Friday, 30 August 2013

IN CAHOOTS

While birds are aflutter we think that owls are popping up as a trend across the spectrum, from fashion to art and beyond. So overwhelmed were we by the breadth of owl renderings we stumbled on while compiling Bird Watching, we decided to split owls into their own little feature to highlight this wondrous creature's influence. We're taking off with Andy Harman's incredulous The Owl spotted on Amanda Talbot's Instagram. With the largest stretching to 35 feet tall, it's macrame taken to the extreme.


We reckon Mulbery's 2013 Winter campaign is one of the coolest we've seen.

Nocturnal by nature, owls have powerful vision. House of Holland have tapped in with their range of big dark glasses, perfect for night owls wandering home as the sun rises.

No need for the boys to miss out, Agi & Sam's Topman collaboration is inspired by owls and 1990s football shirts all expertly photographed by bird fancier Luke Stephenson.

We simply love Anna-Wili Highfield's paper sculptures, particularly her winged wonders like this Long Eared Owl. We're saving our pennies for future possession. And we're rather fond of Gary Heery's Owl #13

With some 200 species of owl scattered around the globe, Antarctica and parts of Greenland excluded, it's little wonder that owls symbolise different things across the globe. While wisdom is generally accepted in the west, owls are associated with sorcery in parts of South America. Regardless, we think owls are inspirational and look forward to seeing their influence in the future. We'll end with Goya's The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, with the owls here representing folly.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

CLUB TO CATWALK

We'll jump at any chance to visit London, and we think the Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s exhibition at the V&A is a perfect excuse. The show relives the bold 1980s through experimental fashion courtesy Vivienne Westwood, Anita Cobin, John Galliano, Betty Jackson and Katharine Hamnett to name but a few. Wild and vibrant outfits were worn by up-and-coming stars of the time, think Adam Ant, Boy George or Leigh Bowery who all helped put London on the map as a risque fashion hotspot. It was a time when culture bibles i-D, Blitz and The Face ruled showcasing the extraordinary fashions seen in London's outrageous club scene. Step back in time with these images of key looks of the time. Image top: Installation view © V&A.
 
'Blitz' denim jacket by Levi Strauss & Co. customised by Vivienne Westwood, 1986.
Jonathan Batcave, 1983 © Derek Ridgers.
  
The Cloth, Summer Summit 1985, Anita Cobin.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Thursday, 22 August 2013

INTO THE GROOVE

Limber Notes on Nowness.com

Limber Notes is a series of vignettes featuring dancers by Irish photographer/filmmaker Linda Brownlee. We love it, and it has us excited to see two upcoming shows at the Sydney Opera House.

The first is iTMOi (in the mind of igor) by British choreographer Akram Khan. It's inspired by chaotic energy and vibrant spirit and features dancers from Europe, Asia, the UK and USA to celebrate the centenary of Igor Stravinsky's Rite Of Spring.

Les Illuminations is another centenary celebration, this time for composer Benjamin Britten. It's a collaboration between Sydney Dance Company, Katie Noonan and Sydney Symphony featuring choreography by Rafael Bonachela and costumes by Toni Maticevski. And it's set on a catwalk. We're already enthralled.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

THIS IS: BIRD WATCHING

Ever since we cast our eyes on Leather Parrot, a mixed media work by Zim & Zou from late last year, we've been looking high and low for all manner of flighty inspiration. Zim & Zou's keen use of Herm├Ęs leather scraps starts our quick flit on the avian kingdom.


With spring in the air, we're looking for ways to make the nights in more fun. Bird Bingo fits the bill with its educational take on an old favourite. Intriging illustrations by Christine Berrie ensure you'll be identifying Gouldian Finches from Golden Orioles and Bohemian Waxwings from Toco Toucans.

The last time we popped into Koskela we spied Leila Jeffries large-scale photographs of native birds on the walls. This one is Commander Skyring, Gang-Gang Cockatoo. We love it.
The dodo may long be extinct, but Red Hong Yi's rendering in flower petals leaves us smiling.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

VIRTUAL TRAVELS

Our trek to New York earlier in the year introduced us to the Guggenheim's app, a resource we've been tapping into ever since. We're loving how apps and podcasts give instant access to some of the world's most intriguing resources, and all without the need to board a plane. The V&A recently started a new podcast series giving behind the scenes perspectives on a range of their exhibitions and activities. Our pop sensibilities were satiated with the 1980s inspired Curating Pop Music podcast, while our interest in all things branding was quelled in an intriguing discussion on how the museum brands itself. The image below is the V&A 150th Anniversary logo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Thursday, 8 August 2013

THIS IS: IN THE SAND

We spied Matali Crasset's ingenious Beach Library on Concrete Playground just last week, and ever since we've been hoping these mobile book booths will pop up down under this summer. Perfect for whiling away a few lazy hours reading under the sun (umbrella, hat and sunscreen essential of course). Click bibliographic briefs to see our previous posts.