Monday, 12 December 2011

And the winner is...

...the gorgeous Leora from preloved - congratulations! A big thank you to all who entered - and keep checking because I'm guaranteed to do more giveaways next year x

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Modern take on the Festival of Lights

Yes, we all know it's Christmas. And while many Christmas decorations are often a little OTT, it is possible to get ultra-cool, designery decorations (like the pantone balls I posted about on Friday). But if you celebrate Hannukah (The Festival of Lights) it can be a more tricky to find beautifully designed, contemporary menorahs (candle holders). I know this because I've tried the last few years to find one that matches my design sensibility and have had no luck. 

So I thought I'd post a few of my favourites. I found the above two pieces by Anat Basanta and immediately fell in love with their organic beauty. As I found a few others I liked I realised that designmilk had infact posted their list last year - and yep, it's pretty much the same as mine (I told you they weren't in abundance). So credit goes to designmilk too!
Wood Menorah by Stephanie Caplan. The metal top lifts off so you can store the candles inside the wooden base.

Concrete Menorah by Marit Meisler. Love that you can group the pieces in any form you like.

Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects. Stunningly simple.

Hex Enamel Menorah by Jonathan Adler. A spoonful of colour!

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Designer Christmas

Stumbled across these - perfect for a designer Christmas - geeky, not gucci! Have a great weekend...oh and don't forget to enter my Christmas giveaway - you have til Tuesday - get posting...

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

How To: Vintage-looking rusted tin cans

How gorgeous do these tins look together? As you know I've been working on an incredibly exciting freelance project for the last few months - and these tins are one of the 'finishing touches'. I was looking for a way to bring some authentic vintage warmth and some greenery into the cafe. I stumbled across these great 'vintage' fruit tins in The Industrial Revolution in Armadale. I knew they'd be perfect for the greenery, but I still needed something in which to store the sugar sachets. I searched and couldn't find exactly what I needed. Then I realied I could make a 'vintage' tin myself which would fit perfectly with theme...and all for a few bucks. I'm really happy with the result - and it's so easy, here's how:

What you'll need:
• Tin can (I used small edgell creamed corn cans, but you can choose whatever size you like)
• Desolvent (to remove sticky residue) and an old rag
• Old newspaper and tray
• Disposable gloves
• Sponge brush (basically a sponge on a wooden stick)
• Porter's Paints Instant Rust (am quite sure there are spray version of instant rust available at big hardware stores too)

What to do:
• Gently peel off the paper label from the tin
• Spray or rub desolvent onto any areas where adhesive is left. Rub with cloth until surface is completely clean
• Once tin is dry, set up your tray with newspaper lining it. Instant Rust is highly chemical so you want to make sure everything is protected.
• Wearing gloves, apply a little of the Instant Rust onto the sponge brush and apply it all over the tin. Don't be shy!
• Allow to dry for three hours on the newspaper covered tray.
• Generally a second coat is necessary - but if you're happy with the result you can stop at one.
There you go. Easy!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Ahead of the bell curve...

Babylon Dreaming by Marc Freeman

Empire Promises by Marc Freeman

State of Fracture by Marc Freeman

These paintings by Melbourne artist Marc Freeman just blow me away. I love their organic shapes and subtle bursts of colour - but what i love most is that there could be something sinister lying just beneath the surface, like he's freeze-framed the shapes as they slowly morph into something else. But that's just me.

The other reason I love these paintings is because they signify Marc's rising star in the art world...and the fact my husband and myself were onto him years ago! Yep, for once in my life I believe I can honestly say I was ahead of the bell-curve. The story goes a little like this: A friend's parents had all these amazing paintings through their (stunningly contemporary) house. Every time we visited we were blown away by the  abstract brush strokes and use of colour. They bought a bit of life and nature into what was essentially (a beautiful) concrete box. When we got married we knew we wanted an artwork as a gift - something we would treasure forever - and we immediately knew who we wanted to commission - Marc. The result is below and I never tire of looking at it. 

You can visit Marc's current exhibition, From on High, at Nellie Castan Gallery, Level 1, 12 River Street, South Yarra. Until 17 December 2011.

Monday, 5 December 2011

5 Paper (Christmas) Ornament How Tos

Subtle and sophisticated origami stars

I seem to keep going on about how busy I've been lately. In the scheme of things it's probably not THAT busy - but with a 2.5 year-old to look after (every day I feel like I solve at least one United Nations crisis with the amount of negotiating that's involved), a baby growing bigger by the day in my tummy, one of the most exciting freelance jobs I've done just days away from launching... and it being THAT time of year, I've been feeling pretty flat-out.

All to say I haven't had much time to do my own Spoonful of Colour How Tos - so thought I'd share with you five of my favourite paper ornament How Tos from other bloggers (click on the captions to go to original stories). Some are definitely Christmassy, others are just beautiful objects that could easily be appropriated for the festive season - enjoy.

Oh, and don't forget to enter my Christmas giveaway - click on the link at the top right of the page! 

Modern and organic, perfect for a touch of the festive year-round

Lovely and colourful paper balls - would make a great centrepiece

Graphic six pointed snowflakes - intricate but not fussy

Love this spiky paper ball as an ornament on its own - but hung from the ceiling would work wonderfully for a touch of the festive

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Question: Can I win back your love with presents?

Ok, so I haven't exactly showed a great deal of respect for you, my readers, lately. Am pretty sure I'd have to repeat the year if I was to be graded on it... But I want to try and change that (admittedly at the eleventh hour!)...and think the best way to do it is through an extra special Spoonful of colour giveaway.

Just in time for Christmas I'm giving away three Spoonful of Colour signature creations: 

1. A4 'spoons' print, printed on archival matte paper, it will fit perfectly into an Ikea Ribba frame (as shown left).

2. Holiday cards x 3 - merry, joy and holidays!

3. Important things mobile - as seen in the Herald Sun Home magazine this is my personal favourite.

How do you win all three?
Either sign up to follow this blog or leave a comment on this post by 9pm (Australian EST) Monday 12 December 2011.

Winner will be drawn at random and posted on this blog Tuesday 13 December 2011.*

*This should guarantee delivery within Australia before Christmas Day but unfortunately I cannot guarantee the same for overseas readers.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Up in neon lights

It's no secret that i love words, typography and a splash of colour. So it shouldn't be any surprise to you that when I stumbled across the work of Italian artist Maurizio Nannucci I felt an instant connection. I'm a little surprised I haven't come across his work earlier - his work would have been the perfect reference for a graphic design student studying in the mid 1990s.  The above 'idea' installation would have been a great reference point to start with for our first year project to design a logo from your initials (i still shudder at the the thought). Pity the internet wasn't round to make the introduction!

What I really love is that Nannucci's career has taken him from studying fine art in Florence and Berlin in the 1960s to working as a set designer for experimental theatre, exploring the connection between language, typography and image and then introducing sound to his installations. His first Neon Lights installation was exhibited in 1967. He then founded publishing house Exempla. And then in the 1990s he again began exploring his interest in typography, architecture and the urban landscape. His work is held in some of the best museums world wide. 

For more click here

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Has it really been five years?

Since I heard your voice. Asked your opinion. Laughed with you. Hugged you. Told you I loved you. Some days it feels like forever ago. Some days like yesterday. 

These are some of my favourite images of my dad. They sum up his passions and quirky character perfectly. I love these as a series of five (in honour of five years). Taken from transparencies I've just applied a paint daub effect to varying degrees using photoshop. I love the colour and the slightly abstract, other wordly feel to them - a kind of ageless, timeless series of images. Just like those forever embedded in my memory.

Monday, 10 October 2011

A keen eye for detail

Well, hello there. I've been a little absent of late. Not sure where the last (almost) month has gone. Well, actually, it's been gobbled up by a heap of freelance work that has left me so screen tired I just haven't been able to stomach the thought of sitting in front of my computer any longer than absolutely necessary! But in my absence, I've had lovely comments from readers wondering where I've gone, so thank you. 
I've also discovered that the internet has a keen eye for detail. Well, maybe not it, but those who use it - especially one miss meisha, whose hawk-eyes picked up that i've been flaunting around a blog with a major typo in the masthead for four months now. I'm rather ashamed to admit I didn't pick it up myself...but thank you meisha for sharing your keen eye for detail!
I'd better make up for my blunder with some high quality posts this week...stay tuned. x

Thursday, 15 September 2011's been a while

Two of my cards just got featured in this fun treasury list on etsy. Appropriate theme for someone who's neglected their blog for a whole week don't you think?

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Painting with light

Ok, so back in my uni days I did a bit of 'painting with light'. Essentially you use the B button on your camera at night and then use a torch, sparkler or globe to draw an image. I've always loved the idea, but of course, never pushed it very far in my endeavours. Then I stumbled across this amazing work by German group lichtfaktor and realised this artform now has a name: light graffiti (the kind that won't get you arrested!).
Stills from lichtfaktor's clip for "dENiZEN, shine a light for nature"
I love the idea of jellyfish floating through an industrial zone

Stills from lichtfaktor's clip for "dENiZEN, shine a light for nature"

Stills from lichtfaktor's clip for "dENiZEN, shine a light for nature"

Stills from lichtfaktor's clip for "dENiZEN, shine a light for nature"

Stills from lichtfaktor's clip for "dENiZEN, shine a light for nature"

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Happy father's day

I'm not one for big, commercial showings of love... but I do like to acknowledge days like father's day with something thoughtful. This amazing pen drawing was done by my dad, maybe seven years ago. His skill and attention to detail was amazing and I only wish I'd inherited more of it. I look at this drawing everyday in my study and think of all my dad gave me, both inherited and taught, and think myself lucky to have had him in my life. And, yes, I told him that every day.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Not your everyday spring flowers

I love these haunting images of flowers by Indigenous artist Clinton Nain. I know it's not your traditional "happy spring flowers" post...but I was drawn to these and wanted to share their beauty. 

You can read more about Clinton here

These images were taken from the mossgreen gallery website. 

Monday, 29 August 2011

What can't you do with cardboard?

I have to admit I'm probably not the world's best recycler. I'm not bad, but I haven't quite reached the compost-in-the-garden level. Well, we don't really have a garden, so I suppose that could be my excuse. But I do love recycling - and I especially love when design meets recycled cardboard. So now I'm wondering what you can't do with cardboard!
The offices of Nothing Advertising Amsterdam, made from cardboard

REST Cardboard bed by Melbourne's Karton Group

PLAY Cardboard teepee by UK group paper pod

WORSHIP Cardboard cathedral design proposed for Christchurch, NZ, by Shigeru Ban

ADORN Cardboard and gold jewellery by Israeli designers Yael Gaizier and Aviv Kinel

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Never say never...

It's a technical question, I know, but do you think grey is a shade of black? The reason I ask is because something strange has been happening lately: I've been finding myself drawn to clothing in shades of grey. This is a problem. Ok, not a third-world-crisis-call-the-UN-immediately type problem, but a problem. You see straying from pure black goes against what I've known for so long, not to mention my mission statement for this here blog. 
It's all stemmed from my gradually taking my blonde hair back to reddish-brown over the last six months...and now the striking contrast between blonde hair and black clothes just isn't ain't there. I've been feeling guilty about flirting with the dark (grey) side and have been trying to deny the attraction... Of course, when my gorgeous friend Anna came round on Saturday night in the most-stunning outfit in all tones of grey with a hint of acid yellow, it didn't help one bit. 

Grey, moody waves
Love Elin Kling's style

Texture and wash = pure beauty

Minus the shoes and socks...they're just not me

And with just a spoonful of orange, sold!

Visit my pinterest board is grey a shade of black for direct sources of images