Shoe Construction — Marloes ten Bhömer and the architecture Of Shoes.


Following an interesting lecture last night titled ‘The Architecture of Shoes’ In which the presenter demonstrated the many fields of design architects and other design degrees can go into.

Stated were some interesting figures on Architecture at Milan University, Italy; 1000 students were enrolled each year whilst only 100 graduated.
Rather than Looking at it as 900 students failing architecture between entry and finishing, Instead 900 students were provided with the design skills to go into a number of different fields.

I can’t help but think of buildings when I see the like’s of Marloes ten Bhömer’s shoes.

I’ll be honest, women’s shoes fall outside my usual scope of interest but the design behind the footwear below I think is really innovative wearable artworks.

The construction, use of materials (arbon fibre, fiberglass, Stainless steel , Polyurethane resin and tarpaulin) clear cut clean lines, are all innovative and being to move from the world of women’s fashion into product and architecture design.

From her website:
“Critically acclaimed designer Marloes ten Bhömer produces shoes that are both provocative and otherworldly. Her work fuses artistic and technological experiment in order to discover shoes anew. Ten Bhömer’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally and she gives lectures about her work worldwide. She takes on challenging commissions from galleries and private clients.”

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Amazing Paper Artist Simon Schubert


Some work by German Artist Simon Schubert, who is able to use paper to create these amazing images.

I’m amazed at the depth that is able to be portrayed in these (almost) flat pieces of paper!

for more work visit

I found this post via the good things going on at Toxel

Design Follow Friday


In a response to my twitter addiction I have decided to devote this post to some of favourite people to follow.

Named in Wallpaper Magazine’s Architects Directory, an ‘anual guide to the world’s most innovative practicies’, Andrew Maynard’s design practice is quickly becoming recognised as an emerging force on the architectural scene. Since Andrew Maynard Architects was establised in late 2002 it has been recognised internationally in media, awards and exhibitions for its unique body of built work and its experimental conceptual design polemics.

Architects-turned-filmmakers turn the camera on the arch studio following 5 thesis students – posts on documentary, film, architecture, tech, Brooklyn, NYC.

America’s first independent, internationally distributed, eco-friendly fashion publication dedicated exclusively to emerging designers.

Video Editor, Graphic/Web Designer, Red Camera rental, I’m a Mac.

NOTCOT is a visual filtration of ideas + aesthetics + amusements. NOTCOT’s two sites have become the daily sources of inspiration for creatives everywhere, fighting the good fight against “creative block” since 2005 with visually stunning imagery, the latest in international trends, and a passion for all things well designed.

A Jewelry Designer and blog writer
“My philosophy for my jewelry and this blog, is to bring happiness to others. I hope to share the joy of creating and finding beautiful things to all the readers and customers.”

Some more of Claire Morgan’s work


Some more of Claire Morgan’s work that I really wanted to share.

See my original post on Claire’s amazing work here..

The Beauty Of Rotting Fruit And A Taxidermied Crow

The Beauty Of Rotting Fruit And A Taxidermied Crow


Claire Morgan originally from Belfast got a first class degree in Sculpture from Ulster and Northumbria University.

Claire has made her career as a visual artist, with exhibits across the UK as well as internationally. She developed an interest in the organic, in natural processes, and in the bodily connotations of natural materials.

It is this fascnination that makes the foundation for her sculptural taxidermy installations.

The following installation, fluid for Northumbria University in an exhibition called Building With Colour uses hundreds of strawberries and a taxidermied crow.

Morgan’s sculptural material is ordinary, familiar and everyday, but is transfigured through the rigor of formal composition into becoming resonant with a mysterious melancholic power that allows it to be unfamiliar to us again.”
(Darren Ambrose, Lecturer in Art Theory, Birmingham City University, 2007)

Emotive Illustrations by Micah Lidberg


Here is a sample of some of the talented work of Micah Lidberg that I have fallen in love with on my great internet travels. Michah, now living in Missouri describes his work as “a sincere effort to capture the great beauty and energy I see in the chaos that is our world.”

His signature is to use simple materials to make complete pieces whilst exploring the constant entertainment of ‘making.’

Beautiful/Decay, Computer Arts, Creative Quarterly Journal, Crafty Magazine & Society of Illustrators LA

‘They’ is a piece from a project where I would go venturing through the woods at night snapping all sorts of photos. The illustrations are based on what my imagination was telling me was out there with me.

Code Book from Micah Lidberg on Vimeo.

A small message is encoded in the imagery. The key to the code is laid out on the front and back cover.

‘Angry Cloud’ is the story of a rebellion staged by the creatures of the forest against a power hungry storm cloud.

Wait — This is based off a sketch book project I worked on with a friend, Scott Ener Grover.

Book vs. Knife vs. World

image via Packer Gallery

The book business has been in trouble for quite some time now thanks to the glorious digitalisation of…well, everything. No longer are books the prestigious technology, able to transport knowledge in the most effective manner. Instead, we have the internet where information, books and beyond are a mere click away, ready to be viewed on our personal computer screens.

The tangible book, it has long been predicted, is a dying art form, slowly being eroded by newer and more efficient internet technologies. Artist, Brian Dettmer from Chicago, in his ‘book autopsies’ demonstrates this erosion in its most metaphorical sense in his body of work, Adaptations.

Antonia Peacock writes, “As content morphs into miniature geologic landscapes, the natural physicality of the book is accentuated. We experience these deconstructed books as fragile, organic matter that cannot escape eventual decomposition.”

Images via Packer Schopf Gallery

Another, somewhat more optimistic reading of the works is that the intricate sculptural designs carved into the books are symbolic of the depth of meaning present in a printed work, one which is only distinguishable after much carving and cutting away at the physical form. 

For book lovers, on the other hand, it seems like an almost bible-burning pursuit, one which is destroying beloved stories and words of the authors.

Check out more of Brian Dettmer’s work at the Packer Schopf Gallery here.

Exploding Spray paint sculpture by Julien Valle.

paper spray jvallee 4

From Canadian graphic designer, Julien Valle comes this piece he calls ‘Paper sculpture,’ admittedly, not really a creative name but still an amazing piece of work I wished to share with you.

This creatively clever sculpture gives a whole new 3D life to the spray can and the culture that revolves around it. Colour explodes from an otherwise, matte, black surface, whilst on the other side of the ‘canvas’ is the humble spray can.

Julien Valle