Faux parfum – Would you buy these fragrances?

French is a pretty language. A flowery language of love and romance. As an exercise in 3D modelling, I created and rendered these perfume bottles. 

Moufette
Moufette
Vieux poisson
Vieux poisson
Oeuf pourri
Oeuf pourri

The translation of the labels is left as an exercise for the reader. The design of the bottles gives a clue to the fragrance they could contain.

 

No. Digits

Can you solve these simple equations and find the pattern?

No. Digits (Just Equations)
No. Digits (Just Equations). Digital Image

This was the question I posed to friends on Facebook. Thanks to them I found some missing brackets and corrected the above image, representing digits as equations.

From this, I created a simple book reminiscent of a child’s counting book or math exercise book with a number represented on each page by its equation. If you include the answers to the equations (left as an exercise for the reader), each statement has all of the digits from zero to nine appearing only once. I created the book from a school desktop flip calendar, giving it a distressed old school look by painting the pages with a mixture of gouache and acrylic house paint. Letting the wet pages stick together before separating and applying a second coat produced the rough surface for the equations in pastel, sharpie and pencil.  

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The title of this work No. Digits is a play on the idea that “Number” is often abbreviated as “No.” and for each equation there is no digit for that specific number until you solve the equation.

Approximately Φ

Acrylic and Gouache on Lack Coffee Table, 90x55 cm
Approximately Phi, Acrylic and Gouache on Ikea Lack Coffee Table, 90×55 cm

 

Approximately Phi, Acrylic and Gouache on Ikea Lack Coffee Table.
Approximately Phi, Acrylic and Gouache on Ikea Lack Coffee Table.

The mathematics of the golden ratio [phi (ɸ) ~1.61803399] and of the Fibonacci sequence [1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, …] are intimately interconnected.

At 90 x 55 cm, the dimensions of the Ikea Lack Coffee Table are close to two consecutive terms of the Fibonacci series, and give a ratio of 1.63636363636 which is only 0.01832964761 or 1.1328% more than phi. Our coffee table was in need of refurbishment and so I painted it with this exaggerated approximation of the fibonacci series / golden ratio spiral.

 

 

We are Synonymous

A while ago I started a video project parodying the videos of the activist group Anonymous. Recently I completed it.

We are Synonymous is the manifesto of the apathetic and procrastinators.

 Created with Apple’s built in text to speech and iMovie. 

My Dictionary & Theosaurus

My Dictionary & Theosaurus
My Dictionary & Theosaurus, digital image

I was fascinated by the dictionary as a child and I especially enjoyed reading the abbreviations section. Here are some definitions for abbreviation, acronyms and mnemonics. 

There Once Was Sky (Under Construction)

Over the last few years the landscape around our neighborhood has changed as more and more of the older buildings are replaced with luxury apartment blocks. 

A neighbor behind us had a two storey house where they kept chickens on their rooftop under a grapevine.

There was sky
There was sky. Photograph.

 In 2014 they and others in the street sold to developers and their houses were demolished to make way for new construction. 
Concrete foundations for the new building were poured and then demolished again. Rising five floors above the second foundation the new apartment construction took about two years. 

Under construction
New neighboring apartment building under construction, photograph

The new monstrosity now blocks our view of the city, hills, afternoon sun and sky. 

This painting series aims to capture that there once was sky. 

There once was sky, under construction.
There once was sky (under construction). Gouache on canvas board, 30x40cm.

How to Profit from Procrastination. Order now!

I’m writing a book about how to profit from procrastination.

Book cover

“I was procrastinating on Facebook and saw that a friend had recently written and published a self help kind of book.

I reminded myself of my unfinished novel.

I continued on with my procrastination on Facebook.

However, in the deep dark recesses of the back of my mind a seed of an idea was germinating.

Why not write a book about how to make a profit from procrastination.

It started as a joke – make a cover and some chapter outlines. Then presell it.”

For real

My quick research shows that there is not a lot written about the positive effects of procrastination. Most of the literature is about the dangers of procrastination and how to avoid it.

Almost everyone I know, for as long as possible, wants to procrastinate their inevitable death.

There is money to be saved by waiting instead of impulsively buying. Markets and products development can be explored while actively procrastinating on the finished article. And delays can often bring the wisdom of hindsight as others make mistakes you can learn from.

After one month and a day of procrastination, I wrote enough of the book to start selling it. In between procrastinations I will publish further editions of the book.

You can buy the first edition now on 51 of Apple’s iBook stores [sorry, not available in China or Turkey yet].