Our Grandparents’ Playhouses

Nicolas Henry is a filmmaker, photographer and artist. Usually based in Paris/Marseilles, he is currently working on a major photographic series – Les Cabanes de nos Grands Parents. This has seen him traverse the world from Marrakech to Moscow, meeting and engaging with all sorts of grandparents.

Pangamic Ame Haji

Henry travels to the home of each of his subjects (he says a friendship is sealed when you visit a home) and invites them to make a hut or play-space with their personal belongings. Inspired by their childhoods, the resulting huts are intimate glimpses into their strikingly rich and diverse lives.

Nicolas Henry

If you can read French (or use a translation tool) you should visit Henry’s site and read why each space is a a reflection of their imagination. I always appreciate it when older people have the chance to share their stories, their loves, their dreams.


Delightfully, Henry had the good fortune to meet and photograph my wonderful grandmother in New Zealand. As I understand it they met while she was volunteering at the local visitors centre of her seaside village.


Here she is in her much beloved but wild sub-tropical garden – click for a larger view.  The picture above Betty’s head is one of her crocheted woolen blankets and a portrait of her as a young girl. Note the teaspoon collection in the back! I love this photograph so much.

My little pony

Julian Wolkenstein is a London based photographer who took these very droll pictures of horses, primped and preened with buckets of hair extensions. It’s a beautifully simple idea, well executed. The F Stop has an interview with Julian that explores his process deeply and he has some good tips for aspiring photographers. Or you can just giggle at Misty, Florence and… Bob?

[via pulp]

The longest drink in town

Woo-hoo, Colleen AF Venable is totally connecting the style dots with her rad giraffe tattoo. The dots idea is rather charming… which makes me think – how about a paint by numbers tattoo? Also, I have a feeling that giraffes might just be the next big thing!

Here’s a sharpie giraffe tattoo I had drawn on me at this year’s Big Day Out festival. For a short time I did consider having it permanently inked on… but then sobered up. Also, when I went to sleep that night, I neglected to wash it off… and woke up with giraffe imprints everywhere – on my other arm, face, tummy. Good thing they’re cute!


*If you’re not familiar with the title reference, it’s from these classic Kiwi milkshake cups… The longest drink in town!

Isoceles flavour

I was cruising new album release lists, hoping to spend imaginary money/get some inspiration from album art. In doing so, I noticed a rather common theme…

CSS - Donkey
CSS – Donkey
Keane - Perfect Symmetry
Keane – Perfect Symmetry
Armin Van Buuren - A State of Trance 2008
Armin Van Buuren – A State of Trance 2008

Of course, there are some classic covers too!

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of The Moon
Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of The Moon
Tomita - Bermuda Triangle
Tomita – Bermuda Triangle

YACHT, the muso, has a fine collection of mystery triangles… check out the jumper especially! I declare 2008 year of the Triangle. It’s more ‘alt’ than squares, harder and more aesthetically lined with the sounds we’re hearing.

Polaroid robots

I’m not sure whether Polaroid film is coming or going! The internet seems to be swirling with rumours every day about the demise or resurrection of the glorious little instant chemical packets.. Either way, you can relax now with the production of these replica frames! Simply pop your photo in and voila, instant Polaroid good times.

Tip: Mailing someone a real or fake Polaroid is a super cute alternative to cheesy slogan postcards, or a remedy to stale “love-emails”. Say with photos, say it with words, say it uniquely!


If you’re still fond of the real thing (let’s face it, who isn’t), unsaleable is the place to go for the Polaroid dead stock you crave. Be prepared to pony up some sweet cash though! In their words –

“Gone are the days when your local dealer charged you prices for Polaroid material that made Russian caviar look cheap”.

Makes the frames look good huh?

[via hi there]


Plates of fancy

Aching to eat nougat on the backs of stallions, toasted almonds while balancing on regal chairs or sitting amongst the peonies supping tea? Try these gorgeous Concetta plates and bring beauty to the everyday act of eating.

If there is one thing design has taught me over the years, it is that joy can be accessible every day, at every touch point. So why not use fine pony china? Live it up.

Acetate, spray & masks

If you’re in Auckland, you might have heard of the SideRoom/42 Below Month of Street Art, celebrating the art of scribbling in public.  Tomorrow night the second show opens, featuring work of Flox, Peepshow and more. As part of the show, they have also engaged the artists to work directly on the outside panes of the building. If you can’t make it down, here’s a few shots I took of the gallery the other day:

mad stencils

jump tama

feathered spray

Part 1 was a tight little exhibition, so chances are I will be wandering across the road to have a look. Word is that if you arrive early there will be special Flox collectables given away. I think it’s also safe to assume there will be some yummy 42 Below vodka treats!

If you’re more keen on participating than observing, Visual Resistance has a simple tutorial on how to make street worth stencils. Or make a jumbo statement with this instructional on how to make wall sized stencils. Will you be the next Banksy?

3 emerging jewellery designers

These are three designers that have taken my fancy recently, all linked by a common, golden thread. They are all women of the world, transcending both location and form to build something beautiful.

1. Nora Kogan creates her St. Kilda Jewelery line out of Brooklyn, NYC, rather than from its namesake seaside village. Her pieces are the thoughtful reflections of a globetrotter who has both pondered wallpaper in Paris and apprenticed in Israel.

2. Pamela Love of NYC makes works that speak of nature and glorious decay. She takes bird bones to a whole new level and has her range stocked all across the world. According to this interview, she is heavily inspired by folk jewelery and indigenous cultures.

3. Daphna Simon has made tiny statue like renditions of wolves, bears and leopards that perch gracefully on your fingers. All in 18k gold, no less. She also has made some winsome log rings, celebrating the beauty of the forest.

I see jewelery as portable art, tokens of insight and beauty to draw on when you need a little bit of the shiny, bright stuff.  These pieces would certainly feed me inspiration; however I am keen to know to who out there creates the adornments that you crave?

Blu Graffiti Animation

Blu’s fantastic Muto stop motion graffiti seems like such a simple idea, but is absolutely amazing in execution. Roaming the streets of Buenos Ares, Blu spent a winter drawing and editing this marvel of motion, which is not only notable for it’s technique, but psychologically time twisting themes. He’s also created a few smaller pieces at the Tate in London, which you can check out on his blog. And if you’re super keen, Blu’s work is available to purchase at Studiocromie.