Monday, January 31, 2011

Franck Bohbot

Who doesn't dream of flying? Or at least levitating? Even if it's only a few inches off the ground, the thought of floating effortlessly pretty attractive.

Franck Bohbot is a Paris-based photographer who makes it seem like floating people living among us isn't all that strange.




There's no trickery or manipulation, he just simply photographs people jumping. What I find amazing is that he says he got the perfect shot in 1, 2 or maybe 3 tries.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cute Bikes = all the rage @ Paper Source


I went to Paper Source on Saturday after picking up Chris's new and improved* Macbook Pro from the Apple Store in Uptown. It's funny that right now, we seem to be swept up in the bicycle-themed trend of the moment!
Paper Source is stacked to the brim with bicycle themed EVERYTHING including some really adorable calendars, some great stationery, rubber stamps and even scrapbooking paper. I wonder if our sweet sweet love of bikes has finally caught on?

I ended up picking up a few things while I was there including some amazing recycled leather calendars (one for creative things, and another for work things) that are also in the cutest of the Paper Source colors.

It was awesome - while we were there I ran into a past student of mine and had a great chat! Small Small world!
I'll have to refrain from getting bicycle themed everything - unless I want to look like a nut!

*One of our cats tap-danced all over Chris's laptop and did a flying kick that slid it right off the kitchen counter! Some curses and tears later, Chris finally brought it in to be fixed; it's been a painful week for him without his computer.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Art Crank - Minneapolis!

I'm super proud to report that we've been accepted as one of the artist-groups for the Minneapolis Art Crank show!

ARTCRANK 2010 Poster Show Minneapolis from red23films on Vimeo.

This has been a huge dream of ours since last year's sweet poster show. A bunch of our art heroes' work was on display and we have proudly hung their posters on our walls since then - dreaming of the opportunity to make it into the 2011 show!

We're currently in planning for our design (many ideas are a-brewin') and have been psyched to actually see this thing come to fruition!
Chris, Francesca and I will be collaborating on a sweet sweet bike-themed poster. I hope you guys put the date on your calendars to come on out and bike over to NE MPLS with us to celebrate at Shelter Studios on Saturday, April 2.

Bring your bike and your love to the show! More updates on our design soon!
You know how much we love bikes!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Oscar Ciutat

Oscar Ciutat's photo series Tiny People portrays the secret lives that are happening under our noses everyday. Kind of reminds me of the Doozers from Fraggle Rock.




Thursday, January 27, 2011

BullfinchBarbury Amazing Enameled Bracelets


Last night I spent a half hour perusing Etsy for some feel-good presents for myself. I've been working hard at the studio with the PB team for the last couple weeks (Crazy amounts of projects have been rolling in!) and was looking for a little qualit-time with the credit card.

I stumbled across these amazing enameled bangles from BullfinchBarbury on Etsy a couple months ago and have had them on my favorites list for forever. I thought I'd share these beauties with you.

Each group is super unique and has a huge range of textures and colors. I love the grey set, it looks to be the perfect amount of distressed and natural, with that amazing enamel sheen.

Each set runs between $45 - $100+, and is well worth the amazing craftsmanship! I am waiting for pay-day so I can pick up some of these!! Love them!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Paper Bicycle Studio Pictures!


After a long weekend of purging and cleaning, we're proud to show you our great space!
The art is hung on the walls, the desks are clean, and we've straightened the tea cabinet.


Today is like most days, where we're sitting around working like crazy people, drinking cup after cup of tea and listening to Dean sing.





Cleaning always sucks while you're doing it - most of the time things get messier before they get any cleaner. In the end, though, you end up with a huge feeling of accomplishment. After dragging a ton of useless stuff, samples, and dumb stuff out of the studio this weekend it feels like a palace!


So here you have it! Paper Bicycle Studio!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Alberto Seveso

Alberto Seveso took some really slick photos and turned them into desktop wallpapers. The best part is he was nice enough to post them all for download on his behance page.



Monday, January 24, 2011

Sam Wolfe Connelly

Sam Wolfe Connelly is one of those talented individuals that just makes you go, "wow..."

Born in 1988(!) he's just finishing up at SCAD and starting to do more freelance. There's no question that he's going to do some really, really impressive stuff.




Saturday, January 22, 2011

Thought of You by Ryan Woodward

This is an amazing piece of animation by Ryan Woodward.

Visit the site for a little more insight into how it was made.

(thanks for the link Adam)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Clipper Tea

I'm going to follow Chris's inspiring winter post with a winter remedy: tea (of course). The cool thing about Clipper Tea, aside from the fact that is it very good, fair trade and located in the UK, is the packaging.



If you check out the website, you can see a spectrum of colors and flavors. It kind of makes me want to purchase a planned color-scheme collection and make a shelf to sit them on.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Winter (and Jakob Wagner)

It's no secret that Paper Bicycle is located in the heart of Minneapolis. From our window above the streets of Uptown, we can see Downtown, Midtown and on a clear day, all the way to St. Paul.

And right now it's all pretty white.

Minneapolis is cold. Like dead-serious cold. Painfully cold. The snow slows everything down. It makes commutes longer and parking impossible. It makes you late, it makes you slip and maybe fall. It makes you wet and it probably makes you cranky.

On some mornings (like today) as I trudge through the snow, I contemplate on why we do this to ourselves? Why do we suffer this for months on end, every single year?

And then I come across Jakob Wagner's photo series on snow.

Oh yeah. That's why.




When you have brutal winters, you get moments of inconvenience but you also get beauty, comfort, quiet and solitude.

You get contrast; you get a reason to make the most of those short summer days. You get variety and you get Mother Nature forcing you to slow down and say 'Hold up. What's the hurry? Stay in tonight, you don't need to go out..."

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Amazing Candy - United Noodle


I've been holding on to these amazing treats for a week or two, and FINALLY took some pictures of these amazingly illustrated packages! I love marshmallow anything, so for me to hold out and not eat these until I posted them!


So here you have it! They are so cute, and incredibly tasty!


United Noodle, the cute world/Asian grocery that is here in Minneapolis (Hidden in the depths of Midtown) has a huge aisle or two filled to the brim with amazingly cute packaging! Besides that, they also have a ton of really tasty imported teas!


Here are some more marshmallows.


I can't wait to go back and get some more! Stomach Ache, here I come!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

JKB Fletcher

I don't know much about JKB Fletcher; his website is currently unavailable and his behance page doesn't give much info.

What I do know is that I'd love to see his hyperrealistic oil paintings in person, because they're totally unbelievable!




I'm glad he posted a picture of himself painting, otherwise I would have assumed we was a photographer who mislabeled his media!


Monday, January 17, 2011

Mikkel Sommer

I am crazy about the way Mikkel Sommer draws his characters! Be sure to check out his his blog while you're at it.




How can you not love this? I mean, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike!?! C'mon! The guy is awesome!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Words are Pictures

Words are Pictures is a collaborative studio founded by Craig Ward. They make a lot of awesome type pieces using traditional, digital, photography and programing techniques.

There's a ton of great work on the site (although I had a little bit of an easier time sorting through it all over on Craig's Behance page), and I'd love to decorate the studio with some prints of his work.





Saturday, January 15, 2011

Serial Cut

I noticed the always-inspiring Serial Cut recently updated with some new work! As expected, it's pretty dope.




Friday, January 14, 2011

Justin Mezzell

I am completely drawn to these designs collages by Justin Mezzell. They are mysterious, spiritual and sci-fi at the same time, perfect for a cryptic message from future. Or maybe a prog rock album cover.





Thursday, January 13, 2011

Olivo Barbieri

Olivio Barbieri take a large format camera and a helicopter and photographs the world. And the results are amazing. Tilt-shift photography (a technique which uses selective focus to make real-world object seem tiny) is used a lot these days but rarely to such spectacular results.






Seriously, there's so many to see, I had a hard time picking just a few! Go look.