Interview with Katogi Mari

Had the Brothers Grimm published their fairy tales these days, surely they would have asked Japan based artist Katogi Mari to do all of the illustrations. I guess there is nobody who is more skilled to create precise and wonderful fairy tale like illustrations with brush and paint.

For our series of interviews she, who is fascinated by nature, animals and of course the romantic stories from Germany, answered some questions about herself.

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Lifelike acrylic pictures

©Alexa Meade

Wonderfully detailed acrylic pictures are what 29 year old artist Alexa Meade produces. Wait: paintings that move when you touch them – because they’re mad out of real people!

With her new Trompe-L’Oeil technique the american girl has succeeded in making three dimensional objects look like two dimensional pictures on paper. Only if you take a closer look (or walk around the object, if possible) you can see that the models where give a kind of second skin with a brush, that gives them a completely new look and identity.

It is worth having a peek at her gallery on Flickr, where the process of development of the artworks has been documented.

 

Looking into the past: Our find of the week


Foto: Flickr / squirrel brand

Is there anyone among us who is not a little bit nostalgic sometimes, looking back at those “good, old times”? On Flickr we recently stumbled upon a group that loves to indulge in this looking back: Looking into the past.

They do this by taking old photographies back to the place they were taken and precisely insert them into a new picture. Thus we get an impressive impression of how the world we live in has changed during years or decades – or not.

Now we feel like taking out those old boxes from dusty racks and go on a picture tour with the pictures from uncle Hermann and aunt Trudi, don’t we?

Artwork pick of the week: Wiesenglück

Wiesenglück” – a wonderful and appropriate word for beginning spring. The picture that we have chosen as artwork pick of the week today depicts a perfect day in late summer: butterflies fluttering around, bees humming, clouds floating past and the freshly cut field is smelling softly. It’s quiet.

Whoever happens to have a car breakdown in this surrounding probably doesn’t mind being stuck there for a while, photographer Max Nemo Mertens has written as a description of his artwork, which you can buy as a framed art print among others. It would even be a pity to have to leave this place when the yellow ADAC car is coming down the street in order to destroy the idyllic scene…

Eyecandy: John Stezaker


©John Stezaker

At first sight the work of John Stezaker look like classic and old pictures. But who risks a closer look will see that the artist has mixed several pictures into collage, who often contain a deeper meaning.

Gender stereotypes are mingled and exposed: The face of the net looking man is marked by a deep cut – that is filled with the face of a woman. And the face of the beauty from the 150s is hidden behind a postcard showing a tunnel: A hint to her state of mind? Mainly a hint to the artists’ passion for surrealism!

Interview with Matthias Heiderich

Today we would like you to meet Matthias Heiderich, a young self-taught photographer who is currently living and working in Berlin.

He mostly photographs Berlin in his very own unique and distinctive way. His work often explores the complexities of colour, is very architectural and minimalistic. You’ve never seen Berlin like this before!

Matthias aka massju also makes music on his own label “WeirdAndWired“, a netlabel for weird electronic music.

If you would like to know more about Matthias and his work, have a look at our interview!

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Ashes to Ashes: Yan Yongliang

A gigantic cigarette including the usual ash top is hanging from the ceiling of a museum. A cigarette, okay. We know cigarettes. But wait: Who takes a closer look at the installation “Cigarette Ash Landscape” made by Yan Yongliang will see that we’re not talking about a standard cigarette ash – but about tiny and lacy skylines made from paper!

Where the ash is falling down on the floor there is another pile of pictures of well-known capitals and cities of the world, surrounded by a bunch of happily blooming flowers. The artists seems to have acquired the steady hand during his studies: He loves traditional chinese art and calligraphy. We are thrilled! (Pssst…We have found the guy and his art at artschoolvets)

Find of the week: Delicacies made from wool


From right to left: Sushi by NeedleNoodles, Big Breakfast by Fluff and Fuzz, Chicken Dinner by TastyCrochet, Knitted Vegetables by Pecan_Sandies

Oh, they look so mouth-watering, these pictures, don’t they? But beware: it could get quite fluffy in your mouth when biting into them – they are made from wool entirely.

During the last month we often stumbled upon groceries made from wool. It seems to be a little trend to take the big knitting needles out of the closet and knitting a complete sushi menu or a pan full of well known vegetables while watching TV. Scarfs and woollen socks may be useful but quite boring, isn’t it?

Eyecandy: Shawn Smith


©Shawn Smith

Which boy (and girl!) did not love to play with Lego for hours when being a child? We were reminded of this wonderful pastime when taking a look at my feedreader this morning where we stumbled upon the sculptures of Shawn Smith. But beware: They are not made of Lego, but wood!Read More

Top 5: Interior Design Blogs

Interior Design have existed a dime a dozen for years now. When looking for inspiration for your home you may get caught on these websites for hours. If you put all those found ideas into practise after all is open to question – but nevertheless we here present you our five most loved interior design blogs.Read More