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Claus Porto

15 Jul

Love Claus Porto soaps. The creaminess of them. I am very glad I didn’t know how much they cost when I used up my stash (from TKMaxx) because I would have been afraid to use them at all. Luckily it costs nothing to admire their superlative packaging…

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Marin Van Uhm font

8 Jul

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Via uppercase magazine tumblr. Working on new appliqué fonts this week, based on the lines in barrels, and this from Marin Van Uhm really struck me. Layered coloured tissue paper, that brilliant ‘o’, the palette like playing with light filters, cyan, magenta, bleeding watercolour blooms…
Marin Van Uhm

Into Rockpools

13 Jun

Best place ever to go on holiday: West Cork with all its fabulous beaches like Garretstown nr Kinsale and Inchydoney. So good I’m wondering why I’m letting on to you about them – I’m nice!
Inchydoney is a broad deep expanse of sand with great rock pools down the left hand side. Plenty of room to retreat from the incoming tide, plenty of sea anemones and crabs to get excited about.
Number 1 loves her body board. Once she can swim there’ll be no stopping her.
Garretstown even better for rockpools. Lots of (safe) jellyfish stranded all over the beach – transparent blobs shot through with a tangle of bright pink veins. Lots of crabs – even saw a hermit crab, and knew what it was from an episode of Octonauts!! The periwinkles shuffle out impenetrable messages in the skin of sand on the flat rock pool rocks. If you’re looking for messages from alien civilisations this is where you want to focus your attention. The seaweed comes in a startling array of forms and textures once you start counting. All agreed to make a purposeful study of the identity and uses of edible species of seaweed.
Wish we lived here… Then it starts to rain as it can only bucket it down in Ireland.

Pebbles wedged into seaworn crevices in the wood tide breakers

Pebbles wedged into seaworn crevices in the wood tide breakers

Number 1 creates sand pics

Number 1 creates sand pics

Rosetta stone for periwinkles

Rosetta stone for periwinkles

Rothko style descending rainstorm, West Cork

Rothko style descending rainstorm, West Cork

Sign painters: Take Courage!

31 Dec

This is one of my favourite London landmarks, visible from the trains running into Charing Cross through Waterloo East and London Bridge and to the walker leaving Borough Market for a leisurely flan along the South Bank. Take Courage. I know it’s just old beer but it galvanises me each time I see it.
There’s a sign painter movie in development by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon in the States: http://signpaintermovie.blogspot.com/
More power to them in their herculanean endeavour.
I trust someone is preserving our fading painted signs with similar fervour. Since I started looking up I see them everywhere.

PS: Just found this archive of UK ‘ghostsigns’ c/o the History of Advertising Trust http://www.ghostsigns.co.uk