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A creative cup of coffee

With Coffee Morning just around the corner, the smell of coffee is in the air. So we were thrilled when we stumbled upon these coffee sculptures. This new ‘foam’ of art is taking the coffee world by storm.

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Written on the wind: Lawrence Weiner exhibition

I was really interested to see this exhibition at MACBA during my recent trip to Barcelona.

Weiner is best known for his typographic conceptual art, often installed as large wall graphics.

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I really like his work; well, working as graphic designer that’s not that surprising. They’re very clean – some might say cold – so it was really interesting to see his drawings, which revealed another side to the artist.

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From big working drawings for installations, to ideas on scraps of paper, this was a fascinating insight into his working mind. The things that stood out for me were his wry sense of humour and how personal, sometimes autobiographical, his work is.

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If you want to see and learn a little more, here’s a nice video produced by the museum.

Spooky lego creation…


Embracing the bit of my sensibilities ear-marked ‘gothic’, (that’ll be the Edward Gorey fascination I’ve yet to grow out of), means I’m loving these ridiculously detailed abandoned houses made out of lego by artist Mike Doyle. And if you’ve got some old red/green glasses, check out his 3D version, here.

Be bowled over at the Barbican


Fan of retro video games, or bowling, or both?

Pay a visit to Cory Arcangel: Beat the Champ

10 February 2011 – 22 May 201, The Curve, Barbican centre.



It’s amazing how what once seemed really sophisticated screen graphics date. And how some of the older stuff looks better than the newer more ‘realistic’ games.


Amnesty’s new street campaign


Earlier in the year I blogged about German art collective Mentalgassi’s lenticular fencing (see here). Amnesty have teamed up with them to ‘make the invisible visible’. They’ve created an installation in London’s Soho to publicise the case of a guy on death row in the states, where the evidence is distinctly questionable.

Click below to see how it was constructed or click here to join the campaign.

Watch this video on Vimeo. Video created by Amnesty International.

Origami master, Eric Joisel dies


Knowing the creative team’s enthusiasm for origami, in tribute to the late Eric Joisel, here’s a link to a nice piece from the New York Times detailing his development from his first piece (a hedgehog made from a single sheet of paper) to his most recent groups of musicians.
Click here for a template download to make a very handsome rat.

Adieu, monsieur Joisel.

Art for Aiden

Aidan is five years old and undergoing chemothereapy. He also draws great monsters. Help pay his medical bills by buying his artwork at Etsy





Can you see what it is yet…?


Click here for lenticular street art…

Designer combining fashion aesthetic with medical technology

Hanky Pancreas™ is a fashion line created for Type 1 Diabetics who use insulin pumps. The current collection is for women and represents a series of design solutions that better integrate the machine with the body and mind. By turning medical device into fashion accessory the designs alleviate anxiety, create dynamic communities, and encourage new relationships with medical technology. click for more

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Canadian artist, Holly Norris, takes on American Apparel with a series of photos featuring disabled model Jes Sachse, entitled American Able. So what’s her purpose?

‘I chose American Apparel not just for their notable style, but also for their claims that many of their models are just ‘every day’ women who are employees, friends and fans of the company. However, these women fit particular body types. Their campaigns are highly sexualized and feature women who are generally thin, and who appear to be able-bodied.’

Indeed AA’s claim has been disputed on websites such as Jezebel which documents faces of AA as being professional models from high profile agencies such as Elite – challenging the public perception that they represent anything different from the commercial norm where women (and men) are commodified through unachievable body type promotion, at it’s most simple, and rejection of anyone outside of specific ‘social’ coda as undesirable.

‘Women with disabilities go unrepresented, not only in American Apparel advertising, but also in most of popular culture. Rarely, if ever, are women with disabilities portrayed in anything other than an asexual manner, for ‘disabled’ bodies are largely perceived as ‘undesirable.’

So, my marketing chums, do we, as a foward thinking organisation, challenge stereotypes or are we guilty of being part of the blah blah norm?