Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Andy Warhol - Other Voices, Other Rooms

The Stedelijk Museum is currently presenting Pop Art master Andy Warhol.
The exhibition satisfies all your usual and obvious Warhol must-see needs: Silkscreens of Campbell’s Soup Cans, Marilyn Monroe, Mick Jagger, and of course, our very own Queen Beatrix.
But then it goes far beyond your expectations with a staggering presentation that is a rich mix mediums including early drawings, collages, photography, audio fragments and video recording. There is some extraordinary rare and archival material to be enjoyed.
Almost a sensory overload, allow at least two hours to get around it all and go early – my friend and I hit a big line at the entrance – it’s a very popular show!
For more information about the show, visit the Stedelijk’s website. Make sure you pop upstairs and have a coffee after an take in the fabulous views from Restaurant Club 11 on the eleventh floor of the Post CS building.

Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms: 12 October 2007 - 13 January 2008.
Stedelijk Museum CS which is temporary located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Post CS building, Oosterdokskade 5 Amsterdam. Open every day 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (closed January 1). Entry Fees: Adults: € 9, Children from 7 through 16: € 4.50, Family pass (2 adults + 2 children): € 22,50. Free with Museum Card. Please note however that during the Andy Warhol exhibition there will be an extra admission fee of €3,50.
Campbell’s Soup I, 1968, Photo: AndrĂ© Morin, Paris, © 2007 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. All rights reserved. Andy Warhol, Interview (Vol. IX, No. 6) 1979, © 2007 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. All rights reserved. Reigning Queens: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, 1985, © 2007 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. All rights reserved. Screen Test: Jane Holzer, 1964, Collection © 2007 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Mick Jagger, ca. 1978, 1986, Collection © 2007 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. All rights reserved.





Count Dracula

Just a quick not to wish you all a happy Halloween. I found this little vintage vampire ornament the other week and you know me - I couldn't resist him! I love the basic childlike materials - felt, pipe cleaners and tooth picks. Fabulous.
Happy trick or Treating kids.




Monday, 29 October 2007

Control

A visually stunning film in black and white, Control is a biopic of the late Ian Curtis (1956-1980), lead singer of the post-punk rock band Joy Division. The film was adapted from the book Touching From a Distance by Curtis' wife, Deborah, who also co-produced the film.
Curtis headed the band from 1977 to 1980 and Joy Division are attributed to forging a new kind of music from the punk rock in Britain in the 1970s.
The film follows the life of the troubled young musician as the pressures from his rocky marriage, extramarital affair, the soaring success and demands of the band and his increasingly frequent seizures begin to mount. The combination of these events and pressures are thought to have lead to his suicide on the eve of the band's first U.S. tour.
A fan of the music or not, this film is beautifully shot by Dutch photographer-director Anton Corbijn who transports you back to 1970s Britain to watch this tragic story unfold before you. Wonderful performances by leads Sam Riley and Samantha Morton.




Push Me Pull You

Graphic designer Elanor Grosch runs Pushmepullyou Design in Philadelphia.
She began the company in 2003 and hasn't looked back. Bold, graphic designs and colours with fine pattern detailing, Elanor's work stands out.
The fox and raccoon pillows below were especially designed for Urban Outfitters (USA only), USD $26 / €18.These silkscreen prints of a Cus Cus and Pink Cockatoo are USD $40 / €28 each.Hot off the production line are these Keds shoes with super cute penguin print, USD $34.95 / €24.
As well as a large catalogue of posters, Elanor also has a wide selection of clothing, stationary, baby, gifts and home products on her website.




Thursday, 25 October 2007

The Small Stakes

Jason Munn is the man behind The Small Stakes. A prolific designer, Jason has a huge amount of work behind him already in his young career. His passion is for designing wonderfully simple and pure silkscreen music posters has lead him to become both nationally and internationally renowned. I’ve shown some new posters (grab them quick before they sell out) and some older little gems. Posters 18" x 24" (approx 46 x 60cm), USD $25 / €17.50.





Wednesday, 24 October 2007

David E Sugar - Chelsea Girls

here's a track from Davis E Sugar, 'Chelsea Girls', released this month. I've never heard of this guy, don't think the song's particularly anything special, although it does grow on you. What I do rather like is the simple yet graphic clip, especially the umbrella paint drops, you'll see what I mean.




Hel Looks

I’ve just discovered this quirky little photo blog site, Hel Looks. Hel Looks is a fabulous photographic essay on the street fashion (yes, these are ALL real people!) of Finland’s capital, Helskini. A hobby project of Liisa Jokinen and Sampo Karjalainen, they began taking photographs in the streets and clubs of Helsinki from 2005 and now are snapping up a storm. The project is a tribute to Fruits and Street magazines, the pioneers of street fashion photography.
So, ladies, why do this? “Becaue we want to document Finnish looks. Because we want to encourage people to dress individually and create their own styles. Because we want to promote emerging Finnish designers. Because we like fashion, clothing, young people and photography. And most of all - because you look great!”
A great site for anyone who's got a passion for fashion, photography or people-watching.


Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Lucky Beggar

Ever since I went to the Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam I feel completely justified in any and every bag or purse purchase I make. They are little pieces of history reflecting the style and design of a period I'm investing in, and who knows, at the rate I collect in 30 years I could be opening my own museum! What a delicious thought.
Which brings me to the feature of the day. I've been cursing myself for never adding George Skelcher's 'Lucky beggar' purse to my collection ever since I left the States. It's a NYC classic. George says “I got the idea to make this leather purse from seeing people use the typical New York coffee cup to panhandle on the Bowery. An area in downtown New York which is know for its homeless shelters and floophouses.” Thus, a very strong social comment of the times we live in.
The Lucky Beggar Purse is available online at the MOMA store. Part of the proceeds of each purse sold is donated to HELP USA, an organisation that has helped the homeless since 1986. It's nice to know some of the money for this goes to the people who inspired it.
My dearest girlfriend picked this up for me from a recent trip to the Big Apple, and so now I own my little piece of NYC history. What a lucky beggar I am.


Monday, 22 October 2007

Melabo

Melabo is an artist and ceramic teacher in Concord, New Hampshire and one of my favourite sellers on Etsy. I love these simple white yet very strange ceramic figurines she makes.
All White Reclining Deerman: “Usually reclining deer man is sporting dashing blue briefs, however due to popular demand, this deerman is all white. Color-free. A pure virginal deerman. Overall the guy is looking fabulous.” I agree. Glossy clear glaze, 7.5 inches long, 5 inches tall and signed, $40 / €28.
Cartoon Bear Kitty: “A house cat lost all dignity and developed a goofy teddy bear head. What will the other cats say?” Shiny clear glaze, 6.5 inches tall, 5.5 inches wide, signed, $40 / €28.
Totem Deer: Nice shiny clear glaze, 9.5 inches tall, 9 inches wide, signature carved into the clay on the bottom of the piece, $50 / €35.
Also beautiful although a little scary (and currently not available): Man Spider and Swan Bunny.


Friday, 19 October 2007

Rob Ryan

Rob Ryan is one of my all time favourite artists. I absolutely adore his work.
He makes the most incredibly gorgeous silhouette paper-cuts and prints. Quirky messages woven into enchanting scenery that you cannot help but be drawn to.
Rob has also just released a book 'This is for you' (I’m yet to get my little mitts on a copy, not in Amsterdam yet) for only £12.00 / USD $24.50 / €17.20.
Coinsiding with his book launch Rob has an exhibition of all his paper-cuts showing now at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery.
Don't live in London? Fear not, Rob's newly revamped website has all his work up for you to admire and drool over. However, if like me, you hunger for his art won't be satisfied by merely looking at it online, you can now own your very own piece of artwork via Rob’s Etsy shop. Phew! That Rob’s one busy boy! Oh, and did I mention he has a blog too? I’m tired just thinking about all these things he's up to.
From the Etsy store you can pick up a beautiful silkscreen print (like the one shown above), in wonderfully small limited editions, prices range from £146-244 / USD $300 to 500 / €210 to 350.
Also up for grabs are these beautiful tiles. Tiles are really making a comeback, huh? These are a bargain at £17.60 / USD $36 / €25.25.

Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, 2A Conway Street, Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 6BA. Gallery Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm or by appointment. Exhibition runs 10th October - 3rd November 2007.



Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Design Huis - Eindhoven

Design Huis will have it’s grand opening on October 20th to coincide with Dutch Design Week, which runs from October 20-28, 2007. In addition to having fantastic exhibitions, Design Huis will hold seminars, lectures, parties and more.
The first major exhibition will be Bold, featuring the work of Studio Job. Studio Job are Smeets and Nynke Tynagel. This design duo are widely considered to be among the world’s leading contemporary designers.
Bold, October 20 – December 16 2007. Adults €5 Seniors/students €3 (must show senior citizens pass of student pass), Children 12 and under €1.
In Design Huis’ smaller exhibition space Yksi approached eight designers/studios who have designed products in both market segments: Top End and Low End. Studio Job/Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel will start and end the series which will include products by designers Richard Hutten, Piet Hein Eek, Yksi Designers/Leonne Cuppen, Kees Heurkens and Eduard Sweep, Miriam van der Lubbe and Niels van Eijk, Maarten Baas, Hella Jongerius and Wieki Somers.
Top End Low End - 20 October 2007 through to 11 January 2008. Yksi shop and side expo have free admission.

Design Huis Opening times:
During Dutch Design Week 2007
Sat 20 October, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Sun 21 – Sun 28 October, 11a.m. – 7p.m.
Regular opening hours
Tues – Sun, 11a.m. – 6 p.m.
Design Huis, Stadhuisplein 3, 5611 EM Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Telephone + 31(0)40 – 2329720.



Owly's shady characters

Owly Shadow Puppets ave a small but beautiful collection of handmade shadow puppets. You can find them on Etsy or on their own website.
My two favourites are Tyrannosaurus and Yetti. As OSP say ‘turn down the lights and act out scenes from Jurrasic Park with the kids, or just use him to menace your co-workers’. A third option is to use them as creative mood-lighting in your apartment, a nice night-time surprise for houseguests. A minuscule USD $10.50 / approx €7.70.On Owly’s own site There’s also a set of instructions for teachers and parent on how to make shadow puppets on their own website, and I think that’s just lovely to share their creativity. Yetti agrees with me.
Anyone with kids should buy these. Anyone without kids should buy these. They’re fabulous. And with Halloween is just around the corner...




Samsonite - Vintage Collection

I know a lot of people raved about Alexander McQueen's Black Label range he did for Samsonite. I hated it. Rib cadges? On my luggage? Oh no, I think not. Tacky and tasteless beyond belief. After that I wrote Samsonite off, fearing there was no hope for them. And then they go and throw me for a loop with this, their new Vintage Collection.
This collection is exactly what Samsonite claims it to be "nostalgic for the days when travel was all about glamour, the Vintage Collection was created to reignite the romance and luxury of travel." Glamour, reminiscent of 1930s and 40s sleek and stylish travel – now that's more like it! This is the kind of luggage one would never dream of wearing comfy sneakers and track pants with. No, this luggage is all class. And I love it.
The luggage comes in three colour ways (below). It has wonderful herringbone fabric, leather detailing, key locks, metal studding on the outside with gorgeous striped satin linings, nifty compartments and other extras on the inside.
Personally, I'm torn between the classic beige and the striking pink with red leather trim...although the black is pretty sexy too...hmmm...tricky. This range makes me want to pack a case, don my sexiest heels, trench coat, big glasses and hop on a plane for an adventure! Rocking up looking so glam I'd naturally be mistaken for a celebrity and of course upgraded to first class, seated next to a millionaire and sipping champagne the whole way... A lot to ask of a suitcase and some hand luggage, but if any luggage can do it, the Vintage Collection can. Happy traveling.
Products: Mini Bag USD $250 / €176, Beauty Case USD $300 / €211, Duffel Bag USD $350 / €246, Duffel on Wheels USD $600 / €423, Spinner Upright USD $500 / €352, Hardside Spinner Upright USD $600 / €423, Hardside Spinnner Trunk USD $950 / €670.


Monday, 15 October 2007

lovely as a tree

Today is Blog Action Day and rather than throw the plight of the Monarch Butterfly at you, although not something to be ignored, I thought I'd stay within the realm of design and help you to become a better graphic designer. I'm not talking about aesthetics here, I'm talking about designers and the environment.
Designers use a lot of materials that are harmful to the environment, as well as depleting it by using tonnes and tonnes of paper. But there is help at hand, thanks to Caroline Clark.
Lovely As A Tree gives you the low down and advice on how your choices of design, paper and print impact upon the environment. It's a fantastic site jam packed with ways to reduce your design footprint. There's a lot of grea information, links, advice and case studies to inspire. And I truly hope it will.



Friday, 12 October 2007

Heren

This is a Grey Heren (Heron in English). I pass him every day on my way to work. A very noble bird, is he, always completely motionless and nonplussed by the zoooming cars and bikes around him. I found out lots of information about my Heren online, especially liked the description of his '...heavy dagger-like bill'. But there's one thing I've observed that hasn't got a mention yet, they love the colour red. My Heren, at least. There are many cars parked along the canals, my Heren will only stand on red cars, and if there are two next to each other, he picks the more modern one. I wonder if the lady Heren's are impressed as I am?

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Juliette Ober

Artist Juliette Ober, like myself, loves the retro world. A painter, her work reflects images she grew up around and memories from her childhood. Juliette has a lovely selection of hand-painted tiles and paintings on Etsy site Maizie Jane. More work can be seen on her website. Tiles USD $20 / €14 each, sets of four for USD $60 / €42. Oil paintings from USD $100 / €70.