L’Oreal Turns 100


L’Oreal Paris has been celebrating its 100 Years of Legendary Beauty (aka, its 100th Anniversary) for the past couple of weeks. Okay, big deal – make up for 100 years, who knew? But it seems the campaign which has been sparked by such an event, has dealt us lovers-of-all-things-lovely a nice big serving of vintagey glamour.

A collection of the vintage advertisements from L’oreal has been gracing the pages of girly magazines across Australia and, I’m sure, the rest of the L’oreal saturated world.

What can I say, it’s a lovely tribute to both the make up company and its female disciples bringing out the sentimental side of the make up industry which is a welcome change than the usual air-brushing/false advertising diatribes. Enjoy! For more pics, check out Harpers Bazaar or the official L’Oreal Website for more celebatory glamour!

The making of a monster! SeventhStreet Studio – A sneak peak into their CG process.

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SEVENTHSTREET Studio have given readers an insight into the creative process for one of their latest CG compositions, the ‘Mustang Monster.’

And the kind people at seventhstreet have the mustang desktop up for download here.

Shoe Construction — Marloes ten Bhömer and the architecture Of Shoes.

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Following an interesting lecture last night titled ‘The Architecture of Shoes’ In which the presenter demonstrated the many fields of design architects and other design degrees can go into.

Stated were some interesting figures on Architecture at Milan University, Italy; 1000 students were enrolled each year whilst only 100 graduated.
Rather than Looking at it as 900 students failing architecture between entry and finishing, Instead 900 students were provided with the design skills to go into a number of different fields.

I can’t help but think of buildings when I see the like’s of Marloes ten Bhömer’s shoes.

I’ll be honest, women’s shoes fall outside my usual scope of interest but the design behind the footwear below I think is really innovative wearable artworks.

The construction, use of materials (arbon fibre, fiberglass, Stainless steel , Polyurethane resin and tarpaulin) clear cut clean lines, are all innovative and being to move from the world of women’s fashion into product and architecture design.

From her website:
“Critically acclaimed designer Marloes ten Bhömer produces shoes that are both provocative and otherworldly. Her work fuses artistic and technological experiment in order to discover shoes anew. Ten Bhömer’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally and she gives lectures about her work worldwide. She takes on challenging commissions from galleries and private clients.”

http://marloestenbhomer.squarespace.com/

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Amazing Paper Artist Simon Schubert

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Some work by German Artist Simon Schubert, who is able to use paper to create these amazing images.

I’m amazed at the depth that is able to be portrayed in these (almost) flat pieces of paper!

for more work visit http://www.simonschubert.de/

I found this post via the good things going on at Toxel

Design Follow Friday

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In a response to my twitter addiction I have decided to devote this post to some of favourite people to follow.

http://twitter.com/AndrewMaynard

http://www.maynardarchitects.com/

Named in Wallpaper Magazine’s Architects Directory, an ‘anual guide to the world’s most innovative practicies’, Andrew Maynard’s design practice is quickly becoming recognised as an emerging force on the architectural scene. Since Andrew Maynard Architects was establised in late 2002 it has been recognised internationally in media, awards and exhibitions for its unique body of built work and its experimental conceptual design polemics.

http://twitter.com/archiCULTURE

http://www.archiculturefilm.com/

Architects-turned-filmmakers turn the camera on the arch studio following 5 thesis students – posts on documentary, film, architecture, tech, Brooklyn, NYC.

http://twitter.com/DujourMag

http://dujourmag.com/

America’s first independent, internationally distributed, eco-friendly fashion publication dedicated exclusively to emerging designers.

http://twitter.com/nicholaspatten

http://nicholaspatten.com/

Video Editor, Graphic/Web Designer, Red Camera rental, I’m a Mac.

http://twitter.com/NOTCOT

http://www.notcot.org/

NOTCOT is a visual filtration of ideas + aesthetics + amusements. NOTCOT’s two sites have become the daily sources of inspiration for creatives everywhere, fighting the good fight against “creative block” since 2005 with visually stunning imagery, the latest in international trends, and a passion for all things well designed.

http://twitter.com/yellowgoatetsy

http://yellowgoatdesign.blogspot.com/

A Jewelry Designer and blog writer
“My philosophy for my jewelry and this blog, is to bring happiness to others. I hope to share the joy of creating and finding beautiful things to all the readers and customers.”

Some more of Claire Morgan’s work

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Some more of Claire Morgan’s work that I really wanted to share.

See my original post on Claire’s amazing work here..

The Beauty Of Rotting Fruit And A Taxidermied Crow

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Claire Morgan originally from Belfast got a first class degree in Sculpture from Ulster and Northumbria University.

Claire has made her career as a visual artist, with exhibits across the UK as well as internationally. She developed an interest in the organic, in natural processes, and in the bodily connotations of natural materials.

It is this fascnination that makes the foundation for her sculptural taxidermy installations.

The following installation, fluid for Northumbria University in an exhibition called Building With Colour uses hundreds of strawberries and a taxidermied crow.

Morgan’s sculptural material is ordinary, familiar and everyday, but is transfigured through the rigor of formal composition into becoming resonant with a mysterious melancholic power that allows it to be unfamiliar to us again.”
(Darren Ambrose, Lecturer in Art Theory, Birmingham City University, 2007)

http://www.claire-morgan.co.uk/

Emotive Illustrations by Micah Lidberg

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Here is a sample of some of the talented work of Micah Lidberg that I have fallen in love with on my great internet travels. Michah, now living in Missouri describes his work as “a sincere effort to capture the great beauty and energy I see in the chaos that is our world.”

His signature is to use simple materials to make complete pieces whilst exploring the constant entertainment of ‘making.’

Beautiful/Decay, Computer Arts, Creative Quarterly Journal, Crafty Magazine & Society of Illustrators LA


‘They’ is a piece from a project where I would go venturing through the woods at night snapping all sorts of photos. The illustrations are based on what my imagination was telling me was out there with me.


Code Book from Micah Lidberg on Vimeo.

A small message is encoded in the imagery. The key to the code is laid out on the front and back cover.



‘Angry Cloud’ is the story of a rebellion staged by the creatures of the forest against a power hungry storm cloud.


Wait — This is based off a sketch book project I worked on with a friend, Scott Ener Grover.

http://micahlidberg.com/

Book vs. Knife vs. World

image via Packer Gallery

The book business has been in trouble for quite some time now thanks to the glorious digitalisation of…well, everything. No longer are books the prestigious technology, able to transport knowledge in the most effective manner. Instead, we have the internet where information, books and beyond are a mere click away, ready to be viewed on our personal computer screens.

The tangible book, it has long been predicted, is a dying art form, slowly being eroded by newer and more efficient internet technologies. Artist, Brian Dettmer from Chicago, in his ‘book autopsies’ demonstrates this erosion in its most metaphorical sense in his body of work, Adaptations.

Antonia Peacock writes, “As content morphs into miniature geologic landscapes, the natural physicality of the book is accentuated. We experience these deconstructed books as fragile, organic matter that cannot escape eventual decomposition.”

Images via Packer Schopf Gallery

Another, somewhat more optimistic reading of the works is that the intricate sculptural designs carved into the books are symbolic of the depth of meaning present in a printed work, one which is only distinguishable after much carving and cutting away at the physical form. 

For book lovers, on the other hand, it seems like an almost bible-burning pursuit, one which is destroying beloved stories and words of the authors.

Check out more of Brian Dettmer’s work at the Packer Schopf Gallery here.

Exploding Spray paint sculpture by Julien Valle.

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From Canadian graphic designer, Julien Valle comes this piece he calls ‘Paper sculpture,’ admittedly, not really a creative name but still an amazing piece of work I wished to share with you.

This creatively clever sculpture gives a whole new 3D life to the spray can and the culture that revolves around it. Colour explodes from an otherwise, matte, black surface, whilst on the other side of the ‘canvas’ is the humble spray can.

Julien Valle

Dont fall art!

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Had to share this one with you from lol.com.pk

Amazingly large and detailed street art.. gotta be seen to be believed!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SNYtd0Ayt0

Amazing Aussie artist, illustrator and Talent – Skaffs

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Luke Feldman, the creator of SKAFFS, is an Australian artist who creates for a multitude of platforms. Inspired by childhood experiences and a vivid imagination, his illustrations and animations are distinctive with defined lines, elaborate detail, and intensely vibrant colours. SKAFFS is a collection of work made up of art, animation, games, books, giant vinyl adhesives, skate decks and collector toys.

Luke’s vast technical experience and skills developed working in numerous mediums. He studied Visual Arts and Multimedia in Australia and has worked in the gaming, education and animation industry. While the scope of his work is extensive, it is bound together through his unique and dynamic style; a style that has led to a number of awards, exhibitions and collaborations with high profile artists including Theodore Geisel and Maurice Sendak and companies such as Disney, Coca-Cola, Facebook.

What exactly is ‘SKAFFS’? I noticed you use it as a handle but also for your entire collection –

SKAFFS is a word that came to me early one morning. It is a play on the word “scaffolding” as it represents the foundation for this fantastical world. SKAFFS is a world made up of wonderfully weird creatures and environments. A collection of vibrantly coloured artwork, giant vinyl adhesives, collector toys, skate decks and other fun paraphernalia.

After a quick browse through your work you seem to have dabbled in many forms of art and design — Is there a specific reason for this? Do you have a favourite style or medium?
My work is based on symmetry, flow and vibrancy. I enjoy the challenge of adapting my style to different mediums. And having had the chance to work in such a variety has definitely opened up opportunities to me. I am constantly sketching down ideas from my head at all hours of the day. Ink and graphite are probably the most common media that I work in as everything I do starts off as a sketch whether the final piece is original art, digital art or animation.

Working to different formats is important to help keep up with the changing industry. Being self-employed and having opportunities to work on large projects, I think it is extremely important for me to understand all aspects of a project. It helps when I work in art director or creative consultant roles as I can give the best insight and guidance to my clients.

What has been your most interesting/exciting (or perhaps famous) commission/work?
I would consider all my projects as “exciting”. I enjoy the challenges that come with each project and enjoy seeing a piece go from sketch to finished form. Some of the major companies I have been fortunate to work with include Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Coca-Cola and Disney. A few highlights include designing the 2008 MAC World Conference booth in San Francisco. I had the opportunity to design a jungle theme using my characters and environments and to see them in a 1-storey high booth. And I worked with Coca-Cola in Australia to develop their advertising campaign which was designed for billboards, buses and magazines.

My short film ‘Who Saved the Moon’ was featured as a finalist at the International Independent Film Festival at the Comic-Con convention in San Diego. I was asked to be a special guest to speak about my animated film. It was a great opportunity to speak to the audience about the project from concept to finished piece. Check it out here: http://www.skaffs.com/animation05.html

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I am also a huge fan of the work of Theodore Geisel’s Dr Seuss. Last year I was asked to exhibit with the work of Dr Seuss in Los Angeles and this was a huge honor for me.

Last year I held a solo exhibition ‘Perpetual Kagemi’ in Melbourne. It was so great to have such a huge turn out and positive response to my work. Collaborating with Coothwork to film the show was also a great experience for me; Coothwork did all the filming and editing, I did the music, and character animation and special effects.

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What does the typical day of ‘Skaffs’ involve ?

There really isn’t a “typical” day in the world of SKAFFS. It tends to be very chaotic. I start early and I finish late; I don’t ever stop thinking even when I go to sleep. I’m always working on something whether it is tight time frames for commissions, working on artwork for exhibitions, finishing up SKAFFS related projects or collaborating with companies to produce product lines. I do a lot of speaking engagements and live paintings so I am very fortunate to travel a lot. I’m also currently working on my own animation series. Having to oversee the production has been both challenging and exciting.

What will be new for SKAFFS in 2009?

2009 is going to be another busy but awesome year! I will be doing a lot of artist signings and live paintings to launch the limited edition book “Chaff n’ Skaffs: Mai and the Lost Moskivvy”. In 2008 I completed a music band CD slick and there is talk of appearing live at one of their music events (unfortunately I cannot disclose any further information at this time). I have numerous exhibitions in San Francisco and Los Angeles. And most importantly, I continue to develop my SKAFFS product line through collaborations with other progressive companies. In the next couple of months I will be launching a new line of giant vinyl adhesive artwork, some iphone apps and hopefully an animation by the end of the year!

What are your other interests beside art and design?

I tend to do a lot of traveling. With the long hours that I generally work (mostly in front of a computer) I try to balance it with some Taekwondo and when I have some spare time I also like to do skateboarding or blading.

Any advice to up and coming artists and designers?

My advice to aspiring designers would be to establish a style, practice, and stick with it. Experimenting with different mediums will help you to define who you are as an artist. And get involved in the local community and start exhibiting to get your work seen.

SKAFFS latest limited edition book “Chaff n Skaffs: Mai and the Lost Mozkivvy”

Mai is a young girl who never ventured too far from her home. When a lost mosquito interrupts Mai’s sleep, her friend Chaff suggests they escort Moskivvy back home to a faraway land. So begins a courageous girl’s voyage into a fantastic world that will kindle readers’ imaginations. Encountering whimsical creatures along the way, this trio must travel over land, sea, and sky.

Desktop Magazine describe Chaff n’ Skaffs: Mai and the lost Moskivvy as “the perfect conduit for Feldman’s imagination combining his waif like lasses and charming characters with the beautiful, yet unpredictable realm that is the unique Australian environment.” Discover a world of visual delight that Flavorpill described as a “childlike wonder and crisp exaggerated colors” and a new brand of heroine!

“Feldman’s artwork blends the classic stylings of 1950s Disney with a modern design sensibility to create something both cutting edge and timeless.”

-Andrew Farago, Cartoon Art Museum, Gallery Manager

 

“Luke Feldman’s instantly recognizable ‘Skaffs’ creations comprise a heady mix of bright colors and razor sharp style mixed with an underlying, almost tangible naivety that make his illustrations easily identifiable in a world where originality is not as easy to find as you might think..”

-Jo Spurling, author and editor of Desktop magazine

“As you follow the adventures of these three intrepid voyageurs, you can’t help but fall in love with the dazzling hues, exotic animals and intriguing storyline that splash the pages of this book.”

- Rossella Frigerio, editor, Chic Today

What was the inspiration, style, highs and lows of working on this project etc.
I have been illustrating for children’s books for a few years now, working for various international publishing houses. It was always a passion of mine to get my very own book published. The Chaff n Skaffs series had been in the workings now for a few years. The characters, designs and storyline had been sketched out prior to meeting with San Francisco based publishers, Immedium . What I have enjoyed about working with Immedium is that they allowed me to have complete creative control. This meant I could use many Australian elements and lingo in the book and create each page as a finished piece of artwork for all to enjoy.

My use and choice of colour is extremely important and therefore there was a lot of communication between the printers and myself. Variations in print can occur between all print companies so I have become accustomed to being on top of the problems that can occur.

Publishing a book is definitely a long term project. You must be passionate about the concept to work on it for long periods of time. Find a good publisher, one that is supportive and in control of the printing and distribution.

When/where can we get a copy of your new book?

The book is available online at www.skaffs.com/chaff and worldwide at Borders, Barnes and Noble, Target, Amazon and many independent stores such as Villain Store and Robio in Melbourne, VIC. It ships in April 2009.

$15.95 USA, Children’s Picture Book ISBN: 1-59702-013-3 (ISBN 13: 978-159702-013-8) 10 x 9 3/4, 36 pages

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Posters, Posters, everywhere…

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I found this in my extensive internet travels the other day — An extensive Mid-20th Century European advertising poster collection… Here are just a few of the hundreds from the gallery

These bold, simplistic graphic posters are a continuous source for contemporary artists and illustrators.

Via the website of Illustrator and Designer Bob Staake

Master of Glass – Dale Chihuly

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Dale Chihuly is a glass sculptor from Tacoma, Washington.

I’ll admit, I’m far from an expert on glass sculpting and what these artists are capable of.. but what Dale Chihuly magically creates with glass is really something astonishing..

I am going to share with you a number of pieces from Chihuly’s 2006 exhibit at the New York Botanical Gardens. Though there are a number of newer and current installations worth checking out.

What I found most interesting in my research, was the knowledge that Chihuly no longer actually works on the glass himself. After being in a head on collision and losing an eye and dislocating his shoulder in a bodysurfing accident, Chihuly was no longer physically able of creating the likes of the following masterpieces. Instead of finishing his career there, he hired others to do the work.

“Once I stepped back, I liked the view” Chihuly describes his role as “more choreographer than dancer, more supervisor than participant, more director than actor.”

Needless to say, Chihuly’s grasp of the glass and its limitations is amazing. His sculptures can be so fluid, full of movement and energy, but he also has the knowledge to make the material more mellow and somber.

Chihuly has dozens of installations and examples of his talent along with some great videos of the process at his website

http://www.chihuly.com/

The wonders of tape – ‘Forty-Eight’ by Rebecca Ward

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I recently stumbled upon the website of Rebecca Ward — Rebecca is an artist from down town Austin, Texas who has exhibited a number of creative, linear works, by utilising the original beams, columns and angles of any given space, usually strung together with a very colourful palette of plain old tape. “I have always been drawn to its unique textural qualities… When using tape, rather than leaving evenly-placed two-dimensional lines upon a wall, I expand upon the material’s sculptural potential and bring these installations into a third dimension.” Her installations are ‘inherently architectural,’ and all ‘site-specific’ No two exhibits are the same. Each site goes through a series of detailed measurements before each installation to properly assess the use of patterns and shapes. “Ideally these patterns are numerically symmetrical or somehow numerically balanced, producing a dialogue between line and space.”

I Got in touch with Rebecca to find out more about an exhibit in Houston Texas — a splash of colour down an otherwise ordinary staircase.

The piece is named ‘forty-eight’ and was commissioned by Box 13 artspace

I soon learnt that the colourful display was not in anyway random, but instead was loosely based on the age old concept of the golden rectangle

Here are Rebecca’s thoughts on the installation.

“When I began investigating the Box13 space, I wanted to plan my installation according to the laws of the golden rectangle.The aerial view of the staircase seemed to have a shape that would work with the golden spiral. Ultimately, it was too difficult to make every piece of tape and every linear gesture adhere to the very specific laws of the logarithmic spiral, but I think the end result still has its basis (somehow and somewhere) in phi. I guess I kind’ve ended up making my own rules about balancing proportions in a rectangular space.”

A huge thanks to Rebecca for sharing her thoughts and work with us.

For more information and equally stunning installations visit..

Rebecca Ward