Monday, August 2, 2010

Surrealist Mash

I was looking at the Designboom Sunday edition email (get on their website to join their daily emails, they are great). The work of Norwegian artist Are Mokkelbost caught my eye.

He makes the most arresting collages from magazine clippings. The way he produces them is really sophisticated, transforming the faces of beautiful models into skulls without eyes. His composition is really complex, layed and reminds me of Rococo frescos on the ceilings of catherdrals.

It also brought to mind the surrealist work of Australian James Gleeson, the late great surrealist painter and his figurative works. I really enjoy the way Mokkelbost's collages are so sharp and digital looking yet cratfed tediously by hand, some taking upto 3 years to complete. They are a contemporary and fresh approach to working with the age old subjects of mortality, beauty and death. 

For more on Mokkelbost's work, link to Designboom above or see more images of his work on an earlier web article from Booooooom


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Pieces of Eight on Twitter

Hello All! Just in case you didn't know, I started a Twitter account for the gallery last Wednesday. It's an interesting medium and a little like a very succinct blog. If you are on Twitter, please follow us for snippets of news, links and general good stuff!

Play Time by Jacques Tati

Play Time is a brilliant film by Jacques Tati, full of witty visual and audio gags in a artfully artificial urban Paris.  Shot from 1964 -1967, I highly recommend this film, watch it while sipping red wine and nibbling on terrine and cornichons! Stylish fun! Look out for the end restaurant scene, it's an outrageous mess!


Tuesday, April 6, 2010


As I adore baths and bathing (see previous posts for evidence of this!), I instantly fell in love with this beautiful Bathboat. Designed in 2005 by Weiki Somers it is made in an edition of 30 only. Constructed in oak and red cedar, I found it on a beautiful Parisian Design Website called Galerie Kreo. They see themselves as a 'research laboratory' where they exhibit and hold the rights to the production of the works shown. Some amazing creativity to explore on their site- if only I had a stash of Euro to play with...!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Issey Miyake: Sushi Pleats Please Campaign

Genius! I love this ad campaign and have had it in my inspiration file for some time. Now it's time to share! Garments folded to mimic sushi, only the Japanese could be so brilliant!


Friday, March 5, 2010

Pothole Garden

I love this concept of filling potholes in public roads with small flowering gardens. Created by British artist Pete Dungey and curtesy of Yellowtrace blog

As he states, 'If we planted one of those in every hole, it would be like a forest in the road'.

See more of his work here

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Japan Trip Random Images

I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted- last year go the better of me. It's been really nice to relax into 2010 and reflect on last year. 

Nick and I went to Japan in Oct/Nov 2009, here are some random pics of places we visited and things we saw. It was our third trip there together, when we went in 2008 we were engaged on Naoshima Island. We could happily go back annually!