Being born, raised and still currently residing in California, I can’t say that I’m familiar with the history of The Barbican, the storied area of London, England. To be specific, a barbican is simply a gate or outpost used to defend a city, but THE Barbican has a rich history which is masterfully told through this short video by Persistent Peril.
Working together with The Barbican, PP were able to give the short a video game aesthetic, depicting the history of the Barbican area using color to show the passing of time and the development of man made structures. Honestly, they do such a great job with the pacing, sound effects, and overall look and feel that you become engrossed in the history of the place, even if you know nothing about it.
The rise of ceramics is slowly happening again. Perhaps neglected for a period or marginalized by the crafty/DIY movement of the 90s, ceramics is beginning to be treated as the serious, storied medium it is, and that’s partially impart to folks like Adam Silverman.
Silverman has had a varied life, finding major success as the co-founder of X-Large and X-Girl clothing labels in the 90s, and then in 2008 becoming the LA Studio Director for Heath Ceramics, a 62 year old California maker of dinnerware and tile. These two fields are about as disparate as you can get, but it shows Silverman’s true character, which is that of a creative that can defy limitations.
In September, Skira Rizzoli released a new book which showcases the work of Silverman and his unique take on the medium, simply titled Ceramics.
Adam Silverman is the face of a new generation of artists focused on ceramics and pottery, a medium that has not had major presence in the contemporary art world for many years. Incorporating traditional pottery techniques with his own experimental approach, Silverman creates works that are sensual, gritty, and beautiful. He uses unique glazes to give his pieces abstract lacy or gestural surfaces. Silverman has exhibited extensively and has a large, growing audience in the United States as well as in Japan, where his work is collected by Tadao Ando and Takashi Murakami, among many others. A breathtaking and informative overview of his work, Adam Silverman Ceramics is a landmark volume for all who appreciate ceramics, design, and modern sculpture as well as contemporary art.
As a special treat, I’ve been given a discount code when you order from the Heath Ceramics website which will give you 30% off the book. Not bad right? Simply use the code below and you’re all set.
Busy Beaver, who for the past 17 years have been known as the finest makers of badges, has released their newest 2013 Button-O-Matic Series with a collection that’s full of awesome creatives. This year they have designs from folks like acclaimed designer Milton Glaser (the Moon one) as well as friends of TFIB like Margot Harrington and Dylan Lathrop. You can check out the whole line-up and see lots of photos of the 2013 series by clicking here.
Recently our writer Michael Arnold wrote a wonderful piece about breaking into the creative industry called Making Your Bones. In it he questioned whether or not having a degree is really an effective or necessary way to get into the creative industry. It’s a good question and one that runs through my head frequently. Before working as a freelance designer and illustrator I studied Fine Art and Art History. It’s a time that I look back on with fond memories and a cheery sense of nostalgia. Indeed, I enjoyed my days in college so much that I recently returned to education to pursue a master’s degree in illustration. It is for this reason that I feel I must jump to the defense of education and share some thoughts on why I feel a good creative education makes a difference.
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Brian Donnelly, better known as KAWS, has made tough work out of 2013. From redesigning MTV’s Moonman to exhibits across select American cities, the artist has recently landed in the Big Apple, offering up “Pass the Blame.” I’ve been looking forward to this exhibit for sometime and was thrilled to finally check everything out. I’m now fully behind KAWS’ cause; there’s more going on here than just colorful cartoon references.
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