Another week of pinspiration .
Great desk idea.
Handmade clay & glaze herb markers.
By Helen Dardik
Colourful patchwork blanket
By Sylvain Merot.
By Oriol Angrill Jordà.
Tea for one table by hellodesignk
Product styling by Aliki & Ania
Illustrated by “golly bard”
Yesterday I went to the “concert” of The Knife in Amsterdam. The band did achieve their goal “Shaking the habitual” because today the internet is exploding with comments about the concert, both positive and negative reviews on different websites and lots of discussions about what a concert should be or should not be.
We arrived at the Paradiso quite early. After two hours of listening to a Kylie Minogue remix that was on repeat(The DJ forgot to bring more music?) the support act started. At first we couldn’t really hear where the voices were coming from because there was nobody on the stage.. But it seemed that they put up a small stage on the other side of the hall. The support act was called ‘deep aerobics’ and that was actually what it was: Aerobics on electronic music to loosen up the crowd. After that there was another five minutes of Kylie Minogue (can’t ever listen to that song anymore..) and then The Knife started. Seven or eight different persons (among them Karin & Olof Dreijer, the key-members of the band) in weird glittery suites started playing on self-made instruments. I especially liked the huge wooden box with one string on it, which produced a low bass drone sound that made everything vibrate. But then everything started to get a bit different and weird. The seven people on stage started to perform a dance act which was really cool but at the same time a bit confusing because the music didn’t stop playing but there was nobody at the instruments any more. Was it al fake? During the rest of the show they only used the instruments and microphones ones or twice.
The show went from a regular concert to an artistic dance performance including a great light-show. At that part some people walked away from the concert, they came here for a live performance, not a playbackshow. But what will you expect from The Knife? They always have been different than other electronic bands. Their music is different, they have a very strong opinion about political stuff and feminism and they don’t like to do concerts (before this tour they hadn’t played live for six years). I thought it actually really fitted The Knife and I really liked it. I’m a big fan of bands that try something new and combine different artistic disciplines (like iamamiwhoami) and this was really a different approach to a ‘concert’.
I liked it. I thought it was a fresh approach and it didn’t get boring at any time. The weird instruments, dances, glitter, weird screen with a person projected on it and the amazing lights really drew the audience attention. I was standing almost at the front and from that point of view it became more of an experience than a concert. The coloured lights that were surrounding us, the dancers on the stage send out energy, the crowd that was dancing along.. It all became a whole, we were part of the weird performance of The Knife.
If you’re interested to know more about The Knife, Shaking the Habitual and the show, read this interview on 3voor12. .
I made some photos with my phone:
Magpie is a design studio which focusses mostly on housewares and notebooks. Nature is one of their most important inspirations which is not only visable in their productdesign, but also in their methods of manufacturing. Their notebooks are made of recycled paper, the porcelain they are using is animal friendly, and also their packages are made of environmentally friendly materials. They also donate part of their sales to a Cat charity.
Magpie works on a different theme for every collection they make. Most of these collections are inspired by nature like the collection ‘birdy’ or my personal favourite ‘wildlife’. They also have some collections that are more influenced by geometrical shapes like the collections ‘backgammon’ and ‘spiral’.
Another week of inspiration found on pinterest.
Inspiration for the sustainability project I’m working on
A pop of color. I painted my old cupboard white and bright yellow (almost the same yellow as in this picture).
Spring is finally here
Hobbiton. I would love to visit this place.
Scandinavian folk art
Coloured chairs. Cool idea.
Petit penguin mug. How cute.
Arthur Tress make still life photos which are not as normal as most still life photos are. He doesn’t just arrange the objects in a nice way but makes them come to life as they were part of a play. During the making of his series ‘Fish Tank Sonata’ Arthur Tress was staying in a small cottage filled with collectibles and vintage items from the forties and fifties. These items fascinated Arthur and I wanted to make some still life photos with them. He wanted to use some sort of container as a setting for the items but he couldn’t find one. He went to some antique shops and eventually found a fish tank that belonges to the mother of the owner of one of the shops. This is how the series Fish Tank Sonata started. He published these photos in a book together with poems to accompany the images.
Besides ‘Fish Tank Sonata’ Arthur Tress has some other interesting still life projects like ‘Tea Pot Opera’ and ‘Hospital Constructions’. Have a look on his website.
Fish Tank Sonata:
Tea Pot Opera:
Last week I focussed more on finding artistic inspiration on pinterest
Water color painting by oladesign
Aerial shots by Totaviva
Long Exposure Tree Photography by Pierre Pellegrini
Lemur by Yago Partal for Zoo portraits
Spring by Hilde Groven
Andy Prokh made wonderful portraits of his daughter Catherine and their British shorthaired cat, Lilu.
Smeared Sky Photography by Matt Molloy