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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Until the Kingdom Comes

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.

(via Fubiz)

Happy Halloween

31st October 2013

In the spirit of Halloween I thought I’d share this 2000 year old skeleton mosaic discovered in the doomed city of Pompeii.

It’s thought to have once been the emblema (which is an ornate floor centrepiece) of a dining room and a reminder that one day we will all be dead and so we should eat, drink and be merry while we can, or ‘memento mori’ – meaning literally ‘remember that you will die’ in Latin.

Skeleton images were found all over Pompeii, in frescos, mosaics, sculptures and tableware, as a reminder to ‘seize the day’ and live life to the full, since death could be just around the corner.

Spooky.

(Thanks Cellandia)

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.

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.

Heart Of Gold

26th March 2013

Can’t wait to go and check out Jordan Metcalf and Daniel Ting Chong‘s latest collaboration at Salon 91.

Heart of Gold opens tomorrow and is on until April 20th.

Be sure to stop by if you’re on Kloof Street.

Design Indaba 2013

4th March 2013

I ended up popping into Design Indaba for a quick run around yesterday morning, and these were some of my favourite finds…

Farah Hernandez
I’m a sucker for succulents and the little guys potted in Sara Hernandez’s gorgeous ceramic hangings were absolutely divine.

Nina Du Plessis
These wooden geometric wall hooks were amazing … and very reasonable at R80 a hook.

Milame Design
Emma Atkinson’s ink drawings were cool and reminded me of one of my favourite prints by Supermundane.

Mona Pants
I completely fell in love with Simone le Roux’s creatures. She has some awesome illustrated characters on her Behance site, but the handmade dudes were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

The Tale of Balaclava Bear / Sootcookie
I’m always drawn to Tanya Laing’s work and last year I picked up a Sootcookie ceramic paper plane which I love. The Tale of Balaclava Bear is a collaboration between her and Alex Goldberg and although I’m not so into the bears themselves, I think the story behind them is awesome.

Jinn
The simple elegance of Jeanine Benjamin’s bracelets and rings were lovely. Too bad she didn’t have that triangle bracelet at the expo because I would’ve bought it for sure.

Mervyn Gers Ceramics
Although this brand felt a little commercial (and have designed ranges for some big name restaurants and vineyards around Cape Town) I couldn’t help but fall in love with these African/Chinese plates. The dragon, rhino and machine gun combinations were beautiful and bizarre.

20eight
Concrete jewellery, lighting and bowls with some lovely angles.

Simple Intrique
I spotted this folded African map on some Design Indaba signage before going into the expo and it was even more beautiful in real life.

Design Indaba 2013

28th February 2013

Yes, it’s that time of year again folks, when the best of the South Africa design world come out to play at Design Indaba.

Like always I wish I had some spare cash to actually see some of the conference (Jessica Hische is speaking on Saturday) but I’m happy enough to pop down tomorrow to get inspired, and I’ll put a post together next week of all of my favourite finds.

Stay tuned!

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.

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.

Cape Town Tattoo Convention

21st January 2013

This coming weekend is the Cape Town 2013 Tattoo Convention.

I’m more of a piercing girl myself but I’d love to see what’s on.

Tomorrow night Homeward Bound – an exhibition celebrating the nautical roots of tattoo art opens at the Cape Town City Hall and looks amazing. The multi-media exhibition is comprised of a series of works by celebrated local and international photographers, illustrators, graphic designers, and tattooists. It’ll also be open this weekend.

Day Passes are R100 and Weekend Passes R250. Buy them here.

Juergen Teller: Woo

16th January 2013

Awesome! I read this morning on Twenty6 Magazine that The Institute of Contemporary Art will be showing Juergen Teller, Woo between the 23 January 2013 – 17 March 2013.

I fell in love with his photography when I was 15, when I fell in love with Kate Moss.

The exhibition will show the journey through Teller’s fashion and commercial photography from the 90s, featuring the likes of Kurt Cobain, Sinéad O’Connor and Kate Moss amongst others, as well as more recent landscapes and family portrait work.

Wish we were going to be in London.

(via Twenty6)

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.

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.

Zimbabwe / Your Wounds Will Be Named Silence / 2

23rd November 2012

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about our friend Robin’s exhibition opening in Paris.

For the people who won’t be able to see it in person, he filmed an awesome video walk through so you can get an idea of the show.

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.

A Creative Carthasis

9th November 2012

A Creative Carthasis is a poster exhibition put together by Irish Agency Sharp Suits aka Mark & Paddy in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

Ad creatives, designers, animators, directors and illustrators have designed their favourite worst feedback from clients, transforming quotes into A3 prints of genius.

Make It Pop is by far my favourite.

Unfortunately the exhibition is finished, but you might get lucky if you still want a print by emailing verysharpsuits@gmail.com.

(Thanks bub)

 

Zimbabwe, Your Wounds Will Be Named Silence

8th November 2012

I’m so excited to write about my friend Robin’s exhibition finally opening in Paris this evening!

Robin won the über prestigious Carmignac Award last year and after a pretty tough 12 months, his exhibition Zimbabwe, Your Wounds Will Be Named Silence is finally opening.

I so wish we could be there.

If anyone is lucky enough to be in Paris at the moment or anytime over the next month, please stop by to check it out.

Chapelle de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des beaux-arts
14, rue Bonaparte
75006
Paris

Good luck dude! x

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!

Iain Howlett @ The Dock

21st September 2012

Hello London friends!

If you have some time this weekend head down to The Dock in West London to check out Luminosity – an exploration of artificial light in all it’s forms.

Part of the London Design Festival, the Tom Dixon design store will be showcasing Luminosity – featuring my talented friend Iain Howlett‘s gorgeous Crystallites collaboration – launching some new product ranges and having a chocolate exhibition. Mmmm.

I wish we could go!

Portobello Dock
344 Ladbroke Grove,
London, W10 5BU

Saturday 22 September:  10am-6pm
Sunday 23 September: 11am-5pm

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.