A Discussion about Alexander Calder with Charlie Rose

Mobile Art and their Beginnings

Mobiles and their beginnings. Where did it all start? Hanging, dangling pieces of metal, wood and plastic? Mobiles have been around since the early 1900's when Russian Constructivist Alexander Rodchenko appropriated the idea of the hanging mobile. From this idea, Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was the first to develop the mobile as a three-dimensional kinetic art form. In 1932 Marcel Duchamp gave the name "mobiles" to Alexander Calder 's new art forms. Calder also made static, sculptural constructions called "stabiles", this term was titled by Jean Arp.

1936 Alexander Calder "Snake and the Cross"

Want to learn more... ? Links to mobile artists, their mobiles and websites galore! How do you make a mobile? Check out this site, it has a lot of mobile links and information.

Interior Designers Wanted

In order to spread cool ideas around, someone has to start with saying "That is a great idea!". Well, here is a great idea. To all interior designers, when making plans to renovate, update or improve a client's home or business, think of adding a mobile to the upper skylights, in an empty corner, above a stairwell, or out in a garden a large stabile.
See more ideas here!

Mobiles are great for a spice of something retro. They are fun and colorful, adding movement to a large open space. Petals turn from the natural light that heats the room. A definite necessity to a baby's nursery room. If you are designing a modern bright colored entertainment room, add a mobile!

Big or small, Mobiles by Julie Frith can custom color, size and design a mobile or stabile that will please you and your client.

Go to my Frithmobiles website: http://www.humboldt1.com/~mobiles

Glow in the Dark Mobiles!

New Glow Mobiles from Julie Frith. These beautiful designs are one of a kind, all handmade and numbered. A fun idea to add to a babies room, a kids room or even your room!

They are great at night if hung under a center room light that charges the glowing properties... and then when the lights are turned out, the petals glow all night long. It is fun to blow at them as they glow. Moving slowly watching the petals puts you or your baby right to sleep. To see more: GLOW MOBILES

Mobiles in Motion

Flicker slide show
Watch a slideshow of various mobiles and stabiles.

This is a beautiful modern mobile, called Mobius. Petals of colorful plastic and shiny stainess steel bars makes this mobile a nice choice for a baby's room, a calm reading corner, or even hung outside. For more mobiles by Julie Frith see: http://www.humboldt1.com/~mobiles/

Theo Jansen's Kinetic Creatures

Theo Jansen (born in The Hague, Netherlands) is a Dutch artist and kinetic sculptor. He builds large works which resemble skeletons of animals and are able to walk using the wind on the beaches of the Netherlands. His animated works are a fusion of art and engineering; in a car company television commercial Jansen says: "The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds."

Photos above are of his latest creatures "Animaris Umerus", just one of his many strandbeasts shown now on display in Zurich Switzerland.

Theo Jansen's website: http://www.strandbeest.com/index.html

Events 2009: http://www.strandbeest.com/events.html
(Netherlands, Shrewsbury UK, Seoul, Tokyo, Zurich, Belgium)

Slideshow: http://www.strandbeest.com/mGallery/index.php?s=y&id=strandbeest__img_0892&slides=on

the Animaris Rhinoceros model

Since about ten years Theo Jansen is occupied with the making of a new nature. Not pollen or seeds but plastic yellow tubes are used as the basic material of this new nature. He makes skeletons which are able to walk on the wind. Eventually he wants to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.

Art Thieves On the Net BEWARE!

I was a victim of art thievery for the first time this year in February 09. The thief portrayed himself as a promotional photo/stage artist for Readers Digest's new magazine Fresh Home. He needed the art right away during photo week in New York. I was to send the art, they'd add it to some modern room set ups and then send the mobile back when done. He said it would have good placement in the magazine and tons of people seeing my work would be great exposure. He even had pdf examples of the page. I had two other photo shoots that week, no problem. I sent his request. A week later I tried emailing, calling.... nothing. My other photo shoot items got bought buy the requesters, which is great. But, this Reader's Digest fako never returned my $325 mobile. I then looked up his name, and it was all over the internet, ART THIEF! Not only me, but lots of other artists had done the exact same thing I did. And were very upset, just like me. On facebook, I told my story of the stolen mobile, how the NY DA could not help, the guy was already in jail. I get a phone call out of the blue in July, it is the thief's wife. She says she has my mobile, but doesn't want to get involved. I asked why she would call, she said she was getting a divorce and even her jewelry was being stolen by her husband and sold behind her back. I guess I was to feel sorry or something. I again tell the story on Facebook, how strange this whole thing is. I ask everyone, "Does anyone know someone in NY that could get my mobile back for me?". One of my husband's good buddies from childhood, says... I know someone.... I'll ask. His friend says sure. I tell him the name and address, and ....THIS GUY KNOWS the thief's wife! Small world. A long story cut short ... I got the mobile back... in great shape. Note: don't trust everyone that writes or calls for free requests. Nothing is free.

The mobile is back! I haven't decided to sell it..., sentimental reasons now!! It has with a story!

Feng Shui Balance - Modern Decor

When designing a room for a client... one of the first things you need to ask, is how arty can one get? Designers can go all out, crazy with color, texture, and money... but when your client asks for simple and clean, this is what they should get. Not too many colors, keeping it clear of chaos and menagerie. This is a great example of good clean design. Simple furniture, simplistic colors and elegance. Mobiles adding a repetitive pattern from the carpet design, to the rocks on the tables. Completing the feng shui balance.

Happy America! Freedom is our Power!

A Nice Letter

I just go one of the nicest letters from a customer of mine who just purchase one of my Jujumo medium size mobiles (shown above, custom color #15). Thought I'd share.


Hi Julie,

We received our mobile yesterday and just opened the box this morning. We wanted to let you know that we couldn't be happier with your design, materials and packaging. We order items quite a bit online and are often disappointed in one aspect or another after we receive the product. It was a joy to open your box and see the care that goes into the manufacturing and the packaging. What you have done here is create a cool, well designed, perfectly hand made item that comes packaged the way products should be. We appreciate the details - the small zip-lock bags for your paperwork and hardware, the bubble wrap and the air cushions. You have created a great customer experience from start to finish that designers and art fans will certainly appreciate. If not already, your designs should be advertised in magazines like ID, Dwell, etc.

Thanks for a great experience and we look forward to purchasing another mobile soon.


To purchase this mobile: Jujumo mobile

To see my whole website: Mobiles by Julie Frith

If you know someone interested in doing an article in any modern (legitimate) print magazine... please send them my way. I would love to tell the world about my mobiles. And to express how happy they make me feel to create them. - Julie Frith email: frithmobiles@gmail.com

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Office Art

Decorating an office IS a big deal. So many ideas, which colors, which chair, which desk? Now once you have decided that, you might want to go to the next step. Office art. I am presenting these idea of hanging a mobile or a table top stabile to offices of many kinds, from cubicles to home offices, to private business offices, home workstations, to meeting rooms, lunch rooms, to receptionist spaces.
See below ideas that will bring a new light to the area you spend most of your day.

Many styles, and many kinds of offices. Some offices are separtate and large, some are cubicles in a huge room of hundreds of other cubicles. How to make your space individually different from the rest is like painting your house purple in a row of all white houses. It is fun to stand out and be different. Or maybe you need to spuce it up a bit... so add some art! A hanging mobile in a very sterile inviroment is perfect. They are quiet, clean and best of all entertaining to calm you from all your stress at work. Just like babies, adults get tense from new situations they are not used to... a mobile calms a baby, a mobile will calm you, your workers, your boss, your office area, lunch room, meeting room and even at the reception desk. Art in the workplace is a great idea, pass it around see what other employees have to say. I bet they'll say... great idea!

For lots of mobiles and stabile ideas see my Mobile website: http://www.humboldt1.com/~mobiles/

Modern Art Mobiles