Category Archives: Creativity

Black hole, by photographer Fabian Oefner

The Black Hole series is so spectacular, it almost seems unreal… Yet the concept behind these vibrantly-coloured paint-splashes is actually quite simple.

Fabian Oefner, a 29-year old Swiss photographer who clearly likes to have fun with paint, created this series by dripping various shades of acrylic colours onto a metallic rod that was connected to a drill. When switched on, the paint started to move away from the rod, creating these amazing-looking images.

The motion of the paint happened in a blink of an eye, just milliseconds after the drill was turned on. To capture the moment, where the paint forms that distinctive shape, Fabian connected a sensor to the drill, which sent an impulse to the flashes. These specialized units were capable of creating flashes as short as a 1/40000 of a second, freezing the motion of the paint.

Get a glimpse of the creative process here, but also be sure to take a look at more of Fabian’s projects. Some really beautiful work!

If you would like prints of his work, get in touch with him.

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Trotter, the fashionable French bulldog

Introducing Trotter, an adorable French bulldog with great style and a wardrobe anyone would be jealous of!

He stars in a fashion production created by his owner, Sonya Ya “professional food pornographer” from San Francisco.

I’m sure you’ll agree, this one-year old fashionista looks great in any outfit!

Enjoy his super cute portfolio!

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Blow job by photographer Tadao Cern

Have you ever wondered what your face would look like if a powerful leaf blower was aimed at you? Well, Lithuanian photographer Tadao Cern made it happen, resulting in some hilariously distorted facial expressions! You can see the complete series here.

Be sure to also watch the video with some scenes from the making of!

Best blow job ever? ;)

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Beautiful self-portraits by Olga Valeska

Stunning. Simply stunning. I really cannot get enough of these photos. They are all so beautiful, so colourful, so imaginative.

The photographer and subject in all of them is Olga Valeska, a 21 year-old literature student from France that discovered photography just over a year ago (a year!) and is completely self-taught. She does her own make-up, scenery, and costumes and uses a self-timer to take the portraits of herself. A one-woman studio!

What she loves about photography is that it allows her to combine the things she is passionate about, like painting, sculpting, drawing, and making costumes.

Sit back and take in all this beauty. Enter Olga’s mysterious, surreal, wondrous world…

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Friday awesomeness!

Just brilliant! The window washers at a children’s hospital in the US got dressed as superheroes to cheer up the little patients inside!

Because it doesn’t take much to be a real hero and make someone happy…

Be someone’s superhero today! :)

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PechaKucha Night

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Just back from another burst of inspiration and creativity at PechaKucha Night, edition #24 in Amsterdam.

But what is it, you might ask? It’s an informal and fun gathering, where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps — just about anything, really. From a newly finished building, a new piece of furniture, or an ad campaign, to a fashion line, a new event or any idea the world needs to know about!

A lot of people compare it to TED talks, but they are actually quite different. TED talks are more formal and top down, whereas PechaKucha is more informal and  bottom up, both brilliant though in their own way!

Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, PechaKucha rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace, offering the audience the experience of a dazzling range of speakers and images in the course of one evening. No more boring lectures, painful seminars or tiring presentations!

PechaKucha Night was first devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening all round the world, inspiring creatives worldwide.

If you’ve never heard of PechaKucha Nights, I highly recommend you look them up. With them now happening in over 600 cities around the world, I’m pretty sure there is one taking place very close to where you live. And you can either attend to get a dose of inspiration or even present something you love and are passionate about!

Drowning, by Alban Grosdidier

Hold your breath for this series!

Alban Grosdidier, a 22 year-old French photographer and graphic designer, equates the feeling of living in a big city to being immersed in water. His series “Drowning” is a beautiful metaphor about the diversity of emotions people face with city life and the impact they have on their psyche.

Beginning as a ESAG project in photography, under the supervision of photographer and art director Tom Kan, it was first presented on the banks of the river Seine in January 2012. The second part of the series was showcased in July 2012 on a rainy day along the canal Saint Martin. “The disintegration of the prints by the rain was a “Russian dolls” effect, answering to the use of water inside the portraits, emphasizing the act of drowning and showing by example how big city life can tear someone down.”

Fear, frustration, serenity, calmness, they’re all here. Let yourself feel them all through this wonderful series.

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3rd Amsterdam Photo Walk

Today I joined the Amsterdam Photo Walk for the first time! We went to NDSM Werf, in the north of the city, and it was great fun, despite the snow, the sub-zero temperatures and the aching fingers!

I started off by snapping away with my Nikon D90, but ended up playing with the new toy I bought, the Holga iPhone lens. It’s a rotating disk equipped with 9 special effect lenses and it is addictive! I highly recommend it!

Here are some of the shots I took, which I posted on Instagram.

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Find Momo, by Andrew Knapp

Look closely, because Momo, a ‘professional Border Collie’, is in each of these photos!

His owner, Andrew Knapp, a Canadian graphic designer and photographer, realised Momo’s talent for camouflage when he consistently turned a game of fetch into hide and seek.

The result is a lovely series of landscapes, with this adorable dog hiding somewhere in the frame.

Be sure to follow Momo’s adventures on Instagram and look out for the book, which will be coming out soon!

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Flying Houses, by photographer Laurent Chehere

There is something magical and delightful about this series of photos. I guess you could say they are elevating, literally and metaphorically!

French photographer Laurent Chehere, who quit his job in advertising to embrace his two passions: travel and photography, was inspired by the architecture of Paris when creating this whimsical and surreal collection of floating homes, trailers, tents and cottages. He used traditional photography and digital manipulation to remove them from their original surroundings and set them against different backgrounds, adding beautiful details like birds and cables that make them feel like balloons, wandering in the skies.

See more of his work here.

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The Reconstructionists

I recently discovered a gem, called the Reconstructionists: the brainchild of illustrator Lisa Congdon and writer Maria Popova.

Every Monday in 2013, this site will be putting the spotlight on a remarkable woman, publishing an illustrated portrait of her, along with a hand-lettered quote that captures her spirit and a short micro-essay about her life and legacy.

The purpose of the Reconstructionists is to celebrate beloved artists, writers, and scientists, as well as notable unsung heroes that have changed the way we define ourselves as a culture and live our lives as individuals of any gender.

It borrows its title from Anaïs Nin, one of the 52 female icons, who wrote of “woman’s role in the reconstruction of the world” in a poetic 1944 diary entry – a sentiment that encapsulates the heart of what this undertaking is about: women who have reconstructed, in ways big and small, famous and infamous, timeless and timely, our understanding of ourselves, the world, and our place in it.

On 6 January it launched with four portraits, those of writers Anaïs Nin and Gertrude Stein, artist Agnes Martin, and inventor/actor Hedy Lamarr, to give a taste of what will follow once a week for the rest of the year. Yesterday, it posted its second week entry, musician Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Be sure to follow it throughout 2013! It’s such an inspiring way to start the week, don’t you think?

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FLOWmarket: Materialising immaterial needs

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Take what you need: nature, receivability, alone time, togetherness, imperfection, exercise, rest, God, thankfulness, forgiveness, inner peace, silence, trust, contentness, sustainable vision, reflection, prayer + meditation, compassion, quality, patience, non-doing, presence, self-love, non-judging, non-comparing, intimacy, inaccessibility, letting go, holistic thinking, respecting boundaries, wholeheartedness, freedom, openness, courage to fail, spiritual awareness, unselfish motives, authenticity, good energy, intuitive confidence, emotional expression, change coping, body grounding, courage to be me, unconditional love, effortlessness, listening to my body, cravings liberation, courage to ask for help, passion, courage to be honest, self esteem, non harming consumption, happiness from within, commercial free space, non toxic food, respect for others’ truth, psychosomatic awareness, life enjoyment, embracement, clean air, the loving choice, letting be, ups & downs, shamelessness, no worries, accept of powerlessness, speaking for oneself, creative expression, environmental sensitivity, chi, soul-searching, non-expecting, well-being…

The FLOWmarket, offers you empty sealed cans that materialise your immaterial needs. The cost? Just 17.79$ per tin can. It believes that flow is when its good for you, for others and for nature, and this is mirrored in the FLOWmodel™, a design model that reflects a three dimensional view on creating sustainable growth:

Individual flow:
Balanced physical, mental and spiritual growth.

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Balanced interpersonel, cultural, economic, social and technological growth.

Environmental flow:
Balanced environmental growth.

Is it design, art, business or activism? I would say all of the above. This incredible concept, created by Danish designer Mads Hagstrøm, has the goal to create a consumer market based on values, inspiring consumers to think, live and consume more holistically.

“A change process begins with an awareness that something needs to change.”

The FLOWmarket has been opening temporary stores around the world since 2005 (Zurich, New York, Taipei, Shanghai, Singapore, Seoul, Copenhagen). Currently, there are no stores open, but you can buy your new generation luxury online.

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Mads Hagstrøm, has received a number of design awards and has been selected as one of Denmark’s most promising business talents. Here is a text he wrote, called Imagine.

Imagine that all change begins with ourselves. Imagine that our mindset shapes our world. Imagine that we need a sustainable mindset to create a sustainable world. Imagine sustainability as an expression of balance  or imbalance in humans, in society and in nature. Imagine that all our garbage were harmless or even nourishing to nature. Imagine that we solved our problems  rather than repress and remove their symptoms. Imagine why we drink bottle water. Imagine that you can´t solve your problems before you´ve faced the underlying reasons. Imagine flow as a sustainable condition where balance and growth joins. Imagine disease as a symptom of imbalace. Imagine that your consumption choices affects how we treat nature.Imagine that we marked pesticide food instead of organic food. Imagine power of thought as one of the most powerful things we have. Imagine a link between the way we pollute our own body and the way we pollute nature. Imagine that human growth includes physical, emotional, mental and spiritual dimensions. Imagine eating with an intention of giving your body nutrition and energy. Imagine that conflicts are often just about wishing to be heard and understood by the other side. Imagine holistic thinking as seeing things as a whole. Imagine the level of obesity if people only ate when they were hungry. Imagine of good design meant good for you, good for others and good for nature.Imagine if we could build houses like trees that could clean the air and produce energy and oxygen. Imagine that your thoughts of yesterday and of tomorrow are what keeps you from being present. Imagine nature as our mentor. Imagine that you will receive everything you give. Imagine peace begins with inner calmness.Imagine the equality you could generate if you stopped feeling superior or inferior to other people. Imagine that we can make a demand for growth that includes financial, social, cultural, nature and human dimensions. Imagine your intuition always tells you where to go next. Imagine the benefits in resources, energy and pollution if we preferred tap water over bottled water. Imagine a link between the chemicals, pesticides and additives in your food and the imbalances in your body. Imagine if political decisions were based on what would be beneficial for humans and for nature. Imagine that you can absorb more nutrition when you focus your attention on your food while eating. Imagine the amount of mental stress you could avoid if you stopped trying to cover up or compensate for low self esteem and dealt with it instead. Imagine alcoholism and compulsive behaviour with eating, shopping, sex, gambling, fitness, working or internet as the same mechanism. Imagine that you can create more diversity by loving the way that other people are different from you. Imagine that a no to others, can be a yes to yourself. Imagine if prisons were designed to help and rebuild people rather than punishing and breaking them down. Imagine the feeling of shame as your gateway to low self esteem. Imagine that we as consumers can create a demand for energy created by renewable energy sources like sun, wind, earth or water. Imagine that the way to deal with emotional pain is to accept and accommodate it.Imagine that it is cheaper to buy organic farmed products when you look at the big picture. Imagine you can only change your outside world by changing your inside world. Imagine that you can avoid stress by meditating a few minutes a day. Imagine meditation being as simple as paying attention to your own breathing. Imagine that you can prevent and cure disease with the composition of the food you eat.Imagine that the key to your happiness is following your intuition instead of other people´s opinions and advice. Imagine that your world will change when you change your thoughts. Imagine that giving people your advice without being asked for it is like invading them. Imagine if our electronic devices emitted radiation that was beneficial and healthy instead of damaging to us. Imagine how easily a walk in the forest or by the sea can make you feel balanced and grounded. Imagine that your bed sheets and clothes did not transmit chemicals to your skin from pesticides, dyeing and colouring. Imagine how hardtalking, impatient, punishing and intolerant we can be to ourselves. Imagine that as a complete person you are a more competent person. Imagine life as a journey with ups and downs that offers you unique experiences. Imagine that we used plant photosynthesis as the design model for our energy production. Imagine that there are at least two sides to everything.Imagine organic and biodynamic farming as something that makes environmental, human and economical sense. Imagine that alternative therapy and conventional therapy go perfectly well hand in hand. Imagine that our schools and universities encouraged us to strive for being the best for the world – not in the world. Imagine that we will stabilize the carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere in our generation. Imagine that we are all a small part of a bigger whole. Imagine that buying biodynamic food is like saying no to toxic food for you and your family no to unfair trade, no to animal abuse and no to exhausted and barren farmland for future generations. Imagine that you can´t change other people, you can only change your own perception of them. Imagine the amount of energy we could save if we constructed houses with natural air conditioning.Imagine that growth takes place in the pauses. Imagine how easy it is to spend most of our spare time watching television. Imagine that you could make the world more loving by being more loving to yourself and others. Imagine that small things can make a big difference. Imagine that your consumption choices affect how we treat people. Imagine that you are sometimes trying too hard. Imagine that our news empowered us. Imagine that you can make the world more tolerant by being more tolerant to yourself and others. Imagine that you can reduce over-consumption by buying quality instead of quantity. Imagine disease as your body´s way of communicating a need for purification of for shifting into a lower gear.Imagine that your world will change when you change your beliefs. Imagine that self-hate can trigger imbalances in your body. Imagine fair trade as common sense. Imagine how many people that comfort eat to soothe their anger, stress, loneliness or sadness.Imagine making a consumer demand for solar powered airplanes. Imagine how many mobile phones you have had in the last five years. Imagine if the things we designed became more and more beautiful the more we used it. Imagine how cleaning with chemicals affects our health. Imagine dealing with your mental and emotional stress rather than soothing and repressing it with food, sugar, alcohol, shopping, tv, medication or coffee. Imagine if good management meant good for the employees, good for the company, good for the global society and good for nature. Imagine that sustainability and profitability go perfectly well hand in hand. Imagine that the food you eat affects both your physical and your mental condition. Imagine men and women as equals. Imagine that you can make the world safer by being more caring to others. Imagine that you could appreciate the voids and see them as a valve. Imagine how the latest new is immediately replaced by a new. Imagine the way your skin self-repairs after a cut as an example of the way our body and mind, under the right circumstances can self-repair in multiple ways. Imagine that we are born with a natural condition of balance. Imagine light and sound as frequencies that can have a demaging, neutral or benefical effect on you. Imagine violence as an expression of incapacity and despair. Imagine how often you are in contact with nature. Imagine money simply as a form of energy. Imagine if city air became as clean as sea and country air. Imagine your body as an engine that will break down under the wrong conditions. Imagine the power of taking the necessary time to turn your attention inwards and make your decisions based on that. Imagine how liberating it is to be able to be bored with someone. Imagine that having your limits exceeded by yourself or others will have consequences. Imagine that you can take what you need from this and leave the rest. Imagine that your world will change when you change your actions.Imagine how soothing, and how frustrating, silence can be depending on your mental condition. Imagine how much you give to another person by just being present and listening to them. Imagine the amount of energy you can save by dealing with your problems instead of bichting about them. Imagine that we only use a fragment of our mental capacity. Imagine that skincolour and sexual orientation were indifferent.Imagine that when your body pains it is your body trying to communicate and guide your mind. Imagine the high likelihood that you will become a resident at a nursing home when you grow old. Imagine if restaurants made food from a nutrition perspective. Imagine that the key to becoming a complete person is balancing the time you give to yourself, your partner, your family, your work and your friends. Imagine that we could make a demand for bicycle infrastructure as high priority in our cities. Imagine that this poster will become unnecessary. Imagine how lying drains your energy.Imagine that your world will change when you change your consumption. Imagine a link between your physical, mental and spiritual selves. Imagine the energy and resources you can help save by saying no to houshold distributed advertising matters. Imagine if your company had a vision of contributing to making the world a better place. Imagine turning of your television, computer and mobile and doing something with someone you love. Imagine allowing yourself to fail and never be perfect. Imagine that you can allways choose to be driven by confidence rather than fear. Imagine how important a good night´s sleep is for your physical and mental state. Imagine that your thoughts create your words, your words create your beliefs, your beliefs create your choices, your choices create your actions and your actions create your world.

You can buy this text as a black & white, 70×100 poster, on 300g sustainable “Arctic” paper and waterbased print.

The Open Country of Woman’s Heart

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A Map of the Open Country of a Woman’s Heart was a map created by D. W. Kellogg circa 1833-1842, subtitled “Exhibiting its internal communications, and the facilities and dangers to Travellers therein.” Though it mostly depicts Woman as a sentimental, selfish, and superficial being driven by vanity, it places Love at the center of her heart, with Good Sense, Patience, and Prudence at its tip — or bottom, depending on the interpretation.

Want this map for yourself or a gift? You can buy it here.

New Expedia campaign by Ogilvy

Expedia’s new series of print ads brilliantly plays on the airport codes displayed on luggage tags when you travel. So creative!

Two Ogilvy UK executives, Jon Morgan and Mike Watson, got inspired while walking through Heathrow airport and seeing a woman with a FUK label on her suitcase. Turns out she was just back from Fukuoka in Japan! That got them thinking that there might be more codes. And they were right. Actually, thousands, as over 9,000 airports around the world, have their own 3-letter IATA code used to identify the destination of bags.

WSH EWE WRE ERE [Brookhaven, Ewer Indonesia, Whangarei, Erave] and SUN SEA SND SEX [Sun Valley, Seattle, Seno, Sembach] are my favorites!

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Ad agency: Ogilvy
Copywriter: Jon Morgan
Art director: Mike Watson
ECD: Gerry Human
CD: Paul Mason
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Design: Mark Osborne
Retouching: Trevor Qizilbash
Traffic: Grant Mason, Peter Nuttal

Crinoline Flowers, by photographer Sophia Banks

This stunning photo series, called Crinoline Flowers, was made as a visual representation of Sophia Banks‘ feelings about being transgender. When she made these photos, then known as Daryl Banks, she was nowhere near ready to come out and tell the public about her being a trans woman, but she courageously did so recently.

Her inspiration for the photos came while wandering around some vintage clothing stores in Toronto’s Kensington Market. The original series was photographed when she was taking a studio lighting class at Ryerson University. The photos were later re-shot for the Eckhart Gallery in higher resolution.

Enjoy!

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Startrails, by photographer Lincoln Harrison

Wow. Just wow. Australian photographer Lincoln Harrison‘s long exposure photography is simply magical. I honestly can’t get enough of his colourful swirls in the night sky, nor can I decide which Startrail is my favourite. I love them all! Incredibly enough, this inspired photographer bought his first ever camera only two years ago, with the intention of taking photos to sell things on eBay! It wasn’t long till he discovered he had a magnificent, unique talent!

Harrison spends many hours in very cold conditions to get the perfect shot of a naturally luminous and active starry night. He documents the natural fireworks in the night sky, aided by the earth’s rotation and time, that are invisible to the naked eye.

Amazing…

You can view the entire series here and buy his prints here.

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Scotch Tape, by photographer Wes Naman

In this creative photo series, Wes Naman manipulates the faces of his models in a funny, yet disturbing way! As he describes it on his own blog: “It’s pretty self explanatory… Full of deep meaning and metaphor, both negative and positive… a social commentary that defies all common sense.”

See the complete series here!

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International left-handers day!

Ha! Apparently we lefties have our own day to celebrate! Today is International Left-Handers day! After all… only left handed people are in their right minds, right?! :-p

This reminded me of an old Mercedes-Benz print ad series that beautifully illustrates the contrast between the left and right sides of our brain through some really great artwork…

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2012 London Olympics street art

Last day of the London 2012 Olympics today and a good opportunity to look back at some pretty cool, thought-provoking street art that was created for the occasion by artists like Banksy, Criminal Chalkist, Code FC and more. Enjoy!



The fantastic world of Fab Ciraolo

I love looking at the world through Fab Ciraolo‘s eyes. The Chilean artist re-imagines famous icons from the movies, art, politics, history and fashion as pop idols of today with an added surreal, dreamy, vintage spin.

If you like this series you most surely will appreciate his ‘Old School Heroes’ series too, where he revamps childhood cartoons from the 80’s, like Jem and the Holograms, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, in the same whimsical fashion.

You can follow Fab on Twitter or Facebook and keep up with his latest amazing creations.

The joy of reading – A photo set by Joel Robinson

I love books. And no matter how many I have, I can never get enough. Only yesterday I went to a bookstore with the intention of getting one, only one, but ended up leaving with five… They are just so beautiful… The way they look, feel, smell. And there is so much knowledge out there, so many words to be read, so many intellectual paths to follow… My desire to learn is just insatiable. E-books may make reading a bit easier, but call me old fashioned, when it comes to books, I love the weight of all that knowledge in my hands. :)

So, when one of my favorite sites, Brain Pickings, featured the work of Joel Robinson on the joy of reading, I was completely taken away. What an abundance of imagination, creativity and inspiration… Whether you are a bookaholic or not, you will immediately feel mesmerized by this set of photos. Stephen King said: “Books are uniquely portable magic”. I could have said the same for Joel’s pictures. They evoke those amazing feelings you experience when you enter the magical sphere of reading .

Visit’s Joel’s flickr page for even more concepts and themes to tickle your imagination or buy some of his work on etsy. What an amazing talent!


A tasty piece of art

I can’t say I’m a big fan of Piet Mondrian‘s geometrical and abstract art. A proponent of the “De Stijl” movement (which means “The Style” in Dutch), he only used primary colours and non-colours, squares and rectangles, straight and horizontal or vertical lines in his work, which to me personally, isn’t very engaging or inspiring. A bit too rigid, confined and rational for my liking, I would say.

However, when I stumbled upon a photo of a Mondrian cake made by Caitlin Freeman, the pastry chef at the cafe of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the reduction to the essentials of form and colour didn’t seem to matter any more. Art-inspired food is genius!

Now, the artoholic in me just wants to try this tasty piece of art! Which means that I will have to wait till my planned trip to San Francisco next year, unless I try to make it myself…

Given my baking history though (which is practically non-existent), perhaps I should start with something easier until I get better acquainted with my new Kitchen Aid mixer! Something like the Mondrian sandwich, which I also found after a bit of research into edible art. And yes, the sandwich in the photo contains some green, which Mondrian would never ever use, but you could replace that part with blue cheese, if you must stick to the rules. Although a bit of artistic freedom and thinking outside of ‘the box’ wouldn’t hurt, don’t you think?

‘Women Are Heroes’ photo project

“Women Are Heroes” is a massive, truly inspired, photo project by French guerilla street artist, JR, who traveled to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan, Kenya, Brazil, India and Cambodia to seek out women struggling in their everyday lives and, in his words, “take their stories around the world.”

He convinced hungry, traumatized women in conflict zones to let him plaster their mural-size portraits into their own communities, on the sides of buildings, on trains, on bridges, thus bringing a haunting human presence to harsh environments of social conflict.

He photographed them and recorded their stories of rape, poverty, HIV, alienation, and loss. He asked them about their hopes and dreams, their regrets and desires. He shared these photos and stories in a video and a book.

A simple, yet so impactful idea that celebrates the worth of the individual, turning photographic portraits into a powerful medium for change and outdoor spaces into art galleries for people, who may never have set foot in one before.

JR won the 2011 TED Prize, where he voiced his audacious wish for art to “turn the world inside out”, inviting people to take part in his project Inside Out.

As the website mentions, this is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images will be made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or in a group; posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable virtually…

What are you waiting for? ;)

Madonna concert!

My third attempt to see Madonna live was successful and she didn’t disappoint! Sure, I would have liked a few more of her old songs and I did think the concert ended a bit abruptly, but overall it was quite an impressive show. There goes one more thing off my bucket list! :)

One of the best parts of the concert was when she sang “Nobody knows me” with a very artistic video in the background that puts the spotlight on current world issues, like intolerance, violence, prejudice and discrimination. Using the power of music she got a very strong message across, with the added bonus of a nice creative touch.

Lego creativity – Part 2

After its success with cartoon characters and the print campaign called “Imagine”, Lego and the advertising agency Jung von Matt did it again with the Euro 2012 teams that made it to the semifinal!

My favorite is Italy and the Balotelli lego character!


Lego creativity – Part 1

I have one word for you: Brilliant! This is what I call creativity at its best!

Can you guess who they are?

Credits: Lego print campaign “Imagine”, advertising agency Jung von Matt, Hamburg, Germany








Scroll over the images for the answers! ;)

The Hello Cube: where art meets social media

The Hello Cube is an inspired project where art meets social media, bringing a whole new dimension to the word engagement. The cube-shaped installation, displayed at Tate Modern in London, changes color and pattern seemingly without rhyme or reason. However, strangely enough, the cube is being controlled by people all over the world.

The cube  draws upon the ever-expanding power of social media to create art, responding to twitter commands sent to @thehellocube by any twitter user. Users can tweet what they would like to see on the cube, such as “purple” and the cube will change accordingly, thus allowing them to participate in the artistic process.

The Hello Cube, designed as a part of Infinite Kusama, is an art event created by TateCollective, ReCreativeUK.com and the Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project.

Can’t wait to see it when I visit London this September!

Word as image

A brilliant and creative way to have fun with letters!

This project started nearly twenty years ago as an assignment in Ji Lee’s typography class at art school. Students were encouraged to see letters beyond their dull, practical functionality. They played with their unique shapes and tinkered with their infinite possibilities. The challenge was hard, so the reward of “cracking” a word felt great. This became a lifelong project for Ji Lee who also published a book that showcases nearly 100 word images, along with tips to help you create your own and share them at www.wordasimage.com.