Cross-stitched Clichés by Lisa Bowen

Embroidered words, cliches, expressions, humor, art, tumblr, stitched wordsEmbroidered words, cliches, expressions, humor, art, tumblr, stitched wordsEmbroidered words, cliches, expressions, humor, art, tumblr, stitched wordsI happened upon Lisa Bowen’s delightful tumblr of embroidered clichés and expressions, which made me chuckle. Originally from England but now living near Sydney, Australia, Bowen (who also goes by the alias Jilly Cooper) a mixed media artist has recently started a crafty, cross-stitch series titled ‘How to String a Sentence Together.’

The work came about after Lisa found a copy of The Penguin Book of Clichés and began thinking how often we use them, despite being told to avoid them. She began to collect these expressions and words, carefully cross-stitching each letter and framing each phrase.

In addition to cross-stitching and proudly using these “hackneyed and trite expressions,” Bowen tweets a cliché a day here, and sells her framed clichés here.

Google Earth Carpets

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These have been out a few months, but somehow I missed them. German designer David Hanauer came out with WorldWide Carpets; using satellite imagery (from Google Earth), he creates carpets that emulate the patterns of classic Persian carpets with contemporary landscapes from a bird’s eye view. From area rugs to wall-t0-wall flooring where the patterns are endlessly repeated.

I’m not sure I’d want one in my home, but it’s a clever concept and I certainly like the way it works at the Sacramento International Airport (bottom photo).

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Cineporto in Lecce: Metamor Architects

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Cineporto in Lecce, Italy is a film center/studio that offers high-definition film screenings, includes production offices and casting studios, and is free to those working on films in the area. Originally an industrial building, Metamor Architects, based in Lecce, were brought in to transform the building and connect the three different areas to meet the requirements of a film facility. Metamor created a main entrance area named Knos to have a welcoming quality and connects to the Cineporto via mod corridors with walls that curve at the floor and ceiling and are beautifully lit. Add to that some fun typography and arrows on the floor, as well as neon signs on the walls, and the industrial melds seamlessly with the contemporary. Nice.

Photos courtesy the architects and g_g75’s flickr.

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Typographic Stamps

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I’ve been collecting typographic stamps online for a couple of months; just filing them whenever I came across one. Unfortunately, I didn’t always make a note of where I found them, so my apologies for not crediting all sources. Some of the sources, however, include:

Jung Min for the stamps at the top of the post, Onur Aydin for the Turkish type animal stamps (third set of photos down), Karen Horton’s flickr, Abduzeedo, Gavin Potenza, and Timbre Serrones. Also, the French Postal Service, Dutch Postal Service and Canadian, though I can’t find the correct links.

Hello Wood Festival 2011: Ebéd

Wood Festival, Budapest, typography, type, lunch, shadowWood Festival, Budapest, typography, type, lunch, shadowWood Festival, Budapest, typography, type, lunch, shadow, sculptureWhat appears to be an abstract wood sculpture made up of a cluster of two-by-fours painted red, is exactly that for 23 hours out of the day. The sculpture, created as part of the Hello Wood Festival in Budapest this past July, was one of the three “typography team” projects (there were architecture teams and film teams too) made by students from Hungarian Universities. Titled Ebéd (‘lunch’ in Hungarian), this structure was designed to form the word ‘ebéd’ in a pixelated font, using the rays of the sun to highlight it in the negative space of the shadow precisely at 1pm: lunchtime! The rest of the day the sculpture showed a random system of shadows. Very clever, I’d say.

The team was led by graphic artist Áron Jancsó, with team members, Krisztina Bogó, Péter Magda, and Gabriella Karácsonyi.

Photos courtesy Hello Wood’s facebook page.

Peter Clark: Found Vintage Paper Collages

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Traffic Cone Art & Design

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In the past month I’ve come across a few works made of traffic cones, so I decided to explore more and see what else is out there. Here are some of my favorites; from installations and sculptures to traffic cone inspired graphic design.

From top to bottom and left to right:
Estudio Teddy Cruz’s installation Cultural Traffic at Fondazione Maxxi (top 2 pics); Dennis Oppenheim’s sculpture Safety ConesRescue Bubble by Tomer Diamant at the Royal Botanical Gardens; Crocodile by Allee Willis; 2005 Burning Man installation; Hedgehog, a temporary performance pavilion to raise money for young homeless made of 300 traffic cones on a steel frame by EFGH (x3 photos); Bottom 6 images are part of the World Summit and Congress of Architecture at the Design Expo in Taipei by Paprika, brochure included.

Nuria Mora: 3D Paper Sculpture Street Art

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Spanish street artist Nuria Mora (previous post) who we know more for her colorful large-scale abstract murals, also creates 3D street art. In the past several months Mora has been taking over public ad spaces (lit marquee-style ad boxes; do those have a name?) and inserting her origami paper sculptures that can be seen from both sides – as well as highlighted by light at night – on main thoroughfares in Madrid. I like everything about these: the idea of replacing ads with art; the origami pieces themselves; the way she blocks out the glass to create a window specific to her piece; and the happy quality of it all.

Though a different anti-ad street art approach, there is some connection to Graffiti Research Lab’s 2007 video screen intervention in NYC. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend you check it out here.

But getting back to Nuria Mora, visit her site for much more of her lovely work.

Photos: Javier Montero; Miriam Moreno, Nuria Mora; and Escrito en la Pared.

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Typography in Providence

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Providence, Rhode Island holds a special place in our hearts being that two out of the three of us are currently living there the majority of the year. Not surprisingly, the importance placed in design on both campuses where Em and Dan attend, is evident from Brown’s new Granoff Arts Center designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, to the RISD Museum of Art designed by Jose Rafael Moneo. What are nice as well, are the little surprise design elements you suddenly come upon on both of these adjacent schools. Typography, one of our favorites for example, is nicely incorporated and used decoratively on both campuses. Strolling around on a recent visit we spotted some of these. I wasn’t able to find information on all of the designs, but have included what I did obtain.

From top to bottom:
Typography carpet in Pembroke Hall, Brown;  Decorative type panels on the sides of the bleacher seating area and behind the librarian desk at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Library, designed by Office dA; Portfolio Café at RISD; Sciences Library floor numbers at Brown, designed by Warner Burns Toan & Lunde Architects.
All photos by Emma/Collabcubed except two grand hall shots of RISD Library courtesy Office dA.

Diane Landry: Knight of Infinite Resignation

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From the artist’s site:
The short-sightedness of human management of natural resources is made pitifully obvious by the work’s evocation of cosmic time, in comparison with which the human lifespan and even the existence of the species seem simply irrelevant. And there is something terrifying about this assemblage, which is so cold and serene, so unperturbed by the viewer’s presence.

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Micheline Branding by Anagrama

interior design, branding, print shop, Mexico, typographyinterior design, branding, print shop, Mexico, typography, packaginginterior design, branding, print shop, Mexico, typographyMexican design firm Anagrama, specializing in identity and brand consulting, rebranded the boutique print shop Micheline, from their logo and packaging to the interior of their shop. In order to express uniqueness, elegance and modernity and keep the flavor of the mid 70s when Micheline was founded, Anagrama played up the 1975 year typographically in the decor as well as through the furniture and lighting selections. The color palette was kept neutral to contrast with the bright colors of the card catalogues and papers. Nicely done!

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Peter Kogler: Spatial Illusion

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Clearly, one doesn’t necessarily need Upside Down Goggles or a Psycho Tank à la Carsten Höller to experience a trippy effect through art. Austrian artist Peter Kogler has been playing with spatial illusion since the 1980s.

Interested in film architecture and influenced by movies from the 1920s such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Metropolis where the architecture plays a central role generating emotion from the viewer, Kogler began working with the “illusionism of space”. Initially working with small models made from cardboard, his work evolved into projections of large-scale graphic images onto walls, trying to absorb or change the actual architecture.

Personally, the rats are a tad too freaky, but the rest of it really appeals to me.

Below is a short video of one of Peter Kogler’s video installations in action.

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The Tidy Street Project

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I went to see the new documentary Urbanized—the third film in Gary Hustwit’s trilogy starting with Helvetica and followed by Objectified—which looks at city planning issues and stresses the importance of intelligent urban design for the immediate future when 75% of the population is estimated to inhabit cities by 2050. It’s a great film and I highly recommend it. There’s a lot more that could be said about the film, but instead I wanted to share a project that was featured and relates more to art, design, and typography: The Tidy Street Project.

During March and April 2011, participating households on Tidy Street, in Brighton, UK, recorded their electricity consumption. Each day the participants’ electricity usage over the previous 24 hours was marked; and each week participants could choose to add another comparison line that showed how their electricity consumption compared to another region in the UK or even a different country. The residents, in collaboration with the local graffiti artist Snub, produced an engaging street infographic that stimulated the street and passersby to reflect on their electricity use. In Urbanized, several of the participants are interviewed as well as the project creator, Jon Bird from Open University. It was interesting to see the enthusiasm in the project and how the tenants were made aware of which appliances used the most electricity as well as a general awareness on how to lower their consumption, resulting in a 15% usage reduction.

Definitely a fun way to get people involved and interested.

The Tidy Street Project is part of CHANGE, an EPSRC funded research collaboration between The Open University, Goldsmiths, Sussex University and Nottingham University.

Photos courtesy of The Tidy Street Project, Sare, thelastretort’s flickr, Kevan’s flickr, and boxman’s flickr.

IXXI: Photo Walls

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Roel Vaessen, ixxi is a modular wall-hanging system made up of square photo cards connected by plastic x’s and i’s. It allows you to make your own photo enlargements, photo collages, pixelated images, or any other creative ideas you can come up with. Oh, the possibilities!

See more on the ixxi site.

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J. Mayer H.: Rapport

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The German architectural firm J. MAYER H., founded by Juergen Mayer H., has designed an installation for the Berlinische Galerie titled Rapport: Experiments with Spatial Structure. Data security patterns have been printed in an unimaginably large point size on carpeting which adorns both the floor and walls of the museum’s 10-meter high entrance hall. The large, somewhat abstract shapes created by the oversized numbers, results in a flickering impression and transforms the rigid white cube into a playful scenario negating its strict geometry.

The word “Rapport” has multiple interpretations and is meant to be ambiguous.

From the architects:
As a specialist German-language term from textile manufacturing, it refers to the serial pattern of the installation. On the other hand, in the military field the term “Rapport” means a “dispatch”, while in psychology it describes a human relationship in which those involved convey something to the others. In this sense it also refers to the starting material of the installation: data security patterns, which are used, for example, on the inside of envelopes. In this case, they stand for confidential communication between two parties.

The installation will be up through April 9, 2012 at the Berlinische Galerie, in Berlin, of course.

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Alfabeto Graffiti: Graffiti Alphabet

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Attention type lovers and street art aficionados: this may be just the book for you. Claudia Walde, author of Alfabeto Graffiti, spent over two years collecting alphabets by 154 street artists from 30 countries. The brief given to each artist was to “design all 26 letters of the Latin alphabet within the limits of a single page of the book.” The result: Alfabeto Graffiti.

Though I haven’t seen the actual book, the spreads on the publisher’s page look like the perfect combination of street art photos and fun (complementing) typography.

via Editoral Gustavo Gil and available here. 319 pages with text in Spanish.

Scott Campbell: Cut Currency

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Originally from New Orleans, but now living and working in New York, Scott Campbell studies and chronicles working-class iconography commonly found in tattoo culture. His work highlights the irony within much of that imagery.

In Campbell’s cut currency works, he sources uncut sheets of dollars directly from the U.S. Mint and creates intricate sculpture-like pieces with a sunken relief effect by laser cutting the stacks of bills.

You can see more of Scott Campbell’s work on his site as well as schedule an appointment for a tattoo.

Thanks Rachael!

More Espluga + Associates: Clonography

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Also from Espluga + Associates, the Barcelona based graphic design and communications firm (see previous post), an experimental side project that started by chance while doing research for a client: Clonography.

From their site:
Clonography is, at least for us, something beautiful, aesthetically and complex looking but simple at the same time. This duality between complexity and simplicity, between reality and fiction, is what makes it appealing. Clonography is somewhere between photography,  graphic design, architecture and the  cognitive perception theories. Clonography make us react in front of a strange object  despite being familiar at the same time. It contains known shapes and objects disposed in a different way. The virtual image that we are looking at is made of real parts. And is this moment of doubt what attract us.

Many more images have been developed since that first accidental one, resulting in a compilation of images using photographs from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Benidorm, Buenos Aires, Helsinki, Honningsvag, London, Moscow and Tallinn.

A new website is in the works and coming soon.

All images courtesy of Espluga + Associates.