music

10pm Tunes

Thought I’d popped by here and share with you some of my most-played tracks this week 🙂 It’s time to put dat headphones on…

Optical Illusions for your Monday?

OK Go’s song video takes you on a mind boggling journey through optical illusions using 3D objects. Very trippy and cool!

Creative Store Spotlight – Sketch.inc

(Photo via Mr Printables)

Just yesterday, I stumbled upon an entry on Mr Printables, featuring these whimsical looking wooden Kokeshi dolls. These meticulously hand-painted dolls can be found at UK-based creative online store – Sketch.inc. There are not many little decor pieces that can make you go ‘I need that!” immediately but these little friends here did just that to me.

Ranging from £20.00 (S$53) – £35.00 (S$74) for a single doll depending on the collection design, I think they’re more worthy of my money than my mum’s obsession with Mcdonalds’s Hello Kitty/Minion friends (oops). Ever wondered the origins of Kokeshi Dolls?

Apparently they originate from the Tohoku region of Northern Japan, an area well-known for its onsen (hot spring) resorts. Woodworkers then put their woodworking skills to make simple dolls to sell as souvenirs to onsen visitors. Some believed that the dolls represent a wish for a healthy child while others put it to a more practical use – by using it as a massage tool. Haha

(Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour dolls via Sketch.inc)

Other than these painted dolls, Sketch.inc also offers other handcrafted goods like brooches. This one below features a geometric painted Stag. Another reason to file this store under your Bookmarks is because they offer worldwide standard shipping! So glad I found this site, now it’s your turn to check their goodies out!

 

(Enamel Stag Brooch and Bunny Brooch via Sketch.inc)

Coincidentally, one of my favorite tunes on SoundCloud is titled “Kokeshi Doll” too. Have a listen! By Spazzkid.

Zee Avi’s Swell Window

Sunday and Zee Avi’s songs goes hand in hand, especially this one from her album Ghostbird, 2011.

(photo from deersummer’s flickr roll)

Lately, I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a film camera. Since the arrival of the iPhones and other mobile devices, I feel that most of us are slowly losing our appreciation of what true, meaningful photos are. True photography, as a craft takes hours. These days, it takes seconds! It is true that you can take surprisingly good photographs with your phones these days. The quality is not as grainy as before, the lenses are not bad too, but yet I dearly miss the times when we have to process photos.

Since the holidays started, I have also started to pay more attention to how I take photos, be it with my iPhone or digital camera. I begin to learn about the rule of thirds, photo compositions and how to focus an image perfectly. With this said, I’m not implying we should abandon our current Instagram-ish behaviour totally. But if we want to learn photography as an art form, let us not constrain the possibilities to just our mobile devices.

Talking about film cameras, I think it’ll be really interesting to live life from his perspective.

Picking Up the Pace

Two super awesome songs I’ve been listening to this week. Definitely tracks to work-out with. It’s the kind that will push you to try harder, even when you’re freaking tired. Enjoy!