I’ve been a fan of the work of Irish illustrator Laura Callaghan for a really long time now. I first saw her work at her degree show in Dublin many moons ago and since then she’s moved to London, completed an MA and worked on a number of fantastic commissions. Watching her work grow and develop over the years has been a wonderful experience and it has been terrific to watch her talent just get better-and-better!
The images above come from an ongoing self-directed series which she has been creating called ‘Fashion Story’. Inspired by different trends and styles, Laura has been creating great vignettes that explore the different looks and moods of the fashion world. I particularly love how she manages to balance her simple lines with lush detail and rich colors. It’s beautiful stuff! You can see more of her illustrations online here.
I spent my childhood holidaying in Ireland. Back then I spent many a summer’s day along the Atlantic coast and frequently I’d take day-trips to Achill Island – Ireland’s largest island. Jutting out into the ocean, Achill is a place that is as unforgiving as it is beautiful. It’s an island with spectacular cliffs and stunning mountains; a raw landscape which is truly rich in natural beauty.
I wasn’t the only one to holiday in Achill. Irish photographer Linda Brownlee has been coming to the island every August for the last 16 years. Captivated by the textures of the land and the harsh beauty of its weather, she decided to create a series of photographs that explore this unique place. Over a period of two years she worked with local teenagers and pieced together a large collection of images which show the island’s residents in some of their favourite spots. The series creates a beautiful insight into the people and places that make up this small community and the collected images join together to create a wonderful portrait of the island.
Published as a book in late 2010, Achill is a stunning collection of photographs, of which a limited-edition copy of the publication can be purchased through Brownlee’s website here. You can also view a complete gallery of the series online here.
Chicago-based artist Jeremy Tinder creates wonderfully quirky and colorful paintings. His style is playfully cartoonish and it’s no surprise to find that he also makes comics and sculptures. Since 2007 he’s been sharing his paintings and drawings online and it’s great to visit his website and see how his work has progressed and developed over the years.
All of the paintings above were made this year and I love the simple shapes and fun characters that he creates. He’s also been making wooden sculptures of these characters and I guess it’s pretty easy to imagine what they look like simply by seeing his paintings! Make sure to check out more of Jeremy’s work by visiting his website and taking a look at the paintings, drawings and comics he’s made!
Last month the Dutch producer David Douglas put out his debut EP Royal Horticultural Society. Described as “electronic music for the mind”, Douglas has created an impressive collection of tracks that really grab your attention and bring you somewhere new and exciting.
California Poppy is the first track from that EP. Filled with beautifully simple synths and a subtly funky bass, it’s a track which is filled with atmosphere and a truly invigorating beat. Douglas is also a talented director too and he put together the video for the track (above). Filmed in California’s Yosemite National Park and Death Valley, it’s a wonderful slice of psychedelia and the perfect accompaniment to the track.
California Poppy is currently available for free download on Soundcloud here.
I’ve loved the work of Irish illustrator Fuchsia Macaree for quite sometime. Her editorial illustrations for the Dublin magazine Totally Dublin have always been a particular favorite of mine and earlier in the month she released a fantastic series of illustrations based on untranslatable words.
It seems that every language has a few examples of these. They are the types of words that don’t necessarily translate directly into English or perhaps require a degree of cultural understanding to truly get their meaning. For example, in Ireland we have ‘craic’ – a word that means a sense of fun and amusement; normally based around good company and entertaining conversation. In Germany they have a word for buildings that are constructed with he sole purpose of inconveniencing a neighbour (neidbau). In Japan they use the word ‘age-tori’ for when someone looks worse after a hair cut. It’s fascinating stuff and Fuchsia’s series sets about bringing all these great words to life.
From A-Z she has created 26 illustrations which explore these fantastic foreign words. Each one rendered with beautiful colors, and fun and playful imagery. My favorite? The German word ‘backpfeifengesicht’. Simply meaning ‘a face in need of a slap’. Now, why don’t we have a word for that in English!?
View the complete collection of Fuchsia’s untranslatable words online here or buy a print of the alphabet online here.