If you are an iPad user, you are probably familiar with sketching and not taking apps like Paper and Taposé. Both apps allow you to sketch, write notes, and grab images in sketchbook form. Paper has teamed up with Moleskine to take the popular iOS app a step further.
53 the Paper developer and Moleskine now offer the option to print your digital sketch book and have it mailed anywhere in the world. What a great idea. The accordion bound book is a physical extension of it’s digital counterpart. It is a memento. It is a hand crafted object that transitions the digital/physical divide, and from a business perspective it builds brand awareness for both companies.
Working for a company that makes most of it’s money from producing ink on paper products, I have a certain fondness for paper, and good deign that is applied to it. The images below show off the work of Hong Kong based Blow for Antalis. This beautiful museum box is filled with fun, well designed paper goodsthat range from bookmarks to a mouse pad, to a paper laptop.
“We have collaborated with Antalis Hong Kong to develop a set of paper products for sale. Inspired by the objects that could be found in every design studio, such as the poster drawer, notebook computer, cutting mat and CD-ROM, etc., the design stationery set was created. By transforming these essential tools into the graphics on different stationery products with Antalis papers, they enrich your daily life with delights. The design stationery set is available for sale in different retail stores in Hong Kong from August, 2013.”
I know I have posted about paper cut art and illustration before, but this kind of work always blows me away. Especially when it is executed as well as it is by Australian artist Lisa Rodden.
Rodden creates these simple yet detailed works by cutting, layering, painting and folding paper to create some really amazing visuals that morph and change as you move around them. The shadow and color that peak through the cuts in the surface create an intriguing feeling where the images almost feel alive. This is really wonderful stuff. Rodden’s work is represented by Koskela in Sydney, so if you are down under I suggest you stop in and check this work out.
“There is a grace and beauty in fish that you cannot find in anything else. The slow, fluid motion as they glide through the water, fins and tail rippling softly as they go. They’re hypnotic, even healing, to watch. In Japanese (and Chinese) culture, the Koi represents courage, strength and perseverance, among other things. There is a tale about the brave Koi that swims upstream against the strong currents enduring many hardships and overcoming many obstacles. Finally it reaches the waterfall and as it jumps through it transforms into a magnificent dragon symbolising advancement and aspiration.
This work offers hope through strength. It is a reminder that with perseverance and patience we are able to work through the hardships in life to emerge stronger, wiser and better for it. It is also a work in peace and flow allowing the mind to wander and to daydream which should be given as much priority as food but is usually dismissed.”
The new bird feeder in the backyard has made me a little obsessed this summer with my new feathered friends. Anyone that follows me on Instagram is probably aware of this do to the number of images I have been posting.
This afternoon at lunch I came across the paper sculptures of birds by Diana Beltran Herrera. There are 20 images are below, and the link will take you to her website which is currently down thanks to a traffic overload.
I love the fact that so many of these capture the birds in flight, and I love she has captured the life essence with in them, freezing the movements and interactions perfectly. Amazing stuff.