Category: Art

Paris pt. 2 – Deyrolle and Blueberry sushi

We visited Deyrolle which is an amazing shop in Paris! You can buy all the taxidermy in there. They had a giraffe, a polar bear and other big bears, if you had over 20k of euros to spend, this is the place! They have drawers and drawers of beetles, bugs and butterflies that you can select and get put in beautiful boxes too.
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(I got told off for taking photos… iphone photos i’m afraid! Would have loved to have photographed EVERYTHING in there!)

Earlier in the week we watched Jiro Dreams Of Sushi which is an incredible documentary based around sushi master Jiro Ono who is still running his business of amazing Michelin Star sushi at the age of 85! It is very inspiring and also made us hungry for Sushi.

I read about Blueberry Maki Bar online and it was in the top 10 reviewed restaurants out of nearly 10,000 on Trip Adviser so we visited! It did not disappoint. The food was perfect, and I don’t really even like sushi..
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Feeling rather drunk and full of food we rode the metro back to near our hotel.

Amsterdam pt. 3 – Rijksmuseum & Dutch pancakes

The Rijksmuseum museum had just opened again in April after almost ten years of renovation, so we visited!DSC_3139
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You know you’re a designer/illustrator when the thing that excites you the most in this museum is the style guide. Oh god. LOVE. The colour palettes are also designed based on the most famous paintings in their collection. Amazing!DSC_3203 DSC_3205 DSC_3208
Afterwards we ate delicious nutella, banana, strawberry and cream filled pancakes!
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Mid week inspiration: Harry Whittier Frees

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If you know me, you know that I love dogs, although maybe obsessed is a better word. I think dogs are good for human’s mental health. But what I love more than dogs, is anthropomorphized dogs!

Therefore one of my all time favourite photographers is Harry Whittier Frees. I absolutely LOVE his photos, all of them. They make me laugh, feel very happy inside and inspired that someone was making such work over 100 years ago. I mean for gods sake look at the dog rescuing the puppy from the fire, it’s genius! :’)

Harry Whittier Frees was born in 1879 in America, which is also what makes his work so special (the fact it’s from such a long time ago). He was making photos till his suicide in 1953 : (

The way in which he made his work was due to a lot of patience, attention and care according to Frees. He would not administer drugs to any animals. Maybe they were having as much fun as it appears they are?

In the only article that was ever written about him while he was alive, he stated that some shots “required a second and a half, the majority only a second”. Frees also said that he “relied on intuition to determine the right moment to take the photograph” (Cats Dogs & Other Rabbits 2005). Many of his photographs were blurry and only around 30 photos out of 100 would be successful in his eyes.

His mum would sew the outfits for all the photos and he would carefully pin them on. The amount of time he must have spent on each photograph is incredible. He was completly a master of his work!

He died poor, but his work lives on and has been re-printed commercially around the world on postcards and in various editions of books.

Nothing ever stays the same, nothing is explained.

1. Donna Wilson at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Image from here. 2. David Hockney and his dogs. 3. Coriander – it is an anti-anxiety food. Good for panic attacks about food? 4. Yo La Tengo – Fade. Their new album, it’s amazing. 5. Damien Hirst, beautiful coloured pans. 6. SNOW. SNOW. SNOW.