Monthly Archives: August 2010


although durban doesn’t truly experience winter, i can say with certainty that spring & impending summer are unpacking their bags and settling in.  in honourof the new arrivals, i bought a bunch of poppies yesterday…they make me grin each time i notice them, cheering up my room.

{images: my own}

bookworm rings!

jeremy may has captured the beauty of paper via a unique laminating process. littlefly jewellery is made by laminating hundreds sheets of paper together, then carefully finishing to a high gloss.  the paper is selected and carefully removed from a book, and the jewellery re-inserted in the excavated space.  have a look at his website to see more…

72.8% water

i heard this quoted a few years back & scribbled it into a notebook somewhere, so glad someone took the time to make a poster of it…such a wonderful thought!

{image taken from}

yum yum

yum yum is a london-based company run by beth algieri & jonny plummer, two designers with a common passion for creating new and exciting things.  they make 3D animation, motion graphics, illustration, toys etc .  the above images are digital prototypes a range of designer toys.

succulent delight!

open on the last weekend of each month neville trickett’s St Verde is well worth the visit.  nestled in the dargle area of the midlands, st verde has a most fascinating succulent garden and nursery to browse through for botanical buys or pure visual pleasure.  there is also a little cafe that boasts the best cheese, herb & corn muffin (i am not alone in this bias)!

{images: my own from various monthly meanderings}

still life with time…

(still life with time)

(fathom painting #1)


i would happily give up just about anything to own an Oliver Jeffers‘ painting.  This reknowned artist & children’s book author is a significant inspiration in my work.

new math…

have always kept an eye on these super-fantastic equations by Craig Damrauer

quiet moments in the aquarium

(image via miss moss)

monster friends…

loving this poster series by family tree design & illustration. i am definitely considering saving up my pennies for the yeti!

a noisy alphabet

a delightful twist on the “alphabet poster genre” by one of my very favourite artists, tom gauld

creatures great & small

styling by shona heath

delicate origami crane by kekremsi

image via elephantnotes tumblr

image source unknown

fantastic mr fox storyboard art

breakfast of champions

i decided to let my not-so-inner star wars nerd out to play this morning…

(image via the design inspiration)

take one puffin…

and smile!

wonderful walls of whimsy!

wonderful whimsy wall sticker possibilties!

many thanks to a very nice creature (and terrific friend), Casey, who let me use/rearrange/photograph her apartment.

bees are awesome…

this amazing little petal nest is the handywork of the osmia avoceta bee of Turkey.  it builds a nest of petals & mud around a single egg to protect it whilst it develops. i think it one of the most beautiful natural ‘artworks’ I’ve seen…

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the sky is falling…

i am intrigued by the paintings of american artist, amy casey, which seek to explore notions of anxiety and urban vulnerability inspired by a sporadically recurring dream of hers…a dream of apocalypse.  disastrous the theme may be, however, i find her work thought-provoking, like stilled moments of chaos where one can contemplate disaster in quiet suspension.

a fanciful french friday…

i have just started learning french in an effort to educate myself, have another language at my command & simply because it’s fun…so here is an image of the goal of my franco-philic exploits: being a french fille lost in the atmosphere of france…


love these hair pieces made by whichgoose, available on etsy

…where the heart is

definitely on my diy list…

the spontaneous city

The Spontaneous City is a project by  London Fieldworks , which was formed by artists Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson as an umbrella organisation for creative research and collaboration at the art, science and technology intersection. Typically, their projects engage with the notion of ecology as a complex inter-working of social, natural, and technological worlds.

…love the strangely organic forms that are created by stacking these distinct modular box shapes together and happy to hear that they have been woven together using elastic bands, which means the structure can change over time as the tree grows.

i heart robot

(via graphic everywhere)

playful pieces…

it’s not always easy to tell what’s real and what’s fabriactedsergio garcia

one can rely on the prudence of his decisions #1 rune guneriussen

6 impossible things…

(via etsy)

botanicals, anatomicals & strange curiosities…

i love museums

give me some taxidermied specimens, latin catalogues, echoing halls and i will be one contented creature.  the work of this artist speaks of Victorian curiosity cabinets, university back rooms and medical displays, which ignite the collector in me…odd, i know.

squid practical jokes

liking this poster seen on pinterest