Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Amsterdam: Shopping!

Well I had a really lovely time in Holland! I love how everyone can cycle freely throughout the cities, without people getting annoyed or cars tooting their horns as they do over here!

If anyone is planning a trip to Holland anytime soon, here are a few things I recommend:

1 Visiting the shops in de Pijp area of town, near Albert Cuypmarket.. I found some gorgeous tin teapots for 5 euros each, seen below at a shop called De Emaillekeizer.

2 A shop called De Kinderfeestwinkel is full of pretty things, lots of stuff for kids but I picked up some pretty material-covered picture frames and a dotty bicycle seat from here. Their website gives a good idea of what else they have, I could've bought it all! Here are a few other items they have in stock:

3 Many brilliant shops are also located in the Jordaan district.. thought I can't remember the names! Worth exploring for sure. I will post a little museum guide soon!

Tuesday, 21 April 2009


I am off to the land of windmills for a few days, see you when i return!

Monday, 20 April 2009

Cassette Portraits

These portraits made from unravelled cassette tapes are pretty impressive! They're by artist iri5, first seen on Drawn. See more on the flickr page here.


Saturday, 18 April 2009

Exhibition: Lauren Child at Nottingham Castle

This weekend I finally made it to the Lauren Child exhibition at the Castle. Child is the illustrator of Charlie and Lola amongst other books, and the exhibition, although aimed at children is a must-see for anyone with an interest in children's book illustration. I visited with a friend and her two year old who was very excited at the prospect of running round Charlie and Lola's house and playing in their kitchen! I took a few photos inside, excuse the blurring - flash photography is frowned upon!

It was fascinating to have a close look at some of the original artwork for various book spreads, and the different materials involved, including tin foil, wallpaper and magazine clippings.

The exhibition also shows work by other illustrators she admires including Edward Gorey, Ronald Searle, Quentin Blake and Angela Barrett. Some sketchbooks were also on display which I enjoyed flicking through.

One part of the display shows the work process that goes into designing a book, and the stages Child's work goes through from initial ideas to final print.

Some items that served as inspirations in Child's work were also on show, including Snoopy hairslides, an orange telephone and a milk glass froma charity shop which have all featured in different stories.

Pippi Longstocking

For the Princess and the Pea, Child built real dollshouse scenes with cardboard and paper cutouts and then had them photographed to create a 3D layout (- you can see me in the mirror reflection to get a sense of scale!)

The Castle Grounds in the sunshine

It's only on for another week but I am urging any fellow Nottinghamites to have a wander round if they get chance!

Thursday, 16 April 2009


Tweenbots is an art/video project started by Kacie Kinzer, which involves a cute robot whose aim is to travel from one place to another.

Kacie explains it in full on the Tweenbots website:

In New York, we are very occupied with getting from one place to another. I wondered: could a human-like object traverse sidewalks and streets along with us, and in so doing, create a narrative about our relationship to space and our willingness to interact with what we find in it?

Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal.

Kacie was surprised by just how many people helped the robot to reach its destination, a couple of people even speaking to it as if it were human!

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Design Theme: Bicycles

Above: Jules et Jim poster, from Etsy

Just got back from a life drawing class at the Arts Organisation which was good, but i'm so out of practice! I forgot how difficult it is.

Anyway a while ago i posted a Polaroid design theme and decided to do a similar one on the theme of my other love, Bicycles! (Past themes can be found here for tapes and here for polaroids!)

From top: A Grand Day Out necklace, £18.50 from Eclectic Eccentricity Jewellery, Bicycle Stationery Set $25 by SilouetteBlue on Etsy, French Alphabet Print $12 by barkdecor on Etsy, Vintage 60s Bicycle Print Top, £8.99 from ebay, Bicycle Heart Earrings, 6.50 Euros from DaWanda.

Friday, 3 April 2009

Book: I Saw You (Comics inspired by Real-Life Missed Connections)

A new book arrived for me today - I Saw You is a compilation of comics inspired by real Missed Connection ads found on Craigslist, compiled by artist Julie Wertz. I found it while searching for my favourite comic artist Jeffrey Brown (who has a new book out this month, yay!) who has a comic included in here. I can't wait to read it! Anyone who's fascinated by what could have been should check it out here.
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