Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Monday, 29 March 2010
The most inspiring and beautiful place I have ever been.
All I can do do explain it's wonder is demand that you book a plane there as soon as possible. I am going to move there, one day.
Who is coming with me please?
The first photos I took at the Reichstag of the dome designed by Sir Norman Foster.
The following photos are from the Holocaust Memorial by architect Peter Eisenam and the Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz by Hemult Jahn.
I've heard good things about this song for a while, but have only just got round to listening now.
The cinematography is unforgettable and truly perfect. A torturous achievement is captured in every frame. It may take a while to get going but trust me, persist and you will not regret it.
Monday, 22 March 2010
I love this wearable accessory range from VEASYBLE. Not only does it tingle my 3D form senses but the project project is based on three keywords: isolation, intimacy and ornament.
Each piece is made of paper bonded to polyethylene and fabric.
"It consists of a set of wearable objects that can be converted into means of isolation, to create a personal intimacy in any environment. The idea derives from a reflection on the change in our relationship with the domestic environment, due to the effects of our increasing mobility, and how this has affected our concept of intimacy, creating new demands. This led to the design of four accessories, screen for four different parts of the body: eyes, ears, face and upper body, expressing, through their shape and colour, our desire for intimacy at any time, any place, on various levels."
An ornament that can be worn.
A gesture to transform it.
A secret place for personal intimacy.
A reminder of our exterior aspect.
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Glow in the dark pigs may seem rather gimmicky but, in all seriousness it is part of the research behind stem cell and human disease by scientists in Taiwan. The pigs are transgenic, created by adding genetic material from jellyfish into a normal pig embryo.
I am kind of weirdly hoping that they will do this to a human...
The mind boggles.
Monday, 15 March 2010
Wonderful oil paintings of semi precious stones from Carly Waito. It's hard to believe they aren't photographs from a book you'd find at the back of your grandad's dusty bookshelf... but I kid you not, they are real.
They only measure about 5x6 inches, so aren't much bigger than life size but seem to only illuminate the beauty and fragility of nature in its most natural yet complex form.
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
I love this idea from Haik Avanian. Taking old products and up-cycling them is an issue that has played on repeat in my mind for a while now, having taken on an Eco-Design elective this semester. So don't even start me on the LiDS wheel!
I can only hope that his mum sits in a rocking chair and knits away into the early hours whilst listening to the sounds of Radio 4, looking somewhat like the lovely lady pictured on the right of my profile...
Ohhhh, I might just have to put an order in for a new hat myself.
Here's a description of the project from the man himself:
"Reknit was launched on January 4th, 2010 as a small project to share a resourceful family tradition with the world, and to encourage my mom to partake in her hobby more often. The project is based around the idea of reclaiming yarn from old clothes, and re-knitting that yarn into something new and useful. It’s a really simple form of re-using/re-purposing that can be very fun. The project has gotten a very warm response from all over the world, and thus far has been featured on GOOD, Discovery’s Planet Green, The Zoe Report & UrbanDaddy to name a few. The site will feature a different item each month, which will be decided by user submitted votes. Check out Reknit for yourself!"
Sunday, 7 March 2010
As my fascination with geometric shapes and 3D constructions becomes more and more obsessive, this discovery of Irina Shaposhnikova's graduation ‘Crystallographica’ show from 2009 makes me happier than a litter of excited puppies.
The construction of the garments is just beautiful and the muted colours and perfectly constructed geometrics is terrific.
My heart also skipped a beat when I stumbled upon this shoe concept from Andreia Chaves.
The invisible shoe is a work of art in it's own right, creating a illusion of the wearer floating across the floor. An unusual, futuristic alternative to the glass slipper in a origamied prism realisation.
Shaposhnikova is also well know for her knit work, which has been featured in Vogue (Russia). 'Vivian Girls; is another example of her creative and constructive genius where cables have been invisibly attached to a nylon mesh to create brilliantly architectural caged garments.
So here is some of my most recent work from the knit project I am doing at the moment, looking at architectural knit and geometric shapes...
I started off studying Paul Auster's novel City of Glass from The New York Trilogy. In the book a detective follows a man around the streets of New York and deciphers a new typeface where the city's streets were used as a canvas. I started recording some of my paths I took around Leeds on a regular basis.
My sketchbook and knit work draws inspiration from the architecture of Leeds and Berlin, where I will be going in two weeks (EEEEK!), and the underlying structure that can be found in the fundamentals of most successful designs, throughout the creative industries.
Friday, 5 March 2010
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
I love this great idea from Yael Miller.
Not only is it entertaining and in genius, but it also promotes eco-design in reducing waste from packaging and raising awareness about the deteriorating state of the environments that we live within.
Don't know about you, but I want an origami spoon in my life.
Wouldn't it just make the world a better place?...