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365 Self Portraits by Alex Stoddard

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By Clare Hillier in New Photography on Wednesday 2 February 2011

Alex Stoddard will stop you in your tracks. His recent 365 day project in which he took a self-portrait every day day for a year, is an example of pure, boundless creativity and breathtaking composition. And at only seventeen years of age, Stoddard is definitely one to watch.

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Granny Tunes iPod covers

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By Clare Hillier in New Products on Monday 31 January 2011

In the perfect collusion of high tech meets handmade, Greece is for Lovers have released a crochet sleeve to soften up your ipod’s hard beats. Inspired by the traditional craft of Greek lace making, these ipod cases are all form, and not a lot of function. Which is perfect, really!

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British inmates learning needlepoint

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By Clare Hillier in New Trends on Friday 14 January 2011

You know the saying, ‘A stitch in time, saves nine’. Well, if Fine Cell Work have anything to do with it, it will soon become, ‘A stitch in time, to pay for your crime!’ This improbable charity, teaches needlepoint to British inmates.

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Bookmobiles

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By Clare Hillier in New Products on Wednesday 15 December 2010

Sure, an iPad or Kindle is awfully handy, but you can’t do this with them. Created by artist Lisa Occhipinti, each bookmobile is designed as a sculptural object to emanate bliss. Interestingly, Occhipinti is set to release her first book, The Repurposed Library, in April 2011. The publisher says it will feature 33 projects that breathe new life into orphaned books and flea market finds. But aren’t they missing the ironically obvious?

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The Happy Town Menagerie dolls

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By Clare Hillier in New Products on Friday 10 December 2010

The happy little chappies — and chapettes — of the Happy Town Menagerie, will make your heart sing! Bright. Uplifting. Joyful. Each hand-turned piece is made from reclaimed wood and finished with orange oil by illustrator and designer Lorena Siminovich. Oh, happy days!

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Norway’s Turf Roofs

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By Clare Hillier in Architecture on Friday 12 November 2010

While the intention is purely practical, there is something about the grass roofs of Norway that remind me of a fairy-tale fantasy. For hundreds of years, many houses in Norway have installed turf roofs to provide good insulation and help stabilise the home under its weight. It kind of makes the recent trend in vertical living gardens look old hat, don’t you think?

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Interior textiles from Sixhands

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By Clare Hillier in New Design on Friday 12 November 2010

I’ve got to give a big high five to Sixhands. This Australian studio blends fashion with interiors for a free-spirited range of printed textiles, wallpapers, and most recently an interior collection that includes rugs, cushions, lampshades and canvases. And if their bold designs aren’t enough, Sixhands only uses the latest technologies and environmentally sound production […]

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Get Mouthy with Lazy Oaf

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By Clare Hillier in New Fashion on Thursday 11 November 2010

Did you know that being told to shut up while wearing one of these Lazy Oaf tops is actually a compliment?

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Geninne’s Painted Rocks

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By Clare Hillier in New Art on Thursday 11 November 2010

When I was five, I had a pet rock. It was a lump of a thing and not nearly as pretty as Geninne’s painted rocks. Sigh. I guess you’re never too old for a rock to rock your world.

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Pigeon Toe Ceramics

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By Clare Hillier in New Products on Friday 17 September 2010

Portland-based Pigeon Toe Ceramics are known for their stop-in-your-tracks porcelain. Whether its for around your home, or in the garden, each hand-thrown piece is a modern and affordable heirloom. But after getting to know Lisa Jones, the owner and designer behind Pigeon Toe Ceramics, I quickly found that that there is much more to her […]

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Stina Persson

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By Clare Hillier in New Illustration on Wednesday 8 September 2010

Superstar illustrator and artist, Stina Persson, is renowned for her dripping watercolour works: which are sensual, feminine, sumptuous. Her work has been commissioned by big corporates like Coca-Cola, Absolute Vodka and Face Boutique. It also regularly graces the pages of Vogue Nippon and Harper’s Baazar. On the eve of her next solo show, Perfectly Flawed, […]

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Love Padlocks

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By Clare Hillier in New Trends on Tuesday 7 September 2010

Sweethearts around the world are fixing padlocks to fences and public monuments as a sign of their eternal love. This tradition is said to have originated during the 1960s when Italian soldiers began sticking their wardrobe padlocks to Florence’s Ponte Vecchio bridge. Ah. There’s nothing like a public proclamation of wild, crazy love to warm your heart!

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F*ck Off, I Love You

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By Clare Hillier in New Photography on Tuesday 31 August 2010

It might seem that lately I’m in need of a swear jar, but what the hell! Music video director, Huse Monfaradi, and photographer, Dan Wilton, recently collaborated to capture sixty of their friends and acquaintances in the process of swearing: ‘The idea was really simple: to capture the emotive, cathartic outburst of energy from swearing […]

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Brilliant typography of Scott Albrecht

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By Clare Hillier in New Design on Wednesday 25 August 2010

Brooklyn-based Scott Albrecht is a typographic fine art genius. From drawings and painting to woodwork, fonts and co-founding Process, it seems like there’s nothing Albrecht can’t do. On the eve of his solo exhibition, SOMETHING MISTAKEN FOR NOTHING, I caught up with Albrecht and found that he is as colourful and witty as his work.

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Taxidermist artist: Julia deVille

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By Clare Hillier in New Art on Thursday 19 August 2010

Have you noticed that taxidermy seems to be having something of a renaissance? One of the most fascinating artists in this realm is Julia deVille. While her work is undoubtedly intriguing and hauntingly beautiful, it is Julia’s philosophies on life, death and art that are just as captivating.

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