Sunday, October 31, 2010

Paul Ryan - No Country for Dreaming

Whenever there's an uproar over art, when an artwork or an exhibition gives serious offense to people, it's a kind of measure of the tenor of the times -- what is and isn't okay to say and show, what is and isn't tolerated.

At the Wollongong City Gallery, an exhibition of paintings opened earlier this month that was subsequently closed down, temporarily, because of protests that it was racist and offensive to Indigenous Australians. The exhibition's called No Country for Dreaming, and the artist is Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan lives in Thirroul and he's regarded as one of the Illawarra region's leading artists.

After the opening of the show, and before this controversy erupted, the artist left for Bali with his Indonesian wife.

Anthony Burrill; Oil & Water Do Not Mix


Limited edition of 200 posters, screen printed with oil from the Gulf of Mexico disaster.
The oil was picked up on the beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana.

Lipstick Enigma; Janet Zweig

Florentijn Hofman: “Fat Monkey”

The Fat Monkey is a site specific work which was created out of the question from the Pixelshow to make a sculpture during their conference in 2010. Made with the help of local students and made from the brazilian icon; the flip flop which obviously works as one of the 10.000 pixels. The fat monkey is a work in the series Obeastitas.

concrete rings

by 22 design studio, taiwan

'not as nature intended' by ronald pari - endangered species graphic design competition


'not as intended' by ronald pari from canada is one of the shortlisted entries from more
than 2000 participants in the 'endangered species' graphic design competition,
organized by designboom in collaboration with tokyo designers week 2010.
highlighting the ivory trade as the main cause for the dwindling number of asian elephants,
the poster displays many other statistics on endangered animals worldwide.

designer's own words:
'the design shows the elephant with carvings on his tusks. poaching and the ivory trade
is one of the reasons the elephants are becoming endangered. the alarming numbers say it all.'

dirk schächter: typomaps

A map that combines the elements of geography with typography. the shape and size of
the countrys' names are set to correspond with the respective land mass. to attain a level
of likeness that couldn't be achieved with automatically generated computer program,
each letter is carefully handset. dark blue on one side and light blue on the other,
the double-sided poster uses helvetica neue black condensed as its font of choice.

Friday, October 29, 2010


Royal executioner (Rex Features)

Dealing with the surviving signatories to his father's execution, Charles II had six publicly hanged, drawn and quartered, several more just hanged, and those who had fled into exile hunted down and brought back home for more punishment. Little wonder that no-one admitted to actually beheading Charles I.

One likely candidate is Richard Brandon, an East End ragman who 'claimed the headman's axe by inheritance' from his father, Gregory Brandon, former common hangman of London. He once said he was offered £30 in half-crowns to do the job, but even on his deathbed declined to say whether he took it.

Maria Nilsdotter


You might have seen her in this months vogue, (it was on the last page) if not, then go have a look at her blog, she is sick, in a good way.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Otto kunzli, gold makes blind

Maybe if the last two entries had seen this piece which was done in the 80’s, they might not have thought they where so original.

Otto Künzli is a Swiss-trained jeweller based in Munich. Through his work, he comments on cultural phenomena in a playful, ironic manner. His concepts are provocative and challenging; he is constantly questioning his motifs and motives in his making. Otto’s work is meticulously crafted, with studious attention to materials, and it is the intensity of this working process that provides each work with a powerful message.

ana thompson, black gold.


_Black Gold Collection_2010_

“Gold is the most exquisite of all things…
whoever possesses gold can acquire all that he
desires in this world. Truly, for gold he can
gain entrance for his soul into paradise”.

This collection of jewellery evokes the prospect of precious crude treasures encapsulated, hidden, waiting to be discovered.
Each piece has emerged with uniqueness and character, having been transformed and turned into something completely unexpected.

jump here

maria fernanda montiel + sofia prado + mariana armella, 'golfo collection'


designers' own words:
'golfo' (gulf) is a six piece collection of jewelry that speaks about the damage caused by the oil spill in the gulf of mexico on april 22. though it is believed that the issue has been stopped, there are consequences of this human mistake that will not be able to be solved. based on this arises the inspiration for this project, which intends to awake consciousness among people throughout the globe. information and small scale protesting can inspire a massive change in society. the pieces are made out of ceramic and pearl enameled in black,
representing the permanent spot on the ecosystem and its species. the idea was to create beautiful and clean shapes that can speak for themselves about the dead and damage caused by human's ambition and greed.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Metsa Design, Cement pearls


These cement earrings are modeled on classic pearl studs. Each concrete sphere is cast by hand and set onto a sterling silver post. With wear, the colour of the earrings will deepen as the concrete is exposed to the air and the oils from your skin.

Renard Grand Tourer

Fuckin sexy bike.


Ridden away from here

Kim Do-Yeon, We are living in America

For those heroes loyal to the American empire.

Designed by fabulous Korean designer Kim Do-Yeon, to display his angst towards the current situation with Korean/American relations such as; forced trade, forced army bases, and forced anti Japanese relations.

- We are living in America.
Brass, Sterling Silver, Gold plated, Fabric
Medals for people who are loyal to f**king AMERICAN EMPIRE.

Nicholas le Moigne: buy 1 get 1000 free


an affordable idea?
designer nicolas le moigne from switzerland came up with an idea for luxury items that refers to cheap selling tactics- buy 1, get 3 free - he created a couple of rings with diamonds that multiply or enlarge because of the small mirrors
used in the ring design.

Thieved shamelessly

Monday, October 4, 2010

Daisy Choi, jewellery

Recently seen at Origin a couple of days ago.

Click here for the booty

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Philippe Starck, Why Design?


I know this has been here before, but I just found the full version, so I thought it might be worth a repost.

I have always loved Starck and this speech is fantastic.

Plus if you get the chance, look out for more TED speeches, they are generally great.

Kidnapped from here

Susana Blasco

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This is a brand new set of colored squares with precious objects inside them by artist Susana Blasco. She’s made it a quest for herself to enlarge single moments of brilliance into squares of truth, if you will, by photographing (and sometimes manipulating) objects, putting them then onto a single color background – or putting them on a single color background and photographing them. Whichever comes first. This newest set goes by the name “Ceci n’est pas un hommage à Magritte,” which in English means, “This is not an homage to Magritte,” which is of course speaking about the famous artist René Magritte, who is of course famous for doing paintings of single subject matter such as a pipe.

Pocketed from here

Sweet Donation Bag – Blood Collection Bag by Jihye Lee

I really love this, although it kinda seems a bit like you could see the same packaging in a Waitrose wine section, or maybe the packaging for some overpriced Marks & Spencer's cheese crackers.

na means?

Scene of the theft.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Boom .. New logo

finally, new logo is finished.. firkin love it too.

hairy crisna.

Goran kling

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Digby and Iona