31 December 2010

a new year

Tomorrow it's january, that feels a little strange. December this year has been just like you would like a december to be, snowy and calm.
Yesterday the fog had left all the trees covered in white crystals, so I forces Robert to take his shirt of and pose for me in the beautiful winter landscape.

Happy new year everyone! And thank all of you who take the time to peak in at ulicam now and then. It means the world to me.

See you next year - Uli

29 December 2010

Calendar, January

Illustration for January from my calendar 2011.

28 December 2010

Jewelry/chocolate rabbit box

The tea rat I made for my dad was made of such hard wood that it took me days to get a shape out of it. So when I made my last gift for my sister, I asked the workshop dudes what the best lightweight yet dark wood was. And so I ended up with mahogany! The head and the paws are of mahogany, a really really light material, almost sandy.
Right now it's filled with cognac chocolate truffles but it's meant to be a jewelry box (with a Alice in wonderland feel).

27 December 2010

Japanese tea rat


Christmas gift to my dad.

25 December 2010

Vasaräv

Christmas gift to my mother. A vasa-fox. Since my mum skied the tjejvasa last year and will again this year.
Made in my schools workshop.

22 December 2010

Winterbreak


How nice is it with winter break? So nice. I feel my body coming back to life. Not going to school can really make you happy. And, it sucks to say, but school has been really boring this semester. Boring and stressful. No project has been fun. The thought of dropping out has crossed my mind more than once. I see all these teenage-blogger girls who have their own business and earn money by taking really simple (and sometimes really bad) photos for people. And then I'm like...whaaaae, I could do that!
And I will....eh eh eh. I have too. But I'm not dropping out. However I think it's time to think about putting myself out there more, even if it's just simple things like wedding and family photos. But I feel like I really need some tips on were to start. What comes first?
First came the egg and then the chicken.

18 December 2010

14 December 2010

greenhouse in winter



Warm greenhouses, empty of people, in the middle of town are real treasures during the winter.
Look at that bird in the last picture, in swedish it's called a vakel. Do you get more round than that? Haha, look at it... that's a real TOTT!

13 December 2010

School project: handtool



So then, what is this???
What has Uli designed?
Is it some useless shit?
Maybe.

It's a flashlight / night lamp made for children and nerdy design collectors.
It doesn't run on batteries but is charged up by hand. There is actually quit a lot of hand-chargeable flashlights on the market right now. And it makes sense. You don't have to charge it a very long time. I bought a really cheap one a while ago... it shone for over 3 hours after I charged it for like... 8 seconds.
So either you use it as a flashlight (for indoor use mostly) or you charge it up and leave by the bed as a nightlight.
Robert was a real sweetheart and helped me with making the 3D-models (bottom pictures). Top picture is of the model from the workshop. Body material is wood. Cone is from a indian tonic bottle.
I'm not completely satisfied with how it turned out, there are still a lot I'm not sure about concerning it's shape, color and material.

11 December 2010

Kissemiss


Last two days of school is coming up. Then I'll be rolling around like a worm all day, just like Lollo.
Maybe I'll do an actual photo shoot too? Wouldn't that be nice.

10 December 2010

Bottle


This animation is so so so so sweet. Please see all of it, even if you think it's a bit slow in the beginning :) This is a real inspiration for us who love stop motion.

06 December 2010

Snowanimal

After a long walk through the snowy forest and a big bowl of pumpkin soup, me and Robert thought it was time to build a snow animal, since the snow was finally moist enough.
It's face had some problems, at first Robert made it and I started to complain that it was too scary. So I gave it a weird-looking hat and tried to change the nose a little... and then it sort of looked like a weird old lady animal. So we made the nose bigger... and then it looked like it had a beak. The kids living next door came out and said "Look at the sword!". That's not right. Robert went home and I changed the face a last time... so now it's an elephant thingie with a hat? Maybe?
It's really big, if you stand on it's back you reach up to it's hat :)

Here's my snow animals from last winter, they died after one day :(

05 December 2010

29 November 2010

Giants by Robert


Paintings by Robert Grafström

So, I think it's about time to show you just how talented my boyfriend is! These two paintings of giants might be my favorites. Robert often paints darker and more "monster"-like things... and since I like rabbits and fairytales more than monsters I really like it when he makes things that could fit into fairytales :)
I really like how the clouds on the upper picture are all round and soft, just like the giants beards and skin. And also the way the red sky looks so harmonic.

I hope to see another giant soon to this series Robert!
I'm really lucky to be in a relationship with someone who also has a strong interest in art, then we can both agree on turning the attic into a studio when we move in together ;)
(I'd love a studio like Camilla and Elisabeth)

26 November 2010

Christmas fair



On sunday it's time for the christmas fair, I will be selling the objects you can see above. Wooden foxes, the calendar - in a small and big size, and some linen aprons (hand painted).
Let's hope I'll get something sold, it's always hard to know what people want to buy. Well alright, mostly people just want to buy what's cheapest, but let's hope they're willing to spend a little more since it's christmas ;)

22 November 2010

Le hérisson




Yesterday I saw a wonderful movie with my mum, Le hérisson, which means the hedgehog. I was supposed to read the book while me and Robert were in Thailand, but I never got to it. I'm a really sucky reader. I can get through children's books.... but real stuff for adults, that's always harder. Rather silly I suppose. When I find a book that I really like I don't mind spending days reading it. But I have to really like it. From the start. I hate when people say, the first 100 pages are a bit slow... why do they have to be slow? I think I watch to much films and read to little. Does anyone know a blog that reviews and writes about books?

The book aside, the movie was really great (especially if you're an esthetic person living in your own little world). It's always cozy to go to the cinema on a sunday and sit in the smallest saloon with just 5 rows.

20 November 2010

Problems

Korpus illustration for december 2011

Hello hello. Woah, everything was supposed to go so smoothley with the calendar this year, but it sure hasn't. First of the people who printed the calendar made a whole mess of the situation and were quit rude and unprofessional to me at the end. At first I was so happy to find a good printing company, but now I doubt I'll use them again. I hate when I feel like a little girl in a men's world. I wan't to stand there and say "You did wrong, you have to give me a discount!"... and instead I end up saying "...why are you so mad at me?(buhu).."
And then I'm having problems with paypal, with receiving the money from the people who live abroad that bought the calendar. Transactions keep failing and money keeps disappearing. Like my boyfriend said, I too could have a company that takes money and pisses people off.
Also, the christmas fair to which I maid the calendars for, seems to get a little smaller this year because so many people have dropped out.
So nothing is uphill right know. Maybe it will be soon. Let's hope so.

17 November 2010

The flight of the conchords


Anyone else who loves the flight of the conchords?
Watching that show gives me a light happy feeling. And Bret and Jemain (who play Bret and Jemain) are so far off from any other traditional boring hollywood people. You can't find a single good interview with these guys because no hollywood interviewer knows what to do with them. They simply don't care about selling themselves out. If I've gotten it right they're on a time off now, Jemain says that he wants to move next to Bret back in Wellington in New Zeeland and eat danish and talk about stuff.

12 November 2010

little valley





Here are some samples from the light installation we did for an assignment in school. Heh, the video is not great, however, it was the only one our teacher wanted to see twice, so it couldn't have been that bad. (Ok, so it was the teachers assistant.... still counts!)

11 November 2010

Christmas Fair

Hello everyone, if you live in Lund you should visit the christmas fair that we design students will have on the 28th of november. I will sell my calendar and some wood foxes.
Is it hard to tell who drew the poster?
Because if it is, I'll give you a hint: the name sounds like olly.

Tomorrow we have a light installation presentation. We've been working all day with the photo presentations and now I almost wanted to lay down and cry(almost did) because I simply COULDN'T get the filmed material into the computer, and the cameras manual says nothing about how to connect the shit with the computer. Luckily, I tried it on my MacBook instead and then it worked. However, when I edit photos or film I want to sit by the big iMac screen... but no no that won't be possible. So now I'm blogging on the iMac, searching through my musiclibrary on the old Macbook, and downloading the filmed material into my new Macbook. I feel like a macnerd. However, I don't feel like a connecting-camera-with-computer nerd.

09 November 2010

Calendar 2011



Here is the first print of the Korpus calendar!
This time I'm letting a print publisher take care of the printing, but I'll still have to bind them myself. Two years ago when I made my first calendar it was so much work printing them all and I think I lost more money than I gained. The paper and ink was ridiculously expensive. But hopefully things will float along more smoothly this year :)

I'm selling the small calendar ( ≈ 15x30 cm) for 150 SEK
and a bigger one (≈ 21x42 cm) for 250 SEK

The small calendar is on the picture above. The color of the paper will be light brown-ish.
If anyone wants to PRE-ORDER a calendar please do so :) Just send me an e-mail:

ulricake@gmail.com

It's really good if I know as soon as possible so that I can change my order to the printers.
There will also be a shipping cost (unless you're able to come to the christmas fair here in Lund on the 28th of november and buy it yourself), depending on were in the world you live. More informations about this will come later.

Now you're only an email away from having little Korpus on your wall all throughout 2011!

02 November 2010

A wonderful calendar is on its way

Soooooo, two weeks vacation helped me to draw enough new Korpus images to make a new calendar for 2011. And although you might have the one for 2009 and say "So? That one was ugly." I can only say that the new one will be at least 10 times better. For every year I learn something new while drawing this little character.
All I have to do now is find the right paper... I don't like Korpus being printed on plain white paper, I want 220 gram paper in a brown/yellowish tone. But the little city I live in don't seem to have anything. Hopefully I'll find something that'll work in the end, I want to sell the calendar on our schools christmas fair which is in less than four weeks.

To the fashion fans



This video was very unlike what Rihanna usually does. Hah..it's so sweet and pink. Anyway, I wanted to post it since I thought that every scene was like from a fashion shoot and that the color rendering was kinda cool (although the firework thing is rather stupid ;)
What do you think?

31 October 2010

Home sweet home


Ah, it is nice to be back home! Fresh cool air and yellow autumn leaves :)
I don't have a lot of awesome photos from the trip (except from me and Robert goofing around) but I'm sure I can find some silly monkey pictures to post.
Meanwhile, look what I found in the mail back at home! It seem I'm featured in the swedish FOTO magazine. It's funny, I wanted to send in my photos in the "young photographer" section in this magazine when I was like 14 years old... now I did it 8 years later. Heh, not as young anymore. Still not very old I guess. Well, it was a fun surprise anyway!

18 October 2010

I'm on vacation

Hi everyone, me and Robert are going away to Thailand for 2 weeks so the blog will rest a little.
See you soon!

13 October 2010

Matthew Albanese



If you haven't heard of mr Albanese before you might think that these are real landscapes. But they're actually made by hand.
I would love to make my own little landscape to get away too, these past days haven't been all that. School is driving my crazy. I'm drawing little people hanging themselves in my notebooks.
You can see how Matthew makes his landscapes here. And more photos of the landscapes here.

11 October 2010

06 October 2010

Red sheets


I thought it was time to go out to my favorite little place to shoot another self-portrait. Gosh, there are so many fun things I can do by myself now that I've got a portable self trigger. I'v got my boyfriend to thank for that :)

Arthur Rackham


Illustrations by Arthur Rackham
I found the old book about Peter Pan at the library, about how he became Peter Pan. Off course, I never got the time to read it, but I had the time to look at the pictures and come to the conclusion that Arthur Rackham is a very good artist indeed :)