Archive for July, 2010

Take these chains from these shoes and set me free

Posted in DESIGN, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , on July 17, 2010 by echostains

 

Did you know that there are actually shoe competitions?  I didn’t.   The Shoemania Design winner of 2009 was Tove Jansson and Per Emanuelsson for their Chain shoe design.  They make a man’s version of this shoe with the chains wrapped around loafers.

chain shoes for men

The Swedish design students came up with the opposing concepts of floating and of being chained down.  I quite enjoy looking at them, but I don’t think I would enjoy wearing them.  I wonder how heavy these shoes are to wear though?

Chain shoes pictures from here and here and here

and Men are from where was that again?

Posted in ART VIDEOS, POETRY on July 16, 2010 by echostains

 

I’m in the mood for a bit of poetry again and nothing else will suffice but another helping of John Cooper Clarke, the Salford Bard.  Everyone’s heard of the book Men are from Mars Women are from Venus, but Cooper Clarke would have us believe that he  married a monster from out of space – with hilarious results:)  For those who can’t get their heads round the dulcet accent of Cooper Clarke – here are the words.  He’s a very clever poet as you will see!

The milky way she walks around
All feet firmly off the ground
Two worlds collide, two worlds collide
Here comes the future bride
Gimme a lift to the lunar base
I wanna marry a monster from outer space

I fell in love with an alien being
Whose skin was jelly – whose teeth were green
She had the big bug eyes and the death-ray glare
Feet like water wings – purple hair
I was over the moon – I asked her back to my place
Then I married the monster – from outer space

The days were numbered – the nights were spent
In a rent free furnished oxygen tent
When a cyborg chef served up moon beams
Done super rapid on a laser beam
I needed nutrition to keep up the pace
When I married the monster from outer space

We walked out – tentacle in hand
You could sense that the earthlings would not understand
They’d go.. nudge nudge …when we got off the bus
Saying it’s extra-terrestial – not like us
And it’s bad enough with another race
But fuck me… a monster …from outer space

In a cybernetic fit of rage
She pissed off to another age
She lives in 1999
With her new boyfriend – a blob of slime
Each time I see her translucent face
I remember the monster from outer space

  

The milky way she walks around
All feet firmly off the ground
Two worlds collide, two worlds collide
Here comes the future bride
Gimme a lift to the lunar base
I wanna marry a monster from outer space

I fell in love with an alien being
Whose skin was jelly – whose teeth were green
She had the big bug eyes and the death-ray glare
Feet like water wings – purple hair
I was over the moon – I asked her back to my place
Then I married the monster – from outer space

The days were numbered – the nights were spent
In a rent free furnished oxygen tent
When a cyborg chef served up moon beams
Done super rapid on a laser beam
I needed nutrition to keep up the pace
When I married the monster from outer space

We walked out – tentacle in hand
You could sense that the earthlings would not understand
They’d go.. nudge nudge …when we got off the bus
Saying it’s extra-terrestial – not like us
And it’s bad enough with another race
But fuck me… a monster …from outer space

In a cybernetic fit of rage
She pissed off to another age
She lives in 1999
With her new boyfriend – a blob of slime
Each time I see her translucent face
I remember the monster from outer space

 poem from here with thanks  and video from rickotubeuk thanks!

More poems and fun from Cooper Clarke’s website here

Weird and Wacky design – Paper apartments? now with pictures

Posted in ART, DESIGN, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , , on July 15, 2010 by echostains

People are always wallpapering their apartments, there’s nothing unusual about that.  Artist Don Lucho however has gone one step further, he has actually made a whole apartment out of paper and cardboard! 

 He has even made a paper car to park outside his paper building.

Don Lucho paper car

 

a paper loo how does this work?

 

The paper and cardboard are all recycled of course.  I am astounded at how creative this artist has been with these materials!   There are some wonderful pictures, like the inside of the bedroom, complete with trainers on the floor. 

inside the bedroom

 Such fun and so innovative and inventive – I bet the artist had great fun planning it out and making it:) 

I am reminded of a story I once read as a child.  It was about a little girl who was sick and had to spend a lot of time in bed.  Everything she drew became real.  I can’t remember what it was called or be positive the dreamer was a girl.  Does anyone remember this tale?

Not for smokers of course

Lots more pics to enjoy from Don Lucho’s photo stream  here

PS   Apologies to those who saw this post WITHOUT images!  I wrote the post, scheduled it, meaning to insert the images…. have only just looked at it sorry:)

Poetry Slamming

Posted in POETRY with tags , on July 14, 2010 by echostains

I came across ‘Slam’ poetry the other day and was curious about the word ‘Slam’ and how it related to poetry.  According to Wiki, a poetry Slam is a competition where people recite their own work and are judged by a set of chosen judges.  The work is usually political and topical and quite fast.  Taylor Phillips gives a passionate and furious delivery about poetry and the use of words.  Poets are judged not only on their poem but also on the delivery of that poetry and the passionate delivery.  Her poetry and pace took my breath away – I hope you enjoy this as much as me:)

passionate and a fast and furious delivery Taylor Phillips

Poetry Slam definition here

and for those who wish to write it – here’s some instructions

video from bootswithdafur

Happy Birthday Gustave Klimt!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , , on July 13, 2010 by echostains

Danae 1907 Klimt

Today is the birthday of the Austrian Symbolist artist Gustave Klimt (b. 1862 – 1918).  Klimt was one of the main members of the Secession movement. 

Hygeia Klimt

 

 He studied in the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts until 1883 and then studied architectural painting and began his career painting Friezes and ceilings in  public buildings in Vienna.

The Kiss Klimt

He received the Golden Order of Merit from Emperor Franz Josef 1 Austria 1888.  His main subject was the female body and he is very famous for his sumptuous use of gold leaf in his work (which is known as  his Golden period).  He was very much influenced by the mosaics he saw on his travels to Italy, and also fashion, which I think shows in his work.  A wonderful account of this interesting artist’s life story can be read here.  For an interpretation of his most famous work ‘The Kiss’ and more details about Klimt, read my post ‘Behind the Paint by Gustave Klimt’

The Kiss image from here and Danae here

Family authorised website here

Dust to art

Posted in ART, ART DISCOVERED AND UNCOVERED, ART VIDEOS with tags , , , on July 12, 2010 by echostains

Texan artist Scott Wade saves on water by not cleaning his car and turning the result into art.  He makes images in the dust by using brushes, and rubber paint shapers rather like charcoal.  Instead of adding paint he scrapes back the dust to reveal his art.  He travels with his drawings, his car is his  a mobile gallery.  He does fine art – but he is not precious about  it.  His work is washed away by the rain, but he is quite philosophical,  comparing the process to life itself  which is ever-changing.  His work is one moment in time – here today and gone tomorrow, like us all.

video from Car Art

Velazquez recovered?

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY with tags , , , on July 11, 2010 by echostains

The Education of the Virgin attributed to Diego Velazquez Yale University

Amongst the dusty works put into museum storage, an early work by Diego Velaquez may have emerged.  In the basement of Yale University a painting thought to be an early work  – an altar piece according to  John Marciari  who is the curator of Modern Art at the San Diego of Art.  The piece was found in storage in 2004 and in pretty bad condition when found, but Velaquez enthusiasts are very excited about the find which is thought to be ‘The Education of the Virgin’ painted c. 1617.

velazquez old woman frying eggs 1618

Originally given in 1920 to the University by Henry Hotchkiss Townshend and his brother Raynam, it was thought to be by an unknown Spanish painter from the 17th century.  It will be quite exciting to find  that this is indeed by Velazquez.  I wonder how many other dusty masterpieces lie dormant under art galleries and universities:)  Read the full story here and the painting from here

velazquez Adoration of the Magi 1619

No expert myself, I think I see a similarities between these paintings all painted within a year of each other.  What do you think?

All Fired up

Posted in DESIGN, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER with tags , , on July 10, 2010 by echostains

Fired Earth - the window to watch

Anyone who has followed my blog will know that I love unusual shop window displays and feature them from time to time.  This one really caught my eye, and I just had to get a few pictures of it.  The shop I refer to is Fired Earth which makes all kinds of wall and floor tiles and paint.  This shop is on John Dalton Street, Manchester.

This still life, shows off a range of paint colours by applying them to an actual painting.  I think it most charming!  Not realistically painted of course (this would defeat the object – it’s a real painting not a photograph) but the composition of easel paint and geraniums bring a breath of Summer to this window display right in the middle of the city centre.

shall I compare thee to a Summers day?

I especially like the way the paintbrush is still stained with paint. 

 Fired Earth make beautiful products which are both stylish and very Arts and Crafts which are timeless yet contemporary.  I think that the window display really shows this and would entice anyone to come inside and look around (which we did).