Monday, 13 April 2015

tomoya matsuura

the world of microscopy is hard to beat when it comes to looking at forms. check out these by tomoya matsuura

Thursday, 9 April 2015

bill houston

something to make a certain type of (scottish) cyclist weep with nostalgia. pat two here

Tuesday, 31 March 2015


say what you like about mucha - and they do in a strangely poor article in paris review - but you'd be on thin ice if you were going to argue there weren't some mad skillz on view. i'm not the world's biggest fan of figurative painting but i love these, i love their lighting, their construction and mucha's take no prisoners vision. i remember seeing apotheosis of the slavs years and years ago and just being blown away by it

Saturday, 28 March 2015

barbara wildenboer

there's a number of people making things with deconstructed books these days. barbara wildenboer's are my recent favourites. i'm not saying i haven't considered it but cutting up a book makes me uncomfortable for all manner of irrational reasons!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

mental health

it's rare to hear an article that bridges the divide between the 'opposite' sides of healthcare, particularly mental health care. check out act four of this episode of this american life - it's both sad, poignant and captures something of the sadness i'm sure is recognisable to anyone involved.

home of the brave, the podcast namechecked at the end is also worth checking out

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

ilhwa kim

some paper, some dye and a lot of time. i'd love to see these works by ilhwa kim in the flesh

Thursday, 19 February 2015

tokyo in fog

an annoyingly intrusive soundtrack but if you like a foggy landscape and/or tokyo turn the sound off and check this out

Saturday, 7 February 2015

uldus bakhtiozina

there was no possibility i wouldn't be loving uldus bakhtiozina's russian fairy tale inflected collection russ land

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

einar nerman

it's a great shame there's not much in the way of sheet music about these days outside of second hand shops. a browse of these can reveal some cover art gems. here's einar nerman for starters

Monday, 2 February 2015

harry clarke

after yesterday, check our harry clarke's illustrations of poe

Sunday, 1 February 2015

kay nielsen

kay nielsen's illustrations are nothing short of amazing. you can see more here

Sunday, 5 October 2014

american autumn


Tuesday, 29 April 2014

the last post

and that i guess will have to be that and this, more or less, the last blog post. nearly made it to seven years but not quite.

final scores on the doors were (in ascending order) claribel alegria, bertolt brecht, elma mitchell, william maxwell (hurrah!), carol ann duffy, pauline stainer and finally, the dark lord of them all, margaret atwood.

what's mediated the decision? too little time, too little motivation maybe? browsing back i have to say i'll miss the blog. of course i'll be about on the behemoth that is facebook but it's not the same. not as good, not as pleasant but kind of more useful. certainly i don't have the enthusiasm i once did. which isn't to say i'll never post on here again just that, if i do, it'll be a lot less frequent. i will however continue to respond to comments.

in the meantime thanks to everyone who's read, posted, followed or interacted with the blog in whatever fashion. it was a good run and there's plenty to look back over.

take care and switch off the lights on your way out.....

Friday, 4 April 2014

classic book covers


there seems to be a lot of book covering remixing going on at the moment but these xmen ones are particularly well realised even if you don't know much about the comic

Thursday, 3 April 2014

mikael aldo

this guy is only started taking photographs when he was fourteen! outstanding!