29 September 2010

E.Tautz Postcard Project - quotes and tips on living the life less ordinary

To tie in with the launch of the redesigned E.tautz.com company owner Patrick Grant has revived the old art of correspondence through a postcard project. The idea is to get everyone thinking and engaging in the physical form of sending postcards, loosely based around anecdotes, quotes and tips on the E.Tautz motto, 'Living the life less Ordinary'. The best examples get posted up on their tumblr for everyone to see.
Designer dan's submission to the E.Tautz Postcard project
I found this old postcard in the Camden Passage Market a couple of days ago, i liked how some old red paper was stuck to the back of it, so i thought i'd contribute it to the project. I ended up using a favourite quote of mine"Bread and Water can so easily be Toast and Tea" which i thought was appropriate.

26 September 2010

Creative Review tweetup at the London Design Museum

Last week i had the opportunity to go to the Design Museum to an event hosted by Creative Review. Called Creative Review Tweetup, it was a way of thanking all of it's loyal twitter supporters for making it become one of the most popular Twitter accounts in British publishing.

Everyone attending the event was invited to bring along a piece of personal work which would get hung inside an exhibition space along with your twitter user name. So i quickly rustled up a twitter 'Fail Whale' rendered as a Victorian styled etching. When i get more time i'll put in a proper background and some more detail, but all in all it looked pretty cool.
Then after a couple of drinks at the bar we headed upstairs where we were given with a free bag of assorted Lego bricks. We were then instructed to set about building our own architectural mini-installations, which at the end were all added together to create a mini Lego micro-village.

creative review tweetup at the design museum
creative review tweetup at the design museum
creative review tweetup at the design museum
Designer dan's twitter fail whale exhibited at the creative review tweetup at the design museum
creative review tweetup at the design museum
All in all it was a great night and got to meet some new faces, many thanks to the companies who helped make the event happen, i'm particularly chuffed with my Creative Review embossed moleskine. If you want to see more photos of the event i've set up a Flickr pool here.

25 September 2010

NEWSPEAK: BRITISH ART NOW at the Saatchi Gallery

Over the weekend i had a look through part one of the Saatchi gallery's Newspeak: British Art Now exhibition. The exhibition showcases the best of a new generation of contemporary British artists, who are begining to emerging on the world art scene. Located just off the Kings road it's one of my favourite places in London to unwind on a Sunday afternoon.

Below is a selection of some of my prefered art pieces;
Scott King artwork screenprint and paint on canvas. Titled Pink Cher, it was created in 2008 and exhibited at the Newspeak: British Art Now
Barry Reigate artwork Acrylic, oils, oil pastel, pencil, crayon, collage, wrapping paper, spray paint, varnish, gloss paint, wax, charcoal, marker pen, and paintbrush on canvas. Titled Voracious Impotent Penis , it was created in 2009 and exhibited at the Newspeak: British Art Now
Pablo Bronstein artwork in Ink, ink wash, gouache and pencil on paper in artist's frame. Titled Relocation of temple bar, it was created in 2009 and exhibited at the Newspeak: British Art Now
Tim Ellis various pieces exhibited at the Newspeak: British Art Now
I'm particularly looking forward to part 2 of the exhibition as it features two of my favourite artists, Tessa Farmer and Henrijs Preiss. One of the great things about the Saatchi gallery is that they allow photography within the space, so for those of you who want to see more pictures from the show i have a flickr set here.

22 September 2010

Daniel and Rhiannon Hall's Wedding

Slightly off topic but i thought i'd share some pictures from the wedding last month. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Sarah for the wonderful photos which can be viewed here.

The wedding photos of daniel hall and rhiannon thomas
The wedding photos of daniel hall and rhiannon thomas
Also a big thank you to Arianna from Bittersweet bakers, for making the most amazing wedding cupcakes. The flavours had a bit of an 'English country garden' theme with flavours such as Citrus Spice Green Tea with Orange Blossom and Heather Honey Icing, Earl Grey Tea with Milk Chocolate Icing, Lavender Flower with Tart Lemon Icing, and my personal favourite Vanilla Bean with Fresh Raspberries and Rose Icing.
The wedding cake of daniel hall and rhiannon thomas
The wedding cake of daniel hall and rhiannon thomas

20 September 2010

Fourth Plinth - Six new ideas

Over the weekend i popped in to The Foyer, St Martin-in-the-Fields to look at the artists who have been shortlisted to propose a new artwork for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. After being slightly distracted by the shop i had a look through and took these photos.

Fourth Plinth, Six new ideas from artists; Allora & Calzadilla, Elmgree & Dragset, Katharina Fritsch, Brian Griffiths, Hew Locke, Mariele Neudecker
Fourth Plinth, Six new ideas from artists; Allora & Calzadilla, Elmgree & Dragset, Katharina Fritsch, Brian Griffiths, Hew Locke, Mariele Neudecker
Fourth Plinth, Six new ideas from artists; Allora & Calzadilla, Elmgree & Dragset, Katharina Fritsch, Brian Griffiths, Hew Locke, Mariele Neudecker
Fourth Plinth, Six new ideas from artists; Allora & Calzadilla, Elmgree & Dragset, Katharina Fritsch, Brian Griffiths, Hew Locke, Mariele Neudecker
Fourth Plinth, Six new ideas from artists; Allora & Calzadilla, Elmgree & Dragset, Katharina Fritsch, Brian Griffiths, Hew Locke, Mariele Neudecker
Fourth Plinth, Six new ideas from artists; Allora & Calzadilla, Elmgree & Dragset, Katharina Fritsch, Brian Griffiths, Hew Locke, Mariele Neudecker

Allora & Calzadilla's - Untitled (ATM Organ), presents a working cash machine embedded within the Fourth Plinth which, when accessed, will trigger a functioning pipe organ. The other stand out artwork for me was Brian Griffiths' - Battenberg, is an out sized representation of the sponge cake. The work will be made from hand crafted Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary household bricks along with other transitional building materials.

17 September 2010

The Big Smoke: Films from a Lost London 1896-1945

Just browsing through the archives of the BFI and came across this little gem of a video.
Made over a 100 years ago, the footage shows a number of scenes shot around central London, taking in locations such as Hyde Park Corner, Parliament Square and Charing Cross Station.
Its amazing to see all the differences and similarities, through the advertising on public transport to the congestion of traffic (although admittedly it's mainly horse drawn carriages)

There's also a great soundtrack composed and performed by James Pearson with the Ronnie Scott's All Stars.

Old London Street Scenes (1903)
Old London Street Scenes (1903)
Old London Street Scenes (1903)

There really is a wealth of content to be seen in the BFI's Mediatheques and it's a great way to kill a few hours if you're around the Southbank. I would definitely recommend the 'Anarchy in the UK' collection
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