Monday, March 28, 2011

More Street Art - "Street Fonts" by Claudia Walde

Do you know what I've been loving for quite some time now?  Text as artwork.  There's been lots of it in the interior design world - a huge interest in decoration containing fonts, alphabets and writing. I've even considered printing out and and framing my very first post ...I can't help but smile when I see it and I have the perfect spot!

So if interiors arn't your thing and you havn't a clue what I'm going on about, here's some examples of what's been happening in interior decor for the last couple of years:

Bus rolls:
Image via Desire to Inspire

The iconic "Keep Calm and Carry On":

Image via Manalo For The Home

Appropiate words in appropriate places:

Image via Manalo For The Home

 Favourite song lyrics:
Image via theloveshop on Etsy
Image via theloveshop on Etsy

Letters and initials:

Image via Design Sponge
And of course, alphabet posters.  Even Ikea has one:

Image via Ikea

Wow! Lots of inspiration there, right?

Well, you probably have already guessed that I'm quite attracted to graffiti art and for those of you familiar with graffiti and street art, you will know it can take many forms, though the origins of graffiti have always been centred around letters and writing. Just see my last post. (And if you're not familiar, you are now living evidence of the phrase "You learn something every day"  Hooray, you!)  

I have been thinking recently about making some artworks for my home combining all these things and so, to invite some major inspiration, have been waiting with absolute bated breath for this to arrive on my doorstep:

And it's finally here!   It's "Street Fonts" by Claudia Walde and boy, oh, boy, it was just as good as I thought it was going to be.

One hundred and fifty-four very creative artists - all with roots in graffiti culture - were given the same brief, according to the foreward;

"... to design all twenty six letters of the Latin alphabet.  How they approached this task and selected the media with which to express their ideas was entirely up to them."

And they are pretty amazing!!
Here's a sneak peek at some of the images.  Some of the styles are very traditional old school graffiti-esque:

by Atom One from Dortmund, Germany

by Bonza from Strasbourg, France
by Jorz from Melbourne, Australia
While some are more design, font and typography oriented.  I think this would make a pretty cool framed print:

by Aske from Moscow, Russia  

These next two take the cake for cuteness:

by iLK from Paris, France

by Popil from Shanghai, China

 And I simply cannot stop looking at these ones for their cool black and white graphic complexity:

by Casper from Osaka, Japan

by L'Atlas from Paris, France
by Xpome from Sofia, Bulgaria

Then there are the ones that are fabulously ace works of art in their own right.  Paism used 246 nails and yarn to create this alphabet:

by Paism from Gryfice, Poland

And Ripo, originally from New York City but now living in Spain, used white enamel paint on mirrors to create his alphabet.  He then put up the mirrors on the streets of Barcelona and took pictures of the reflections.

by Ripo from New York City, USA
He explains the concept thus: "Graffiti usually fills in the "negative" or forgotton spaces of cities - ignored parts of signs, doors, walls...I played off this concept by painting in the negative spaces of the letters and letting the city fill in the rest."

Detail from alphabet by Ripo

WOW, right?  Very clever and really unexpected, don't you think?

So which is your favourite?  Does this make you see graffiti and street art in a different light?  Do you have letters or writing or alphabet prints adorning the walls your home?  I'd love to hear about it if you do.

Now I'm off to browse through my new book really carefully and soak up all that lettery goodness!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Street Art Rocks

Supakitch and Koralie

Found via Angie May Handmade

Aakash Nihalani

Found via  Happy Mundane

And some of my old faves...

Joshua Allen Harris

Ford Ka advertising campaign from a couple of years ago

Friday, March 18, 2011


I have finally finished the blue ripple baby blanket which I began making last year...and which completely stalled when I discovered I'd made it waaaaaaaaaay too big (single bed size!!!) and so I had to start a whole new blanket three weeks ago when I actually realised the mama of said baby was in her final two weeks! (Where the heck did that time go?) Lucky for me she went over by a week.

The final blanket measures  75cm x 105cm and the pattern came from Attic 24 .  I just love those ripples and how easily the whole thing came together.

Once bub was born and named I hand stitched a name tag into place on the underside corner.  Baby Felix came out a whopping 12 pounder.  Perhaps the single bed size was appropriate after all?  Or perhaps I should have crocheted his mama a trophy!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Flowers On My Table

I went browsing the nearest antique centre a few weeks ago looking for old jars which I might use as vases.  The cheapest were $15...waaaay too expensive.  Then I wandered down the road to check out the local oppie...and found three old Fowler's No.27 canning jars for the grand price of $1 each.  They are an absolute perfect size for filling with blowsy blooms.

Thankyou, thrifting gods.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Little Umbrellas

Cocktail umbrellas are so sweet!  I don't remember where I saw the idea for this little umbrella mobile but I've been wanting to do it for ages and I've also been waiting for a sunny day to take a photograph so the colours pop...but days like that seem to be few and far between lately and I honestly couldn't wait any longer!  Oh well, rainy days and umbrellas - that does go together and you'll still get the idea whether my colours pop or not.

I used embroidery thread in a colour that matched my craft room colour scheme but a really thin fishing line would look fantastic too and make the umbrellas "float".  (I didn't have any, hence the thread).  All you have to do is put in a knot and tiny dob of glue on the knot before you thread each umbrella on - use a very fine needle to make a hole in the paper part of the umbrellas - if your hole is too big the knot will slide through.

My umbrellas only took me about ten minutes to put together and it does look pretty hanging in my craft room window.  Of course, Miss Six is very enamoured with it and has requested a mobile of her own for her bedroom window.  Off to thread more umbrellas!