Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Jozik release

I've finally finished the design for the new release on Jozik records. It was our first try on releasing something we don't participate ourselves in. The release is a split cassette with a Russian artist Earth Incubator on one side and a Norwegian duo Bjerga/Iversen on the other.

This was the first time we tried that kind of cassette stickers. They look good, but next time i would rather use them on the colored cassettes. As for those transparent cassettes, i should try spray-painting them next time.

I drew the pattern for the stickers with black pen and markers and scanned it.

The boxes are made from textured carton i got from a stationary shop. I've just cut out some cassette-wide straps from it, folded them in right places and glued the edges together. The most fun part was (and still is) painting them with watercolor. I just love the process of making those crazy patterns with lots of water and many colors mixing into one another. I also love how each box is unique even though they all have the same design.

We'll post the info about the release on the Jozik site in a few days when we have some more copies ready and they will be available for order.

Monday, November 22, 2010


A squirrel came over to our window to say hi to Notka.

And the weather changed a lot since my last post. I am so happy about the snow, and so is Notka. She almost doesn't leave the window, watching the snow falling all the time.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

DIY camera filters

I've been doing quite a lot of photographing recently. Having a big desire of experimenting i took transparencies, scissors and all kinds of markers i could find and went crazy. I ended up with lots of handmade camera filters.

Today morning i went out to try how they work. I tried them on my digital camera this time, so that i know how the result looks before i try it on film.

Here is the original shot:

And the results:

For the red and blue filters i used permanent markers, and they surely look darker and smoother. The pink one is the highlighter. All the others are made just with regular Stabilo markers, they left lots of bubbles, and the color on the images was not so smooth. But they all are fun to play with. Gonna be using them with film from now on! 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


I've been quite lazy recently and haven't really made anything to show and write about. There is a new tape cover design waiting to be finished, but since the blank tapes are still on their way, i wasn't really in a hurry to complete the design. I also got lots of woolen thread from some sweaters i bought on sale in a second hand shop, so i have a knitting project coming up.

But for now, check out some old photos from a film i accidentally found somewhere in my house couple of days ago and got back from a photo lab only today. I have no idea how i forgot about this film (it's two years old!)

Nikon FE10

Nikon FE10    Nikon FE10

Nikon FE10
Looks like i've been really into lights those days.

There was also the only intentional "series of photos" i've ever done. If you can call two photos a series :)

Nikon FE10
Nikon FE10

Actually, nowadays i've been thinking on some kind of new way of sharing photos on this blog. I find the "Here are the best photos from my last roll" kind of blogging quite boring, at least when i do it myself. So i'm trying to come up with some kind of a photo diary or something. Got one idea from someone, but that will require lots of photographing, which is fun but expensive. So i will be grateful for more ideas or examples.