Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 -
Old chewing gum that gets stuck on the sidewalks is pretty hard to be removed. Dropped unconsciously, these white spots form an uneven pattern throughout our cities. It costs quite some money to clean the streets from unwanted gum each year. Ben Wilson had a better idea. The English wood carver and street artist developed a sort of Make-up concept for that issue. Very patiently he paints flat chewing gum spots with all kinds of motives, creating small pieces of art everywhere. By now Wilson has painted more than 10,000 pieces of discarded gum in various cities in Europe. He even paints motives on request and while working and lying on the ground with his equipment, he attracts a great deal of attention with people passing by crowding around him. Benson was arrested once during his work, but soon released because he is not damaging anyone’s property with his art. Actually he is just painting on rubbish. His initiative derives from a strong aversion to unnecessary waste.
An original way of embellishing the streets with very detailed artwork. You should take a look yourself. Check Ben Wilson’s gallery of chewing gum art on flickr.
Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 -
Utilité by Ellen Korth is no standard Do-It-Yourself book. Although we haven’t seen it in real life yet, the video presentation already made us love it. Ellen Korth visited 40 women and men at home and documented how passionate they knitted, crocheted or weaved. Utilité, which became more of an object than a book, is a piece of art on its own, with its incredible binding, personal stories and great image material. If you still need an unconventional Christmas present for someone, get this one. We hope to interview the author soon and tell you more about her work.
Utilite from Coen Remmelts on Vimeo.
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 -
For the last time this year the Holy Shit Shopping presents itself in Hamburg. This weekend in a hall of the Hamburg Messe 200 designers and artists will offer handmade products. From fashion and jewellery, books and photography through to organic olive oil from Greece you can chose from a colourful mix of treasures and find special Christmas presents. I visited the Holy Shit Shopping two weeks ago in the Alte Münze in Berlin but now I can’t tell you what I got there, because it should still be a surprise on Christmas Eve. What I can do is recommend this event with its cozy atmosphere. Only the food was quite minimalistic, so bring your own to survive your route through lots of creative products and interesting ideas.
Click here for a list of designers
17. + 18. December 2011
12:00 – 22:00
Hamburg Messe / Halle B3
Am Messeplatz 1
Friday, November 25th, 2011 -
Look, what we discovered. With this special portable dying set you can make your own natural dye from plants and berries. It comes in a kit, in a wooden suitcase and looks really pretty. Studio Swine is behind this nice idea and was inspired by America’s tradition of travelling salesman. Each kid includes a pack of seeds and instructions on how to produce your own dye at home. On their website you can find a recipe to make Blackberry Dye to colour your white socks purple or give them a special batik look for instance. Via strawberry Earth
Via strawberry Earth