The Florida based design duo Jim and Tori Mullian started their collection of mixed media Songbird sculptures in 2006. He’s a self taught artist, she’s a jewelry designer and they share a love of antiques. The inspiration for the collection came from a box of vintage hunting decoys Jim had inherited. He took a damaged bird, added some odds and ends he had in his studio and the results were a revelation.
The Mullanium Songbirds quickly became a favorite of collectors everywhere. Each bird is handmade in jim and Tori’s studio, using the old carvings as the models. With a unique steampunk aesthetic, the birds incorporate mechanical elements into a folk art tradition. Vintage toys, croquet balls, and binoculars become roosts for the songbirds, and each is adorned with bits of recycled metal, watch parts and old tobacco tags. No two are exactly alike, each has it’s own personality and is signed and dated by Jim. These art objects are a charming addition to any interior and make unique and memorable gifts.
An unabashed and unapologetic original, street photographer Vivian Maier compulsively documented her surroundings on film, but never showed her photos to anyone. Consistently taking photos over the course of five decades, she would ultimately leave over 100,000 negatives, most of them shot in Chicago and New York City. Vivian would further indulge in her passionate devotion to documenting the world around her through homemade films, recordings and collections, assembling one of the most fascinating windows into American life in the second half of the twentieth century.
See more of her work and history on vivianmaier.com
Painter and installation artist Julie Rofman has translated her passion for color and pattern into a stunning collection of hand beaded bracelets. She begins each piece with only an initial color palette in mind. “I think this is what makes it most enjoyable, the decisions arise throughout the process,” she explains in a cool hunting interview, “I like seeing how matte beads interact with sparkly beads and the interaction of bold and muted colors.” The designs are inspired by the rich variety of colors and patterns found in some of the most beautiful and exotic locations around the world, from Stockholm to Tahiti.
|Julie Rofman Havana Beaded Cuff $156.00||Julie Rofman Hana Beaded Wrap Bracelet $135.00||Julie Rofman Poa Beaded Cuff $200.00|
Informed by traditional Native American bead weaving and geometric Bauhaus designs, she creates brilliant pixelated color fields of hand-crafted glass delica beads. The uniformly sized beads are sourced from a small family run studio in Japan. Each bracelet is hand woven on a small loom by women artisans in Guatemala and finished in Julie’s Northern California studio. Rofman holds an MFA From California State University, Long Beach and a BFA from Tulane University.