Consider adding Simplicity and Beauty to your Coffee

DIY Coffee Maker – click photo for video on how to make it.

Unable to find where to buy the item

AnZa — Kickstarter Campaign still in the works, click on photo for information

Custom made by Madera, click on photo for Amazon link to order

Available from Amazon $43.99, click on the photo

Safe In Master’s Hands (or Mistress’)


* Lithograph on thin, fibrous handmade paper

* Signed in pencil at lower right

* Edition 10/30

* Print is impressed into rag paper, creating a seamless appearance

* In metal frame, behind glass, wired for hanging

* Light wear

Auction ends on Oct. 25th, 10 pm EST

Is that a Rocket in your Pocket? Coop auction at Housing Works



Add a little Hot Rod Art to you walls.  dievca thinks the work was done for a San Diego punk band “Rocket from the Crypt” performing at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Hollywood.

The LUSH curves made her smile!

(click on the Lot Id # for the auction, ending on Sunday evening)

Lot Id

Poster: 22″w x 35″h Linen backing: 26″w x 36.5″h


* Serigraph on paper

* Edition: 152/1500

* Signed on lower right

* Mounted on linen

* Shows light signs of wear with some scuffing and pin holes to linen corners



Coop, real name Chris Cooper, is a hot rod artist working from Los Angeles. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1968, and describes his occupation as “Insensitive Artiste”. His work consists primarily of barely clothed Bettie Page-style 1950s soft pornography and/or B-movie monsters, with the female characters often taking the role of “Devil-Women”. The image most often associated with his work is however slightly more tame: the face of a grinning devil with a smoking cigar clamped in its teeth. 

Coop has become popular with certain bands and labels and has provided art for several Sympathy for the Record Industry releases as well as the posters for Reverend Horton Heat, Lords of Acid, Green Day, Nirvana, Soundgarden and The Foo Fighters. 

Coop is an avid hot rod enthusiast and well-known amongst the Kustom Kulture community. He makes an annual appearance at the Mooneyes Xmas party. He released a book in 2001 called Devils Advocate: The Art of Coop.[1] In 2004 he released The Big Fat One, containing 1008 pages of collected sketches, and has recently formed a collaboration with Hot Wheels to sell a series of miniature “Coop-Customized” hot rods.

Lady Love

lady love

She is standing on my eyelids
And her hair is in my hair
She has the color of my eye
She has the body of my hand
In my shade she is engulfed
As a stone against the sky

She will never close her eyes
And she does not let me sleep
And her dreams in the bright day
Make the suns evaporate
And me laugh cry and laugh
Speak when I have nothing to say


Elle est debout sur mes paupières
Et ses cheveux sont dans les miens,
Elle a la forme de mes mains,
Elle a la couleur de mes yeux,
Elle s’engloutit dans mon ombre
Comme une pierre sur le ciel.

Elle a toujours les yeux ouverts
Et ne me laisse pas dormir.
Ses rêves en pleine lumière
Font s’évaporer les soleils,
Me font rire, pleurer et rire,
Parler sans avoir rien à dire

Paul Eluard

“Man and Woman” is a 8 meter (26 foot) tall moving steel sculpture by Georgian sculptor Tamara Kvesitadze. Located in the seaside city of Batumi, Georgia, the two figures represent a Muslim boy, Ali, and a Georgian princess, Nino, from a famous 1937 novel by Azerbaijani author Kurban Said. The tragic story ends with the lovers separated by the invasion of Soviet Russia.

A small slice: Erté, the Met and Delman Shoes

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Romain de Tirtoff (French [born Russia], 1892–1990), better known as Erté, was a frequent and much-loved guest of New York City.  dievca had the opportunity to appreciate his vision for shoes at the Met this summer.

In honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the artist’s death, a small selection from the designs acquired by the Metropolitan Museum were on view in the Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Gallery. The selection focused on the designs Erté created for the New York shoe manufacturer Herman Delman, who founded his company in 1919 with one small shoe store on Madison Avenue. Delman’s philosophy was to offer a limited selection of shoes that each stood for comfort and quality, but were also true eye-catchers during a night out on the town. This vision resonated well with what he had thus far seen from Erté in Harper’s Bazar, and he approached the artist to create designs for his firm. While the collaboration lasted for several years, only the gouaches seem to have survived.

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Though the shoes designed by Erté for Delman have diminished, the  vast collection of the Museum’s Costume Institute offers some other examples of Delman shoes from the same time period. They allow a glimpse of the uniqueness and modernity that characterized a fashionable shoe design during the 1930’s.

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Not a dated or ugly shoe in the bunch. Good design is timeless.

Would you wear a piece of Artwork? or a bodycon dress?

dievca would say, “no”….and then she walked into a store in the Midwest and found a fun, flattering dress that had a crazy pattern on it.  When she looked up the “brand” on the internet, she realized that the maker specialized in clothing/accessories with silk screen artwork on them.

The dress:

Breeke Kandinsky Dress

Breeke Kandinsky Dress

dievca doesn’t normally wear a bodycon dress, but the black on the sides slims the body and the Artwork on the front and back are a distraction for bumps and lumps. Something fun to wear with a tan. Unexpected and inexpensive at $62.00.

Who is Kandinsky?

Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) is a much-loved Russian painter who was exceptionally influential on the development of modern abstract art. Wassily Kandinsky also painted other styles of works earlier in his career and many of these have also retained popularity, containing their own strengths and creative flair.

What is bodycon?

The body conscious dress — or “bodycon” — takes cue from the figure-hugging, fitted Herve Leger bandage dress which, as its name implies, feels like a second skin. Made to hug every single curve, it’s designed to proudly show off your shape–but not everyone has the confidence to pull off this super tight style.

BTW, Van Gogh‘s Starry, Starry Night didn’t look half as good as the Kandinsky dress on dievca…and in the process of researching Kandinsky, dievca realized that she owns a pareo with his Farbstudie Quadrate on it….so, two pieces of Artwork clothing. So Be It!Wassily Kandinsky Color of Squares

The Perfect Fit

People are always looking for the “Perfect Fit” and their Cinderella moment.  It’s just not realistic. Human beings are….well, Human Beings, with all of their endearing flaws.  As dievca watches her friends date and recently reviewing her past Life experiences she wonders who is and who has “The Perfect Fit”.

1. Myth: Your partner will always be the one.

 Fact: There is no “happily forever after” best match without change. People and relationships are not static. A great fit has the potential to  become broken, stale or wrong for participants. As you continue to age and grow in your life, you might even change who you’d pick as your partner.

Look at your relationship and ask yourself if you are both willing “to flex, experience, communicate and adjust.” Is your partner someone you  see worth struggling to reclaim or build a new way of connecting as both partners change? Do you want to?

Other important considerations are what both of you want out of the relationship and whether you’re on the same page when it comes to values and other key issues. Have you seen how your partner acts in a crisis? Do you trust each other? Do you know each other underneath your masks? Do you honor each other?

2. Myth: It’s bad to have doubts before making a commitment.

Fact: A lot of people have secret doubts that steal through their thoughts about commitment and about whether they are settling  or should have held out for something better. But that’s not the point of commitment. Statistically speaking there is always someone better than your partner in some or even all dimensions of what attracts you or feels like a best fit.

Having doubts is healthy. The older you get, the more you’re aware of the potential difficulties in relationships and you realize that relationships take hard work.  Can you overcome these obstacles or doubts as a couple while respecting each other’s differences and arrive at a compromise?

Couples run into trouble when they struggle with conflict, bury it or hide from it. In a healthy relationship, conflict is productive and mutually collaborative in terms of finding some way through the challenges as a team.

3. Myth: A successful relationship means completing each other.

Fact: Movies like “Jerry Maguire” perpetuate this myth. (Remember when Tom Cruise professed to Renée Zellweger “You complete me!”?)  This myth is so alluring. There is a strong romantic desire to find another person who completes us. Someone who makes up for our deficits or feels like the missing piece. But people don’t just function for someone else, they have their own needs and agendas.

It’s better for partners to come into the relationship whole. That way each person in the partnership has done enough on their own to develop an identity of who they are and what they want. That way they don’t need another person to complete them. Partners should want to connect, collaborate, explore and develop together — and not because they feel alone, needy or desperate.

Adapted from with Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S., Psychologist Jason Seidel, Psy.D and dievca…

Freakonomics: What You Don’t Know About Online Dating

And the reason why dievca went on this tangent?

This piece of Artwork:

Michael Dotson - Perfect Fit- Signed Edition $150Exhibition A – Perfect Fit
Michael Dotson’s work is informed by contemporary virtual spaces and digital tools like vector graphics and Photoshop as much as his subject matter explores the idea of fantasy or virtual realities. Using Disney cartoon characters as archetypal subject matter, saturated color gradients, and linear perspective, Dotson’s graphic paintings seem digitally rendered but in fact are painted and manipulated by hand. Using solid areas of color, patterning, and distortion of figure and ground as a spatial devices, Dotson creates simulated environments within the flat canvas surface.

In this print, the artist isolates Cinderella’s glass slipper in the climactic moment where her true potential as princess is realized –– shedding her life of unjust oppression to live happily ever after.
“The Perfect Fit”
Whew! A relationship determined by the fit of a shoe … now, that would be so much easier. 😉

Michael Dotson will present a new body of paintings in his solo exhibition, “A Whole New World”, at Galerie Zürcher in Paris opening April 11. Dotson (born 1982, Cleveland, OH) received his MFA from American University in Washington, D.C. and his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. His work was included in group shows in 2014 at The Hole, Graham Gallery in New York, and “If you’re accidentally not included don’t worry about it”, curated by Peter Saul at Zürcher Studio. He has previously exhibited paintings at Jeff Bailey Gallery, Brian Morris Gallery, DCKT, and throughout the United States. He lives and works in Brooklyn.