Archive for June, 2010



Here is a pretty cool art alphabet by deviantart user Peagabassi, a 22 year old artist from Estonia. Each letter has a special design and an illustration that symbolizes that letter. Also, each letter has a sentence, phrase, or group of words where the letter is used.

Candy Bird’s seductive illustrations are full of emotion and feelings.  Candybird was born in 1982 and lives in the South of France. She creates a dual-universe: a fairy-tale world, with a delicate, melancholic and feminine touch…I love her style and the way she expresses herself through these illustrations.

bookSome of her illustrations appear in the bookPink Attitude, which was presented in an exhibition in Rome, Italy in 2008. The book contains artwork from 20 female artists including Candy Bird.

Her artwork has been featured in several books, children’s books, magazines and exhibitions around the world.


What an interesting name, CandyBird…where did this come from?
Strangely, I woke with this name in my head…it was so obvious. It had to be this one and no other…

When did you begin your relationship with art and what was that moment that you considered yourself an artist?
I’ve been drawing since I was a baby, therefore I would say that my relation with art had begun very early… I always felt the need to draw. I don’t know if I consider myself an artist or not I make art and it’s that simple.

Where do you get your ideas for your ladies from?
Sometimes it comes from an emotion of a photograph, sometimes music and a feeling that follows. Sometimes I even begin drawing without a definite idea, and I let myself be guided by the candidness of the instant.

What do you enjoy most about making art? Dislike?
I like to create in succession, spontaneously, without learned studies or prepared sketches. I know however that sketches can be very useful for bringing some change in drawings, but I am too impatient for this. I appreciate the small details at the end the instant when the drawing is practically done, and where all small details are going to come in to prettify it…

There are a lot of incredible female artists coming out of France these days….who have you been turned on by recently?
I appreciate many French female artists, but lately I have been hung up on the drawings of Agata Kawa particularly.

I first noticed your work in Pink Attitude, how did this opportunity and your involvement come about?
I met Enrica Mannari, while Pink Attitude was being planned and she saw my bio on Myspace. She appreciated my illustrations and then offered me to participate in this splendid book, from which several exhibitions followed.

What are you currently working on?
I’m working on several projects at the moment, notably on post cards and pillows. It is interesting to work on and adapt these illustrations to these mediums.

You have recently illustrated Cinderella…do you plan on doing more book illustrations?
Yes, I’m working on another book as well but can’t say much about it at this moment.

There are a lot of animal references in your work…does this inspiration come about often and why?
The animals are often present in my work. I think they are silent assistants who watch over my pieces. I like to put sadness and melancholy in my drawings. My animals are there to bring the softness or to alleviate those which accompany them.

Where can people find your art?
They can go to my website : I also have artwork on this site:

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Sydney based artist Rebecca Wetzler creates lush, messy, and interweaving illustrations, which burst forth boldly from their watercolor surrounds, adding a surreal element to their rather earthy themes. She has contributed to the Australian fashion magazines Oyster and Yen, Beauty in bloom, mimco, The movie channel and Nylon magazine to name a few.

Her graceful loose style portraying the movement of lines and deliberate splash of vibrant colours are inspiring!

Yoshitomo Nara (奈良 美智, born 4 January 1959 in Hirosaki Japan) is a contemporary Japanese Pop artist. He currently lives and works in Tokyo, though his artwork has been exhibited worldwide. Nara received his B.F.A. (1985) and an M.F.A. (1987) from the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine arts and Music. Between 1988 and 1993, Nara studied at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf Germany. Nara has had nearly 40 solo exhibitions since 1984. He is represented in New York City by Marianne Boesky Gallery and in Los Angeles by Blum & Poe.


Nara first came to the fore of the art world during Japan’s Pop art movement in the 1990s. The subject matter of his sculptures and paintings is deceptively simple: most works depict one seemingly innocuous subject (often pastel-hued children and animals drawn with confident, cartoonish lines) with little or no background. But these children, who appear at first to be cute and even vulnerable, sometimes brandish weapons like knives and saws. Their wide eyes often hold accusatory looks that could be sleepy-eyed irritation at being awoken from a nap—or that could be undiluted expressions of hate.

Nara, however, does not see his weapon-wielding subjects as aggressors. “Look at them, they are so small, like toys. Do you think they could fight with those?” he says. “I don’t think so. Rather, I kind of see the children among other, bigger, bad people all around them, who are holding bigger knives…” Lauded by art critics and hipsters alike, Nara’s bizarrely intriguing works have gained him a cult following around the world.


The manga and anime of his 1960s childhood are both clear influences on Nara’s stylized, large-eyed figures. Nara subverts these typically cute images, however, by infusing his works with horror-like imagery. This juxtaposition of human evil with the innocent child may be a reaction to Japan’s rigid social conventions.

The punk rock music of Nara’s youth has also influenced the artist’s work. Recalling a similar – if more unsettling – image of rebellious, violent youth, Nara’s art embraces the punk ethos. That said, Nara has also cited traditions as varied as Renaissance painting, literature, illustration, and graffiti as further inspiration.

But perhaps most significantly, Nara’s upbringing in post-World War ll Japan profoundly affected his mindset and, subsequently, his artwork as well. He grew up in a time when Japan was experiencing an inundation of Western pop culture; comic books, Walt Disney, animation, and Western rock music are just a few examples. Additionally, Nara was raised in the isolated countryside as a Latchkey child of working-class parents, so he was often left alone with little to do but explore his young imagination. The fiercely independent subjects that populate so much of his artwork may be a reaction to Nara’s own largely independent childhood.


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Mimco’s adventure continues in 2008 as Mimco launches intimate & ‘all about you’ boutiques across the UK from late September. Mimc’s aim is to accessorise women in an environment of supreme service & beautiful, innovative products.  Mimco’s retail spaces are getaways where women can experiment and play with delicate jewels and divine bags mixing the eclectic with the simple, the sophisticated with the quirk.

Mimco designs desirable, wearable & aspirational fashion accessories across bags, wallets, jewellery, hats, gloves, scarves and hair adornments.  Mimco have a very clear and genuine passion to create things that persuade women to explore, experiment and play.

“Mimco designs unique accessories collections. We dream, explore & play with whatever gives us delight in the moment.  Our environments are full of precious personality-filled products and our in-store experience is all about you the strong individuals who are drawn to something different. We don’t target a set demographic in type, age or any other classification.Our woman loves to dress up, she loves to explore & she knows the value a killer accessory makes to her look of the day.  Our muse is on the street, in the office, at home.  She is who we find inspiration in & whom we design for. Nobody needs for what we do, so respectfully Mimco creates for desire. Mimco invites you to explore, interact, follow your intuition and be yourself.”