As a huge fan of Electronic Musician Amon Tobin, I’m excited to post about Photographer and Director Celia Marais. Why, you ask? Well that would be because Celia created a series called “Field Excursion”. She constructed a group of odd creatures, built from scraps of meat and fish that were named after existing or imaginary bacteria. A few chosen ones were then animated and included as part of an interactive minisite released alongside Amon’s album, Foley Room. You can also view the animated creatures as a video.
Strange, surreal illustrations by Swedish artist, Linn Olofsdotter. They’re sweet and scary – simultaneously mechanical and pliable like they’re sculpted out of soft clay over kinked wires.
She was educated in Europe and the US in advertising and design, lived in Brazil and currently calls Portland home – such of mix of cultures!
Irregular shaped stones layered in their natural environment, creating an organic sculptural landscape. Each stone, carefully chosen, is placed on top of another stone; no tricks or artifice used, only pure balance. Artist Miha Brinovec doesn’t make a difference between creating and meditating. He uses this time to come closer to nature and to create a “connection between water, rocks and me”. He calls this approach ‘Gravity Art’. A concept in which he only seems to be a sort of magical hand that puts up beautiful sculptures and gives all the credit to mother nature.
Miha Brinovec selects divers types of stones; all of irregular shapes and a special one for the top. He then needs to find three points in order to link each stone, one to another. This process is a time for reflection and introspection. An inner conversation with himself and with nature during which he becomes one with all the natural elements surrounding him.
The meditation associated with the art of balancing stones offers the perspective of clearing the mind and finding peace. A methodical, creative difficult endeavor that becomes a vital, repairing balm.
Teale Coco is a Melbourne-based designer, photographer, and international model who has crafted her own dark and fascinating brand of handmade accessories. Inspired by occultism, fetish, and human anatomy, Teale’s designs are characterized by powerful statement pieces influenced by occult symbols — such as the pentagram and sign of the triple goddess — in addition to harnesses that mold to the body in provocative ways. As a synthesis of dark themes and alternative culture, Teale’s work is a holistic approach to fashion, one that melds personal identity with empowering aesthetics.
“Fashion is art,” Teale wrote in a statement provided to Beautiful/Decay. “I don’t have boundaries with what I create, and I set no limitations. […] Human anatomy is one of my biggest influences. The shapes, sizes, lumps, bumps, bone, flesh: everything is derived from a natural source — even our technology today was first inspired by the mystery that is nature.” And, referring to how her “Medusa” full leg harness is an evolution of the garter (a time-honored fashion item), she goes on: “I am expanding these traditions and creating something unearthly.”
At the core of most subcultural fashion is a dissenting spirit that seeks expression beyond societal norms and limitations. The same energy drives Teale’s work as she endeavors to create pieces that foster individual empowerment. Following designer Yohji Yamamoto’s perspective on the seemingly paradoxical beauty of black — a “modest and arrogant” “color” that says “‘I don’t bother you, don’t bother me’” — Teale’s versatile pieces are both assertive and romantic, and can be hidden under clothes or displayed over top (Source). Furthermore, the harnesses are gender neutral and made to adapt to all body types, placing no restrictions on who can wear them. “I want people to love themselves, feel good, wear what they want to wear, and not judge themselves,” Teale wrote, explaining how body positivity was important to her project. “It’s not about what other people think about you, it’s how you feel about yourself — and my designs are here to help liberate you.”
Teale Coco the Brand is a passionate project that is destined to go far. In just over a year, after transforming her Etsy store into its own company, Teale’s work has gained an impressive, international following. All of the styling, designing, editing, creative direction, makeup, and social media are currently done by Teale herself, with a team of artisans sewing the designs. Check out the brand’s website, Facebook page, Tumblr, and Instagram to learn more.
Have you checked out this zine by Howie Tsui called “Of Shunga & Monsters” ? It’s a collection of Howie’s mixed media collages that he started working on during his residency at Islands Fold in the summer of 2007. chock full of bizarre, morphing, detailed drawings!
It’s printed in an edition of only 100 so make sure to pick up your own copy now!
The first fantastically pliable medium we ever enjoyed sloppily sculpting with our teeth, molding around our gums, and blowing joyful pockets of life into, is the perfect subject matter for artist Julie Randall, whose entire body of work teeters between mystical and marvelously grotesque.
“Blown,” her most recent series, is a deep meditation on, yes, chewing gum: it’s strange shapely pleasure, born from a certain oral fixation which moves beyond youth and into darker more cryptic mouths.
Design studio POGO, based in Argentina and makes beautifully slick commercial work, was commissioned by MTV to re-create the identity of the MTV 16 and Pregnant (don’t think I need to explain what this show’s about…) in collaboration with MTV World Design Studio Buenos Aires. I’m not certain how I feel about the new image for this show, it’s a mixture of fear, disgust, and hilarity. And being generally torn about the direction of my moral compass. I don’t know, what do you guys think?
This is nuts! Hand stitched animation????
By Holly Klein