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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Alexis Poline aka Soir made a fanzine with Éditions Peinture, and it’s appropriately titled <SOIR>. It’s printed with a spirit duplicator – an obsolete printing method which Éditions Peinture brought back to make an ongoing series of artist fanzines.

Drawings in Alexis’ fanzine derived from his small sketches (and notes) in his small sketchbook which he carries around everywhere (as it also functions as his wallet where he keeps his ATM card, shhhhh). So looking through the fanzine <SOIR> is as if you are looking into his private sketchbook, meaning it’s definitely worth a look and every penny ; )

Two extra notes –

One, Alexis Poline’s crew <Les Trois Clémentines> with Guillaume Pellay and Quentin Chambry is currently having an exhibition at Raum Vollreinigung in Berlin. I would definitely go if I were you ; )

Two, yes, I’m wearing a ski onesie in these photos. It has been that cold in my house.

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www.editionspeinture.com/product/soir-alexis-poline

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With the guys in Moderne Jazz, we began a game – one makes a sketch, and the rest of the crew paint using the sketch : )

Torpen visited Paris one day, and he left us a sketch before he left. So we went off with the sketch and painted it. I lost his original sketch, but maybe you can imagine it by looking at what we did with it.

Soir, Obisk, Gsulf, Matti

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When I was at Galerie 126 last September for an exhibition, I snuck some photos of Quentin Chambry‘s pottery corner. Quentin is possibly the friendliest dude you might ever meet. And he is also an artist who runs Galerie 126 with a few of his friends who also might be the friendliest bunch you might ever meet. For a side note, Mattie and I aka AMATEURS did a residency and an exhibition in 2015 at Galerie 126 which was a dream ; )

He’s been making these vases which closely resemble his drawings for his past exhibitions, and I always loved them. Since I took these photos, some have been glazed which I saw in his instagram.

Check out his work on his site and follow his instagram.

Alert! Quentin and his friends, Guillaume Pellay and Alexis Poline, are having an exhibition <Die Drei Clementinen> at Raum Vollreinigung in Berlin. Berliners, go to the opening today (February 10, 2017) at 19h and say hi for me : )

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Here it is, the very first painting on wall of 2017. It was on a sunny day in January, but oh man it was so painfully cold.

Matti, Gsulf, Obisk, Dino, Christ.

Moderne Jazz.

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I like calendars. It grounds my thoughts and gives me a sense of comfort. I always looked for a calendar which the days would simply continue regardless of the month change. Yet, I’ve never found one.

So I decided to make one for 2017. The weeks start on Sundays, and the days are written in English while the months are French abbreviations. All the days were hand stamped and scanned. It is printed on both sides of two newspaper sheets.

I made extra prints, so contact me if we share the same taste in calendar.
€6 incl shipping.

Happy 2017 yo!

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