Archive for the ‘Arts Inspiration’ Category

When looking for arts inspiration, it’s always fun to see what is emerging. If your search takes you to a new country… even better. In Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts, is a great source for the cutting edge.

Take a look of some samples of work I selected from their 2008 class:

artMore than just creating new design, they are also facilitating art conversation. Their  Integrated Studies 2008 program  included thesis topics such as:

  • Agnes Cheng Lee Kiang
    Thesis: The Viability of the Commercialisation of Graffiti Art in Singapore
  • Lee Whee Hong
    Thesis: Factors which Contribute to Nurturing Creativity Through Art in Lower Primary Schools
  • Martha Widjajanti Soemantri
    Thesis: Developing Engaging Exhibitions: A Case Study of Textile Exhibits in Asian Civilisations Museum
  • Ng Qing Yi Magdelene
    Thesis: Opportunities to Develop New Audiences for the Museum Through its Food and Beverage Outlets

And there’s more!

Art-e. An online magazine with insightful articles about art.

And finally, the 2008 design show:

So, what do you think about LASALLE? Sign me up!


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Tasmania feels like the place for artists. Artists are embraced. They find inspiration locally and internationally and it all collides to this happy place. A place I wish I could be a part of, but I can’t. Fortunately for us it seems the people of Tasmania want us to know what’s happening around there. They provide a ton of resources. Here are a few examples:

Handmark Gallery

They bring Tasmanian artists to other parts of the world. Their talent works in areas such as paintings, ceramics, glass, and so much more. Here’s are two great samples: (Click on the individual images to go right to the artists specific page at the Handmark Gallery.)



Design Centre > Tasmania

The beauty of the Design Centre Tasmania is described within it’s own mission:

The Design Centre strives to:

  • Sustain the wood design industry in Tasmania
  • Inspire Tasmania and the world with an understanding of the potency of design
  • Create an identity for Tasmania as a place of excellence in the world.

Don’t you wish you lived there? I do. Here is an example of one of their artists. Peter Costello born, raised and educated in Tasmania.

(Click on the image to go right to the page)


I know I’m inspired, how about you?

{All Images are credited to their respective shop}

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Regardless of  your preferences, you will find it in Rio de Janeiro. Which also means you will find things you probably wouldn’t have sought on your own. To me, that means one thing… inspiration.



I love comfort. Who doesn’t? I think Brazilians, especially those from Rio de Janeiro, perfected comfort. An easy way to add Brazilian comfort flare to a normally stuffy life (not pointing any fingers, just making some generalizations)? Buy Havainas! These are the flip-flops many Brazilians swear by. They are often imitated, but your feet know the difference! The best part? They’re affordable. More expensive flip flops set you back quite a bit, but Havainas are cheap enough you can get a pair for each bathing suit… or at this time of year… wool coat?

{Photo Credit Havainas}


rafaelRio de Janeiro has style and Rafael Simoes Miranda exemplifies. A design Renaissance Man. He works in more than one field, but there is one common thread – innovation. Check out his website to get a glimpse of his other projects.

{Photo Credit Rafael Simoes Miranda}



The Campana Brothers have used the connection they have with their home country to create the Favela Chair (the top image). They continue to impress the design community with their originality. Check them out below and purchase their products at Moss.

{Images From Moss}

Here are some more links to Brazilian artists:

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Travel inspires. When we think of Hungary, there are some images, colors, and symbols that come to mind. Let’s take a look at them now, starting with what’s happening with art in Hungary today, then going backwards to the basics and history.

Talent, Talent, Talent

There are many great artists, museums, places… one artist who really stands out is Soos Nora… Nora Soos. I love, love, love her work. So vibrant. Exciting. Different. Unique. And relevant. Here’s an example of a piece of work of hers that I love, but please check out her website for more.

soosnoraThe ACB Galeria has many contemporary artists, so take a look there for more options and let me know in the comments which you really enjoy.

(And for more museum information, check out my Budapest Travel guide, which I will make available on January 17)

Street Art

streetart(Photo by Diana Lili M)

Design Week

For five years and running, Design Week has centralized design talks, shops and community in Budapest. Here are some posters from the past, and a link to the website.

designweekpostersI think I would want to be a part of this, though probably only as a spectator.


Andre Kertesz, to quote the ever-reliable wikipedia, “was a Hungarian-born photographer known for his groundbreaking contributions to photographic composition and by his efforts in establishing and developing the photo essay.” I’ve dabbled in photography myself and think his work is timeless. To think that he came up with these ideas years ago, and I can’t even be that imaginative today!


Scan courtesy of Masters of Photography

Folk Art

Hungary has a strong embroidery, ceramic, porcelain, wood, and carpet folk art industry. The Folk Art Centrum is a great place to get an example of what Hungary is known for.

folk-art(Images from Hungarian Folk Art)

Find out information about purchasing Hungarian Folk Art online.

Hungarian Folk Art has been connected (and disconnected) to the patriotism of the country, used, when needed, as a form of propaganda. After World War I, folk art campaigns were arranged to encourage national pride. Folk art was vital to the people. While under communism, folk art took on a separate role: a way for the youth to identify with their own history and rebel against the government’s art suggestions. Unexpectedly, the Soviet Union supported the folk art revival since it was a truly “from the people”. As folk art gained in popularity, the people started to retreat. Folk art shifted in significance from how people identified themselves, to how Hungarians USED to identify. As folk art began to be viewed as a way of the past, Western art and ideas gained in popularity. (Source: Beyond Multicultural Art Education)

The Flag

The Hungarian Flag is Red (strength), White (faithfulness) and Green (hope).  The flag has an interesting history, which you can find here.

Now what…

I’m going to use some of the above inspiration, the book I’m reading, the movie I’m going to watch, previous posts and upcoming posts to create a souvenir of our trip to Budapest. I will post my souvenir in one week. If this information inspires you in any way, I would love to see what you create!

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