Hush

13th March 2013

I stumbled upon this lovely painting Hush, or Alice Keeps It Inside while doing some research for an Alice in Wonderland themed invite.

I think it’s the triangular dress that did it for me.

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Michael Elion

13th March 2013

Michael Elion is the South African artist who hung a gigantic, crystal covered heart between 2 palm trees in Camps Bay last year. It went up just in time for our wedding and featured in almost all of our guests photos at some point!

He’s also the artist who created a man-made rainbow in the middle of the city for Creative Cape Town.

This morning I saw a photo of him in a cherry picker hanging crystals from street poles. I’m guessing it was outside The Dog’s Bollocks as the photos were by yard_ct on Instagram. I’ll go and find them on the weekend and report back with pictures.

Matthew Winters

13th March 2013

Matthew Winter’s Lightboxes = one big resounding sigh of coooooooool.

Too Cool To Lose

27th February 2013

Hello!

Sorry I’ve been slack with posting this week but our long, love weekend, combined with work has been keeping me a busy bee.

This Harland Miller Too Cool To Lose silkscreen did catch my eye yesterday though. Isn’t it awesome?

Roy Lichtenstein

21st February 2013

Super excited to discover the Lichtenstein Retrospective will still be on when we get to London in May.

It opens today at the Tate Modern until May 27th, and has just gone onto my list of Summer exhibition must-sees.

Tony Plant

4th February 2013

What a shame for these beautiful designs by British artist Tony Plant to be washed away by the rising tide.

They remind me of work by one of my favourite artists, Andy Goldsworthy.

(Thanks Mum)

Valerie Mallory Gallery

23rd January 2013

The first Valerie Mallory Group Show is lined up for Tokyo. Neat.

The ever-talented Danny Sangra (who illustrated the awesome show poster) along with a collection of designers, artists, performance artists and photographers will be showing at the Common Gallery from the 16th Feb – 24th Feb 2013.

If you’re in Tokyo next month, add it to your list of must-dos.

Salon91

22nd January 2013

I haven’t been into Salon91 in a while, so we popped in when we were walking past the other day and found the latest exhibition I’d Rather Be Swimming on.

There was a tonne of work in a variety of mediums so it was great to look around.

These were a few of my favourites:

Animal Tree – Silkscreen Print, Justin Southey
Crazed Waves 2 – Keel pen and ink on paper, Bruce Mackay
We Float – Watercolour and pencil, Carla Kreuser
Walk Softly, Paul Senyol

I’d Rather Be Swimming is on until the end of this week so check it out if you can.

Happy Friday

18th January 2013

Happy Friday everyone!

Have this Sweet Bowl, 1967 by Patrick Caulfield for sticking around with me this week.

erin xx

Sonya Poles, Montauk 2002

16th January 2013

When I spotted this print yesterday in the background of a photo on an interior website I knew I had to have it, or more accurately, buy it for my husband for our first wedding anniversary.

Little did I know the smallest available limited edition print would set me back $8000. Ouch.

After a bit of googling (“naked girl running with surfboard” got me some amazing hits!) I discovered the image was taken by New York photographer Michael Dweck and wow, is his work incredible.

Sonya Poles, Montauk 2002 is an image from his first major photographic work that was published in 2004 as The End: Montauk, N.Y. portraying the old fishing community of Montauk and its surfing subculture, at the very end of Long Island.

Beautifully suggestive, I just love, love, love the nostalgia of this image and it’s old school Summer vibe. Plus it would look amazing hanging above our bed.

Oh to be an art collector!

Takashi Murakami

11th January 2013

Last week we went to see Takashi Murakami’s Flowers & Skulls exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in Hong Kong. It was by far one of the best exhibitions I’ve ever been to.

I love Murakami’s work and the Gagosian was a beautiful space to show it. It was also free and you could take photos. Amazing.

Flowers & Skulls is on until the 09 – 02 – 13. If you can get down to see it make sure you do.

Gagosian Gallery
7/F Pedder Building 
12 Pedder Street
Central, Hong Kong

HKDI / The Colours Of Asia

8th January 2013

Over the holidays I stopped by the Hong Kong Design Institute. The campus was designed by French firm Coldefy & Associés and although it looks somewhat out of place plonked in between the high-rises (which is weird for Hong Kong – usually all the crazy architecture works well together) it was an amazing building.

I missed the D&AD Awards 2012 Winners by a couple of months, but I found 2 other great exhibitions that were on in the ground floor galleries:

German Design Standards – From Bauhaus to Globalisation and The Colours Of Asia.

The Colours Of Asia focused on the 5 dominant colours of red, blue, green, yellow, black/white and their significance throughout the 13 countries that were represented.

There were big baby heads from China, Vietnamese army packs and funeral offerings from Laos, mixed in with crafts, spices, tea, clothing and festival decorations from the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, India and Indonesia. The colours were gorgeous and the packaging and products on display were really cool.

Unfortunately the exhibition has now finished, but I’d definitely recommend checking out what’s on and taking a visit to the HKDI if you’re ever in Hong Kong.

Inside Out Champagne Glasses

11th December 2012

These Inside Out Champagne Glasses would be a beautiful addition to the table over Christmas and New Year … if only the reviews were better!

It seems the bases aren’t flat resulting in lots of spills! Wasted bubbles = No thank you!

Kitty Egg Crayons

5th December 2012

These Baby’s First Colours – All Natural Kitty Egg Crayons would be perfect for my sweet nephew’s 1st birthday rainbow party on Sunday!

Eek! I’m excited!

Alistair McClymont / Everything We Are Capable Of Seeing

3rd December 2012

I’m so excited to tell you about our friend Alistair’s upcoming debut USA exhibition at The Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh!

Everything We Are Capable Of Seeing (which is taken from the title of his nighttime rainbow piece above) will be on view from 1st February – 28th April 2013.

Anyone lucky enough to be in the beautiful state of North Carolina early next year should definitely go to check it out, and in the meantime you can read more about the exhibition here.

Here’s a small teaser 360° shot of all his pieces boxed up and ready to be shipped…

…and yes, one day we will own this McClymont original.

Victoria Verbaan

27th November 2012

This morning I popped into Blank Space, a sweet little gallery and shop around the corner from our place and discovered Victoria Verbaan.

The South African artist paints a Doodle a Day which she then uploads to her site. I really love her style (and in particular the cute bum paintings!)

It looks like her new online store Victoria Verbaan & the Smoking Daxi will be up and running any day now, but if you can’t wait her daily illustrations are also sold in limited edition runs of 20 at Blank Space, 71 Roeland Street.

Tom Fruin – Watertower

26th November 2012

Watertower is the latest offering by American artist Tom Fruin. I think it’s beautiful.

The sculpture is part of Fruin’s Icon Series, all which feature scavenged, reclaimed, and recycled materials constructed into sculptural pieces and can be seen next to DUMBO in Brooklyn.

(via DesignDautore)

Indoor Clouds

23rd November 2012

When I first saw these Indoor Clouds by Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde I assumed they were created with some clever Photoshopping but they’re not!

A precise combination of temperature and humidity plus a fog machine allows Smilde to create the cloud with only a small window in which to photograph it.

I wish I had an indoor cloud.

(via Zilla)

Steve Back

22nd November 2012

Very occasionally I come across images that blow my mind, but these arial shots of Hutt Lagoon have just gone straight to the top of the list. Steve Back’s photographs have seriously left me breathless.

The Australian engineer turned photographer’s images were taken over a 3 year period in Western Australia and the colours are a completely natural result from an algae bloom that produces a pink pigment called beta carotene. Wow.

One of his limited edition prints has just gone on my wishlist. Sigh.

(via Trendland)

Wavescape Film Fest

19th November 2012

I’m just a little gutted we’re going to miss the Wavescape Surf Film Festival this year. The big screen on Clifton is always a fun evening.

We’ll still be around to check out the Artboard Exhibition though which is cool. It’s going to be on at Superette between the 28th November and the 5th December and this year’s surfboards have been designed by 10 artists including Brett Murray.

Between Friends ♥ Vanessa Brady

22nd October 2012

Between Friends
Vanessa Brady

Super stylish and extremely creative, Vanessa is my Aussie / (honorary) British artist friend.

This talented lady is an artist and an art curator – and when she’s not painting she’s organising exhibitions for various galleries all over London.

Her larger than life canvases (which I’ve written about before) are gorgeous, her Interiors work is seriously divine…and she loves Pugs which makes me love her even more!

To check out more of Vanessa’s work take a look at her site and if you fancy getting something beautiful commissioned you can get in touch with her here!

Bolle

24th September 2012

Beautiful. Hand blown glass bottles by Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala for Venini.

Mario Testino / Todo o Nada

19th September 2012

…and  now for my first purchase on FAB…this über sexy Claudia Schiffer print from Mario Testino’s Todo o Nada.

Supermodel rock ‘n roll.

Todo o Nada is now on at MATE: Asociación Mario Testino in Lima, Peru.

Tauba Auerbach

6th September 2012

Love this piece by San Francisco-born, New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach.

Bastardilla

22nd August 2012

Calavera Gialla by Bastardilla, over on Studiocromie.