Souls of Zen – Buddhism, Ancestors, and the 2011 Tsunami in Japan

Souls of Zen – Buddhism, Ancestors, and the 2011 Tsunami in Japan

I’m not the sort to discuss movies that require payment, I tend to have a preference towards films that are free for all to view. No matter your background or financial situation we can all take something from the experience. But like everything in life, we do have to support these creatives and give them some compensation for all their hard work and time. In fact, I’m not against support …

Paintings by Conrad Jon Godly

Paintings by Conrad Jon Godly

Many times I have thought about what it would be like to be raised in a different country. As a resident of the Midwestern United States, I have experienced the vast planes and sunlit tree lines of rural expanses. These various stimuli have sensitized me to the natural world, informing my aesthetic and artistic sensibilities. The habitats we step into and out of can affect our perspective and ways of thought in a deep way that is not yet …

Kim Emanuel, The Soap Man of San Francisco

Kim Emanuel, The Soap Man of San Francisco

Having an emotional connection to your work is something that I’ve only just started to explore in greater detail. I think having this knowledge of yourself and being happy in your own skin creates ideas and concepts far better than someone who isn’t ‘present’, or an individual who has little connection with their product. I suppose this applies to all parts of creativity. The piece that I’ve embedded below highlights the fantastic work …

Aspirational Architecture by Kidosaki

Aspirational Architecture by Kidosaki

Aspiration is an interesting subject to explore, especially in the field of architecture. When I saw these magnificent structures by Kidosaki architects in Japan it reminded me of our will as human beings to build homes that are not only necessary to sustain life, but also to represent ambition and future goals. Good architecture encourages fantasy, it links the past (what we hold important and want to remember) with the future. It does …

Photography by Camille Seaman

Photography by Camille Seaman

Autumn is approaching rapidly here in the US. Cooler weather, shorter days, and changing flora are in store. This annual downshift has a direct effect on my perspective, rekindling passions for the smells, sounds, and sights of the harvest season. So while browsing through some photography, an artist that captures the intensity of the natural world synced with my renewed captivations. Camille Seaman studied photo …

Photography by Alana Paterson

Photography by Alana Paterson

Photography hasn’t featured here on the site in a long time, generally I don’t come across many portfolios that entice me (I’m quite picky!). Either that or they’ve been shown here on the blog before. I guess that becomes a problem in itself, I’m regularly checking back with individuals that I already know but aren’t discovering many others. So I was glad to kick this trend and bump in to the works of Alana Paterson, someone who I have …

Ceramics by Chikako Kojima

Ceramics by Chikako Kojima

The thing about any category of design is the fact that you can’t just stroll up and start making, well you can but not with any real authority. Any maker with substance has a particular aesthetic or concept that they follow, and this is possibly the thing you can’t “learn”, it’s something that happens through the hands and fingers of the craftsman. Natural Subtleties are something that I’m always looking for when I view works, and is something …

Glass Sculpture by Stephen Procter

Glass Sculpture by Stephen Procter

Stephen Procter is a bit of a legend when it comes to working with glass, he initially began by researching English glass engraving, this inspired him to learn and explore the craft in more detail. During the late 60′s and early 70′s, in his studio near Ashburton in Devon, UK, Stephen focused entirely on engraving glass goblets in which he achieved a high standard of craftsmanship. In the late 70′s, as with any creative that reaches a …

Metsa Spring Summer 2013 Collection

Metsa Spring Summer 2013 Collection

It’s been a long time since I’ve mentioned any clothing here on the site, but I feel like this is a unique collection that’s very much in tune with our own ethos. Metsa isn’t a new project by any means, we put together an interview with owner Markus Uran back in 2011 that’s definitely worth checking out if you’ve got a spare few minutes. I’ve kept in touch with Markus over the years and I’ve always been interested in their ideology, also …

Domo de Argila by Artist Andy Goldsworthy

Domo de Argila by Artist Andy Goldsworthy

This short film on artist Andy Goldsworthy seriously caught my attention yesterday, possibly because it brings back memories of ‘Rivers and Tides’, a documentary portrait of Andy Goldsworthy by Thomas Riedelsheimer made over ten years ago. You should 100% watch the trailer to the film on youtube if you get a chance, I was mesmerised by his patience and how he pushes his work right to the edge, often to the point of collapse. If you …