Apologies for the 19th century radio silence…we’re busily building a whole new look HotelsWeLove … In the meantime, maybe you’ll enjoy this cute animation, by Colombian designer turned animator Fedelpeye, that celebrates some of the world’s most iconic architcts. No prizes for guessing who gets ‘Z’.
We just came across this fantastic little video about New York-based yarn artist Olek. Having transformed herself from struggling creative to (kn)IT girl on the NY street art scene, the Polish-born artist can finally indulge those crazy ideas she had years ago, but never got around to realising, such as crocheting an entire scene from a design by Keith Haring…(pictured). Here she is, talking about hi-jinx stunts like giving the Wall St Bull a nice warm sweater and her recent show, “The Bad Artists Imitate, The Great Artists Steal“ at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC.
It’s been a crazy, busy week so the blog has been a little bit neglected…. Next week we’ll be back on track. But given it’s a Friday afternoon and we’re veering into a weekend mood, we thought we’d share two interesting travel videos, from the sublime to the sublimely ridiculous. First up: A lovely, contemplative, vibey piece taken around the sites of Kyoto and Tokyo by New Zealander Matthew Buchanan.
…And now for something a little bit different. A super-short video by extreme uni-cyclist (it’s exists!) Lutz Eichholz, it was filmed around Germany, Israel and Morrocco. It was among my Vimeo recommendations, which I found pleasingly odd. Next week, we’re back with the World’s Most Exciting Artist Residency in Newfoundland. Literary highlights in Seoul and watery-digs in Copenhagen are also on the way… Until then, Bon Weekend from Paris!
….So, in between travels and writing about them, we’re working on an online video series, perhaps best described as ‘Bike Porn’. The Freewheelers series, directed by our friend Pete Bishop, was an ‘Official Honoree’ at the 2011 Webby Awards (the Oscars of the internet) – something which made us both proud and excited.
The series portrays a cross-section of the London cycling scene and encompasses everything from a vintage mini-penny farthing and a Ugandan courier bike to a German Tank bike and customised fixed wheel. We’ve featured two British bike design icons – the Brompton and now the Moulton (see below) – and contemporary designer/artists, including Ben Wilson’s amazing Californian style low-rider (the bike that launched his career) and Benedict Radcliffe’s fluro art bike. One of the best things about making the series is meeting the people behind the bikes. In this case, it’s Saki, an artist from Tokyo who talked to us about her 1995 Landrover edition Moulton bike.
For many Europeans, Christmas 2010 was a white one. While there was no shortage of chaos and griping, snow transformed London into a place of hush, white lighted beauty. Goodbye urban ugliness, hello Narnia! I just came across this wonderful video on Vimeo that captures the unexpected transformation of the usually temperate Flavolands in the Netherlands into an ice-rink. The film-maker shot it on ice-skates and then evened out the bumps using ‘Smoothcam’ in Final Cut Pro. Magic!
The bear is a symbol of Berlin but you’d be lucky to spot one that wasn’t behind bars – by which we mean the Berlin zoo. Local arts collective Neo-Zoon uses discarded fur coats to create eye-catching silhouettes of European animals which they then plaster around the city. Their ‘wild graffiti’ offers a critique of the urban environment while noting an all too predictable absence. Two masked, female street artists take us through the process in Germany’s cultural capital. Enjoy! (Grrrr!)