A funny zine by Quentin Chambry, a friend and an artist whom I mentioned on my blog a few times already.


Makes me laugh every time OOH!!!
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http://www.quentinchambry.com/shop/o-o-h/

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Towards the end of November last year, Mattie and I booked our tickets to Korea. My last trip to Korea was about six years ago, and I’ve been dying to visit with Mattie. And five days after we booked our flights, we were in Seoul. If you didn’t know already, we are not much of a planner ; )

In short, Korea is great fun. I was born in Korea and spent my first 11 years there. So take this with a grain of bias, but if you’ve never been there, you are missing out. Big time.

Warning – this post will be a little longer than usual with many photos of food. After all, I was a tourist and had document what I ate.


Gwangjang Market 광장시장


Namdaemun Market 남대문 시장


National Hangeul Museum 국립한글박물관, reserve a free English tour


Yongma Land 용마랜드, abandoned amusement park

 

After a few days in Seoul, we took a bus down to Andong, known for Andong-jjimdak (chicken dish) and Hahoe Folk Village 안동 하회마을. Andong-jjamdak and Hahoe village were all top, but the highlight could be the cream cheese bread from Mammoth Bakery (맘모스제과 크림 치즈 빵). A crowd waited inside the bakery for this bread to come out from the oven, and once they were put on the shelf, everyone grabbed a dozen or more each. Not knowing any better, we just got one. Next time I’m grabbing a dozen too. It was seriously good. No joke.


Hahoe Folk Village 하회마을

 

We then moved to Sokcho, a far northeast fishing town next to Seoraksan national park. We walked around Sokcho, hiked Seoraksan for 7 hours, visited Naksansa and ate the best handmade jjajangmyeon.


Seoraksan Heundeulbawi 설악산 흔들바위


Seoraksan Ulsanbawi 설악산 울산바위


Seoraksan Towangseong waterfall 설악산 토왕성폭포, reopened after 45 years


Naksansa 낙산사

We took a bus back to Seoul from Sokcho, then we flew over to Tokyo the day after.

If you are going to Korea soon, lucky you!

 

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When I first discovered José Ja Ja Ja‘s zine and wrote a post about it last year, I only knew his black and white drawings. But I know how awesome his drawings are in colors because his new zines <DRAWINGS FOR BOREDOM> and <GRUNDFUNKEN> are in full colors.

More info about <Drawings for Boredom> here and about <Grundfunken> here. And follow him on his tumblr or instagram.

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After testing with dye paste.. What to do with the left over paste? You paint on old t-shirts : )

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Writing this, I realized this is the first time I post something about Danslecieltoutvabien. Really?!! I’m shouting because I’ve been a fan of his work for some time now. He is an artist based in Nantes, France whom I had a chance to meet a couple of times on different occasions, yet I learned that he is Danslecieltoutvabien only recently. Another note, I’m not sure if I’m suppose to write his name with spaces ‘dans le ciel tout va bien’ or all attached. Please correct me if you know.

I’m sure I’ll write about his work more in the future, but this post is about his zine which I picked up last year during Fanzine Festival in Paris. It is titled <Le dimanche, les volcans sont en vacances> which means Sundays, the volcanoes are on holiday. It was one of the most talked about zine during the festival among our friends. The drawings of the volcanoes and explosions are all crazy beautiful. And to top it all, it is printed on a delicately thin and soft paper.

More information about the zine here and more of his work on his tumblr. I think the only way you can get this copy is by sending him a facebook message.

 

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I realized I pressed some leaves in late 2016 which I still haven’t archived on my herbier collection. I guess I’ve been busy and lazy. I have to admit I’ve been quite slow with my herbier collection, and cold and wet weather doesn’t help. Over the weekend, I finally set down and took the long waited leaves out from the presser and tape them on to my herbier paper. This process is always very calming. Fragile leaves force you to handle them with care and respect. And once they are archived, they will always be handled with respect. It’s amazing how such a mundane thing could become so worthy.

While archiving, I also took some time to go through the leaves in my collection.

I can’t wait for the weather to warm up to start herbier of 2017.

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This is titled <CAVALE>, a collection of Idir Davaine‘s landscape paintings. Paintings are so abstract which makes me wonder what its real landscape might of looked like. Going through the paintings, it gives me an itch to go chill in nature, or start painting landscapes. You will understand when you see the book in real.

I also very much like the book’s format and the layout with the colored edge.

Always extra nice when you get a dedication from the artist : )

Maybe I should try painting landscapes hehe. But for now, you can check out more of Idir Davaine on his site and Instagram. And more info about this book here.

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www.3foisparjour.com/cavale.html#cavale13

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To continue with our game, this time Soir sent us a sketch. Some played the game, some didn’t, but nevertheless it was a nice day with some out-of-town friends who were visiting Paris.

Ishem, Christ, Toto, Obisk, Gsulf, Torpen, Matti, Momo.

Moderne Jazz.

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<OBISK 93> is the latest zine by Obisk from Éditions Peinture. This zine is in a very unusual format – analogue photo prints in a pocket as if you developed your film from a photo studio. Before digital cameras came along, graffiti writers documented their short lived paintings on streets by taking analogue photos. Now digital cameras replaced those film cameras, though some graffiti writers still continue to archive their works by taking analogue photos. Obisk is one of them, and Éditions Peinture asked him to make a zine in this format. As a lover of analogue photos and a fan of Obisk’s graffiti, I find this zine golden. The bonus is that it comes with a folded poster with Obisk’s original tag.

More info over at Éditions Peinture and check out Obisk’s instagram @obisk_premier.

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www.editionspeinture.com/product/obisk-93-obisk

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Mattie and I spent some time in LA over Christmas and New Year’s. We spent half our time there eating Chinese with my family and the other half helping out my friends who were setting up a new cafe B TWENTYFOUR. They also run a deli and bottle shop The Heights which Mattie designed the logo and sign painted its exterior almost two years back. Mattie once again designed a logo for B TWENTYFOUR and made the signage for the business. And this time we also got to make some art pieces to decorate their beautiful high ceiling interior.

We made a series of paintings on fabric, which we cut, sew and painted.

 

We flew back to Paris before it opened, but B TWENTYFOUR is now open. So the locals, go visit, grab a coffee (or horchata latte which I really want to try!), enjoy the sign and the paintings and let me know what you think ; )

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B TWENTYFOUR
2223 N Broadway
Los Angeles CA 90031
7AM – 5PM everyday
323.352.8566
instagram @btwentyfourla

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