Dallas Design News: October Part 3

Qui Anxiong: Animated Narratives

Moving Pictures . . . Shanghai-based artist Qiu Anxiong's stop-motion, black and white paintings are animated and beautiful. He's turned the acrylic-on-canvas paintings into a provocative video that references his Chinese roots and comments on his native country's industrialized, often polluted landscape. Qui Anxiong: Animated Narratives is free at the Crow Collection of Asian Art and runs through February 5.

i-pezzi at Nest

Mix & Match . . . i-pezzi is Heather Wiese-Alexander's newest stationery brainstorm, which allows you to create your own customizable invitations from various design elements sold at The Paper Store, Heather's reincarnation of a shop-in-a-shop inside Nest, which sells her luxury stationery line, Bell'Invito. Everything that store does is cool, so it's worth the trip just to see what Heather and buyer Donald Fowler have up their creative sleeves. (i-pezzi, in case you're curious, means "the pieces" in Italian.)

Artwork by Linda Guy

Re-decorate . . . Linda Guy's exhibition, Re-Orient, combines historical design patterns and her own imagination to create works of art that are beautiful and smart. They also look gorgeous on your walls.

Some artists cringe when people describe their works as decorative, but Guy, who uses drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, computer applications and inkjet printing to create her collages, is as fascinated with design and decoration as we are.

Art doesn't have to be gritty to be serious, it just has to be good. And I love what Guy's done with these canvases, breaking things down into their basic design elements, then corralling them into a whole new idea. The show only runs through October 22 at Ro2 Art Uptown, so don't miss it.

Thrift Studio, benefitting Dwell with Dignity.

Success! On opening night, Thrift Studio hauled in a whopping $20,000. Thousands more have been raised in the 15 days since the pop-up shop opened on October 1, with all of the proceeds going to benefit the s0-worthy programs of Dwell with Dignity.

There's still time to find great bargains before Thrift Studio closes on October 30. Director Kim Turner tells me they're replenishing as fast as they can.

If you haven't heard, the stylish popup shop known as Thrift Studio sells the overstock of donated, gently used furniture, housewares, accessories, and high-end designer finds to the public. It's located at 1615 Hi Line and is open Monday-Saturday 10-5:30.

To give you an idea of the level of the goods you can buy (at a fraction of wholesale), some of the top showrooms and designers in Dallas who donated include Jan Showers, Janus et Cie, Scott + Cooner, and David Sutherland.

To make things even more enticing, five talented interior designers created incredibly beautiful room vignettes done entirely with items from Dwell with Dignity's warehouse (many were recovered, repainted, or refurnished). They are Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten/25; Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry of Pulp Design Studios; Samantha Reitmayer Sano of Style/Swoon; Emily Johnston of EJ Interiors (The Material Girls); and William Baker of Jones Baker.

Everything in these rooms and at Thrift Studio is for sale, and it all goes into Dwell with Dignity's worthy coffers.







Note: All photos of Thrift Studio courtesy of Lance Selgo at Unique Exposure Photography, who regularly donates his time and talent to promote Dwell with Dignity's causes.