Friday, February 24, 2012

Collection: Owl Graffiti and Street Art Part II


Happy weekend, everyone! I shall wrap up this week with some wonderful graffiti owls from all over the web. Do tell which one is your favorite?

You can find Part 1 here, in case you missed. Have a great weekend and see you on Monday.

Tohato: Packaging Design






Tohato is a Japanese food brand that offers variety of snacks like caramel corn, potato rings, chocolates in star shape, sesame cookies etc. I am sure most of you will agree when I say that Japanese packaging is created not to just hold the food, but to also have a unique quality of cuteness aka "Kawaii".

This cute looking caramel corn packaging - screaming "adorable!" - had all my attention instantly the moment I saw it. There are about 32 designs and each flavor features a cute character with a fun expression.

I am convinced the first image looks like an owl. Do you agree? Some of their products are available here.

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Freebie: Owl Engraving

The Graphics Fairy shared this beautiful Hawk Owl engraving from an early Natural History Book. Go to her website to download it for free!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Donna Wilson + Rococo Chocolate

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Donna Wilson designed these most adorable range of hand-painted eggs for Rococo Chocolates. All are hand painted on white chocolate and backed with a thick dark chocolate layer. The chocolate feature Donna's style of illustration in chick, lamb, rabbit, owl and pussycat designs, beautifully presented in pretty packaging in a Rococo bone china egg cup. These limited edition easter eggs can be pre-ordered on Donna's website.
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Perler Beads Owls




I adore these colorful owls made with Perler beads by Flora. I never got a chance to play with these kind of beads when I was a kid because they were not available in India. After seeing these little guys, I am inspired to try making some myself. Did you play with the beads while growing up?

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Amy Maggs: Patterns








Brighton based designer Amy Maggs specialises in home textiles print design. She gained a textile degree at Falmouth university, Cornwall and designed album covers and merchandise for music artists Offside and Graham Croft. Her work is inspired from geometric patterns encompassing "layering patterns, interesting combinations of colour and a range of unusual surface textures". You can view more of her pattern designs on her website. The shown pattern is from her "Collection Four" which stood out to me because of its unique owl like shape.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Solitaire: New For 2012

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New products at Solitaire include some very cute baby theme designs. Designers Matt and Em share: "We've gone a bit baby mad as we have a little one on the way next month."

There are adorable new boy and girl cards and ABC posters in three colors - green, pink and blue, that will look great in the nursery of your little one. Check out their website for cute hand printed lavender bags in shapes of house, owls and more.

Forest Dwellers: Lydia Kasumi





Lydia Kasumi is an illustrator and installation artist living in London who graduated from University of Gloucestershire in 2010. Her 3D paper models are often inspired by geometric shapes and nature.

"My work encompasses my love of detail and colour and covers a wide range of creative disciplines. I am constantly exploring, always challenging, perennially happy; painting, drawing, making."

Forest Dwellers is an exploratory set design in collaboration with Castro Smith. I am swooning over her detailed and intricate work on the owl model. Her colorful and whimsical pieces are truly a feast for the eyes.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sean Avery: Sculptures Made From CDs






Australian artist Sean Avery makes these amazing sculptures out of old CDs. He breaks the CDs in specific shapes and then arranges them meticulously to turn them into these stunning and detailed animal sculptures.

“The nature of my sculpture practice ensures that each piece will be completely unique. I blend many different man-made materials together to make them appear strangely organic, with a distinct sense of movement,” the artist shares about the process. “I only use recycled materials to create my sculptures, which classifies my work as ‘sustainable art.’”

This talented scupltor has some very impressive skills of recreating fur, feathers and scales that alomost look natural and soft despite being made of fragments of hard plastic CDs.