Friday, 20 August 2010

Photographic Inspirations: Tomas Rucker

No point in writing much in this post. Let me just say that I really love this photos:

Find more stunning nudes here and here.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

On Photography

The weather around here is not very good but I am still trying to make the most out of my free time. At the end of August I begin studying and so I am quite certain that my free time will be severely limited.
I have always been interested in photography and recently I got a chance to use a more professional equipment. Below you can see the photos I took in Århus and surroundings together with my first attempts at Photoshop.

I especially like the pink battle ship, that I found on the beach. It was left there by the local urban guerrillas as a part of Pink Army project. The Pink Army demands that all wars around the world end immediately. This from their manifesto:

We- The Pink Army- have been in war with all wars in the entire world, since September 2007. Our troops consists of thousands and thousands of strong, brave and armed men, who are ready to fight to death, if they must. And we are growing in numbers, day-by-day, hour-by-hour. From house to house, street corner to street corner, The Pink Army will conquer every square inch of the world. We will strike down on any type of resistance with no mercy. We will hold no prisoners. Any form of surrender, retrieve, “weapons stand still” or peace renegotiations is out of the question. The Pink Army will fight to the last pink drop of blood. Until our demands has been met, accepted and executed.
Don't you just love the way they mock the rhetorics of warmongers?

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Jewish Papercuts

This summer I spent some time in Kraków, Poland and specifically in the old Jewish neighborhood of Kazimierz. It was a great and very informative time and I only regret it didn't last longer. We ate delicious Jewish specialties and listened to live concerts of klezmer bands.

But I think the greatest discovery I made was Jewish Papercut art. Turns out this form of art is very popular in the Jewish culture and has been so since XIV century. The paper cuts usually have religious or historical theme. The designs are incredibly intricate and often colorful. I am totally in love with the artistry. The following illustrations come from the book by Marta Gołąb.

See more amazing works here.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Frey Wille Jewelery

On my wanderings through Warsaw this year, I stumbled upon a new jewelery store: Frey Wille. I didn't know the brand before and I am not usually a fan of luxury jewelery but I fell in love with Frey Wille instantly.

It is an Austrian firm made up of a team of artists, goldsmiths and experts of fine enamelling with 60 boutiques all over the world. The company was created in 1951 and is growing ever since.

According to their own website, the artists of the company take inspirations from the surrounding world and the variety of cultures. But many of their pieces are tribute to great painters and architects such as Mucha, Klimt or Hundertwasser.

Frey Wille designs very simple shapes in gold or silver but the beauty of the jewelery lies in the wonderful, intricate enamel paintings. Each bangle and pendant is ornamented with art or culture inspired decorations.
The jewelery is very divers and ranges from very colorful to more toned down, and from modern to antic design. And if it wereb't for the prize, everyone would be able to find something for themselves. My heart belongs to Claude Monet, Iris series - especially the Regina bangle!

But I am almost just as crazy with Alphonse Mucha or Gustav Klimt collections.

Below the lovely "Ode to Joy of Life" collection.

Have a look on Frey Wille website for more sweet jewelery browsing. And make sure to leave a comment and let me know what you like most!

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Etsy Treasury

Tonight something for you, Ladies. I made etsy treasury sporting colorful, fancy, imaginative and one-of-a-kind polymer clay rings.
Leave comments and let me know which ring you like the most.