I got an email this morning from the insanely talented duo of Supakitch and Koralie letting me know they made a new video for the markers brand POSCA, which showcases their talents. I’ve featured their work before, as they worked on a humongous mural together. This time around you get to hear about their influences and see a bit of their creative process, which you know I love to see. It’s totally fascinating to see how Koralie lays out all her work in illustrator and then prints it all out and eventually pastes it up in an abandoned area of New York. Supakitch has some crazy skills with a brush, creating some of the most intricate work I’ve seen in while.
It’s also worth mentioning that the video was made by Elroy, who filmed their previous video, so you know it’s going to be good.
I came across this great video on Dwell’s website about architect Bart Prince. Bart worked under Bruce Goff before setting up his own practice in New Mexico. In this brief video, Bart talks about growing up in Albuquerque and hating all the fake adobe there; he explains his persistent interest in models and highlights one of his recent projects, the Snake House. As you can see in the photo above (by Robert Reck) the Snake House is a series of rooms connected by a twisting circulation spine. Fun fact: Architects design less than 30 percent of the new homes built in the United States each year, and even in the realm of unique homes, Prince’s designs are unique.
So along with watching people work I love to see inside people’s workspaces, seeing where they work and make amazing things. Cambio Goes Home did a feature on artist/photographer/skateboarder Ed Templeton and his home in Huntington Beach. It’s funny to me how he’s both kind of horrified by the suburbs but enthralled with them. It fuels his work and helps him to create.
As for Ed’s home it’s a suburban house in a suburban neighborhood, something I’m very familiar with since I grew up in something identical. He uses his garage as his primary painting area and he also has a pretty large looking dark room for developing his photos. Once he goes inside it’s crazy to see all the art he has on his walls, a lot of the biggest artists of the last 20 years. I wonder if he’d let me come over and hang out?
I’m a huge fan of process videos like the one above, featuring printmaker Bill Fick creating a linocut. For those not familiar, a linocut is “a design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed.” This sounds easier than it really is. I tried to make one of these when I was in high school and nearly sliced off my fingers with that little knife tool. Bill makes it look so easy in this video, it’s kind of absurd.
I don’t know what it is about these videos that I like so much. It’s the little things like listening to his pencil or his brush on the paper, or the sounds of the tiny pieces of linoleum being carved away. It’s also inspiring to watch someone so talented do something so technical with seemingly little effort. I promise that the seven and half minutes you spend watching this are worth every second.
I can’t say that I have ever found taxidermy terribly fashionable. The process is fascinatingly odd, but the end result is not necessarily something I would want lurking around the empty corners of your home. Trust Opening Ceremony to change my mind; their collaboration with legendary Parisian taxidermy boutique Deyrolle breathes life into the somewhat antiquated craft with their new collection. Bastien Lattanzio’s accompanying short film brilliantly showcases the clothes in the rustic setting of the shop, thereby juxtaposing the natural and botanical prints with the creatures that inspired them.
Featuring foxes, cats and beetles, the designs make up a small menagerie transposed to shirts, skirts and dresses. Now that is the kind of taxidermy I can live with.