Grimm and other Folk Tales

Here are some illustrations made by Cory Godbey about some fairy-folk tales. I like the style very much, and hope you enjoy it too. My faves are The Princess and the Dragon from The Four Clever Brothers and The Troll from the Three Billy Goats (which oddly was one of my favorite stories from preschool.)

The Prince in the Tree from the Old Woman in the Wood

The Glass Coffin from Snow White

The Princess and the Dragon from The Four Clever Brothers

Little Red Riding Hood from Little Red Riding Hood

Hansel and Gretel from Hansel and Gretel

The Nine Peahens from The Nine Peahens

The Death and Life of the Beast from Beauty and the Beast

Ivan and the Fire Bird from Tsarevitch Ivan, the Fire Bird and the Gray Wolf

The Troll from The Three Billy Goats

Daga and the Trolls from Dag and Daga, and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain

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Hiroshi Yoshida

Two paintings from Hiroshi Yoshida. More in the hanga gallery website and if you’re interested in Japanese art, check out Gurafiku.

 

Hirosaki Castle. Hiroshi Yoshida. 1935

 

 

Golden Pavilion. Hiroshi Yoshida. 1933

 

Working at the Pera Museum, the Japan Media Arts Festival and Maywa Denki’s Otamatone

Remember my post about the Pera Museum? Well guess what, I have been working there under the Japan Media Arts Festival for two weeks now, therefore I haven’t had much free time to update here, but it has been wonderful. You should definitely drop by if you are in Istanbul because it will definitely be worth it. I work at the fifth floor, where all the interactive media art works are, to guide some people who have a hard time understanding what’s going on, and are reluctant to touch some of the works. I still have one week left (or three days, which makes today – oopsie, it’s already 2 A.M.!, wednesday and friday, I’m there from 3 P.M. to 7 P.M.) so drop by if you want to see me AND the exhibitions. I figured I would have seen more familiar faces, but so far, apart from the friends I dragged along, I only saw one of the assistants from college and some celebrities that I didn’t recognize but was told later on who they were (why am I so bad with faces? WHY?)

Ahem. So I’ll tell you my favorite work at the exhibition which is the Otamatone by the Maywa Denki corporation. Before I started working in the museum, I attended the seminars (because I wanted to, I hadn’t even seen the job posting at the time) where the artists introduced their works so that helped a lot while answering questions. I saw the guy who invented the otamatone and he was an adorable person. So basically the otamatone is a music-note shaped cute toy/musical instrument where the stem of the note is the handle of the instrument, the head of the note is actually… a head, and the flag of the note is a rotatable piece. This all sounds really confusing, but to sum it up:

Behold, the otamatone! To play this very cute instrument, you have to use two hands. While pressing on the touchpad on the handle, you have to squeeze the cheeks of the head so that the mouth will open and a high pitched or bass sound will be played through the small speaker inside the head. The notes start with Do from the top. You do have to press on the cheeks or there will  be no sound at all. I find this ingenious and adorable at the same time. And today for the first time, I have looked at the price through amazon.com, and the price of this black otamatone is *drumroll please* – only 35.95$! I was expecting it to be over 70$ so I guess this is pretty decent. There are a lot of different versions of the otamatone, the black one being my favorite. There is also a white version, and another version with a face consisting of teeth (the black one has a silver colored handle while the white one has a gold colored one). You could purchase one from this link.

Anyway, you could play with them for free (once you pay for the museum ticket) as long as you want on the fifth floor of the museum. The exhibition will continue until the 3rd of October, so be sure to pay a visit before it’s over.

More updates soon!

Shoes!

Inspired from toxel’s post and designboom. Seeing all these shoes make me want to go shopping!

First pair designed by Chau Her Lee.

Shoe designed by Chau Har Lee, this shoe doesn't have an ordinary heel if you haven't noticed.

Sandals by Yarel Yair Design Studio.

A wooden summer sandal, inspired by the Japanese sandal, with an innovative fresh look , made from natural materials, lightweight and airy. Made from wood, steel and leather. By Yarel Yair Design Studio.

And now, the hoof shoe craze, started by Iris Shieferstein!

'vegas girl' by german artist iris schieferstein, 2009 toy pistol, cow hooves, zipper

Taken from Shieferstein’s website: “For many years, Iris Schieferstein has worked with dead animals as raw material for her pieces of art. She joins the fragments together to new creatures and thus gives a new face to death. No matter, if her arrangements follow paintings of the great masters of art or if the joined objects turn out to be whole words – her work always gives evidence of aesthetic intutition and her inclination to subtle enterntainment.The earlier you die – the longer you are dead.”

Interesting point of view, and I don’t like how dead animals are used, but if you think about it, we all wear shoes made from leather all the time – taken from dead animals brutally. So I guess this isn’t that bad after all.

iris schieferstein, 2005

girl wearing martin margiela hoof shoes

By the way, Martin Margiela’s website is awesome and it’s NOT under construction!

other hoof shoes by martin margiela, apparently, he has them for all seasons.

And skeletal stilettos by dsquared2! I loved the entire series.

Aand, one of my favorites of all time, Liam Fahy‘s Stormtrooper stilettos, that won him the Fashion Fringe Shoe competition, bagging him a paid internship with Rupert Sanderson.

Last but not least, an interesting interactive shoe that works through an iPhone app, “SHORT ++” (or robotic elevator shoes), created by Adi Marom.

Guy Harvey

While zapping on the TV with my sister, we came across a news report about Guy Harvey, who was painting an sword fish with watercolors. At first I thought he was an artist very talented in using watercolors, but turns out that he was a scientist and a businessman as well. He is currently working on raising fund to save the gulf after the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer, fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea. Growing up in Jamaica, Guy spent many hours fishing and diving with his father along the Island’s south coast. He was obsessed with the creatures of the sea and began drawing pictures of the many different fish he observed.Guy’s artwork can be found in art exhibits, stores, galleries, restaurants and at fishing tournaments. He makes appearances at store openings as well as public appearances for a variety of environmental causes.

Born in Lippspringe, Germany on September 16, 1955 while his father was serving as a Gunnery Officer in the British Army, Guy is a 10th generation Jamaican of English heritage as his family immigrated to Jamaica in 1664. From his early inspirations, Guy’s natural gift to recreate marine life has propelled him from Professor of Marine Biology to a Wildlife Artist and Photographer. Guy initially opted for a scientific education, earning high honors in Marine Biology at Aberdeen University in Scotland in 1977. He continued his formal training at the University of West Indies, where he obtained a Doctorate in Fisheries Management.

In 1985, he depicted Ernest Hemingway’s famous fishing story “The Old Man & the Sea” through a series of 44 original pen and ink drawings and displayed them at an exhibition in Jamaica. Based on the positive response he received at the show, Guy began painting full time and by 1988 was providing custom artwork for use on a variety of products. Guy began to travel the world to gain more knowledge of the habits and activities of marine wildlife. He became an avid scuba diver and skilled underwater photographer. He pioneered a technique of diving and photographing free-swimming billfish. His personal observations made during these diving expeditions have better enabled him to capture the detail in his paintings that contributes to the popularity of his work.

A passion for the beauty and wonder of the underwater world has driven Dr. Guy Harvey to be a leading conservationist and advocate for the protection of our environment. Guy dedicates much of his talent, time and resources to programs that protect our oceans, fish population and reef systems. The Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University and The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation have taken on a leadership role in providing the scientific information necessary to understand and protect the world’s fish resources and biodiversity from continued decline.”

New assignment

The newest assignment for my project studio class, VA 302 is making a multipage magazine that the fictional chinese fast food restaurant çubuk will publish. So one of the upcoming posts will be the proposal for the content of that magazine. I am pretty sure that this would be more exciting than the menu and I get to use Adobe‘s beatiful program, InDesign. Yay! I am posting the description and some ideas that my instructor Elif Ayiter came up with during class, and you will see my own ideas in a few days’ time once I finish organizing them into a snazzy PDF and then a blog post.

Design of multi-page documents

At least 20 double-pages where you flip the pages instead of making a large spread (like Sedef’s catalog)
Design a system that is consistent although the content varies. Example: Women magazines, in-flight magazines.
The advertisements are designed by other people, the content is designed by the art director. There are differences between the two. There is no design system with the ads for multi-page because they are not part of the magazine content.

There are two basic types of content in magazines.
1. Features (konu): happens only once, on a particular issue.
They are freer than the other content, but you cannot break the system.
2. Departments (bölüm): Happens every issue. For example:
Index page (contents / içindekiler)
Reader’s letters (okuyucu mektupları)
Astrology
The department pages have to be the same in each issue.

These two types of content are treated differently. In-flight magazines usually don’t have departments, because they don’t have consistent readers.
Feature pages are much cleaner and legible. This is to emphasize that they are pages that should be read carefully.
The department pages are much more colorful and confusing.
But these two are in the same system!

Components of the system:

1. Designing the column system – the grid.
2. Typography.

Selection of typefaces
Size
Typographic elements
Columns (flush, left, right)
Kerning
Leading

3. Images (crop, silhouette)
4. Shapes (boxes, arrows, lines)
5. Color system

Ideas of content for çubuk:
food, lifestyle, urban life, travel, decoration, architecture, feng shui?, some stuff related to food, interview with a famous chef, a celebrity who likes eating chinese food, book reviews, chinese astrology…
Not just about food.

For next week:
Write a proposal in English for the content of your magazine, use your research and photos and post it on your blog. Online and offline research should be done.