Monday, March 19, 2012

NOVA - the film

An inspiring documentary film on new art and the young artists behind it. Directed by Isaac Niemand, and produced by ROJO® in collaboration with BossaNovaFilms, it was all filmed on the heat of live action of the first ®Nova Contemporary Culture which happened in July and August 2010, in MIS-Museum of Image and Sound, and SESC Pompeia, in São Paulo, Brazil.

Watch the trailer at
Watch the full film at

Light as a feather

I've been working on this project for the last two months, and I'm happy to say that it is finally done!

The project goal was to illustrate a Language Book, in a language that is not English, therefore I chose Dutch. Furthermore, the success of the book relied on the ability to communicate with images. As I like trying new techniques, I illustrated the images using quilling paper. For my subject, I decided upon birds, as I believe birds are beautiful and majestic creatures, and the quilling technique would have worked perfectly with the lines of the bodies and feathers.

After illustrating all birds, I photographed them from different angles, trying to focus on the shadows and details, and how I could best show the quilling technique in my book.

While working on the project, I came across this poem by Jennifer K. Sweeney, and as soon as I read it I knew I wanted to include it as an intro at the beginning of my book. I just love the feeling and atmosphere the poet tries to create, and in a way I cannot explain, sometimes I feel like I relate to the story...that I feel like a caged bird, longing for freedom...that I feel ghost-scripted, always falling...
Please read it below.

In Flight
by Jennifer K. Sweeney 
The Himalayan legend says
there are beautiful white birds
that live completely in flight.
They are born in the air,

must learn to fly before falling
and die also in their flying.
Maybe you have been born
into such a life

with the bottom dropping out.
Maybe gravity is claiming you
and you feel

For the one who lives inside the fall,
the sky beneath the sky of all.

It was an amazing project overall, learning how to work with the paper, experimenting with photography, working with a foreign language, printing and binding the book by hand...a 2 month process...countless sleepless nights... a lot of stress and tears, but in the end, I can honestly say it was all worth it!


Sometimes the simplest and smallest things can bring a smile on a face. And this card definitely makes me smile.
Another Studio for Design, an independent London based company, redesigned the traditional greeting card, creating PostCarden - a pop up postcard. Playful, curious and interactive, it encourages you to bond, live and grow the greeting on a day by day basis. Over time the card reacts to you and your environment evolving in beauty and charm.
You can choose from city, allotment or botanical!



Visual Graphics Artist Kevin Burg began experimenting with the .gif format in this style in 2009 but it wasn't until he partnered with photographer Jamie Beck to cover NYFW that Cinemagraphs were born. Marrying original content photography with the desire to communicate more to the viewer birthed the cinemagraph process. Starting in-camera, the artists take a traditional photograph and combine a living moment into the image through the isolated animation of multiple frames. To quote supermodel Coco Rocha "it's more than a photo but not quite a video".

A Cinemagraph is an image that contains within itself a living moment that allows a glimpse of time to be experienced and preserved endlessly.

Below you can see some of the cinemagraphs:

I cannot wait until technology will allow us to print something like this.
To read more about the artists and see more of their work, visit

Monday, February 13, 2012

Bent Objects by Terry Border

Terry Border, a photographer and artist from Indianapolis, creates works of art from everyday objects, some wire and a lot of imagination. Bent Objects has become an international phenomenon, featuring on TV shows, newspapers, blogs and major international news sites around the world.

In an interview with OWNI, the artist shared his creative process:
(a) Look at an object.
(b) What does the object remind me of? What kind of character does it have?
(c) Add a bit of wire to bring it to life.
(d) Photograph it in a way that communicates my idea to the viewer.

To read more about the artist and his work, visit his blog.