Diana Ellinger

Artist and illustrator

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Lining up all the ducks

My design hat has been giving me hat hair. I’ve been having Adobe Creative Suite dreams – the kind of dreams where everything you do can be undone by pressing command Z, where life only exists within a rectangle of a certain amount of inches, where everything is proportionate so long as you hold down shift. Yep, I have been designing a thing or two and I hope I will get some time soon to post what I’ve been up to. But for now, consider this post an excuse for why I’ve missed two Monday, Mondays in a row. And yes, that is what this post is, it’s an excuse post (might as well start a new category!), and now I will leave you with a blurry photo of my to do list just to give you an inflated idea of just how busy I am.

And also! A new exciting painting project is in the pipeline with Hunting for George I’ll be banging on about it here heaps over the next few weeks so stay tuned (or be warned).


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Karolis Strautniekas

What do you get when you mix some neat visual puns with some fuzzy, felty grain and some sexy smooth colours? Some very nice illustrations is what. Karolis Strautniekas‘ editorial works are beautifully minimal but warm, they are smooth and computery and yet still seem so hand crafted. Simple and intelligent, bravo.

All images copyright Karolis Strautniekas

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The archeological museum in Madrid opened last week after some very hefty renovations and in honor of creepy old museums everywhere, I’m posting this series of photos by Debbie Carlos.

Photography itself is in many ways deathly. We take photos to preserve a moment in time deemed important because of what or who it captures. In her book On Photography, Susan Sontag writes a chapter titled Melancholy Objects and refers to photos as paper ghosts. If photos are resuscitated images then museums are fully blown, 3D versions, and complete with taxidermy, house the walking dead.

Carlos captures the eerie beauty of museums so cleverly with these images so that until you notice the glassy reflection in places you would almost believe that the animals were real. Or at least ghostly traces of real animals. So really these photos are ghosts of ghosts. Phew. Happy Tuesday!

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