Friday, 27 January 2012

#14 Lucky Dragon

I am so thrilled! Thanks Bowie Style for posting my project in Print & Pattern!
This blog is huge when it comes to surface pattern, so I am honoured that she acknowledged my project. 
By consequence I had a great response from people all over the world, in particular Leanne Carpentier, she wrote a great post about my blog, thank you so much!
It is really rewarding when also fellow designers appreciate and value your work. 
All the praises keep my spirits up and renew my energy to keep doing it!

For this week pattern, you probably have already figured out why I've chosen a dragon: the Year of the Dragon, well not only that, this week, here in NZ, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is opening in theatres. I've been waiting anxious for this movie since I found out that David Fincher was going to direct it (he did the Fight Club so I know he will not disappoint), also Daniel Craig is eye candy bonus.
I read the books and watched the Swedish movies, both awesome, I am pretty sure they are not going to ruin his "american" version, however I doubt Mara could match Noomi Rapace performance (she nails the role) but I guess her Oscar nomination could prove me wrong. 
May you have luck when you see this pattern, as the Year of the Dragon is considered the luckiest year in the Chinese Zodiac.

Friday, 20 January 2012

#13 Paris je t'aime

pah-REE, the city of lights. The city that instantly became one of my favourites. I could tell you dozens of reasons why I love Paris: croissants, museums, parks, shops, cafes, baguettes, fashion, The Tower, crepes, parisiennes, macaroons, the metro... because what's there not to love? But my true reason I wanted to go to Paris: Amelie, I love that movie and since I watched it I wanted to go to this place where everything was green and red. And oh la la! I did not disappoint! Luckily I was able to go there twice. Paris is always a good idea!

Though I often looked for one, I finally had to admit that there could be no cure for Paris.
From The Paris Wife, a Hemingway novel.

PS:  Paris even has it own green (used above), "Paris Green" is an inorganic compound, highly toxic emerald-green crystalline powder that has been used as a rodenticide and insecticide, as well as a pigment for wallpapers, inks and watercolours.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

#12 (Not) Singing in the rain

Rain... lovely rain, cheeky rain, annoying rain, undesirable rain! 
Can you tell I am frustrated with this "Summer"? Here, in the South Pacific, is supposed to be sunny warm summer, but NO! It is obvious that the sun decided to sit somewhere else, like South American and Dubai. I know, I shouldn't be complaining, there are far more worse things, but when you spend the entire Autum, Winter and Spring, wishing for hot and sunny days, and what we get are grey and damp weeks, I can only think of complaining, why? Why? WHY?! Forget La Niña, El Niño and all that nonsense! It feels personal! Hahaha.
I guess I (and probably the rest of NZ) will have to get over it (or move countries).
Enjoy the sun wherever you are (if you can!) Opy

Friday, 6 January 2012

#11 Wild Horses

Happy 2012! All the best with a little bit of luck!
During these holidays I watched the trailer for the movie "War Horse" (an Spielberg film that it seems to be one of those "life is beautiful" movie that I will probably watch and weep like a baby) and it got me thinking about how beautiful these animals are. Truly I haven't been in contact with many horses in my life, at my grandfather's farm there was this old horse called "Pibe" we didn't really connect much (I am not an animal person) but I remember he was nice to observe, tall and noble with so much presence and style.
For the colours I used CMYK, for those of you who might not know, this colour mode is used in colour printing, and is also used to describe the printing process itself. CMYK refers to the four inks used in some colour printing: cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black).
See you next week, Opy

PS: remember the movie "El Corcel Negro" (The Black Stallion)? Oh boy! That is definitely a "life is beautiful" movie! Love it!