Céleste Boursier-Mougenot at the Barbican, London

A little inspiration for a Friday. Céleste Boursier-Mougenot is an artist and composer whose current installation at the Barbican in London has become a bit of a youtube hit. I blame the rockstar who appears at around the 45 second mark.


Trained as a musician and composer, French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways. His installation for The Curve will take the form of a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other instruments and objects. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a captivating, live soundscape.

More information here and here.

Modernist Gingerbread Houses

Of all the Christmassy design related things I’ve seen recently, these would have to be my favourites. They’ve been created by some of Vancouver’s top architects and designers and each will be auctioned for charity. More info here (and you can click on the images to see more pics). Yum.

beautiful retro robots

Check out these amazing robot models from Japanese 3D artist Kazushi Kobayashi. They’re described as something from “a parallel 50s where the robots are the most popular transport system”. Apparently you can buy the kits to build your own, but only if you live in Japan. They have so much personality … If I was in the market for a robot I’d definitely invite Chubu 01 to come and live at my house. More info here.

films about creativity and design

In the last week I’ve come across trailers for two design films which are definitely worth keeping an eye out for. Died Young, Stayed Pretty, a film about rock poster design and Coast Modern, a film about Modernist Architecture ……

Died Young, Stayed Pretty

Died Young, Stayed Pretty is a candid look at the underground poster culture in North America. This unique documentary examines the creative spirit that drives these indie graphic artists. The film gives us intimate look at some of the giants of this modern subculture. Outside of their own circle, they’re virtually unknown. But within their ranks they make up an army of bareknuckle brawlers, publicly arguing the aesthetic merits of octopus imagery and hairy 70s porn stars. They’ve created their own visual language for describing the spo

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1. A journal entry
2. Something art or design related that’s inspired you recently
3. A one liner about why you’re sharing it

Here’s mine. This apparently aired recently on the ABC so if you were in Australia you might have spotted it. If not, then hooray for youtube. It’s a little doco about artists Ghostpatrol and Miso. Makes me want to spend the day drawing.

Your turn … link to your journal below if you like.


Is it just me or are these strangely beautiful? Maybe I’m just hungry. Either way it’s proof that people can get artistic inspiration from just about anywhere. Even lunch.

There’s loads more sandwich art at If you’re after some slightly more serious inspiration you might want to have a peek over here.

I’ve stolen the keys to the community account and I’ll be posting some bits about inspiration over there more regularly so if you’re at all interested, it might be worth adding community to your watchlist.

Now … where did I put the mayo …

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