11th November 2014
I’m sure a lot of people by now have seen the poppies at the Tower of London, either in person or in one of the millions of photographs online.
Blood-Swept Lands And Seas of Red represents 100 years since Britain became involved in the First World War and serves as a beautiful and poignant reminder of the 888,246 Commonwealth soldiers who gave their lives for their countries.
When I went to see the poppies in August around half had been planted. Even then they took my breath away so I can only imagine how beautiful and moving it must be to see all of them in the ground today.
The work by British ceramic artist Paul Cummins will begin being dismantled tomorrow by the 8,000 volunteers (who also planted the poppies) and will sold in the new year for £25 each. It’s incredible to know that once sold they will raise around £15 million for six service charities, including Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion and I feel honoured to have been able to see them in person.
31st October 2014
Hope you all have a Happy Halloween!
28th October 2014
Do you know where marble comes from?
No, neither did I until I watched this short film by Italian film maker, Yuri Ancarani.
‘Il Capo’ (The Chief) shows the boss of a marble quarry in the Italian Apuan Alps, directing diggers as they free ginormous slabs of marble from the mountains. It’s mesmerising and beautiful.
(Thanks Dad. via Nowness)
27th October 2014
It’s that time of year again guys. The 2015 Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar calendar is on sale.
They’re doing a special price for October which is even more incentive to get organised for next year.
PS. I’m halfway through designing a BringMeJoy calendar for 2015 also. If it’s finished in time I’ll show you how it turns out…
27th October 2014
I stumbled across Jinny Park’s blog, Something Peach a couple of weeks ago and have been meaning to share it with you guys since.
This Melbourne based designer has all kinds of sweet things on her site, including these awesome wrapping paper designs to download.
24th October 2014
I’ve been having a bit of thing for knitted things recently (which is slightly bad timing seeing as we’re heading into 6 months of 30• Cape Town summer days and nights) but that’s ok. I can still look and well, knitted cushions are good all year round, right?
Uimi is a Melbourne based knit studio and I am absolutely loving the colours and patterns on their homeware collection.
Their online store is set to open soon and in the meantime you can find other online stockists of Uimi here.
1st October 2014
Today I am supporting Hong Kong in the struggle for democracy.
I am so proud of its students, its people and the power a peaceful and passionate protest can have.
So wish I could be there to show my support in person.
#UmbrellaRevolution #OccupyCentral #StayStrongHongKong
1st October 2014
I’m so excited to share this post with you guys today! It’s been a long time in the making but one of my most favourite projects to date is now up and running!
The Dog Street is a serious labour of love by one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met – a kiwi girl called Margot. Some people would say she has a bit of a thing for dogs (to give you a small idea the tables at her wedding where named after dogs which I designed and made graphics for…!) and she really does.
While living in Hong Kong she took home 2 rescue dogs, Stanley and Rosy, and when her family moved back to New Zealand last year she thought nothing of taking them with her. Sadly Rosy is now in doggy heaven, but Stanley Keegan (General Dogsbody at The Dog Street and the inspiration behind the brand) is alive and well, if not a little grumpy in his old age.
Yesterday was the official launch of www.thedogstreet.com.
Margot and Stanley’s online store sells stylish but functional dog collars and leads and the WET DOG™ Collection is a waterproof, stinkproof range for all the cool dogs out there. Margot’s passion for dog rescue is tied into the Forever Home design, as well as through their promise to pay $1 from every collar sold to a monthly dog rescue charity.
I’m really rooting for this little startup and I hope you guys can spread the word to any dog owners out there. These collars aren’t just colourful and fun, they’re also super practical and the $1 for a collar campaign is awesome. PLUS they ship to anywhere in the world.
Because dog’s are for life. Not until they get too big, you have to move house, or you have a human baby.
26th September 2014
I’ll leave you with these beautiful images over the weekend.
Kim Keever’s Abstract series is just divine.
I would absolutely love one for our wall.
(via It’s Complicated)
25th September 2014
Here’s a little shout out and congratulations to the lovely Maha on the launch of her and her sister’s new book!
Maha and her sister Sally Obermeder, founder of awesome Aussie blog swiish have just released their e-book, Super Green Smoothies. It’s full of colourful photos and yummy sounding recipes, and after buying a copy this afternoon I’m so excited to try them all out.
These 2 gorgeous ladies have somehow managed to make kale, spinach and brussel sprout smoothies sound sexy. I’m impressed!
25th September 2014
I have a bit of a thing for images of mouths by Rankin so I was happy to find these (2012) ads for French WeightWatchers.
So stylish, sexy and French. Although they make me want to eat sweets so I’m not sure how convincing they work as advertising.
22nd September 2014
Here’s a happy start to Monday morning. DIY Emoji Balloons. Aren’t they amazing?
Check out the cutest tutorial ever on Studio DIY on how to make your own.
I love that Kelly (the founder of Studio DIY) is so obsessed about these little guys that they’re now living in her car because her better half Jeff won’t let them back in the house! Awww!
18th September 2014
These images by Simen Johan from his Until the Kingdom Comes series have left me breathless.
It seems this work has been around for a while and the Scandanavian born, New Yorker actually exhibited this series last year, but like everything internet related it’s come around again and I’m so pleased it has!
His attention to detail and his image manipulation is divine and I can’t wait to receive his book that I just ordered.
Until the Kingdom Comes was published this year with a limited run of 750. If you’re feeling flush, shell out for the special edition, 75 copies, signed and boxed.
16th September 2014
Don’t you think this painting by Australian artist Ollie Lucas is very Between the Neon and the Sea?
Check out more of his work here.
15th September 2014
I heart Suzelle!
I found one of Suzelle’s DIY videos this afternoon and I haven’t been able to stop watching her.
Her DIY tips are funny, inspiring and (somewhat surprisingly) useful. I’ve been laughing all afternoon!
One of my favourites – How to peel a lot of apples.
12th September 2014
Build your own GIF Dance Floor #speechless
What a way to end the week! Thank you Alex (aka Fuzzy Wobble) for building such a weird and awesome site.
Check out my dance floor here.
12th September 2014
Back in July my amazing BFF Laura and one of her lovely friends Chloe, organised and ran a 4 week art course every Saturday morning in London’s Kennington Park.
Picassos in the Park is aimed at 5 – 10 year olds and inspires the budding little artists to get creative through painting, drawing and collage. Each week focuses on a new artist and so far they’ve explored Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet and of course, Picasso.
The first course was so successful they’re running a second course beginning tomorrow. If you’d like more information check out their Facebook page or send them an email … and to see some of the cute artworks from July’s course have a look at Laura’s blog – Cellandia at home.
The thought of learning about art for the first time and experiencing the excitement of creating a masterpiece makes me wish I was 5 years old again!
Good luck with your new course girls! x
11th September 2014
I meant to write about Australian sculptor and artist Dion Horstmans a long time ago but at usual, got distracted somewhere along the way…
The good news is however, that yesterday one of my all time favourite websites The Design Files featured Dion’s home and reminded me to show you guys how awesome his work is. I absolutely love his geometric sculptures and the fact that are a lot of them are neon is an added bonus!
If you have a minute take a look at Dion’s work (Bub, I’m thinking 3rd year anniversary art…?!) and be sure to check out the amazing stuff happening over at The Design Files. The designers, brands, products and homes they feature are the ultimate in design inspiration.
9th September 2014
I’ve had a bit of a thing for carafé sets recently, after picking up an amazing little vintage set while we were in France.
This Ash set in white by London store Bib&Sola is also pretty special.
8th September 2014
On the 18th of August my Nana turned 90 years old. I can’t even imagine being 50, let alone 90.
For her birthday we sent her this Pichulik Brass Braid necklace. I thought if any 90 year old could pull off a necklace made of brass and yachting rope it would be Nana. She’s the second oldest person I know but still one of the most stylish.
I’m so happy we finally had an excuse to buy one of these local Cape Town necklaces, but more importantly that she loved it. Cool huh?
5th September 2014
I thought these images from a new book called Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital were too amazing not to share, so I’ve finally come out of my blogging hibernation. Hello friends!
London is an amazing enough city above ground and although I knew of old tube stations and lines no longer in use, this book shows a beautiful insight into the city’s underground world. The work on the new Cross Rail system is also fascinating to see, as well as the old advertising that is still found in some of the stations.
Written by Bradley Garrett with a forward by Will Self, you can purchase a copy here.
3rd July 2014
This timelapse of protesters in Hong Kong on Tuesday is really something else.
It’s strangely beautiful and very inspiring.
9th May 2014
So it seems like I’m apologising once more for being a terrible blogger. Oh dear.
There are a bunch of excuses I could use – some relevant (I’ve been crazy busy with work), some not so much (I’ve been away / I’m actually quite a lazy person / I haven’t been feeling inspired to blog) and they’re all true.
Arriving home from Hong Kong earlier this week I found myself super busy with work again, but I also realised that I need to give my personal design stuff a bit more time, love and energy…because you should live what you love, right? My mantraband reminds me of it every day.
So, I know BTN needs a serious update both in design and content, and that’s next on my list. Perhaps it can be the first thing I cross off my List33? Which I’ll explain about later…
Stay tuned my neon friends (and thanks for sticking around ♥)
11th February 2014
Last week I discovered Durban designer BigKid. These awesome wall plaques are handmade from Jesmonite and sprayed in eco-friendly paint.
How cooooool are they?