Month: October 2016

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Interview: Anna Eidt | Altered Vintage Plates

Etsy maker Anna Eidt has truly had a ‘who’d have thought’ life in which she has overcome a terrible accident to forge a new creative direction – considerably different to the one she thought she was going to have. From vocal music teacher and choral conductor, Anna now specialises in painting traditional vintage plates and saucers with, shall we say, unconventional, phrases and images. Royal Doulton gets a shocking, subversive makeover and I love it! Can you please introduce yourself and tell us about your background I’m Nova Scotian born, transplanted to Ontario for work and love. I love quiet, cats, podcasts, yoga, swimming, decorating/interior design, and reading rad female authors of all genres. When and why did you begin exploring with the idea of altering vintage plates and saucers?  I have always loved drawing and crafting but my love of music was the dominant force until very recently. I trained to become a vocal music teacher and choral conductor and pursued that route professionally for four years until a bike accident left me with severe chronic migraine. Stuck …

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Artistic Musings | 4 Works of Art

Art can be humorous, confronting, intriguing, inspiring or just plain disagreeable. Or all of those all at once! What do you make of these four works of art ..? From top left to right: Guillermina Baiguera ‘paints’ intricate works with embroidery. The attention to detail is incredible and inspiring. Find Guillermina on Flickr. This painting called ‘Project for a Door’ by Anthea Hamilton ticks all the boxes above but for some is probably more disagreeable than anything else. It’s just gone on show at Tate Britain and Hamilton has been nominated for this year’s Turner Prize, a prestigious and often controversial award for contemporary art. At 5 m high (16 ft) its design is based on the Italian architect Gaetano Pesce’s never-realised vision for an entrance to a New York apartment complex. Read more on the BBC culture article “The Age of the Bum”, which is hilarious in itself! Kale in a tissue box? At once humorous and thought-provoking this experimental photographic series by Australian photographer Carine Thévenau is called ‘Tin Can Apartment’. The images conjure an ideal world where mother nature and industrialisation live …

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4 Ingenious Designs

Today I’d like to share with you four designs that perfectly blend practicality with originality and quirkiness. Top left to right: I featured an interview with the creators behind the giant HB Pencil Lamp a few months ago – here – and now husband and wife team Michael and George have launched on Kickstarter with a smaller version as pictured. Their clever design, Drew, pays homage to the humble pencil by hovering over surfaces as if held by an invisible hand and doodling straight into your computer or wall socket. I just love it! If you want to back their project and get a massive discount on a lamp, you’d better get in quick as support for them has already gone nuts. Go to Kickstarter now. I can’t decide if I’d want a bird wrapped around my neck but I do love the idea of making a scarf statement and having a giggle at the same time. Etsy creator Nina Fuhrer beautifully hand-makes scarves from merino wool and cashmere and features different birds, cats and foxes. The beaks/mouths contain …

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Artists on Instagram

We all know there is a wealth of fantastic images on Instagram but how do you wheedle out the best ones to follow? I’ve found four artists I reckon have pretty darn good Instagram accounts for a bit of daily eye candy. From top left to right: Portuguese artist Bordalo II creates massive sculptures from others unwanted ‘stuff’ and junk, like these two flamingos at a riverbed made for @festivaliminete curated by @vhils. Follow @b0rdalo_ii. Floral artist and creator from Tokyo Yukiko Masudo posts sublime photos of her work and creations, with a theme of moody greys and soft pinks. Peaches get the royal treatment in this one which makes you want to dive in and eat them. Follow @nonihana_. Australian florist Katherine Dorrington’s Instagram also favours pinks and blues and greys plus lots of blossoms and sprinklings of petals. You’d think it was permanently Spring. Follow @katherinedorrington. San Francisco-based Lucy Litman doesn’t usually post mounds of petals but this one got my attention because of its simplicity and, of course, the googly eyes (and it goes with the others …