Category Archives: Illustrations

I AM LIVING AND FEELING IT

Artist talk: Sanna Pelliccioni (Finland)

We first stumbled on the joyful design of Bombo at Scandinavian Deko blog and became curious about the work and the designer behind it. Today we’ve learned that Bombo means bumblebee (in italian) and is designed by Sanna Pelliccioni, a Finnish illustrator a graphic designer. The latest collection “OMA PERHE – MY FAMILY” is a praise for magical childhood — and was born out of need to widen the idea of a family from the traditional one to all possible forms of families. As the designer herself puts it:

“Isolated Finland of my grandmother’s time is changing to a joyful and open-minded place where new ways of life are greeted with joy”

Read our latest artist talk with Sanna Pelliccioni here 

Photograph belong to Sanna Pelliccioni

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BIRDS AND BLOOMS

Blog discovery: Artemapathy (U.S.A.)

Like most artists; Sara Harvey have to create in order to stay sane. Although — she is not always sure it helps.

While Sara is not busy creating something; she is either — pinning or — blogging about things that inspire her as an artist and person.

And we are inspired too …

Photographs taken from artempathy.tumblr.com

Sara Harvey descibe herself as a designer by day and a super hero, zombie hunter, illustrator, painter, screen printer, plush maker by night.

She designs under the label Multiple Personality For those who wants to know more about this chameleon; we encourage you to check out her etsy store.

Keep up the great blog, Sara!

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ARTIST DISCOVERY #6

Graphic designer: Regína María Rourke (Iceland)

Over a cup of coffee in Reykjavik last winter — my friend told me about her artist friend in New York. My friend´s friend — Regína María Rourke — is in fact an amazingly talented graphic designer. She re-appropriates both original and found images, re-balances and restructures it into a totally new artwork.

Photograohs belong to Regína María Rourke

Actually, I don´t know anything about the artist but her stunning artwork where catchy enough to caught my attention and make me more curious about her.

Happy Monday everyone!

Artist: Regína María Rourke 

Place: New York

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PAVILION FOR REVOLUTIONARY FREE SPEECH

Vernissage: 25th of May 2012, Kunsthall Charlottenborg (Copenhagen)

This exhibition, a major installation by German artist Thomas Kilpper was originally created for the group exhibition Speech Matters at the Danish Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale. The work took the form of a raised wooden platform attached to the exhibition building and into the wooden floor where the artist carved 33 portraits of leading figures around the world. These are the people Kilpper believes have been directly or indirectly responsible for promoting censorship, social exclusion or intolerance. His main focus is freedom of speech and censorship, but which is also extended to the freedom of travel and migration.

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Kilpper said that doing the printing of woodcarving technic forces you to go slowly, through the need to cut into this material — the block of wood — before you are able to make a print from the wooden template as opposed to the digital printing which pretty much sums up of the current lifestyle with its extremely accelerated levels of production and consumption.

In Charlottenborg the visitor can stand on the floor between the negative images in the matrix, whilst seeing the positive counterpoint of these images in the actual prints installed in the space and be presented with the choice to chart between these positions.

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Photographs by Amir Zainorin

Thomas Kilpper was born in 1956 in Stuttgart and lives and works in Berlin. He was trained at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main. His work has consistently investigated the relationship between history, politics and collective memory, often taking the form of large-scale site-specific installations and floor carvings. Kilpper has exhibited both across Europe and America and has since 2006 run the Berlin-based project space After The Butcher.

Date: 25th of May – 5th of August 2012

Artist: Thomas Klipper

Place: Kunsthall Charlottenborg, Nyhavn 2, Copenhagen

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I LIKE IT

Artist in residence: Una B. Sigurðardóttir (Iceland)

– Read Una’s previous diary notes Please note this & It boils my blood

Now I will talk about what is enjoyable about being in Japan.

The people here. I have met many people during my stay here and I mostly live and work with  local people. Even though I am sometimes with out a tongue among large groups — and the fact that languages barriers truly exist — I feel very warm with the Japanese people I have connected to. Acting, drawing and whatever you can think of to make yourself understandable has been tried out on both sides. And as I start to know the people better and they to know me, it becomes easier and joking around is no longer a mission.

My experience with the people and the social culture is most friendly and I find the respect among and between people very comfortable. But this is also a double edge sword, this culture has a tradition for people not disagreeing or debating. People here have addressed this problem to me and are searching for a way to get the society to talk and debate about its future. It is very necessary right now because of the nuclear issue that they are facing.

There are not really bars in Japanese culture, but really many drinking restaurants. That means there is a big culture for eating and drinking all night long, talking, laughing and singing. Frankly, I think I have not sung as much with people in years! Maybe this connection through music has become so strong exactly because of the lack of language, but it doesn’t change the fact that the freedom to sing and be exposed by that is ok and not frightening.

Eating in Japan is also fun. It is very social action and as one can imagine the cuisine is brilliant. Of all the various traditional dishes that I have tried at dinner parties or restaurants there are only two things that I will absolutely not eat again. But the rest, preferably.

It is hard to describe a place, and why you start to love it. It is an atmosphere. The millions of details that you notice when you’re going around and about that compose this picture. The attitude, the smile, the colours, the smell, the train, the metro and the face masks. How people just seem to feel ok about falling asleep everywhere and under the most strange circumstances. The fact that you take off your shoes all the time and that you don’t need to worry about locking your bicycle.

The bathhouse and the bathing culture, the loud and colourful advertising signs everywhere manifesting the craziness of this country’s capitalism, shouting people on every corner wanting to sell you something, the stylish girls and guys and Kawii! Never have I met as many adults presenting themselves with such cutefied shyness as here. This attitude is the fruit of the Kawii culture that has been completely integrated into “Old Japan”.

Photographs belong to Una B. Sigurðardóttir

I am telling you that public signs, roadblock and … you name it — has been citified. But the sky here is beautiful and all is full of automates, for whatever you can’t think of and this culture definitely does not understand coffee, or to put it mild, has reinvented it … and everything is a bit different from what you are used to.

I like it.

宜しく

Una

About the artist 

Una B. Sigurðardóttir completed her BA degree from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in the spring of 2008.  She lived and worked in Reykjavík, as an artist and a poet, as well as teaching figure drawing at a secondary grammar school until the fall of 2011. She currently lives in the Netherlands and is pursuing her MA degree of Fine Arts at AKV St. Joost Academy.

She was a member of Gallery Crymo, an artist-run, non-profit gallery. In addition she ran a studio at Hvefisgata 61 in collaboration with other artists and writers. She has been involved in the organization of many artistic events, participated in numerous exhibitions in Iceland and abroad, and given performances and readings of her own works.

Her body of work is marked by multiplicity and the desire to experiment with materials, medium and method. Therefore she has chosen not to limit herself to a specific medium, although she has increasingly given emphasis to  drawing/painting/collage and sculpture, as well as continuing the fusion of and search for new mediums. Una has explored the relationship between text and other mediums such as text and image. For example, three books with her texts and drawings, “The Adventures of the Sick Girl”, “The Sick Girl Kills” and “Soap Stories” were published in 2007.

Since 2010 she has individually, and in collaboration with artist Rakel McMahon, experimented with new mediums and forms of presentation, such as creating large advertising stickers displayed in windows and manufacturing false product packagings. By this they are testing the border between the art and consumerism.

In Una’s works there are underlying narratives, and although she critically examines serious subject matter, her work is liberally spiked with humor. Una seeks to process her personal vision of society and environment in the context of the ideological assumptions and global realities that modern man is faced with. Therefore many images of consumerism and popular culture, as well as symbols of dominant ideologies, have become motifs in her work.

Between 9th of February – 11th of April 2012, Una has been writing diary notes which she has been kind enough to share with us. This was the last post. 

Read Una’s previous posts, #1 here and #2 here

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ARTIST DISCOVERY #5

Illustrator: Dilka Bear (Italy)

Italian artist, Dilka Bear creates a charming acrylic illustrations of children and their honest expressions. The delicate female nature of the characters frames a magical world of daydreams — with a little touch of childhood sadness.

Photographs taken from Dilka Bear website

The artist introduces us to a misty world — conjured through muted colors and distinct style. Each painting is a magnetizing piece of art that focuses on the presenting female fragility and beauty in a wonderful but sometimes a bit surrealistic way.

It surely stoke up the mystery behind the artist not knowing her real name — or gender. Although we allow for Dilka Bear being in fact a female.

I have already bought an extremely beautiful art work from Dilka Bear Etsy store!

Artist: Dilka Bear

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ARTIST DISCOVERY #2

Graphic designer: Emil Ásgrímsson (Iceland)

Emil Ásgrímsson has been studying in London for three years at the renown Central St. Martins College of Art & Design. His work is an eclectic mix of collage illustration and moving image inspired by epic landscapes, geology (his father is a geologist) and science. Emil plays with both digital collage and the process of the physical handmade aspect of moving image.
Aviator by Emil Ásgrímsson
Mermaid by Emil Ásgrímsson
Adventure by Emil Ásgrímsson
Sci fi by Emil Ásgrímsson
Film noir by Emil Ásgrímsson
Super2 by Emil Ásgrímsson

Photographs belong to Emil Ásgrímsson

This upcoming artist won the River Island Illustration competition for these work. Last night he opened his first solo exhibition at The Book Club in London.

I´m already looking forward to keep an eye on this one in the future!

Artist: Emil Ásgrímsson

Place: The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, London

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