Monday, 18 November 2013

art cups.

art series cup by Annie Everingham

Yesterday I stopped for a coffee at one of my favourite local places - which also happens to be an art gallery and the coffee came in an arty cup. As someone who does love good packaging, I definitely felt my coffee tasted better in a lovely looking cup. And the artwork just so happened to be by Thomas Wilcox who I profiled a few weeks ago here! What a coincidence.

art series cup by Thomas Wilcox

I love the entire range of Art Series BioCups which was developed in partnership between Okyo and BioPak who worked with six artists to develop the pilot series. Let's hope there are more arty cups to come.

art series cup by Mark Gerda

art series cup by Rose Dambelli
art series cup by Jennie Holtsbaum

Monday, 11 November 2013

profile studio cockatoo - luke & kate bordessa.


luke and kate bordessa of studio cockatoo
When I am excited and amazed the first thing that usually comes out of my mouth is OH MY GOD! And they are the first three words which sprang to mind when I discovered Studio Cockatoo. The joint creation of talented couple Kate and Luke Bordessa, together they produce striking geometric-esque (new word) art prints. Trained in graphic design the couple's modern art prints stem from Luke's passion for photography and Kate's skills as a sketch artist, combined with a little digital manipulation using Illustrator and Photoshop. I absolutely love them, the colours, the composition, the geometric feel. I think these may be going to a few people this Christmas...They're on my list! The only trouble is picking a favourite. Checkout the entire range here.

How would you describe yourself?
Kate:Happy, busy, shy, generous and creative.
Luke:Kind, shy, easy going, English, cyclist.

What was your childhood dream?
Luke:I wanted to be a stunt man (seriously).

What led you down your current path?
Kate:My desire to work for myself.
Luke:My wife.

What do you love most about what you do?
Kate & Luke:Being able to work from home and spend time with our

Where do you feel most inspired?
Kate:Late at night, usually watching a trashy movie, with my dog Doug snuggled up beside me, playing on my laptop.
Luke:Out bike riding.

Who you admire?
Kate:So many people, I don’t know where to start.
Luke: Elvis Presley and Ricky Gervais.

What challenges have you had to covercome ?
Kate:Learning how to use photoshop!!
Luke:None really, life has been good to me.


What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?
Kate & Luke:The birth of our son.

What are your top inspiring resources? 
Kate:Tumblr, walks in the national park, standing on top of mountains, instagram.
Luke:The outdoors, google, music and talking to friends.

Do you have a dream creative project? 
Kate & Luke::We’re living it.
What are you currently coveting in the world of design?
Kate:Zaishu stools!!
Luke:A new bike.
What's next?
Kate: I’m pretty happy to cruise along here for a while I think…
Luke:Now that would be telling....
When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:
* Kate *
Read – Blogs
Watch - Kids movies.
Cook - Green papaya salad.
Create - always creating.
Listen to - My son J.
Dream about - Holidays in hammocks under palms trees.
Look forward to - Everyday! 

* Luke *
Read – The news.   
Watch - Alan Partridge.
Cook - Kate does all the cooking.
Create - Ideas.
Listen to - The Ricky Gervais Show.
Dream about - Riding my bike.
Look forward to - Riding my bike.