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Moleskine Art Plus Sketch Album. Made for Instagram.

The need to share

Sketching is one of my “me-time” activity. An activity that re-charges me. I am a level 0-1 sketcher (in other word: amateurish). The only ones that appreciate my “art” are my very supportive wife and 3 year-old-daughter. They often shower me with praise and squeals of delight when I proudly present my sketches. That is enough for me. Enough to spurt me on to create my next masterpiece. So I can deeply understand how important it is that you as an artist, is able to share your masterpieces easily and in their full glory to people that really matters to you. By sharing, you get feedback to improve. You get encouragement to go on.

Just Sketch

The lightweight Moleskine Sketch Album comes in pocket size and 72 rounds (I mean 72 pages). Stuff this into your pocket with a hardy sketching tool (consider a LAMY fountain Pen) and you are ready to take on any beautiful scenes that assaults you. Sketchers don’t have to be blogged down with heavy tools and instruments. Its an impromptu activity. You sketch when you see a vision so beautiful. You sketch when an idea strikes. You sketch when you feel like it. Anytime.

Just share

Instagram has quickly become a strong platform for artist to share their creation. Much is attributed to its convenience and simplicity. Also, the square format works. Giving each memory shared a retro, polaroid feel. So instant, so impromptu.

The pages of the Moleskine Sketch Album is square in dimension. Same as the default Instagram frame. This means that everything you sketch on it is Instagram-ready. Share your work in its full glory with no cropping needed. Sketch with sharing in mind, with community and connectedness in mind.

The Moleskine Sketch Album. Made for Instagram.

Part of a larger family

The Moleskine Sketch Album comes in pocket and large size. The perfect way to begin a lifestyle of frequent expressions through sketching. It is part of a larger family of creativity tools called Moleskine Art Plus that Moleskine has created for us. Check out the video here and click in to our Moleskine collection to find the perfect sketch book for yourself.

 

 

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Bauhaus Design Principles. A Paradigm Shift in art and design

Like the Impressionist movement that preceded it, the Bauhaus movement caused a paradigm shift in art and design. Revolutionary and radical for its time, the philosophy of the Bauhaus movement has left a notable legacy. Modern design is still influenced by the Bauhaus movement today and the design principles of modern graphic and industrial design can be traced back to the Bauhaus movement.

Form follows function

First founded by Walter Gropius in 1919, Gropius established the Bauhaus School in Weimar, which translates to “building house” in German. The school had a strong focus on design and practicality, where one of their basic tenets was “form follows function”. The syllabus integrated art and design theory such as colour theory, and composition with practical skills such as woodwork and glassmaking, emphasising the linkage between theory and practice. The movement dissolved the distinction between fine and applied arts, regarding both as essential components of good design. By removing the elitism associated with fine art and implementing pedagogical techniques that favoured collaboration and community rather than competition was a revolutionary concept for its time.

Clean, efficient design that can be easily reproduced

The school emphasised the importance of simple, geometric designs which could be more efficiently produced and manufactured. This was done through their building construction courses which involved a great amount of practical and hands-on work. This instilled in the students, an appreciation for clean, efficient design that can be easily reproduced. The syllabus was taught by many influential people including notable artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Oskar Schlemmer.

Golden age

In 1925, Gropius moved the school to Dessau and here the school entered its golden age. In this time, the architecture department was established, finally including all forms of design under the Bauhaus movement. The feature image is the Bauhaus Building designed by Walter Gropius. It was built in 1925-26.

Gropius resigned in 1928 and Hannes Meyer became the new director of the school. During this time, the school won two building projects and the school finally became profitable in 1929. Meyer and his ideological beliefs caused tension within the school and as a result many instructors were forced to resign. Meyer was fired in 1930 and was replaced by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

1933

After the move to Berlin in 1932, the school faced under-resourcing, the rise of the Nazis, and political pressure. As a result, the school was closed in 1933. After the school’s closure, its members dispersed around the world. Many went to Tel Aviv, and as a result, much of the city’s architecture was heavily influenced by the Bauhaus movement. Mies van der Rohe went on to became Director of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology. While Gropius became an instructor at the Graduate School of Design under Harvard University.

The Bauhaus legacy lives on in modern design principles and its influence can be seen in everyday life. From the modern glass skyscrapers to the humble LAMY fountain pens.

Bauhaus has shaped the way we live, play, and work. Interspersed and woven into our lives, we interact and use the Bauhaus design philosophies everyday.


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