LOVELY LITTLE WONDERLUST CHARACTERS
I will definitely be getting some of these lovely little creatures on Etsy…
We are drooling and dreaming about cork these days. There are many amazing forms of cork and we’re starting to wonder if there is anything you can’t make with cork?
It’s a natural fiber, it’s fire resistant, it’s environmentally conscious and used in many fashionable designy ways. From corkboard slam dunk sneakers to cork task lamps: these cork products look sleek. We feel like uncorking a bottle to celebrate cork!
Posted on Friday, December 6th 2013
A SHOE STORY
Yay! Andreia Rocha just joined our Sparks network.
Besides being a creative, a Portugese local and a trend spotter, she also has a love for pure and honest products. In her own words;
'Handmade objects are narrative, they tell a story, the story of who made them. The story of the past and of generations to come. The story of the place, culture and beliefs of a community. They are tactile, transforming nature with love and with attention to every little detail. The dimension of time is included in each object, it is a meditative activity, and gives the object a whole different essence. Working with hands makes people skilled, it is vital for human beings, brings joy and it boosts creativity. Focusing on truly unique handmade objects is an instinctive reaction against cold and impersonal industrial materials.'
Andreia wants to contribute to the development of locally and sustainably made goods, empowering small communities, and protecting cultural and popular heritage. And let’s just say we’ll certainly drink to that!
Posted on Thursday, December 5th 2013
LOW TECH IS THE NEW HIGH TECH / At least, according to Spatial design agency Overtreders W who design public spaces navigating themes as sustainability, locality and flexibility. They elaborated about the Noorderparkbar: the first bar in the Netherlands completely made out of second hand materials which the agency gathered from Marktplaats (the Dutch E-bay). Another inspiring project showing a focus on low tech is the Almeerse Wolunie (wool union). Together with the citizens of Almere the agency will produce wool and transform it into usable designs.
SCULPTURAL GROCERIES / For a year artist Itamar Gilboa kept track of everything he consumed, for instance: 133 cucumbers, 111 liters of red wine and 490 tomatoes! He made white plaster casts of all products he devoured and showcased these in a pop-up supermarket. A portion of the sales go to NGO’s fighting for food issues, such as Fair Food. This creates a Food Chain Project: what Itamar ate, is turned into art, which when sold can again become food. Great!
RE-EDITING FAKE AND OLD INTO NEW / Artist Sander Wassink showed us his Beijing shoes project which is all about cutting and re-editing old, cheap and counterfeit Chinese shoes into ‘brand new’ footwear. Or as he states it: "Let’s not say it’s fake material, it’s just raw material". The epitome of copyleft thinking! He even sold a collection of shoes to a law agency who displays it to address the issue of intellectual property.
We were genuinely inspired at Ignite. Check out if there are any events organized in your area.
Posted on Wednesday, December 4th 2013
COLLECT MOMENTS, NOT THINGS
At Museumnacht we encountered the installation of Dutch designer Floor Nijdeken. He created an interactive project called Crossover Collective which intends to redress social relationships between youngsters and the elderly.
Floor explains: “My main focus lies in activating and mobilizing people. I designed the conditions in which social structures can grow and bloom, and the initiative of users is stimulated. With myself as an intermediary and my table as a medium, I let participants find out that working together stimulates mutual trust, understanding and positive energy.
Floor’s social machine is based on an ancient form of communication and social activity: collective embroidery. The central theme is to leave your environment and become an active part of the installation. The embroidered carpet is the silent witness of numerous short encounters, and for the visitor it creates a positive memory to cherish.
This interactive project is a double whammy of goodness; It bridges the gap between elderly and youngsters by allowing them to create something beautiful together.
Posted on Tuesday, December 3rd 2013
We’ve been doing some reading lately and added ‘What money can’t buy’ to our bookshelves. It offers an interesting philosophical way of looking at a relevant ethical question: isn’t there something wrong with a world where everything is for sale?
Michael Sandel (a Harvard professor) describes in this book the way that market thinking has been seeping into our daily lives over the past decades and how it is reaching into spheres where it might just not belong…
For instance: should we pay children to read books or to get good grades? Should we pay homeless people to wait in line for us? Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs? Should police cars sell advertising space and drive around with ads of Burger King? Should we be able to buy the naming rights to subway stations, like Barclays Bank did?
Because even if there doesn’t seem to be a limit to the market, shouldn’t we put a moral limit on it? Some things just have to stay priceless.
Posted on Monday, December 2nd 2013
All this new technology is making us so anti-social.. dont you think..?
(found via sparkling Rosa Maria Koolhoven)
Posted on Saturday, November 30th 2013
I WHO HAVE ARRIVED IN HEAVEN
The Souls of Millions of Light and Love is calling are the two new incredible “psychedelic” art installations designed by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. The mirrored room and polka-dotted tentacles are now being shown at the David Zwirner gallery in New York.
The souls of Millions of Light is a total trip into what eternity must feel like.Surrounding the room are hundreds of multi-coloured LED lights that hang at different heights, reflected by wall-to-wall mirrors. The effect is stunning and you’ll feel like you are in a endless time and space fantasy land.
Love is calling invites you into a world of a Japanese mermaid fairytale, in which the mermaid falls for the colourful giant squid. A room completely filled with inflatable, polka-dotted tentacles that change colors, embraces you as you stand amazed, listening to the soothing voice of Kusama reciting a Japanese love poem.
The entire exhibition is called “I Who Have Arrived in Heaven” and if this is heaven, then we definitely want to get in!
Posted on Friday, November 29th 2013
LIVE LIKE THE LITTLE MERMAID
Sleep amongst fish? No, this is not a fairytale about little mermaids. It’s for real at the Manta resort underwater hotel, situated off the eastern coast of Pemba Island, Africa.
This resort is a private floating island designed by the Swedish company Genberg underwater hotels. Each room is submerged four meters below the surface of the ocean and has three living levels, each with their own unique view. Even the restroom is surrounded by panes of glass for a amazing 360 degree marine panorama. And during the day you can swim outside amongst the coral reef and the tropical fish.
This resort takes the ‘experience economy’ to another level. Do you want to live under the sea? Here’s a little sneak peek for you!
Posted on Thursday, November 28th 2013
In 2014 the ‘Oude Kerk’ in Amsterdam opens its doors as a historical location for contemporary art. As a preview Oude Kerk presents Memento, from November to March 2014 onwards, showing works of the Museum of Broken Relationships, Julianne Swartz and Sara Vrugt.
The Museum Of Broken Relationships project began in Zagreb and was initiated by artists Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubiši. After a worldwide series of exhibitions, this museum visits Amsterdam. A call for donations invited local residents, church members and stakeholders to bring an object that evokes a memory or story about a broken relationship to the Oude Kerk. The objects and their stories form a part of the exhibition.
The project involves ordinary people in the process of curating a unique collection of objects which continue to tell a personal story, in this case about a lost love. Museum Of Broken Relationships simultaneously gives insight into a neighborhood and shows that cultural heritage is more personal and up-close than you think.
We’re so happy to see that story telling trends evolve and steal the spotlight in the art scene as well as in marketing.
Posted on Thursday, November 28th 2013