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Primarily inspired by the ocean, visual artist EOIN’s works usually revolve around the imagery and motion of vast bodies of water and the art of surfing, but is starting to cast a wider net to capture the vivid emotions evoked by the human eye juxtaposed against either urban, abandoned, or natural environments.

EOIN manages to combine the two worlds – that of the man-made and that of the natural environment – into a landscape that both illustrates creation and erosion. I really love the works that involve the eyes, due to the fact that they invite you to open yours and let the windows to the soul interact with the world that surrounds.

To find out more about EOIN, and see more of their work, check out their website.

Playing with nature is Jim Denevan’s favourite hobby – he surfs, he’s a chef and he’s a well-known sand artist. Simply using a driftwood stick and a few rakes, he creates enormous majestic geometric designs on the flat expanse of the beach. The greatest part is that his work is entirely improvised – he just begins with a centre point and works his way outwards, creating large spirals and perfect circles until he’s covered most of the area. Much of his work is entirely interactive, springing forth from a series of strategic movements – like a dance with nature – and inviting the public to explore the space when they are completed. These beautiful works are temporary though – the tides wash them clean away in stages as they were created, and so the cycle begins anew. He has also branched off into working with snow-and-ice-covered terrain and I can’t wait to see more!

To see more of Denevan’s designs, visit his website.

There is also an interesting article in which he speaks to GQ about his work.

Portugese artist Paulo Arraiano (aka Yup), is a well-known illustrator and magazine Art Director (Slang Magazine, Magnolia Magazine), who has dabbled in several other mediums and has accumulated quite a huge portfolio of work over the years, that includes street art, a clothing line (Palm urban wear), vinyl toys (Speakerdog toy for fellow Infectious artist Ben The Illustrator), CD packaging and iPhone cases, and even a teaching position at the Restart School of Creativity and New Technologies in Lisbon. Whatever medium he chooses, his intuitively distinctive style cascades throughout most of his work, which he amusingly describes as “supafreakyfunny creatures from distant worlds and realities who are invited to be placed in all mediums possible, from digital to walls, clothing, street, toys, skateboards, music, galleries…”. In short, he crosses all platforms and transcends all avenues of articulation with his modes of self-expression.

His art poses many working contradictions – mirroring dualities that exist all around us, such as the one between nature and the urban landscape, as well as the natural vs. the artificial, and he manages to strike a balance between the two. His message is one of exploding positivity, and a celebration of life and evolution. His whole life has been dedicated to the pursuit of artistic expression, having grown up riding skateboards and being influenced by the aggressive, often rebellious spontaneity of urban culture. Juxtapose this with his love of the harmonious fluidity of surfing and Jamaican rhythms, and you have a perfect symbiosis that forms the basis of his creativity. Yup is endlessly pushing towards an evolution of energy, symbiosis, and motion – searching for the ultimate balance between the primitive, simplicity of nature and the complex, artificial, and abstract urban world – to get to the root of all that is.

Yup’s got so many projects and clients under his belt, there’s just not enough hours in the day to talk about them all. Instead, check out more of his stuff on his website.

 

Wow! Can’t believe I’ve gotten to 100 posts already! Time sure flies!

Manufacturing products often involves using non-renewable materials and harsh chemicals that exacerbate ecological destruction, which is why many companies are converting to other means to produce their wares. Global Surf Industries has discovered a new way to manufacture their surfboards so that they create less of an impact on the environment using coconut husk fibres to produce some of the fastest, lightest and strongest boards on the market today. They’re about 3-4 pounds lighter than original epoxy boards and have an innovative new design.

To manufacture their surfboards, they use the discarded fibres that are cast off from local crops that are self-sustaining. What’s more, is that these crops are in the vicinity of the manufacturing facility, so they cut down on any unnecessary freight and travel expenditures. The husks only require a minimal amount of processing before they can be used, and they are laid between multiple layers of fibreglass in a random pattern to reinforce the structure of the fibreglass laminate and create a unique look for each board. No two are the same!

These surfboards include the small Fish (around 6’4″), which is a great choice for rough conditions, and has a very squat shape, causing it to retain stability, which is otherwise lost if it had any extra length. The longer the board, the heavier they get, but when you’re talking about Coco Mat boards, the stand-up paddle boards and longboards weigh much less than the traditional surfboards – as much as four pounds lighter – which makes all the difference when you’re out there.

Soon to be released (March 2012) – the NSP Coco Mat boards will be available in specialty shops and online. Check out Global Surf Industries website for more info or check out the links below:

The 10’0″ NSP Coco Mat SUP

The NSP Coco Mat Race SUP

The 7’2″ Coco Mat Funshape

The NSP Coco Mat Fish

The NSP Coco Mat Longboards

Also be sure to check out The Seaglass Project, Tom Wegener’s new line of finless surfboards. What I wouldn’t give to live near the ocean… Surf’s up!
I’ve always loved the look of vintage surf posters – old and new. The colours, the simplified, almost-woodcut lines. So classic. Makes me want to buy a longboard and get out on the reef! I would love to be able to design any kind of board one day – surf, skate, snow, you name it. I’ve always been a big fan of board sports and culture.

 
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