Posts Tagged ‘design’

JoB likes: CROCHET (penis key rings, used tampons, pastel burkas)

February 9, 2011

“My transition from 2 to 3 dimensions was making a crochet penis that I now use as a key ring.”

And… “Islamic fundamentalists don’t approve the range of colors used in my burkas.”

Also… “I’m not a street artist… I consider myself a warming table artist.”

Watch the artist interview below for more priceless quotes and laugh-out-loud moments. I really, really want to start crocheting now!

Have you crocheted before? What did you make?

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JoB likes: HAND-MADE WEDDINGS

September 12, 2010

My fiance and I recently spent about five hours hand-crafting a large number of invites to give out to our guests for our slightly off-beat Taiwanese wedding. (We are both New Zealanders but are getting married here in Taichung.)

I’ve written up a how-to after the pics and will post on how we organised our (very) low-budget event after it’s all over. Only two weeks to go!

The first stage - stamping 40 or so pieces of cardboard.

Production line crafting - stamping 40 or so pieces of cardboard. There were a couple more colors - maroon, green, yellow.

Next: hand-stamping 40 or so brown envelopes.

Next: hand-stamping 40 or so brown envelopes.

The stamps - bought from a shop in Chung Yo department store here in Taichung.

The stamps - bought from a shop in Chung Yo department store here in Taichung.

The finished product. 1: invite card with party details. 2: Cat Lair business card, map to Cat Lair and drink card attached together with wool.

The finished product. 1: invite card with party details. 2: Cat Lair business card, map to Cat Lair and drink card tied together with wool.

Here’s how:

1. Buy two contrasting kinds of cardboard. We used corrugated cardboard as the backing card and a lighter polka dot card as the base card. You’ll also need some plain white heavy printer paper to print out the event details. While you’re at the stationers’/craft shop pick up some double-sided tape dispensers (better than glue because it doesn’t set all lumpy), some wool or string, a fine black marker or two, some rubber stamps, stamp ink in black, a craft knife, a cutting board, a strong ruler, some large-sized envelopes and a hole punch.

2. Measure and cut all the card to the size you want it. Remember that the base card needs to be a bit smaller than the backing card so it will fit inside it.

3. Stamp the base card with your chosen stamp and attach with double-sided tape to the backing card.

4. Type out the party details and print onto heavy white printer paper. Cut these out and attach with the tape to the cardboard. While you on the computer make a Google (or other) map to the venue and print this out on the heavy paper. Cut it out also. We needed to make a drink card for our wedding so we created and printed that at the same time.

5. We used some of the card leftover from the invite to make the “dog tags”. It was already cut to size. Just attach the map to some and any other materials you need to include to the rest. We included a business card from the venue in this set. Hole punch a corner of each card and then tie them all together with the string or wool.

6. Stamp all the envelopes with a stamp of your choice. We then typed and printed out addresses/names of guests and sender addresses onto the heavy white printer paper. We cut these out and attached them to the envelopes with the tape.

Notes: It’s a good idea to create a dummy copy of the invite before you go out and buy a whole lot of unnecessary stuff that you won’t use. Oh, and buy tons of tape – it goes really fast.

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finds: new taichung food and art places | part two: z gallery

August 8, 2010

Part two of a three part series of images, in this post you can explore the inside of Z Gallery. The gallery is located in an old covered market that independents are slowly converting into a series of artist spaces and shops.

At the moment there are five establishments nestled under the corrugated iron roof of the market: a contemporary art gallery, an independent film production studio and screening room, what looks like a literary space for writers, a vintage shop and a contemporary photography gallery and studio. The rent is super cheap in the area and because it’s so old, it looks like people can do what they want with their rented spaces. As a side note, the film studio plays screens independently produced short films from around the world every Saturday night. Entry is NT$50 per session.

Currently on display at Z Gallery are contemporary ink works by three Taiwanese artists, Lin Fan-wei, Tsai Yi-ru and Jung Jiang-je. I particularly love the art created by Tsai Yi-run.

Z Gallery.

Z Gallery.

Z Gallery. First floor.

Z Gallery. First floor.

Z Gallery. Window box.

Z Gallery. Window box.

Z Gallery. Third floor.

Z Gallery. Third floor.

Z Gallery. Another window box.

Z Gallery. Another window box.

Z Gallery. The bathroom.

Z Gallery. The bathroom.

Z Gallery.

Z Gallery.

Address: I’m not going to tell you. Part of the fun of this place is trying to hunt it down. I will say, however, that it’s somewhere near the corner of the art museum parkway (beside the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts) and Wuquan Street. Bring a fan with you as the whole place is unbelievably hot in summer.

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finds: new taichung food and art places | part one: elephant

August 8, 2010

In three parts, I will post a feast of images from two of my current favourite places in Taichung. I’ve taken photos inside an old covered market that has been converted into artist spaces and shops, all independently run, and inside Elephant, an awesome teensy restauant with probably the best (and cheapest) Western-style food in Taichung.

UPDATE | 27 February 2013 This restaurant has moved to a new location. It’s now two stories high(!), but thankfully still has the same great food and hole-in-wall atmosphere. You can find more information, including an address, on their Facebook page.

Elephant has everything from risottos to pastas (including a lot of vegetarian fare) to chips with gravy and cheese to fish and chips (yes!). I finally took J there after “discovering” it with a friend last week. Actually, the restaurant has been around since 1999 so it’s certainly not new to Taichung. However, it’s managed to stay relevant with simple architecture and stunningly cheap and tasty food. All pastas are between NT$80-$100, fish and chips are NT$130, you can get a vege, chicken or lamb kebab for only NT$80-$90, the chips with gravy and cheese are NT$100 and they have beer and a variety of soft drinks to wash it all down.

Elephant, near the corner of ZhongMing South and TaiZhongGang roads.

Elephant, near the corner of ZhongMing South and TaiZhongGang roads.

Chips with cheese and gravy, my newest obsession and only NT$100.

Chips with cheese and gravy, my newest obsession and only NT$100.

Lamb kebab, packed with shredded lamb and tons of veg. Only NT$90.

Lamb kebab, packed with shredded lamb and tons of veg. Only NT$90.

Elephant. The menu.

Elephant. The menu.

Inside Elephant.

Inside Elephant.

Elephant. Wall adornment.

Elephant. Wall adornment.

Elephant. Street-side signage.

Elephant. Street-side signage.

Address: 9-1, ZhongMing S Road, Taichung City.

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JoB likes: HAND-DRAWN HILARIOUSNESS

May 4, 2010

A most super talented friend of mine, Katrin Hagen, currently living in Berlin, has put together a collection of her drawings on this website.

They are very, very funny in both a silly and smart way. I visit often to ensure a constant dose of strangeness. You should, too.

Among my favourites are In My Dreams, Deer and Beautiful Hat.

Mischief Champion is ordered by the month in which the sketches were produced and is updated with new work often.

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write up: match cafe

March 26, 2010

Today, my lovely friend and work colleague introduced me to Match Cafe, a comfortable and  eatery near the corner of TaiZhongGang Road and Wenxin Road here in Taichung.

The cafe is full of designerly ambience: the book shelves are filled with literature on design (and other topics) which you can browse while you sip. You can also browse a number of different hand-designed/made items for sale, from stationery and clothing to biscotti and computer accessories.

There is an English menu with a small but satisfactory selection of bagels, sandwiches and sweet things, and an extensive selection of coffees, chocolate drinks, juices and teas. I had a smoked salmon sandwich with lettuce, tomato and mustard on brown walnut bread. Yum. The hot chocolate was more than decent, too.

My friend likes to visit the store because of the free wireless internet access. The shop apparently has a meeting for Mac users once a week, I can’t remember which day though and I think you’d need to speak Chinese or go along with someone who can.

I recommend you try it out. It’s one of the best cafes I’ve had the privilege to relax in here in Taichung. So thank you lovely friend and work colleague – you know who you are!

Match Cafe, 60-3, TaiZhongGang Road, Sec. 2, Taichung City

http://www.match-cafe.com/

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JoB likes: THOUGHT-PROVOKING JEWELLERY

February 2, 2010

Not just adornment by Melbourne maker Natalia M.P.

An old friend of mine in Melbourne designs the most wayward, thought-provoking and subtle jewellery. I noticed she has recently created some new stuff for an exhibition at GAFFA in Sydney and had to post it here. I want it all so bad!

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Check out NATALIA M.P for more images of her work. I’m not sure if she would make to order or send items overseas but I’m sure she wouldn’t mind you dropping her a line.

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news: ah, the tropics

October 14, 2009

A quick post to announce I’m back from my tropical week-long disappearance to Lyu Dao (Green Island) and will soon have a post up with details on that wonderful little island. I hope you’ve managed to check out Reichburg in my absence. If you have, tell me what you think.

And if you haven’t already, check out the 2009 Taiwan Design Expo, on in Taichung until 10/18. I’m going on Friday.

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they speak: HUKUROU

August 3, 2009

I bought some shoes from this store recently. They are very, very lovely. Hand-made by the artist they fulfil my ever-strong desire for originality. I also bought some cute anchor earrings. I am still a sucker for anchors even though they have now thoroughly entered mainstream fashion.

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HUKUROU is one cute place to shop. It is located in Taichung’s Art Street and full to the brim with handcrafted items, from earrings, pendants and clothing to rubber stamps, toys and knitted pen covers. (I really don’t know how to describe these objects but they look like finger puppets and fit over the top of your pen.) Anyone who receives a gift from me in the post over the next few months can be assured it will come from this store.

Luckily for me, the owner, Faby, speaks English so I was able to ask her a few quick questions…

JoB: Why did you decide to open a store like HUKUROU?
F: I began creating design work three years ago. At that time, I hoped I could have my own shop to sell my works in Taiwan.

JoB: When did HUKUROU open? What does the name mean?
F: The shop opened in February, 2009. HUKUROU means “owl” in Japanese. It’s also the name of my brand. HUKUROU also means “happiness” and “work hard” in Japanese and I liked that ethos.

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JoB: So, you studied design in Seattle. When and how long for?
F: I stayed in Seattle for five years where I studied visual communication, which is similar to graphic and web design.

JoB: Do you design any of the items you sell?
F: I design all of the accessories in my shop. Every item includes a hand-painted feature piece.

JoB: How do you select the work that appears in HUKUROU? Is it by choosing stuff that you like, or stuff that you know will sell?
F: When I was planning the shop, I started to research what kinds of stuff I wanted to have. Then, I tried to select brands that matched the style and look I wanted.

JoB: You mentioned you represent 20 designers? Can you name some of them? Are they all from Taiwan or are they also from abroad?
F: All of the designers are Taiwanese. The shoes are designed under the label, White Not. The designer paints her designs on blank shoes and will make to order. One of our bag designers works under the label One Dog. All of the bags she designs are shaped liked dogs. Her designs usually start with a story and people like to collect the whole set.

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White Not

One Dog

One Dog

JoB: Is Art Street the right location for your store? If yes, why?
F: I’m really happy to have my shop in Art Street! It’s not a very busy location, but it’s just what I want. People come to Art Street because they want to find something new or some specialist design works.

JoB: What did you do after studying and before starting HUKUROU?
F: Before I started my own brand and this shop I worked in Taipei as a bag designer for Disney.

JoB: What are your favorite places to go in Taichung (for music, food, shopping…)?
F: Actually, I don’t have a lot time to go out now I have opened the shop. I usually go to Daiso, a great place to shop place if you don’t want to spend too much. All of the goods in Daiso are $39 NT! Another place I like to go is Eslite; it’s not just a bookstore, it’s also a mall. They have a great food court, too.

Visit their website for more pics and a map.

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Images courtesy of HUKUROU.

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