Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Odd One Out vs Picasso

I have this picture of a painted plate in my studio on my inspiration board - it was painted by Picasso in 1957.  I knew Picasso had produced ceramic pieces and I thought this was one of those - but just recently I found out that this is actually an upcycled plate - I knew there was a reason I was drawn to it! Ok so maybe it was a bit about the dog too - and possibly more about the fact his name is Lump! too cute ;)

Anyway - it's kind of nice to know that (in a somewhat removed way!) I am following in the footsteps of an artist I admire so much.  A link to the cute story behind that plate here.  

All inspired to do a bit of research now - I've been checking out his other pieces.  It seems we both share a love of painting animals and silhouettes on to plates, loving the matador and bull silhouettes.... maybe I might be lucky enough to add one to my collection  - a girl can dream!

(other pics from Ro Gallery, Taglialatalla Galleries & Christies)


Monday, March 19, 2012

My Vintage Week

Just a few little goodies I have picked up recently - you might say I've been quite restrained of late.  Not so much vintage buying - which is a great thing for the wallet and for the (bursting at the seams) house - but not so great for the soul.  Yes vintage is good for the soul!

Horsey Pic - Isn't she cute! I actually bought this to sell originally,  It sat all of 15 minutes at the Mr's stall at Love Vintage and Retro market before I hid it under the table, I just couldn't sell her.  Yet to hang it up but I love that it is behind glass because I am finding it fun to write little comments in speech bubbles coming from Mr horse or Daphne (I thought she looked like a Daphne for some reason?)

Dear deers - Yes I'm somewhat obsessed with Deers but these ones were kissing and I just couldn't help myself!

Teacup - I'm so excited that my friends Lisa and Dan have just opened up their new vintage shop!  It's called Love Vintage and Retro and this cute cup and saucer had my name on it - along with half of the rest of the shop!  I was so hoping to be their first buyer but scraped in a close second :)

Rice - Well obviously I had to have this because the colour, the pattern and the font are awesome and I guess it could potentially be useful to hold something? - probably not rice though!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Life is Beautiful

I love contradiction in art and this installation by Farhad Moshiri is brilliant!  Making something beautiful from the mundane is something that I like to explore in my own work.

I love how the gorgeous flowing font and the phrase "Life is Beautiful" is formed with 1242 knives of different sizes and colours stabbed directly into the gallery wall.  You can just imagine how manic and brutal the act of stabbing all of those knives would have looked to an observer - but look at the stunning result!

Friday, March 9, 2012

these are a few of my favourite things.....

In the Odd One Out house, of course it is natural that we have some odd wee things lying around.  I think that this glass gun filled with 100s & 1000s would have to be up there as one of the oddest though! 

We found the gun at a vintage shop and I fell in love with it instantly.  I am really drawn to objects that are contradictory or made from unexpected materials - and what could be more so than a glass gun!

I have no idea what it was in a past life - perhaps someone out there knows? If you do please leave a comment, I would so love to know what use a glass gun would have had.  Perhaps it was just made to be pretty & pretty it is!

It didn't come with the sprinkles inside - that genius idea came when we decided to display it inside this vintage glass dome (another of my favourite things).  The glass behind glass idea didn't really work visually - so being the sweet toothed girl that I am, I thought 100s & 1000s would be a perfect way to make the gun stand out.  I love the bright colours and that it adds another unusual element to the gun motif.  Best of all the colours look awesome next to my vintage Tretchikoff!

(you can put anything in a dome and it looks fantastic and designy don't you think?  I love them!) 

I am always being inspired by the stuff around my house - so it wasn't long before I started to make some jewellery pieces using this idea.  These vintage glass vials were from the estate of a watchmaker and used to hold all the teeny tiny watch parts - I think they look so cute with the sprinkles inside!  A perfect gift for a girl with a sweet tooth like me!  I have been making these since I launched Odd One Out and they are one of my most popular items.  Like them?  Buy them here.