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18 February Share your
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Sergey Prokudin Gorsky: At the stubble-field

Under - Inspiration, Photography
На жнитве / At the stubble-field by Sergey Prokudin Gorsky - 1909

На жнитве / At the stubble-field by Sergey Prokudin Gorsky - 1909

One of Gorsky’s incredible photographs titled ‘At the stubble-field’ (above) has been my all time favourite. Taken late in the evening more than 100 years ago (1909), this photograph has a mesmerising effect on me. Can’t stop staring at it, can’t stop thinking about it … I completely feel lost in time and space when looking at it hence featuring it again. It is a wonderful record of a golden moment in the evening at a Russian farm … a farmer family finishing off day’s work to go back to home, it’s going to be dark soon, shall I warm up or cook food, peace and quiet, can I lit a cigarette, let’s talk … may be some cattle sounds in the background. Smoke coming out of a chimney, a small peaceful dwelling – what would have been the conversation topic that night? Was there anyone to tell them that there’s a revolution on its way that is going to change their and their generation’s life in years to come!

This brilliant Russian photographer from early 20th century captured something which is more than a picture to me, may be a vivid statement of more than a thousand words?

Below is another picture at the same time, place and people.

At the stubble-field by Sergey Prokudin Gorsky - 1909

At the stubble-field by Sergey Prokudin Gorsky - 1909

Prokudin Gorsky (also Gorskii) left Russia on the brink of the revolution in 1918 and settled in France. Following is some of his other work around documenting Russian way of life back then.

At the river Kumsa - 1915 by Prokudin Gorsky

Этюд на речке Кумса / At the river Kumsa - 1915

Остречены / Ostrecheny - 1909 by Prokudin Gorsky (Серге́й Миха́йлович Проку́дин-Го́рский​)

Остречены / Ostrecheny - 1909

Peasant woman in Perm Province and By yarn. In the Izvedovo village - 1910 by Prokudin Gorsky

Peasant woman in Perm Province and By yarn. In the Izvedovo village - 1910

Peasant girls - 1909 by Prokudin Gorsky

Peasant girls - 1909

Столярный цех для выделки ножен / Joiner's shop for dressing sheath and Развесочное отделение (Чаква) / Weighing office (Chakva) by Prokudin Gorsky

Столярный цех для выделки ножен / Joiner's shop for dressing sheath and Развесочное отделение (Чаква) / Weighing office (Chakva)

Железнодорожный мост через реку Шую / The railroad bridge over the river Shuya - 1915 by Prokudin Gorsky

Железнодорожный мост через реку Шую / The railroad bridge over the river Shuya - 1915

View more of his work at Flickr and here.

13 February 2
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Where did You Go?

Under - Art, Inspiration, Literature, My Musings, Poetry, Typography

Where did You Go? by C. C. Carpenter II / Typography Asif R Naqvi

Where did You Go?
You were here a minute ago.
Drinking soda and
Laughing out loud
And loving the wine
And making eyes
In love.

There were two of us then.
Now there is one.

We were having so much fun…
I only shut my eyes
For a minute
And you
Slipped
Away.

Poetry: C. C. Carpenter II, Typography: Asif R Naqvi, Type: Garamond

25 January Share your
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CURB – the natural media company

Under - Advertising, Inspiration, Media

CURB

World’s first natural media company offering a range of highly effective media solutions solely using natural earth elements. Sounds interesting – isn’t it! CURB’s eco-advertising providing clients with natural marketing which impacts on their target consumer without impacting on the environment.

Our natural experts use only sustainable earth elements to create everything from national advertising campaigns to astounding corporate art. Ultimately we just love to do cool things with nature.

CURB

CURB

CURB

22 January Share your
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The Architecture of extreme connectivity

Under - Design, Inspiration, Technology

Usman Haque, Director of Haque Design + Research and co-founder of Pachube, talks about his theories of connectedness at CaT London.

Haque has created responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and mass-participation performances throughout the world.

20 January 1
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Strawberry Shoes, Salami Tie and Death in Moscow

Under - Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Inspiration

Some truly genuine and amazing work by Anton-Repponen, a Russia born and Estonian educated designer who is currently working in New York and Stockholm. This young designer is a creative genius in the making.

Strawberry Shoes - Anton Repponen

Strawberry Shoes - Anton Repponen

Salami Tie - Anton Repponen

Ties - Anton Repponen

Ties print design with textures of prosciutto, octopus and salami - Anton Repponen

OZO Watch - Anton Repponen

OZO Watch - Anton Repponen

Street Sign - Anton Repponen

Street Sign - Anton Repponen

17 January Share your
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Ceramic autopsy by Beccy Ridsdel

Under - Art, Inspiration

Mixed media ceramics by Beccy Ridsdel

Some of the best ceramic works I came across lately. With 10 years of experience as ceramics technician at York College and having discovered her love of bone china and porcelain, Beccy Ridsdel is exploring new possibilities in mixed media ceramics.

I asked Beccy for her thoughts behind her work:

My art/craft work is a wry look at the way ceramics is perceived in the art world. Most people see working with mud as craft through and through, and this work is a dissection of the craft object in the form of domestic ware. The dissector is trying to find something else beneath the surface but every time they cut chintz, crochet and needlework spills out. This work was part of an installation, with a pile of uncut ceramics to the left of a large table, dissection in progress in the centre (complete with microscope, forceps, surgical needles and a kidney bowl). To the right was a pile of cut, tortured ceramics, all displaying their crafty interior.

Mixed media ceramics by Beccy Ridsdel

Much of my work is decorative, made in response to my chosen themes. My desire work, the porcelain with knitten wool, is based on the theme of looking closely at the forgotten or ignored to find something magical. Barnacles are largely insignificant but when you look closely at them, you see that their lives revolve around desire – desire for food, procreation and light.

Mixed media ceramics by Beccy Ridsdel

Mixed media ceramics by Beccy Ridsdel

Mixed media ceramics by Beccy Ridsdel

15 January 1
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Jeremy Geddes: The white and red cosmonauts

Under - Art, Inspiration
Cosmonaut 4 & 1 / Oil on Board - Jeremy Geddes

Cosmonaut 4 & 1 / Oil on Board - Jeremy Geddes

Some inspiring photo-realistic work from Jeremy Geddes. A Melbourne based artist who spends his days smearing pigment onto pieces of wood, in between playing air guitar and drinking coffee. You can buy prints of his work from here.

Heat Death / Oil on Board - Jeremy Geddes

Heat Death / Oil on Board - Jeremy Geddes

The Red Cosmonaut / Oil on Board - Jeremy Geddes

The Red Cosmonaut / Oil on Board - Jeremy Geddes

The White Cosmonaut / Oil on Board - Jeremy Geddes

The White Cosmonaut / Oil on Board - Jeremy Geddes

9 January Share your
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Sound, form and space

Under - Art, Design, Inspiration, Media, Motion Graphics, Music, Poetry

This brilliant piece of work, Syn Emergence, was conceived by Rich Bevan as part of Masters at the Bartlett School of Architecture – examining his associative relationship between sound, form and space.

The project is constructed according to a range of specific sonic and spatial scale rule sets (micro, component, meso and macro) which I designed as part of a cross-disciplinary notation/cartographic system.

9 January Share your
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Vintage ad browser

Under - Advertising, Inspiration, Media, Resources
Colgate's Shaving Lather - 1914

Colgate's Shaving Lather - 1914

Anyone with interest in vintage ads/imagery (like me) can spend hours on this site. A great resource for a snapshot back in time with over 1000,000 vintage advertisements.

26 December 1
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Jonathan Puckey’s ‘Delaunay Raster’

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Technology, Typography

Delaunay Raster - Jonathan Puckey

Amsterdam based graphic designer Jonathan Puckey created this image and many others with Delaunay image vectorization using Scriptographer and Color Averaging by Jürg Lehni. Jonathan’s work is an amazing combination of art and science … and typography. View more of his work here.