chigo shop (Japanese too:) offers many lovely items. clothes (also for kids), toys, books.
I came across it by a post on 2 or 3 things about this book: breakfastlunchtea. A book about Rose Bakery in Paris. Didn't find a site, but an article about it here. It looks for me like a place I would love to have a closer look at and have lunch of course! Has anybody of you been there already?
Do you know my milk toof? It leaves me quite speechless, so quirky and funny.
As a kid I loved lying on my back at the floor and looking up to the ceiling. I imagined a life in the house upside down. You would have to climb over 50cm high barriers when going from one room to the other. And the lamps would grow like mysterious plants from the floor. It's a nice game, still play it from time to time :)
breakfast: muesli, joghurt, blueberries, peach
my three year old daughter is telling us for a while now that she "needs" a watch (miles away from knowing what time it is)
Now I've made one from cardboard and pink lace for her and she is very proud of it.
kids and me were painting. and they were jumping on the bed.
many commented on this post over at book by its cover and discussed about plagiarism. and there are many thoughts about it coming to my mind too.
some of them:
I think, it's sort of a clear and simple "crime" she commited and very good that she didn't come through with it. but it's also easy to find bad what she did. to say it in a provocative way: she was kind of stupid to make it so obviously.
it's worth thinking about other cases, that aren't as black and white like this. there are many inspirations you can't call inspiration anymore. looking at the work of artists I'm often thinking, she is drawing like....., she takes pictures like...., she has a style and aesthetics very similar to....
the more you know of the work of others the more you can see that. It's often the little details that make that impression.
there are vogues and trends (of drops or coloured rhombs or deers for example), that one person did start and somehow they become a common resource. you pick the subjects/genres and change it your way.
the internet is selfservice for all of us.
it's creative overload, it depends on you what you are going to do with it. in my opinion it should be like this: you give and you take. artists profit from eachother and develop together. is that idealistic? we aren't talking here only about creativity, we are also talking about business. You can use the web as an easy way to find fresh ideas (perhaps a little bit like a trendscout works). You can copy a succesful style. Or you use an idea, subject or drawing style as point to make your own start and work with it, transform a pattern you find in the detail of a painting into a piece of jewellery for example - that's what I would call "inspiration" in the meaning of the word. think, we have to be honest to ourselves, what we are searching for and honest and kind to those who are the creators.
for me working as an artist includes indispensable originality, and the will to make an own comment or contribution on what's the matter of subject in the artistic community. everybody gets inspiration from somewhere: nature, magazines, your kids, your wallpaper, blogs and sites,.... nobody of us (or at least the very most don't) sits alone on an island without PC and just starts drawing. I guess that the most of those who are browsing through the artist's sites are other artists, liking or disliking what they see and getting inspired in any way. I do of course!
there is the question of where ends inspiration and where starts the copying.