Blink Inspiration: Cut and Paste Art

We were, camera in hand, searching East London finding great new street art for the Autumn edition of the ‘Graphics’ report when we came across a really innovative looking piece on Redchurch Street. As we were ooh-ing and ahh-ing, admiring this variation on the Virgin Mary, the artist himself stepped up.

Ernesto Muniz is a scalpel wielding genius. He very kindly sent us some images of other works from the streets of London as well as his home town of Mexico City. There’s also some really interesting creations with vinyl records. The use of religious iconography reflects Muniz’ Latino roots and makes for some really innovative artwork.

If you like what you see here, Ernesto can be contacted at munizer@hotmail.com. He’ll also be exhibiting alongside artists like Banksy at Liverpool’s Corke Gallery in November.

The artist himself

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Inspiration: A Field of Dreams

What a whirlwind on the “Blink” blog this week. First we posted about Peckham, then we were in Copenhagen and now we have a post from sunny East Sussex. Will the glamor never end!

As tweeted on Monday, I was up bright and early on Tuesday to head down to Ardingly. I know you’re thinking what could be in a small and twee country village to get me out of a cozy bed and away from the computer for a day. Well, something special let me tell you!

Ardingly is fast becoming less of the insider secret that it once was. Its a massive antiques trade fair with over 1,500 stalls set through the fields and sheds of the South of England Showground. I come from a long line of rummagers, negotiators and eagle eyed spotters- better known as antique dealers to the general public- so this is my idea of heaven. Its a great place to find inspiration in things you didn’t even expect to strike a chord with you. Suddenly you realize that those really massive, clunky German pottery vases in strange, bright glazes are really quite beautiful, or maybe its about a fantastic graphic spotted on a retro Belgian poster. There is more direct fashion inspiration if required too, with many stalls specializing in textiles, amazing historical clothing and accessories. Its a very tempting place so I would use a phrase of my Grandmother’s “Keep your hand on your ha’penny” (actually I’m not sure she was talking about money, but anyway…). If you are set for a spend up, cash is king, but many stalls take a cheque and even credit cards!

Here are some shots of things we thought were beautiful and inspirational, and some of them even came home with us…

Ardingly Antiques Fair

Ardingly Antiques Fair

Ardingly Antiques Fair

Ardingly Antiques Fair

Ardingly Antiques Fair

Ardingly Antiques Fair

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Enjoy and do let us know what you think! Lucy

Graphics: XOXO

‘XOXO’ in the immortal words of Gossip Girl. Sorry, but we couldn’t resist and it does seem the perfect way to introduce this selection of inspiration that we have lifted from our recent quarterly “Graphics” report. Its all about love related imagery, from variations on a simple heart to lipstick coated, kissable lips. We’re all about sharing the love so we wanted to share this inspiration with you. Enjoy!

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Alberta Ferretti

Rob Ryan at 'Pick Me Up'

Miss Sixty

Le Gun at 'Pick Me Up'

Fornarina

Mr Bingo at 'Pick Me Up'

Blink interviews: Donna Wilson

Donna Wilson has been called ‘wonderful with wool’ and a ‘material marvel’. Her distinctive designs have won her an army of dedicated fans around the world and given her the reputation as one of Scotland’s brightest design stars. As well as her collection of lovable knitted creatures, the past seven years have seen Donna produce blankets, cushions, trays, wooden dolls, scarves, socks, tea towels, upholstered furniture, even stationary and books. In fact there isn’t much that Donna hasn’t turned her creative hand to!

Donna is committed to making pieces that will last. From her creatures to the upholstery pretty much all of Donna’s designs are made in the UK from 100% natural fibres, like lambswool which is both durable and environmentally friendly.

Which comes first for you, personal style or trends?

Definitely personal style. For me its important not to look to much at trends as my aim is to create something new and fresh, and that has to be a personal response. I guess its inevitable to be influenced by what surrounds us, but I want to try and keep ahead and create designs that are unique to me!

What are you currently working on and how is it shaping up?

I always have lots on the go at the same time. Otherwise I panic that I’m not busy enough! At the moment we are putting the finishing touches to the  Winter ’10 collection which will be launched in August- new hats, scarves and even gloves, as well as soft furnishings. I have always sold scarves but I thought it might be nice to create more of an accessory collection this year.

I’m really excited to be working with Sharon Knightly, an animator, on a music video for Gideon Conn. I saw Gideon perform at Glastonbury a few years ago and thought he was amazing. The happy music seemed to suit my creatures perfectly, and I have always wanted to bring them to life through animation so when this opportunity arose I jumped at the chance. I can’t wait to see the results!

Oh, also at the end of May we are creating a giant maze of yarn for a festival in my home town in Scotland. Its going to be a labyrinth of multicoloured yarn that people can interact with!

What’s currently inspiring you?

I’m really into Scandinavian design and artists. Being from Aberdeen, I think I might have some Scandinavian blood! I love the work of Norwegian ceramicist, Stig Lindberg. I think its the simplicity, the reference to nature and use of natural materials that I’m drawn to. I just need to plan a Scandinavian tour!

Has your business developed in the way that you anticipated?

I think so, although I never really imagined that I’d create a business from making knitted creatures. The products have evolved and I have had to become a bit more business minded than comes naturally. I’m so determined to keep developing and not stand still. When you’re working all the time, its sometimes difficult to stand back and see whats happened. I occasionally get a glimpse of it when I see things in magazines, or get some good feedback from people. I heard that Orlando Bloom bought two of my trays, and Sheryl Crow has bought a pouffe!

Do you work best alone of collaboratively?

I enjoy both. Collaborating is more difficult as you always feel like the design has to be a bit of both you and the collaborator. I quite like it when its just the way I want it! having said that I think that collaborations are very important as they make you do things that you wouldn’t normally, and that challenge is really good.

What is currently tempting you to make a purchase?

I would really like to buy a ‘love seat’ from Ercol. Its so simple, smooth and lovely, and also its made in the UK.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Creating happy products that people like and buy! Sometimes I can’t quite believe that! Also I am my own boss and can choose when I want to do the exciting things and leave the boring things until later!

Pencil and paper or computer and mouse?

I wish that it was just pencil and paper, but I do spend a lot of time on the computer. Even with designing, I have started to use ‘Illustrator ‘ quite a lot to generate different combinations quickly. All of my ideas do start off with pencil and the back of an envelope, or whatever comes to hand…

I feel most creative when…

I am on a train traveling through the countryside with a sketchbook and no internet!

Any final words of advise?

Keep determined, work hard, be confident in what you are doing and have fun with it- easier said than done sometimes but we all know that if we really, really want something we can get it!

Donna Wilson in her studio

Hand Painted ‘Staffordshire Dogs’

Meg Cushion

Fox scarf

Meg plate

Blink Inspiration: Something in the Air

When we were at the Trendunion presentation for Spring Summer 2011, Li Edelkoort let it slip that the Autumn Winter 2011 presentation would be focusing on birds as the next key inspiration.

Ever since then we have been noticing a few early adopters. Our feathered friends have been providing the inspiration for some great prints, accessories and graphics for Spring 2010, almost like a mini taster of what is to come- if Guru Li is to be believed (and let me tell you, her track record is pretty faultless…). So we suggest you let your imagination take flight (no groaning!) and wing it (still, no groaning at the back!) to embrace this beautiful and inspirational motif.

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Question Air

Whistles

Zadig & Voltaire

Carnaby Sreet

Miss Selfridge

Style spotted on Westbourne Grove

Blink Inspiration: Pick me up!

Its all about Somerset House this week… again! We do go other places you know, but there is always an extra special little smile when we know there’s an excuse to hang out here.

So the excuse this time was ‘Pick Me Up’, the first British contemporary graphic art fair. The perfect combination of inspiration, culture and shopping! Get down there before this event ends on 3rd April. Every piece on show was for sale, and some of the artwork was specifically commissioned to be exhibited and sold exclusively at this show. The organizers invited a selection of established and up and coming graphic talents to showcase their work. Alongside the simply presented pieces, there are also ‘work in progress’ areas where you can see the artists creating work, and even get involved yourself!

One of  Blink’s favourites, Rob Ryan, has relocated his East London studio and team to the event. The studio is really inspirational with a huge, wrap around ‘ideas in progress’ style pin-board, screen printing and signature paper cutting. Along the way from this an energetic collection of work from Print Club London, screen printing limited edition posters right before your eyes. This collective was set up in 2007 to provide accessible screen printing facilities to young illustrators and designers so that they could produce brilliantly creative posters, T shirts, record covers, flyers…

These pictures, and many more inspirational images, will be featured in the Summer edition of the quarterly ‘Graphics’ report. Contact your nearest agent if you’d like to know more.

Rob Ryan's team at work

A close up from Rob Ryan's mood board

Rob Ryan's team at work

Felt Mistress andd Nobrow

Print Club London

Blink Discoveries: Holly Fulton

Another cutting edge, London based talent for you…

We love the bold, graphic style of Holly Fulton. A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and The Royal College of Art, Fulton launched her own collection after working on womenswear and accessories for the amazing Lanvin. The combination of hand drawn, graphically styled prints layered with super bold embellishment create a really strong signature look. These are often layered up with super scale accessories to create a look that is dazzling from top to toe.

Holly Fulton’s Spring Summer 2010 collection is inspired by the to Art Deco architecture of New York. Simply sharp silhouettes create the perfect canvas for deeply detailed, architecturally inspired pattern and embellishment. This quote from Fulton’s website sums her look up perfectly: “My current signature style contains lots of geometric pattern lavished onto simply cut garments; big, luxurious, simple shapes with bold jewellery; bejewelled crystallised dresses and an eclectic mix of modern materials with a high end finish.”

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Holly Fulton Spring 2010 collection

Windows- H&M through the Looking Glass

Lewis Carroll is providing inspiration across the board at the moment. Robbie Williams is channeling the white rabbit in his current video and Tim Burton’s 3D interpretation of Alice’s adventures is due for release in March (we can’t wait!). H&M have very smartly jumped on this fantasy bandwagon and through the looking glass for their current VM scheme. It feels very ‘Alice’ blended with quite a lot of Tim Walker. The scale play and bold patterns really work well together. Fairytale fantasies and a large dose of escapism feel like the perfect themes to explore for Spring 2010, and what better place to escape the daily grind and grey skies than the fabulous world of fashion?

H&M channels Alice in Wonderland

H&M channels Alice in Wonderland

H&M channels Alice in Wonderland

H&M channels Alice in Wonderland

Blink Seasonal- You Angel

While we’re in a festive mood, we thought we’d treat you to this group of images that could be taken in a seasonal way- but angels aren’t just for Christmas! These are actually taken from the Winter ‘Graphics’ report and have been gathered over the past couple of months. They just seemed appropriate to share with you as we approach December 25th.

The wings on the store front of the Jeremy Scott pop up shop reflected his detailing in the trainers. At ‘Merci’ we saw a plain old wire hanger elevated to desirability with a bit of genius bending. Its a great device that crosses all sort of barriers and appeals to a broad audience, so get your wings on and channel your angelic thoughts into some cupid cute new product.

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Jeremy Scott with Adidas, pop up shop on Newburgh Street

Jeremy Scott with Adidas, pop up shop on Newburgh Street

Matches stall at LFW

Matches stall at LFW

East London

East London

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

Blink Seasonal- Bold Baubles

Taking second place in our festive chart is Selfridges London, narrowly missing the top spot that we awarded to Carnaby Street. We love the huge scale and brightly coloured inflatable baubles that drift up the side of the full height central escalator. These have a touch of  Takashi Murakami about them. There is a lovely comedy about these decorations, which fits in with the pantomime feel of the window schemes. They put a festive smile on our face.

Selfridges

Selfridges

Selfridges

Selfridges