Because ‘The Answer’ really is that strange…

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Because ‘The Answer’ really is that strange…

The picture below speaks volumes. They are unfortunately a South African band who have sky-rocketed to fame and are well on their way (apparently) to worldwide/global domination.

Aaah. The supreme irony of all this.

An unfortunate global phenomenon? or a lesson to take note of...

‘Die Antwoord’ – which directly translated means ‘The Answer’.

When they first started out in making music – they found no success… Their music never caught the attention of anyone and neither did they. Fueled by anger and in retaliation to this, they expressed their concerns about people and their questionable taste in music… and so with that, they went about trying to prove how people are all sheep and will listen to anything at all and the more of a following something develops, the more its popularity will grow.

Claiming that music was no longer “music”.  That “music” as it is seen today (especially by the youth), is nothing but a set of regurgitated beats and the repetition of maybe one or two sentences – as if the songs and their success were driven strictly by an individuals lack of intelligence and non-existent pride! With these claims, they also expressed that if they dressed and acted inappropriately, as well as used nothing but ‘swear words’, excessive vulgarity, acted in an over-sexed manner, used sentences which made no sense, repeated everything and well basically spoke a bunch of bunk – and that by encompassing every poor quality so openly displayed by the ‘successful’ musicians of today (and marveled by our youth…), that they would become the largest, most followed and most successful music group in the world.

When their first ‘noticed’ track was released – they basically became an overnight phenomenon. Everybody had those ridiculous words running on a loop inside their heads – and had almost fallen prey to a form of brainwashing, as they chanted, “Aai aai aai, I am your butterfly, I need your protection, Be my samurai”. Hysterical.

Sadly – this just emphasises how the joke was on everyone… They have basically proven that their followers are… “stupid sheep, who display limited intelligence, have undoubtedly been raised poorly and were probably uncensored in the films their parents let them watch while they were so busy being neglected” – all of which has indirectly and heartbreakingly shown me that the world has gone to hell and that the only ones laughing here, are those people smart enough to capitalise on other peoples stupidity.

So ironically – ‘Die Antwoord’  found success on a worldwide scale and purely by proving a point. These two well spoken and educated individuals now pretend to be uneducated ‘common rednecks’ with a poor vocabulary and shocking dress sense – because it’s the only way they believed they could find success in music – which they subsequently did. In fact, this paragraph of that same song, sums it up pretty well:

F**k, this is like, the coolest song I ever heard in my whole life
F**k all of you who said I wouldn’t make it
They said I was a loser
The said i was a no-one
They said I was a f****n psycho
But look at me now…

Before they became a worldwide phenomenon and when their music was still definable as music (although there was still the issue of 'bad hair)

Cancer Survivor Calendar (For CANSA)

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Cancer Survivor Calendar (For CANSA)
Cancer is a constant battle.
It is indiscriminant in it’s choice of victims, relentless in it’s viciousness and an ever growing ‘disease’ for which at every point of gathering current information in the fight against it, manages to develop faster or appear in a more hostile form which is nearly untreatable.  Cancer statistics are on the rise and although it may not be on the frontline for global concern – like Aids/HIV, the statistics are alarming… But with continued support to both the organisations that make the difference in funding research, to the individuals who have watched helplessly as precious life is taken from loved ones and mostly to the survivors – it’s great to play a part in it all (however small).
As did I when approached to do the design work the Cancer Survivors ‘CANSA’ Calendar 2012-2013. It runs from April 2012 to March 2013, as it will be distributed to the cancer survivors present at the 2012 Relay For Life event which is being held during March this year. All illustrations were done by myself, along with the layout and overall concept. I thought it turned out really sweet🙂 and hope it will brighten the day a bit more for those individuals who have already been through so much.

Cancer survivors gift from CANSA in East London, on the eve of the CANSA 'Relay For Life' event

“Wink” (2012)

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“Wink” (2012)

… Yes I know, and my excuse is that between my husband and I – we have managed to lose the cameras battery charger.

Had to use the camera at work to snap this up, before it makes it’s way to the auctioneers – it will be put up for auction in aid of raising funds for cancer, through the CANSA organisation in South Africa.

I am not entirely sure why the idea of painting old cars has such a firm grasp on me at the moment, but once I was done with it …the clean lines, the vibrant colours and style of painting made it clear. It was such a pleasure for a change, to paint something that didn’t have excessive or large areas requiring precise shading & blending and I also managed to incorporate the use of watercolour into the background (I haven’t used watercolours in ages…).

It’s also the ‘fastest’ painting I’ve done in about 12 years… and probably the first time I have ever used yellow in my main subject. I still don’t like yellow and will veer away from it in future, because the paint seems far too transparent and doesn’t mix well with others (much like an anti-social person).

"Wink" - 2012

Pirate Party Invites :)

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I can be such a ‘lame’ sometimes… In September, during the height of the birthday excitement (long silent pause) … I must have been in such a heightened state of excitement that I forgot to post pictures of the actual invites as well as the cake. The cake will come tomorrow – as will the goods from my nieces party > but today I will post the invite for the pirate party.

I took my inspiration from Pirates of the Caribbean and the X-box lego game of the same name, they were on his ‘favourites’ list at the time – and the natural progression dictated that the party follow form… I wasn’t too thrilled with the front, but I really like the way the back (actual invite part)  turned out🙂

Aargh ye mateys... there be treasure here!

Making ‘Inspiration’ Happen…

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Aaah, New Years Resolutions. Why?

At least this year I’ll try not to beat myself up about the goals I set every year and fail (every year).  Like losing weight. Oh wait, that’s the only one I fail every year…

Last year my resolution was to lose weight (i lost a bit), plan a wedding and make a concerted effort to maintain more frequent contact with friends. Which I did successfully for the most part.

This year, although ambitious – it is to get my finances in order and save for furthering my studies. I have decided that my latent or more like hibernating artistic talent should and can be utilised in order to achieve this… the problem is the ‘Inspiration’ bit. A major misconception amongst ‘everybody’ – and I will generalise this… is that ‘artistic’ or ‘creative’ people can simply paint a masterpiece, compose a symphony or some such thing… at the drop of a hat.

NO – we can’t. I can only paint when the urge hits me… when I have this torrent of electrical inspiration grip me… when my fingers burn with desire and passion in order to wield that paint brush, knock the wind out my sails and leave me breathless – where the air I need is releasing my creativity. The problem is, that working full time – raising a six-year-old and between packing lunches, working out, staying in touch with old friends, keeping a husband happy, still having some sort of life and dealing with the daily stresses of work (and will I still have a job tomorrow)… the inspiration usually hits me when I’m getting ready to go to bed on a week night, or when I’m overtired on a weekend – at some random time, when I should actually be doing something else ‘important’ – like grocery shopping or paying bills, or when I wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom…

So how do you ‘make’ inspiration happen. It’s not a pill you can pop or a drink you can slug, or a substance you can inhale or smoke (although I’m sure some would beg to differ). I find the best way to do it, is to take it… from other people or places or things. I have realised that there are some insufferably inspired people out there, who clearly have all the time in the world and will do whatever it takes to release that creative surge.

So thank you, I’m going to steal some of your ‘inspiration overflow’ – and utilise it for my own personal gain…hope you don’t mind.

BARBIE PART JEWELLERY - MARGAUX LANGE "Now although not my cup of tea, you have to admit it is an ingenious albeit macabre use for the dolls - but I suppose since every little girl plays with Barbie and wants to be like her, she can now have a part of her wherever she goes"

FLOWER PETAL ART - ELSA MORA "Now this is simply charming and should think must feel somewhat like tai chi for the fingers and mind - the lovely floral fragrances, the soft silken touch to the fingertips, the symmetrical design elements - and the reminder that nothing in life lasts forever"

TIRE ART (VARIOUS) -"Now this is so very masculine - it's dirty, labour intensive, time consuming - but I should imagine it is extremely rewarding. The final look to these sculptures is rugged, yet refined - very eye-catching and would definitely make a unique focal point to any interior or exterior space. Also, with tire rubber being one of the most toxic substances to dispose of - it is a wonderfully 'green' way re-using and recycling"

PENCIL ART - DALTON GHETTI -"Real pencils with miniature sculptures made of the actual graphite tip - how entirely bizarre. I think what happened is he really wanted to draw, but ran out of sketch paper? They are really exquisitely executed and rather dainty - and I could imagine they would make an interesting conversation point"

BOOK CARVING-BRIAN DETTMER -"This I saved for last, only because it truly is an abomination to destroy a book - but, a truly magnificent way of using a book that is out of date, or for example: the use of a book that's been thrown away. This is extremely intricate, delicate and visually awesome. This is something I would be too scared to attempt"

More importantly – as thrilled as I am to have discovered a perpetual fountain of inspiration… I would love to know how people think up some of these things.

What is a beautiful body?

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What is a beautiful body?

I’ve come to realise that New Years Resolutions are to most people – as what Mondays are to most women. Firstly, I think it’s unusual not to have a conversation that eventually leads down the, “So what diet are you on” path, or to talk about the people you’ve seen recently and how much weight they’ve gained or how so-and-so is now a skinny b***h. See, what I fail to see or understand is how we have so many negative connotations connected to being skinny – such as classing all of the above said ‘class’ as b****hes and frowning on anorexia and bulimia, as well as trying our damnedest to raise funds for starving African children > then the question I pose is this… Why do we all try so very hard to become just that – skinny wraiths? In my personal opinion I believe we’ve all taken the whole thing a bit far, as the below attached images indicate from an article {PLUS Model Magazine} which has made news headlines everywhere from ABC to FoxNews to the International Business Times. I personally think that model, Katya Zharkova – has the most incredible figure! (I’m sure you’ll agree)

The actual model resembles a starving child by comparison to Katya's beautiful womanly form!

The {weird} Ways of Old

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You know, I enjoy being involved in the branding side of a company – it has provided much insight as to demographics and target markets, age/gender/race appropriate approaches, etc. I am also reminded daily just how important ‘taglines’, ‘catch phrases’ and images can be to any campaign… so it makes you wonder just what these people were thinking and how different things and life must have been once-upon-a-time! Hope you enjoy the ads as much as I did🙂 Even though some of them had me gasping for air from both utter shock as well as laughter!

... and if it were a machine, folks would be too damn petrified to use it!

I'm under the impression that this ad is for shoe polish - but it really is just quite strange.

?? Imagine a time where they encouraged women to carry a gun...

I can totally relate... so I just avoid making dinner altogether.

... because, twisting a lid can be so darn demanding and less time consuming than trying to get a man to open it...

Now, HERE's product selling at it's very breast, um, I mean... you know what I mean

Well, apparently doctors know what they're talking about🙂

... gosh, I guess it's better than being irregular right?

At last...the easier route to teething issues - dissolve them before they get the chance to appear!

Whats this? I hope it's not what it looks like...

The 'one-in-five' must be a real savage?

I figure there's a reason this coffee never took off - because all the men were poisoned by their wives.

What? No meat cleavers, chainsaws or woodchip machines? Aaaw.

Yes, we encourage a person to stay well hyrated during long car trips

oh I see... the connection... between cosmetics and a lama

Bwaa ha ha ha... if I ever recieved a 'meat thermometer', I can assure you it WOULD NOT be going into a roast...

Is that even a question?

This just in... I would never be that desperate to 'look cute'

 

Click here to see recently made ‘sexist’ ads… disturbing how this seems to be a continuously used theme amongst brand houses, agencies and design studios?