Month: July 2016

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4 Things I Love This Week

Today’s blog post has a circular theme from the visual: a DIY clock, sushi yogi and rainbow salad in a bowl to the metaphorical: building materials at their end of their life getting a new beginning in a rustic mountain cabin. Images from top left to right: When someone mentions embroidery to me, my fingers curl in fear of having to commit to something fiddly. But when I saw this DIY embroidery clock, my fingers almost itched to start making it! This is embroidery at its simplest yet how effective? Find one shallow basket, clock mechanism and thick black embroidery thread and you’re halfway there. Learn the ins and outs at Fall For DIY. Jakarta-based freelance art director and digital artist Ferdi Rizkiyanto takes surrealism to the edge with his highly creative works. I love this image, part of his ‘You Are What You Eat’ series. Just brilliant. See loads more at Behance and follow Ferdi on his blog. Talk about reusing others unwanted windows. This cabin in the mountains of West Virginia was built by photographer Nick Olsen and designer Lilah …

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Interview: Sayaka Ganz | Artist

Japanese-born artist Sayaka Ganz says she grew up with the Shinto animist belief that everything in the world has a spirit. ‘When I see discarded items on the street or thrift store shelves, I feel a deep sadness for them and am moved to make these abandoned objects happy’. And how happy she makes them! Using this philosophy, she has perfected the art of re-imagining basic household plastic items into incredibly life-like and animated animals and birds. Her goal: to ‘recognise the existing aesthetic values of these objects and assemble them in such a way that highlights the beauty and value that are already there but often overlooked’. Come and meet Sayaka … Tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. I was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan in 1976. My family moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil when I was nine-years-old and we lived there for almost five years. We went back to Japan when I was thirteen, then moved to Hong Kong when I was seventeen. I graduated from high school in …

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Interview: Lor-K | Street Artist

Surprise is a significant element of street art, both for the street artist during creation and for unsuspecting street walkers passing by. French urban installation artist going by the name of Lor-K is currently serving up a smorgsabord of surprises on the streets of Paris in the form of over-sized culinary delights made from discarded mattresses. Say what? That’s right, Lor-k specialises in finding abandoned objects, especially mattresses, and on the spot turns them into pieces of food that look almost good enough to eat. She documents all her work, too, so even if you haven’t walked down one of her streets you can admire from afar via Facebook or Instagram. I was keen to learn more and here, Lor-K explains the premise behind her street art … Please introduce yourself. Tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. I first started studying business, which is when I started doing projects in the street: stencil, collage and painting. But I couldn’t blossom in these techniques. I then studied …

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Interview: Monica J | Crocheted Lace Stones

Once the preserve of doilies, baby booties and blankets, the craft of crochet is having a revival. Maker-creator Monica Johnson is giving crocheted lace its time in the sun. Or more specifically, it’s time in the stone age. For Monica encases stones in intricate crocheted covers, fusing nature with finely crafted lace, and turns them into works of art and jewellery. It seems there is nothing she can’t crochet. Please introduce yourself – tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. My name is Monica Johnson and I am an artist with a deep love for creating one-of-a-kind works of art. I mostly create crocheted lace stones, crocheted lace stone necklaces, dream catcher necklaces and jewellery with a bohemian vibe. I also love to create handmade beads, draw, paint and sew. I have had an Etsy shop since 2007 – monicaj.etsy.com. I am excited and thankful to have my work featured in Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine, Autumn 2015, Jewelry Affaire magazine, Autumn 2015, Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine, Summer 2015, Oncewed (online), and Better Homes and Gardens. I’ve also had a …