Inspiration Monday

I love seeing art by adults with disabilities out in the world, and it’s even better when a big company like Crate and Barrel or Dwell magazine chooses to highlight this special group of people.

As they have done in the past, Crate and Barrel has released a series of pillows this winter through CB2- Crate and Barrel’s modern sister company. These pillows were designed by select artists from Creativity Explored,  an art studio and gallery in San Francisco, CA who “advances the value and diversity of artistic expression. We provide artists with developmental disabilities the means to create, exhibit, and sell their art in our studios and gallery, and around the world.” Click here for a link to the full article.

“Laron Bickerstaff’s Love pillow feaures his popular artwork that investigates the visual characteristics of language. Bickerstaff is deaf and communicates with American Sign Language.”
“Alan Ku’s Hong Kong pillow brings this city’s spectacular skyline to life. Ku reinterprets images from art history to create his own unique visions. “
“Merna Lum’s Two Birds pillow renders Lum’s feathered friends on clean white 100% cotton. Lum creates art that celebrates her love of nature, gravitating toward plant and animal subjects. “


In the April 2015 issue of Dwell Magazine, two more Creativity Explored artists are featured as shown below.  For full article click here.

“Exotic Alphabet” by Richard Wright
Abstract painting by Thu Mai Tieu

I love that these artists are being supported, and love even more that the pieces are being “lived with”…they’re going to someone’s home to decorate a space and welcomed as a part of someone’s daily visual landscape. How cool!