I spotted these photographs on the Flickr page of very talented stylist and photographer Imke Klee and was instantly fascinated by the combination of crumpled paper towel texture and vibrant pigment hues. That circular palette of pigment piles is a stunner too. Not sure if this is the start of a bigger project by Imke but I sure hope so! (p.s. take a peek at my Holi post for more colourful powder happiness)
I spotted this fantastic Birds of Australia print by Amy Borrell of Cake With Giants on Creature Comforts yesterday and fell in love. In fact, I nicknamed the birds ‘dapper flappers’ and couldn’t stop imagining the birds around Vancouver sporting similar vibrant accessories. If only the sky was full of such stylish feathered creatures!
How beautiful are these slip-cast earthenware tiles by industrial designer Kristina Gerig? It appears they are an exploration project at the moment but I am really hoping they are sold to the general public one day. The chevron shape tiles tessellate in three different ways, creating striking texture and indefinite patterns of white and bright colour. What a gorgeous, one of a kind bathroom or kitchen you could create!
As you may already know, I love when magic can be found in the seemingly boring, everyday items and tasks that surround us. That’s why I’m rather fascinated with the work of artist and photographer Alastair Levy. From covering one side of an oak plank with highlighter ink to create a beautiful pink glow when leaned up against a white wall to organizing ballpoint pens into a bold triangle pattern, Alastair is constantly re-imagining and injecting colour into the everyday. Just look at the top right image of his piece ‘Keep Going’. A modern circle of colourful cubes created with what? The peeled off stickers of a Rubik’s Cube. Now that’s re-imagining things!
A few months ago, I posted about the brilliant art installation “before I die” by Candy Chang that transformed an abandoned house in New Orleans into a thought-provoking, colourful and interactive public space. Candy continues to expand on the idea in wonderfully creative ways including these limited edition “before I die” paintings. The large 48″ x 12″ handmade pieces not only make a beautiful addition to a wall but can constantly change to reflect your evolving goals. Perhaps one day the statement is serious and the next it is downright silly. There are only 100 paintings available so hopefully you are lucky enough to grab one! Oh and put a box of really colourful chalk on your shopping list as well…
Is there a blog somewhere devoted to Anthropologie windows and displays? If not, there should be! The creativity, attention to detail and sheer awesomeness of Anthropologie store displays never ceases to amaze me. It is refreshing and inspiring to see a company make design and craftsmanship by hand a priority. Yep, “Antropologie window designer” is definitely one of my dream jobs. I particularly love the focus on using recycled items. Case in point? The fantastic origami-inspired Summer 2011 windows created with old envelopes or the bold geometry of colourfully painted recycled planks. Anthropologie’s Spring 2011 windows were created with the over five million corks collected at stores. The gorgeous displays brought attention to the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance, recycling and Earth Day. Bottle caps, wire hangers, clothes pins – one person’s trash is another person’s stunning window by Anthropologie! The last photo shown is one I snapped at the Rockefeller Centre location in New York. Even sale jewellery has a background of gorgeous roses made with recycled paper. This post could honestly include hundreds of photos showcasing the brilliance of Anthropologie window display designers but I had to cut myself off! They are true creative and colour heroes. Perhaps there needs to be a ‘part two’ devoted to this topic?
Designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have collaborated with Danish textile company Kvadrat to create ‘Textile Field’ – an installation of vibrant blue and green foam rectangles. Part of the London Design Festival, the fascinating structure will stretch 30 meters long and 8 meters wide in Victoria and Albert Museum’s Raphael Gallery. The field of textiles is truly interactive and is meant to be walked on, sat on or laid on. The Raphael Gallery houses some of the oldest and most important pieces of Renaissance art in the world so this modern installation will create a striking juxtaposition. Oh and the colour! What a feast for the eyes. The piece will debut on September 15, 2011 as the festival opens. Hoping to post some photos of the real thing when it appears. Anyone fancy a trip to London to see a room of spectacular colour?
A couple of months ago, I posted about brilliant studio Maricor Maricar being one my ‘colour heros’. Their stunning embroidery typography is what made me fall in love with the art of embroidery and its modern interpretations. As a true creative and colour inspiration, the note I got from Maricor Maricar this morning was a thrill. The studio just finished a new commissioned embroidery project based on a Rolling Stone lyric and, as always, the large piece (40 cm x 40 cm) is an absolutely gorgeous feat of colour and typography. Maricor (one half of the twin-sized studio) emailed me to say that my post on Cinque Terre, Italy inspired the colour palette of the artwork. Say what? First off, it is a thrilling to know that I have actual colour heros visiting plenty of colour but the thought that my little colourful nook on the web helped inspire work this beautiful is just about the best news ever. Take a look at the Maricor Maricar blog for more background on the project and Maricor’s own memories of her travels to Riomaggiore, one of the beautiful towns of Cinque Terre. The studio’s process, from sketch to thread box, is fascinating. Thank you for the email Maricor. I can safely say it made my month. Your studio is a huge inspiration and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!
“Where Does Red Begin and Where Does it End” by artist Spencer Finch is an intriguing piece of watercolour art I happened to come across. It is “a study of the margins of the color red documenting its gradual shift between orange and violet.” Such an intriguing concept of wondering where the boundaries of colour are. Many times, one person’s ‘red’ is another person’s ‘orange’. When you stare at this piece, where does the red begin and end for you?
Karen Barbé is a fabulous textile designer from Santiago, Chile. On top of her immense talent for all things fabric as showcased in her shop, Karen has a great blog full of intriguing images and glimpses of work in progress. I’m not sure what project Karen is working on in these photographs but so far, it is gorgeous! Vintage-colours yet completely modern shapes. It’s safe to say my love affair with embroidery is far from over!
‘Your War is Old, Your Game is Over’ is a SoFA Gallery installation by New Zealand artist André Hemer that recently caught my eye. Love how the negative space creates graffiti-like typography and most of all, that the floor is littered with the colourful dots that formed that shape. Perhaps the most artful confetti ever! Amazing what beautiful and imaginative art you can make with simple circles of colour. (click on the image for a closer look)
Black music notes sprinkled across a white page have their own beauty deeply rooted in tradition and history. However, I am always intrigued by news ways to visualize music – particularly with colour. Designer Laia Clos, of Barcelona’s Mot Studio, created a visual language called “SisTeMu” that turns every note of music into a system of geometric shapes and bright colours. Laia has explored several pieces of music in creating this language but perhaps most notable is her interpretation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Using the lead violin position, a system of colours are used as musical notes and the tempo of the music dictates the size and placement of the circles. While I can’t say I completely understand SisTeMu, Laia’s language really gives a sense of “seeing” music in a uniquely mesmerizing and colourful way. I would love to get my hands on Laia’s booklet explaining how the system works! I would also love to see this idea applied to modern music. Can you imagine a gorgeous coffee table book devoted to the hits of The Beatles, U2 or similarly iconic artists? Hmm… perhaps one day a conductor will ask his orchestra to start again from the turquoise section!