Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Kourtney Roy's images seduced me at first glance. They are the photographic forms of everything I want my illustrations to be. I'm all for these patterns and vibrant colour combinations. Roy's photographic talents are put to great use in a tantalising fashion spread in issue1 of Soup Magazine. Get hold of this now at Artwords. Visit her website for more fantastically striking photographs.
Sunday, 19 September 2010
I've been left feeling a little romantic at the sight of these Riccardo Tisci creations. 'Hauntingly beautiful' is completely overused but hey, feeling lazy. Dazed and Confused have done a feature on the man and his collection for Givenchy A/W10. The exquisite detail and masterful combination of textures make these frocks everso sexy. All I need is an occasion to sport it. Pub anyone?
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Gregory Crewdson takes a more subtle approach in his new series of black and white photos. All the black and white photographs in 'Sanctuary' are taken in Cinecetta film studios in Italy (this is Crewdon's first project outside the US). These photos capture something other than jaw-dropping moments in Hollywood films, as with Twilight, and look in great detail at this false and confusing landscape. I love the continuation of the cinematic theme throughout his work, projected in a different way. I have a feeling that this book is going to fly like a hot cake.
Get a copy at Artwords.
Monday, 16 August 2010
Taschen are about to release the second of three volumes, covering the works of American architect and interior designer Frank Lloyd Wright. During his career, Wright really got the balance of man-made and the organic. The most famous example of this is the Falling Water House in Pennsylvania which was partly built over an existing waterfall. The house looks almost too 'James Bond' to be true.
I doubt that the book will contain any information on his apparently turbulent personal life, but am looking forward to seeing it no less.
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
I just been reading a really interesting interview with Professor Michel Parent in AIE magazine. Admittedly, I'd never heard of him prior to this article but was drawn in by the title 'The Science of Utopia'. Along with the rest of book shoppers today, I love a good Utopia-based bit of information (it allows us to all go soaring into unrealistic visions of perfect cities without a whisper of 'carbon emissions' or 'BP oil spills').
Parent believes that 'Orthopedic shoe-makers are about to make millions in the eradication of the car.' The article delves into the possibilities of a future where we all jog to work, or catch a cycag, leaving only rich eccentrics able to afford sky-high petrol prices.
Worth a read. AIE is available at Artwords.
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
I do resent being overly critical about fashion magazines as they must take a mountain of time and effort to produce, but in what could be thought of as an over-saturated market, they need the fashion mag X-Factor. And as a metaphorical Simon Cowel, I'm giving Lurve Magazine the thumbs up. Not only do I like the handy smaller format (mmm, formats) the content is also rather good. Highlights for me are the escapist New Mexico photos by Pamela Love & Jordan Sullivan and a very vintage fashion story shot by Marine Braunschvig. The general feeling is less glossy airbrushed (literally, actually, as the paper is lovely matt finish) more hazy and intangible.
Lurve can be found at Artwords, Broadway Market.