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Faig Ahmed Puts A Modern Twist On Traditional Rugs

Art with a historical aspect to it is always intriguing. Azerbaijan artist, Faig Ahmed, has put a modern twist on a traditional art form – handcrafting rugs. In his carpet series, he has taken ancient rug designs, deconstructed them and made them new again with designs that include graffiti, pixels, and stripes. The result is a series of carpets that would make an amazing statement in any interior.

AphroChic: Faig Ahmed Puts A Twist On Traditional Rugs

AphroChic: Faig Ahmed Puts A Twist On Traditional Rugs

AphroChic: Faig Ahmed Puts A Twist On Traditional Rugs

AphroChic: Faig Ahmed Puts A Twist On Traditional Rugs

AphroChic: Faig Ahmed Puts A Twist On Traditional Rugs

AphroChic: Faig Ahmed Puts A Twist On Traditional Rugs

Australian Artist Elisa Mazzone’s Beautiful Fashion Illustrations

 

We were happy to hear the news that celebrated Australian fashion illustrator, Elisa Mazzone, will be opening a shop soon on her website. Mazzone’s beautiful illustrations have been featured everywhere, from Harper’s Bazaar to Style.com. We’ll be happy to be able to place a few of her original illustrations on our gallery wall very soon.

AphroChic: Australian Artist Elisa Mazzone's Beautiful Fashion Illustrations

AphroChic: Australian Artist Elisa Mazzone's Beautiful Fashion Illustrations

AphroChic: Australian Artist Elisa Mazzone's Beautiful Fashion Illustrations

Crazy, Sexy, Cool Fashion Illustrations By Niki’s Groove

We love exploring the latest fashion illustrations on the Tumblr site, Niki’s Groove. Illustrations of fashion forward women that we want to hang out with, this site is our daily dose of cool.

Crazy, Sexy, Cool Fashion Illustrations By Niki's Groove

Crazy, Sexy, Cool Fashion Illustrations By Niki's Groove

Crazy, Sexy, Cool Fashion Illustrations By Niki's Groove

Crazy, Sexy, Cool Fashion Illustrations By Niki's Groove

Tim Okamura’s Soulful City Girls

Brooklyn-based artist, Tim Okamura, has an incredible body of work. His paintings of African-American women set against the graffiti that is spotted often on New York City streets, is particularly appealing to us. Portraits that are gritty, real, and oh so cool, we are constantly on the lookout for what’s next from this contemporary artist. Here are just a few of our favorites from his portfolio.

Tim Okamura's Soulful City Girls

Tim Okamura's Soulful City Girls

Tim Okamura's Soulful City Girls

Tim Okamura's Soulful City Girls

Visit Tim Okamura to explore his latest work.

 

Fashionable Women By Marcel George

Watercolors, fashionable girls, beautiful color palettes – this combination is exactly why we can’t get enough of these ephemeral illustrations by Marcel George. Each piece has the perfect mix of color and pattern. These are must-have pieces for a gallery wall. Don’t you think?

AphroChic: Fashionable Women By Marcel George

AphroChic: Fashionable Women By Marcel George

AphroChic: Fashionable Women By Marcel George

AphroChic: Fashionable Women By Marcel George

A Peek Into An Interior Design Photographer’s Portfolio

In my life, photography has come to fill a number of different roles. It is my passion, certainly; my hobby and my preferred form of artistic expression. As a professional, I have to have a portfolio of my work. Putting together a strong portfolio can be a good first step to determining what your initial area will be. And while I will always have a diverse portfolio of work, I have learned the value of being able to distill a consistent voice out of my work for presentation.

Interior design photographer Patrick Cline shares portfolio tips.

AphroChic: A Peek Into An Interior Design Photographer's Portfolio

AphroChic: A Peek Into An Interior Design Photographer's Portfolio

AphroChic: A Peek Into An Interior Design Photographer's Portfolio

Patrick Cline is the Founder of UPLO and a contributor for AphroChic on About.com. Read his full article, Interior Angle with Patrick Cline: Starting Your Portfolio, here. 

Argentine Artist Lucas Risé’s Colorful Cabinets

Argentinian artist and designer, Lucas Risé, has a vision for each piece that he creates, and he is transforming modern day furnishings into incredible mixed media canvases. Risé, born in Buenos Aires, has been influenced over his career by his world travels and experiences in Africa, South America, the US and Europe. With local streets signs as his first canvases as a child, Risé has now moved onto painting murals on tables, chairs, and beautiful armoires, transforming them into functional sculptures. As he writes on his website, “My painting reflects images provided by memories, dreams and experiences. The representations go through an abstract mechanism and are combined randomly, allowing me to create new ideal worlds captured on wood.” I am in love with each world he creates on his cabinets. Just one glance and you are whisked away to somewhere completely new, vivid, colorful and transcendental.

{Images via Sans Parapluie}

 

Inside New York’s PULSE Contemporary Art Fair

Last week we headed to PULSE in New York. The contemporary art fair was an amazing showcase of the works of up-and-coming and established artists. We walked it for three hours, and were constantly intrigued by what’s new in the world of art – from sculpture, to paintings, to interactive exhibits. One of the reasons I love to attend art fairs, is to think about how the latest art trends impact the world of home decor. I like to examine the subject matter, textures, colorways, and to think about how these pieces will fit into an interior. In the end, art is something that most of us will experience in an interior context – a home, an office, an institution. As I walked the fair this year, color was something that stood out to me. In particular, the emergence of pastel shades. In thick, abstract paintings, ephemeral watercolors, and photography, the muted, pastel tones were everywhere. I feel like we are going to see more of these delicate tones this year, mixed with a little edge – think girly glam meets rock and roll.

{All images taken by Jeanine Hays for AphroChic}