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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Gorgeous and Magnificent Emma Magenta

Some of you may have recognised our lovely bird logo as the work of author and artist, Emma Magenta. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, Emma is the author of a series of adult picture books; The Peril of Magnificent Love, A Gorgeous Sense of Hope, The Origin of Lament and The Gradual Demise of Phillipa Finch. Her books have resonated with thousands of women around the globe.

Her most recent creation; The Gradual Demise of Phillipa Finch is Emma’s first foray into the world of animation and follows the emotional journey of Emma’s alter-ego Phillipa Finch, from death to life. A sixteen episode series screened on ABC1 in 2011 that seeks to bridge the gap between human emotion and technology via an interactive website.

Phillipa is the pin up girl for the emotionally twarted. Each episode tumbles back through her past relationships, and follows her journey from the numb, torpid and stupified to the land of the emotionally fulfilled.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Oiva Toikka - Genius in Glass

Finland’s oldest glass factory is located at the Nuutajärvi Glass Village, in the south of Finland. For over 200 years, glassblowing has been the central industry for this small community. It’s most famous resident is Oiva Toikka...he of the world reknowned Toikka glass Birds for Iittala, the Finnish design company.

I made it over to Scandinavia in 2006. In search of all things on the holy grail of Scandinavian design, I had dreamt of collecting Toikka's Birds, and this was to be my first purchase. Oiva Toikka's glass birds were born in 1972, the year of my birth, so this journey felt somewhat predestined.

A small golden, green-striped bird created for a Christmas exhibition mounted by the Nuutajärvi Museum in 1979 attracted the attention of a journalist at the family magazine, "Kotiliesi", which decided to offer it to its readers instead of a print as in previous years. The bird proved to be a great success. Since the inception of his glass bird creations, Oiva Toikka has created over 500 variations of glassblown birds including the annual bird release every year since 1996.

Toikka glass birds are collected all around the world. Rarities are as eagerly tracked down and talked about as their real equivalents in the ornithological world. My small, but precious collection, sits on high in our living room, out of the reach of little hands, whilst their real equivalents fly by our windows their lungs full with the joys of song.

Love, love, love. Sigh.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Rob Ryans Paper Art

I was first introduced to Rob Ryans divine paper art last year. Rob is a highly acclaimed British visual artist and illustrator who specialises in papercutting and screen printing. Widely acknowledged as the man who reinvented paper cuts, sparking a worldwide art movement, his work has been featured on Paul Smith’s catwalk, the cover of Stylist magazine, Vogue and Elle.

Ryan's first book, This Is for You, was published in 2007 and consists of a fairytale told through his paper cut-out art  and explores themes of love and loneliness. Receiving my very own ‘This is for You’ package in the mail, felt like Christmas all over again. From the handcut stamp, to the brown paper packaging, personal messages, and hand written note card. His shop, Ryantown, came about in the summer of 2008. It is top of my list for my next visit to the UK. His work, style and humour are second to none and get the big thumbs up from.

Check out Robs work here, visit his website, and watch a short youtube interview with the man himself. It made my day to know his favourite kids book was The Elves and the Shoemaker, as I still have a copy from when I was a child. My absolute favourite.

What's not to love?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Paradise Parking

Many of you will know I am the lucky owner of a 1974 Citroen DS. Otherwise known as ‘The Goddess’.  She is my pride and joy, I shine and polish and gaze lovingly at her. It is an affair of the heart. Ours is a love affair only some will understand.  I waited many years, and she was absolutely worth the wait.

With mixed feelings, I recently came across the work of photographer Peter Lippmann. Peter lives and works in Paris, France, so it was inevitable really, that a goddess would be featured in this series of photos from his latest work, Paradise Parking. Torn between the violent tug of heart strings strained at seeing a goddess in such disrepair, the joy of texture on texture (come on, I am a textile designer, and it can’t be all doom and gloom), and the divine victory of mother nature reclaimed I have spent hours admiring Lippmanns latest work.

Stunningly beautiful, haunting, simple. Lippmans old and decaying classic cars are joyful in their abandoned bliss.

Love love love.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bird on Bird. The Hummingbird Eco Retreat.

Late last year we were approached by The Hummingbird Eco Retreat, who were undergoing a total eco refit.

The brief....to turn an old tired conference centre into a light and airy 4 star eco retreat.

Our organic fabric range was top of their list.

The refitting team, Kim Kneipp & Jen Brownscombe, and a team of painters, tradies, volunteers, family and friends undetook a total renovation in just 10 weeks, using our fabrics as the 'star' of their minimalist 'nature and the elements' themed rooms.

We think they did a magical job. :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Painting the town red

In honour of all things red and lovely this Valentines Day,......courtesy of the ever fabulous Dezeen archives.......

A bright red psychiatric centre in Zaragoza, Spain by Jose Javier Gallardo.
The waiting room of a health centre by architects Migue Barahona and Luis Castillo in southern Spain.
The garden of 10,000 bridges by West 8 in Xi'an, China.
Brazilian architects Metro’s red glass chocolate museum.
A bright red car showroom in Bangkok, Thailand by Supermachine Studio.
The Nanhe River Landscape Bridge in the Sichuan province, China by New York studio WXY Architecture.
A pedestrian crossing by Atelier 9.81 in Tourcoing, France.
The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Jean Nouvel in London.




Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Folk of the kin.

I first came across Kinfolk Magazine late last year, and fell head over heels in love.

It's a bit like the divine Dumbo Feather magazine, but with their own style, content, and format. Their magazine, like Dumbo, leaves me feeling warm, and gooey ....part of a community based on core grass roots values, good design and food!

Their Manifesto reads, ‘Kinfolk is a growing community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings. We recognize that there is something about a table shared by friends, not just a wedding or once-a-year holiday extravaganza, that anchors our relationships and energizes us. We have come together to create Kinfolk as our collaborative way of advocating the natural approach to entertaining that we love. Every element of Kinfolk—the features, photography, and general aesthetics—are consistent with the way we feel entertaining should be: simple, uncomplicated, and less contrived. Kinfolk is the marriage of our appreciation for art and design and our love for spending time with family and friends.'

We love.

And so do others, looking at their rapidly expanding stockist list!

Now in its 6th year, the Byron Bay International Film Festival has established a reputation for dynamic programming. This reputation is built on the festivals ability to pull together a captivating, stimulating and entertaining dose of screen culture. But there two stand out genres for which both the festival, and Byron Bay, are best known. Surf/street culture, and conservation/the environment. Screening over 10 days, from 2-11 March , further programming and ticketing information will be available in the lead up to the festival at www.bbff.com.au.

Here’s our top picks from their enviro programme:

Manufacturing Stoke. Surf. No other sport is so intrinsically linked to nature. And yet, in becoming the multi-billion dollar industry it is today, a great paradox has arisen. Surfers are directly connected to the earth’s pulse and yet a majority of the materials used are environmentally toxic. Manufacturing Stoke, is an introspective look into the surfing culture’s struggle for positive environmental change. Follow this link to the movie trailer.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Birds, Bats and Bees

timber: Rolf Sachs
timber: Rolf Sachs

As you know, we’re a sucker for funky lookin bird houses. This little selection caught our eye.

Back in 2008, around 20 international artists and designers came together to create habitats for threatened British species from recycled materials for a charity auction in London. The brief was set by environmental organisation, Adventure Ecology and auction house, Phillips de Pury & Company, as an attempt to upcycle the auction house’s waste in a creative way.

The paper, plastic and wood discarded in the process of packing, moving and installing art works and exhibitions was up-cycled to create habitats for the rapidly declining numbers of bird, bat and bee species in urban areas.

Not sure how practical they are, but we love anyway. :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Chromatic Typewriter

The little Chromatic Typewriter, is a conceptual art piece using a modified 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter.

According to the artist, Washington based painter Tyree Callahan, ‘it has started some great discussions on the translation of art into words and words into art. Folks with synesthesia like it too’.

For me the idea of being able to type in paint, or paint in type is genius. And the flow of the colour wheel across the keyboard is the kind of rainbow magic that makes my heart sing. Enjoy.

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