Monthly Archives: March 2012

Earth Hour – 31st March at 8.30pm

I am a big fan of Earth Hour.

It amazing to see an idea that started in Sydney, 5 years ago grow into a global event.

It just goes to prove what happens when people choose to work together for a greater good.



Don’t judge a book by its cover – Brian Dettmer: Book Sculptures

Imagine you are in the second hand bookshop and you stumble across a pile of old medical journals, dictionaries and out of date encyclopedias.

Do you feel like you have struck gold?

Most likely not.

For most people what is directly in front of them is all they see, not the potential that lies within – the hidden gem, if you will.

Contemporary artist and book sculpter, Brian Dettmer on the other hand, would look at that old book in your hand and sees a canvas.


The Household Physicians by Brian Dettmer (image by Brian Dettmer)


Kingdom By Brian Dettmer - This makes me think of Noah's Ark as the animals go in two by two... (image from Brian Dettmer)

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Spineless Classics – a book with a twist

They say a picture paints a 1000 words.

Spineless Classics tell the whole story.



Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (image from Spineless Classics)

Sherlock Holmes – The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (image from Spineless Classics)


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The Perfect Glasses for St Patrick’s Day

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Now let’s face it there is a fair chance most people will be putting their beer goggles on before this night is out. In a bid to make you a wee bit more stylish how about you try on a pair of Whiskey glasses…

Shwood, who are famed for their inventive wood framed glasses, have teamed up with Bushmills Irish Whiskey to create “The Bushmills” Whiskey Barrel sunglasses.


Shwood teams up with Bushmills Irish Whiskey to create the perfect sunglasses for St Patrick's Day (image from Shwood)

The limited edition Bushmills Whiskey Barrel Sunglasses resting on 100 year old Bushmills whiskey cask timber (image from Shwood)

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A taste of Adventure – HF Triple Dopp Kit By Matthew Swaggart

If most people came across some old rope buried away in an antiques shop they would pass it by in their search for real treasure.


But then they’re not the talented photographer Matthew Swaggart.


In a flash of inspiration he has brought an icon back to its former glory. He has paired his find with a rugged leather to create the HF Triple Dopp kit. The Dopp kit was originally created by a leather craftsman in 1919 called Charles Doppelt (yep, hence the name) and was widely used by the American GI’s during WWII.


HF Triple by Mathew Swaggart (image by SwaggART)


It was often given to young men on their birthday when they reached that age that they were no longer an adolescent but now a man. This is a huge day in a young man’s life and the simple yet practical item is so much more than just a toiletry case, rather it is that first step to the adventure that lies ahead. Continue reading