Spiced Vanilla Tea

Nov 2, 2015

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Now that the weather is getting colder, I’m frequently drinking warm beverages. Why not drink a warm beverage that will also warm you up!?

 

Start with a vanilla flavoured Earl Grey teabag – or add a small dash of vanilla extract to your mug or teapot, and use regular Earl Grey. For each cup of tea your brewing, add the following directly to your teapot or mug:

 

½ oz Spiced Rum
¼ oz Grand Marnier, or orange liqueur
1 t honey

 

Drop in the teabag(s) and add boiling water. Steep, stir, sip, toasty!

 

Shown: Saapaivakirja Mug 2.5dLSaapaivakira Teapot 7dL

Paper Craft Animation

May 21, 2015

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Back in January I wrote a short blog post on paper craft in graphic design. Since then I’ve found several notable examples of paper craft being used in stop motion animation, and thought I would share.

 

Kijek / Adamski have made several animations involving thousands of painted laser cut paper elements, which are layered in front of each other to create the movement.

 

 

Curtin University Degree from Kijek / Adamski on Vimeo.

 

 

“Curtin University Degree” Making of – Kijek/Adamski from Strange Beast on Vimeo.

 

Cris Wiegandt in Berlin has created many animations involving paper craft, including this series for Nickelodeon.

 

 

Nickelodeon Kindernet from cris wiegandt on Vimeo.

 

Here’s another by Cris Wiegandt

 

 

Artbox Campaign 2014 from cris wiegandt on Vimeo.

 

Chit-Chat-Roulette by David Luepschen involves paper crafted backgrounds with hand puppets.

CHIT CHAT ROULETTE from David Luepschen on Vimeo.

 

Here are a couple more of interest.

 

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Miami by Hattie Newman

 

 

Synesthesia from Stefan Iyapah on Vimeo.

 

Spring Martini

Apr 15, 2015

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Here’s a simple, refreshing martini recipe to celebrate the arrival of spring. You’ll need to make a simple syrup by bringing equal parts of sugar and water to a simmer on the stove top and allowing it to cool. Then, grab a martini shaker and add the following:

 

– Ice Cubes
– Fresh rosemary (strip the leaves directly into the shaker from a sprig about 10cm in length)
– 2oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
– 1oz simple syrup
– 1oz Canadian Rye whiskey

 

Shake vigorously to infuse the rosemary flavour and pour into a martini glass. Enjoy spring!

Cinnamon Heart Soda

Feb 11, 2015

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Cinnamon Heart Soda is surprisingly refreshing and easy to make. All you have to do is make a simple syrup using cinnamon heart candies! Add the following ingredients to a small pot and bring to a simmer while whisking on the stovetop.

 

– ¼ cup of sugar
– Heaping ¼ cup of cinnamon heart candies
– ½ cup of water

 

The cinnamon heart candies will dissolve almost completely. Pour the syrup in a bowl or container and place it in the fridge without a lid to cool. There is no need to strain the syrup, as you pour it, any pieces of the candies should remain at the bottom of the pot.

 

Once your syrup is cooled you can mix the drink. In a glass, add the following:

 

– Ice cubes (we froze one cinnamon heart candy in each ice cube for extra flavour and to make the cubes red)
– 1oz cinnamon heart syrup (add more to taste if you like it sweeter)
– 1oz vodka
– The juice of one lemon wedge

 

Stir the ingredients together and top it all off with soda. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Paper Craft

Jan 23, 2015

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It’s usually just before the holidays at EQ3 when we roll up our sleeves and build some sets for our holiday photo shoot. Throughout the year we were inspired by many amazing examples of paper craft. Our sets didn’t require the precise hand cutting, folding, and gluing of tiny decorative details. Instead, they were built build using large rolls of red seamless paper and foam core matte board. Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot of one the sets, and the final image below it.

 

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Across the globe many designers and artists are producing inspiring works crafted from paper. Zim & Zou, in France, have been getting a lot of attention for their highly intricate paper craft, often made of vibrant fluorescent papers. They appeared on one of the covers of Icon Magazine in 2012, and more recently, are being noticed for their installations for Hermès Maison Shanghai.

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Sabeena Karnik, in Mumbai, spent over 100 hours designing and executing this cover for Crain’s Chicago Business magazine. She describes her technique as “paper sculpturing.”

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Here are a couple more of my recent favourites:

 

2014 Calendar by Nearly Normal

2014 Calendar by Nearly Normal

 

A-Type by Lobulo Design

A-Type by Lobulo Design

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