Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Traffickers exploit people's desperation to escape from the deteriorating economy which has affected much of Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Organised criminal gangs take advantage of the lack of possibilities for legal migration. They operate through false employment agencies offering "good jobs" abroad as waitresses, dancers, nurses, au pairs or labourers. The salaries promised are well above what they can hope to earn in Russia and in many cases the agency arranges their transport and visas.However, the reality is often very different and the dream of a bright future soon turns into a nightmare. On arrival their papers are taken away. Women are forced to work in brothels as prostitutes and are controlled through mental abuse and physical violence including beatings and rape. Men are forced to work long hours for little or no pay on construction sites or in agriculture.
Wallpaper has recently experienced something of a renaissance. After years of minimalism; of plastered walls painted in neutral colours, people are again coming round to the idea of individual expression in
interior design. The enormous variety and scope that wallpaper allows for means that it is, at last, hip once more.
Three essays look at the medium in depth. The first explores the history of wallpaper, and how it has evolved. A second looks at wallpaper today, and the third, by Charles Stuckey, looks at the crossover between wallpaper and fine art. A beautiful, vividly illustrated publication, this book is sure to appeal to anyone with an interest in design.
Cath Kidston, Jocelyn Warner, Neisha Crosland, Timorous Beasties, Allegra Hick, Jackson Chang, The Designers Republic, Wook Kim, Cole and Son, Blik, Rachel Kelly, Squigee, Paper Mills, Jane Gordon Clark, et al
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Friday, 9 May 2008
Colour website, make and upload your own colour palettes and view others. Great for inspirationhttp://www.hellolucky.com/
Quirky hand printed cards and stationary...retro style.
Beautiful contemporary stationary.