British illustrator James Ward utilises his interest in natural history and narrative as a starting point for creating his artworks that often involve anthromorphising animal subjects. Transposing his illustrations onto a variety of different surfaces – including ceramics and paper – Ward has certainly tapped into a hidden animal subjectivity. My favourite works are his hand drawn side plates in which he employs his detailed and life-life illustration style to draw attention to the plight of wolves who just want a wee peck at a biscuit, cake-loving reindeer and sandwich-obsessed bears and mice. So next time you’re having a picnic in the woods spare a thought for the woodlands creatures hankering for a hit of sugar. When they come running up to you, foaming at the mouth with a crazed look in their eyes, just remember: they’re not after you – just what’s in your picnic basket.
A selection of Ward’s prints and crockery are available for purchase through his online shop.
As soon as I saw Moe Furuya’s Hand Fork and Hand Spoon I giggled to myself because of what a clever and well done idea they are. My guess is that these would be marketed to children, but screw them, my 28 year old self wants these badly. I really like that there was no usability sacrificed in order to make them more hand like. I’m also glad that there are four tines on the fork, having any less is just wrong.
You can see more images and get more information (y’know, if you speak Japanese) by clicking here.
When it comes to deciding what to prepare for dinner in my house, a typical pre-supper conversation loosely follows the theme of this gem of a site. In this sense, there is often a fair amount of indecision and foul language. In a perfect world making dinner would take the lead from What Katie Ate – a blog that is equally concerned with tantalising the taste buds and presenting food that is a feast for the eyes.
Created by food stylist and photographer Katie Quinn Davies, What Katie Ate features posts on gourmet food produce and packaging, restaurants, food photography and other foodie-related news; however, it is Davies’ own photography and recipes that really get me excited. Sure, food blogs are a dime a dozen, but I love how Davies’ blog focuses on dishes that are simple, delicious and, most importantly, achievable with the ingredients found in the majority of kitchen pantries. With a stylishly rustic photography aesthetic and refreshingly unpretentious prose, What Katie Ate is really code for What Danica Wants to Eat. Please excuse me while I tend to my food cravings.
The Scout is beginning to really piss me off. First they do two amazing videos, one with leather goods makers Billykirk and another with interior design impresarios Roman & William, and now they’re at it again with a feature on the Mast brothers and their craft chocolate enterprise.
The Mast Brothers have been making quite the rounds lately, you might remember the video I posted about them a bit ago that Cool Hunting did. The Scout video above differs from their approach, which focused more in the production side of things. In this video you get to hear more about their inspirations as well as their love of craft and sail boats.
The whole thing is amazingly shot as well. I was watching it on my iPad (yep, you read that right) and it’s comparable to food porn in some spots. An inspiring way to start your day.
Imagine a cooking show that features beautiful cinematography, delicious recipes, beautiful old French music and none of the bloated egos that currently lurk on the Food Network. That’s the idea behind William Hereford’s newest video project Cooking Dinner Vol. 1. Hereford, along with Ithai Schori, prepare a simple, easy to make feast that has made my mouth water like you wouldn’t believe. But the visual nerd in me is drooling as well because the whole thing is shot like it’s something out of Gourmet Magazine. In his email to me Mr. Hereford described the videos as, “a motion-piece which combines typeface typical to magazines with video shot & edited to feel like a still photograph.”
In the future he’d love to create a series of these which you could view on say an iPad, swiping back and forth between scenes like flipping through the pages of a recipe book. Dear fancy magazine people, do yourself a favor and hire this guy, your cool factor will jump.
P.S. I was so inspired by this that I’m buying a duck breast to make this weekend and will be following this recipe. I’ll be posting photos so you can see how it turns out.