Hello dear readers,
I was following an online course about lettering on Skillshare by Neil Tasker.


I found it very interesting to learn how letters are composed by hand. This is going to be very useful for me for this blog. Of the many lessons by Neil Tasker I found the one about vectorizing the pencil drawings the most interesting.
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Here is another video to start drawing your own handwritten fonts.

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There is also a really cool website I found todays via Simply Shers. She wrote about an interesting video portrait project which I find really inspiring. One of the videos was about a lettering artist based in San Francisco called Jessica Hische. Have a look at this portrait
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Hello dear readers,
yesterday I was looking for some great new images for my Pinterest boards and came across really cool ads by Juicy Couture.

When trying to find the credits for some of those ads, I found out that the following ad had been shot by Steve Meisel:
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Born in 1954 Steven Meisel started out as a fashion illustrator. He studied at the High School of Art and Design and then continued to study at Parsons The New School of Design. At a very young age Meisel would not play with toys but would use fashion magazines like Vogue or Harpers Bazaar to draw women.  According to Wikipedia he was deeply fascinated by rich and beautiful women like Gloria Guinness, who in his eyes personified beauty and high society. He was equally fascinated by his sister and mother and finally had a deep obsession for models like Twiggy, Veruschka and Jean Simpton.
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He asked girlfriends to call model agencies pretending to be secretaries of Richard Avedon so he could get pictures of the models. He even waited for Twiggy outside a photographer’s studio, and stalked models outside the agencies to catch photographs of them.
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To start off his career he worked for fashion designer Halston as a fashion illustrator, and taught fashion illustration as a part time job at Parsons. He then never thought of becoming a photographer. He later worked for Women Wear Daily and contacted Elite Model Agency where he was allowed to take pictures of the models. So he worked weekdays as an illustrator and on the weekends as a photographer. Some of the models took their pictures to Seventeen magazine. This is how he got his first job as a professional photographer.

He has shot every cover of Vogue Italia for the last 25 years. There are very few interviews in which he directly speaks to the media and he hates photographs being made of him even though he looks extremely beautiful with his long dark hair. He is said to be overtly homosexual.

One of the rare interviews was with Pierre Alexandre de Looz for 032c.com, click here to read it. One of the quotes from this interview: “During our conversations, Meisel confided that unlike many of his peers today he doesn’t constantly carry a camera. “When I think about it, am I really a fashion photographer?” The answer to that seems easy enough, unless of course you are Steven Meisel.”
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I wish you all a really pleasant day

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Image credits:
First image – Eliza Cummings, Hanne Gaby Odiele & Daria Strokous by Steven Meisel
Second image – Daria Strokous (Women) and Hanne Gaby Odiele (Ford) are back for the campaign lensed by Steven Meisel and now they have additional player, Viktoriya Sasonkina also at Women. The campaign was shot on November 15th 2010 and styled by the famous Lori Goldstein. Those blonde hair was by Orlando Pita and the make up was by Pat McGrath.
Third image – Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images, TIME Lists

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one of those moments in life….. ahhhhh! There was another moment that happened to me about 2 years ago when I was reading on of the many biographies about Madonna. I had just seen the video about the “Making Of” of one of my favourite movies “Bad Lieutenant” by Abel Ferrara (see video above) online and was investigating deeper into Abel Ferrara and Harvey Keitel when one of the biographies about Madonna arrived by post. And when I opened it, I just opened the page ABOUT MADONNA AND ABEL FERRARA (page 192 in the biography written by Andrea Morton titled Madonna, published by St. Martin’s Press). Because Madonna loved the film Bad Lieutenant too (one of the best scenes of Bad Lieutenant was completely improvised by Harvey Keitel on the spot – it surely appealed to her). She contacted Abel Ferrara and asked him to direct a film with her and Harvey Keitel. The film was first titled Snake Eyes, but was then called “Dangerous Game”, and really had been a dangerous game played by Madonna. Abel and Harvey accepted to work on this project but the result was not exactly what she had had in mind. The film explored aspects of her identity that Madonna would have liked to leave uncommented. Madonna said later that the best parts had been cut away and what had remained were pieces that “ridiculed” her – or so she obviously felt. I'll be talking about this movie and other crazy things that happened to me in reference to my idols in other posts. These episodes in my life when "coincidences" like these occur give sense to my life and make me extremely happy and make me feel I am on the right track. Video Credits: Helsinki Productions, Helsinki Productions is an independent film production & post-production company helmed by Michael Frost and Charles Wright.


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Today I was googling how to create hand drawn typefaces and I found a great video about Typography by Off Book PBS arts. I really thought that this was a great video and I tried to find more videos by Off Book PBS arts. And I found one about Street Art. In this documentary two female artists are portrayed, one of them fascinated me because she makes painfully large crocheted patterns.

Agata Olek says about herself that she loves to crochet, because it allows her to watch films while doing her artworks.

She is not a yarn-bomber but an artist. She says “I wish I could crochet even faster… I wish my hands would not hurt… I wish my back would be stronger…”

Here is a film about an artwork done in late December 2010. It covered an artwork by Arturo Di Modica, who installed his sculpture “Charging Bull” in Wall Street in 1989 without permission to do so. The crocheted cover was removed and torn by a park caretaker two hours after being installed.
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Agata Olek is a street artist. Born 1978 in Poland she moved to New York City in 2000. Very little is known about her personally. She says about her balloon installations that balloons represent “the happy moments in life – which are often just as impermanent”. She also says the balloons remind her of the times when she worked as a travelling clown for Health Plus and would visit poor New York neighbourhoods.
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Olek has an exhibition in the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC until today (March 23rd 2013). This show is about a court case she has been involved in (and was condemned for) after having had a physical dispute with an aggressive male patron in a bar. Since then she has been collaborating with women artists all around the globe and engaging in a frenzy of artistic works like crocheted boxing gloves, decorative doily skulls, butterflies, and half-naked mer-people dining lavishly on and around a knitted table where a crocheted skeleton is seated. Words in her works include “Happiness is an Inside Job,” “Karma Has No Deadline,” and “Being Beautiful on the Inside is What’s Important HAHA Not Really.” A feeling of having survived underwater in a sunken ship is conveyed in this installation in reference to her violent experiences.

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Video Credits: “The End is Far”, solo exhibition, Feb 23rd – March 23rd, 2013 Jonathan LeVine Gallery, a SURREEL film by Garrett Kafchinski, Adam Girgenti, Lauren Barber, produced by Rocky Ziegler and David Hausen
Image Credits: http://www.oleknyc.com
Watch some of her other videos here.


Ikea used to be one of the brands I just couldn’t get myself to buy in the last few years after creating my own tableware and trying to sell it – without success (of course) – and seeing that it was almost impossible to sell a plate for 10 EUR if at Ikea you get a “cooler” (with that I mean a thoroughly designed product – thought for the needs of “normal people”) one at 1 EUR or so. Ikea just had this terrible “cheap” feeling to it and this very “buy and throw away” feeling. And this “destroy the world” feeling. This doubt whether I should be there or not.

But recently I had to buy furniture for my intern Sayeeda. She only stayed in Vienna for a short time. So what to do about buying furniture for her? Of course…. buy stuff at Ikea.

And while searching what to buy I consultd the blog Dorr Sixteen. Because I respect Anna Dorfman and like her taste I thought she might write about great Ikea finds. And really she had a few good tips about what to buy at Ikea. She recommended the the Rast chests, the Karlstad loveseat, the Stockholm rug, EXBY OXIE and EKBY TRYGGVE shelves, and loads more.
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We bought the bed sofa, but we left the Ikea legs this time. But I never forgot about the cool, pretty “pretty pegs”. And since I went back to Ikea today I wanted to find these colourful legs again. And a way to remember them.
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