- Frances Seno
To be honest, I've never really thought of what our generation would be like five years from now. Five years is a long time, and anything can happen. One thing I know for sure won't be lost is our generation's tendency to be glued to technology and the internet. People are constantly changing, finding new things to be mad at, finding new things to complain about, but I guess social media and the worldwide web will always be the most defining characteristic about this generation.
- Frances Seno
What would your perfect world be like?
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Do you remember yourself as a kid trying to make cool drawings in MS Paint on an old Windows XP computer? I specifically remember myself trying to paint fireworks during Computer classes at school and thinking they were the brilliant and innovative masterpieces of my generation. Well, it turns out that I was bad at it as well as my other classmates were. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t revisit it as an adult in attempts to actually make real works of art; because one artist did and she’s really killing the game.
Serene, unreal, and dreamy—these are just some of the words you can use to describe the works of Miranda Lorikeet aka Lazy Bones. Hailing from Sydney, Australia comes this beautiful and talented artist who creates illustrations of naked women in imaginative environments.
And although her works seem like cotton candy, they have a whole deeper meaning to them. When asked about her inspirations on Tumblr she says, “Most of the concepts for the drawings come from a pretty dark place. Usually my worst fears and things from my nightmares. Big open endless spaces, falling, whirl pools, being alone, big bodies of water (I have a phobia of dark water /whirlpools/dams). I just draw things that make me feel uncomfortable but with pretty colours”. x
It's amazing how you can create such captivating and moving drawings with a rather simple digital medium. I for one would have never thought of MS Paint as something that could potentially be a great tool to use in art but Miranda Lorikeet definitely proves that wrong.
Would you ever dabble with MS Paint again?
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- Reign Gonzales
all photos are from lazybonesillustrations.tumblr.com
Martin Azua, a designer based in Barcelona, has created an unusual yet functional form of shelter that could fit inside one’s pocket. Basic House [or Casa Basica], is made from metalized polyester that uses heat from the sun or from one’s own body to inflate on its own when unfolded. The interior of this shelter provides warmth as it reflects the heat off your body, and when reversed, it deflects the heat from the sun thus keeping the inside cool. Also, because of how light it is, it floats.
“Some years ago I was impressed with an Ezio Manzini’s sentence, an Italian theoretical of sustainability, he said that “Design’s role, in a future, will be to make poverty attractive ”. Science away the tools of change, but Art and Design are which, somehow, propose or imagine new scenarios. Basic home tries to make a very radical proposal attractive. It is evident that the saturation of products in “developed societies” doesn’t mean already a sign of progress, rather it is becoming a threat for the planet. If a house is kept in a pocket it is obvious that it can contain anything and breaks with our lifestyle based on consumption of products. ‘Have it all (freedom) without having almost anything’.”
- Martín Azúa, 1999. x
Not only is Martin Azua’s piece brilliant, but it is beyond intelligent as well as practical. In an interview with SmartPlanet, Azua says that, “It is more [of] an idea than a product. An image of extreme reduction that I think is very timely in these days of crisis and values changes”. Basic House could certainly provide housing for a whole lot of people in certain situations and if this project were to be commercially sold, then this could indeed be beneficial for society in terms of having a good place to sleep or to take refuge in if there were disasters to occur.
Just imagine a future world where people can sleep in big golden balloons wherever possible. What would you think of that?
- Reign Gonzales
photos and video come from martinazua.com