From Finland with love (and shoes like rockets!)
Circle S Studio knows a thing or two about branding. They also find some great things to tweet about, like the link to a gorgeous cinematic video on a collaboration between iconic shoe maker Converse and Finnish designer Marimekko.
If you’re a fan of short films or fashion, check it out. If you’ve never seen fabric being printed on a large scale, go have a look. If exuberant pattern and bold colour thrills you, take three minutes and prepare to be inspired. (If you can’t see the embedded video here, head on over to YouTube.) Fantastic.
Thoughts on Dreams
Those of us who love books celebrate their beauty as objects as well as the richness of the ideas between the covers. Food aficionado¬†and photographer Adriana Mullen discovered German designer Maria Fischer’s beautiful work Traumgedanken (Thoughts on Dreams). The book is a “collection of literary, philosophical, psychological and scientifical texts which provide an insight into different dream theories.”
The threads illustrate the fragility and confusion of dreams. Fischer includes illustrations made entirely of thread, including one that resembles written words. You can see the images and read about her vision on Maria Fischer’s website.
A close-up of life in Tahrir Square
There’s been a proliferation of images in the news about the momentous events in Egypt during the past three weeks. Henrietta Walmark, known to her Twitter fans as @ettagirl, found a remarkable photo essay by photographer Laura El-Tantawy.
Instead of the crisp images we so often associate with photojournalism, El-Tantawy takes us into the thick of things, photographing and writing about the time she spent in Tahrir Square. Her photographs have an immediacy we don’t often see. Some of the images are dark, some blurred.¬†We get a sense of what it’s like to be in the crowd at night. Many of the pictures give us a sense of claustrophobia, in stark contrast to the bird’s eye view we saw in live video feeds or the brief stories we saw on television or online.
Her writing is simple and powerful. She was in Liberation Square when Hosni Mubarak stepped down. Laura El-Tantawy’s photo essay can be found at Burn Magazine.
Many thanks to the wonderful people in my Twitter stream. Happy Monday.