Saturday, June 24, 2017

summer reads

On the NYC subway, they posted a sign that advertises their library. How cool is that? 


On the C Train, NYC

Here at wonder | wander | world we compiled our own summer reading list for you too. 



Saturday, June 17, 2017

paving paradise

The Museum of the City of New York's online collection reveals what the city looked like at the time.

The series, "The Greatest Grid," features illustrations and photos of New York City's former rolling hills, which were later demolished to create a flat street scape.

Take a look at the city's transformation.



Sheep grazed on west Central Park's Sheep Meadow from the 1860s until 1934, when they were moved to Brooklyn's Prospect Park and later to a farm in the Catskill Mountains.

Friday, June 9, 2017

MORE art from Mahala

Perpetuating our own productivity, this week's wonder | wander | world post features more of Mahala's artistic illustrations.


A recent trip to Venice was the inspirations for these fashion illustrations revolving around the Moretta, or 'mute servant' mask - a Venetian ladies' mask held on by gripping a button between the teeth, rendering the wearer silent.


The second set features some italic practice with dip pens and Diamine inks, using forms by Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls.

Enjoy! May these spark on more inspiration, feeding more projects.

Friday, June 2, 2017

plastic nibs

Ever wonder what to do with all the plastic water bottles piling up in our landfills and seeping into our oceans?

mountains of waste

Aside for packing them with more plastic and building your own earth house?

bullet proof, fire retardant, earthquake resistant

Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day weekend

In the US wonder |wander | world celebrates Memorial Day this weekend with inclement weather and storm alerts.


This year we cannot help but draw parallels between the bad weather and the turbulence of our times. All over the world it seems like things are blowing up and we have lost our grip on major fronts.

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May. On this day we honor the men and women who died while serving in the country's armed forces.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War, this became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.

Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

Stormy as this weekend may be we encourage all to carve out some peace for ourselves and share some loves as we hold our feasts and festivities with loved ones and strangers around the world.

This Memorial Day 2017, build good and long lasting memories we can all be proud of!

Friday, May 19, 2017

botanical illustrations

Our wonder | wander | world find for this week celebrates both the art and beauty of science, as well as the life and work of Maria Sibilla Merian17th century entomologist, artist, and adventurer.





In a time when women were corseted in limitations and had few options, Merian made her own profession.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Cassini's grand finale

The Cassini mission to Saturn is one of the most ambitious efforts in planetary space exploration ever mounted.



A joint endeavor of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian space agency, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI), Cassini is a sophisticated robotic spacecraft orbiting the ringed planet and studying the Saturnian system in detail.

After 13 memorable years, the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has entered its final dive, called "The Grand Finale".

Google commemorated the event in a doodle that celebrates the journey of the nearly 20-year-old spacecraft. Cassini has stayed in space these long years and is now beginning the last leg of its exploration journey.

According to NASA's website following the spacecraft, "Cassini will leap over the planet's icy rings and begin a series of 22 weekly dives between the planet and the rings" after a final close flyby of Titan.

The spacecraft, launched from Cape Canaveral in The US in 1997, is now running out of rocket fuel for its mission that will conclude on September 15 this year.

Friday, April 28, 2017

epigenetics on arbor day

wonder | wander | women at wonder | wander | world celebrate and honor two on going themes this month - happy days and science.

The Canlaon Wonder Tree is a 1,328 year old balete or banyan.

Happy Arbor Day! Hope you planted your tree or better yet many trees. 

While we are on the subject of green and growing, let us focus on science in general and epigenetics in particular. 

Say what? 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Happy Earth Day!

Google's doodle to celebrate Earth Day this year is both cute and informative.


Be kind and attentive to Mother Earth and Gaia will continue to take good care of us.


Enjoy Earth Day with these helpful tips!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Happy Birthday Mary Pickford!

America's quintessential sweetheart celebrates her birth anniversary today.

Happy Birthday Mary Pickford!


Pickford used her stature in the movie industry to promote a variety of causes.

Although her image depicted fragility and innocence,

Pickford proved to be a worthy businesswoman who took control of her career in a cutthroat industry.

A true hero - then and now.

Friday, March 31, 2017

elephant parade

We draw aside the curtain this month to give you a peek at wonder | wander | women's latest and favourite commission!

Our crowning glory framed in antiqued brushed chrome.

Friday, March 24, 2017

World Water Day

World Water Day 2017 photos. 

Adrift in a sea of trash.

Why waste water? 

Shut that tap! 

Recycle always. 

Help the planet. 

Be frugal. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Oei Katsushika : artist, daughter, Hokusai's keeper of secrets

We just celebrated International Women's Day [last March 8] and head into our month long observance of Women's History Month.

Here at wonder | wander | world we are focusing our continued gaze on art in general and women in particular.

Father-Daughter Collaboration

Especially in this one particular case, these famous words of Virginia Woolf, another accomplished artist, is all too true and quite sad.


We offer you the rare and unique O-Ei Katsushika Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter, and secret collaborator on many works of her famous father, Hokusai


Friday, March 3, 2017

bank on creativity

For this week's pick wonder | wander | world shines the spotlight on Jake Parker.

Master illustrator of loved books - Little Bot and Sparrow, Antler Boy, Missile Mouse, and SkyHeart.

Creator of Inktober and World Art Drop Day.


Jake Parker is a fountain of inspiration and hopefully yours as well now.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

new prints of Bill Mudron

Here is our wonder | wander | world pick of the week.

If Miyazaki was a pre-WWII Japanese wood print artist, here's what his characters might look like.

Studio Ghibli Characters Look Even Better in Traditional Japanese Wood-Cut Style


In a new series of posters from illustrator Bill Mudron, an alternate history is imagined - if beloved animator Hayao Miyazaki was born a half century earlier, he might have been a wood printer in the vein of shin-hanga print artist Kawase Hasui.

A marvelous mashup of Japanese cultural icons, casting peaceful settings from Miyazaki films like My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away, in Hasui's turn-of-the-century "new prints" style.

Enjoy!

Friday, February 17, 2017

you've been RAK'd

Happy National Random Acts of Kindness Day!

The Origin Story

Today actually kicks off the Random Acts of Kindness [RAK] Week.

A random act of kindness is a non-premeditated, inconsistent action designed to offer kindness towards the outside world.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

hearts afire

This Valentine Day, here at wonder | wander | world we sing this ode of love 💘


Yet another Hearts Afire historical icon is the 90s American sitcom starring the late great John Ritter at his ever relevant irreverent best.


Not to be mistaken with the Marian ministry site of the same name proudly touting "SHOP Mercy."


Plus our personal fave from 188 Galerie - be my Valentine!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Celebrating Black History Month 2017

February is when we celebrate awareness of African Americans and their contributions to civilization.

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.


After eight years of stellar Black History Month celebrations with the Obamas, we get this dud from Trump's first. 

Here at wonder |wander | world we choose to celebrate all of humanity in all our glory. 



Let freedom reign! 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

painting with computers: digital art

In our college days, computers were just coming into their own as essential art tools. The most in-depth classes we had were Intro to Mac and Web Design. Now there's a stunning range of techniques available for illustrators and animators, and we're teaching ourselves from scratch. Here are some of our favourite resources!

The Oatley Academy

Thursday, January 19, 2017

kitsch bliss

Ever since we spied our first little mermaid in the window display of a Lladro shop wonder | wander | women have proudly flown our freak flag for kitsch.


Snuff bottles, snow globes, glass paper weights, marbles and tiny porcelain figures are among our wonder | wander | world favorites.

Friday, January 13, 2017

our week's inspiration

Inspired Speeches


Watch President Obama's farewell speech here.


Then there was the stellar speech of greatly beloved Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes 2017.


Unbelievable shining examples of the grandeur of being human in their sheer authenticity and drive.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

YOGA | East & West

With the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6, the holidays have officially come to a close for those of us who keep to a western calendar.


For those of us who incorporate eastern practices into our lives, we still have the big bang of Chinese New Year to look forward to this January 28.


After all the holiday feasting it was great to get started once again on some yoga here at wonder | wander | world.