Considering that we’re currently having an Icelandic-themed week on The Fox Is Black, I thought it would be poor-form to let it pass by without featuring some amazing photographs of the country’s incredible landscape. While searching around online I came across these fantastic images taken by Icelandic photographer Helga Laufey Guðmundsdóttir.
We couldn’t let an Icelandic-themed week pass us by and not tip our hats to the wonderful Siggi Eggertsson. Born in Iceland and currently living in Berlin, Siggi has been a favorite on The Fox Is Black for a very long time. His series of illustrated scenes of Iceland is one of my personal favorites, and I love how he mixes his own unique style with his trademark methodology to create beautiful landscapes that feel like modern Impressionist paintings.
I really like this video from Icelandic singer/songwriter Snorri Helgason. Directed by Elisa Vendramin, Claudio Gasparollo, and Tim L Schafer, the video is a triumph of mixed-media. Combining illustration, animation and live-action, it’s a sumptuous treat for the eyes. Normally I’m not the biggest fan of video-work that mixes a number of mediums together but this one is handled so delicately and sweetly that I think it works terrifically well.
“Mockingbird” is taken from Helgason’s 2011 album Winter Sun which you can stream or download here.
Last month Nobrow Press launched an exciting new children’s book imprint called Flying Eye Books. Over the last 4 years, Nobrow has been producing some really incredible books and comics and it’s exciting to see that they’re now bringing their talents to the world of children’s books. Focusing solely on publications for kids aged 4 to 11, this new imprint isn’t just exciting news for Nobrow fans, it’s exciting news for kids everywhere!
Over the course of the next year, they aim to release 12 new titles, ranging from picture books and comic books; to fiction and non-fiction. Some are generated in-house while others are translated versions of handpicked French and German titles. Looking at their upcoming releases it’s clear to see that these new titles will be just as good as their parent publisher’s output.
I love how beautifully smart and simple these lights are. Created by the young Norwegian designer Kristine Five Melvær, they’re one of a number of lights which she has recently created. The ‘Liquid Light’ consists of a birch wood plate that holds a glass carafe and a brass socket for a candle. Once filled with water, the carafe acts as a lens for the candle and produces a wonderfully soft light.
Modern China is a country in flux. In recent years we’ve seen a large number of photographers explore the country’s changing landscape with images that document the socioeconomic impact of its emergence as a superpower. Shen Wei’s series ‘Chinese Sentiment’ is a refreshing change from these sorts of images. Instead of cliched pictures of towering skyscrapers and sprawling new cities, Wei’s photographs avoid a Western interpretation of the country and present a more human portrait of modern China.
Trevor Powers’ Youth Lagoon project is back with a new album called Wondrous Bughouse and “Mute” is our first taste of what that album holds in store. Filled with a barrage of sounds it flip-flops between warm textures and harsh clangs, but all the time it’s beautifully strung together by Powers unique voice. It’s a an uplifting song and one that is well worth checking out!
Wondrous Bughouse is released March 5th. You can purchase a copy online through Fat Possum Records and check here to see if Youth Lagoon is playing in a town near you.
“The Pub” is a wonderful short animation written and directed by Joseph Pierce. After picking up a slew of awards at the festival circuit it has finally made it’s way onto Vimeo and it was certainly worth the wait. Produced by Fifty Nine Productions, the film captures a day in the life of a barmaid who works at a murky North London pub.
Created using rotoscope animation, Pierce’s work has a wonderfully distinctive style to it. His characters warp and disform as they jitter on the screen and I feel that the technique works particularly well here. With every changing frame of animation we get to see these characters morph and jitter about as they occasionally reveal their suppressed emotions. It’s a great approach to the technique and it’s executed brilliantly here. “The Pub” is at times an unsettling watch but there’s beauty to be found in both its honesty and despair.
I love these dhurries made by the Swedish studio Oyyo. Handwoven by a community of craftspeople near India’s Jodhpur, the dhurries are made from 100% organic cotton and are the perfect balance of old tradition and contemporary style. Oyyo is a Swedish duo made up of Lina Zedig and Marcus Åhrén. Founded in Stockholm in Autumn of 2011 the studio work in nomadic ways, aiming to explore the convergence of cultures, design and fine craftsmanship.
At the end of last year the guys at Herman Miller put together a wonderful series of videos called Why Design. Each one features a designer from the company’s creative network and they all give a fantastic insight into the minds of some very talented people. My favorite of the eight is with Irving Harper who talks about how he likes to make paper sculptures. Harper finds that paper is a really versatile medium and he says that it’s really easy to work with. “All you have to do is sit down, cut paper out, and score it, bend it, and glue it.” he says. He makes it sound like it’s pretty easy but once you see what he creates you’ll quickly realize that it takes far more then simple cutting, scoring bending and gluing to make work this good.