a specific time frame so that you have more time to dedicate to your art. Your decision doesn’t have to be all or nothing right away unless you’re fully comfortable with that prospect.

Your passion does not have to be the same as your career.

Consider this: Your passion or hobby doesn’t have to be the same as your job. Fine art is something many of us do as a creative outlet but it can take awhile to establish yourself and earn a great living as a fine artist. Tangling your passion with your profession can also be tricky. Once you’re creating art to make a living, the focus of your work may also start to shift. What happens if you have bills to pay and a commission comes along that you’re just not comfortable with? Do you take it or leave it? In that position, would you wish that you’d stuck it out with a steady paycheck a bit longer so that you could turn down certain opportunities that didn’t fit within your artistic vision or goals?

Do both.

Have you considered doing both architecture and fine art? Here’s the thing: It’s hard to make a great living right out of school as a fine artist. Yes, it’s possible! Yes, some people have all the charm and talent and make it look easy! But often, unless you’re an illustrator that’s willing to do commercial work or perhaps a painter that does commissions and murals, it can take some serious time and commitment to gain momentum (i.e. a distinct style, solo shows, steady clients and representation). Do you have a plan in place to support yourself in the meantime?

I, too, wanted to be a fine artist. I ended up going to school for design because like you, I felt it was more practical than art. Art was a huge passion of mine but I found a happy medium by becoming a designer which provided a much steadier income and then came home from work and set aside a few hours each night to work on my series. I had a solo show at the first agency I worked at and later, my collages were used on a line of snowboard goggles and helmets! Working as a designer actually helped me open up more doors for creating fine art. Architecture may do the same for you in very unexpected ways.

If fine art is for you, make a plan.

Be smart about your decision. Do you even need another degree to be an artist? Do you have a specific style and medium established? Is your work only accessible through a gallery or do you offer a format and style that would do well on a site like Etsy? Do you have social media set up to promote your artwork? Making a clear plan of what you hope to accomplish will make the transition into fine art as a career a lot less stressful. If you’re looking for more advice about a fine art career, I highly recommend reading Taking the Leap by Cay Lang. This book was recommended to me by another artist years ago and is full of practical advice on how to build a successful career, promote your work and put together contracts.

In Closing.

Remember, life doesn’t have to be about either / or. Fine art vs. architecture doesn’t have to be a black and white decision. If you do decide to use your degree to earn a living, you don’t have to continue down that path forever. How will you know if architecture isn’t right for you if you don’t try? You can always change your mind. Follow your gut. It’s always okay to make a change when something in our lives just doesn’t feel right.

Readers: What do you think? Have you been at this crossroads with your career before? How did you decide what to do next?

My Cross To Bear Art Flyer Giveaway

I know that many of you weren’t able to make it to the opening of My Cross To Bear so I set aside a stack of oversized postcard flyers (5.5 x 8.5 inches) just for you. If you’d like one, all you have to do is send an email to art @ with Art Show Flyer as the subject line and your address in the body. EDIT: ALL GONE! Thanks for your support, everyone!

This offer is completely free, no strings attached! The first 50 respondents will receive a package in the mail in early 2012. Happy holidays!

My Cross To Bear: Show Opening Tonight!

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My Cross To Bear opens tonight at Sequential Art Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Please stop by and join me from 6 to 10 pm!

Five years ago, I used to spend every night after work and school working on art. I was doing a few solo shows a year and art was my passion. But then, a week after graduation, I was hired full-time at an agency and my life became all about design. In the years that followed, I never had much of a break. Between freelancing at multiple agencies and working with a huge amount of personal clients, art was put on the back burner. Also, let’s be honest. We all need to earn a living and design, especially when you have constant work, pays much better (and more consistently) than art. The longer I put off making art, the harder it became to jump back into the process. That all changed when I set up a new show with Sequential Art Gallery; it was just the opportunity I needed to start creating again. When you have a deadline, there’s no procrastinating allowed. I knew it was time.

When you sit behind a computer for 10 hours a day designing for other people, stepping away and sitting on your floor with a pair of scissors, glue and a stack of scraps with no brief or precise goal, it’s incredibly therapeutic. Tonight, I’m super excited to meet some of you in person and to get back to sharing something that’s very personal and incredibly fulfilling: my new series, My Cross To Bear.

my cross to bear art

Below, you’ll find a list of available pieces from the collection. If you see anything of interest, please contact Sequential Art Gallery directly at sequentialart @ They’re based in Portland and can ship anywhere! Each piece is signed on the back and wired for hanging.

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Full Circle, 2011
Collage and resin on wood
18 x 18 inches

my cross to bear art

Type A, 2011
Collage and resin on wood
18 x 18 inches

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3 & 4.
My Cross To Bear and Drown, 2011
Collage and resin on wood
18 x 18 inches

my cross to bear art

The Arch, 2011
Collage and resin on ceramic
9 x 9 inches

my cross to bear art

Dark Truth, 2011
Collage and resin on ceramic
9 x 9 inches

my cross to bear art

2, 2011
Collage and resin on ceramic
9 x 9 inches

my cross to bear art

19, 2011
Collage and resin on ceramic
9 x 9 inches

my cross to bear art

Well Heeled, 2011
Collage and resin on wood
7.5 x 13.5 inches

my cross to bear art

After Dark, 2011
Collage and resin on wood
11 x 17 inches

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Black Beauty, 2011
Collage and resin on wood
8 x 11 inches

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B, 2011
Collage and resin on wood
11 x 8 inches

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10, 2011
Collage and resin on wood
17 x 11 inches

Artist Statement

My Cross To Bear is a collection of 14 all new collage-based art pieces by Portland-based graphic designer and internet personality, Shauna Haider. After a three year hiatus from art, Shauna’s return is most notably marked by an abundance of black and white pieces which feature motifs bearing her trademark graphic style.

A visual continuation of the acclaimed 2007 series Black & White Graphic Insight, My Cross to Bear presents a more refined artistic direction, featuring typographic elements seamlessly woven with fashion magazine mash-ups. These themes are often merged with self-portraits to create a modern collage style that walks a fine line between graphic design and fine art.

On the surface, My Cross To Bear is an homage to the symbolism of the red cross which often plays a starring role in Shauna’s design work. On a deeper level, it also delves into the transformation that takes place when a shift from obscurity to notoriety begins to take hold. With much of our lives now splashed across digital mediums without a second thought, the line between what we consider our private and public selves is consistently blurred. In this evolving social landscape, nothing is considered sacred. This is our cross to bear.

Each piece of art is a original and will be available exclusively at Sequential Art Gallery in Portland, Oregon beginning December 1, 2011.

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My Cross To Bear:
Sequential Art Gallery, Portland, OR

Opening Party:
First Thursday — December 1, 2011, 6 to 10 PM

Show runs from December 1st through December 29th.

My Cross To Bear: 19

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19, 9 x 9 inches
collage and resin on ceramic red cross

19 is the fourth and final ceramic red cross in the My Cross To Bear series. As with the others, this piece features collage coated with a layer of epoxy resin.The show launches on Thursday and I’ll have a full listing of available pieces here at that time.