I was ambling through the city this afternoon and finally managed to take a good look at the University of Technology's new Business school building - The Dr.Chau Chak Wing Building. It is by world famous architect Frank Gehry and it was a total treat to see! I only had my iPhone with me at he time, but I think you get a fairly good idea of what it's like from my photos. "Crumpled brown paper bag" is something I think I heard it described as. It is utterly fantastic and I love it!
The Royal Tenenbaums is my favourite Wes Anderson film. I think it was a combination of the quirky story line, the terrific cast (Gene Hackman, Bill Murray, Angelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow etc), and the very fine production design that really appealed to me. The costumes (Gwyneth Paltrow's retro Calvin Klein tennis dresses and fur coat, Ben Stiller's strange red tracksuit etc etc) and the sets (red zebra wall paper etc) are distinctively in the Wes Anderson signature style, but also unique to this particular movie. And even though Wes Anderson had already done well with his first two previous films (Bottle Rocket and Rushmore), it was The Royal Tenebaums that really launched his career as a major film director.
These drawings are by Kathleen Hale for one of her wonderful Orlando (the Marmalade Cat) books. These particular illustrations are part of the "Orlando (The Marmalade Cat): His Silver Wedding". It's the first Orlando book I ever read! It's basically a whodunnit which involves Orlando and his wife Grace deciding to have a silver wedding anniversary party which gets interrupted by Orlando disappearing and Grace and the kittens doing some detective work to find him in time for the party. It's quite gripping actually! Every time I look at one of Kathleen Hale's books, I marvel at the incredible "cat-ness" she gets into her drawings even though they are engaged in human activities and being essentially "human". How does she do that? Anyway, her Orlando books are most definitely my favourite illustrated story books.
I've been working on a GIF today made from some art deco gal drawings I did a while back. I enjoyed finding out about how to fade images into one another and re-acquainting myself with the whole GIF making process in general (which I had semi-forgotten about). To see more GIFS click here!