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Blog Archive April 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Debris Chandeliers

What is there not to like about Stuart Haygarths work?

With a project portfolio that reads like a dream.......The Design Museum, Vogue Nippon, Habitat, Selfridges, Sculpt the Future.......Haygarth is clearly appreciated in his home country, the UK.  Giving recycling the bling treatment, his artworks and designs are eerily beautiful.

Haygarth’s work comprises a series of design projects using collections of found waste objects. The objects are collected in large quantities categorized and assembled in a way that transforms their meaning. His work is about giving banal and overlooked objects a new significance. The finished piece of work takes various forms such as chandeliers, installations, functional and sculptural objects, but it is the chandeliers that are to die for.

His longest ongoing project, is based on collections of tidal debris from the coast of South East England, namely the area of Dungeness in Kent. (More of Dungeness next week...from a  visit nearly 20 years ago, to the home of another very inspiring artist/gardener/filmmaker, Derrick Jarman, who lived in a little shack in Dungeness in the 1990’s.)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Reverse Graffiti

Sustainable communication......street art.......green graffiti. Call it what you will. A new style of communication has hit the streets and the corporate world is sitting up and taking note.

An early pioneer of the movement is Englishman Paul Curtis, better known as ‘Moose’. No paint, no defacing, Moose takes his cue from the ‘wash me’ messages on the back of trucks. He works in sooty tunnels and on dirty road sidings, by inscribing images, slogans and tags in the dirt. He has been commissioned by a number of brands, such as Smirnoff, who want to convey a sense of “clean” in an innovative way.

Other artists have used snow, chalk and sand in the same way.

Leading the way internationally is Dutch new media and communication agency Greengraffiti. Working in the public, government and not for profit sectors, their messages are clean and strong. In their words, ‘using our business as a tool for social and environmental improvement, we aim to be the world market leader in sustainable communication.’

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Mila's Daydreams

We're going a bit off topic this week, but being a mama bird just does that to you sometimes....

......and I just can't resist sharing this creative snippit with you.

In June 2010 Adele Enersen, a copywriter and concept designer in Helsinki, Finland, embarked on a new creative project. Like most new mum and dads, she started taking photos of her newborn baby, Mila.

While her daughter was sound asleep. she created a fantasy world around her, from whatever she could find lying around the house. Taking just a few minutes to create each photo, Mila's Daydreams grew into a series of creative photographs.

These photos were posted to a blog for friends and family to see. Then the world discovered them.

When My Baby Dreams will be published by Harper Collins in January 2012.

In the meantime you may wish to check out Adeles blog or see a selection of the photos by clicking on 'Read More'.

Oooh...how we all love a bit of vintage.....my house is full of classic treasures found during the good old days when I drove up and down the coast touring op shops looking for vintage fabric for Slingfings.

But it seems I'm not the only one who loves an old classic. A bit of mid century magic.

Finding quaility mid century classic furniture pieces has become an art in itself...knowing where to look, knowing what to look for. ...and then choosing the right fabric to reupholster with.

Having repeatedly been asked to sell the reupholstered vintage 50's Parker chairs we use in our Sydney store, we thought it was time to try and find some special pieces to reupholster just for you.

We came up with these little beauties, a set of four late 50's Parker-esque day chairs, and three divine early 60's Fleur swivel loungers. We will sell them as singles, in the Bird fabric of your choice, pairs, or as sets of three/four.

All sales or media enquiries should be directed to Bird Textiles Emporium on 02 8006 4522. The chairs can be shipped nationwide.

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