zaterdag 31 maart 2012
The story is crawling out of the pages in the book art by Vancouver based artist Rachael Ashe. This mixed media artist, creates beautiful altered books by using recycled materials and using collage techniques. Even more amazing is the fact Ashe taught herself the collaging and the book art techniques, because her core business is photography in which she graduated. Inspiration comes from nature and imagination. To see more of her projects, exhibition dates or to buy one of those gorgeous collages check out her website.
maandag 26 maart 2012
The best thing about the smart phones (next to all the technical can-do) is the amount of gorgeous sleeves that are around to protect them. Or to be fair: to dress them up. Dutch creator Lotte Bongers from my home town Utrecht works with leather and screen prints in which she has a wide range of products to offer. Wallets, bags, laptop sleeves and iPhone sleeves include her collection. Before she turned to making these gorgeous goods she had her own clothing line for six years. The prints on the products are mostly from animals, one of her great inspiration sources. Check out her Etsy-shop Squirrellicious right here.
donderdag 22 maart 2012
With the sun out it's just a matter of time before the garden table can be set for lunch. And why not set it with appropriate spring cheerfulness with plates and cups from the Flutter Collection by Loveramics? The ceramics are patterned with the silhouette of hummingbirds which on their turn consist of flowers. The birds fly across the collection and feed of flowers on other pieces in the collection. Designer Peter Ting got inspired by classic Chinese Hua Niao (flower bird) paintings. The complete range includes charger, dinner plate, salad plate, side plate, serving bowl, soup bowl, cereal bowl, rice bowl, mug, sugar pot, creamer pot, soya dish and spoon.
maandag 19 maart 2012
Ever wondered who made the beautiful artwork when you looked at a cd cover? UK-based illustrator David Lupton is one of those illustrators who are in with 'the cool musicians’ and made beautiful artwork for the likes of Keane, The Veils and Dry the River. That's how I came across his work. The trademarks of his illustrations are melancholy and the macabre which shows in many of his paintings and drawings: he uses dark, rich colours, heavy brush strokes and likes to paint twisted faces. In my imagination, some of his figures would fit perfectly at the masked ball in Edgar Allan Poe’s story The Masque of the Red Death. But it's not all macabre: the first two drawings shown are from Lupton's children's book Come find me. Please visit his website for more information or buy some of his prints here.
donderdag 15 maart 2012
Dutch designer Femke Roefs came up with this beautiful upcycled vases that look like they have been held upside down in a bucket of paint before they made it onto the table. However, looks can be deceiving because Roefs used empty jam jars for the bottom of the vases and the stylish nozzle is made out of rubber and nylon. This young designer finished her education at Design Academy in Eindhoven last year and is fascinated by converting old products into new ones. I can’t wait to see more of her designs.
woensdag 14 maart 2012
Being a newspaper girl originally and having written for a fair view papers as a journalist, I fell head over heels for these gorgeous necklaces. Dutch design studio Vij5 converts old newspapers into ‘paper wood’ and places the wood into a necklace fitting. So the words written, stories told, the highs and lows of the day will not get lost and are all captured in one of the necklaces as if it were beautiful 'time capsules'. The date of the newspaper that was used, is engraved in the messing on the side. It's nice to know, that this paper for sure will not end up in the cat litter box.
zaterdag 10 maart 2012
It's spring for sure with this gorgeous cross-stitched rose rug on the floor. It's of the hand of UK Designer Charlotte Lancelot who teamed up with Gandia Blasco which resulted in an exciting collection of rugs in which old techniques of cross-stitching are used. They were recently presented at Maison & Objet in Paris. Lancelot earlier also worked with old handwork techniques on carpets. The only problem might be that the rugs are too pretty to walk on.
vrijdag 2 maart 2012
I hadn't seen the hand sewn book covers of the Penguin Classics Deluxe series yet. Now I did, I’m obviously instantly sharing them with you. Classic literature and crafts are two of my most favourite things so combining them I'm surely loving and they make a beautiful gift. The covers have been sketched out first, then hand stitched using needle and thread and the final covers are sculpt embossed for a textured book design. Illustrator Jillian Tamataki has been embroidering the first covers by hand for two full months and won a price for her Black Beauty cover by a Society of Illustrators. Check out the original hand work for Penguin Threads series at Jillian's blog.