Aron Mörel has really cool hair, a generous smile, good taste in whisky and publishes lovely books. Mörel Books is based in London and specializes in affordable art books and zines. Mörel works in close collaboration with the artists and the quality of this partnership is naturally apparent in each book. One of my favorites is Some British Birds by Edwyn Collins, who after having two strokes, lost control of the right side of his body. His daily journal of bird illustrations show a gentle progression of learning to render with his left hand. I love the smudges and the soulful expressions of the birds.
I used to bump into this spectacular lady in the lift while working in Sydney, and recently saw her work at The Finders Keepers Design Market. Kareena is as sweet as her illustrations are beautiful. Check out more work here and perhaps even own your very own piece here.
She flew from the mountains of Roundup, MT to visit the sunshine and the seashore. It had been four years since I last saw my dear friend Coila. With hazy eyes grinning and a cup of dd coffee we made our way to the east coast to see the sunrise. It was so beautiful to watch the light expand as Colia layerd colored sea-water into her journal. She left me the mountains and took home the sea.
Trevor Dickinson is a Newcastle based illustrator who draws iconic buildings and your basic around-town staples ( like grocery store carts, called Trollys, which seem to roam the streets everywhere - is this universal?) in a really sweet and endearing way. Those who are familiar with Newcastle will find this flickr site quite relevant and cute. And for those of you who are yet to visit Newcastle, hopefully it draws a nice picture for you. ;)
What are your thoughts? Repulsive or worthy of wearing around? I mean, would anyone in their right mind fuck with you if you were wearing ANY of these? Polly Van Der Glas is a Melbourne based artist who hand makes these sterling silver pieces with human teeth and hair. I love how she says " Teeth are particularly difficult to come by, so any donations are gratefully accepted." Wowza.
Yawns have usually been associated with boredom, stress, nervousness or simply being tired but in fact there is no real solid reason for why we do it. A characteristic of an empathetic person - you may yawn after seeing someone else yawn, depending on how much you are capable of appreciating other people's physiological state. Perhaps your body is simply regulating its brain temperature, drawing in a deep breath to cool off the brain. Rats, Cats, Dogs, Snakes, Penguins and Baboons all yawn to display dominance, anger, or even to get down and make some babies. Yawns are incredibly contagious - perhaps you've even yawned just by simply reading this.
YAWN is an exercise in executing an idea. Capturing a yawn was to capture someone's vulnerability; an intimate, distorted portrait which finds us looking quite the opposite of bored.
The exhibition is on from November 27 - December 31 at Auld and Grey and then will go on to The View Factory from January 4 - January 31 in Newcastle.
I will be making a micro-site for the exhibition soon and will keep you posted...there are 21 portraits in total. Enjoy.
I have spent the past two weeks with some really incredible kids.
which one is the teacher?
Rose, 6th grade
Jasmine, 8th grade
Kennan, 6th grade
Valentina, 7th grade
Katrina, 8th grade
Clare, 6th grade
Karla, 6th grade
Briana, 6th grade
Aishwarya, 6th grade
Devon, 6th grade
Experiences that nourish children's creative thinking skills are at serious risk in the Florida school system, as budgets for Art Education have been drastically cut and are expected to be worse for 2010. How do we fix this? With a stimulus of creative people!
As you already know from this blog, I love photography! I see it as a powerful tool that keeps us aware of our surroundings and ourselves through exploration and experience. Not to mention that it has become a more accessible technology that is easy to learn. Therefore, it can be used as means to get kids to actively explore the world around them and express themselves. I know I am not alone in this endeavor. There are several organizations out there that believe in this too. And so we start local...
A few months ago I approached my friend Refmann, who is a middle school history teacher in Orange county, FL, and asked him if he thought his kids would be into a photography workshop that would teach them how to create a visual narrative using photos. He replied "that sounds really cool" and with his amazing support for the project, the first Photography As A Sixth Sense Workshop came to fruition. I had the pleasure of spending time with a group of middle schoolers who proved to be enthusiastic learners and immensely creative young photographers. I wanted the workshop to go on another two weeks and I think they did too : ) Above are a few of my favorite photos from each student. I will have a website up next week with the complete narratives.
If you are interested in learning more about this project or have info to share about similar projects, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
I was bored and decided to google James Franco ( as you do), and I stumbled across this heavy article about how the shirt he wears in Pineapple Express is the exact design of this company called WOWCH. They're a bit pissed about it all, and you can read more about it here but I suggest you go straight to the meow-riffic pieces of artwork.
Improve your Scrabble Skills and get visually, tantilisingly stimulated at the same time. Incredible work by an incredible man. Today I learned that verbal diarrhea is actually called logorrhea. Fascinating.Check out some more of Steve Knezovich's antics here.