Are you looking for a wonderful Christmas gift that is 100% designed and made in New Zealand? Local antipodean store, Pauanesia has released their 2017 calendar titled “Aotearama”. Featuring 12 New Zealand coastal scenes painted by my super talented sister, Joanne Ho. I’m so proud of you sis! My favourite is Karekare Pit Stop, modelled here by Tofu the bunny. My friends and I spent Easter this year at Karekare making great memories and falling up with the wild landscape there. There are many other scenes that will stir up feel-good nostalgic memories and make you want to take a kiwi road trip ASAP. Just in time for summer. $2 from each calendar sold will be donated to Sustainable Coastlines. Calendars are $24.90 each and available online here or at Pauanesia, 35 High Street, Auckland CBD. More info on Joanne Ho A.K.A. Help Birdie can be found on her portfolio site here or on their Facebook page here. Click here to see more editions of Tofu Tuesday.
With special thanks to my sister Joanne Ho of Helo Birdie, I am pleased to announce the winner for the bunny art giveaway. Drawn by Random.org, the winner is… **drum roll please!**
To celebrate 4 years of Bunny Eats Design, I’d like to share a few wonderful things that I’ve gushed about, salivated over and adored. My sister Joanne Ho who paints under the name Helo Birdie, had a solo exhibition a couple of weeks ago at Mea Culpa in Ponsonby. The turn out was great and while her painting style has evolved considerably since her last show, there are still some food themes going on there.
An old friend of mine living in Australia shared news of this recent exhibition with me. Kind of a amazing and mind blowing if you like rabbits and art. I dunno, maybe you get a rabbity-arty vibe off me? Lepus Australis was an art exhibition celebrating domestic bunnies in Australia. 1000 origami bunnies was showcased along with art from 40 Australian artists at No Vacancy Gallery in Melbourne. All those origimi rabbits. I kind of wish I had thought of origami rabbits for our wedding. That would have been way cooler than the lame origami cranes I folded for months. “Lepus Australis aims to remember the lives of the beautiful bunnies lost to myxomatosis and highlight the need for a myxo vaccine in Australia.” Please visit their tumblr site http://www.lepusaustralis.tumblr.com for more information including a full list of artists and links.
Some bunny and bunny friend paintings by Auckland artist Joanne Ho. Ok, full disclosure, Joey is my little sister. It’s possible that I’m a little bias, but I love my sister’s paintings. She doesn’t just paint bunnies, but here are some of the bunny highlights plus some non-bunnies at the end of this post. If you like what you see, you should buy her art! Ideal for children of all ages. The Koala and I have been elbow deep helping out for the annual Japanese Art Festival over the weekend. Some amazing pieces shown from Japanese artists and also a handful of kiwi artists. Parp or the farting rabbit is clearly a mythical beast because rabbits don’t fart. I am the proud owner of this painting now. Acrylic on wood. Some of these are still for sale so head over to her Facebook page or her blog for more info or to contact her directly. Here are some of my favourite non-bunny ones too…
Our home is heaving with art. Really. We have 32 pieces on display in our 1 bedroom home. There’s even 2 paintings in the bathroom. Though we haven’t bought any paintings lately, last weekend I retrieved three of my paintings from a local cafe before they changed owners. Now we have 5 paintings leaned up against walls awaiting wall space. I need at lease one more room to put them up in. If anyone knows an Auckland cafe or business that would like to display some paintings, let me know. p.s. Happy Chinese New Year!
Loving these pieces by Swedish artist Margit Brudin. Most artists that use rabbits as inspiration usually use rabbits with upright ears. So I was delighted to see that Margit’s lop earred work also had Tofu-esque markings. See more of her work on her website http://margitbrundin.se/
I haven’t painted in a long time so it was nice to start and finish this painting on Saturday. It’s a friend’s baby shower next week and this will be my gift to her and the baby. Good old oil on canvas. I hope it dries in time!
I love this foodie alphabet illustrated by Vidhya Nagarajan. There are no A for Apples here! I have eaten most of these letters, but still have some to go. This would make a tremendous tea towel print. Vidhya’s work can be viewed here.
Tokyo-born, NYC living artist Aiko Nakagawa goes by the name Lady Aiko has a background in graphic design and filmmaking. Her bunny welding a can design has taken on a life of it’s own. I’m loving the Hot Pink Bunny Cans that feature a stencil of the bunny holding a can. Lady Aiko has painted this rabbit on canvases and also out there in the real world (in the streets). Vinyl toy giants Kidrobot have made her bunny into a collectable toy and you can pick it up online for about $40US. You can view Lady Aiko’s work at her website http://www.ladyaiko.com
Illustrator Luke Chueh doesn’t just draw bunnies. But he certainly has a morbid fascination with them. Luke’s characters have a cuteness about them but also a sinister element. There is a sadness. Luke lives in and works in LA and his background is in graphic design. You can view more of his work (including non-bunnies) over at his website www.lukechueh.com
This illustration by Jose Ortiz for client Linguagraphics makes me smile. Black cats and white rabbits are both recognized for their magical properties. The black cat as a witch’s familiar and the white rabbit as the magicians sidekick. Jose’s slick portofolio has a clean, cool finish and bears the hand of a perfectionist. His work can be found on his website www.jofolio.com.
I am in love with these crocheted rabbits (actually, they’re hares) from the Crochetdermy collection by Shauna Richardson. These intricate, life-size pieces are a novel alternative to taxidermy. You can view more of Shauna’s work at her website: http://www.shaunarichardson.com
I eat breakfast 2 to 3 times a week. Naughty. I know. I just can’t bear getting up early enough to work up an appetite and also whip up some breakfast. Maybe one of these days I will force myself to do some kind of breakfast project. Sayaka Minemura wakes up on the right side of the bed. Her breakfast series is whimsical proof that she sets herself up for a great day. See more at her Flickr stream: Breakfast Project
This rabbit reminds of those big metal Predator and Alien sculptures. via Robot vs Badger.
I’ve been following CreativeMornings in the US for a few years now, after seeing it at Swissmiss. I have watched many of the back catalogue of taped sessions from the comfort of my own home. I think of it as a TED aimed at designers. “CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee!” Art, coffee and pastries make me a happy girl. More info in CreativeMornings at their website http://www.creativemornings.com or the Tublr site for CreativeMornings Auckland here. I took the morning off yesterday to be inspired at CreativeMornings at Alleluya Cafe at St Kevins Arcade. Jade Tang and Elise Sterback are the powerhouse duo behind Creative Mornings in Aucklad. The second edition of CreativeMornings Auckland, it followed a similar format to the first one last month at Box Cafe. Considered the best graffiti artist in NZ and one of the world champions of his craft, Askew One a.k.a Elliot O’Donnell gave designers and creatives an insight into his processes and inspirations. …
Annie McIver’s exhibition ‘Navigating The Arteries Of Loss’ at Upstairs Gallery at Lopdell House in Titirangi just closed yesterday. If you missed it too, here are some photos of her work. Her ceramics are not all bunnies, but they all share a human, slightly nightmarish quality. More information can be found at the Upstairs Gallery website http://www.upstairs.org.nz.
I’ve been on a TED talk buzz lately watching an average of one a day. I recently came across Ursus Wehrli’s humorous TED talk Ursus Wehrli tidies up art. “We Swiss are famous for chocolate and cheese…Our trains run on time. We’re only happy when things are in order.” This cleaned up soup and cleaned up fruit salad and just 2 of the examples from Ursus Wehrli’s upcoming book The Art of Clean Up (or Die Kunst, Aufzuraumen, from Kein & Aber). I can’t help but wonder if the cleaned up soup and fruit salad would need to be eaten in order. Otherwise, why sort it at all? If these appeal to you, you might also like this OCD Chef chopping board.
Jeremy Fish (sillypinkbunnies.com) draws awesome bunnies. He has also contributed in the art scavenger hunt in London in conjunction with Juxtapoz Magazine and Absolut Vodka. If I were in London, I would be scavenging for this signed piece. Isn’t it divine? Watch the trailer for the whole project here. (Is it still called a trailer if it’s not for a film?)
Auckland Art Week is just around the corner (13-23 October) and there is time to have a squiz at all the events that are on to figure out which ones tickle your fancy. Some events that require a ticket but there are plenty of free events. More info can be found at artweekauckland.co.nz. Some things to see and do at Auckland Art Week: Basement Fest 2011. A whole lot of shenangins going on at Basement Theatre, including street art show The Dirty 13, Comedians including: Cori Gonzalez Macuer presents Cori Gonzalez Macuer, Burlesque show: In Flagrante and Regrooved Block Party. 28 September to 22 October @ Basement Theatre. Alessandra Zecchini and her daughter Arantxa Zecchini-Dowling will be making, baking and decorating as per their new book Party Food for Girls. 16 October @ Lopdell House Gallery. Artfeast. Mixing 2 of my favourite things. 18 October @ Whitespace. Hungry! Opening Night. 13 October @ Te Karanga Community Art Space. Alphabet City Open Studio. A must if you have any interest in letterpress, zines or bookmaking. 18 …