Kuvva x Little Printer

Apart from the gallery, we have another extension of Kuvva in the physical world: Little Printer. This cute little fellow was created by Berg – a studio specialised in making cloud services for hardware innovation. Since its birth, Little Printer has received lots of attention from the press (like Domus) and was nominated for Designs of the Year 2013 at the Design Museum in London. It is not only family-friendly for easy usage, but also nerd-friendly with built-in smart technology as part of “The Internet of Things“. That’s why our Kuvva team have embraced this cutie so much.

We are working with our talented artists to create very special artworks just for this platform. Little Printer’s minimal setting proves to be a fun challenge for the artists, since they have very limited space, cannot use colors or too complicated details. It’s a test of storytelling and communication within technical modesty. Guess what? The artists say they love it!

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Thanks to our friends at Berg, we are going to have a new artwork by Kuvva’s featured artists delivered personally to you every week. Just subscribe to Kuvva’s publication and voila! A nice artwork gets printed right in your hand from the adorable little machine.

Check out how to get one or more Little Printer and subscribe to Kuvva’s publication here.

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*Photo courtesy of Delfino Sisto Legnani

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

Kuvva x Little Printer

IlustraTour 2014

There is one thing in Spain next week that can’t be missed: the international illustration festival IlustraTour at Valladolid. Starting in 2008, IlustraTour has attracted many renown illustrators and built up high-quality workshops, seminars, exhibitions and many more. Familiar names all over the illustration world can be found here, such as Alex Mathers, Chris Haughton, Nobrow, and Oliver Jeffers who was featured in our Kuvva collection.

This year, one of our featured artists on the new Kuvva platform – Ricardo Cavolo –  is also part of the bandwagon. He will run the seminar “The mountain of drawings” and the workshop “A portrait, a history, a life”.

Ricardo owns passion. He has relentlessly worked on almost everything that is visual: illustrated books, graphic novels, album covers, fashion brands, and murals. His style is unique. Its power, vibrant colours and inner stories within every image are remarkable.

This diverse hub of IlustraTour with more than 70 illustration publishing houses from all over the world promises an intensive and exciting time to come. It’s definitely a great place to kick off your summer!

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

IlustraTour 2014

Rop van Mierlo at Frame store

I first learnt about Rop van Mierlo through his book featuring gorgeous illustrations of wild animals. I completely fell in love with it. The simplicity and spontaneity of wet-on-wet watercolour technique in the artwork are purely brilliant. The absorptive nature of rough paper allows the watercolours to freely move and blend to create genuinely organic shapes, fur-like outlines, and interesting shades of colours.

From this amazing technique, a bunch of adorable, wildly wild animals were born. Rop’s first book was warmly welcomed by children and adults alike and it got the Dutch Design Award 2011.

In 2014, Rop van Mierlo launched the second book called “Some Logic”, which goes in the same direction exploring the very genuine way he perceives animals. I was (of course) at the book launch and saw lots of appreciation for these new illustrations.

Now he teams up with his close friend Kim van de Veerdonk to design an exclusive bag for the new Frame store. Yes, it’s the Frame magazine that has grown with its own store at the historic Felix Meritis building. This is a foursome collaboration between the big four F’s: Felix (the building), Frame, Foam and Foyer.

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Rop van Mierlo’s bags feature five pandas in his signature watercolour technique and they are only available in 50 pieces. I like that the bag can be used inside out or outside in. Accompanying the bag launch is the exhibition of his original works made for “Some Logic”.

Pay a visit to Rop and his super awesome artwork at:

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Felix&Foam building (1st floor)

Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam

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Rop van Mierlo at Frame store

Job, Joris & Marieke

This week we’re super excited to feature a new set of selected scenes from the amazing animation studio Job, Joris & Marieke. You’re right, that’s the name of the three animators. They were classmates at Design Academy Eindhoven, and now they co-run a successful studio that works on illustration, animation, character design and music. Many of their shorts got awarded and recognised like the “Staff Pick” from Vimeo.

I like it a lot that everything they animate is just so lively and full of cuteness. Their stories range from two monsters jamming together, getting into a quarrel and trying to make up to Manfred the yeti who did his best to go camping although bad luck seemed to follow him nonstop. And here is a love story of a boy and a girl from their childhood to their passing (the lyric’s in Dutch, but most of it is the chorus “I take you with me”)

Sure they look very adorable with the bulky, miniature-like appearance. More than that, I really like the dark humour in the stories. It reminds me of a hint of Roald Dahl and an overtone of Tim Burton. Job, Joris & Marieke’s characters are unique, of course, with their signature wiggly movements that never cease to captivate our attention. Check out one of their latest 3D animation for Job’s musical project Happy Camper!

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

Job, Joris & Marieke