real art

November 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Steve’s show, Sediment and Sentiment | A Re:mapping Project, opened on Saturday at the ArtHouse Gallery in Sacramento. The event was a culmination of five years of work, most intensely over the past nine months. Our daughter, Kate, flew out from Chicago to help him hang the show (putting to use her Museum Curation/Art History degree from University of British Columbia) and our youngest, Alex, flew in from Oregon to join us. We were surprised by family and friends who traveled to share the time with us, and were bowled over by their outpouring of love and support. The gallery was packed with friends from all corners of our lives, and designers we’ve known for over 30 years, plus college friends, clients, cousins, neighbors, colleagues, partners, past employees…pretty much everyone we’ve ever known.

Leading up to the show, I had been making noises that it was weird to see the art that had been hanging out in the nooks and crannies of our home, taking up the spare rooms and hiding out under beds and in closets, on the gallery walls, just like real art. But it was abundantly clear that our friends and family were the real art, and that the reward was having a thriving design and art community, with both a history and a future together.

Here are a few photos of the week and the show.

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work still in progress

October 3, 2013 § 1 Comment

Steve’s side project. It’s been in progress for two years (maybe more). Soon to be finished. Real soon. Come by and visit. November 9, ArtHOUSE Gallery in Sacramento.


work in progress

July 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

Steve is preparing for a show at the Art House in Sacramento, opening on November 9. To some of us, that seems like a lifetime away. I suspect to Steve it feels like ten minutes away. The show is an extension of his re:mapping collection. Designer by day, painter by night, golfer and gardener in the moments between. I have to say, the guy gets a lot out of his 24 hours. A sneak peak at the work in progress.

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art mapped out

April 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

Everyone knows we can’t get enough maps here at Tackett+Barbaria. Steve has done a series of paintings focused on maps, I made a map table for the studio, we made 150 map paper airplane maps for Alex’s high school graduation party, and I wrap most every gift in maps. But the truth is, for day-to-day navigation, we turn to Siri. I’ve been compensating by collecting map art for a special day on on our Tumblr (April 5, go check it out). I have 50 so far, which may make my followers crazy, but it makes me happy. Here are some of my favorites.


1. words and glitter  2. Elizabeth Lecourt 3. Ingrid Dabringer 4. Nikki Rosato 5. doug beube

drawing coffee

January 31, 2013 § Leave a comment


While I do love a coffee photo I can almost taste and smell (see previous project at Coffee|Served Daily), I have to admit, hand drawn coffee makes more sense. It just seems to be more craft compatible. Sources and Credits: 1. A Loss of Thought  2, 3, 4. draw coffee5, 6. Paul Westcombe

clarion alley, san francisco

January 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

This weekend Steve and I visited Clarion Alley, a work-in-progress streetscape in the Mission of SF. The alley of  murals has been changing for twenty years, and it was remarkable. Loud, brash, colorful, messy, magical, mysterious, provocative, vibrant and most of all…alive! I took a hundred photos and I am sure I can go back and take a hundred more, and they would all be different. We stayed for an hour or so, and we left inspired and excited about the role of art in our neighborhoods and how making a place for passion invigorates all of us. DSC00163 DSC00151 DSC00149 DSC00147 DSC00141 DSC00133 DSC00112 DSC00104 DSC00101 DSC00086 DSC00083

proof that once again, mother nature is the best designer of all

December 18, 2012 § 1 Comment

Russian photographer Andrew Osokin takes ridiculously close up photos of snowflakes. Snowflakes as sculpture, that’s what it is.  Beautiful! Via This is Colossal.   You know, I love paper, and print, and the internet…but really, nothing trumps nature when it comes to design. And this week, especially, we could all use a little inspired beauty, don’t you think?

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