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3 posts from January 2011

28/01/2011

Dala horses with a contemporary twist

Jennifer kate_dala horses

As mentioned in my Christmas post, l am thrilled to follow-up with more creative work from Australian designer, Jennifer Kate and share with you another collection from Jennifer's on-line store.

l adore the idea that a hand-crafted wooden object, in the shape of the traditional Swedish Dala Horse can inspire such bright and contemporary illustrations. The Dala Horse card collection consists of five designs in shades of blues and greens which l feel instantly generates a charming fresh spring note!

l also admire and applaud the environmental and ethical aspect that Jennifer brings to her work, as the collections are made with 100% recycled paper.

Tradition given a modern twist - l love it!

21/01/2011

Nature reflected in paper

Number Tree

l hold a firm belief that creative inspiration can be found while enjoying a stroll through our natural habitat. The hand crafted collages and sculptors by Helen Musselwhite charmingly capture wildlife and their surroundings in the form of colourful bold paper shapes and strong graphic lines.

Inspired by folk and ethnic art, Helen Musselwhite truly has an individual style of working with paper. Each piece skillfully reflects the hand cutting, folding and scoring techniques, used on an extensive range of papers, which are often further developed to create muli-layers with textured and patterned surfaces. Generating a 3-dimensional fairytale like glimpse into the natural world.

The piece shown here is called "Number Tree". As a graphic designer, l like the idea of combining images with typography, and l simply adore the wide-eyed colourful owls!

A splash of Helen Musselwhite's colourful wildife art is surely a bright light shining, during these snow-laden winter days!

14/01/2011

A new look at the world

Drill Design_Geografia_3D_

The beginning of a new year tends to inspire me to start mapping out my travels plans for the year ahead. Yoko Yasunishi and Yusuke Hayashi from Drill Design have certainly put a new spin on how to look at the world in the form of Geografia! These 3D paper delights invite you to experience the world's structure from a sectional point of view.

l like the tactile teaching aspect that these globes create, as they sit at a 23.4 degree angle, when placed alone, reflecting the exact tilt of the earth's axis.

Naturally, l simply had to smile, when l discovered that you can also choose to leave the exterior blank, or in my case, excitedly colour in the countries of the world. Learning by playing!

On a travel note, the Geografia project can be seen at the up and coming Masion & Objet trade fair in Paris on these dates, January 21-25.