Axel Oswith and Amanda Kusai are the brains behind The Taable,
a multidisciplinary creative hub devoted to art direction and photography.
Their work is at the intersection of art and design, transforming the ordinary
to something much more with their witty and clever interpretations of everyday.
Born in Finland in 1985 and now a fully-fledged East London dweller, Illustrator
Annu Kilpeläinen has long been making a name for herself with her
abstract drawings, featuring at a long list of exhibitions including
Pick Me Up graphic art festival.
Drawing inspiration from people, landscapes and cars, Annu
merges her unique view on surreal subjects with a vibrant and intense colour palette –
warming up your eyeballs during these cold winter months.
“It’s fun to think of things in real life as slow-motion film clips, and focus on what
is happening in the surrounding world to create a form of ‘screenshot’ artwork.
I tend to favour clashing a lot of colours together as it adds extra tension to
my illustrations.” – Annu Kilpeläinen –
This series of collages born as an aesthetic experiment that evokes the well known effect
of “sleep paralysis” a state in which anything seems possible and that is sometimes so
real that the memory remains latent in the retina and in the subconscious as a reality.
Under the inspirational influence of surrealism and classical Raphaelite painting,
Hypnopompic reflects on the delicacy of the female figure in synergy with nature, as an ode
to the ephemeral beauty and fragility of human beings. The portraits have been made by
the artist Rocio Montoya and intervened with the technique of handmade collage,
using symbolic elements extracted from old botanical illustrations and various print magazines.
Art direction, photo and paper collages: Rocio Montoya
Photo assistant: Alejandro Bazal
Muse: Clara del Val
Converse is celebrating its signature Chuck Taylor All Star line in a
new push that showcases consumers who make their own mark on the sneaker.
The campaign kicked off yesterday with more than 200 portraits of worn and
customized Chucks from around the world, including some from notable fans
like singer Patti Smith and artist Andy Warhol.
Called “Made By You,” the push features the 98-year-old Chuck line, which is
the foundation of the Nike-owned Converse brand.
Converse’s campaign highlights its customers’ creative spirit, although it also
includes high-level celebrities.
“Made By you originated from a simple human truth – we all want to be our
true, authentic self in this world,” said Vice President of Global Marketing
Ian Stewart. “Fans of Chuck Taylor are the ones who have made Chuck Taylor
an iconic badge of creative self-expression. It’s time we celebrated them.”
With no more than one glance at Matt Crump’s site photography series,
you will understand why he rightfully is the “Candyman of Minimalism”.
His work is a real pleasure to the eye of the viewer, as Crump has
his way of detecting the eye-catching and curvaceous parts of the sites
he comes across, and capturing them in colorful backdrops.
The mixing of fun and abstracted aesthetics produces a delightful result,
justifying his big following audience across Russia, Czech Republic,
and parts of rural America.
Nature is the key component for Paris-born artist Christophe Guinet,
also known as “Mr. Plant”.
As a teenager he was always very much in touch with nature, a fascination
that he later combined with the urban street art inspired by skate and fashion.
Always eager to discover nature in a new composition, traveling has made him
develop new perspectives for plants in different types of media via collage,
photography, graphic design and sculpture.
The Plant Monsieur used Nike sneakers as a canvas to create handcrafted flower
and tree bark sculptures.
Through the sneakers his artistic aim is to express a critique of our consumer culture,
an important perspective of going back to the source; nature and its purity.