When it comes to high fashion there are few people as cutting edge, or weird, as Gareth Pugh. The man basically makes clothes for when we’re living in Buckminster Fuller inspired pods on the surface of Mars, and his Spring/Summer 2011 collection is no exception. The video above was created to give a look at his new collection, which visually lands between the imagination of Chris Cunningham and Mark Romanek’s video for Michael and Janet Jackson’s Scream. It’s flashy, it’s edgy and it’s intense, but that’s sort of the fun of it. My favorite part is at the 9 minute mark, so if you can’t make it that far be sure to fast forward and see what I’m talking about.
The folks over at Imaginary Forces have put together this great retrospective video of Paul Rand’s work because of his induction into The One Club Hall of Fame which showcases some of his best work from across the years. It also uses a bit of an interview he did a while bac,k and for me, listening to him speak is so damn inspiring. I promise you, this will be the most inspiring 4 minutes of your day.
I’m not entirely familiar with the work of Rachel Whiteread but after watching this video created by the Tate (yes, the museum) I’m becoming quite a fan. Born in 1963 she was the first woman to win the Turner prize and is known for her sculptures, installations and drawings. Her most famous piece (and my favorite part of the video above) is a piece called House, which was a concrete cast of a Victorian house and the reason for winning her the Turner prize. Basically she filled an entire house with concrete and then removed the outer shell of the house, leaving a ghostly hollow remaining on the grounds.
I guess she recently had a show at the Hammer Museum here in Los Angeles, I’m bummed that I didn’t get to see it. If any of this sounds interesting you should definitely watch the video.
I’m not exactly sure what goes on durring a flash conference, but the title sequence for this year’s Flash on the Beach (FOTB) is attractive enough to stand on its own. The sequence is the work of Nando Costa, a Brazillian-born Graphic Artist living and working in Portland. But what do magnets have to do with a flash conference? Costa explains: “The choice of materials was driven by the desire to graphically represent the concepts of attraction and repulsion. The idea that graphic artists of all sorts attend events such as FOTB because they are inspired and therefore attracted to each other’s work, while at the same time often competing in the same fields as peers and therefore representing repulsion.”
This weekend I came across a couple of videos that seemed to have a common bond, that of masters and their crafts. It’s been said that it takes 10 years to master something, be it a language, Photoshop or something random like juggling. The guys above in these videos, Chad Robertson and Peter Welfare, excel in their fields because they’re passionate about what they do.
Mr. Robertson co-owns Tartine, a bakery in San Francisco where he hand makes the bread every day, in fact, the restaurant is now famous because of it. Mr. Welfare on the other hand is the president and head inkmaker at The Printing Ink Company. These are pretty much on opposite ends of the spectrum yet their both still masters of what they do. They take extreme care in their methods and their craft is more akin to art than labor.
If you have the time watch both of these videos and soak in some inspiration.