Every year on the first Sunday of September the small community in Zundert, Netherlands holds an extremely competitive parade of flowers called Bloemencorso. It began in 1936 and continues to this day. The neighborhood volunteers devote countless hours to building the beautiful eye candy; spending months building the car portion. The flowers are applied to the float within the frantic, final moments before the competition. “It is a day full of fatigue, excitement and emotion because after the procession, the results are announced. The winning car takes the main stage at the market. That moment is the climax of the parade, the Zundert Jubilee where the builders of the winning float burst with joy and celebrate their victory.” I would love to experience the emotions and see the beautiful floats first hand! Check out more of the floats and the winner on the Bloemencorso website, here.
Architectural design studio, Stickyline, based in Hong Kong, created a series of paper helmets shaped as iconic buildings from their famous skyline. The team selected the Cultural Center, Space Museum, International Finance Center, HSBC Headquarters and the Convention and Exhibition Center for this amazing project. By folding bright paper into building-shaped hats for their series entitled, “Masked Creature”, the Stickyline team hoped to showcase the harmonic connection between the people and the buildings. The helmets were made as part of the deTour 2011 design event. As they introduce the familiar structures with a new perspective, the Stickyline team certainly give us a new understanding of the beautiful city.
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Krista Charles of Albuquerque, New Mexico has created an innovative series entitled “Matchbook Landscapes”. Krista was inspired by her 90-year-old grandfather-in-law who kept a bag full of old matchbooks in a drawer. The branding featured on the labels are from another era; the typography on the outside alone is inspiring. And now they have become priceless as Krista pencils the current landscape on the inside envelope of each book. As the years have gone by, some of the businesses have been turned into parking lots, others are out of business and vacant, while others still are in business and thriving. What a wonderful time capsule which captures old and new. Nostalgic with an upgrade. To see more of Krista’s series, check out her website. Or you can purchase the matchbooks on Etsy, here.
“For each matchbook I find where the location of the business would be in Google Maps and on the inside cover of the matchbook I make a pencil sketch of whatever is now shown at this location. On average each drawing takes about two hours to complete. Sometimes the places advertised on the matchbooks are still in business even after decades have passed, some businesses have changed names and are under new ownership, and some buildings are empty or have been torn down and replaced by new buildings or parking lots or highway expansion programs and even empty fields. The age of the matchbooks I use vary, but all are a unique view into the previous business and the dreams of its owner and how these places and by extension all places and our histories change over time. Even the story of matchbooks has evolved and what was once a common item to give out to promote a business has now become a vintage item, rarer to find except in antique stores and our own junk drawers.” - Krista Charles
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Tags: "Matchbook Landscapes", architecture, Art, Branding, Design, Etsy, Graphite, Krista Charles, Matchbook, Pencil, Typography
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