OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL 2016 / DUBLIN

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

THE ARCHITECTS FESTIVAL

What is The Open House Festival?

Open House Dublin (OHD) is Ireland’s largest architecture festival, inviting all citizens to explore their city. It works through a simple but powerful idea: showcasing outstanding architecture for everyone to experience. Buildings that aren’t usually accessible to the public and buildings of architectural merit open their doors for one weekend, with architectural tours provided by expert guides (source click here).

In my opinion, it is the best festival/event taking place in Dublin. I have been looking forward to it with a great enthusiasm every year and been attending the festival regularly. It is well organised, always with helpful volunteers offering catalogues for sale at every door, which are decorated with white balloons that help to spot the place easily. The viewers are broken into small groups and are guided by either an owner of the place, an architect involved in the project or a manager who runs the business or an institution. During the tour, the public can find out valuable information about the history of the place, the inspiration for the design, compromises and problems, which accrued during the creation process.

The houses inside are often a great surprise, featuring a clever architectural solution, original concept and skilled innovations. All followed by tasteful interior design often spiced up with recognizable pieces of furniture from the Bauhaus period or classic a Scandinavian design.

THE BRASS & MARBLE KITCHEN

This is a house I have seen during The Open House Festival in 2016.  It is a three floors Victorian house located in South Dublin. The group I was in was guided by the Landlady of the house, who also mentioned that one floor was available for rent as Airbnb.

The pearl of the house definitely is the brass kitchen which reflects the light and bounces off the golden glow. Marks on the surface work very well with the walls which reveal layers of different paints that previously decorated the space. The Landlady mentioned they did have an idea to paint the walls in a particular colour but after cleaning the walls they decided to leave it as it is. It definitely adds a lot of character to the place while giving it a slightly rough, an unfished look which works very well with patterned white marble and very present brass featured around the house. All combined with the collection of odd chairs.

Even if at first the renovation process of the house appears unfished every single object in this house is very well thought through, creating balanced styling entirety. Huge applause to the Lady of the house!

The images were taken with my HTC mobile phone, the resolution could be better but surprisingly it worked pretty well.

THE BRASS KITCHEN

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb
The Brass Kitchen, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

THE BROWN KITCHEN

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb
Open House Festival, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

THE FIREPLACE

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb
Open House Festival, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

THE WALL

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb
Open House Festival, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland,

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

THE CHAIR, SOFAS, SINK

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb
Open House Festival, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

PLANTS & PATIO

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb
Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Author: Aleksandra Walkowska

BREAD PACKAGING

Olive bread packaging

THE BAKER ON NASSAU BREAD PACKAGING

The brief asked for a label design for an imaginary gourmet bread line, produced by The Baker on Nassau. Each bread has its own history, tradition and recipe.

I based my concept on the bread origin. Emphasising typefaces as a reference to a cultural aspect of the place. Each label tells a brief history of the product. The label wraps the bread in such a way the consumers could hold it without getting covered in a floor.

Gold Rush bread label typeface refers to 1920s in America and the yellow colour is a reference to sun heat, gold and corn.

Leningrad bread label typeface refers to Lenin and the red colour is a reference to Communist Russia.

Dubh bread label typeface refers to Celtic Ireland and the green colour is a colour of Ireland, the Green Emerald.

Olive Branch bread label typeface refers to the traditional Greek alphabet. The blue colour is a colour of sunny Greece, the popular holiday’s destination.

PRESENTATION OF THE BREAD LABELS

bread packaging
Gold Rush&Leningrad bread packaging
bread packaging
Dubh&Olive Branch bread packaging

DUBH – IRISH BREAD PACKAGING

 

Dubh bread packaging

Dubh bread packaging
Dubh bread packaging

GOLD RUSH – AMERICAN BREAD PACKAGING

 

Gold Rush bread packaging

Gold Rush bread packaging
Gold Rush bread packaging

LENINGRAD – RUSSIAN BREAD PACKAGING

Leningrad bread packaging

Leningrad bread packaging
Leningrad bread packaging

BLACK OLIVE – GREEK BREAD PACKAGING

 

Olive bread packaging
Olive bread packaging

LABELS DETAILS

Gold Rush bread packaging
Gold Rush bread packaging
Leningrad bread packaging
Leningrad bread packaging
Olive bread packaging
Olive bread packaging
Dubh bread packaging
Dubh bread packaging

Author: Aleksandra Walkowska

THE 9&50 FREAKSHOW – NCAD GRADUATES SHOW 2017

TEXTILE ART & ARTEFACT

National College of Art and Design, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017

Coming into the room full of butterflies within a second I was under an impression that I was covered in them! Even though they were not flying it felt that they were. There was so much to look at, I felt excited as a child who is chasing butterflies on a hot summer day.

Like if I was dreaming one of my abstract dreams where I am feeling happy and hyper. Stimulated by images appearing in front of my eyes, knowing I would wake up in a good mood because of the mad, colourful dream. Even if it was hard to find a story and a connection between one artwork and another, all together it made a perfect sense. Freakshow is like a dream wrapped in a warm blanket of all shades of brown colour.

   

THE 9&50 FREAKSHOW

BY LAUREN HOEY

‘Surrounded by ideals of perfection, my interest lies in the feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt; resulting in fantasies of escape and evolution to compensate. Using a variety of mixed media and textile techniques, I explore and imagined a narrative that borrows from a dark but humorous aesthetic informed by a freak show of hybrid creatures. A celebration of the imperfect has resulted in an installation that takes a classroom as the stage for an eerie metamorphosis.’ says Lauren Hoey

The 9&50 Freakshow, NCAD Graduates Exhibition, Dublin 2017
The 9&50 Freakshow, NCAD Graduates Exhibition, Dublin 2017
The 9&50 Freakshow, NCAD Graduates Exhibition, Dublin 2017
The 9&50 Freakshow, NCAD Graduates Exhibition, Dublin 2017
The 9&50 Freakshow, NCAD Graduates Exhibition, Dublin 2017
The 9&50 Freakshow, NCAD Graduates Exhibition, Dublin 2017

 

LAUREN HOEY AT WORK

source Lauren Hoey Art

NCAD 2017 SHOW CATALOGUE

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

VISUAL MERCHANDISING, GRADUATE EXHIBITION, 2017

Savida, Visual Merchandising, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin

VISUAL MERCHANDISING, DIT

I was meant to write about The Graduate Exhibition Show of Visual Merchandising course in DIT, Dublin … probably two months ago, shortly after it happened … nevertheless, it is here now.  My apology for such a delay.

I must say there are probably only two maximum three displays I found interesting or well finished. There is no story behind most of them, there is no link between the handmade accessories and the merchandising products.

I hate to say it but there is not much intelligence behind them, those are just displays, basic marketing, not much creativity behind them. It seems the students had to rush to put the show together.

My favourite one is the one with the bathroom and the seaweeds splashed all around. There is a bit of a story in it but I am not sure where does it lead to …

I wish the student was allowed to think more like Brian Lambert the Visual Communication student further down in my post.

 

 

CLOSE-KNIT BY BRIAN LAMBERT

Well observed everyday life by Brian Lambert turned into a humorous documentary with a story to follow. This concept could easily make an interesting window display as there are a few intriguing characters in it. The viewers could easily build up the rest of the story in their heads … if they wanted to. It is engaging and that is why it works so well.

I have the feeling Brian Lambert may have been one of those students that interpreted the brief his own way. By keeping detached from it he allowed himself to keep an open mind, therefore, the inspiration found him in the Starbucks Coffee and not the other way around.

I wish that students of Visual Merchandising had a chance to come up with a similar concept.

 

Brian Lambert, Visual Communication, DIT, Dublin
Brian Lambert, Visual Communication, DIT, Dublin

 


VISUAL COMMUNICATION, PHOTOGRAPHY & FINE ART

 

Visual Communication, DIT, Dublin
Visual Communication, DIT, Dublin
Fine art, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Photography, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Fine art, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Photography, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Fine art, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Fine art, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

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THE GOLDEN RATIO AND THE RULE OF THIRDS IN NATURE

NATURE THE BEST ARTIST

Below images were taken in Dublin Botanic Garden in one of the Victorian greenhouses. The succulent plants made me think of the golden ratio, the mathematical formula that creates – everything!

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Dublin Botanic Garden

THE RULE OF THIRDS

When I was studying design I was thought the number three is the ‘magic’ number. Use no more than three colours if you want to have well designed interior space  (only if you are very creative introduce the 4th colour in very small doses). Use the maximum of 3 typefaces if you are working with typography and keep the same rule when it comes to texture and shape. If you follow the rule your work will look good if not very good.

The Golden Spiral is also based on that magic number. Working space is dived into 1/3 and then the smaller part of it once again is divided into 1/3 and so on so on till eternity. When you join the meeting points with a curvy line it creates the spiral effect.

Our eye is ‘lazy’ does not like to make an effort when reading and sending the information to our brain. Anything that is is well balanced mathematically is also very well designed.

The pattern of the spiral can be used for creating a really well-composed photograph.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, by Hokusai
The Great Wave off Kanagawa, by Hokusai

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Dublin Botanic Garden

Dublin Botanic Garden

GOLDEN RATIO LIFE BALANCE

ADOBE COLOR WHEEL&SCHEMES

There is an interesting website called Adobe Color. After creating an account you can upload an image and it will pick the most dominating colours out of an image. You can save the selection of colours into your library and share it with other users. The result will show five colours which work very well together, try to choose three out of the five for your project or an idea for further development.

I uploaded a few images from the Dublin Botanic Garden to learn a little bit about colour’s combination designed by nature.

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

 


 

This should be my last post this year or maybe this season on gardens and plants. I have few other things I would like to write about but first I want to finish the series on gardens, just to close it … for a while at least.

Dublin Botanic Garden
Happy turtle in the pond of Dublin Botanic Garden

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

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ORNAMENTAL GRASS GARDEN

Dublin Botanic Garden

GARDEN ENTIRELY DESIGNED WITH ORNAMENTAL GRASSES

Dublin Botanic Garden among many different garden sections has one created with just ornamental grasses. The most popular grasses are there, all sorts of stipas and miscanthuses, well that’s what I have noticed and recognised but there is much more. This ornamental grass garden will look at its best towards the end of the summer as those grasses will reach their full growth and height. So, I may go there again and if so will add a few more photos to the post. It will be interesting to see how the mood of the garden will change by then.

GRASS GARDEN VLOG

I know the quality is not the best, but so isn’t my old Lumix camera … one day it will be updated 🙂

The grass garden makes me think of the sea with strong but gentle waves. It is the shape of the grasses which is sort of oval, then it’s the movements. The grasses move like seaweeds under the current or like waves that are moving up and down at an angle following the wind. Relaxing and hypnotising. Grasses catch the evening light very well too ‘the tea time’ light 🙂 or the drops of rain and later on the frost. They are very poetic plants. Also, like no other perennials, they create a sound, it is whistling. Long, thin leaves move against each other adding sound to the garden or music for the more sensitive visitors.

Must say Dublin Botanic Garden could have a much better website with some great photography, especially since the place has visually a lot to offer.

 

GREENHOUSES

Dublin Botanic Garden has established in  1795 and it has a Victorian feel to it, especially the greenhouses resembling The Crystal Palace Expo in 1851 in London.

 

VIKING HOUSE IN DUBLIN BOTANIC GARDEN

It would be great if we could leave in that kind of eco-houses today, wouldn’t it? Houses that had to be rebuilt every 20 years at a low cost, totally organic inside and outside. Once the house was gone it turned into a compost. Unlike today the scary concrete monsters we live in, that will take forever to disappear. How much smaller would be the mortgage on an organic house!

 

Viking House in Dublin Botanic Garden
Viking House in Dublin Botanic Garden

Viking House in Dublin Botanic Garden

Viking House in Dublin Botanic Garden

To follow the building process click on the link.

Viking House in Dublin Botanic Garden

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Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

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