Colombia has talent. For instance, the Medellin-based graphic designer, illustrator and art director, Alejandro Giraldo. His detailed and personal way of illustrating animals and cute little creatures has brought him clients like Vueling, Nike and Snickers. And if that´s not enough, he even has his own clothing line, Velmost, to pimp your body with, too.
Now here’s an idea: create a super catchy single and then persuade those with the purse strings to fly you from Australia to Jamaica to shoot the video. My only regret is that Van She has the idea first. Damn! But they win, hands down (or up in the air, as the case may be) with this awesome track, Jamaica, off their new album, Idea of Happiness. Van She will be playing a limited run of dates in Australia this September before they head overseas for a string of shows across Europe and America. They’ll be returning home for Stereosonic and Foreshore Festivals this summer.
London based, Colombian-British artist, Monique Jivram, creates unique illustrations by combining ink, thread and digital rendering. Jivram has a background in fine art and textiles. Since graduating, she has exhibited across the UK with multiple exhibitions, bespoke projects, and publication appearances. She employs a labour intensive process to create her vibrant yet detailed illustrations and takes inspiration from her overhead conversations, ancestry, and memories.
I had the priviledge of travelling to Cumbal in the south east of Colombia as part of a film production team, scouting for potential places and people. My mission was to assist in the search of the film’s main character, a young boy, which resulted in this unique collection of twin portraits. Serious and smiles.
From the disco and rock sounds of 70s Nigeria, to the golden age of Panamanian music, Benin’s Afro-Latin grooves, Colombia’s champeta, and Afro sounds, Soundway’s mission is to present the best in obscure A-sides, B-sides and album cuts that have remained unavailable. Until now.
A friend told me to look up Mariana Monteagudo’s artwork. She recommended it because I have a tendency to be drawn to cute, yet creepy art. I was blown away by it. Her work consists of large, ceramic art dolls. I may be strange, but I thought they were less creepy and more cute. She’s a Venezuelan artist with a new show called, Humanoid, running at Space 2 in Bogota, Colombia.
Do I like dogs? Yes. Do I like jumpers? Yes. Do I think WARMI’s jumpers with dogs on them are amazing? I sure do! The brand was created in 2008 by French-Colombian designer Sylvia Toth and all the clothes are hand knitted by women weavers of the villages of Tausa and Sutatausa in Colombia.
Any tried and true foodie in Buenos Aires is an assiduous follower of Chef Diego Felix’s’ closed door restaurant, Casa Felix. Typically, however, his inspired pescatarian eats are only available a few months out of the year in Buenos Aires while the rest of the time, the Felix clan travels through Argentina, San Francisco, New York, Puerto Rico, and Latin America, generally, hosting closed door diners around the world. Luckily for all of us here in Buenos Aires, his contemporary yet distinctively regional fare can now be found in private events around the city as well thanks to the super exclusive Oasis Clubhouse.
Much like Tom Friedman, Colombian-born, Miami-based artist Federico Uribe uses every day objects and unexpected but readily available materials – pennies, shoelaces, warped records: to create elaborate conceptual sculptures. Uribe’s work, however, is more representational and overtly narrative, touching on themes of war, poverty, industrial excess, and his Catholic upbringing.
If you’re craving a small tutorial with your cup of joe, head straight to Mecca Espresso in Sydney’s inner-city ‘burb, Ultimo. With a dedicated coffee education and demo area for masters classes and tastings, Mecca’s Harris St. space is here to help you sort your Hario siphons from your Aeropresses and everything in between.
For the foodie looking to wrap their tonsils around the next big thing, comes this offering from our friends over at Think Geek: ‘the world’s largest ant, a delicacy from the Colombian Amazon’.
De Juepuchas is a Colombian duo created by Diego Maldonado and Andres Silva to explore, with a creative approach, the soundtrack of a generation raised in Colombia in the 80s and 90s.
Illustrator Paola Gaviria works out of Cali, Colombia, doing Action Drawing at Lugar a dudas, having spent last year in Amazonia, where she set up a club through which her neighbors could learn more about the arts, themselves and their environment. Another project she is involved is a blog where a group of female artists […]
From the same folks that provide your monkey-picked tea, come Giant Toasted Ants. Yup, that’s right: ants from the Colombian Amazon, toasted to taste like bacon (so they say) and sealed up in a reusable pouch for your snacking pleasure.
Down an unassuming street in the La Macarena neighborhood of Bogotá, Colombia humbly sits one of the city’s sexiest dining spots: Leo Cocina y Cava. It is here that Chef Leonor Espinoza saturates Colombian comfort food — mainly from the coast — with intense doses of creativity to produce fresh, contemporary dishes with a clean presentation and knock-out appeal.