Lots to post about

Posted in Uncategorized by Sophie Kinnane on February 28, 2010

I find that days come and go when I don’t post anything (I suppose because nothing interesting has happened) and then I do something or see something and suddenly I’ve got loads to blog about, and I feel overwhelmed by it! It becomes this chore of posts beginning to back up.

But I do have quite a bit to blog about and I will make sure I do them all today, so topics will include, Decode at the V&A, Karsten Schmidt, Advanced Beauty, OpenFrameworks and personal projects I’m trying to work on, and maybe some other random stuff.



Posted in Design by Sophie Kinnane on February 16, 2010

I really love colour, but find it really difficult to use in everyday life and I tend to stick to just a few colours.

Colour Lovers have done a post on Vintage Motel Rooms from the 50’s and 60’s, they look great.

Hamburger Banhof Museum

Posted in Design, Exhibitions & Museums, My Travels, New Media by Sophie Kinnane on February 16, 2010

Is the reason to go to Berlin!

I highly recommend anyone that is in Berlin or has a chance to go to go to the Hamburger Banhof Museum. You will not regret it!

I went there two weeks ago, and I loved it! I only got to spend a few hours there, but if you can it’s well worth spending at least half a day there, if not longer.

I saw to the Walton Ford exhibition (Ive previously posted about him), which I’d never heard off, and nearly found my self crying at two of his pieces. I love art, but it’s NEVER really touched me on another level. But Walton Ford really did.

The art displayed in the museum is contemporary, and some of it I didn’t really get, but there’s something about walking around the place that just inspires me. Kind of like how I feel when I’m t the V&A.

Some pics:

V Day

Posted in Random by Sophie Kinnane on February 14, 2010

So I got a wicked present on valentines day. A lomograhy camera!!!!!! I couldn’t belive it when I opened it, because I hadn’t even mentioned it to my boyfriend.

I bought some film immediately, and just began happy snapping all over town. For my first attempt I didn’t really get many good pics. Here’s the best one’s:

Walton Ford – Pancha Tantra

Posted in Design, Exhibitions & Museums by Sophie Kinnane on February 10, 2010

– Scipio & the Bear

When we went to Berlin for the Transmediale festival I went to the Hamburger Banhof Museum (which was GREAT!) and saw an exhibition by Walton Ford called Pancha Tantra. Meaning:

‘Collection of Indian beast fables written in Sanskrit that has had extensive circulation throughout the world. The original work, now lost, may have been written down between 100 BC and AD 500. A textbook for instructing three sons of a king, it contained aphorisms that glorify shrewdness and cleverness over altruism. As early as the 11th century one version reached Europe, where it was known as The Fables of Bidpai (for the narrator, an Indian sage).’ – –

Which is exactly what Walton Ford has done. Using water colour’s, he has painted fables, facts and inquiry’s, creating surreal and slightly disturbing representations of documented accounts between humans and animals. I really enjoyed the exhibition, and have found it to be a huge inspiration for my animal project. I bought the book off of ebay, so I’m just waiting to receive that so I car read it. I’ll post some entries from it as soon as it arrives.

– The Island

– Tiger & Lion

McFaul Studio Talk

Posted in Design, New Media by Sophie Kinnane on February 8, 2010

Today we had MacFaul come and talk to us at our uni, John actually started the course I’m on. I found the talk really inspiring, I don’t particuarly like their illustration style, but I really admire their work ethic. Above all i just found my self sitting there, thinking I really need to start working harder, and that I need to get my self out there more. So this is the main reason for the blog.

Kinetica Art Fair

Posted in Design, Exhibitions & Museums, London Days, New Media by Sophie Kinnane on February 7, 2010

I went to the Kinetica Art Fair in London today, and it was GREAT! Full of ideas and inspiration. Check out the website.

Here are some pics:


Posted in Design, My Travels, New Media by Sophie Kinnane on February 6, 2010

The Transmediale festival held in Berlin from 2-7 Feb was last week.

Most of these were taken by my friend Evelina, so all the wicked pics are hers! Here are some pics of the event:


Posted in My Travels by Sophie Kinnane on February 6, 2010

I went to Berlin last week on a uni trip to attend the Transmediale festival held there every year. It’s my second time in Berlin, and Ive got to say I wasn’t that impressed. Berlin itself is nice, you’ve got all the interesting war sights and so on. The food is great, I’ve never tasted such good tea as Mesmer green tea with vanilla.

But once you’ve done the sights, I didn’t really think there was much to do…except drink, party, visit the Hamburger Bahnhof museum (which was AMAZING!) and shop (especially in Vero Moda). Here are some pics:

– Alexanderplatz

– Bauhaus Museum

– Cool drain

– Berlin Wall

– Brandenburg Gate

– Evelina and her lovely umbrella.

– Evelina and our first morning at breakfast in a little cafe.

– This food was GREAT! In a resturant in a shopping centre by Checkpoint charlie. This was by far the best meal we had.

– We searched everywhere for a little German restaurant and a man on the street recommended this place.

– Lomography shop, this makes me wish I could take good pictures.

– I can’t remember what this place was called, but it had a museum of film and photography, and the best cinema I’ve ever been to. We saw Watchmen here, there was an interval and a guy in a tux came around selling food, just like in the theater. And the seats were a lovely velvet red and very comfortable.

– This exhibition was ‘The Picasso Story’, I saw the Picasso museum in Barcelona, and I really wouldn’t waist your time with this exhibition. It was boring, and I hated the bull fighting room.