Friday, November 30, 2007

Clutch Vernissage

The Clutch art collective, which consists of Clare Brennan (founder), Alain Brunet, Jim Kohan, Michael "Zeke" Zavacky and myself, rides off into the sunset at the Mercury Lounge (56 Byward Street, upstairs) this December with a Spaghetti Western theme show! Our vernissage on Sunday, December 2 kicks things off in style, when we're joined by extra special guests The Bible All-Stars! The show starts at 8, and the band will be on at around 9. It's going to be a great night. Listen to the Bible All-Stars here. Have a look at Clutch here.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pretty Veggie

Sophie of the Mostly Eating blog took this pretty still life photo of an aubergine (or eggplant) that became a first place winner in last month’s Does My Blog Look Good in This? photography competition (aesthetic category). The aubergine went on to become a winning part of an aubergine, courgette and tomato stew with quinoa and feta...

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Wild Ones

The Guardian has an interesting review by the eminent writer AS Byatt on a new illustration exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Called The Age of Enchantment, the show features works made between 1890 and 1930 (the golden age of the illustrated book), by such luminaries of illustration as Rackham, Dulac, Nielsen, and Ricketts, plus the effect of the Ballets Russes on book design, and fairy pottery from Wedgwood. Read the review here. It was the work of these classic illustrators that inspired me as a child to become an illustrator. Shown here is one of Arthur Rackham's illustrations for Christina Rossetti's darkly disturbing poem Goblin Market.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Romulus and Remus

In Rome, "Italian archaeologists on Tuesday unveiled the underground grotto believed to have been worshipped by ancient Romans as the place where a wolf nursed the city's legendary founder Romulus and his twin brother Remus. Decorated with seashells and colored marble, the vaulted sanctuary lies buried 16 meters (52 feet) inside the Palatine hill, the palatial center of power in imperial Rome, archaeologists said at a news conference." Read the rest of the International Herald Tribune article here. Very cool, seeing ancient mythology come to life...

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Favourite Book Covers of 2007

Joseph Sullivan of the Book Design Review has compiled his annual list of favourite book covers. Have a look at his picks here. Shown here is one of my faves from his list––Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, designed by Greg Kulick.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Beard Cap

The ingenious (and playful) Beard Cap is by the Iceland-based design group Vik Prjónsdóttir, and is available in three colours and styles. Perfect for cheering up a gloomy Canadian winter day. Have a look at more of Vik Prjónsdóttir's creative work here. Via Kitsune Noir.

Update: Bobby of Kitsune Noir reports (via Herman at Doodybrain) that Scandinavian Grace in Brooklyn NY carries these caps. They retail for $135 (US) each, and are available in two different styles, long and short beard, and 4 different colors. Call or e-mail the store if you'd like one...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Bookshelf: Eiji Tsuburaya

This looks like a fun read--August Ragone's new biography of Eiji Tsuburaya, the brilliant visual effects supervisor for Japan's Toho film studios. Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters: Defending the Earth with Ultraman, Godzilla, and Friends in the Golden Age of Japanese Science Fiction Film is also packed with stills and behind-the-scenes photographs of Tsuburaya's productions, so hours of happy browsing are in store. Read the review at Powell's Books here.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Linden Tree Home is a Year Old!

Linden Tree Home, my friend Lindsey's beautiful shop in Merrickville, is one year old this month! It was a privilege for me to design the identity for the store, and it's been exciting to watch Linden Tree grow from a dream to a reality. Happy Birthday! A website is in the works, which you can bookmark here for future reference.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Sweden Meets Tokyo

PingMag has an interesting writeup on the strong Swedish showing at this year's Design Week in Tokyo––read the article here. Shown here is the Bourgogne chair by Mikael Ling. Have a look at more Design Week work by the Swedes here.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Happy Birthday, Eva Zeisel!

Brilliant Hungarian-born industrial designer Eva Zeisel turned 101 yesterday. She's still going strong (for her 100th birthday she celebrated by designing her first tea kettle) and has, over the course of her long career, won a slew of awards in recognition of the excellence of her work. Many of her designs continue to be produced decades after they were first issued, such as the 1950s Classic Century dishware shown here, recently reissued by Crate and Barrel in a cream colourway. Zeisel is even more remarkable once you know about her eventful and at times harrowing life--Arthur Koestler based his book Darkness at Noon on her wartime experiences. Find out more about her at her website here.

Monday, November 12, 2007

On The Street

Welcome Books has just published a selection of Amy Arbus's photography, from her On the Street photo-column for The Village Voice. Between 1980 and 1990, On the Street documented downtown New York's "... most vibrant, creative dressers and personalities." The Morning News has an interview with Arbus, plus some of the photos featured in the book here. Shown here is Miranda Pennell on Columbus Avenue, 1984.

Friday, November 09, 2007

The Lightness of Being

This extraordinary portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II is actually a holograph by light artist Chris Levine. You can read an interview with Levine and view more of his work on the Creative Review site. Levine's Royal portrait, titled "Lightness of Being," was shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2007. Via NOTCOT.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

So Hee

So Hee is a Norwegian company that designs simple and elegant clothes. Their website is just as lovely, with beautiful photos (I particularly like the ones by Siren Lauvdal, shown here). Via a new favourite blog: Montmartre's Sketchbook.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Washing-Line Portraits

Miles Thistlewaite has a lovely watercolour series of clothing hanging on the washing-line. I think his work reveals as much personality in a well-worn shirt (such as Ned's pajama top, shown here) as a lot of regular portraits do. You can see more of his paintings at art dealer Nicholas Bowlby's website. Via things magazine.

Friday, November 02, 2007


Absolutely love the clothing designed by the Japanese studio 45rpm. Have a look at the current line here. Sadly, they don't ship to Canada, but they do have two shops in New York, so it's not too far away. Another discovery made while browsing the lovely hoping for happy accidents blog.
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