Friday, 30 May 2014

blossom

Hannah's tattoo symbolises the love of her parents through which she has had the strength and courage to cope through difficulties in her life and grow into the wonderful person she is today. We depicted her parents as the authentic lady and gentleman Hannah described them to be. Loosely based on a photo from their wedding day, their love and protection are Hannah's moral guidelines for the future.


Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The Earth's Endless Paradoxes

a quest for creativity
hidden in simplicity
a battle of feelings and words
thoughts and sounds
imagination and image


an attempt to explain the earths endless paradoxes
a world of endless evil
sheltered by the good's retrieval
of happiness and compassion
from depravity and pain
a world drained by financial gain
our sin is the yin
time will tell if we can be the yang





















































Sam sent us these thought-provoking words he had written, requesting us to create a piece based on the second stanza of the poem  - "the earth's endless paradoxes".  These paradoxes, as Sam explained,  exist in everyone's mind; the everyday tug of war between what we choose to perceive as good / evil and all the grey areas in between. Ultimately,  goodness has to come from within on a personal level before it can be spread to others.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

not enough hours

Topographer Tina or 'vermessungstechniker' in her native German, wrote to us describing her creative and outdoor passions outside of her technical job. These including constructing upcycled furtniture from salvaged timber, playing the mandolin, lomo photography, as well as outdoor sports and travel. Despite enjoying her job greatly, it sadly leaves little time for passions and activities, as Tina tries to catch the grains of sand as they fall.



Tuesday, 13 May 2014

spun

The below piece symbolises Johanna's love of creativity. As a fashion design student, she loves to work with her hands, always thinking about ideas and spinning them in her mind.  We depicted her love of geometry, abstraction, dreaming and the movement of the body/and life, inspired greatly by her love of the figures and fast lines of Schiele and Klimt.







Monday, 12 May 2014

The Silent World

After visiting our 'A Thousand Fibres' London Exhibition last summer, Norwegian Simen contacted us for a tattoo. He provided us with two lines from a Kipling poem which served as was the foreword to one of the two books his father gave him as a child that sparked his interest in sharks.
As a hyperactive and fearless youngster, one of Simen's favourite activities was free diving.  The books 'Great shark stories' by Ron and Valerie Taylor and 'The Silent World' by Jacques Cousteau magnified his underwater love. It was here he found the Kipling poem, which, having never felt fear before (which Simen claims is due to his ADHD), truly fascinated him.

But thy hands are loosed and weak, and the blood has left thy cheek—        15
  It is Fear, O Little Hunter, it is Fear!












Friday, 9 May 2014

the unexamined life is not worth living

“Chance and chance alone has a message for us. Everything that occurs out of necessity, everything expected, repeated day in and day out, is mute. Only chance can speak to us.” 
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness Of Being 

South African artist Simone travelled all the way from sunny Cape Town to have us visualise the philosophical ponderings of her beautiful mind.

We illustrated the Existential enlightenment she feels following six years of Studies in the Arts, depicting the paths and unfamiliar environments she wishes to embrace, having exhausted all creative possibilities in her tiny town. Using the notion of “chance”, simone wishes to travel and see where it takes her, while she is ‘obligation’ free and healthy and where she hopes to reach her ultimate imagined goals whilst soaking up the present moment and all its phenomenological qualities.

Inspired by Simone's interest in words, writing, text based and conceptual art and printmaking, we portrayed the notion of her plans to examine, experience and explore until meanings are collected, internalised and projected.

Accompanying Simone's wonderful words were her sketchbook musings below, for those wishing to gain more understanding of how we like to work.

We wish Simone all the very best and look forward to our paths crossing again. 











































Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Waldeinsamkeit

Illias wrote to us expressing his heartfelt emotions following the recent death of his father. The deeply touching and personal letter spoke of his love and loss of the man he greatly looked up to. Feeling as though he is drowning in the desolation, he expressed his existential feelings regarding his oneness with nature unaffected by man and ‘Waldeinsamkeit’: “the feeling of being alone in the woods.”

Shortly after the occurrence, Illias questioned his human existence having got lost in very dark woods.  Eventually he found the walking trail through as birds were singing under an ever shining sun.
Recognising himself in the shadow of his father, Illias knows he has to go on, keeping his head up like his father had to - looking up to sublime nature and this extraordinary world.

The tattoo and memories of his father are Illias' survival guide for existenceWishing to find a harmony between living in a modern city whilst experiencing his dependence to nature to its fullest, Illias hopes his tattoo will give him the energy to go on, pursuing the freedom his father gave to him. 

"People are allowed to get lost. In these moments we give thought to our lives and we see our own faults. But we have to find the way out of the dark woods on time. "


























Sunday, 4 May 2014

Tessellate

Cologne based fashion designer Lisa travelled to Needles Side to have us interpret the song 'Tessellate' by Alt-J, which holds a special meaning to her.

Check Lisa's work here : http://www.lisa-bender.de/