UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010 by Thomas Heatherwick

•April 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Here are some photos of the just-completed UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo, designed by the brilliant Thomas Heatherwick. We saw him talk during Ireland’s Design Week last November he was both down-to-earth and inspiring. The initial presentation of this exhibit was mind blowing, and the real thing is turning out to live up to expectations!

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A Fantastic Fifteen Thousand

•April 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Woo-hoo, our blog has had over 15,000 visitors, thank you very much from Ali & Austin


David Gaughran – A Storm Hits Valparaiso

•April 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Debut novel by Irish Author David Gaughran set in the 19th Century amidst the liberation of a continent as revolutionary fervour sweeps across South America.

A Storm Hits Valparasio: In 1822, after twelve years of a dirty war, Spain was on the verge of losing her Empire. José de San Martín had liberated Argentina, Chile and Peru, while Simón Bolívar had freed Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. The two greatest figures in South American history met for the first and last time in Guayaquil to discuss the conclusion of the war, as neither man had sufficient troops to finish the Spaniards off. They met alone, and no historical record was made of their meeting. At the end of their talks, San Martín resigned as Protector of Peru and handed over control of the combined armies of Argentina and Chile to Bolívar. San Martín retired to become an anonymous farmer, while Bolívar went on to immortalise himself in the final victory. San Martín’s reasons for stepping aside have always remained a mystery.

This novel tells the story of San Martín and his rag-tag army of Indians, freed slaves and ex-convicts in their fight for freedom as war rages across a continent, culminating in that fateful meeting with Bolívar.

Visit www.davidgaughran.com to read the first chapter, and to learn more about the story and its characters.

ICAD 2010 Awards Night

•April 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This year’s awards night promises to be a great one. There’s the awards ceremony itself followed by food, drinks and entertainment. So, come out, kick back and help us celebrate!

Thursday 15 April
Liberty Hall Theatre
Eden Quay, Dublin 1

Awards Ceremony starts 8pm sharp
Doors open 7pm-7.45pm

Dress Code: Black

Ticket price: €95 (€65 ICAD members)
To book, contact elaine@icad.ie

For further information check out the events facebook page

Give the Orang-utan a break!!

•March 24, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Watch the Greenpeace UK video here (Not for children): http://vimeo.com/10236827

Stop Nestlé destroying rainforests for palm oil. To write to the CEO now go to http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/files/po/b-index.html

Nestlé don’t want you to see the video above, because they complained to Youtube that there copyright was being infringed. Youtube removed the video but now Greenpeace would like to offer it to you, as a gift. Download the video and put it on your favourite video sharing site. The more people who join in, the more interesting we’ll make it for Nestlé.

And we all like a break, so it’s time to give orang-utans one. Nestlé uses palm oil in Kit Kat and many other products which is bought from suppliers that destroy rainforests in Indonesia to grow their plantations.

As a result, threatened species like orang-utans are being pushed into extinction and huge quantities of greenhouse gases are being released, accelerating climate change.

Nestlé have so far refused to stop buying palm oil from the worst suppliers, so it’s time to make them change their minds.

Write to CEO Paul Bulcke to demand they act responsibly and cease trading with companies that are destroying Indonesia’s rainforests. To write go now to http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/files/po/b-index.html

Montreal Vinyl and cool customised toys

•March 24, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Check out www.montrealvinyl.com it’s a blog that covers the designer toy scene, really funky imaginative a colourful creations like this…

this…

and this…

It can take Yanick of Montreal Vinyl between 20 and 40 hours to customise some of these creations himself. If you are lucky enough to be in Montreal check out Camionde Pompier on 5666 Sherbrooke West, or their website www.camiondepompier.com if you want to buy some of these incredible toys or if you want to make your own customs they also sell blank customisable toys too.

Watch this video to learn more….

http://vimeo.com/10232406

The polymer Musings of Meredith Dittmar

•March 24, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Beautiful collection and a beautiful website too. Meredith Dittmar creates intricate works using polymer clay, manipulating the material into new territories. Love the detail, personalities and colors. Check out her portfolio www.corporatepig.com/artportfolio, and her site in general www.corporatepig.com

Currently living and playing in Portland Oregan, Meredith Dittmar was born near Boston and grew up in a world of pet pigs, horses, hay-forts and spy games . Follow this with an education in computer science, a career in interactive design, a compulsive need to create, and a drive to Seek and you get the major elements of her person and work.

Dittmars human-animal-plant-energy amalgams contain threads of common elements and colors to express deep levels of union across themes of biology, technology, and consciousness . Her characters are frequently involved in quiet expressive moments, or lounge facing their audience so they can share their inner space. Dittmar believes it is this space we recognize in ourselves, and through convening in that space, the interconnectedness of all things is revealed. She sees the act of spontaneous artistic creation as part of a larger practice of being present, and a way to better understand herself and reality.

Dittmars work is featured in the books Dot dot Dash and Mascotte 2, along with numerous magazines and online publications. In conjunction with her artwork she works as an independent character designer and maintains her company Corporatepig, through which she continues to create thousands of unique handmade characters called “My Guys”.