Archive for November, 2013


These are some really simple but genius sketches, thought up by Javier Pérez (or Cintascotch as he seems to be known on Instagram). I love these cute but thoughtful pictures, each with its own sweet character and style which I find really inspiring.

The artist is always updating his Instagram account with new images too, so keep an eye out for more (plus he now has an online shop open with various products with his images on them.)

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All images belong to Cintascotch/Javier Perez

These beautiful papers belong to my niece, but I couldn’t help taking a few pictures of them to post because I though they looked amazing. I love the bright quirky drawings, the mix of colours with uncoloured black and white, and the cute characters (like the expression of the owls!)

I think this would make amazing craft paper, for some pretty cards or stationary, or even as inspiration for for anything crafty! Personally, I’d see this as inspiration for for drawing animation and comics (although I’m not sure where cute poodles and owls come into comics, but still!)

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I have no idea what this is meant to be, but it reminded me of those complicated Maths problems with lots of shapes and angles. (I also love the fact that this is right next to the Inner London Crown Court – nice sight before you go before a judge, hey?)

The colours in this are just lovely, and this image reminds me of a colourful, half-completed origami model. It’s a bit random, I know and probably won’t mean much to a lot of people, but I loved this splash of colour during a working day, not to mention some quirky, foldy abstract art.

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Weekly Mad Scientist Links

It’s weekly links time, and I’ve been trawling the Big World Wide Web for more silly links and interesting stuff for you all to look at. Cos I’m kind like that.

I’ve never found a video of calligraphy more satisfying than this one. No idea why, but this is seriously beautiful stuff.

I love this series of surreal, beautiful photographs by Oleg Oprisco. My favourite is the one with the huge pile of books.

Ten things not to say to your music teacher. Or heck, to any other teacher.

Cute Disney princess comics, stories to tell your little girls, hey?

Wahey, Leo DiCaprio turned 39 a few days ago, here’s a few memes to celebrate.

I’ve seen a lot of these, but this is just pretty, colour-coded orderliness which looks just yummy. I don’t think I have enough sweets in the same colours to try this, but I really want to try!

This is just amazing, tissue animals – reminds me of origami for some reason. I’m no good at origami either.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, all!

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I saw this a while back being displayed at Spitalsfield (it’s recently been taken down since though, perhaps it’s being penned in with other artistic goats) – a sculpture of a goat on top of a few crates.

Apparently this piece, I Goat by artist Kenny Hunter, was the winner of this competition which beat out several other artistic pieces to be displayed in Spitalfield, to signify the area’s rich history, relationship with immigrants and to reflect the struggles and conflicts they have had to endure.

But in other ways, it’s also just a cute little goat staring out on top of a few boxes.

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Flowery Cactii

Something I saw while out at work today, which I thought looked lovely, which made a nice spark of colour on a cold, grey day. They may not be the same as traditional flowers, but hey a cactus is easier to look after and last a lot longer!

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Paul Friedlander is a scientist, artist and extraordinaire – just look at his beautiful light sculptures to see how he has managed to merge science into beautiful art. Friedlander focuses on kinetic light art, which primarily uses spinning strings and something called chromastrobic light, which is light that changes colour faster than the eye can see, so that it creates moving shapes.

The best (and perhaps simplest) way to explain the way the science works would  probably be this: “The vibrating string becomes invisible, but the white light that’s being reflected off the rope becomes visible in an exchange that lets our eyes see magic, as real as science can make it.”

The end results are beautiful, giant rays of lights which become beautiful sculptures. Friedlander has taken this further over the years by manipulating the colours, shapes and sizes over the years, in his exhibitions and tours to various countries. I love how spectacular these sculptures look, and how fluid and colourful they are. I’m waiting for Friedlander to announce an exhibition in London so I can visit and ooh-and-ahh at them, but in the meantime I suppose I’ll have to swing some ropes around and see if any sparks come off them!

You can visit his website for more images from his various tours and exhibitions in the last 14 years, or otherwise have a look at some of his videos to see how the light sculptures look like in motion – or read his bio and more about Paul Friedlander on his page here.

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All images belong to Paul Friedlander

I visited the Warner Bros Harry Potter studios last year, which was amazing fun because of all of the props, huge sets and detailed little pieces which were all over the studio. After my visit, I decided against posting pictures of the tour and the studio, because I thought it would spoil things for people who wanted to visit, especially as there are plenty of different things to do, sets to see and activities to try out.

I’ve been reading Harry Potter since I was a young top hat, and grew up loving the books without ever knowing what a phenomenon it was and how popular it became – I’m glad I never knew while I first started reading it, because it meant I read with no expecations, and genuinely loved the books. I was 11 when I first started the series (same as Harry Potter was!) and it’s always felt slightly like I grew up with the series, at the same time as the hero did.

Even though I won’t spoil the tours for you, I’ll post one photo from the day, which was one of my favourite sets. This was the set used for the extremely pinky office for Dolores Umbridge in the film, which surprisingly looked a lot more glamorous up close than it did in the film (pink decor wouldn’t exactly be my first choice!) The room is in a little round concave, which looked amazing from the outside looking in, particularly when you see the tea-cups and saucers on the wall.

So here’s to some pinky mondays, not always favoured, but sometimes glamorous.

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It may be sunny, but don’t be deceived by those bright yellow rays – it’s nearly 4 degrees outside and we’re all shivering away. Didn’t stop a bunch of students ‘studying’ out on the grass, which I thought made an interesting view (across the small canal that I was on the other side of).

It’s unlikely I’ll be seeing much greenery in the next few weeks, nor will I be visiting any parks any time soon, so here’s something to capture the very last of autumny-summer, especially now winter is really setting in!

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I saw this giant hidden away in Canning Town area, hidden behind some very high fences, which made it slightly easy to overlook unless you happen to look up (or through the fences and boards like I did). The Canning Town Giant, as it’s known is a giant art sculpture made from re-used wood, and made by a group of artists known as ROBOTS>>>>,who created this with a team of sculptures, set builders and art directors.

The purpose of this sculpture is to draw attention to nature, to highlight the idea of recyling and and to transform ugly areas into beautiful ones. This certainly makes sense, as Canning Town is a regeneration area which has been worked on for several years as a project to re-build, re-beautify and bring up the standards of the area – so something like this would make a great attraction.

When I saw this giant, I was quite charmed – I like the idea of a crouching gentle giant bending down to pick flowers (or trees, more like) and peeking at you from over the high fences and billboards. Think of it as East London’s very own BFG.

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