Month: January 2014

Arty Stuff

I really, really hate ants. I once had a major ant infestation in my pantry. It was literally a seething black mound of millions of ants. Makes me feel ill just thinking about it! So when I saw this porcelain tea set … well, you know what I thought: Get out the Raid! Now! In case you were wondering, the ants have all been painstakingly painted on by German artist Evelyn Bracklow of La Philie, and the porcelain made in her studio. It’s very well done. Too well done, if you ask me! You can buy her stuff on Etsy. If the ants didn’t creep you out, this might … Robert and Shana Parke Harrison make eery looking, weirdly compelling sculptures. [First seen on I Need a Guide] Yet more realistic creatures! The creator of this installation is being hailed as one of the most innovative figures in contemporary art. Cai Guo-Qiang is currently holding his first solo exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane until May 11. Called  ‘Falling Back to Earth’, the exhibition is described as …

Interview: Amanda Dziedzic & Glass Blowing

For my first interview of the year, I’d like to introduce you to a talented glass blower who, I will admit, I’ve been stalking for a little while now! I kept ‘bumping’ into her in cyberspace last year and then was fortunate enough to see some of her beautiful pieces at The Design Files Open House in Sydney last December. And so I badgered her for some of her time! Amanda Dziedzic lives and breathes glass. She stumbled upon the art form of glass blowing while doing her Bachelor of Visual Arts and was hooked. It has since taken her to various places around the world and has nurtured a very healthy relationship with vegetables! She brings a certain quirkiness and originality to her works and has an amazing use of colour ( just look at her pieces in the Yumemiru collection below). Come and meet Amanda … Please introduce yourself – tell me your background, what you studied, where you’ve worked and how have you ended up where you are today. I am Amanda Dziedzic and …

Kjeragbolten, Kjerag Mountain, Norway

Inspiration

Wow, isn’t this a doozy of a vantage point? I think it would be appropriate to add an inspirational quote here, don’t you? Cue dramatic music score … “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” Diane Ackerman Sounds good to me. Next cue: a deep intake of breath as we hope that a) our leading man doesn’t get a dose of vertigo and fall off the rock and b) he makes it to the other side. Drum roll and a sigh as he succeeds in living the full width of the rock. But what I want to know is: What was he doing there in the first place? Couldn’t he have just appreciated the view from a photo  like the rest of us?

Muffin Tops Cupcake Moulds

Original Product Design

Who on earth thought of these …? These are so bad I almost want a set! Almost. I like this better. It’s a bit cheeky, but hey ..! French illustrator, Denis Carrier, is the man behind this naughty-but-nice graphic for a skateboard by Gold Coast Skateboards {as seen on Cool Hunting} If you’re a city kid and always wanted to pick a real apple from a real apple tree in a real orchard but can’t, then the next best thing is one of these … Or is it? ‘Newton’ is an apple holder designed by industrial designer David Saldoff to give urban dwellers that down-on-the-farm, organic experience of apple picking. It’s certainly a nice idea but I think it requires a whole lot of eye-closing and a fervent imagination in order to replicate the real-deal.  (And in case you were wondering, it’s not gone to market yet – and I don’t mean the fruit market!). {As seen at Lost at E Minor} Wow, I love a pink flamingo! But who on earth took the time to …