Friday, 15 August 2014

Make My Magnum!

So just over 2 months ago I joined PropStudios/FormRoom as a design intern. Time has literally flown by and I couldn't have asked to work with a nicer bunch of people. 

As they're a Retail design & Window Displays company they work on a large range of projects with some big brands - from pop-up shops, events to even props for the boss's wedding! (Why not eh?)
I've already been exposed to the crazy amount of projects they take on and one of their recent biggies was MAGNUM at Selfridges. Honestly, the amount of work that has gone into this is incredible, people have no idea about the planning / precision / packaging / making / the overnight installation involved.

(I mean don't get me wrong, I literally played no part in any of this apart from helping wrap things up and eat pizza)

So obviously I had to drag my sister to Selfridges.
(she loved it really, no dragging involved)



YUM.




Friday, 8 August 2014

I'm bringin' bloggin' back

OK, it's back by popular demand (and when I say demand, I'm referring to myself..jeez I'm so demanding). 

I'm not sure why I keep stopping and starting with this blog because when I update it, I enjoy it. I suppose it's like going to the gym, sometimes (/all the time) you can't be bothered, but when you go you're like "DAMN I feel good, why don't I do this more often?!"....and then before you know it 2 months have passed and you find yourself munching on a packet of crisps only to find it labelled with "GREAT FOR SHARING". Wonderful.

So yes, after that completely unnecessary analogy, I am BACK. If Justin Timberlake can come back and successfully whack out a new album, returning to blogging is most definitely the same thing. 
I got your back J.




Saturday, 10 May 2014

One man's trash...

Design doesn't always have to be materialistic and self indulgent and Gregory Kloehn proves it.
Using junk that gets dumped by people on the daily became the materials Kloehn needed to create tiny
mobile shelters for the homeless.
With a little cash, junk and a bit of imagination, the outcome was pretty cool.
Sure..some of them may look like quirky dog houses, but it's pretty impressive what can be made with limited resources and it's all recycled so who can complain!
photos via visualnews

Thanks for reading x

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Jerk Balloons.

You know when you have an argument with someone and then hours later you're lying in bed thinking: "DAMNIT why didn't I say that?" 
Well have no fear, just buy a Jerk Balloon. What's that you ask? Well, it's a balloon for a jerk!
Waheeey life is great again.

If you really wanna buy one just click the photo and show that jerk some helium hate.



Saturday, 3 May 2014

One Vine Day.

I had the opportunity to help set designer/prop maker Lou Blackshaw with her next store installation.
The idea was to create loads of paper vines, all hand crafted with a scalpel.
Hopefully when there's a enough, they can hang from a staircase in a sort of Romeo and Juliet style.

Thanks for reading x

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Sticky Vinyl

 I had the opportunity to help transform an office interior as part of the BLANKS Shoreditch Project.
Sometimes the best ideas are the simple ones and don't require extravagant spending!
And so this brings us to Vinyl - lots and lots of sticky Vinyl.
With designer Kim Thome's creative concept + vinyl + some fabulous help from his assistants (ahem including me), the results were pretty damn good.


Thanks for reading x

Monday, 28 April 2014

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Voting time.

Today I voted for the Iraqi Elections.
It's my second time now (it happens every 4 years). 
To make sure you can't vote twice, you've gotta dip your finger in purple ink.
Only thing is that after about 20 minutes your finger goes from being a delightful purple colour to a horrible rotten banana brown.
Good thing it's easy to scrub off..oh wait...no..no it's not at all.

Thanks for reading x

Saturday, 26 April 2014

House Of Mask Launch Party

So, as mentioned in the previous post, I spent a few days making many MANY masks, but it paid off because it meant I could attend the event.

 It all started off by walking through a foggy corridor, lined with filing cabinets and greeted by rather strange men dressed in white asking us to make a confession to gain entry.
On these filing cabinets were cheque books in which we had to write down our confessions.
There I was thinking I would just have to dump it into some sort of box, but no..nope I was wrong.
You see, I didn't realise that one by one we would have to enter through the glass door and meet these..erm charming? ladies. Greeting me in sync in grumpy monotonous tone, I handed over my confession, only for it to be abruptly snatched out of my hands. Embarrassingly, the blonde on the right quickly read it and snidely showed it to her partner. With raised eyebrows and feeling uncomfortably judged, they looked up disapprovingly and allowed me entry. Phew.
After opening a cabinet door that led me through a corridor that seemed to get smaller and smaller, I reached a small door. As I crouched through to enter, I was instantly handed a free beer. Nice.
Collecting our key.
People had the chance decorate their masks.
Live graffiti.
Overall a very interesting and fun night.


Thanks for reading x

Friday, 25 April 2014

The Mask.

Creative Agency Ralph had an exciting event coming up and needed some help.
The idea was to create an event based on confessions and a sense of anonymity (hence the masks).
Everyone attending would have a mask on - nameless and blending in.
And so began the lengthy process of cutting and sanding hundreds (and I really mean hundreds) of masks. It was nice to be behind the scenes, watching everyone frantically working together as a team to meet the tight deadline. 
With cramped hands, dusty lungs and a few cheeky biscuits later - we did it! 


Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Book Club

Such a nice cafe designed by Shai Akram.
From it's plant pot walls, hat ceiling installation to an area dedicated to ping pong.
 It's a pretty nice place to hang out.

Thanks for reading x

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

London graffiti

Who doesn't love a bit of cheeky street art eh?
You don't even really need to be on the 'look out' for graffiti in East London, it's just kinda everywhere.
Oh London you spoil us.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Ants

Doesn't watching loads of little insects all scuttle together make you shiver a little? 
Even though the ones in Saatchi were massive, it still kinda gave me that feeling. 

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Real Life Portraits of Mermaids.


This is a cool set of photographs by Hana Vojakova
She has brought us a bit of mythical magic to the real world, so whilst on her travels she picked women she felt resembled mermaids. The process involved taking photos of fish scales and carefully digitally applying these to her photos (it took 6 months!)

photos via visualnews


"You’re not supposed to question a myth, but rather, you’re just supposed to accept it as it is, which is what makes a myth a myth. I decided to go against that."

Thanks for reading x

Monday, 20 January 2014

The future?

This is Cycling Utopia by Norman Foster.
A safer way to travel for cyclists?
photo via dezeen

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Stop what you're doing and DANCE.

Bad day?
Here's a photo of the world's smallest man dancing with his pet cat.
You are welcome!
photo via reddit


Sunday, 12 January 2014

'Imagine Finding Me' by Chino Otsuka

So this might seem like a cool set of photos, but what's so special about them?
Look closely. Chino Otsuka decided to cleverly paste herself in old photos with her younger self.
The results are beautiful, you would think they were sisters.
These photos remind me of those days you revisit places you can only vaguely remember from your childhood.  For me, I can stand somewhere and it's like I can almost picture that day from years ago as if it's projected right in front of me like an old movie.

1982 & 2005 (France)
1976 & 2005 (Japan)
1975 & 2009 (France)
Photos via viralnova

In the last photo I can just imagine both Chinos turning to smile at each other - sharing a moment.

How would you look like standing next to your younger self?

Thanks for reading x

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Japan


When you go away somewhere or go travelling, food plays a massive part. You want to make the most of it, try all the bizarre stuff, because where's the fun in being sensible and tucking into a salad every night? No thanks! 
Especially in Japan, food didn't only look interesting, it looked cute! Sometimes I found myself feeling bad as I destroyed little animal faces...I'm such a monster.


Thanks for reading x

Monday, 6 January 2014

Hello 2014.

When a year comes to an end, we all feel the need to express how 'challenging' or 'unforgettable' the past year has been, and to be honest I don't deny that I don't at least reflect back on 2013. 
Who doesn't?

Even though I can happily look back and say it's been a successful year including my graduation, doing half a marathon and a trip to Japan I will never forget, I can't help but always feel panic about what I should achieve by the time 2014 is over. I guess it doesn't help when your birthday is just 4 days after New Years and then you really do feel ANOTHER year older. 

But don't worry, I don't write on this blog to moan, I see that enough on Facebook. In fact, I like to think it's for the opposite - focusing on the good stuff, the stuff that inspires me!

This is a baby panda waving hello to 2014