I do love a good bold wallpaper print but this is something completely different. Artist Beth Katleman has taken wallpaper to a new level with her collection named “Folly”. The design is a three-dimensional rendering of the traditional Toile de Jouy wallpaper. Cast in ceramic, she has created a wall of exquisite Asian-inspired pavilions, occupied with fine kitschy figures.
Katleman created 12 separate installations of Folly, the first of which sold for $200,000 through Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary to a private Australian collector in 2010. “Folly” was exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York in 2011 and will be on view at The National Trust in the U.K at Claydon House in 2012. I think I’ll be off to have a closer look for myself.
I found this video (Folly by Beth Katleman) on the very cool design website Ifitshipitshere. It features Katleman explaining her collection in more detail. Commenting on her work she says, “I love the fact that these scenes are so frivolous but they’re so surreal at the same time because they take place on these floating islands of earth on your wall.”
The installations are defiantly enchanting and although not for everyone, would certainly provoke conversation around the dinner table.
Kids get all the fun. Over Christmas I can’t count how many children I watched jealously as they scribbled away with coloured pens. So, it got me thinking, do colouring books exist for adults? Can we to be guided by black lines to create quirky and intricate pieces of art and design?
Turns we can! Here are my top 5 colouring books for adults:
Natural Wonders Colouring Book by Patrick Hruby
Andy Warhol Colouring Book by Prestel
YSL Colouring Book
In Between The Lines Colouring Books, Volume 2 and Volume 3
Alexander Girard Colouring Book
Christmas is nearly upon us and its time to start wrapping all those presents you’ve spent so long searching for. I have a tradition of wrapping mine in fun newspaper articles or glossy magazine pictures but this year I may have to let that slide. How could I not after seeing the creations from Gift Couture.
Gift Couture is a start-up wrapping paper company that offers high-quality wrapping paper sets. They produce unique papers that coordinate together into conceptualized themes and sets. The initial project has been based on the humble cheeseburger and includes 5 different designs; a bun, hamburger, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes. The product video is well worth a look purely for the funky music. Cleverly place pile your presents to create the biggest burger in town.
The company is now looking to get funding. Let’s hope they get some and release more creative paper sets for us to enjoy all year round.
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