HAPPY BIRTHDAY COLETTE!

March 12, 2012 § Leave a comment


Fashion weeks are over but the party continues! Last weekend, iconic Paris concept store Colette celebrated its 15th birthday with an epic carnaval, open to everyone at the Tuileries Gardens (It’s the first time a brand has been granted access to the gardens for a public event). Music, food, fun events, movies, installations, great brands… We should have been there!! What better way to celebrate a birthday than to throw a huge carnival?

Photos from http://www.thecherryblossomgirl.com and  http://www.colettecarnaval.com

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LEAH REENA GOREN

March 1, 2012 § 2 Comments

Leah is an illustrator who lives in Brooklyn. She loves California, girls, patterns, sunlight, florals and the future. We really like her little printed t-shirts and the scarfs. You can see more of her work on www.leahgoren.com.

NATHANIEL RUSSELL

January 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

Posters– Nat Baldwin,2010Call and response, SAN FRANCISCO, 2005

pop.see.cul: Firstly, can you please give us a brief description of what you do and what your background in the creative industry is.

Nathaniel Russell: I went to college and studied printmaking. After graduation I moved to California and worked in a couple printmaking studios. I made artwork and tried to show it as much and do as many things as I could. I made a lot of posters for bands, album artwork, and t-shirts. Eventually I started a blog where I post art, photos, and writing semi-regularly. I started making shirts for my friends at mollusk surf shop, more album artwork, and more posters and zines. These days I live in Indiana and make prints and drawings, post stuff on my blog, design shirts and album covers fairly regularly and try to do good work for myself and others.

pop.see.cul:  Has there been a particular project you found to be the highlight of your career so far?

Nathaniel Russell:  I was awarded the art park/atlantic residency in Byron Bay, Australia last year. I went there for a month and made art, made new friends, and hung out. It was pretty amazing and one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.

pop.see.cul: What is your typical day like?

Nathaniel Russell:  I wake up, take the dog for a walk, make coffee, do some e-mails, eat breakfast, work on whatever design, layout, or illustration gig I have at the moment until lunch, take a break and eat lunch with my girlfriend, get back to work, go for a walk again with the dog, maybe play guitar a little, make dinner, maybe work a  little more on a drawing or in the sketchbook, watch a tv show or a movie, read a book, sleep, start all over. Some days I go visit my grandma.

pop.see.cul: What are your plans for the future?

Nathaniel Russell:  I want to travel more and meet new people. I want to make better art and music. I want to get a cabin in the woods.

pop.see.cul: Can people buy your work? (if yes, from where?)

Nathaniel Russell:  Sure. I have a website (nathanielrussell.com) that has a link to a store. I sometimes have art shows where things are for sale. Mollusk in San Francisco sometimes has things laying around of mine.

pop.see.cul: Has there been any moments where you thought of leaving everything behind to pursue another career?

Nathaniel Russell: I used to drive a van for a record label and deliver boxes of records. In retrospect it was kind of nice to have a straightforward task to do and to just do it and not be stressed out about it. Sometimes that sounds attractive again. I would sometimes like to work in a record store again or run a coffee shop.

pop.see.cul: You also write and play music as Birds of America. Isn’t there anything you can’t do?

Nathaniel Russell:  There are so many things I cannot do that it would blow your mind. I really don’t think I can do all that much more than anybody else, it’s just what we choose to work at and pursue. I don’t think I’m any more special than anybody else.

Fliers – BurnCalm downThe opposite of lostRecords-Port O’Brien,Close The Lid (End Of The Road)

Ruthann Friedman “White Dove” (Ether)Matt Baldwin “Paths To Ignition” CD/LP (American Dust)

CalendarDrawings – SingerBlack hole

Gif – Cruising


GRACE HAMILTON

January 22, 2012 § 3 Comments

Here is another POP.ASKS.YOU interview. We’ve come across Grace’s blog a few days ago and were really impressed with her amazing, dreamy drawings.

Florence and the Machine

Coco Chanel

Sketchbook Pages

Carey Mulligan-The Great Gatsby

Jane Campion-Bright Star

pop.see.cul : Can you briefly describe yourself?

Grace Hamilton : Hi! I’m Grace Hamilton, age 21. I live in Hertfordshire near some beautiful countryside. I spend half of my time as a Barista in a coffee shop and the other half drawing pretty girls with sad faces or making collages with old photographs and love letters.

pop.see.cul : When did you start drawing?

Grace Hamilton : As long as I can remember I’ve loved drawing. When I haven’t created anything in a while I get really uneasy like it’s a physical need or I have to work out something in my head. A few years ago after I left college I was feeling lost, I found the experience of art education restricted me. So I created my blog and shop so I wouldn’t lose my love of art.

pop.see.cul : From the work you’ve done so far which one would you say you like the best? And Why?

Grace Hamilton : I’m really proud of the work I created for Audrey Grace Boutique. The opportunity to illustrate two of the most beautiful women (Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly) was a real turning point for my art. My favourite pieces are the Marie Antoinette collages I made for the Boutique. Everything seemed to come together and relate to the stages that Marie goes through in the film by Sofia Coppola.

pop.see.cul : What are your inspirations?

Grace Hamilton : What I look for in everything I draw is a story. Mostly a love story, good or bad – so I look everywhere to find that feeling I want to achieve. Be it Fairytales, Movies, old Hollywood Icons or visits to Stately homes. I read a lot of novels and collect vintage photographs. Every wall of my room is covered in prints by artists like Waterhouse or fashion photography from different decades.  Most importantly I think music is my biggest inspiration. I listen to Damien Rice, Iron and Wine, Ray LaMontagne, Band of Horses, Counting Crows, Bon Iver and The Decemberists.

pop.see.cul : What are your plans for the future? What is your dream?

Grace Hamilton : It’s my dream to one day illustrate books, and to just keep progressing and growing more confident in my work. I’d love to make a career out of something creative; I just haven’t found the right path yet.  Its’ a lot to ask but I would like to create art that lasts or becomes precious to someone because of how it makes them feel, or what it reminds them of in life.

 pop.see.cul : How would you describe your style in general?

Grace Hamilton : All of my illustration work is watercolour, ink and pencil. It’s incredibly feminine and I hope has a sense of romance and loss. My work is always about a time gone by and trying to retain that sense of beauty, delicacy and style that we perceive the past has.

pop.see.cul : Can people buy your work? and from where?

Grace Hamilton : I have an etsy shop here that I will be updating very soon.

Click here to visit her blog

THE BLACK WRIGHT

November 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Everyone has a way of expressing themselves. Some like to sing, some keep diaries, others buy clothes for their dogs, and some people illustrate…in a pretty unusual way. This guy definitely goes into the last category. Most successful contemporary artists just don’t give a f*ck about what other people think and that’s why it’s so much fun and inspiring to look at these illustrations.

These are just our favourite ones. If you want to see more, visit this blog . It’s addictive..really.

KEI KOBAYASHI

July 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

pop.see.cul : Can you briefly describe yourself?

Hello, This is Kei Kobayashi. I am originally from Japan. I came to London to study abroad in 2006, and graduated from Central Saint Martins, BA Graphic Design course in 2010. After university, I started working as cutting assistant in Rob Ryan‘s studio.

pop.see.cul : Can you talk a little bit about your final major project at Central St Martins. What was your aim?

My final major project was a tribute to my childhood memories. The concept was ‘Nostalgia’. I created a toy, a paper puppet set, which was inspired by three books from my childhood. ‘The Three Bears’ by Tolstoy, ‘Birthday’ by Hans Fischer and ‘Caroline en Europe’, which my mum bought on their honeymoon in New Caledonia. When my mum went there, she found that book accidently. When she was a child, this book was also her favourite. When I was 3 years old, she gave it to me. The books prompted me to come over to Europe.

I was trying to make people touch the artwork using their five human senses. It is not always true that a person’s childhood toys go on to become their nostalgic treasures; but this was the case for a number of people I talked to, and it was the case for me. Some nostalgic treasures always stay with me in my daily life. Treasures take different forms for every person, however the toy, for me  is capable of fulfilling many of the requirements of a treasure. And I hope that my paper puppet will be a treasure for someone in the future.

pop.see.cul : What is the first thing you remember about your childhood? Your best or worst memories perhaps.

When I was a child, my favourite moment was when my mum told me stories every night before I went to bed. I still remember the colours of each scene and phrase. My worst memory is the day when my cat passed away.

pop.see.cul : What inspires you the most?

Not only art and design but also a trips in Europe. For example, the view from an airplane or a beautiful sunset at the seaside.

pop.see.cul : What are your plans for the future? What is your dream?

I would like to be a designer who can create quality artwork that people want to keep for their whole lives, allowing it to become a treasure.

pop.see.cul : How would you describe your style in general?

I have always described my work as ‘hand made graphic design’. It’s really difficult to explain it, because I have not only did graphic design but also fashion and product design. But all of my work was handmade. Therefore, I love to use the term ‘hand made style’

Some of Kei’s sketchbook pages :

JENKINS

July 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Collages help you create your own world that no one can judge.

Mixed media drawings by Jenkins.


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