I love me some tea, guys. It was no surprise that I instantly fell in love with a simple and elegant installation that featured three thousand teabags strung together after steeping in paint. The piece is called Tea Sunburst and is hidden in the back of a little store in town called Rolling Greens. We didn’t count how many teabags there actually are but we do not doubt that it reaches many thousand bags, drifting from yellow to red to pink to brown and back again. It’s a very patient piece that makes you wish you had the time and energy to create your own version of it yourself.
You can check out more photos and information on the piece here.
The folks over at Hypebeast TV have been doing a wonderful job of creating some original video content, and this behind-the-scenes look at Andrew Groves’ new side-project Miscellaneous Adventures is a great example. We’ve been fans of Andrew forever now, he even did one of the very first desktop wallpapers for us, so it was rather exciting to see him being profiled in this way.
The idea behind Miscellaneous Adventures is to showcase some of the physical objects he creates, separated out from his illustration and design work. He creates simple objects like spoons, key toggles and drinking scoops out of locally sourced wood (from his backyard, essentially) and then decorates them with lovely colors and subtle patterns. My personal favorite is the key toggle, which I like because of the shape and the interplay between the leather and wood. Definitely worth taking a look at all the interesting things he’s creating, which you can see here.
This week in Dublin I’ve been spending most of my free time enjoying our annual film festival. There’s nothing quite like throwing caution to the wind and seeing a bunch of films you normally wouldn’t get the chance to see anywhere else. Over the years, I’ve been to a number of film festivals and one of my favorite screenings was an evening of animated shorts curated by the Irish/UK collective Synth Eastwood. It was during this screening that I got to see Paris Mavroidis’s wonderful short, Divers.
Paris describes the film as an experimental animation and says that he was inspired by Busby Berkeley, mass gymnastics and experimental cinema from the 20s and 30s. Created while he pursued an MFA in Digital Arts at Pratt, the film is a wonderful slice of animation and I also reckon that it fits rather nicely with the Niki & The Dove video I posted earlier this week.
Linus Lohoff is a communication design student at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, Germany who’s making some really rad work. The photos you see above were created for a project for his photo design class, and I think they’re pretty amazing. He takes a simple concept, like a shoe floating away save for a nail in the lace, photographed on an extremely bright background. The concept was repeated into a series of images which he collected into an A0 sized poster, a great way to collect the images into a cohesive whole. If you’d like to see the rest of the images, click here.
I’m not one for packing lunches, I’m too busy in the morning (sleeping), but I love the look of these ceramic lunch kits by Lorea Sinclaire. It’s made of slip cast ceramic, cork, metal fittings, and mimics the classic and always handy bento box. I think the materials and faceted shape really give the bento box a nice twist, and the cork top is a nice contrast to the smooth, white ceramic. Really well done.
I had this stupid idea in my head since I saw Pentagram’s milquetoast redesign of Microsoft’s Windows 8 logo. I’m sure this has been done to death, but my redesign is more of a commentary on Pentagram’s involvement, and the potentially million dollars it took to have Paula Scher create it.
For those who’ve been following along, you may know of my ongoing fascination with the tale of Urashima Taro. For those who aren’t familiar:
It’s about a young boy who helps a sea turtle who’s being harassed by a group of children. The next day a giant sea turtle rises up from the ocean to greet Urashima Taro, who unknowingly saved the daughter of the Emperor of the Sea, Ryojin, who wants to see him to thank him. Urashima Taro is brought to the bottom of the ocean where he meets the princess again, only this time she is a beautiful maiden. He stays for a few days but then wants to go home, as his mother is ill. The princess then gives him a mysterious box called tamatebako which will protect him from harm but which she tells him never to open. When he gets back to the surface, nothing is the same – his mother and his village gone. It turns out that 300 years had passed while he was underwater, though it only felt like a few days. Distraught, he opens the box given to him by the princess, only to find that it contains his age, instantly becoming old and grayed. From the sea comes the sad, sweet voice of the princess: “I told you not to open that box. In it was your old age …”
This week is British illustrator Celine Loup, who provides the scene where Urashima meets the princess for the first time. Celine has created a fantastic illustration with tons of details. If you look at Urashima’s jacket you’ll see what I mean. It’s also great that she was able to include the fish swimming around, a subtle nod to the fact that they’re chilling underwater without being heavy handed. A big thanks to Celine for continuing the tale.
You can see the other Urashima Taro wallpapers by clicking here.
I discovered the work of Timothy Farrell through his sharp editorial design for the Belfast-based AU magazine. I was intrigued to see more of what he does, so I checked out his portfolio and I’m happy to say that the rest of his work doesn’t disappoint. I could really share any number of his projects with you but it’s his music posters that really caught my eye.
Crisp, clean and beautiful imagery – Tim’s posters are the type of thing you’d love to buy at the merch-stand of your favorite band. I’m particularly fond of his poster for Laura Marling’s Summer tour, which you can see at top. Not only is it a beautiful image, but I think it translates the feeling of Marling’s music quite well. The image was also rolled out across t-shirts and tote bags, which I can imagine worked nicely as well.
You can check out more of what Tim does online here.