Interview with Ben Aslett

Please welcome Ben Aslett, illustrator living in Devon, whom we chose as an interview partner this week.

His illustrations are simple, yet expressive: Little characters with oversized heads working at their computers, driving their cars or jogging around town, literally keeping their inner clockwork busy.

On our ARTFLAKES blog he explains when and why he started making art, what his usual workday looks like and what taste of chocolate he likes best. Go on reading, my dear!

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Find of the week: Fake leaflets


© Phil Jones

Many cities of this world are full to the brim with leaflets – here in Berlin it may happen that you cannot see the electrical cubicle or traffic light due to mountain of posters and stickers anymore. Most of them are looking for the same: Cat runaway, dog escaped, laptop left in the café, keys lost after having drunk too much.

Designer Phil Jones has administered to this way of communicating and interpreted it with an ironical wink of the eye: His leaflets, if you take a closer look, actually don’t make any sense. They consist of puns, urban legends and humorous ideas that stick to your mind easily. That’s great! Sadly those art works – ‘ccause aren’t those often lovingly designed leaflets a kind of art? – can only be found in the US yet. But who knows…

Interview with Anne Siems

In 1991, having graduated from the University of Applied Arts in Berlin, Anne Siems moved to Seattle – where she still lives. For our series of intervies we invited her to a virtual cup of tea and talked about her work.

In the beginning she created her pictures – which were mostly inspired by medical and botanical books – on waxed found paper. 2001 she changed to working on big panels, where now her impressive and enchanted looking artworks are still painted on.

Flower garlands, fawns, colourful birds and girls with fragile dresses evolve a dreamy atmosphere, whose imagery often reminds of the novels written by Jane Austen or the Bronte Sisters

Where she takes her inspiration from, which artists she admires and how Anne Siems spends a perfect sunday, you can read after the click.

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Artwork pick of the week: Porcellana

She looks tender, fragile and like a doll: The girl on our artwork pick of the week, entitled “Porcellana” created by Colin Bourbon.

This picture – which you can, as usual, order as poster, art print or canvas print among others at ARTFLAKES – is not only intriguing due to the large eyes of the model, but due to her full lips and of course her extraordinary and fluffed hairstyle as well. Somehow this pictures reminds us of one of these large-scaled portraits of the old masters: Wherever you are in the room – the eyes will follow you. Scary, but beautiful!

Suspended Objects

French photographer Cerise Doucède uses strings to suspend objects in mid-air to create gravity defying photographs that seem to be frozen in time. To attach the objects to string and to set up one scene takes about three days. Doucéde, who finds her inspiration in materials and scenes from everyday life, discovered photography after studying graphic design. In 2012 she won the Royal Monceau photography competition, which highlights and supports young photographers.

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