Apr 21, 2015

It got me thinking

Yanni Vosloo shared this photo from @thesett today:



It really got me thinking.  And pondering.

My gut response was 'The right trees are urban myths' ... and then it just wouldn't go away out of my head the whole day.

This concept of 'right' and 'wrong'.  I've encountered a whole bunch of trees and none of them seemed particularly wrong. But some where delightfully right at that moment. Some I just ran off and hid under a rock from. Why do we need to define something as good or bad / right or wrong / happy or sad?  More and more I start to realise that these feelings/definitions don't actually exist as they are incredibly transient and wholly subjective.

'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'

It's a strange thing to do your work every day and try to not make it matter.  I am always told and seem to glean from my day to day ramblings that what we do, must define us from everything else floating around.  Do your unique work.  And most importantly try not to notice who liked/commented/click clicked/shared.

I feel a stab of something awful when my favourite pieces don't sell.  This I think is very boringly normal. Rejection sucks.

When they are 'liked' and enjoyed and get the spin but no one wants to take them home... some how it seems worse.  Because surely someone buying it validates the work and me in the most base (and yes, crass) form?
Maybe I was barking up the wrong tree?
Or maybe I was just generally barking and seeing what else came out to play.

It's the dis-attachment from the wrong and right that is so hard for me to achieve.  And yes, that's personal too.  It's not just the work.

To be able to walk the earth and just do your thing without a worry about all the right and wrong trees is a helleva thing.



Apr 17, 2015

Vintage Sketches

Giraffes Feeding among Long Grass
Abel Chapman 1851-1929
Ink & wash drawing for his book Savage Sudan (London, 1921), 1914.From Smithsonian: “Giraffes are no longer common in the Cape region. This drawing is based on a field sketch made by British hunter and [naturalist Abel Chapman]. . .”

Original drawing by Abel Chapman from his book 'Savage Sudan' (London 1921)

Zebras in the changing light
Abel Chapman 1851-1929
Ink & wash drawing for his book Savage Sudan (London, 1921), ca. 1913–20.From the Smithsonian: “While sketching zebras in Sudan, the British hunter-naturalist Abel Chapman noted that his perception of stripe patterns could change. Depending on the light, the stripes could disappear. . . “

Original drawing by Abel Chapman from his book 'Savage Sudan' (London 1921)

Apr 10, 2015

The Angle of Repose

'The Angle of Repose' by Keri Muller. Created from Salvaged Books. More at www.simpleintrigue.com

'The Angle of Repose' by Keri Muller. Created from Salvaged Books. More at www.simpleintrigue.com

'The Angle of Repose' by Keri Muller. Created from Salvaged Books. More at www.simpleintrigue.com

Off Centre - New artwork

' Off Centre '
Salvaged Paperback books folded and cut
Size: 90cm Diameter
This work is strongly influenced by Ernst Haeckel's incredible scientific drawings of sea creatures. It's a body of work I will continue with. I have included some below for reference.

'Off Centre' by Keri Muller - Salvaged Paperbacks folded and cut.  More at simpleintrigue.com

'Off Centre' by Keri Muller - Salvaged Paperbacks folded and cut.  More at simpleintrigue.com

Ernst Haeckel's incredible scientific drawings of sea creatures.  Please also see his wonderful books - the most well known being 'Art Forms in Nature' available via Amazon.

Ernst Haeckel's incredible scientific drawings of sea creatures

Ernst Haeckel's incredible scientific drawings of sea creatures

Ernst Haeckel's incredible scientific drawings of sea creatures

Oct 12, 2014

My take on wax prints

I love Wax prints and schweschwe fabric probably a little too much.  Especially judging my collection.  So now instead of buying more I faff about designing my own.

Hair comb  - Designed by Keri Muller - www.simpleintrigue.com

Sunset on the Horizon  - Designed by Keri Muller - www.simpleintrigue.com

Cloudy and hot  - Designed by Keri Muller - www.simpleintrigue.com

Oct 1, 2014

One of my hero's - Ansel Adams


NO MAN HAS THE RIGHT TO DICTATE WHAT OTHER MEN SHOULD PERCEIVE, CREATE OR PRODUCE, BUT ALL SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO REVEAL THEMSELVES, THEIR PERCEPTIONS AND EMOTIONS, AND TO BUILD CONFIDENCE IN THE CREATIVE SPIRIT.
- Ansel Adams - 

Sep 11, 2014

Maison De Objet 2014

Maison de Objet 2014 - Photo from simpleintrigue.com

Very simple Stand Design utilising recycled, shaped pallets and recycled construction grade plywood for flooring.  
It was a massive stand but really simply done and the solid black walls worked well.

Maison de Objet 2014 - Photo from simpleintrigue.com

The Pols Potten Stand 

Maison de Objet 2014 - Photo from simpleintrigue.com

KRAFT Light - Crystals, copper and gold everywhere - who knows where they are getting these huge chunks from.

Maison de Objet 2014 - Photo from simpleintrigue.com

More from Pols Potten

Maison de Objet 2014 - Photo from simpleintrigue.com

View of Hall 6 - there are 8 halls in total.

Maison de Objet 2014 - Photo from simpleintrigue.com

Didn't write down this stands name but loved the hospital inspired style shelving and the plants bags

Maison de Objet 2014 - Photo from simpleintrigue.com

Stools made from Flip Flops washed up on the beaches of East Africa and Asia. 30 000 Tonnes of them a year...

Maison de Objet 2014 - Photo from simpleintrigue.com

Aug 24, 2014

Paper Gems

Paper Gems made by Keri Muller  - simpleintrigue.com

Paper Gems made by Keri Muller  - simpleintrigue.com

Paper Gems made by Keri Muller  - simpleintrigue.com

Ij Second Hand Market in Amsterdam

Possibly the best 2nd hand market I have ever been to.  This post is a little late as I was there back on the 22nd of July but never the less here is a whole wonderful selection of photos.

Open on the Third Weekend of every month from 0900 till 1630
Take the Ferry from just behind the Main Station in Amsterdam - it's the gate on the furthest left hand side.  And it's FREE!  Take your bike with too.
Do also cruise around and check out all the wonderful bars and restaurants on the water on that side. Have time for drinks and dinner over there.

Ij Second hand market, Amsterdam

Ij Second hand market, Amsterdam

Ij Second hand market, Amsterdam

Ij Second hand market, Amsterdam

Ij Second hand market, Amsterdam

Ij Second hand market, Amsterdam

Ij Second hand market, Amsterdam

Ij Second hand market, Amsterdam

Ij Second hand market, Amsterdam

Ij Second hand market, Amsterdam

Ij Second hand market, Amsterdam