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Japan’s superstore : Tokyu Hands

THIS. This is precisely the type of place that I could spend all day in – a Japanese store that sells well, everything.

Monocle recently visited Tokyu Hands in Shibuya, Tokyo, and produced this short film clip.

“It sells just about everything you need to build a life, and thousands of other things you didn’t even know you needed.”

This is going into my must-visit list of places for our Tokyo trip in July, and I absolutely can’t wait! Kelpie is already panicking, and wondering how he is going to drag me out of the store.

Now, which cat cafe should I visit?

Double Exposure Portraits by Sara K Byrne

Double exposure photographs are in now way new, or unknown to most people, since it was a fun technique and way of shooting that started with using film.

These gorgeous double exposure portraits are shot digitally and in-camera. Even if you are a bit of a purist, you’ve got to admit that photographer Sara K Byrne did a pretty good job at these.

I’m not a particularly big fan of double exposures, because most of the ones I come across are done in bad taste, and without thought. These caught my eye immediately, because they seem so delicate, and properly thought out.

After being flooded with questions on how she shot these, she produced a short tutorial video. It’s based on her Canon camera, but the basic information that you need to get started is there.


More information on the tutorial can be found here, and you can see more of her other photographs here.

Have you done any cool double exposure shots? Show me! x

Life In Pieces

Collaborations between artists and creators are often interesting, with both hits and misses when two or more people try something new in working together.

Nathan Sawaya, otherwise known as The Brick Artist, currently has his The Art of the Brick exhibition going on at The Art Science Museum at MBS. I visited the exhibition in February and found it fascinating, albeit a little short. The huge dinosaur Lego structure was amazing!

In their collaboration named In Pieces, Nathan Sawaya teams up with photographer Dean West to create hyper-realistic photographs that feature a daily item or two made from LEGO.

The results are stunning, and produce some very very fascinating images to look at.










This is my favourite one, the red dress. The LEGO dress is so gorgeous!

Also, check out this video that gives a little peek into the making of this photograph.

You can find out more, and view more pictures at inpiecescollection.com

A cardboard arcade by a 9 year old boy

This is Caine’s arcade. He is a 9 year old boy from East LA who created a cardboard arcade in his dad’s auto parts shop over one summer, and it is amazing.

1 dollar gets you four turns, and 2 dollars gets you a fun pass which is 500 turns. Score!

He had no customers, until independent film-maker Nirvan chanced upon his arcade, and decided to make his day by arranging for a flash mob to surprise Caine. :’)

You can find out more at cainesarcade.com, and there’s even a donation running for Caine’s scholarship fund to help him go to college. They’ve raised about 70k so far!

This short clip totally made my night, amidst all the sad news about the earthquake in Aceh. Things like this gives me faith in people. It was so sweet seeing Caine’s day being made like that. :)

The Birth of a Book

Ever wondered about the magic that takes place in bringing you the books that you hold in your hands? I don’t know about you, but I’ve loved reading ever since I was young. I love the smell of books, the way the printed word looks and feels in my hands and the vivid pictures in my head that are far crazier than anything I have seen on-screen.

When I was younger and obsessed with Enid Blyton books, I used to be intrigued by the little booklets that make up one full book (I know now that they are called signatures), and the thread the binds them together. I think this might be why I still have a soft spot for using thread in binding, rather than purely just glue. It always just looks and feels better to me.

The video above is a short clip on how a book a printed and bound using traditional methods, created for The Daily Telegraph by Glen Milner. It’s so lovely seeing parts of it being handmade :)

Have you ever seen a rainbow vomit?

I suppose, if a rainbow really did vomit, it’d be well, a lot messier. As opposed to a hastily painted backdrop made up from yesterday’s leftover dried paints. I’d wanted to write over this, but now I think I might leave this blank. For the time being, anyway.

Today, I was reminded once more of my favourite quote.

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
~ Arundhati Roy

I wrote this ages ago, on the first page of the Moleskine which I’ve been doodling in the past few days, and picking up the book would usually subtly remind me of this. I love this because it sums up, in a lovely choice of words, how I try to live my life. Or how I want to, anyway.

My favourite parts are to seek joy in the saddest places, and to respect strength, never power.

How easily we forget.

Fleeting starlings

MURMURATION is a two-minute clip by Liberty Smith and Sophie Windsor that showcases something I had never even heard of before I saw this video.

Filmed on a little (super adorable) wooden row boat somewhere in Ireland, it captures the dance of starlings as they move about in the sky.

This short clip left me awed by the way nature works. It really is quite a magical sight, and I can only imagine experiencing this in real life. Would be pretty awesome to be able to witness it with my own eyes!

On a sidenote, murmuration is a collective noun for starlings, just like how it’s a flock of birds, a flight of swallows, a murder of crows or an unkindness of ravens. This list of collective nouns for birds is quite interesting!

What goes on behind idyllic IKEA scenes?

While at first it may look like a video capture of an IKEA Catalog (don’t we all love flipping through those, imagining what it must be like to be so frickin’ happy like they are in the pictures?), Page 23 pans out to be a short four-minute film on life behind (between?) the pages of the said catalog.

Created by Jeroen Houben, Tim Arts and Stefan van den Boogaard for this year’s 48 Hour Film Project (Netherlands), they won the jury prize for Best Film, amongst other awards and nominations.

I love this short. It’s quirky, fascinating and strangely poignant.
And just the right length before it takes the turn from quirky to creepy. (Yes, I get creeped out waaay too easily)

One continuous line, one amazing portrait

Art director Chan Hwee Chong creates amazing drawings with just one continuous line! I was stunned when I first saw this advertisement for Faber Castell, created by Ogilvy and Mather Singapore.

Meant to showcase the control and precision the pens have, he starts out by drawing a single line from the centre of a spiral, and I’d initially thought he was just drawing well, a really big circle. HAHAHA. Needless to say, I am mighty impressed by his amazing talent. Cool ad, even cooler artist at work!

Project 365 : Get inspired by Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris started his Today project the day he turned 30, and took a photo everyday, and posted it every night before he went to bed.

The video above showcases his photos, and provides an insight into why he started the project, and how he has grown through it.

(Thanks Germaine for the link!)

I love what he said about creating an archive of memories, so as not to forget. Looking back on the photographs taken everyday for a year provided a small peek into what his life is, and it’s lovely.

Watching that video and going through his photographs from the project is inspiring, and it has made me think about what I want my own Project 365 to mean to me personally.

For school right now, I am working on my FYP (Final Year Project) and it’s a year-long project on change. Change is something I would like to believe that I embrace, but over the past few months, I’ve come to realise that I struggle with it far more than I’d thought, or would like to believe.

Over the next year, there are so many changes that are going to take place in my life. And yet, these are only the changes that I am able to predict and foresee:

▸ Another semester of my Change project, which I am looking forward to despite the challenges that are sure to come with it.

▸ Graduation. After all it’s taken for me to go back to school, and to pull through it despite all the ups and downs that came with going back to school, sometimes I can’t believe graduation is in reach.

▸ Sydney. The surprise trip that K had planned for me. A trip planned around the Hillsong Conference, a trip of complete faith because as of right now, we don’t know where the money is going to come from.

▸ And hopefully within the next year, I’d have started work too. What a huge change this one is.

The next 365 days hold so much change, and Project 365 is going to be one way for me to document that. I am excited about starting, and beyond thrilled that so many of you have expressed interest to take on this project with me!

What about you?
Why are you starting Project 365?

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I am thinking of starting the first post on 1 December - let’s all start together! :)

If you haven’t already, leave me the link at which you’ll be posting all your photos. I’ll be posting all the links of everyone taking part in this here so we can follow each other’s posts. It’ll also be really helpful if you could create a tag or category for this, so that the link points to a feed of your photos.