First: kind of creepy but mostly super awesome eye ring in brass by Datter Industries.
I never wear rings but boy, this ring I would wear!
Second: everything Barbara Fonesca aka Veils & Mirrors creates.
Her work is delightfully colourful and full of fantasy and humour.
Third: Clairvoyance with Lashes necklace in bronze by All For The Mountain.
So in love but so expensive, unfortunately.
Fourth: zines on a meeting and Spaniards by a couple of funny girls who call themselves Cachete Jack.
Probably highest on my wanted zines list right now!
Last: Arc Hammered Brass and White Sea Glass Daggers necklace by Young Frankk.
So simple and effortlessly looking yet so gorgeous.
Remember that zine on film I told you about way back when? Well, it’s finally done! We’re selling it in our own, temporary shop (Beste Winkel Ooit, more info soon) but I also stocked up some to sell through the blog, on BigCartel.
Buy it HERE for just 1 euro!
And I’m back. Or, not quite. I have no clue in what direction to head with this blog, all I know is that it will be a lot less music orientated. Or well, not as focused on new music as it used to be. New, hype, buzz, all that shit wears me out. And less words, too.
Instead you’re getting the most wonderful art by Dutch collective Park Pardon.
Their work on show at Grafixx (organised by lovely Mayken, a.o.) this weekend not only made me really enthusiastic, it also genuinely made me laugh. I love their creatures and the surprise element in their work.
All photos by Park Pardon
Ceramics are a beautiful and meticulous craft and so, upon seeing Nadia’s work, you can tell how much energy goes into it. Nadia‘s the woman behind Atelier Gilet and among her work you’ll mostly find colourful, understated brooches. Though she does a range of cute, little figures too, it’s her architectural work that draws me in most and that I feel is truly unique.
From geometric shapes to actual abstracht buildings: her work has a certain glow to it. I don’t quite know how to explain but her subtle use of pastel colours and minimalist lines know the way to my heart and have an almost magical touch.
Find all of of that and more at her Etsy shop.
Also, what makes her stand out is the care that goes into the wrapping and packaging. Absolutely beautiful.
Thanks to the ever awesome Marisa Meltzer (check out her books on the riot grrrl movement and Sassy Magazine!) and her Tumblr, I found out about Hanging Rock Comics. Though it’s surprising I didn’t know about 17 year old Taylor-Ruth‘s work before as it’s been popping up just about everywhere.
Most of these comics very much reflect Taylor-Ruth’s age and the emotions that go with it and though I’m past that stage, I thoroughly enjoy them. She has a very specific outlook on life and is also very, very funny. It’s clear that her work is to be taken with a pinch of salt – yet there’s always some raw emotion at the core of it.
What more can I say? Take a look for yourself.
I’ve been careful mentioning this project to anyone but I think the time’s come for me to reveal it to you all.
Ever since finding out about zine culture I’ve wanted to make zines myself. I never thought I could do it though, until we started We Promised. And though I love doing that, it already feels a little too professional/serious for me to have fun with. Which is fine, but I recently started thinking of doing something of my own. And so I came up with the idea of doing a zine about film because I love the medium. But how to make that interesting… I thought of all the people I know that I think are so talented and whose work I admire and how it’d be great if they could participate.
And so I thought of those people creating a representation of their favourite film. From a sketch over a collage to a photo: it’s all in there! I’d tell a little bit about them and they then also had to reveal what was their favourite and why. I named the whole thing Drawing The Pictures (get the pun? Yeah I love puns).
I was super lucky that everyone I got in touch with was enthusiastic from the start, though not everyone could participate due to time constraints and/or being busy with other projects.
I don’t wanna give all participants away yet but let me just tell you that I’m extremely happy and enthusiastic about all of them. To name a few though: Chad VanGaalen, Nick Helderman, Yelena Bryksenkova, Danica van de Velde and lots more.
As a taster I thought I’d show you what my friend Anika came up with.
Anyhow, I haven’t gotten everything together just yet but it won’t be long. I’m not planning on uploading the zine anywhere online as I want it to be strictly physical but if you want a copy, please get in touch around the time. I’d like to send them all around the world!
Last week I went to the opening of Boîte aux Lettres at the completely wonderful Bar Leon. Boîte aux Lettres is all about the lost art of letter writing and package sending. Not that it’s a lost art in my world, I still send lots of post to friends all over the world. So of course, I had to be there! The whole idea was to gather there and write letters to friends whilst admiring the post inspired art adorning the walls.
My favourites were Mayken, Hermine and Gilles but I loved what everyone had done! I also loved the overall friendly, concentrated atmosphere there and the stuff the organisers were selling – especially what Chris and Annelies had come up with.
Here are a couple of images so you can get an idea:
(part of Mayken’s creation)
All in all, I had a lovely time (also largely due to Nel who accompanied me) and am glad I finally got to see Bar Leon. It’s well worth the visit, such a great place! And I hope that, with this project, people will start appreciating real post again. It’s in my top 5 favourite things in the world.
Photos by Our Strange Nature and Hermine
Stumbling upon Yelena Bryksenkova‘s work she immediately became one of my favourites. Something about her use of lines and colours just really spoke to me. I love the characters she creates in her work, particularly this cat lady:
Yelena’s style’s very whimsical and often fairytale like to me – or perhaps it’s just that I can always make up a story around her illustrations. The fact that she was born in Russia (but raised and living in the US) is definitely reflected in her work I think. I especially dig her Eastern European inspired patterning.
Strangely enough her work also gives me a Scandinavian vibe, like on these two images of the streets of Stockholm:
In a nutshell: there’s so much to Yelena’s work and always new things to discover.
Check out her blog for more visual goodness and hop on over to her shop to support the lovely lady!
First: Kim Welling‘s Instant Comfort Pocket Box DIY Kit
(so rad, bought and made these and they’re easy peasy – even for someone as clumsy as me)
Second: Cagoule Magazine
(Anorak for grown-ups & best lay-out ever)
Third: Furze Chan‘s funny and weird colourful postcards
Last: Hey Yo Yo‘s vintage stand up girls place cards
(this shop is a real treat for the eyes)
I love me some enthusiasm. I truly think the world would be a better place if people were a little more enthusiastic and positive. You can’t be at all times but just try it sometime, you might like it.
Enthusiasm is the exact reason why I dig Belly Kids – a blog, zine publisher, tape releaser, show promotor and so much more.
Some months ago I found out about Mona Pizza, a zine published by Belly Kids, through Kaylea from Risk & Consequence (also a great zine, go check it out) and I immediately loved the concept. The zine lets bands and artists talk about their favourite recipe and how to cook it. Cause food and music are a logical combination, right? They’re two things I enjoy most in life anyhow.
And so does Mike Coley, the guy behind Belly Kids. Mike is my kind of person: he gets super pumped about an idea and then make sure it all comes together. He’s got some innovative ideas and makes sure it looks nice by asking one of his friends for help.
(awesome artwork for the Flamingods tape Belly Kids is releasing)
I’ve been able to get a little peek into his enthusiastic and passionate mind for the past couple of weeks and I already can’t wait for what he has in store for 2012! And who knows, we might collaborate on a little something soon…
Go buy his stuff it’s worth it!
Belly Kids rules, basically.