Just when you think you are the culture expert in your city you realize just how overblown your ego is and that you really need to stay on your game! I thought I knew everything that was going on in my city (typical city pride) until my friends at Anthology magazine in the faraway land of San Francisco sent me a tweet yesterday asking if I knew about Ladenlokal in Hannover, Germany (where I live) because they had put up a post about it. Ummm well… Instead of smugly replying, “But of course”, I slithered beneath my office chair because I had never heard of it in my life.
How did I miss this super cool looking fine foods shop that doubles as a cafe which is only a bike ride away? Am I working THAT hard in my office? This place is so extremely fresh looking, you simply mist check out these chalk illos from Pamela Rama too – how nice does this look?
I’m definitely hitting this place soon. And I love the idea of beautiful chalk illustrations on walls vs. the usual scribbling of grocery lists or kids marking them up in rainbow pastel colors. Very pretty and a great find Anthology!
When I spotted these videos from Japanese artist Masanobu Hiraoka I was completely and utterly taken. What a beautiful display of art and music, so sensitive and colorful, deep yet light… What talent! Take a look at them please and see what you think..
What I find so inspiring about Masanobu is that this all comes completely natural and he learns on his own… He hasn’t attended college showing that oftentimes our passion and talent needs no formal education but simply a will to follow through with our heart’s desires.Sometimes we get stuck thinking we have to go back to school to pursue what we want so there is something on “paper” but not always…
A little more about his background can be found at Je Regarde, a French studio who reps his work, “Masanobu graduated from Momoyama high school (general education) in 2006. He then started to work but could not give up his dream : being an animator. He started to learn animation by himself and is a completely self-educated artist. He now lives and works in Tokyo as a free-lance animator in advertising or music video for clients such as UNIQLO. Next to this, he creates his own animations based on metamorphosis and strange or impossible motions he sets up in an unlikely reality.”
How do these videos make you feel? What do they mean to you?
I found these watercolor illustrations over at Melissa’s blog this morning and fell in love. They are by Miss Capricho and I think that they lovely.
(images: miss capricho)
This handmade backdrop used at a wedding I found over at Green Wedding Shoes made my heart positively leap. This is stunning. I don’t know how it was made, I thought at first cupcake wrappers but I don’t see any ruffled edges so perhaps something else… Either way, I love it and here is the link to the site where I found it in case you want to research more… I’d normally do that for you but today I’m in a rush and cannot.
Here is the link where I found these stunning images taken by Annie McElwain Photography.
(images: annie mcelwain photography)
I spotted Amy Borrell’s work on Pinterest thanks to lovely Leslie who pins gorgeous things to her boards – you should totally follow her! I find so many pretty things from Leslie, she has a really great eye…
I’m using Pinterest under decor8, I just pinned a bunch of delightful edibles to my Yummy Things folder that you may like (to eat). I’m not a Pinterest addict yet though, but that could change very soon as I begin traveling over the next four weeks. When I’m on the road I have a bit more leisure time than I do in the office to be a pin-natic. :) But I digress… The point of this post is to spotlight the lovely illustrative work of Amy Borrell.
If you like what you see above, Amy has an online shop so you can own many of these as prints. Her work gets me in the mood for springtime! I love the things that springtime brings, don’t you?
(images: amy borrell)
I spotted these graphic black and white prints today by Swedish designer Therese Sennerholt and thought you may really enjoy them – my favorite one is, “Sometimes the best moments in life are the simple ones. Like having cheese doodles and wine”. Another great one, “Always act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” Which is so easy for us to lose track of sometimes, isn’t it?
Also, “Bad news may be good news in disguise”, how true that has been for me many times!!!
Which one do you fancy most?
(images: therese sennerholt)