Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Slax Appeal

Lamington Drive has a new exhibition: Slax Appeal by Christopher Nielsen. "Combining a love of bespoke signage and vintage advertising characters, ‘Slax Appeal’ revels in misunderstandings, low budgets, malapropisms, impenetrable ad lingo and the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi. This body of work deals in the beauty found in the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete, celebrating discarded ephemera."
I've got a few of my fave's here.
Slax Appeal by Christopher Nielsen is on from February 23rd until April 7th.
Lamington Drive, The Compound Interest Centre for Applied Arts.
15-25 Keele Street in Collingwood, right off Smith Street, Melbourne, Australia.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Oui, Paris!

Paris. Sid Lee, the advertising agency where I work, took the entire Amsterdam office down to visit the Paris office and have a little party. Hello long-weekend!
The whole trip was pretty awesome - from the moment we got on the bus to head down, to the return ride. In between...mixing it up with the Paris crew, cheese, strawberry cocktails, saving-grace 2am cheeseburger, metro-ing, Pompidou, art, Ai Weiwei's photography, disco taxi's, queues, 11 for dinner; each representing a different nationality, amazing steaks, €550 magnums of vodka complete with fireworks, fire dancers, magic potion, boobs on display (not mine!) techno-shuffle, 'Let's Drunk' catch-phrase, photos every 3 seconds, peeing in sinks (not me!), 'Ahhyyy yigh yigh's', loitering on the Champ Elysees, watching the sun come up in Paris, cheeseburger for breakfast, sightseeing, Notre Dame, one last coffee...and we're done. Phew.

Friday, 17 February 2012

LV on Shoes

Shoozies and LV. Winning combination. "Fashion dolls have been a central inspiration for Fabrizio Viti, Louis Vuitton's shoe style director. They stimulate his imagination just as art, photography and old movies. He has been collecting dolls since he was three years old and as a result, today he has a collection with around 500 pieces. Dive into his colourful universe with this stop motion film produced by New Now, Louis Vuitton's online magazine." Read the full article on Louis Vuitton's site.

Thursday, 16 February 2012


On a health kick to slim down for the wedding. Rediscovering vegetables, fruit and nuts in a big way. In keeping with the new regime, I picked up some lovely figs at the market today. Roasted them up for Valentine's desert. Delish. And heart-shaped, so pretty appropriate.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

a weekend in Paris

A couple weekends ago Mr E was in Paris for work, editing an ad they just shot in Lisbon. He's been traveling a lot so I went down for the weekend to see him in the evenings, exploring Paris by day on my own.
Saturday I tried to avoid the sales and so decided to follow a few tips from Paris Made by Hand. I got off to a bumpy start, with the first store being closed for no apparent reason, the second gone...but then things picked up and I hit upon some little gems.Two that stood out were Malhia Kent. This is a gorgeous textile manufacturer that supplies to some of the big fashion houses. I could only afford a few scraps (pictured)...but I was grateful for those. I think I might try and make them into fish, or a fish, or something.
The other place that was truly amazing was Legeron. There they make the most divine silk flowers, from scratch! Incredible. Truly was a feast for the eyes.
Sunday morning we got up at the crack of dawn, scoffed a waffle and cafe latte and headed north to le march̩ aux puces Рthe flea market. Mr E could only stay an hour, but at least he had a little look about. I found this gorgeous children's book in the Dauphine section of the market. Beautiful illustrations and I love the cursive type. And so I added that to my stockpile of children's books to translate... In the Antica Vernaison section of the market we picked up some beautiful vintage fans.
And more fun little Frenchy trinkets. Stories. I was suckered in by the stories I was told about items. Like this figure for a carousel. "It was made by a man, who made children's toys. But he'd grown too old to finish this one." And I pictures a little old Frenchman making these glorious toys at a little old workbench...and now its sitting on by shelf. €3. How could I resist?
Business card for a gun shop. Awesome.Not sure what this is for but I had to have a beautiful paper note card like this.
Fabric. First dound this in a pile of teatowels. Lovely painterly illustration, can't wait to turn this into a pillow! Followed by... ta da! Not one but TWO linen tea towels of Tasmania! In Paris! Who else but I would buy these?! Tassie fauna, and birds. Fantastic. I also picked up a metal draw from a factory that was at a mountain or region called 'Hobart'. The city I'm from is Hobart, so obviously there's now way that wasn't coming home with me. It's lovely and worn-paint red.

And that was it for this trip!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Lelly x

Friday, 10 February 2012

Karl on Karl

Monday, 6 February 2012

snowy days

It's been snowing in Amsterdam the last few days. So this weekend Mr E and I bailed ourselves up in the cozy warmth of our house and tackled some more wedding to-do's. Slowly getting there! We took a little stroll around the 'hood on Sunday and saw kids ice skating on the Prinsengract by Noordermarkt. Crazy! I took some more photos on my proper camera, I'll download those and post them up soon. Here's just a couple via my Instagram account to tie you over.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Eirian Chapman

Australian illustration talent supreme. Introducing Melbourne graphic artist Eirian Chapman. Eirian completed Honours in Communication Design at RMIT University, Melbourne in 2006 and was a featured illustrator in Wallpaper Magazine's Graduate Directory.These images come from her project Teeth & Hair.