Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rafaël Rozendaal

My friend Lauren emailed me these cool little abstract animations.


slow empty

looking at something

cold void

You can see more of Rafaël's videos here. Don't forget to move your cursor over the image. Be careful if you are optically sensitive. Some can be a bit headachy. 

Check out his BYOB. I LOVE this idea!

Here is the blurb from his site

"BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) is a series of one-night-exhibitions hosting artists
and their projectors.

Anyone can make a BYOB exhibition. It’s very simple:

- find a space
- invite many artists
- ask them to bring their projectors

Please read the FAQ if you want to organize your own BYOB."
Rafaël Rozendaal, 2010 - 2013


Let me know if you decide to organize one. Better get started on some animations!


Tuesday, April 09, 2013

today's inspiration

Gertrud Goldschmidt

Alexander MacQueen

Yayoi Kusama

Nieuwhoff, C 1974, Contemporary Lace Making, Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, New York, pg 63

Cy Twombly

not sure how they will figure into the final work but that is the fun.

more drawings getting closer I think

I always have a pit in my stomach when I work.

The stress spurs me on when I think that I can't do it, make it, finish it and my pride keeps me on track.
Here are some drawings from yesterday. I think the actual pink that I will use is a bit lighter but no less offensive. I am going for a colour that I heard about on a Science Friday interview with Adam Alter author of Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave called affectionately "drunk tank pink" because it is supposed to have a (short term) calming effect on people and was used in jails and locker rooms to calm prisoners and football players.

Although it seems as if it wouldn't work with the wood, I think that it does.





Monday, April 08, 2013

I am madly working on my drawings for my entry in GrowOp:Exploring Landscape and Place at the Gladstone Hotel. My work will be on the historic glass elevator in the hotel entrance from April 25-28. I had planned to run the work up to the 4th floor but may only focus on the ground to the second floor where the show will mostly take place.

Colours: White and Drunk Tank Pink

title: tensile

subject: spider webs the ultimate drawing.


thinking about: strings, chaos, trapping beauty, scratchitti, strong and fragile at once, calming






Sunday, March 31, 2013

modern florals

Discovery Pattern
by jo rutter

Just found these on Pinterest and thought it would be interesting to follow on a historic floral post with a contemporary floral post. Jo Rutter's design reminds me of Josef Frank:





300 Years of Floral Patterns

I check twitter infrequently but when I do, I always discover something that makes me think. For some reason, I cannot get this particular article about a BBC newsreader, John Nicholson who renovated his home in Spitalfields. He removed each layer of wallpaper, leaf by leaf until he had a historical collection of the house in wallpaper from 1690 to 1960. The layers of the wallpaper were described in the Spitalfields Life article as fragile as butterfly wings and the pictures are amazing. I am not sure whether I am more touched by the care of house, the fragility of the layers of wallpaper, or that floral patterns have been universally popular since the 1690's.

Here is the link and some photos. Enjoy:



Friday, February 22, 2013



The tape rides again! The remaining rolls of my limited edition Colouring Tape from DesignBoom MartToronto at IDS are now available at distill gallery in Toronto!

Both are boxed sets. The Minimalist includes one black Sharpie marker and the Creative Sweet includes 2 rolls of tape, 3 Sharpie Markers, and a tube cap to make a Pen Holder (or iPhone speaker stand!). If you are in Toronto, pop into Distill.

For more ideas on how to use the tape, make sure to check out my tumblr on tape art and the world of adhesive papers.

Monday, October 03, 2011

oblique strategies

Friday, September 16, 2011

Phantom Traps.

"All external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.

"You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."   Steve Jobs via macuser



Steve Jobs has always followed this mantra. It is so simple and so wise and yet so difficult to embrace. I admire his spirit of experimentation and drive.