Posted on 13 September 2012

This week we’re showcasing a designer and artist who are going “green”…and I’m not referring to their favorite sports team or any shades of jade, I’m talking about sustainability! Designer, Tina DeLorenzo believes in our disposable society, old things can be made new…and better! And she is going to prove it to us. On Thursday September 20th we are hosting our fourth Cincinnati Design Star showroom unveiling of 2012. Tina DeLorenzo, of Casa DeLorenzo, is creating her room, “My reGeneration” out of solely reused and re-purposed items. (RSVP for this free event HERE!)   [caption id="attachment_2566" align="aligncenter" width="432" caption="Artwork by Susan Mahan"][/caption]

Joining Tina in her belief that old things made new can be better than new itself, is ADC’s most recent artist addition, the local & talented Susan Mahan. Susan has always been an outstanding artist, but it was only recently she decided she could make just as beautiful artwork as she had in the past, with reused materials.   [caption id="attachment_2565" align="aligncenter" width="541" caption="Artwork by Susan Mahan"][/caption]

“My ‘green’ work is inspired by my love of color and pattern and my appreciation of the beautiful catalogs that arrive to my mailbox daily. I love to pour through the paper images and hate to throw them away. About a year ago it occurred to me to incorporate them in my work as additional sources of repeated patterns and levels of color that would be impossible to recreate using only paint.   [caption id="attachment_2568" align="aligncenter" width="490" caption="Artwork by Susan Mahan"][/caption]

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The addition of occasional text is a random bonus. Once in a while a word or phrase finds its way into a painting and it reinforces the message that I am trying to convey. Sometimes it will inspire a title. The paper adds color and texture to my paintings and playfully enhances the composition, developing it in a spontaneous way. This flurry of activity results in a final piece that is active, vibrant and unexpected.   [caption id="attachment_2567" align="aligncenter" width="545" caption="Artwork by Susan Mahan"][/caption]

Additionally, I love to pay homage to the designer who created the patterns of the fashions being advertised and the graphic designers who spent hours putting the images on the pages together. It's my way of recognizing their work as well as complimenting my own. It is recycling in the best possible way.”   [caption id="attachment_2564" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Artwork by Susan Mahan"][/caption]

Susan’s artwork is a unique and modern twist on patchwork. You always know a Susan Mahan piece when you see it…and although her work is recognizable, it never ceases to surprise. Her artworks lure your eyes, calling you to look over every square inch carefully to find exquisite details of words and patterns. Susan’s artwork will be featured in Tina DeLorenzo’s “My reGeneration” showroom next Thursday.  Join us at ADC for 6 PM cocktails and the 7 PM showroom unveiling and see how Tina & Susan prove going “green” is a beautiful decision!

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Litsa Spanos – loving wife and mother of three – is an established art consultant, award-winning gallery owner, custom framer and educator. In this blog, Litsa shares with you her love for beautiful things. She will give you an exclusive look into the world of fine art and the artists who create it. She will also let you in on inspirational design ideas that are sure to give your home or office energy, warmth and reflect your own personal style.




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