Monthly Archives: July 2011

Series 19 Copper Bowl by Omer Arbel of Bocci

 

I am really interested in the Canadian company Bocci and its creative director Omer Arbel. For a start, I love their notion on sustainability “We believe that an object contributes in the most meaningful way to the sustainability discussion if it is, quite simply, never thrown away”.

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And they put their money where their mouth is. They have just launched one of their most exciting projects – a collection of copper bowls called the Series 19 made from 100% recycled copper and the traditional sand casting method.

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Series 19 Copper Bowl by Omer Arbel of Bocci

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What makes this project so special is that normally in the process of sand casting, there is an over spill of the metal being cast. This is seen as waste to be discarded. Omer Arbel has taken this notion of waste and created the entire design around it. To me, sand casting always looks like man copying a volcano… Continue reading

Gnomes and mushroom eating furniture…

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One of my favourite books as a young boy was Gnomes by Wil Huygen and beautifully illustrated by artist extraordinaire Rien Poortvliet.

After extensive research in Holland, in the early 1970’s, Wil and Rien were able to create this detailed documentary on the enchanting lives of gnomes.

The book covers all areas of gnome culture from architecture, interior design and decoration, education, medicine and even their relationships with the other creatures and animals.

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The architecture, interior design & decoration from "Gnomes" by Wil Huygen and illustrated by Rien Poortvliet

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On a summers day I would find a hiding place to sit unobserved in the hope of seeing if the Irish gnomes were the same or different as their Dutch cousins.

Although my own investigations proved fruitless it did give me time to ponder and marvel at the world around me.

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The Twelfth – Orangefest on the Orangemen’s Day

 

Anyone growing up in Northern Ireland will know all about “the Twelfth”.

For anyone that doesn’t, it is an annual Protestant event that started in the early 18th Century by the Orange Order.

The Orange Order being a Protestant fraternal organisation based mainly in Northern Ireland and Scotland that was founded by Freemasons in 1796 in County Armagh.

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Banner of the Orange Order Ballymacrrett District on show for the Orange day marches

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Starting around Easter and culminating on the 12th July the Orange Order parade in what is the papers like to call the marching season. Continue reading

The Finders Keepers Brisbane Market – Autumn/Winter 2011

The Finders Keepers Market Autumn/Winter 2011 - Brisbane (artwork by Mel Stringer)

 This weekend Brisbane will once again host the Finders Keepers design & art markets. If you have never been then I strongly urge you to go and experience brilliant Australian talent in every creative form. It is an amazing opportunity to meet and buy the work of independent artists and designers as well as listen to some great music. Continue reading