This week I really needed some beauty in my life, so here are three of the most beautiful things I found.
Also, I am putting together an Art Installation, Vacuity, at StorySpace studios in Pretoria on 11 May 7pm, come and join for a glass of wine and a look. Please rsvp on the fb event.
1. Sugar Cane Reapers
Human fragility and the cycle of life, death and resurrection are the main themes embodied in the work of Helena Hugo. Using as a point of departure sugar cane cutters and sugar cane, Hugo explores the human condition and the fate of us all.
Sugar cane – which in essence is nothing but grass - becomes a metaphor for our lives and the impermanence thereof and also represents the cycle of birth, death and resurrection. Like the grass of the field or a wild flower our earthly time is short and our lives are vulnerable and unpredictable -withering away.
I am particularly fond of these two pieces, they become almost abstract expressions of fragility. Some of her work is currently on show at the Trent Gallery in Long Street, Pretoria.
2. Cardboard Houses
I have a thing for simple podhouses, one day I want to live in one, with just my wife, a mattress and an espresso machine (and wifi). In a world where more is better and every new iteration has to have double the speed and features, less is refreshing.
Dutch design company Fiction Factory have spent the last four years designing an eco-friendly, modular home made entirely out of cardboard. Called Wikkelhouse, which means wrapped house, the home’s steel frame is literally wrapped in 24 layers of corrugated cardboard.
and it's pretty.
3. Pencils & Pens
These are just great, simple, elegant and manual (imagine that). Neri by Giulio Iacchetti, an Italian industrial designer, is a family of pens and mechanical pencils made of anodized aluminum.
Three things that caught my eye this week.
1. Paul Smith's Cycling Scrapbook
Designer Paul Smith’s love of cycling is no secret. His dream was to become a professional cyclist, but an injury at the age of 17 ended this. Paul Smith’s Cycling Scrapbook brings together the memorabilia and projects Paul has collected and worked on throughout his life.
2. The Makerspace
theMakerSpace is about lowering the barriers of entry for people to express their creativity in a physical way. It is about people getting together, working creatively, inspiring each other, engaging with new technology, and building a “bottom-up economy”.
The fact is that the Maker Movement is happening. Technology has evolved to the point where someone can, in their local maker space, create many items of better quality and more meaningfully than mass production has previously been able to deliver. And everyday more people are joining the movement as they realize the creative potential within themselves. International commentators are going as far as to call it “the new industrial revolution” (read Chris Anderson).
"Nobody owes you anything, at all (so get on with it)"
Three things I noticed this week, some game changing, and some just plain beautiful. And a great call for submissions.
'Chat bots are the new apps'. So what is a chatbot? They are basically glorified search engines, they have been around for more than a decade, but with Facebook launching their own this week, they will be the next big thing.
So basically you can add a bot on your messenger app, and then you can talk to that bot about the weather, where to find restaurants, news, shopping, etc. The bot will also message you when it finds something you might like. Imagine it as Siri living in Whatsapp. Some of them are a bit spammy apparently, but that is sure to be sorted out quickly. Here is a good article on them for more info.
2. A New Wave: Call for Submissions
Southern Guild is calling for submissions of one-off, never-before-seen, collectible design pieces from South Africa’s new generation of designers. In the latter part of 2016, Southern Guild will show never-before-seen collectible design from South Africa’s best young designers in a show titled A New Wave. They are looking for new talent to be considered for this exhibition to be held in their Cape Town gallery in Woodstock, adding to the emerging design narrative in South Africa. Prized by collectors, these items increase in value over time as they are produced in small numbers and are not everyday production pieces.
More info here
3. The Art of Dambe - West African Boxing
Photo Essay by Nigerian photographer, August Udoh.
Dambe, also known as Kokawa is a form of boxing associated with the Hausa people of West Africa. Historically, Dambe included a wrestling component, known as Kokawa, but today it is essentially a striking art.
These images are raw, primal, intense and beautiful. Imagine getting a shot to the jaw with one of those tied fists.
This week's three.
1. Picture Africa
Curated by the Cathy O’Clery of Platform Creative Agency, Picture Africa is an exhibition celebrating the relationship between, photography and textiles on the African continent. Featuring photography from the continent’s finest image makers alongside textile design from designers and manufactures associated with the African continent.
The exhibition will include work by African photographers such as Phyllis Galembo, Thandiwe Muriu and Ed Suter. These will be joined by South African Fashion DEsigners: Trevor Stuurman, Laduma Ngxoloko, Marianne Fassler and Ghana’s Yevu. Some of the Textile Designers include: Aissata Namoko, Skinny laMinx, Bead Design Studio and Boubacar Doumbia of Le Ndomo textile workshop.
This must-see exhibition will be showcased at the two 100% Design South Africa events scheduled for 2016. The first of these events is the 100% Textiles pavilion, presented in association with renowned furniture brand Southern Hospitality, which is set to be a highlight of upcoming Decorex Cape Town from 29 April – 2 May 2016. “Picture Africa” then travels to Gauteng, where it will be on show at 100% Design South Africa 2016, to be held from 5 – 10 August 2016.
2. 3D Printed Clutch bag
Hi ya all, so here is this week's three things. Last week, I was eating chocolate and drinking wine on Easter weekend, so we skipped one. :).
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1. 3D Modelling saves world heritage sites destroyed by ISIS
Cultural organizations have been working to create precise three-dimensional digital models of the threatened heritage monuments in Palmyra, Syria, in case the originals are damaged beyond repair. Near the marble quarries of Carrara, Italy, robots, like the one in the video above, are using the models to carve a 20-foot-high scale reproduction of one of Palmyra’s most famous ancient monuments: a Roman triumphal arch that Islamic State militants razed last year.
“This is the moment we have been waiting for,” said Roger L. Michel Jr., the founder and executive director of the Institute for Digital Archaeology Mr. Michel said it was important to send a “powerful message” to those intent on destroying world heritage sites. “Every time we resurrect from the rubble one of these monuments, it undercuts the message of fear and ignorance that these people are trying to spread,” he said. “If they knock it down, we will rebuild it. If they knock it down again, we will rebuild it again.”
2. Heidi Fourie
One of my favourite South African artists at the moment. I don't own on of her works, yet... I love the way her works invite you into the seemingly chaotic canvas and how you all of sudden 'discover' the image. Remarkable. See more of her work on her blog
3. Baik Bicycle
I have a liking for all things minimal, even though my life and our home is anything but (there might be a connection here). Minimalism is quite a trend in Design at the moment, here is a beautiful bicycle to feast your eyes on. The Baik Bicycle is a minimalist bike, by Spanish designer Ion Lucin, whom wanted a bike with as little elements and lines as possible. Viewed from the side the sleek bicycle is just matt black, and only from an angle view, can you see the color scheme in yellow and orange.
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