Since Vimeo kindly chose us as a Staff Pick and put us on their front page (as well as tweeting their 121,855 followers gasp) the video Peter Bellerby – The Globemaker has spread far and wide. We are up to 35,500 views!! We are humbled by the response and positive feedback.
The short film has been shared on twitter over 100 times. It has been written about by Huh. Magazine, Devour.com, The Worlds Best Ever, Thosewhomake.com, South Africa’s Cherry Flava, The Documentary Network, Mental Floss, Artnau, Little Green Footballs,
Curiosités de Titam (for our French readers), and the brilliantly named Socks on an Octopus in New York to name a few. Wahhay.
Perhaps you have a lesser quality globe that needs a new lease on life? Trade it in for a newer model (ahhemm we can recommend some great ones that don’t fall apart) … but don’t go tossing that old one.
Here are some ideas and overall favourites.
5. Half a globe becomes a genius planter for flowers. Either a hanging basket or else on a base indoor or out.
4. Chalk Board Globes …. imagine the world how you want to. Chalk paint is fun and easy.
3. A jaunty hat.
2. A cheesy sentimental up-cycled gift to a loved one. With or without cliche quote. I’m a fan of mapping out places you’ve been or places you want to go.
1. We love love love these ceiling lamps!! Major want.
We were approached by Cabnine Films a few months ago who produced this really lovely short film.
We had not realised it was available online yet so were excited to stumble upon this morning! Check it out, it is a really beautifully shot film as well as an interesting portrait of Peter Bellerby and the globe-making process.
We are excited again to be part of the Big Egg Hunt. This time it is in one of our very favourite cities … New York!
Progress is already underway at Bellerby & Co and we think it is looking gorgeous.
Check out http://www.thebigegghunt.co.uk/ – and we will update you again with details in the new year!
The Guardian dropped in on our studio to see our old school methods.
A few weeks back, we battled the London springtime elements (which resembled more an arctic freeze), and made our way down to Central London. The Stephen Friedman Gallery to be precise, for the opening of Yinka Shonibare’s (MBE) solo show POP! Commenting through sculpture, the exhibition plays with overindulgent use of power, which has perhaps lead to our current economic crisis. In Yinka’s typical direct style, we see mannequins with brightly coloured batik outfits, witty stances, and of course the Bellerby globes as heads!
All photo credit: Steven Friedman Gallery
The series we worked on is called “Champagne Kids”, and formed a whole section of the exhibition, leading onto a ‘Last Supper’ style banker’s table, brazen headless mannequins and painted fabric panels. We were really honoured to contribute to a a show exploring a social, current issue, which challenges the way our generations are suffering now, due to years of the bank’s extravagant behaviour, using humour and suggestive symbolism.
As we were sent flat graphs and charts, our team set to work morphing them into gores and intricately pasting them onto our mini globes. The charts marked the financial crash of 2008, focusing on the Lehman Brothers, Tokyo, Irish, Spanish and Greek Stock Exchange, and the finished globes sat upon indulgent, ironic party mannequins, seen below hanging, rocking and pouring champagne.
All photo credit: Steven Friedman Gallery
The result is super interesting, well structured and thought provoking, and we would recommend you to visit the show if you’re in London, it’s on until 20th April.
The Steven Friedman Gallery 28 Old Burlington Street, London W1S 3AN, open Mondays – Saturdays. More info here.
Check out our Curve globe from the 80 Series, which was requested on set with none other than the legendary Sir David Attenborough on the Alan Titchmarsh show on ITV (A UK chat show). You can really see the size and scale of the piece sitting next to the two gents. And by the way, how amazing is Sir DA? We just want him to be our adopted grandad, and tell us stories for hours. Wonder if he can be swayed with globe bribes….
From a frosty London studio, crammed with radiators and heaters we write our first blog post of the year. Festivities seem long forgotten now, but we are still eating Christmas cake and a few left over chocolates here at the globemakers, and the weather certainly reflects the wintery mood – it’s set to snow all weekend, much to the excitement of Meredith our in-house artist who wants to build a snowman on our roof.
We’re very excited to say that 2013 has so far been a busy one. Plentiful orders are keeping us busy, with grand new globe plans to be unveiled in the near future. Keep your eyes peeled!
In the meanwhile you can see our artist edition globes as we have just added them to the site. They are truly beautiful pieces, and absolutely stunning up close, when you can really appreciate the craftsmanship and detail. See more photos here.
One of our new year’s resolutions is to write a blog update every 2 weeks. As well as to drink red wine by the fire in the winter, white wine in the sunshine in the summer, and a nice hearty beer in the autumn. It’s going to be a good year! See you in a few weeks. x