Thought it would be fun to share some big, lovely photos from our March issue of artist Sally King Benedict. We loved visiting her Charleston home and studio — so much inspiration! Naturally, Sally is sweet as pie and a Matchbook girl through and through.
(photos by Gately Williams)
We’ve long admired the talent of artist Bella Foster, and are delighted to see a collection of her work available on Stampa. Whether painting a vase of tulips or a fresh pot of coffee, Bella’s interiors and still lifes illustrate the simple pleasures of a charmed life. Her vibrant palette is sure to bring joy to any Matchbook girl’s gallery wall.
(All work pictured is for sale on Stampa)
Every Matchbook girl knows that black and white is the chicest combo around. It’s bold yet timeless, and the fastest way to look like a modern day Hepburn… Need we say more?
Introducing Eleanor the Bear — the sweetest stuffed animal we ever did see! When Anna Bond introduced us to the Walnut Animal Society via Twitter we just about died of cuteness. The made in America (by hand!) collection also includes Henry the Fox, Chester the Raccoon and Ruthie the Deer. What a charming gift for little ones this holiday season!
At Matchbook, we frequently find ourselves scouring the web and neighborhood boutiques for that perfect piece of art, the one that just seems to tie everything else together. We always adore the selection of prints available in Brooklyn-based artist Wayne Pate’s shop. From the cheery streets of London to the lovely Luxembourg Gardens, his prints take us the world over and always make our walls a more whimsical place.
1) Untitled By Blanca Gomez 2) London By Wayne Pate 3) Les Chaises Of Luxembourg Gardens By Caitlin McGauley all available in Wayne Pate’s shop
While living abroad Jane and I had the opportunity to spend two glorious weeks exploring the galleries, museums, and auction houses of London. One of the trip’s highlights was a visit to the world renowned contemporary art collection displayed at The Saatchi Gallery. From selected pieces by Damien Hirst to Richard Wilson’s 20:50 the space is brimming with wildly imaginative pieces that one doesn’t soon forget. Naturally we were thrilled to learn of their more recent endeavor, Saatchi Online. The site allows artists around the globe to sell prints and originals of their artwork and the selection is nothing short of fantastic. I immediately created a profile and began assembling a wish list. Above, a few favorites…
Clockwise from the top left: Kelly by Lisa Wiseman, Red Umbrellas at the Eiffel Tower During a Hailstorm by Owen Franken, Charlotte’s Bikini by Owen Franken, Corrida in Arles by Owen Franken, M9 by Thomas Hammer, and Stuck in a Corner by Paul Foley.
Between its soft pink bubbles and charming quotation this champagne print has “Matchbook girl” written all over it. The artist first used a letterpress to create the illustration and quote in gold and pink inks and then silkscreened the stars by hand. We can already picture it framed above our desk — a constant reminder to celebrate! ;)
We just adore these ode to New York paper cuts by artist Tom Slaughter. Wouldn’t the New Yorkers in your life appreciate one framed above their desk? Described as “a little Stuart Davis and a little Roy Lichtenstein” their simplicity packs quite the visual punch — never an easy task. An 8″ x 10″ print is only $20 on 20×20…catch one while you can!
These beautiful flower studies by Dutch artist Jan van Huysum took our breath away. The images belong to the British Museum and were shared by one of our favorite blogs, the Snail and the Cyclops. Huysum was born in the Amsterdam in 1682 and became known for his paintings of lavish flower arrangements. We love that these studies make for a simpler version of his typically elaborate still lives. What we would give to have one framed on our wall!
We recently invested in a copy of Lists: To-Dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists’ Enumerations by Liza Kirwin and this piece by artist Adolf Konrad is one of our very favorites! Have you ever seen a packing list so divine? The goodies were in Knopf’s suitcase to Cairo in 1963 — between his dapper trench and pretty paints we’re positively green with envy. All the lists hail from the Smithsonian collection and we simply can’t recommend the book highly enough. Perfect for our fellow art and history buffs!