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5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WRAPPED

5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WRAPPED

 
We recently sat down with Ryland Arnoldi and Sam Seidman of Venice, CA-based WRAPPED to find out more about the creative duo. As background, WRAPPED was launched a year ago by Ry and Sam when they introduced a groundbreaking idea: wrapping paper as art rather than a disposable shell. And now, with the upcoming launch of a Blik x WRAPPED collaboration, they’re ready to translate their passion for art and nature beyond wrapping paper.

1.What would you be doing if you hadn’t started Wrapped?
We met at Pomona College where we both got degrees in Economics. Ry double majored in Economics and Psychology. We were both thinking about going into Finance before choosing to start WRAPPED instead. (We think that was a good move!)

2.If you could pick any artist (living or dead) to do a collaboration with who would it be?
Andy Warhol

3.Ever broken a body part?
Sam: Yes, a collar bone, elbow, ribs, fingers, toes. Ry: I got hit by a car a month ago.

4.What’s the longest road trip you’ve been on?
We built our first trade show booth for WRAPPED out of plywood and drove it to the MSA (Museum Store Association) show in New Orleans. On the way back we decided to go from Houston to Venice in one push. It was brutal.

5.The Dark Knight Rises or the Avengers?
We haven’t seen the Avengers, so the Avengers.

CARNOVSKY CEILING INSTALL

CARNOVSKY CEILING INSTALL

When the design trendsetters at NOTCOT attended our 10 Year Birthday Bash in June, they told us they were smitten by the works of Carnovsky and loved our over-sized Carnovsky banners at our party.

Once the Carnovsky x Blik Rosoni patterns launched, NOTCOT took on the challenge of putting Rosone N. 1 on the ceiling around a light. Genius if you ask us. This allowed for the possibility of having color-changing lightbulbs to easily see the various RGB views of the graphic.

Hop over to NOTCOT to see the install from start to finish from the unboxing of the graphic to the graceful ceiling application. Needless to say we were very impressed with the end result and think it’s a great tutorial for Carnovsky fans.

CARNOVSKY CEILING INSTALL

Photos courtesy of NOTCOT.

NEW AT BLIK: JIM HOUSER + A VINYL RECORD GIVEAWAY

NEW AT BLIK: JIM HOUSER + A VINYL RECORD GIVEAWAY

 
Is your first response to that headline – what’s a vinyl record? Because not only do we have two new graphics and two new Pattern Wall Tiles from Philly artist Jim Houser, we’ve got five of his records to give away as well. An artist and a musician? Yeah, we knew we had to have him at Blik.

The four new designs work in harmony and share a muted color palette. Jim was careful to ensure that both the themes (and palette) would blend seamlessly with his paintings from the last five years. Meaning if you’re already a Houser collector, these pieces will be a perfect match. And if you’re not, Jim is excited for you to make the graphics your own. What did we like about Jim? His sense of fun, of course.

Pattern Wall Tiles:

Scallops ~ Pattern Wall Tiles: Available in two colors, Scallops ~ Pattern Wall Tiles brings Jim’s painting (drips and all) to your walls.
Amps ~ Pattern Wall Tiles: Turn up the volume. Amps ~ Pattern Wall Tiles brings Jim’s multi-colored amps to your walls. Get ready to rock.

Graphics:

Snake with Legs: We dare you to count the number of shoes in this wall decal.
Arrows: Stick em up! How many arrows does it take to make a cowboy raise his hands? We spot nine in this clever wall decal.

NEW AT BLIK: JIM HOUSER + A VINYL RECORD GIVEAWAY


 
GIVEAWAY: 5 VINYL RECORDS
As we said above, Jim is multi-talented and has released an untitled album of instrumental music he wrote and performed. We’re giving five Blik fans a chance to win the six-track 10” vinyl record and a beautifully designed 16 page full-color booklet featuring images and artwork also created by Jim.

How to win: Tell us what kind of music you think fits Jim’s artwork (Google Images is a great place to start to see Jim’s work.) Leave a comment below and match any song with a piece of his art (you’re not limited to art that was turned into Blik graphics). What song could have inspired a particular piece? For example, we think of U2′s Joshua Tree when we look at the “Helping Hands” tree.

Comments must be in by Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 11:59pm PST. The five winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 11, 2012. Now, get creative and good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Erica, Sarah, Siobhan, Deborah and Andrew! You’ve each won a six-track 10” vinyl record and 16 page full-color booklet featuring images and artwork from new Blik artist Jim Houser. Thanks to everyone who participated.

MEET JIM HOUSER

MEET JIM HOUSER

 
Next week, we are launching new graphics from mixed-media artist Jim Houser. To get you excited about the graphics and give you an insight into Jim’s sense of humor, we asked him to tell us five fun facts about himself. Being an overachiever, he gave us 10. So, here you go:

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT JIM HOUSER BY JIM HOUSER

1) I got a skateboard for my 11th birthday and have never stopped. I am now 39.
2) I have a 15-year-old dog with 3 legs and a 14-year-old cat with the regular amount of legs.
3) My proudest accomplishment is showing my newborn son the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans in the same week.
4) I own seven guitars and 21 guitar amplifiers for some reason.
5) I watch more NBA basketball than it is probably healthy for a person to watch.
6) I often forget to eat until I feel faint or get headaches.
7) I take a nap every day.
8) My favorite place in the world is Brandt Point, Nantucket.
9) One bad thing said or written about me will push 10 good things right out of my head.
10) When I turned 35, I made a conscious decision to stop stealing art supplies.

Thanks Jim! Eager for more? Check-out photos from his LeBasse Projects show this past March. And keep an eye out for Jim Houser for Blik graphics next week.

Photo courtesy of RVCA.

WITNESS THE WALL TRANSFORMATION. CARNOVSKY FOR BLIK.

WITNESS THE WALL TRANSFORMATION. CARNOVSKY FOR BLIK.Ever heard of wall graphics that change under the lights? Get ready to be wowed. Carnovsky, the Milan based artist/design duo of Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla have teamed up with us to launch Rosoni, a collection of four patterns based on their dynamic RGB (red, green, blue) design project. The wall graphics change depending on how they are lit, a concept not seen with wall coverings before Carnovsky pioneered the idea in 2010.

Known for their innovative RGB wallpaper, Carnovsky utilizes the RGB technique of using red, green and blue colored lights to make different images appear based on the color used. According to the artists, RGB is a work about the exploration of the “surface’s deepness.” In each image three layers live together, three worlds that could belong to a specific animal kingdom or to an anatomical part, but at the same time connect to a different psychological or emotional status.

WITNESS THE WALL TRANSFORMATION. CARNOVSKY FOR BLIK.

WITNESS THE WALL TRANSFORMATION. CARNOVSKY FOR BLIK.Why do we like Carnovsky?

We were drawn to Carnovsky’s work and the RGB design in particular because of the layered meaning hidden in the pieces. By simply changing the light color in a space, the art reveals different elements. How cool is that!

You’re getting glasses too!
We’re including special glasses that can be used to see the hidden layers. We think it makes the art a conversation starter for your get-togethers and know that you’ll have fun talking about what you see with friends.

The Rosoni collection is comprised of Rosone N. 1, Rosone N. 2, Rosone N. 3 and Rosone N. 4. The entire collection is available now at Blik.

CRAWW’S DREAMLIKE PORTRAITS + A CRAWW SKIN GIVEAWAY

CRAWWS DREAMLIKE PORTRAITS  + A CRAWW SKIN GIVEAWAYOne of our favorite UK graphic designers and artists, Craww is back at Blik with two dreamlike portraits, Rise and Fall. An interesting fact for those of you who caught his show at the C.A.V.E. Gallery in March, the two graphics are an extension of the work he created for that show.

According to Craww, the C.A.V.E. Gallery show was loosely based around a theme of threads. Not so much of a hard concept, but as a unifying theme. Rise and Fall are an extension of that process, but with their own direction. Fall is directly related to the painting Faith, but took a different vibe when it was transformed into a wall graphic. Rise was an answer to the new feel of the revisited work, Fall. Craww intended for Rise and Fall to complement each other.

CRAWWS DREAMLIKE PORTRAITS  + A CRAWW SKIN GIVEAWAY

Craww portrait. Photo credit: Ransom Notes.

In true Craww fashion, he continues his themes of loss and longing with twisting, floating muses. A dynamic mix of elegance, balance and disciplined chaos. Rise and Fall explore the concept of fate, governed by threads that lead from start to end – threads that bind us to our destiny and threads that ultimately release us.

GIVEAWAY:To celebrate the launch of Craww’s new wall graphics, we are giving away five of his skins. Adapted from his original pieces Ascend, Bandages, Fox, Sisters and Fear of Flying explore themes of ambiguity and dare we say, wicked things masquerading in beauty.

To win, comment below and tell us your favorite Craww graphic at Blik and what skin you’d like to win. Five winners will be chosen at random and will be able to choose from an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch, iPod touch 4, iPad, Mac or PC laptop skins. Please note, the skins are made to order. Giveaway ends on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be announced on Monday, April 23, 2012. Open to residents of US and Canada.
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IMAGINARY FOREST BY PATRICK HRUBY

IMAGINARY FOREST BY PATRICK HRUBY

Patrick Hruby fans listen up. Patrick is back at Blik with the Imaginary Forest wall decal. We recently sat down with the LA-based illustrator for a quick conversation about the new graphic, growing up in a log cabin and his heroes. Like Imaginary Castle, the graphic is available in two sizes: small and large.

Blik: What inspired Imaginary Forest?
Patrick Hruby: I was born in Los Angeles, but I grew up in a log cabin on 20 acres of forest in Idaho. I did the forest scene for myself originally. It was self-medicating.

Blik: Why a forest?
PH: Drawing forests is peaceful for me. It’s one of the last places that’s still magical, beautiful and wild.

Blik: Who were your heroes growing up?
PH: Mary Blair and Kay Nielsen.

Thanks, Patrick for sharing with us!

IMAGINARY FOREST GIVEAWAY:
Patrick’s imagination has taken him from the depths of the forest to Eastern European castles. Where will your imagination take you? Tell us your favorite imaginary animal by commenting below to win 1 of 5 small Imaginary Forest graphics. We’re partial to unicorns.

How to Win: Leave your comment below by 11:59pm on April 8, 2012. The five winners will be announced on April 10, 2012. Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents.

UPDATE: Congratulations Alison, Eunice, Jake, Tanya, and Sean! We loved your imaginary animals. Thanks to everyone who participated! 

MEET DAN GOLDEN & FUNBUS

MEET DAN GOLDEN & FUNBUS
Next week, we’re launching four new graphics from FUNBUS by Dan Golden. The new collection at Blik marks the introduction of FUNBUS, a new division of Dan Golden Studio. Before the launch, we thought we’d introduce you to our friend Dan.

Five Fun Facts About Dan Golden

1) Before focusing on art & design, Dan considered a career as a singer songwriter. Some of his influences included Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, James Taylor and Paul Simon. In the mid-90s, Dan self-produced a mini-EP which he dedicated to Janeane Garofalo called “The Button-down Mind of Dan Golden” (He named the tape after Bob Newhart’s famous comedy album, “The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart.”) Less than 50 copies exist and are worth millions. (Ok, tens of dollars.)

2) One of Dan’s favorite foods growing up was cotton candy. (Technically not really a food.)

3) When Dan was a child, he resembled a small Woody Allen. (Complete with glasses.)

4) Dan once auditioned to play Orville Redenbacher’s grandson in a commercial. He didn’t get the part.

5) Visiting the Bionic Man set at Universal Studios in the mid-1970s, Dan was picked out of the audience to jump over an airplane. (Which he did, no sweat.)

Still craving more Dan Golden? Check out his interview on in the loop, the CB2 blog. And stay tuned for the launch of the graphics next week!

eBoy’s new york ecity + Pinterest Giveaway

eBoys new york ecity + Pinterest GiveawayThe pixelated world of eBoy is back at Blik and this time we’re reppin’ the big apple. Get lost in our New York eCity~ Re-Stik that’s complete with superheros, zombies, construction workers, and of course our Lady Liberty. What’s the best part? This wall decal is made with Blik Re-Stik, so the city that never sleeps can stay that way.

eBoys new york ecity + Pinterest Giveaway

GIVEAWAY: We’re giving away 5 sets of New York eCity wall graphic. We’ve pulled 5 of our favorite scenes from the 8-bit cityscape and added speech bubbles for your comments. Wow us with your clever, funny or witty captions and this eCity could be yours. Head on over to our eBoy Pinterest board to commence the captioning!

Details: Comment on our eBoy Pinterest board by 11:59 PM PST on Monday, March 26, 2012 in order to be eligible to win. The 5 winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 on Pinterest and this blog. US and Canada only.

UPDATE: We’ve chosen 5 winners! Congratulations to Carol Arndt-Rodriguez, Marco Manca, Francis Real, Joshua Weaver and Phillip Johnston.We loved your funny captions. A big thanks to everyone who participated!


Keith Haring Pattern Wall Tiles + Keith Haring Exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum

Keith Haring Pattern Wall Tiles + Keith Haring Exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum

The long week is over and if that’s not enough to get you excited, we’ve got some news that will really get you dancing. One of our most beloved Blik artists, Keith Haring has an exhibit opening today at the Brooklyn Museum. Keith Haring: 1978-1982 is the first large-scale exhibition of his early career tracing the development of Haring’s visual vocabulary. The exhibition includes 155 works on paper, numerous experimental videos and over 150 archival objects.

Can’t make it to NY? Let us bring Haring to you. Launching today are Keith Haring ~ Pattern Wall Tiles. These new, self-adhesive fabric tiles are eco-friendly, non-toxic and free of both PVC and phthalates. Bring a burst of Haring into your home or office with repeating pattern tiles. The wall tiles are available at Blik and at the Brooklyn Museum shop.

Does this pattern look familiar? It’s adapted from Keith Haring’s Pop Shop and a version of this design was the backdrop for a special Pop Shop installation at Pace Prints in New York City last fall.

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