I end up spending a lot of time trawling the internet, stumbling upon various oddities.
I thought I’d share these wonderful rings made by design studio Patrick Laing. Aimed as wedding or eternity pieces, the rings are made from moulds of the couple’s fingers, so the inside of the ring has the fingerprint impression wrapped around it. You can buy a casting set or go in to the studio, then the rings are crafted from a range of precious metals. I love that these rings really will be as unique as a fingerprint, and the idea that you’d be holding your partner’s hand in wearing it. It has an unusual sort or romance to it.
Croatian artist and designer Vladimir Koncar collects objects and makes makes them into typography. Then he writes things with his letters, “I write my thoughts down and they are a symbolic link between the font and the reflections.” It’s simple yet fascinating. His other creations include fonts made out of condoms, cigarettes, raw meat and pubic hair.
In a wonderful melting-pot of several of my favourite things, London-based company The Affair produce amazing t-shirts with prints inspired by cult literature. They veer towards the dark and dystopian of novels, including Poe’s The Raven, 1984, Slaughterhouse 5 and Camus’ The Outsider. The designs are so intricate and clever, if I saw someone wearing one of these I know I’d want to go over and speak to them. Reading is, after all, sexy. They mostly cater for men but have introduced a few female sizes, I hope they bring out more! There are short runs of each design and they sell out quickly, so book-worms be quick.
My absolute favourite, this design is inspired by Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita and features the infamous talking cat, Behemoth. The Affair say ‘Now you can wear that gun-toting, chess-playing, vodka-sipping fire-starter whenever you feel like kicking off a bit of mischief.‘ I’m inclined to agree.
Brave New World’s magical drug, Soma.
A lovely bit of typography on this Clockwork Orange design.
See more here on their website. It excites me that such a company exists, shall be placing an order soon!
Today’s unexpected find is Manchester-based artist Al Shep. His work is type based and often involves words and phrases stensilled onto the back of cardboard packaging. His messages can be found around the town on stickers, posters, spray paint and stensils cut into wood, dirt and even ice.
Mental health seems to be a big focus of his art. Phrases from diagnostic criteria and patient-information leaflets are presented out of context, seeming to ridicule their reductionism and detachment. Other pieces use bold, simple phrases that seem to capture the experience of the sufferer so acutely that you want to hold up his signs and say ‘that’s it, exactly’.
As with many street artists, he’s rather illusive and I haven’t been able to find much in terms of information on him. Find him on flickr here.