Discovering Ray Eames



A while back, I wrote about the trailer to the documentary Eames: The Architect and The Painter and last week I managed to watch it. It was pretty fascinating in many ways but the aspect of the story I was most intrigued by was the dynamic between the couple as a man and a woman. These days, in the media and exhibitions they are presented as a pair but it appears that for most of their careers it was all about him, and not so much about her.

It's a fairly charged time in Australia when it comes matters of sexism, so maybe that's why this storyline stood out to me. It really made me think about all the other 20th century female designers and artists that are still undervalued and under-promoted. Where are their stories and what can we learn from them? Do you know of someone I should know about? If so, let me know!

Read the original post here.

Picture: Eames with an early prototype version of The Toy that was made of cardboard triangles, outside the Eames house, 1951, as seen in Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey's documentary EAMES: The Architect and The Painter.

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Hitchcock

Last week, I went to see the remastered Vertigo on the big screen and was floored by it. This week, we have the trailer to Hitchcock and I am beyond excited. Taking place during the production of Psycho (my all time favourite Hitchcock film) the film will focus on relationship between Alfred and his wife Alma.



From the trailer, the story and the look of the film seem great but I am disappointed by how heavily they've layered on the prosthetics. I mean, if you didn't know it would you even think that was Anthony Hopkins?

On being defensive



As we get older, I'd like to think we get better at saying no. The no's that exist in life... No, I won't drive 4 hours out of my way for you. No, I won't do this ridiculous task at the very last minute because you weren't organised. No, I won't go on your super expensive hen's party weekend. I feel like I learned this from Oprah in my teens, but my memory is fuzzy.

I'm now learning the power of no with my own creative projects. No, sit down and work now. No, don't start that project until you finish this one. No, you can't watch the Kardashians you have to write. I have to create boundaries for myself and stick to them if I am ever going to be successful at making the things I want to make.



While saying no all the time could create a negative brain space, it is easy to switch the focus to what the no will give you. Ask yourself by saying no what will I achieve? The answer to that is hopefully so grand that the next question won't scare you:

what are you willing to give up in order to have 
what you really really want? 

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert talks about asking this question in this interview. She likens it to being her own bodyguard and as creative people that's what we need to be. Defending your work process from yourself and the world isn't so much about the negative, nagging no but about honouring your gifts and talents. If you don't create boundaries you simply won't get any creative work done.

Have a great (creative) weekend.

First image by unknown. Second image by Josh Olins in Dazed & Confused 2008.

Succulents and cacti

I can't get enough of them.
Here are some I've instagrammed (the first I just received as a gift yesterday).


2013 already



The end of 2012 is nigh and that means it's a very special time of year for illustrators and designers.

It's the season where designers and illustrators work their butts off trying to convince us regular folk to buy their over-priced yet oh so lovely diaries and calendars. You know the ones, they're so pretty that after you buy them you never use them lest you ruin them with your cheap pens and poor handwriting. (Am I the only one who does this?)

But if I was to buy one this year, it would be this Cities calendar from the Rifle Paper Co. Let's ignore it's uselessness for now and just focus on the lovely illustrations. So pretty.


Let's go Sao Paulo



I'll be visiting Sao Paulo this December and I BEYOND excited. I think we have fiiiinally locked down some accommodation (thank you google translate) so now I can get on with researching neighbourhoods to explore.

Have you been to Sao Paulo? Any recommendations?

Pics pinned from my 'Travel to Brazil' Pinterest pin board.