Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Kiki & Polly

Another absolutely wonderful find! Kiki & Polly have a great Etsy store here. And check out the website here. And of course blog. I am a photobooth freak and so I was instantly drawn to this itsy bitsy print. Measuring a wee 2"x7" it's printed on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching paper, 100% rag, professional archival grade using archival pigment inks. USD $4 / €3. Love it love it love it!
This is a print was originally done with acrylic on canvas and measures 8"x8" image size on 8.5" x 11" paper with a white border for framing, and comes signed and dated. It is printed on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching paper, 100% rag, professional archival grade using archival pigment inks. USD $20 / €15.8.These prints above and below are the same size and method as montioned above. USD $20 / €15.8.

Monday, 30 August 2010

Hello Lucky

Letterpress is clinging on and I'm so happy it is. Little boutique letterpress houses are popping up, mostly in the USA, and have so many delightful things on offer. Take these prints, above: Moonlight Clearing: 12" by 18" letterpress print by Julia Rothman for Hello!Lucky. USD $40 / €32. I think the colours in this series are just delightful.
Woodland Creatures Letterpress Print by Hello!Lucky, 12" by 18." USD $40 / €32.
Forest Expedition Letterpress Print by Kate Sutton for Hello!Lucky, 12" by 18." USD $40 / €32.

Friday, 27 August 2010

Sara Carr and her critters

The fox is my favourite animal. They are just the best. And I adore Sara Carr's fox, Monty the Sleepy Fox. Lovingly knitted from bright orange and white lambswool with polyester stuffing. If you'd like Monty to come snooze away in your house, you can find him here on Sara's Etsy store. Monty is 16cm high by 23cm wide. USD $66 / €52.
And if you want a little friend for Monty, then perhaps Kevin the Caterpillar might be the bug for the job! Kevin is made from multicolured lambswool with polyester stuffing. 11cm high and 55cm wide. Available here for USD $45 / €35.50. Just delightful!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Robin & Mould

Some fun retro-feel pillow-toys today from Robin & Mould. Their products can be found on their Etsy site and they have a neat little blog here. The sweet little Owl above will add some personality to any little nook. Hand screen printed on a heavy natural linen/cotton mix and handmade in their Wiltshire studio. Size: 25cm x 20cm. USD $24 / €19.
I love sleepy little dog! Reminds me of the slug. Size: 24x20cm (9.5-8"). US $20 / €16.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Matisse to Malevich

Matisse to Malevich: Pioneers of Modern Art from the Hermitage. The Hermitage is showing 'Outstanding works by Matisse, Picasso, Van Dongen, De Vlaminck, Derain and many other contemporaries of theirs.' And I have to say, they were outstanding. Photographs can never do justice to these pieces, so get along and see them in all their glory. Above was one of my favourites: ©Albert Marquet, Port of Hamburg, 1908, 1908, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam 2009
Henri Matisse, Still life with Blue Tablecloth, 1909 © Succession H. Matisse c/o Pictoright Amsterdam 2010.
© Kees van Dongen, Lady in a Black Hat, 1908, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam 2010.
© Pablo Picasso, Absinthe Drinker, 1901, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam 2010.
© Albert Marquet, Rainy Day in Paris (Nôtre-Dame Cathedral), 1910, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam 2009.This exhibition is only about half the building so you only need an hour, to ninety minutes. Depending on how long you spend ogling each piece. Matisse to Malevich: 6 March through to 17 September.
Hermitage Amsterdam: Amstel 51, Amsterdam.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

sail

This weekend Sail was in town. What is Sail? It's a big festival on the Ij with every conceivable type of boat gathered on the water for one big festival. It was quite spectacular to be there and I can imagine even more so if you were on the water in the middle of it all. It did make me a little home sick, too, though. Reminded me of going to the docks to see all the yachts in for the Sydney to Hobart race.
Really nice to see the sun set over the water and all the boats glowing on the water.
Sail is back in five years... so see you in 2015, maybe.


Monday, 23 August 2010

Amsterdam

Friday night was a gorgeous evening for a walk. In my hood I came across this little beauty. So beautiful.


Friday, 20 August 2010

Casey Roberts

Tiny Showcase has some nice piece called 'Colossal Gash' by Casey Roberts. Limited edition of 100 prints. 5" x 7", $20 / €15.50.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Gemeente Museum Den Haag

Tupperware is great. So when I read (in KLM's in-flight mag, again) that there was an exhibition on at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag I knew I had to go! Den Haag (or The Hague, as it's also known) is a mere 45 min train from Amsterdam. Although this time we lucked out and went with friends with wheels, even better. It was pretty easy to find the museum by car, and it was quite a big and impressive building. I was expecting something way smaller.
The Tupperware exhibition itself, on the other hand, was indeed quite smaller than I was hoping for, just one room. And this weekend just gone was it's last week. Sorry, kids, you missed out. But it was still nice to see the products, which included a few classics from my mum's own kitchen. And that's just the thing, isn't it, we all still have Tupperware, it's almost indestructible!
Alongside the products and little kitchenette, were some lovely printed pieces of Tupperware history:
I think she's the pirate Queen of Tupperware. This is her latest hoard! I can hear her now: 'Hahaha! I have conquered the Tupperware seas of suburbia, there is no stopping me now!'.
And rather Stepford-wife-esque glazed-over Babrie mum.
Gingham, glad you're here, too.
Cigarette and match holder. Wow...
I have to say, I like vintage Tupperware better than the new stuff.
Alongside the Tupperware exhibition was a wonderful treat: Norm = Form. Also now finished I'm afraid. You've gotta be quick!
An interesting exhibition about archetypal product design and the designers role in the standardisation of products.
The Gemeente Museum itself is really incredible. It's like walking around in a three-dimensional Mondrian. Wonderful staircase.
One of my favourite pieces (name I forgot to record...7 sisters or something like that), which was a huge tapestry in subtle tones and sublime stitching. Some of the detail shown below:
Oooh, reminds me of a big fat slug of a dog...
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. Visitor info here.