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Walking Shadows

Recently we have had a bunch of prints framed – prints we have been collecting forever as well as some new ones we bought on our recent trip to Europe. So in order to display these gems at their best we have had to rethink the current arrangement on our walls – this means taking all the old frames down, dusting them, regrouping them, rejigging them again, more reshuffling and then going mental with the Hilty tool – all in all an exciting project.

So – being the magpie that I am, I have started seeing all kinds of fabulous prints that I must add to my new collection – the latest of which I spotted on the Superbalist website. These prints are by American artist Jason Ratliff.

Simple, clean and quirky – I love them!

Jason Ratliff

Jason Ratliff

Jason Ratliff

Jason Ratliff

Jason Ratliff

See more of Jason Ratliff’s work here

Pretty Girls

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This week has been so busy, I can hardly believe it’s already Thursday. Our house is full of painters and plasterers, dehumidifiers and ladders – all very boring and annoying. With a spot of luck this may be the last week of construction and things will hopefully go back to some normality soon.

This whole kitchen reno has been one of the the most trying and unpleasant experiences I have had in this house. I hope to blog about it all one day, but for now I am so disillusioned with the episode that I can’t go there.

So instead I will post pic’s of pretty things! Aren’t these gorgeous gals just so lovely? I adore their almost cake like outfits, with strawberry hats and icing coats – so sweet.
I am not quite sure where I first saw them, but I have had the page open for so long on my iPad, that I simple had to share. The artist is Tamayo Konishi a, now former, student at the Tokyo University of Arts. I dont know much more than that – you can see the original article I bookmarked here.

Hope you have an inspirational Thursday.

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All photos by Tokyo Bling

Design Indaba 2013

It’s Design Indaba time of the year again. Sadly this has come to mean (since becoming a freelance designer) that I now resent the lucky folk who’s agencies readily hand out the enormous sum it costs to attend the three day conference.
However, this year I managed to secure a ticket to the Young Designers Simulcast (yeeees, I am no longer officialy a “young” designer, but they do also sell the tickets to older folks).

So next week I am off to the great halls of the CTICC to be inspired by some incredible minds. Okay, so I wont be hanging with all the “uber cool” design folks in the main auditorium (please note extreme hint of sarcasm there), yes possibly I may have to bring my own little packed lunch – but who cares? It’s going to be amazing!

There are so many incredible people talking this year that I am sure to be wondering around with a crazed person’s grin for most of next week. If I have to pick my two favourite speaker though, I would have to chose Marian Bantjes and Jessica Hische.
I have seen Marian speak before at the Indaba and cannot wait to see her again. Both her and Jessica are super impressive typographers (okay, I have a soft spot for typo peeps), flipping talented designers and amazing thinkers – what more could a gal want?

Marian has a very sweet tradition of sending amazing Valentine’s Day cards. Because she travels a lot, last year she decided to repurpose old postcards from all over the world as her Valentine’s tribute. She collected and sent out 480 cards dating back as far as 1901. They where all overprinted in silver with her unique design, which said “From me wherever I am / To you wherever you are.” So fantastic!

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See more of Marian’s work here

Jessica Hische’s work is simply divine. She has had the opportunity to work on so many amazing projects including a poster for Florence and The Machine, the title sequence to Moonrise Kingdom (imagine how cool that must have been), she was even asked to work on the cover for Beck’s new album Song Reader. This stunning cover was then made into an amazing cut paper piece by an artist called Ham. Please take some time to watch the amazing making of this paper cut (video at end of post) (again more amazingness).

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Paper Cut art created by Hambeck.
See more of Jessica’s work here

 

 

Collage Work

As a school girl I used to spend hours and hours cutting up old magazines and creating collages in my homework books. I loved transforming what would otherwise have been a boring and much hated part of my daily school routine into something bright and colourful. Sadly I haven’t actually done any collage work since those days, perhaps I should get out my trusty scissors and Pritt stick and get gluing – if only my finished peices could look half as fabulous as Laura Redburn’s gorgeous creations. Laura is a very talented collage and mixed media illustrator from Cardiff in Wales.
You can see more of her work on Society6 and on her own website

Laura Redburn

Laura Redburn

Laura Redburn

Laura Redburn

Laura Redburn

Laura Redburn

Laura Redburn

Laura Redburn

Laura Redburn

Laura Redburn

Human Brush Strokes

Amanda Wachob is a tattoo artist who has taken this ancient art to a new and really exciting level. Her creations are quite different to the cliched tattoo art of yesteryear. Each piece is lovingly created with the body being used as a canvas and the tattoo needle being quite literally used as a brush. In Amanda’s words: “In the same way that a brush can paint the interior of a house or render a fine oil painting, I see the tattoo machine as a tool that can make art.”

You can see more of her work here

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Black Apple

I would dearly love one of these gilded frames hanging in my living room. Black Apple – The art & miscellany of Emily Winfield Martin… so captivating.
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Black Apple
Black Apple
Black Apple

Have a look at her beautiful creations on Etsy too

Black Apple
Black Apple
Black Apple
Black Apple

Wooden Sculpture

Deer are such elegant creatures, and Japanese Sculpture Yoshimasa Tsuchiya manages to capture their peace and inner serenity in his exsqisite work. Sadly his website is in Japanese so I have not much clue about who or what his story is, but judging by the delicate and almost eerie elegance of his pieces I am certain that his love for creatures great and small is unquestionable. Some of his creations are almost life like in size and each has its own perfectly formed character.

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My Deer

On my wish list for Christmas is this fabulous print by Kelly Smith, titled “I Love You My Deer.”

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bunny love

Lately I seem to have developed a soft spot for rabbits. Secretly I would love to have a fluffy bunny hopping about my house, but I fear my beloved Stripey Cat may enjoy making a snack out of him, so instead I have resorted to collecting (less tasty) ceramic versions. This gentle wabbit was sculpted by Janine De Waal, an architect from Cape Town (my home town). I have a very similar bunny sitting on my chest of drawers in my room.

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