James Gulliver Hanckock

I just love the way Australian Artist James Gulliver Hancock illustrates the world around him with the most whimsical detail, don’t you…

(via Swiss Miss)

Spring time at QVB

If you happen to be in Sydney this month (September) head to the iconic Queen Victoria Building to gaze at this beautiful installation by paper artist Benja Harney.

Can’t believe it’s paper!

Kiel Johnson - SLR

Cardboard Cameras by Kiel Johnson

Incredible cameras made out of cardboard by artist Kiel Johnson. If you would like to see how he makes them, below a video created by Theo Jemison.

Kiel Johnson - SLR

Kiel Johnson - SLR

Kiel Jonson - Point and Shoot

Kiel Jonson - Point and Shoot

Kiel Johnson - Twin Lens Camera

Kiel Johnson - Twin Lens Camera

Chuck Close on Inspiration

The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.

If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to do an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.

Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction.

Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.

— by Chuck Close, Painter & Photographer

(via Quotes on Design)

Staple City or Peter Root’s Ephemicropolis

Do you feel a little bored sometimes in the office? Need some input on what can be created using the simplest things?

Artist Peter Root built an entire little city of staples – an ephemicropolis!  He worked 40 hours on the installation in the lobby of a building, using solely stacks of staples that were split into various sizes.

Pedro Campos – Hyperrealist

Have you ever wished you could paint exactly what you see. Maybe you can! I can’t, but I totally wish I could.

So have a look at Pedro Campos’ work. He is an incredible hyperrealist painter from Madrid, Spain. Using oil paints he recreates incredibly realistic still life settings that look like photographs!

Air Vase by Torafu Architects

I am usually not very fond of things without a purpose — items in my house need to have a use other than just looking pretty — but I totally have a soft spot for paper. Have a look at the amazing Air Vase by Torafu Architects. I bought one couple of weeks ago just because I was curious. It is formed from a flat perforated paper and then stretched on each side into shape… just beautiful.

Downtown from Behind

Such a great idea by photographer Bridget Fleming:  bike-riders on the streets in New York – but from behind!

“I got lucky. A bike was one of the first things I bought when I moved here from Sydney three years ago. If I wasn’t riding between cafés and bars downtown maybe I wouldn’t have had the idea!” (source The Global Mail)

Check out this video and her tumblr account to see more shots and some out takes.

Finders Keepers Market in Sydney

The Finders Keepers Markets are a free bi-annual event that showcases the work of emerging designers and artists from all around Australia and New Zealand! The first markets were held in December 2008 at CarriageWorks in Sydney, followed by Markets in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Art, prints, stationary, fashion, pottery and much more, there is so much on offer at this beautiful market created and organised by the duo behind the Follow Store in Surry Hills who have been advocates of supporting emerging design since their first beginnings in 2007.

Today is the Finders Keepers market in Sydney at Carriageworks in Eveleigh. Check out more dates here.

Kirsty Mitchell’s Wonderland

These photos are unbelievably creative. It’s Once upon a Time meets Crouching Tigger, Hidden Dragon and then down the rabbit hole to have tea with Alice in Wonderland.

Kirsty Mitchell was born and raised in the county of Kent, known to many as the ‘Garden of England’. Her mother, an English teacher and passionate storyteller, read to her almost everyday to an age she could no longer admit to her friends. The imagination and belief in beauty became her root, and the place she constantly tries to returns to in her work. Educated in history of art, photography, fine art, costume for film and theatre and fashion design, art became her only passion. When her mother got ill and passed away in November 2008, she threw herself into photography and started producing pieces that echoed the memories of the stories she read to her as a child.

By combining her various backgrounds, Kirsty creates images where everything has been designed and produced by herself. Inspired by the love and death of her mother, she conceived Wonderland, this fantastic and poetic series of  pictures. “The costumes, props, sets and accessories, are all a vital part of the process that is finally recorded in the finished product of the photograph. This physical creation is my favorite part, and has taken me to places I would have otherwise never known. I have walked on snow covered in flowers, stood in lakes at sunset, painted trees, set fire to chairs, made smoking umbrellas, and giant wigs from stolen flowers.” (via Trendland).

Vivid Festival in Sydney

Vivid Sydney is in its fourth year and I think this year will be quite a highlight of international artists and showcases. There are two acts I am most excited about and I admit in both cases I am biased because one is done by an artist collaboration called Urbanscreen from Germany and the other act is performed by MPU, which my husband has helped bring to life.

Here is an interview with Urbanscreen talking about their project ‘Lighting the Sails’ of the Sydney Opera House, launching the Vivid Festival this Friday, the 25 May. In the video you’ll see some of their other remarkable projects in Germany. Das geht! Check it out!

The other project I am looking forward to is “Snake the Planet’ an interactive digital art piece produced by Sydney collective Mobile Projection Unit (MPU). It takes the game of “Snake” which most likely will ring a bell for all ancient Nokia users (like myself), and projects it onto any city building. The players then play on that surface and windows, doors, signs all become obstacles as you writhe down the game.

I got commissioned to follow MPU around The Rocks looking for great spots and photograph their installation which you can see in Time Out (see below).

MPU will set up ‘Snake the Planet’ at different locations throughout The Rocks so no game will be the same. Keep your eyes open if you want to join in the fun.

Surreal Photography by Martin Stranka

A while ago I came across those beautiful photos/art works from Martin Stranka, (via Digital Photography School) a photographer/artist from Czech Republic. It seems he has won every photography award out there and his exhibitions have shown around the world. Except Sydney though.

His photos create a delightful melancholy and draw you right into it. Check out Martin Stranka’s website for more details.

Street Art Made in Germany

What a coincidence! My husband just told me about some street art pieces he once saw, painted electric meters making them look like council housing – so called “Plattenbauten” – but couldn’t remember the name of the artist. I again, received a newsletter from Trendland (honestly, subscribe) with new artwork from that artist with the forgotten name. Turns out his name is Evol and he is from Germany (yay!). His latest project are spray painted cityscapes on cardboard panels. I still don’t know how he did it as some look so 3D but that, I believe is the real art, isn’t it. There is always a little mystery…I absolutely love it.