Inside Timorous Beasties

A studio that has inspired me for some time is Glasgow-based Timorous Beasties.

This video on YouTube provides a look at their methods and perspectives.


Inside Demakervan

Another studio that I have mentioned in some of my previous posts, is Rotterdam-based Demakersvan, which are comprised of brothers Jeroen & Joep Verhoeven and Judith de Graauw.

They studied at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and collectively graduated in 2005.

Here is 45-minute interview that offers many (many) insights into the minds of Demakersvan.

Lace in Translation

Through the work of Tord Boontje, Studio Demakersvan and Cal Lane this article looks at Lace being adopted into a contemporary perspective. See link.

Tord Boontje, Raffia Lace Curtain, Philadelphia, 2009

Cal Lane prepping oil tank

1,000 gallon oil tank, oxy-acetylene cut and welded steel; paint; burnt lawn, Cal Lane, 2009.

It is brilliant how from an old rusty tank you can create something which is definitely visually appealing by using a delicate form of lace pattern.

Lace Fence, Galvanized PVC-coated wire, Demakersvan, 2009.

Again another Ordinary structure we see everyday transformed into something visually more appealing.

Update: Here’s an interesting video summary of the exhibition.

Lace In Translation from Canary Promotion + Design on Vimeo.

Visually Interesting….

Within my work I too like Valérie Buess want to create work that is visually interesting…..

valérie buess is a swiss artist who lives in germany. for the last twenty years she has worked primarily with paper creating intricate sculptures that often resemble urchins, coral and other underwater life.

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Recently visited the Lost in lace Exhibition in Birmingham and came across this artist Chiharu Shiota.  I really like how she has brought colour into this collection of work.

Chiharu Shiota

Chiharu Shiota

Lots of threads, love it!

detailed view of the string-formed archway

Rob Ryan

Making Great Illustration

Making Great Illustration

Also on my Research reading list was Derek Brazell and Jo Davies, Making Great Illustration.

An article within this book focused on the works of Rob Ryan and I found it very interesting.  I really like this description the Author has for Ryan:

The process of marrying the conceptual, aesthetic and techniqual properties intrinsic to his imagery is a complex one.

As Rob Ryan recognises himself he understands that the:

“exquisitness of the detail and the aesthetic of this medium is part of the allure, reflecting, people love things that have been painstakingly crafted.  It can be spellbinding even if they don’t like art”

Believe in Goodness

Rob Ryan

Hand crafted delicate patterns from paper.

Rob Ryan

I really admire his work, so pretty and very visually appealing.

From reading about Rob Ryan I am impressed with how he develops his cuttings from stories.  As the Author states, he jots down thoughts prolifically in notebooks, instructions such as ‘Do a picture about not resisting change‘. Ryan explains this further’:

“Some ideas you can’t do a sketch for.  You have to write them down and then find a way of representing them later in pictorial form. Sometimes there are drawings I have in sketchbooks which I can develop”.

I can see a link here to Risatti’s concept of designers starting out with a ‘Purpose.’  Also, I found the inclusion of narrative, drama, story all very engaging.


Recently found this video interview:




Brazell, Derek and Jo Davies, “Making Great Illustration“, A & C Black Publishers Ltd., 2011.