Month: September 2013

Things that caught my eye: Photography

You know how some photographs make you feel as if you are really there, right in the picture? Well, talented husband and wife team, Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg of Ann Street Studio make this really happen with their digital photography they call Cinemagraphs.  Take a look at this rabbit and then click on the image … You can see so much more over at Ann Street Studio.  Very cool! Who would have thought to mix plants and weapons to make beautiful – if I can say that – art? Photographer Sonia Rentsch doesn’t shy away from the shocking, the surreal, and the just plain striking. [As seen at Studio Home Online]. Love, love, love this photo called Upside Down by LA-based Max Wanger. You can see more of his work and buy his prints here. [As seen at Paper Social] Old polaroids + scissors = Randy Grskovic. This image from Found Photographs part 2  is like a kaleidoscopic memory of the good old days. His creativity knows no bounds. [Thanks to The Jealous Curator]. Do you like taking photos? …

Interview: Gurit Magen of Junktion

Upcycling creativity knows no bounds with Tel Aviv- based designer Gurit Magen. An architect by profession, Gurit felt there was more to life than designing buildings and five years ago launched Junktion, where she transforms vintage junk into practical, useful pieces. It seems there is nothing she can’t re-purpose. Jerry cans become mailboxes, old television sets become storage cupboards, olive cans become magazine holders, bicycles become chairs, a roller shade becomes a bench. You name it, she pretty much does it! I first discovered Junktion when I was looking around for a suitable image to use on the Contact page of our store website – the three old phones-turned-desk lamps are so much fun – and so I decided to find out more about the brains behind the designs. Please introduce yourself. What is your background and how did you end up starting Junktion? I have a degree in architecture and during my years studying I asked myself if this is exactly what I would like to do. After graduating I spend some time in …

Heartstrings House by Helen Seiver

You may remember I did a post on talented multi-media artist, Helen Seiver, a few weeks back and she was in the middle of making a life-size crochet house, inspired by her family forebears, especially the women, who were some of the first settlers in Western Australia …? (You can read about it here). Well, the ‘house’ is finished and looks amazing. Using found peppermint tree branches, recycled clothing and upcycled domestic materials, the Heartstrings house was a labour of love for Helen but was definitely worth it, don’t you think? It’s rather like a glamorous, over-sized, see-through play house. I could imagine sitting in it, in a comfy chair, outside, in a wonderful rambling garden. With a cup of tea, of course! [Images courtesy photographer Eva Fernandez]

Interview: Textile Artist Corinne Young

For someone who’s family has been involved with textiles in various forms over a couple of generations, it is no surprise that Brit Corinne Young formed a passion for fabrics and embroidery herself at a young age. But it wasn’t until she turned 40 that she actually embarked on a degree in textile and design. Using her background in fashion and interior decorating, her collection of vintage fabrics and skill with a needle, Corinne now works full-time as a textile artist. I caught up with Corinne to find out more about how she started, the amazing commissions she’s had (including a Lord of the Rings stage show) and how much she is inspired by nature. Come and join me … Your family has an established history in textiles. Do you think you were destined to one day work as a textile artist? Tell me how this evolved? Both sides of my family are from the Lancashire area and research into our family tree shows that my ancestors have a long history of employment in the …