Category Archives: Art&Awe

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– Mark Twain

Explore. Dream. Discover.

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Nostalgia and old posters

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Been spending time with a big stack of dull textbooks and an even bigger pile of notes. Maybe that’s what inspired me to whip out my laptop and look for some old-school nostalgia and travel ads. And the gems I ended up uncovering were more than enough to make my day.

For the love of all things vintage and travel-ish, I present to you this AMAZING collection of vintage travel posters I found. Don’t you wish posters today still looked like this?

New York.

Italy. I love that vespa. And the girl looks like she’s having so much fun!

The Caribbean. Check out that skirt and its frills.

Chicago. Absolutely loving the tagline. Chicago: The Windy City. 

Bali. Exotic and mysterious?

Mexico. Yummy yummy fruits.

Paris. Fabulous montage. That Mona Lisa sure did catch my eye.

Siam. Or Thailand as it’s known today. Loving the twilight hue of the poster.

Cuba. Sunny and Beachy.

Hawaii. Of flowers and pineapples.

Lugano. I want to wear a pink dress and lie in a tree too!

Ticino. In Italy. This just became one of my favourite posters.

So there are plenty more posters that I found, but these are just some of those that really caught my eye. Now I feel like I HAVE to travel to all these places.  Do you have a favourite poster out of all these jewels?

Lost Things

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Do you like stop-motion films? Well, this is a little stop-motion video that has captured my heart. Maybe it’s because I love Alison Sudol and A Fine Frenzy, who happens to be the one composing this lovely piece of music to the video. And yes, she is that beautiful red-haired girl featured in this clip.

 

Or maybe it is just the quirky nature of the video, and its message that drew my attention. Entitled ‘Lost Things’, it speaks to me of a fantastical journey to escape the banalities of this world and recover the many “lost” things like happiness, excitement, imagination etc. And I absolutely LOVE the reference to Alice in Wonderland…how she fell down the rabbit hole into a Wonderland of surprises and fun! I can almost hear her muttering “Curiouser and curiouser” to herself. Notice especially the remarkable hairstyle and dress changes in the video – one of my favorite things about this clip!

 

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” 

– Alice from the Disney movie Alice in Wonderland

The World of Belle and Boo

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Let me introduce this little girl called Belle, and her adorable bunny friend Boo.

I love the feeling you get when you discover a new, beautiful thing. And I did, in the form of Belle and Boo, a collection of prints and illustrations dreamed up in the wonderful mind of illustrator Mandy Sutcliffe.

 

The World of Belle and Boo invites you to step back into childhood fantasies and delights, into that age of imagination and innocence that we all crave to revisit. I fell in love with these wonderfully quirky illustrations the minute I set eyes upon them…what’s not to love? The gallery below showcases just a few of my favorite prints from the collection. Browse, and escape back into your childhood dreams. 🙂

Explore more prints and learn more about Mandy at http://www.belleandboo.com/about_us-i-13.html

Also, check out this fabulous interview with Mandy Sutcliffe by clicking the following link:

http://www.ohmyhandmade.com/2010/what-we-know/interviews/qa-with-mandy-sutcliffe-of-belle-boo/