Monday, 1 December 2008

Brave Space - Light Blocks

Brave Space have done something very like what I'm doing but using wood and eco resin. I like the surprise of a shadow behind never think you'd see through wood. But I feel somehow it could be more exciting...

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Brian Dettmer

Mmmmm book art.

Adam Frank

Adam Frank is a designer/artist who plays with light and interactivity. He's done oil lamp shadow projectors and projecters that create a sunlit window shadow effect. How very like what I'm trying to do...though I'm hoping to use actual windows. His can be used where there aren't windows though. Nifty.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Anke Jakob

Light projections onto fabric, playing with perception and ephemeral decoration.

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Moholy-Nagy - Light Space Modulator

I want to do something like this but more beautiful and illustrative....

Venice - Out There - Architecture Beyond Building

On Tuesday I went to Venice for the day with some of the Textile Futures girls :D It was amaaazing! Venice is so beautiful! (my first visit) and we went to go to the architecture exhibition which was overwhelmingly huge and inspirational. See posts below for my personal highlights :)

Out There - Nikola Basic

Amazing beautiful concepts...He has built a Sea Organ - pipes that play music as the waves move so the sea is playing music..listen to it's incredible!

It's sustainable, interactive, dramatic. I'm not sure what I think of it visually...the photo looks pretty but I watched some videos on you tube that weren't very interesting or attractive. However I havn't actually seen it and it sounds like it has the potential to do many things, project images, interact with people and nature...I'd love to go see both these installations in real life.

Photo taken from here.

Out There - Junya Ishigami

Beautiful detailed charming drawings depicting scenarios where nature and architecture blend.

Out There - Aether Architecture

Wall of wing mirrors all tilting different directions to show a slightly different view! Is fascinating...excerpt from website below...

"The exhibition called “Sorry for Taking Your Mirrors” talks about new ways of creating spaces which are ‘high-tech’ and ‘low-tech’ at the same time: they are interactive, responsive, can physically change to accommodate various functions over time, but are built form reused everyday objects, which are readily available around the world. We are interested in architectural research into technological spaces that are low cost, enabling and welcoming."

Out There - Bell-Lloc Cellars

bell-lloc cellars’ by rgr aranda pigem vilalta arquitectes (palamós, gerona)


Out There - 1907...After the Party

Not certain what this was about - white rooms filled with confetti - but so much joy! Maybe about joy :) Much confetti was thrown in the air and sprinkled over us!

Out There - cuac


Solar Pavilion
colour changing building facade

Viriato 20
translucency and light

I can't seem to find out much about these projects and I don't exactly understand them but I like them and they use light and shadow to great effect. Other project I couldn't find pictures of - Mirror Suit - buildings talking to each other with flashing mirrors,

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Silver Rain

I am utterly seduced...the packaging is beautiful and it sounds like it smells amazing too...

Top notes of crisp green apple, verbena flower, calabrain, bergamot, anise and crushed coriander
Heart notes of dewfruit berry, plum, crystallized sugar accord, gardenia and tuberose blossom
Base notes of red sandalwood, rare agarwood, tonka bean, vanilla

Sunday, 12 October 2008

David Noonan @ Chisenhale Gallery

Creepy life size 2d silhouettes and giant collaged prints of mimes and dancers. It's odd standing alone in a room with all these figures. That's what I liked most. It's sort of melancholy.

Bottom Drawers @ PM House and Gallery

PM gallery and house is where John Soane lived and Bottom Drawers is an exhibition about Home. Artists have added installations that make the house look lived in and make you think about home. Toys and objects...Draft excluder snake eating chair...The exhibition is lovely (and free)

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Monday, 6 October 2008

Sunlight Transportation Systems

So interesting! I wish the bookshop had had this.

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Su Blackwell

Su Blackwell's work is so beautiful and so exactly what I love - storytelling and books come alive. I went to a talk last night with Su Blackwell and the editor of Crafts magazine at Borders. Her work is all based on stories and fragility. Stuff she said that I liked: "books going back to trees" and " half this world half book world".

From Now to Eternity

Plastic Nostalgia by Raw Edges

Plastic Fandangoes by Committee

Exhibition about plastic - pros and cons. Some designers celebrating plastics versatility and others highlighting it's drawbacks. It was interesting. For some stuff we really need plastic. But it is misused alot too. And it is hard to recycle. I've been talking to a guy at an acrylic company and while they recycle everything internally, there is no system to collect acrylic from outside because if it contaminated with other plastics it will degrade the recycled product. I'm really mixed up over whether I should use acrylic or not...

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Shadows film

A film made from shadows I've been collecting this summer set to Ooberman <3

Yuki Atae

While in Japan I saw an exhibition of Yuki Atae's creepy pretty dolls. They don't smile because smiles are fleeting. Because they are made to look real. There was a lovely scene of people on a train. And fantasy creatures feasting on cucumbers. Fragments of story.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Shadow films

Oww I missed Tim Walker @ Design Museum

Charles Avery @ Parasol Unit

OH my god this exhibition is so good! Charles Avery has created a whole world with maps and creatures and beliefs. The show is like reading a true story of exploration! His drawings are so beautiful and realistic and drawn at the same time. Mmmm pencil. He has like real made up stuffed animals too. Argh it's just so good. I couldn't afford the book. But I may have to visit this exhibition again and again before it's over. Never mind my list of stuff I haven't seen yet...

Sunday, 28 September 2008

100% Design - Highlights

ZNP Creative - Lots of delicious contrasting. Like these bright smooth wood with natural tree trunk!

Freedom of Creation Lamp based on Fibonacci sequence. Pretty!
Pooroni Rhee's graphicy illustrations <3

Kate Goldsworthys Multisheers, decorative entirely polyester textiles - single materials are easier to recycle.

Heather Smith decorates hard materials using the weather :) Metal nails in wood with rusting!

Monday, 18 August 2008

Days of Reading - Proust

Favourite quote -

"For me, voluntary memory, which is above all a memory of the intellect and of the eyes, gives us only facets of the past that have no truth; but should a smell or a taste, met with again in quite different circumstances, reawaken the past in us, in spite of ourselves, we sense how different the past was from what we thought we had remembered, our voluntary memory having painted it, like a bad painter, in false colours."

There was also a long memory description of stolen moments reading as a child and it reminded me of myself reading as a child <3

Friday, 15 August 2008

Heart my Garden

I think my laundry looks really attractive seen through the flowers :) everythings so wild and tumbling and we have loads and loads of free blackberries :) much joy.