Blood-Swept Lands And Seas Of Red

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.

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Kim Keever

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)

Ollie Lucas

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.

Picassos in the Park

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

Dion Horstmans

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.

Salt

13th November 2013

4 years ago when we lived in Sydney we went to watch Murray Fredericks’ doco (as they say in Oz) Salt.

I was reminded of his work this week, and thought there could be nothing better than waking up to a selection of his absolutely exquisite images shot at Lake Eyre in South Australia.

Take a look at more here.

Happy Thursday friends! x

Untitled 4 (Surfers)

8th November 2013

I love this print, Untitled 4 (Surfers) by American artist Catherine Opie.

Mask

8th November 2013

Mask on Editions of 100.

Katsuy Oaoki

1st November 2013

Predictive Dream by Katsuy Oaoki made in porcelain. Lovely.

(Thanks bub x)

Nino Sarabutra

17th October 2013

What Will You Leave Behind? was an interactive exhibition in Singapore by Nino Sarabutra where visitors to the gallery were invited to walk on the 100,000 miniature porcelain skulls covering the floor. Unfortunately it finished last week but I love the idea, and of course all those cute little skulls.

Made by a range of people including her friends and family, Sarabutra asked that they meditate on their lives as they moulded the skulls.

She said ‘I want people to ask themselves how they live, what are they doing – if today was your last on earth, what will you leave behind?’

(via LaughingSquid)

Whatiftheworld / Ecstatic Entropy

21st August 2013

John Murray’s Ecstatic Entropy opens at Whatiftheworld Gallery this evening and is on until the 12th October.

His large scale geometric pieces look worth a trip to Woodstock for sure.

Laura Jordan

16th August 2013

I saw a print by Laura Jordan through the window of a closed gallery in London one night and loved it from afar.

Her sketchy collages map the political, social and architectural landscape of contemporary London, New York, Hong Kong and Rio de Janeiro and are something quite different, and definitely very cool.

Jed Henry

16th August 2013

I’ve had the tab for Jed Henry’s Rickshaw Cart Woodblock open on Chrome for over a week now.

Backed by Kickstarter, the Ukiyo-e Heroes project is a collab between illustrator Jed Henry and traditional Tokyo woodblock carving studio, David Bull. The materials and techniques used are authentic to those used centuries ago in old Edo.

Amazing (and added to my Christmas/Birthday/Anniversary wishlist).

Ellie Malin

30th July 2013

Melbourne based artist Ellie Malin’s work is gorgeous.

Her Geometric Woodblock I Series is my favourite. Scratchy, bold and dark. Love it.

Exbury Egg

17th June 2013

The Exbury Egg is a studio space designed in collaboration between PAD studiothe SPUD group and British artist Stephen Turner.

Tethered like a boat, Turner will live and work in the pod over the course of a year while it takes on the patina of 730 tides, and 365 days of weathering by wind, rain and sun.

Amazing.

(via DesignBoom)

Like A Second Nature / Ars Electronica

5th June 2013

Our talented friend Alistair McClymont is taking part in a group exhibition by Ars Electonica in Berlin.

Like A Second Nature opens tomorrow at the Volkswagen Corporation and runs until the 28th July. The show features work by artists from the UK, Brazil, Japan, the Netherlands, Denmark, the US and Australia and looks like an amazing mixture of work.

Check it out if you can.

Takashi Murakami / Fate

4th June 2013

Fate by Takashi Murakami.

Wall mounted for the recently ended Arhat exhibition at Blum & Poe in LA, the piece is made with Platinum leaf on carbon fiber and is one of 3.

Fingers crossed we win the lottery tonight – I feel as though this sculpture was made for me.

Kirra Jamison

4th June 2013

Surrender Star by awesome Aussie artist Kirra Jamison is making me happy today.

Christopher Wool

3rd June 2013

Untitled, (You Make Me) by Christopher Wool.

I bought this postcard from the Tate Modern Shop yesterday and it made me happy.

Rubber Duck

25th April 2013

Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman‘s Rubber Duck is going to be in Hong Kong!

The 16.5-meter-high inflatable piece will travel to over 10 countries and 12 cities, including Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam.

“Rubber Duck knows no frontiers; it doesn’t discriminate and doesn’t have a political connotation,” Hofman has said.

Be sure to pop down to Ocean Terminal between the May 2 to June 9 to check it out.

(via HKApple)

Neon

12th April 2013

I came across these guys, Penny Farthing Design House the other day and I really love the things they sell.

Custom neon? Yes please.

Fivefold Happiness

5th April 2013

I love that it’s neon and that it’s a cloud … but what I love best is it’s name.

Fivefold Happiness by Danish artist Astrid Krogh.

(via goop)

In Rainbows

19th March 2013

I found some Michael Elion crystals making rainbows all over the street this morning.

Thank you world for giving us amazing artists to help make life more beautiful!

#colourmehappy

The Wave

18th March 2013

Si and I decided that it would be a cool idea to buy a piece of art each year as an anniversary gift and this is #1. A print by Tasmanian surf photographer Stu Gibson.

We bought the file from Stu and printed it big (it measures just over 1m) at Orms on Metallic Lightjet paper.

It’s been making me smile all weekend.