I swung by this exhibition the other week – it’s a huge, diverse and interesting show, which I heartily recommend. It’s only on until the 25th of this month. There were a number of pieces relevant to this blog, including some excellent taxidermied pieces by Polly Morgan, my favourite being Carrion Call – a coffin embellished with quail chicks peeping from holes in the wood, it’s funny, cute and disturbing. I know taxidermied birds aren’t to everyone’s taste, but I rather like them (I would have included a photo here but annoying Flash websites have prevented me from doing so).
Posted by Alix on 21 April 2009
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Posted by Alix on 6 April 2009
I went to Copenhagen in February and whilst there visited the Zoologisk Museum, which is part of the University. This is generally a really awesome place – chock full of taxidermied beasties, and good old fashioned displays, which for a museum typography and design fiend like myself was lovely. My timing was good, as they had an exhibition about feathers on when I visited, which was basically a large hall full of stuffed birds, including a very impressive piece where 7 or so stuffed swans were arranged to look like they were swooping down the hall to land. It’s tricky to explain this one well! Here’s some photos:
See all my Copenhagen birdy photos here.
Posted by Alix on 31 March 2009
..because I have had no internet access at home. Apologies for the disruption in the irregular service, and apologies to anyone who I’ve ignored in the comments or similar. I will try and catch up with things, but I kind of know that some things will get lost along the way.
Now, a very snappy round-up of things that happened in my absence:
Posted by Alix on 24 February 2009
Nice piece in the Guardian a little while back about bird motifs in interior design, and a gallery to tempt the birdy shopper . I am totally on trend with regard to this, possibly the first time I have ever been in such a position. Birds are in. You heard it here first, ok?
Posted by Alix on 19 February 2009
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Posted by Alix on 9 February 2009
Although a promising name, the three birds logo on the current Bird’s Custard packaging is boring, and not particularly iconic, and prior to 1929 the packaging didn’t even involve birds! What a disappointment. It doesn’t seem to have done the product any harm though – it has 99% brand recognition, and has been in production since 1837 (thanks wikipedia).
This 1920s (I believe) ‘Something to Sing About’ advert is very lovely though:
Posted by Alix on 4 February 2009
I was eating some delicious Vietnamese lunch the other weekend when I noticed that the chilli sauce was Flying Goose brand, with a pleasant logo depicting a goose, flying (who’d a thunk?). Anyway, it got me thinking about branding featuring birds so I decided to look out for other examples to feature here. I can already think of a few to go on with, but anyone else got any they want to share?
Here’s what a bottle of Flying Goose Sriricha Chilli Sauce looks like: