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Let’s Get Buggy with It!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Our eyes nearly “bugged-out” with excitement when we read a recent Washington Post article about Jennifer Angus, an Madison, Wisconsin based artist, whose exhibit at the Renwick Gallery in DC will adorn their walls with bugs, that’s right, bugs!!

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Jennifer Angus’ Wonder Bug Covered Wall at the Renwick Gallery, images via Dezeen Magazine

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Her work is truly fascinating. Right up our alley, she based her buggy design on wallpaper!! Her insect use was inspired by her ongoing use of arthropods in her artwork and Victorian pattern, inherent in her teaching at the University of Wisconsin. The insects she uses in this installation are all different colors, shapes, sizes with many iridescent, shimmering shapes. They come together carefully placed on a beautifully, pink-colorwashed wall to form an overall design scheme, which is viewed as one succinct visual to the onlooker. The impression is similar to what one might have when walking into someone’s home for the first time and being awe-struck by their room’s ambiance and décor. It’s only after one views more closely that the individual design objects are bugs. As she states, “Many people who visit my exhibitions were never aware that such unusual insects exist.” She describes the purpose and her ethical use of real insects in her work on her website.

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This effort is for the long-awaited re-opening of the Renwick, here in Washington, DC after two years of extensive renovation.

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Angus’ work is entitled The Midnight Garden and is just one gallery that is a part of the Renwick’s Wonder exhibition, which features 8 other artists who, “transform perception, and work on the border between art and craft,” as stated on Dezeen magazine, where you can also see other bug-related articles. (You can see related posts on Janet Echelman and Patrick Dougherty, just a few of the artists featured, whom we’ve been inspired by for quite some time, on Art Is Everywhere.)

While the nine artists featured in WONDER create strikingly different works, they are connected by their interest in creating large-scale installations from unexpected materials. Index cards, marbles, strips of wood—all objects so commonplace and ordinary we often overlook them—are assembled, massed, and juxtaposed to utterly transform spaces and engage us in the most surprising ways. The works are expressions of process, labor, and materials that are grounded in our everyday world, but that combine to produce awe-inspiring results. (via Renwick Gallery)

Nicholas R. Bell, the curator for the show, so eloquently explains this exhibition’s significance in this statement on Dezeen magazine, “The concept of ‘wonder’ – that moment of awe in the face of something new and unknown that transports us out of the everyday – is deeply intertwined with how we experience art…These elements matter in the context of this museum, devoted for more than four decades to the skilled working of materials in extraordinary ways.

The exhibition will be on view for 3 months but I’m so excited to see it and hope to make the opening on November 13. It is truly going to be “wonderful!”

Casart coverings is so fortunate to be based in a city with so much appreciation for art and many museums in which to explore!

In the meantime, click these story links under each image to view these other posts where our awe-inspiring appreciation of the insect and utilization of the unexpected can also be noticed.

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Nadine Kalachnikoff – Gorgeous Butterfly Art


Christopher Marley Pheromone Bug Arrangements, on casartblog

Christopher Marley’s Jewel-like Pheromone Bug Arrangements



Casart coverings features Blue Morpho-White House/Black Market Catalog on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Blue Morpho-White House/Black Market Catalog
in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month


casart-coverings_Butterfly_Grid, as seen on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Casart coverings’ Butterflies- Butterflies are Free to Fly!

Click this link for a recent interview regarding the passion and artwork for Casart coverings and using the unexpected.

French peacock damask design_casartblog, slipcovers for your walls

Click this link for our Peacock Patterned wallpaper — it’s more to the eye than what you might see.

And what about our dancing Crawfish Cotillion creating a pattern that’s noticeable before the crawfish bugs.

Casart coverings purple white Crawfish Cotillion temporary wallpaper on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

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Crawfish Cotillion close up – light outline

Look What’s on the Cover!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Have you seen the latest House Beautiful October issue magazine?!

We always get excited to see new interior-design related magazines but this one seemed so much up our alley.

We couldn’t help but notice there was a large cloud painting in Benjamin Dhong’s interior design on the cover.

Casart coverings features House Beautiful Cloud cover on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

The inside feature is entitled, Cloud Walk. How appropriate and beautiful!

Casart coverings features House Beautiful Benjamin Dhong Cloud interior on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

He uses clouds again in the living room but this time as a giant scaled art-piece of illustrated clouds on a cloud shaped board over the mantel. The graphic shapes give “touches of glamour” and play to the designer’s main interests.

Casart coverings features Benjamin Dhong's use of cloud art in House Beautiful on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

In fact the entire magazine has clouds throughout.

Just look at designer Ken Fulk’s use of another cloud painting to pick up the rosy coloration for his winning kitchen design for the Junior League of New Orleans.

Side note: If you haven’t been to Ken Fulk’s website, and “if you want a good time?” do so. He plays on his last name and it’s a fabulous trip through a peephole, filled with intrigue, the gilded age of jazz, elegant style and the surprises. He’s not afraid to turn up the dial with the unexpected. We love it!

Casart coverings features Ken Fulk's cloud painting for Nola Junior League kitchen in House Beautiful on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Since we have New Orleans in our blood, we couldn’t help but pay attention to this as well as the feature on Rivers Spencer.

Love her shop! House Beautiful calls her style “equal parts posed and ethereal.”

Hey, is that a cloud painting in the background?! 😉

Casart coverings features House Beautiful mention of Rivers Spencer NOLA shop on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

 Well, I’ll be! Did you happen to see our two recent posts on our new Cloud collection?

Casart coverings Cloud Collection on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

It’s worth noting, clouds and contemplative art and surroundings are in!

Many thanks for the interview with Terry’s Fabrics in the UK featuring our recent Cloud Collection and some inspiration behind Casart coverings!

Casart coverings Designer Insights - Ashley Spencer - via Terrys Fabrics UK on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

 Other equally important notions that this month’s issue focuses on are hand-painted murals and customization, with House Beautiful calling it, “the new mantra for your walls, Loosen Up.

We love the hand-painted quality because it lends a unique imperfect character that is human rather than mass-produced sameness. We bring the hand-painted touch to all our wallcoverings, and they can be customized. Already, they are all custom printed.

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The magazine’s look back into history below shows a long tradition for hand-painted wall art. Since before man could read or write, drawings were used for communication. Now, there is refinement to this age-old expression.

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We love this!!

And we cheer designer Molly Luetkemeyer’s philosophy that, “Murals can work wonders! They’re solutions for tricky spaces and funny angles. And you can use one to tie together all the colors in the project.”

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We strongly believe in Caitlin Moran’s thinking, “All of these fanciful textiles are meant to spur kids’ imaginations. I think childhood homes can inspire you for life.” In fact, we are living this as a reality. If you grow up with art and beautiful imaginative surroundings, then creativity is bound to be a part of your thought process.

Casart coverings features HB Caitlin Moran quote on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

The magazine also highlights customization, which they call attention to with a Fireclay Tile company that allows you to color-paint their designs and fires them for a customized backsplash in about 6 weeks.

Casart coverings features HB Fireclay custom tiles on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

We love this concept! We also have something similar with our MoRockAnSoul Collection tiles as wallcovering, which can be customized in about 2 weeks. The great thing with our removable wallcovering is you can reuse and repurpose onto other surfaces. See our Ikea Hacks post, for instance. This gives you the most flexible versatility to do what you want and when if you want to change the look at some point.

Casart covering MoRockAnSoul tile wallcovering collection

House Beautiful claims that even standard appliances are “being mixed and matched with specialty add-ons…” and “customization [is] the defining luxury feature of modern luxury.” We agree! Although we don’t think, “hyper-personalization” is a trend so much as it is here to stay. Reason being, people want uniqueness, something that works for them and their lifestyle because it brings quality and convenience to their life. As long as items work period, resale is a second thought.

One of the most remarkable features in this issue was Ken Fulk’s custom wallpaper used in a New Orleans’ family’s living room. House Beautiful states that Fulk “is a great fan of scenic wallpapers and decided to create his own version, personalized for the space.” The walls were covered in a linen wallpaper and then hand painted by artist Rafael Arana, with illustrations based on New Orleans’ historic waterfront. Wow!

We like being able to print it with less stress involved and less time on site.

Casart coverings features Ken Fulk's custom wallpaper in House Beautiful, on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

It seems like House Beautiful isn’t the only magazine into clouds. We just saw that Traditional Home’s Facebook is posting them too. This image below was from the Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse with interior design by Scot Meacham Wood Design.

Hey, is that the same lithographic cloud print used by Benjamin Dhong as an art piece above the mantel and a similar cloud painting as on the cover or in our last post, using the Napa Valley Living Room? Hmmm…Beautiful art is timeless!!

Casart coverings features Traditional Home's Nap Showhouse 2014 by Scot Meacham on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Unplugging for Contemplative Art

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

We all can feel the effects of being attached to too much technology for extended periods of time in this age of informational overload. This is why Casart coverings is unplugging for contemplative art and a little cloud meditation.

We think it wise to break away and be in the moment every now and then, especially when we read articles that confirm how bad it is for our brains to be connected continuously.

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Haven’t you caught yourself saying you are going to “unplug” while on vacation and get some down time. Well, maybe a little daily dose of down time is a good thing. It actually helps us refresh and maintain focus when we need to. We like to think our Cloud Collection is helping reset the “mind-wandering mode” that leads to increasing creativity and focus.

Dr. Levitin’s book, “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload” describes what happens when there is too much social media time: “Every status update you read on Facebook, every tweet or text message you get from a friend, is competing for resources in your brain with important things…” Since the continuous information overload from these platforms taps “your attentional filter,… we find ourselves not sustaining attention on any one thing for very long — the curse of the information age.”

Brain Charge-via DailyReckoning on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

To have constant stimuli is actually what your brain craves, however, due to the dopamine effect it brings. Consequently, it can be addicting to be “on” all the time. We have to make the difficult and conscious effort to detach from technology and so we don’t detach from others. Actually detaching from the social media counterintuitively forces us to truly engage with others. You see this occurring when people put down their smart phones at the dinner table. Sometimes, folks just don’t know what to do with themselves when they do unplug. How many times have you pulled out your phone when you’re waiting in line or feel like you could be doing something else rather than “wasting” valuable time?

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Guilty! In fact, the article referenced states, with constant stimuli, “it’s harder to engage in deep thought, critical thought, and creativity.” Oh no, Casart coverings is all about creativity, even our name meaning “art for your home” implies the creativity it takes to produce such wallcovering artwork. Equally important to us is the fact that our wallcoverings are not mass-produced. Every order gets custom-printed with attention to detail.

Coincidentally, we didn’t intend on timing our new designs with the Pope’s visit to America. However, we find it uncanny that our clouds can get one gazing upward and thinking of the heavens. They help induce contemplation as real clouds would. They appear to move across your interior and create a sense of magical wonder and peace.

Casart coverings Customer Custom Ceiling Clouds 2 as temporary wallpaper

Coincidentally too, we are not the only ones in the interior design industry thinking this way. It’s our prediction that you’ll be seeing more types of designs that induce relaxation precisely to unwind from too much technology.

Just look what we found recently in various shelter magazines and catalogs. How uncanny. And remember our own post from the DC Design House?

Back Stair Hall designed by David Benton on casartblog

Back Stair Hall designed by David Benton

House Beautiful’s October issue states the following about this beautiful cloud artwork by Oly for $2,125, “Outstanding art is cropping up in the most unexpected places.”

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Traditional Home touts clouds in their spread on the Napa Valley Showhouse in their October issue.

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It takes about 6 months to produce and publish a story in a monthly magazine. This means editors were thinking about clouds and airy designs right about the same time we were. (Although, we’ve been wanting to introduce clouds a lot sooner, since they have always been a popular request.)

Not to say we’re on trend but we think we may have just been ahead of this one. As stated previously, we typically don’t follow trends and offer classic designs that outlast one-time current tastes. We just find it interesting that our Cloud Collection appears to be coinciding with what interior design, magazine editors think the public should like. We hope so and are happy to be in sync.

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