Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ireland's Most Influential Model


Just a quick post about the competition on Faye Dinsmore's blog to vote for Ireland's Most Influential Model. My little sister, Grace Connell has made the shortlist and I'm so proud! The prize is a trip to Paris in February, just before Fashion Week, for a private event at which the winner will be honoured. Attendees at the event will include some of the most knowledgable and influential people in the industry, so it would be such an amazing opportunity for her! Grace has been working so hard over the last few years in the industry and it'd be such a huge achievement for her. It takes two seconds to vote and you can vote once a day, please vote for Gracie here and help her get to Paris! I've included a few pictures below so you can decide for yourself. Thanks for reading! x

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tauba Auerbach

Lives and works in New York and San Francisco. Click here to see more of her work.

"OH NO" Gouache on paper

"HA HA" Gouache on paper

"Shatter III" Acrylic and glass on panel

"Yes and No and/or Yes or No" Aquatint etching

"Static II" C-print

"Static 14" C-print

"Static 9" C-print

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hooray for Humans

Hello! I'm beyond excited about playing gigs again with Hooray for Humans. We've been taking a step back from things for the last few months but we're getting up and running again and I'm delighted! We've loads of work to get done on the album, which will hopefully be released in the new year and we're working hard to get new songs ready for gigs. So anyway, we're playing the Roisin Dubh, Galway on Dec 16th with the lovely Squarehead and then The Quad, Cork on Dec 17th. Both gigs are Christmas parties for the venue and free gigs, so they should be lots of fun. Come along and say Hi! Here's the poster I made for the Cork gig. Big thanks to our friend, the talented and lovely Tom Harman who designed us our very own font, wowz.

That's all for now,


ATP! ( I hope)

I've been looking forward to going to ATP for so long and it's finally here! This Friday a massive group of us are heading over to Minehead for Nightmare Before Christmas, curated by Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The line-up is amazing, the people we're going with are even more amazing, but I'm so worried that the airport is going to be shut due to the weather! It's closed today until 7pm because of heavy snowfall over the airport, so it's not unreasonable to expect it to be closed on Friday morning when we're due to fly. We're looking at a whole array of alternatives at the moment such as getting a ferry and then a series of buses. Flights from other airports are ridiculously expensive and would also involve paying for trains/buses to those airports. This a total nightmare! I'm going to try and stay positive and focus on the actual festival and hope that the weather will clear in time.

Here's the full line-up. I'm most looking forward to seeing Godspeed (obviously), Neurosis (I'd say they'll put on a spectacular show), Weird Al (just amazing), The Ex, Wolves in the Throne Room, Nomeansno (monkeysmonkeysmonkeys), I've seen both Deerhoof and Oneida in the last year but would really like to see them again, especially Oneida as I hear: "members of Godspeed, Deerhoof, The Dead C, Flower/Corsano Duo, Hallogallo, The Sadies, White Hills will join Oneida to improvise". Tasty. Well, it's clearly a savage line-up, as long as we're there to experience it!



Keep your fingers crossed for us and we might see ye there!


Matthew Albanese

I came across Matthew Albanese's photographed dioramas a while ago and I think they're really impressive. He constructs these meticulously detailed models using various materials and then uses lighting and a mixture of photographic techniques to enhance and alter the appearance of the model. I've included a few examples below, click on the images to see them full size. Click here to view more of his work.

 Diorama made from wood, moss, yellow glitter, clear garbage bags, cooked sugar, scotch-brite pot scrubbers, bottle brushes, clipping from a bush in bloom (white flowers) clear thread, sand, tile grout (coloring), wire, paper and alternating yellow, red and orange party bulbs.



25 pounds of sugar cooked at varying temperatures (hard crack & pulled sugar recipes) It's basically made out of candy. salt, egg whitescorn syrup, cream of tartar, powdered sugar, blue food coloring, india ink & flour. Three days of cooking, and two weeks of building.

"Willow Study 1"

First in a series of studies using a handmade willow tree. The tree is made from sewing thread, sticks, wood and hand dyed ostrich plumes. Construction took two months. The grass is made from a mix of preserved and faux potting moss and dip dyed cotton batting.


Made of steel wool, cotton, ground parsley and moss.

"Breaking Point"
Volcano made out of tile grout, cotton, phosphorous ink. this model volcano was illuminated from within by 6-60 watt light bulbs.

"Fields, After the Storm"
This model is simply made out of faux fur(fields), cotton (clouds) and sifted tile grout (mountains). The perspective is forced as in all of my images, and the lighting effect was created by simply shifting the white balance.

That's all for now, 


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Black Swan

I'm really hoping Black Swan will be as good as it looks in the trailer. It won't be released in Ireland until early 2011 but for the moment there are these beautiful posters to drool over. The bold colours and graphic style are reminiscent of 1920s Art Deco movie posters of the past like Metropolis and 42nd Street, which I love.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

And the Winner Is...


Sorry it's taken me a few days to post the winner, it was an unbelievably hectic weekend. Lots of Halloween shenanigans, I'm still feeling the effects even now! So anyway, I counted all the entries and used random.org to select one entry.. and the winner of all the music and lovely goodies is...


Congratulations ... I've sent you an email looking for your address. Your prizes will be delivered to you very soon. Thanks so much to everyone that entered. I'm thinking of doing another giveaway in time for christmas, I'll keep you posted!

Hope everyone had an amazing Halloween,


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sí and Vertigo Smyth, NCH


The lovely Sí will be playing the Kevin Barry Room in the National Concert Hall, Dublin this Sunday 24th October. This gig is going to be really special. Grab this opportunity to catch her perform in this intimate venue before she hits the big time! If you haven't heard Sí's music yet.. check out her myspace and bandcamp for previews of her upcoming album "Great Expectations". The amazing Vertigo Smyth will also be supporting.
Tickets are €5 and it all kicks off at 8. You can buy your tickets here.

I'll be there early setting the place up, covering it in fairy lights and candles and such.. so I'll see ye there!


Friday, October 15, 2010

Timothy Karpinski

I'm really liking Timothy Karpinski's work at the moment, I find his style peaceful and really delicate. I discovered him a while back as he runs the Together Gallery with Mark Warren Jacques who I'm also a big fan of. Karpinski grew up near the Appalachian Trail in the woods of New Jersey. He now lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He spends much of his time building forts, damming streams, skateboarding and making art. Inspiration also comes from his love of music, typography, gardening, children’s books, graffiti, and his love of nature and science. All of these elements are reflected in his work.

“From a young age I’ve always been making things. Building forts turned into building skate ramps which lead to building art installations. I love the art making process, from the initial spark of the ‘idea’, the creation to the finished product. Art for me is very personal and everything i make is a direct reflection on my feelings about this world and my struggle and fascination with trying to understand it and find my purpose within it.”

Check out his website: http://timothykarpinski.com

Timothy Karpinski: Thinkspace Gallery from lauren Graham on Vimeo.

That's all for now,


Friday, October 8, 2010

Music and lovely stuff Giveaway!

 To celebrate 1,000 views on the blog I've decided to do a little giveaway to celebrate. Thanks to some really lovely people I've got quite a little treasure chest of goodies for the winner! Here's a list of the prizes.

 1) Richter Collective CD and Vinyl Bundle including:

2) The brand new EP "Mayday" from Ambient instrumental Killarney/Cork band Leaflog.

3) The new 5 track EP from TenpastSeven "Bothar Bui" including extremely rare cover made of slate.Wowzzzz.

4) Amazing ring from Cupcake Pirate Jewellry. If you're a guy and not that way inclined ;-) this'd make a sweet gift for a lady friend! Olivia is hard at work handcrafting the ring at the moment, so I will post photos as soon as it's finished!

UPDATE: Here's a photo of the ring. It's purple and has tiny black bats inside.. You can't really see them in this picture, but Olivia assures me they're there! Ha ha!

5) Multipack of Capri-suns ..just coz, well they're delicious.

Yay! That's a lot of great prizes.

-All you need to enter is comment on on this post saying "ENTER ME!" and include your email address so I can get in contact with you.
-For extra entries you can post a link http://bit.ly/cVzltJ about the giveaway in a tweet or facebook status and tag @okayquitmadstop so I can see it! You can also become a follower of the blog for an extra entry.
-The competition is open til midnight Oct 31st.
-The competition is open to everyone including international readers.
-There will be one winner, which will be chosen using random.org
-Please feel free to spread the word about the giveaway, I think it's a really great prize!

That's all for now,


Pat Perry

Pat Perry is a surrealist painter/illustrator from Michigan, USA. He mainly uses pen and ink, acrylic and occasionally a little Photoshop to manipulate colour. In his words he is inspired by "...People around me and things I see, phrases I hear, and Michigan. Michigan is the state I grew up in, and I can’t deny my love for the place, or the prominence it has in my work. Relationships in people, and wild personalities also really interest me, and I have tried to portray these characteristics many a time. I’ve always loved camping, and am always pretty inspired by forests, fields and creatures too."

Check out his site for more examples of his work  http://www.patperry.net/

and his blog for his sketches, commissions and photography http://www.patperry.net/blog/

Here are some of his time-lapse painting/drawing videos and some of his amazing work below.

Time-lapse Drawing from Pat Perry on Vimeo.

Timelapse Painting Yeah from Pat Perry on Vimeo.

Timelapse Painting Two from Pat Perry on Vimeo.

That's all for now,

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