31.03.14 by Jeff

“Last Season” by Lernert & Sander

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Two of my favourite artists, Lernert Engelberts and Sander Plug (Lernert & Sander), are back with another humorous project. You might remember their last project where they combined every perfume launched in 2012 into 1.5L of a fragrance appropriately called “Everything”.

This time they’re unknitting garments by Céline, Chloé, Jil Sander and Prada, reducing them to balls of yarn. Watch the video for their latest work “Last Season” below!

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19.02.14 by Jeff

Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2014 / Helicopter Video

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Here’s a little edit of some of this year’s Pow! Wow! Hawaii murals, shot high above the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu, from a little drone helicopter.

Artists in order of appearance: Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, Ron English, Ekundayo, Meggs and Bask, Nychos and Buff Monster, Madsteez, and Andrew Schoultz. This is only a tiny glimpse, more to come!

Enjoy the video below!

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23.12.13 by Jeff

Matthew and Roxanne Ortiz (Vers Hawaii)

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Matt and Roxy Ortiz are a husband and wife artist duo, based in Honolulu, making work under the name Vers Hawaii. The couple are becoming known for their paintings of fantastical tree top villages that feature half-pipes and bowls.

I’m sure their work will remind most people of the Lost Boys hideout in Peter Pan but it actually reminds me of something a lot more obscure. Has anyone read Babar Visits Another Planet? I’m probably alone on this one but the floating houses on different levels, and the slides, totally make me think of it.

Take a look at more of their work below!

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25.11.13 by Jeff

Jasper Wong + Kelly Towles

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Jasper Wong (and his wife), and Kelly Towles, recently went big in Washington DC.  The artists painted a six-story tall game of cat’s cradle on an abandoned CIA building. More flicks below!

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18.11.13 by Jeff

123Klan Book Giveaway

123Klan Book Giveaway

My friends Scien and Klor (123Klan) have just released a fantastic book (order it here) chronicling their work as artists on the street, and as a studio for clients like Nike, Stussy, Carhartt, many others.

Lots of great reference material here if you’re a graphic designer! I get to keep a copy for myself and give the other one away, so who wants it?

If you wanna snag the book tell me the name of your graffiti crew (make one up if you don’t actually have one) in the comments below!

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13.11.13 by Jeff

ASKEW + Gary Silipa

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Love this collabo piece by my buddy ASKEW ONE and Gary Silipa, for Graffiato. Taupo, New Zealand.

04.11.13 by Jeff

Los Carpinteros

Drawings by Los Carpinteros

Drawings by Marco Valdés, Dagoberto Sanchez, and Alexandre Zambrano, artists collectively known as Los Carpinteros (The Carpenters). See more below!

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18.09.13 by Jeff

Interview with Mimi Jung of Brook&Lyn

Interview with Mimi Jung of Brook&Lyn

When I first stumbled across Mimi’s weavings I stared at them for 20 minutes trying to process all the work that went into making them. We’ve become friends in the year or so since then but I still don’t I understand how she does it. She is one of my favourite artists working today and I wanted to share some of things she’s been making with her partner Brian, under the name Brook&Lyn.

 

 

Interview with Mimi Jung of Brook&Lyn

 

Jeff Hamada: Your dog, Sunday, is so cute.

Mimi Jung: Sunday has a bellybutton. I swear.

J: My dream is to drop everything and travel around the world eating things. When I get to LA to visit you guys, where should we go eat?

M: If I didn’t have the world’s most sensitive stomach I would join you. Ham Ji Pak is a small, no-fuss Korean restaurant that specializes in marinated pork bbq. Their potato stew is to die for. CaCao Mexicatessen has the best duck tacos, and Sapp Coffee Shop makes the most delicious jade noodles with real crab meat.

 

Interview with Mimi Jung of Brook&Lyn

Interview with Mimi Jung of Brook&Lyn

 

J: Ooh all those things sound so good! I know you like to cook, what kinda things have you been making at home lately? The Turkey Dumplings you posted awhile ago looked delicious.

M: These days I’m afraid cooking isn’t a big priority due to time. Luckily we get weekly “farm fresh to you” deliveries which is keeping us relatively healthy. What’s in the box dictates what I cook for the week.

J: What’s the story behind the name, Brook&Lyn?

M: The idea started as a two-sided zine focusing on art and fashion, but it never took off due to funding. Since then Brook&Lyn has taken many forms. We often get asked if my name is “Brook” and if Brian is “Lyn”. Thankfully (or sadly?) that is not the case.

 

Interview with Mimi Jung of Brook&Lyn

Interview with Mimi Jung of Brook&Lyn

 

J: I know you’re moving away a bit from the jewelry and focusing more on your own art. Can you talk a little bit about your desire to explore photography, and make art objects?

M: I come from a fine arts background, so being part of the fashion world was sort of a fluke. I’ve enjoyed learning about jewelry and growing as a designer over the last few years, but getting back to my roots was always the plan.

J: What’s the experience of working on a weaving like for you? Maybe not so much what you’re doing technically, but perhaps what you think about while you’re doing it.

M: I can’t multi-task when weaving. I think it’s like meditating. I have a general idea of where to take the design of the weaving, but since each weft takes a tremendous amount of time and patience, I can’t really get ahead of myself. It’s best to zone out and remain peaceful until I get to my next color block.

J: Is the whole weaving pre-planned from the start or do you have more of a freestyle approach?

M: I like to mix it up. If I’m doing a large scale weaving then it’s important to have a general idea of the composition sine each section will take days to finish. For the smaller weavings most of the time I like to keep it open and let the process lead the way.

 

Interview with Mimi Jung of Brook&Lyn

Interview with Mimi Jung of Brook&Lyn

Interview with Mimi Jung of Brook&Lyn

Interview with Mimi Jung of Brook&Lyn

 

J: Tell me about your partner Brian’s work. I’ve seen on your Instagram (@brookandlyn) that he builds your looms for you, is wood work his specialty?

M: Brian’s background is in art direction. It took me six months to convince him to leave advertising to pursue his own projects. I really believe that if you are passionate about what you create then the money will follow. And that’s been the case since we started. He finally made the jump and joined Brook&Lyn two-and-a-half years ago.

J: In what ways are you two the same?

M: His new sense of freedom threw him for a while, but now we’re on the exact same path. His most recent interest is woodworking. He has the type of personality that gets obsessed with one thing, I’m the complete opposite. I tend to be interested in 50 things at once. He has no formal training in woodworking, but I’m so amazed at how fluent he has become. We’re not trust fund kids, we’re not independently wealthy, we work hard doing what we love and figured it out.

 

Interview with Mimi Jung of Brook&Lyn

Interview with Mimi Jung of Brook&Lyn

Interview with Mimi Jung of Brook&Lyn

 

M: We’re showing this sculpture at Parachute Market. The show takes place in the arts district, LA, and runs from 9/21 to 9/22.

J: I usually end interviews by asking about the last realization you had, could be big or small.

M: Small or big realization, for the first time I feel as though my multiple interests aren’t seen as a lack of focus, but a body of work.

 

Interview with Mimi Jung of Brook&Lyn

 

This last image is a piece Mimi made for Levi’s out of scrap denim, it is her first weaving made using fabric and will be hung at their concept stores.

 

See more of Mimi and Brian’s work:

Brook&Lyn.com

@Brook&Lyn

@brianhurewitz