Friday, 28 February 2014

Paper Cuts

Looking for something to do this weekend? Look no further. A very talented friend of mine, paper artist extraordinaire Mandy Smith, and art director/director Hal Kirkland have teamed up to bring you Paper Cuts – an interactive experience opening this weekend in Amsterdam. I'm going to use their own words to describe their collaboration –
"Paper Cuts is an interactive paper sculpture that invites people to experience the world’s most recognizable instrument of death, head first. However, unlike it’s deadly ancestor, this blade will result in nothing more final than a ‘possible’ paper cut.
The guillotine became part of popular culture during France’s Reign of Terror (1793-94) and the subsequent French Revolution. While used well into modern times throughout other European countries the last time it was used for official business was in France was 1977.
This experience brings a new twist to this infamous apparatus while arousing people’s natural fascination for the macabre. It will transform a powerful and oppressive symbol of death into a thing of
beauty. Delicate, inviting and something people may even line up for.
Voluntarily this time.
And every time the paper blade falls a camera will be triggered to capture the expression of the those who have put their neck on the line for an art experience like no other. Each fearful facial expression,
forever immortalized on the Paper Cuts website.
Paper Cuts will launch on March 1st at one of Amsterdam’s most historic locations, the Waag. The Waag is Amsterdam’s oldest remaining non-religious building and has also served as a guildhall, museum, fire station and anatomical theatre. From here Paper Cuts will then begin its journey to galleries around the globe."

Sounds fantastic, right? See you there!

Paper Cuts
Theatrum Anatomicum of the Waag
Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam.
Saturday 1 March 2014, from 12.00 'till 18.00 hrs
Entrance is free.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Marcel Wanders Retrospective

Dutch and design go together like friets and mayo in Holland. They just know what works. One man who really gets it is Marcel Wanders. Marcel is a graduate of the Institute of the Arts Arnhem and the Design Academy Eindhoven, and has been designing pieces we all love for 25 years now and the Stedelijk is putting on a retrospective of his work to celebrate. Marcel came into the spotlight with his Knotted Chair, below. And continued to maintain momentum for a solid career thereafter. 
Marcel Wanders is pretty prolific, and I love one of his newest project, Hotel Andaz on the Prinsengract in the city center. They do a fab Saturday brunch, by the way.
The exhibition is really comprehensive and it's amazing to see what one man has achieved in a career. Everyone will recognise a piece here; so prevalent are the pieces in everyday Dutch life. A great exhibition to take kids to, also. Lots of fun objects, as well as this giant rotating head above and below.
My favourite piece; Sky Garden Recessed light. I am lucky enough to have this in my living room and I could stare at it all night. It's just stunning. 

Marcel Wanders – Pinned Up
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Feb 1 – June 15
€15 adult / Free with Museumkaart

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Dawn Tan

Ah, my beloved Twisties. If you're an Aussie, chances are you love these too. It's probably a good thing they're not readily available in Amsterdam. Australian artist Dawn Tan has immortalized these and other addictions in a series of water colour prints. Available at Signed and Numbered for AUD $65 each.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Mountains and Clouds

Two fun little home wares for Tuesday by designer Shahar Peleg. First up: Himalaya; a set of four spice containers in different sizes. Made of glass, shaped as a mountain range.
Second up: a nifty little attachment to turn a standard bottle into a watering rain cloud.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Zoë Mowat

Now this is a one very stylish jewelery stand. I must admit I always end up taking my jewelery off and leaving it in whichever little dish or container or nightstand is closest... but this is a very elegant way to ensure those beloved little jewels don't get lost. Designed by Zoë Mowat, the Arbor Jewelery Stand is a piece of sculpture in it's own right. "Arbor is made by hand in Zoë’s studio, using solid walnut, ash, brass, steel, marble, mirror and felt. The sculptural jewelry stand incorporates an integrated and removable mirror, brushed brass details, and colored platforms that display special items while keeping them safe. A detachable solid wood dowel acts as the main support for hanging necklaces, bracelets and other treasures." Very nice. It would also make one very fancy parrot perch*. Just sayin'.
*I had a pet cockatiel, Floyd, growing up, who passed away last year. He would have loved this for sure.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Graphic Carnival

Featuring some pretty sweet paper craft skills here from Belgium designer INK Studio today. Great energy, colour, and style. More photos on their website. The finished masks are brilliant, but I also love the work-in-progress studio shots. Looks like a lot of fun was had making these.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Jan Schwab Huling

This looks like painstaking work, if ever I saw it. Jan Huling makes these rather crazy and beautiful sculptures of bead-covered found items. If you want to learn how it's done she has an article explaining her method. Jan has an extensive portfolio online, but here I picked out a few of my favourites to share. A pretty wide aesthetic style she has; from wildlife, to kitsch toys, but the resulting piece is always pretty bright and fun. Anyway, enjoy these incredibly detailed pieces.