Art + Moving Wings

Good new week to you dear blog friends! In five and a half weeks Christmas is here for those of you who are celebrating. I am so behind it is almost funny. The furry rats and shiny pumpkins are still sitting outside my front door, people! And don’t even get me started on Holiday cards, parties thrown at me, a good amount of gifts that soon need to be on Santa’s sleigh on his way to Europe not to mention all the preparations for the holidays at our own home. Is anybody aware of a button that can be pushed that sets you in the right Holiday mood? Nope, still not in the mood.

Instead I would rather sip wine at a fancy art gallery having a fun and relaxing time without any do’s & don’ts messing with my joyous state of mind.

A few months ago my lovely blog friend Di over at Designersblock wrote a post about the artist Paul Villinski. I can’t get his artwork off my mind.

Just look at these butterflies made out of old beer cans! I love these installations and could easily see a butterfly art piece on a large empty wall space where some drama and beauty is needed.

This is what Paul Villinski has to say about his butterflies: “Our grandchildren will laugh in disbelief at the vast resources we squander, manufacturing a plastic bottle for a pint of water, or mining aluminum to surround 12 ounces of beer with metal. One generation’s trash will be another’s treasure. These littered beer cans are humble, but worthy materials, and it’s gratifying to take this “trash” and turn it into something of beauty and meaning.”.

Showing you this artwork is also appropriate since I just found out that my dear Swedish friend Kiki is moving to Sweden with her husband. Kiki is the owner of the store, Swedish Heirlooms in Seattle, a popular destination for people interested in old Swedish furnishings and good antique reproductions. Her lovely store is now up for sale. Sad news for so may of us in Seattle but what do you do when your hubby gets a top job on the the other side of the planet? I am sure talented Kiki will come up with a brilliant business idea that allows her to work with both countries. But I am not sure I am ready to let her go. I just don’t like when good friends move!

For more of Paul Villinkis’ portfolio – go here.

Written by Splendid Willow in: Art & Antiques |


  • Monika,
    This is stunning! I loovvee the butterflies!
    Thank you for sharing!


  • Charlotta says:

    So pretty! Strangely and so unlike me I am leaning towards the ‘colourful’ ones instead of the more ‘realistic looking’ grey/black ones.. I am particularly drawn towards the image of the stair case – that double height space and the divine light pouring in to highlight the butterflies… sigh.

    How sad Kiki is leaving – being an ‘expat’ is hard in that sense – make great friends but risk loosing them in a matter of years due to the global-workplace trend.. Perhaps Swedish Heirlooms would like a new Swedish owner..? Aaahem Miss Swedish Antiques??..


  • Beer Cans???? How wonderfully clever!!!!!/They are just beautiful. Look like the real thing. I would put them on my wall in a heartbeat.Hope you are felling better Monika!

  • Courtney says:

    I can’t get over the fact that those beautiful butterflies are actually beer cans! What a lovely way to recycle.

  • So so beautiful & clever!I love butterflies.

  • Beautiful – so evocative..! And I love that they’re made out of old beer cans… Simply stunning.

    And I am so sorry you’re friend is moving away… At least she’s moving to Sweden, which I am sure you visit with some regularity..? Sadness all the same, though, I’m sure…


  • What a great idea! Beer Cans – I love recycled artwork. Reminds me of your beautiful picture you have done with the butterfly punch…which I hope to copy one day. That would be a great Christmas Present…. hum…. maybe I should start sooner than later…

  • kiki alvord says:

    WOW! Totally awsome!!!Monica.
    Thank you for writng so sweetly about my move.It is going to be hard to leave after over 25 years in the USA and to leave our daughters behind in SF and creative spirited friends like you and wonderful cutomers.
    I WISH someone would take over my little store and do something MUCH greater with it than I ever could, doing it alone for 6 years.
    Anyone so inclined call 206 790 6038
    Love KIKI

  • Trish says:

    Beautiful…merci. Trish

  • Di Overton says:

    Makes you want to take up binge drinking :) Thanks for the lovely mention

  • julie at BV says:

    I’ve always loved this idea. I thought of doing this in my baby boy’s room but then my hubby wasn’t so exited about butterflies in a boy’s room.

    P.S. I wanted to let you know about a book giveaway I’m hosting. Come and take a look.

  • Gaia says:

    how amazing! love the butterflies!

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