Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Manga plates

These are great, but I think they work best like this with Japanese food which is carefully prepared and arranged. I can't quite imagine it working with egg, chips and mushy peas ...
via DesignBoom

Friday, 13 May 2011

Pendulum Waves

Beautiful and mesmerising. "Fifteen uncoupled simple pendulums of monotonically increasing lengths dance together to produce visual traveling waves, standing waves, beating, and (seemingly) random motion."

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Paper fashion

Brazilian fashion designer Jum Nakao makes beautiful, delicate paper dresses which have been carefully folded and laser cut. At the end of each show they are then destroyed by the models as a way of challenging the audience's concepts of value and beauty.

via BoingBoing

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Monday, 9 May 2011

Vivienne Westwood: creation of A/W11 collection

I love to gain insight into how professional designers set about designing things and Dazed Digital has a fascinating article in which Vivienne Westwood talks about how she created her 'World Wide Woman' A/A11 collection. It comes across very strongly as her own voice, not just something that is put out by a PR team. Read it here!

Friday, 22 April 2011

'Before I die' street art

Such a simple concept (ok, the best ones always are) and with a lovely outcome. Artists Candy Chang made a wall on a disused building in New Orleans into a giant blackboard, stencilled onto it "Before I die I want to ..." and left plenty of chalk.

The response was overwhelming; often thought-provoking, sometimes touching, sometimes silly, but a real outlet for emotion.

Full story here via WebUrbanist

Slow mo from high speed digital video

Digital video cameras are getting better and better which leads to imaginative people having more and more fun. This is a fine example - high speed video means you can do amazing slow motion, and this guy had amazing fun doing just that one night in his hotel bedroom:

Locked in a Vegas Hotel Room with a Phantom Flex from Tom Guilmette on Vimeo.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Knit your own Royal Wedding

As a keen knitter I loved the idea (and the irony) of knitting your own Royal Wedding although I could anticipate how fiddly it would be and how much patience it would require. I did buy the book and my daughter knitted a bright pink corgi which it took me ages to sew together, then we ran out of energy!
via The Guardian
Book on Amazon

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Jaume Plensa at YSP

I am very lucky to live not too far from Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which always provides a very pleasurable day out. It combines three things I love good art, good food and a good walk! I am quite excited to see a new exhibition featuring the work of Jaume Plensa has just opened and I can't wait to visit. A taster of a few images from the YSP web site:

Full details here.

Sustainability: walk the walk

A beautiful little video... not only that but it is a great message. Truly inspirational and only just over a minute long too!