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Food Art: Ida Frosk's creative kitchen

Food Art: Ida Frosk's creative kitchen

Interview with Ida Frosk

Remember when our parents used to tell us not to play with our food? Well, fortunately, Ida Skivenes- better known as Ida Frosk- didn’t listen. The Oslo based food artist has been playing with food for years and the results are fantastic! Her colorful and amazing creations are fun, tasty, and for the most part, healthy.

We asked her if she would like to recreate one of Toi's artworks and she said yes! How cool is that? Thank you, Ida! Stay tuned to see her pick, coming up soon...

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Let's hear from the designer: Rosa Beltran

Let's hear from the designer: Rosa Beltran

Rosa Beltran has her own small design firm in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles where she designs locally-made, affordable custom furniture. She believes good design should not be out of reach, so she is all about helping to create spaces people truly love to live in. She shares her travels, ideas, and adventures with her adorable son Benicio on her Facebook and Instagram account, her style is fun and open, you can tell she is pretty awesome! 

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Artists in Motion. Camilla Engman: A nurse, a singer and a princess with long hair

Artists in Motion. Camilla Engman: A nurse, a singer and a princess with long hair

Swedish artist Camilla Engman’s work is fascinating, beautiful and mysterious. There is something very moving about her color palette of yellows, greys and neutral tones, but also her dreamlike scenarios where animals and humans share enigmatic stories. In this interview, she talks about her experience of being an artist, and all the possibly different lives left behind in her journey.

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Artists in Motion: The meaningful art of Joanna Concejo

Artists in Motion: The meaningful art of Joanna Concejo

Joanna’s work is like a pebble thrown in the water: its splash reverberates in circles of emotion and thoughts that linger. How does she achieve this magic? There is an element of mystery, perhaps even to herself; it seems that when she makes art, she surrenders to her own creative powers; she creates art that invites us, the viewers, to enter a portal and get transported to her remarkable world.

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Artists in Motion: Lieke van der Vorst "I learned so many things: from being alone and overcome my fears, to how lovely people are to strangers"

Artists in Motion: Lieke van der Vorst

Dutch artist Lieke van der Vorst was born in Kaatsheuvel, a village between Tilburg and ’s-Hertogenbosch in the southern part of the Netherlands. She started her blog and studio Liekeland, in 2011.

In her work she combines everyday life with dreamlike scenes: a dinner table with people and wild animals, a garden with a girl and a bear planting together, meaningful and beautiful images that transport us to a whimsical land.

Perhaps her drawings are reflections of how Lieke would like the world to be: a place where we are all connected with nature, where every living thing can find a place at our table and people and nature live in harmony.

Lieke's work is printed on Arctic Paper from Sweden, with only a minimum amount of water and energy, Arctic Paper produces ecological and FSC certified types of paper.

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Artists in Motion: Cinta Arribas

Artists in Motion: Cinta Arribas

Cinta studied Fine Arts at Salamanca and completed her education in Kassel (Germany). Now she lives in Madrid, where she works as a freelance illustrator.

 Among her publishing projects is Bababum, a series of activity books for kids, or Hijos de Fruta, a colorable fanzine "for kids who enjoy farts and burps championships". 

Cofounder of the Crispis studio in Madrid, she publishes fanzines and works on projects such as Bababum.

 For several years she illustrated articles in the Economy and Society section of the Eco magazine, in Galicia and she also coordinates the illustration workshop for children, Taller de dinosaurios

Cinta’s work focuses on people, she likes to imagine stories inspired by different characters. Her work is intense, colorful and expressive; it plays with a subtle sense of humor that highlights the fact that life should always be a little fun.

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We Love Art

We Love Art

At Toi, we think art is the best present you can give someone you love.... so, in anticipation of Valentine's Day, we asked Toi's artists about the connection between art and love. 

They illustrated their answers, and we love what they did. You will too! 

Eleonora Arroyo

How risky to talk about love without sounding cheesy! Especially when talking about art and love. The most important thing for me is to express a feeling or an idea through my work. When I illustrate, I translate that idea or emotion to a visual language. I allow the image take charge. Form, color, composition, everything has to communicate, to express a feeling.

I’m not sure what is the best present for someone we love. But I’m certain art is one of the best possible presents. What a joy is to choose an artwork, to think of how this would please this person, and how this piece will be in their life forever.

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The Meaning of Meaningful

The Meaning of Meaningful

I find the dictionary definition of meaningful, (and its synonyms significant, important, valid) very similar to some aspects of art.

Meaningful is described as “communicating something that is not directly expressed” the same way that art transmits feelings or, as Leo Tolstoy put it, “[in art] the receiver enters a kind of relationship.”

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Artists in Motion. Anne Baier: "I think to surround yourself with beautiful things have an impact on the way you feel."

Artists in Motion. Anne Baier:

Anne Baier grew up in the North of Germany. She has studied Visual Communication at the Bauhaus University Weimar and at École Supérieure des beaux-arts de Toulouse. Since 2013, she works as a freelance illustrator in her studio in Potsdam, Berlin. Her illustrations have been published in several magazines and newspapers in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and England. She also works for publishers and clients in the field of graphic and editorial design. Anne loves using graphite pencils and doing all kinds of prints. Her illustrations are inspired by nature, everyday life and music and have a strong sense for abstraction and textures.

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