Casting the invisible


(source:  Co.DESIGN)


Dutch cat flying with the birds

Some cats have nine lives. This one has propellers after death. Dutch artist Bart Jansen has immortalized his dead kitty, Orville, by turning the stuffed creature into a feline flying machine.

Dubbed Orvillecopter, the remote controlled furry flier was unveiled at the Kunstrai Art Festival in Amsterdam.

Jansen told reporters “After a period of mourning, he received his propellers posthumously.” The artist apparently thought the tribute to his cat, hit by a car, was fitting since the tabby was named for pioneering aviator Orville Wright.

The half cat, half copter is half cute, half creepy. You’ll see the stiffened kitty with propellers attached to its paws, allowing Orvillecopter to go airborne. According to the New York Daily News, the artist teamed with a radio control helicopter expert to create the cat-copter. (Yahoo News)

“Now he is flying with the birds” Jansen wrote in a description of a YouTube video showing the cat-copter’s first flight. “The greatest goal a cat could ever reach!”

Reaction to the “Orvillecopter” has varied from the hugely amused to the downright threatening. The controversy has done the artist no harm in terms of the value of his work. The Daily Telegraph reports that the original value of Orville was €12,000 but the global attention has raised that estimate considerably. “The work has not yet been sold but we have an offer of €100,000 on the table” Jansen’s dealer Geoffrey van Vugt told the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant. (

“The bloody chamber and other stories”: New works from Matthew Carey Simos!!

“The bloody chamber and other stories”: New works from Matthew Carey Simos!!

Matthew Carey Simos

Hi all!

I am posting the illustrations I did for a competition organised by the House of Illustration  and the Folio Society which ended in January. Each participant was asked to illustrate three short stories from Angela Carter’s “The bloody chamber and other stories” and propose a binding design. The stories were “The bloody chamber”, “Puss in boots” and the “Company of wolves”. My choice of medium was relief print and at the very beginning I was considering a five colour reduction print. This proved to be impossible due to lack of time and so I decided to go with digital colouring instead.

My long hours of carving were accompanied by the “Gormenghast” audio book, which I highly recommend to anyone who is into the “grotesque” fantasy genre.


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“Talk to my hand”

No need for my comment, I just love it! (with thanks to Chiquero)


Israeli clay sculpture artist Ronit Baranga creates fascinating, modern, spooky “little creatures”, I mean, sculptures! He puts his own spin on things and it seems that his artwork is a way too alive! Beyond cool!
Well, who’s gonna guess what are they talking about or trying to reach, poke… touch (literally)?


“I think people talk too much anyway. Sometimes people are talking to me and in my mind I’m just shut up, shut up, shut up… blah blah blah”…Ellen Degeneres



Sweet and spooky hallows
Phantoms and strange beings
Gosh, my walls are alive!
Thinking on paper
Killing me softly

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Where questions don’t have answers

May you have a wonderful New Year! Enjoy the exploration of the arts, where questions don’t have answers, but just offer up more questions and challenges.

Joseph Beuys was a German-born artist active in Europe and the United States from the 1950s through the early 1980s, who came to be loosely associated with that era’s international, proto-Conceptual art movement, Fluxus. Beuys is especially famous for works incorporating animal fat and felt, two common materials – one organic, the other fabricated, or industrial – that had profound personal meaning to the artist.  (more on

Felting is an amazing technique with many possibilities. It seems as if felt has gained a curious audience in terms of its potential as a sustainable and easily renewable textile material, given its low-impact and essentially waste-free manufacturing process. Global nomads have known for centuries that wool fibers plus the application of friction allows for a readily customizable and extremely pliable material.


It is truly exciting to see my friend Kari Remus re-interpreting an ancient technology in bold expressions of art and fashion:




Moving stories

Belgium has a new Filmmaker/Animator/Artist:


                                Boris Sverlow, Haircut

For everyone who wants to see Boris’ graduation film “Shattered Past”         now is the time!

He is welcoming you in Artwolf, a new art space in the old city of Antwerp, where he also shows his illustrative art. Still open on the following days: 21-22 and 23 oct, from 14:00 till 18:00 with a finissage (festive ending) on 23 th of October from 16:00 – 20:00

I was very much impressed and moved by his Graduation Film. It’s about the history of his Russian ancestors. Not only is he a great animator, he is also a great storyteller!

For those who can’t make it to the gallery you can watch THE IDEA, a short animation of Boris on