339

LivingDesign.info is a creative and inspiration resource dedicated to design and life and everything in-between

LivingDesign.infoLivingDesign.infoLivingDesign.info LivingDesign - Home LivingDesign - Home

Category Archives: Inspiration

12 September 2
Comments

The wonderful world of watercolor maestro Alexander Votsmush (P-3)

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration

Here comes the third and last part of the watercolor series by Alexander Votsmush.

View Part 1 and Part 2.

View more here

11 September 1
Comment

Buenos Aires: Las Calles de Borges

Under - Inspiration, Literature, Media

Poets, like the blind, can see in the dark – Jorge Luis Borges

A little homage to the great Argentinian poet Jorge Luis Borges by Ian Ruschel. The video was shot in the winter of 2010 in Buenos Aires and Capilla del Señor, Argentina.

9 September Share your
thoughts

London Bus Tour by Moritz Oberholzer

Under - Inspiration, Media, Photography

Who does not like looking out of the window while being in a bus? London Bus Tour, a short film by Moritz Oberholzer captures the everyday life with an array of interesting characters from London streets. Everything is shot handheld by Moritz with an HD camera and a DIY 35mm adapter while sitting in one of those red vehicles of London.

8 September Share your
thoughts

Heliotropes

Under - Inspiration, Literature, Media, Nature, Technology

Heliotropes, a film by Michael Langan based on the poem by Brian Christian, documents the parallel goals of man and nature through the most primitive and sophisticated means, to simply stay in the light.

7 September 2
Comments

Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad Qawwal

Under - Art, Inspiration, Media, Music

Here come two intoxicating and mesmerising Qawwali tracks from Rohail Hayat’s Coke Studio. Qawwali is a Sufi musical tradition that stretches back more than 700 years.

The roots of Qawwali can be traced back to 8th century Persia (today’s Iran and Afghanistan). During the first major migration from Persia, in the 11th century, the musical tradition of Sema migrated to South Asia, Turkey and Uzbekistan. Amir Khusro Dehelvi of the Chisti order of Sufis is credited with fusing the Persian and Indian musical traditions to create Qawwali as we know it today in the late 13th century in India.

To learn more about Qawwali visit this and this.

Fareed Ayaz and Abu Mohammed belong to the Qawwal Bachchon ka Gharana. Their lineage descends directly from that of Mian Samat Ibrahim, a disciple of Amir Khusro, the renowned 13thcentury poet and musician. Centuries later, these brothers are still proudly rendering the ancient art form and are widely considered to be one of the best qawwal troupes in the world.

Fareed Ayaz and Abu Mohammed have worked hard to win the respect of listeners both young and old alike. In 1973 when Fareed Ayaz decided to form his own qawwali troupe, his father Munshi Raziuddin left his partner Manzoor Niazi and joined his son’s party along with Abu Muhammed. The early years were not easy, but they persevered, combining their integrity to the art form with sheer hard work. Gradually the troupe started garnering acclaim as listeners began appreciating both the depth of their kalaams and their remarkable skill.

29 August 1
Comment

Ed McGowan photography

Under - Art, Inspiration, Photography

Here comes amazing photography of Ed McGowan who a self taught photographer and the Director of Design at PlainJoe Studios:

We are a boutique design firm what does everything from web, print & environmental. The studio had just purchased a DSLR to use for internal purposes. I picked it up and started taking pictures. Being a little familiar with SLRs from college I quickly picked up on how to use the camera.

Several months past and I decided to do a 365 project in 2009. During this year is where I really challenged myself and learned a lot. I forced myself to shoot anything and everything and try to do it in an interesting way.

All though my photography consists of a bit of everything (close up, nature, architect), my passion is doing portrait photography. Being a geek I tend to drift towards lights and gear. I love doing natural light photography but I always end up mixing the too create a more distinct look for my portraits.

View more here

19 August Share your
thoughts

Clockwork

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration, Media

Clockwork is an animated short by Moth about a young boy’s attempts to engage his tired father in play with a clockwork boat.

13 August Share your
thoughts

Seaweed by Tell No One

Under - Art, Inspiration, Media

A Lo Fi video experiment by Tell No One.

Luke White and Remi Weekes form Tell No One where they experiment with video cameras. Tell No One is intended to be a peek into their experimental process where they post their on-going ideas, inspirations and processes. Their work collectively have been exhibited and screened in institutions big and small, around the world – from the Guggenheim Museum, New York to the British Film Institute, London.

9 August 4
Comments

Adeel and the miniaturesque craftsmanship

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration

Discourse (Diptych) - Engraved Drawing on Vinyl

Adeel uz Zafar is an emerging contemporary artist from Pakistan who is deeply committed to creative expression through experimentation. Born in 1975 in Karachi, Pakistan, Adeel completed his BFA from National College of Arts (NCA) Lahore in 1998, he later returned to Karachi and joined Karachi School of Arts as an instructor.

Adeel started his early career as an illustrator that gave him considerable experience of working with the finest and reputable publishing houses in Pakistan, and provided him the opportunity to make his contributions to a multitude of academic curriculum text books. He mentions his sojourn in the suburbs of Gilgit momentous, where he went as a national illustration consultant for Northern Areas Education Project. The unavailability of conventional art material in that rural and remote area led him to investigate into substitutes for paints and surfaces. Having developed the engraving technique on the exposed photographic sheet by using paper cutter, he scratched drawings onto them mostly based on empirical observation and by modifying them in his signature graphic style. This is something which he considers, has made his place in the contemporary Pakistani art scene.

Discourse (Diptych) - Engraved Drawing on Vinyl

He joined Indus Valley School of Art in 2008 where he exhibited his work, almost after a complete decade from his first college display, in the IVSA Faculty show. The show at V.M. Art Gallery, Karachi in 2009 was a turning point in Adeel’s career which catapulted him into the league of emerging artists of Pakistan. He came up with a humongous scale this time, retaining his hold on the meticulous skill and the objects he made an illustration history with. These props were singular, fluffed cuddly toys, very symbolically wrapped in gauze bandage. He engraved them on large adjoined pieces of plastic vinyl sheet coated with emulsion and acrylic gel. The small toy was blown up to a monstrous size with a pitch black background, and the intricately manifested concealing weave of the cloth opened many connotations regarding furtive and ambiguous identity.

This style and technique was further experimented through a group show of four artists at Art Chowk-the Gallery, Karachi, titled ‘Being a Man in Pakistan’ (2009) – which has initiated a dialogue for the artist to reflect upon various issues, both social and political at times out of the box.

The Lion At Rest - Engraved Drawing on Plastic Vinyl Surface

The Lion At Rest - Details

The Lion At Rest - Details

Adeel associates his childhood memories and his perpetual dealing with subjects for children as the core of his imagery development. He symbolizes this bandaging manipulation as the delusive ipseity. He alters the dainty characteristic by transforming the identity of the object, driving it into a rather serious orientation. Whereas, his flamboyant command over the painstaking patterned strokes may appear principled to miniaturesque craftsmanship.

Recently, Adeel has participated in both national and international art exhibits such as the RM Naeem Residency, Lahore, Pakistan, ‘On the brink’ at Fost Gallery, Singapore and at Slick Art, Paris. He has also been selected for an exhibition showcasing a decade of a new wave of Pakistani artists who have contributed to the ever growing diverse vocabulary of contemporary art that has evolved from South East Asia ‘The Rising Tide – new directions in art from Pakistan 1990-2010’.

Adeel uz Zafar currently works and resides with his wife Nehdia and two children in Karachi.

Persona - Engraved Drawing on Plastic Vinyl Surface

View more here

8 August 3
Comments

Winter in Yosemite National Park

Under - Art, Inspiration, Media, Nature, Photography

Another spectacularly calming and meditative short by Henry Jun Wah Lee on winter in Yosemite National Park.

Shot over the 2011 New Year weekend when a winter storm arrived in Yosemite. Overcast skies the first day, followed by heavy snow on the second day, partly cloudy the third day and sunny the fourth day. You’ll see a mixture of shots from the different weather conditions.