Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year 2008!


Quiet night in - which is actually the way I like it, especially when there's chaos outside. The Brazillian's downstairs are having a party, so no lack of festivities in the building. And we can hear the music from Bondi Beach. Hope everyone has a great start to 2008! xxxx

Sunday, December 30, 2007

New Years Eve plans


Not that I'm complaining, but a friend did have tickets to watch the fireworks at the best possible location on Sydney's harbour foreshore, but we would have had to wreck someone else's New Years Eve as it wouldn't be a very baby friendly environment. Anyway, I'm sure we'll have a lovely time watching the fireworks on television, and have an even lovelier time on New Years Day when everyone else is feeling sick and we're feeling fantastic!! I stole the above photo from the Sydney Morning Herald website. xxxx

Rene Ricard


Previously I've posted a couple of other artists who use text in their work from Cheim & Reid gallery. Here's another one I like. New York based Rene Ricard who did these cool oil on linen paintings in a 2003 exhibition. Images from the Cheim & Read website. xxxx

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Amanda Upton


I've been meaning for ages to post this amazing toy our friend Amanda made for us out of an old table-cloth. I just did a quick web search to get a link for her agent, and found that Cool Hunting has done a post about her informing us that Dutch magazine, Archive, has listed her amongst the world's best 200 illustrators. The naughty girl didn't tell me about this - I had to find out for myself! Below is a painting of hers and here's a link to more of her work. xxxx

Friday, December 28, 2007

Hunter S Thompson


Strange time of year. While everyone else is on holidays, those of us who work at newspapers still have to go to work. Even though I only work one day a week at the moment - it still doesn't feel much like a break cause Johnny is at work (he works for the opposition newspaper). Anyway, we watched a DVD last night - a doco about Hunter S Thompson, which led me to post this cool illustration Johnny did of him a while back. xxxx

Monday, December 24, 2007

Another Jacket - and Seasons Greetings


The last badge jacket I made was for a display in a friends shop, but a woman came in and wanted to buy it, and wanted another one as well. So here's the second one. This one is a bit smaller (for and 18 month old) and I really hope they are to hang in a kids room, cause they're way too heavy (and a bit dangerous with all the safety pins) for a bub to wear. Apparently there were lots of requests in the shop to buy the original jacket, so I may put another one in the Etsy store I'm about to set up during the holiday break. I could customise the badges for the child it was going too.

Anyway, today is Christmas Eve - so Merry Xmas. We had our extended family celebrations today. Very nice but too much to eat! Tomorrow is celebrations with our friends and the 30th December is a belated Xmas celebration with my brother, his kids, mum and my step-dad. Hope everyone has a lovely, festive time. I won't be taking a holiday till mid-January, so will be back quite soon. xxxx



Friday, December 21, 2007

Knitted Globe


I like this i golfini della nonna knitted globe. You can get it at Enfant Terrible, and I found it via Poppy Talk. xxxx


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Fun recycled stuff


Here's some fun recycled stuff - a telephone bag, a zipper brooch and an LP storage unit for your CD's. They're all made by SECCO designer's from Finalnd who I found out about via Shift Mag from Japan. Click to enlarge the image. xxxx

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Type Tuesday, 18th December 07


Cute stuff from lala ladconi. A paper alphabet, an 'A' sculpture, zines, lots of cool illustrations and dress-ups! Also many contributions to indie mags such as Ruby. Worth browsing the site. I love the image on the home page (below). All images from their website. I found them via manystuff. xxxx

Monday, December 17, 2007

Brett Wilson


I love these paintings by New Jersey artist Brett Wilson. He had a show in 2007 at Gallery Loyal in Stockholm, Sweden - a gallery I found via my favourite blog Fine Little Day. xxxx

Friday, December 14, 2007

Jane Langley


And because I'm on a blogging roll (3rd post tonight), here's some paintings by Jane Langley, who is in the current exhibition:
Paisley - exploding the teardrop, at the PM Gallery, UK. The images are from Jane Langley's website. xxxx

Timothy James Andrews


I really love Timothy James Andrews's designs. He does brightly coloured striped and printed knitwear, as well as tie-dyed fabrics and digital printed t-shirts. I found the above image in the latest ID magazine.The scanner made a mistake, which caused the lines at the bottom, but I decided it suits the feel of his patterns so I left them there. The below images show his clothes too. The left image is from Pat McGrath's myspace page. She was the makeup-artist on the shoot. The bottom right image is from the telegraph.co.uk. xxxx

Fredrik Sterner


Check out this great cardboard laser-printer made by Frederik Sterner that I found at ManyStuff. You can see this and other cool stuff on his website. xxxx

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Type Tuesday, 11th December 07


This weeks examples come from Form Addict, a Dutch graphic design studio. There's some great stuff on the website, with a few of my favourites above. Click the above image to enlarge. All images come from the Form Addict website, and more can be found at Balla Dora Typo-Graphika. xxxx

Monday, December 10, 2007

FFFFound!


Via Aesthetic Outburst I've now discovered FFFFound, an image bookmarking site that allows you to post your favourite images, and look at the favourtie images of other people. Like on Amazon books, it lets you know that if you like this image "you may like these images". It was though a series of these clicks that I found these cool graphics. It also lists the original source. Originally the top-left image was found here and the top-right image was found here. When I followed the original links I found this great pic (below), by Takeshi Murata, where he's interviewed by Shift. Cool stuff! xxxx

Friday, December 7, 2007

Shohei Kanazawa


Here's another funky artist I found on Myspace: Shohei Kanazawa from Osaka, Japan. xxxx

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Reworked drawing


Just got back from the Sydney College of the Arts exhibition and, in an inspired mood reworked a drawing I wasn't happy with. Not sure if I like this any better. I'll decide tomorrow. Click to enlarge. xxxx

Finally!


My badge man has been holding out on me, but today I finally get new supplies so I can make another batch of badges. I'm doing them mainly for kids shops - so have been making animals and pets. I'll post another pic when they're mounted with backing pins. xxxx

Marisa Purcell


I'm off to see the Sydney College of the Arts, Masters Graduate Show today, which is exciting because I'll get to see my friend Marisa's show. I've seen the paintings first hand, but have only seen these photographs (below) of the installation which looks amazing. To see more of her work check out this website. The grad show is on until December 15, detalis on the Sydney College link above. xxxx


Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Type Tuesday, 4th December


So many things in blog world keep pointing back to Sweden, it's amazing. This week's type images come from Stockholm-based design and typography talent Suprb. My favourite examples from the website are the 3D experiments
(shown above), which you have to squint or enlarge to see properly. One is built up of particles in 3D space saying 'everyday forever', and the black works on the right spell out the company name 'Suprb'. I've read about them in two places recently, Lost at E Minor, and Cool Hunting. xxxx

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Xmas Card 001


I finally got around to making a Xmas card for this year (with a bit of pressure from my mother who has to post all her cards off soon). I wanted to do it in 3D, and still will if I find the time, but here's a flat one for now. The background was done in Painter. xxxx

Saturday, December 1, 2007

John Galliano boots


I love the detailing on these John Galliano boots. And pink and red is one of my favourite colour combinations. The pics came from Style Drops.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Super Dollfies


I just finished reading an article in Miss Behave mag about Super Dollfies, the amazingly crafted, resin dolls made in Kyoto, that are rising to cult-like status amongst collectors in Japan, Korea and the US. They're about $1000 a pop, so not for children, which is probably a good thing considering most of them look so wistful they need antidepressants. Anyway, I want one! The left and right images in the middle row are from the Volks website where you can buy them. The rest are scanned from Miss Behave magazine (excuse the bad quality scans!). xxxx

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

New Jacket

Here's Lukas in his new birthday jacket, made by the Japanese label Boo Foo Woo. The site is a bit difficult to navigate, but the clothes are worth it! xxxx

Monday, November 26, 2007

Type Tuesday, 27th November


Non-Format are a design-duo based in London who do some really slick looking design and art direction. Most of their standout work is typography based. The above images aren't detailed enough to do them justice (click to enlarge), so it's worth going to the website to see images of their best jobs. Be sure to look at the archive section too. xxxx

Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Birthday Lukas!

It was Lukas's 1st birthday yesterday, and this is the cake I cooked him. I lovingly baked it with all organic ingredients and spelt flour, but then ruined the healthy mix with bright yellow food colouring! Oh well .... xxxx

David Met Nicole


Two posts down I mention the beautiful shop David Met Nicole. It's where I got those cute 50's cars and trucks. Here's a couple of pictures of other stuff you can get at the store. There's a funny mix of really cheap and expensive stuff. The cars are $4.50, the watch faces are less than $10 and there's a sale bin with cute things for as low as a dollar. Perfect for work Xmas presents. All the images are from their website. For Sydney readers, it's on Cleveland Street Redfern. xxxx

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Type Tuesday, 20th November


Jody Barton is a designer from the UK who does some cool hand-drawn graphics. He's got a great website that shows his work including type, illustration, and pages from his notebook (below). You can read more about him at Digital Thread. Click to see more detail. All images from his website. xxxx

Friday, November 16, 2007

More Op Shopping



Also I got these really cute 50's toy cars from the gorgeous shop
When David Met Nicole. I'll post some images from the shop's
website later. xxxx

Op Shopping

A couple of 70's dresses I got from my favourite Op Shop Grandma Takes a Trip, at Bondi Beach. xxxx

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Type Tuesday on Thursday 15th Nov


Jean Tinguely is best known for his kinetic sculptures and paintings. He was married to Niki de Saint Phalle who I posted on last week. The above images came from the same book: Niki & Jean Posters. Jean Tinguely did some really nice, hand collaged posters that used lots of found objects and images (pre-Photoshop), so they look quite grungy. It's kind of Da Da inspired, which I love. xxxx

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Badge Mania



I've been doing this children's jacket as a display for a friends shop. The shop's called Peace Street, which explains all the peace paraphernalia. I'll post some close ups of individual badges later. Click images to see more detail. xxxx

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Punk Jacket & too busy for Type Tuesday


Type Tuesday will have to be postponed to either Type Wednesday or Type Thursday. Too busy finishing a fun little project that I'll post about when it's finished. I got my hands on a badge machine, and I'm covering a cute kids 80's or 90's faded, blue Levis jacket in badges and buttons. I started looking at punk jackets last night. Got this image from Oxbloodoi.com where there's lots of images of punk clothes. xxxx

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Balloonatomy

I got this via one of my new favourtie blogs Reference Library. It's called A Second Nature and designed by Christopher Brach. There's more information about it this Fllickr. address. xxxx

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Conny Kuilboer

Some cool work by Conny Kulboer who I found via Bezembinder Illustrated Links . xxxx

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Niki de Saint Phalle


A couple more images by Niki de Saint Phalle. Images are all from random places on Google (to many to list all sources - but have the the links on my computer if anyone wants them). Like Louise Bourgeois, I like her drawings as much as her more well known sculptures. xxxx