Artist: Erika Iris Simmons

Technology advances and items we once treasured become obsolete. Or do they? Erika Iris Simmons is an extremely creative artist that revamps old materials like cassette tapes, film reels, and books turning them into fascinating works of art. With a degree in Russian from Washington University in St. Louis, she never intended to become an artist, but has always appreciated art. Her detailed work depicts music and pop icons from tapes or maestros from sheet music or artist portraits made from chopped-up pieces of their art . Open to exploring different used materials, Erika tries “to take something apart, and put it back together in weird ways.” The result however, is far from weird.

You can be a part of the process too. She gladly welcomes donations and you can find more specific requests on her Donation Page. So before you think of tossing that “box of junk,” maybe you should turn some of it over to Erika. Who knows what might develop? For a more in-depth look at this artist please read Daniel Benning’s interview in ONEEIGHTNINE. A bevy of Erika Iris Simmons’s artwork is featured on her flick’r photostream, so check out the goodness! A few of my favorites are shown below:


Design Inspiration: Brennan Fruge

Brennan FrugeWhat can I say? I like Brennan Fruge’s site design. The concept is fun and fresh and stays consistent and the navigation is easy. Visually interesting, I actually enjoy rolling over the icons to see what appears. The site is simple, but not in a bad way. It expresses creativity and a touch of humor without having to go over the top (like those sites filled with tons of meaningless animations). In my opinion, it’s just really well done. The content is worth clicking through too. The only issue I can think of is that I wish there was an image viewer for the drawing and painting section like there was for the others. Although, that really didn’t stop me from looking at each one. You can find out a little more about the actual person, Brennan Fruge, by viewing his resume.

Brennan Fruge Home Page

Here are a couple of my favorites from the site.

Brennan Fruge Illustration

Brennan Fruge Sketch

Brennan Fruge Sketch

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