Tyre sculptor

Ji Yong Ho tire sculpture rhino

Art work by by the supremely talented Ji Yong Ho, A south Korean artist and sculptor whom models his works from old tires and rubber.

I originally came across Ji Yong Ho’s work via Thememagazine.com

Great Artwork by Zorin

These are some very crafty pieces by Zorin.

Don’t miss out on the rest of his works via Society6

Works by Greg Lamarche

The following pieces were created by Greg Lamarche.

I originally stumbled across Lamarche’s work via Yay!everyday

Steampunk Sculptures by Michihiro Matsuoka

These beautiful pieces are by Michihiro Matsuoka.

Michihiro created these sculptures using stone clay and acrylic paint.

I found these via DailyArtFixx

How Creatives can promote themselves online

Back in the day, if you were a creative type – maybe you were a writer, a painter, a sculptor or perhaps all of the above – the only way to communicate your vision was to struggle through the years and wait for someone else with the purse strings to fund your creative pursuits.

Nowadays, thanks to the web, we can skip the middleman and go straight to displaying our own work in the most public of forums mankind has known to date – the art of freelancing online.


But if you are looking to start a blog or website based around your creative vision – where do you even begin? There’s so much more to freelancing than simply displaying your work and hoping that someone with influence will stop by your page – it’s a complex world of marketing and networking.

Details »

Mark Weaver

Love this retro-feel set by artist Mark Weaver

Be sure to check out his (fucking) amazing portfolio at mrkwvr.com or on Behance – Very inspiring!

Details »

Classic Penguin books have a fresh typographic face-lift

I’m sure you have in your travels come across the classic minimalist Penguin classic covers

Well, a number of the classic reads have had a bit of a face-lift thanks to a group of designers and Aids awareness fund (RED) teaming up with the book publisher Penguin books

Details »

Retro Revival – A classic spin on the films of 2009

Illustrator and designer Tavis Coburn has put together this amazing series for the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards.

Up in the Air


Hurt locker

An Education


I found this via an awesome post by ‘Accordion Guy’

Kitty Came Home vintage creations

Henry here at Design Tavern has proven now that he has an eye for innovative design and all things inspiring. Knowing him personally, thus, has its perks. Especially when they come in the form of a gorgeous Kitty Came Home vintage fabric clutch.

Kitty Came Home was founded by Katrina Weber in 2004. Based in Adelaide, Weber pieces together these delightfully lovely purses, wallets, journals and jewellery.

Details »

Finger Food

Today’s post comes from Amy Sawyer, a contributing blogger over at Rough Review.com. You can find more of Amy’s articles here!

Most loved up girls will expect roses or chocolates or perhaps a big diamond ring? Me I’d rather treat myself (in my dreams of course) to some tasty finger bling.

Danish jewellery designer Emquies Holstein’s gold chocolate wrapper ring would certainly be my new best friend.

Details »

#FollowFriday 10 talented people with an eye for design

Okay, so technically its Saturday in my little part of the world, but for many (most?) of my readers its still a Friday!

If you’re not yet on the twitter bandwagon you can register for free and see what all the fuss is about.

Details »

Gear Ring up for a good time.

I’m not a huge jewellery kind of guy, but this is something I think I might just be able to pull off..
The Gear Ring is not your normal stationary ring, oh no, this ring designed by designed by Ben Hopson and Glen Liberman features six micro-precision gears that turn in unison when the outer rims are spun.


via:  Kinekt Design

I first saw this tweeted by: @nalri

Japan meets Scandinavia – IKEA manga.

There’s no denying it.. I’m an IKEA fan boy.. and I was ecstatic to see that a collection of fabrics by designer Åsa Ekström on the theme, ‘Japan meets Scandinavia.’

Ekström has been drawing manga since the age of 13.

I found this awesome post via a tweet from the lovely, ever sharing @marysoul



So you want to customize your own sneakers

The ever growing collection of Melbourne based, professional sneaker customizer, Sekure D is one that all would be street artists should be keeping a close eye on.

SD has had his work exhibited both at home [Australia] and abroad, has been featured in dozens of sneaker, street art and fashion publications, has done a collection a number of solo exhibitions and has even collaborated with brands such as globe, whom replicated 2500 pairs of his Mace Hi sneakers.
Mr. D has kindly agreed to share some insight into what It takes to become a successful sneaker customizer.
DT: First off, how did you get started in the sneaker customizing scene? What made you one day think ‘I’m going to paint a pair of shoes’? Why did you feel compelled to change what had already been created?

SD: I have been into sneakers since I was a little kid mainly due to my interest in skateboarding and basketball. Consequently I have been collecting them for a long time and it seemed like it was a good way to produce something that other people didn’t have. Sneaker customizing also combines a lot of my interests into one activity.

DT: How long did it take before you considered yourself a full time sneaker customizer?

SD: I still think it’s strange, when people ask what I do I say I am an artist. It wasn’t until after I had been doing this for about 5 years that it became feasible to work in this field full time.

DT: I’m sure you get this all the time, but from where do you get your inspiration?

SD: I would say it’s a mixture of a few elements, comic books, graffiti, film and alcohol being the most important.

DT: What is the thought process for creating a unique pair of sneakers?

SD: It is easy to create a custom pair of sneakers but it’s hard to create one that is both wearable and recognizable as your own, that’s what I focus on now. I approach the shoes as a dedication to something I am fond of; alternatively I use them as a canvas to illustrate a pattern or composition I have developed.

DT: What advice would you give to those whom would like to try their hand at sneaker customization? where does one start?

SD: I would design a bunch of pairs on Photoshop or a similar program first and try not to go too over the top or rush it when your new. So often people skip the acetone stage or put on thick coats of paint to make it quicker but it all ends poorly if you don’t take your time.

DT: What are you working on now?

SD: Just knocking up a time-lapse for some new shoes I finished yesterday entitled the Nike “Serpent” Dunk High and a new project which is pretty exciting.

DT: What’s next for Sekure D?

SD: Holiday until the end of February then a series of customs I have been brainstorming over and a new solo exhibition.

Click on the image above to check out Sekure D’s Guide via Sneaker Freaker.


Handmade gifts for the twitter addict

A tweet from the desk of..