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Aug 30, 2013

Design / Art
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Pete Fowler ‘The Needle and The Damage Done’
Yes, the show’s title makes a reference to Neil Young’s 1972 track.

I recently did some stitch embroidery work with the World of Sama. The black and white pieces were a truly hit so they may be part of my new collection. As a big fan of Pete Fowler‘s work (and stitch embroidery, obviously), I wish I could see his show! ‘The Needle and The Damage Done’ is a body of new and original cross-stitch embroidery made during 2013. Colourful and psychedelic pieces, featuring Fowler’s traditionally outlandish juxtapostion of subject matter; Landscapes, UFO’s, Sailors, Roadies, Synths and Owls eschew the craft-like subject matter one would normally associate with the medium. 1/8/13 – 1/9/13 Beach London Gallery 20 Cheshire St, London, E2 6EH http://www.beachlondon.co.uk/




Sep 3, 2012

Music
Works / Projects

Martial Solal and Sidney Bechet have been samazed!

I like to draw some Sama everywhere I can. On a piece of paper, on photos, on CD covers… You can see some on them on this post: When I heard Hugh “Peanuts” Whalum, I closed my eyes… and on this one: Dianne Reeves: Good vibes, and Good work. This time I chose Sidney Bechet / Martial Solal Quartet Complete recordings. As a huge fan of Martial Solal, I had to samazed him ‘on the fly’, in the literal sense of the word. Plus I think it would make a perfect piece for the ‘Pimp My Jazz’ contest by Radio TSF Jazz. Don’t you think? 😉 Talking about Jazz, I’m working on this new project I will soon unveil. Some of you have been asking about it and now there is a clue right before your eyes! ^_^  




Nov 30, 2011

Works / Projects

da-eYe is growing a moustache for Movember!

Earlier today, the people @SamaGazette tweeted: ‘Geez, we just realized da-eYe is growing a moustache for @Movember! http://www.da-eye.com/movember/ Next year we’ll do it too, we are too late now… 🙂‘. da-eYe was indeed growing a moustache for Movember, to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. “During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.” You can see a picture da-eYe and his moustache on his webiste. But the most interesting part of that tweet is that the Sama Team said they will grow a moustache next year. And I can’t wait to see that! 🙂




Aug 31, 2011

Works / Projects

da-eYe: the ‘Sea, Sex and Sun’ postcard

While some people were hard at work during this Summer, some others seemed to have had a pretty good time. No need to look too far, our dear friend #da-eYe had a wonderful Summer break as he took some vacation at the beach (no word on the location though). As you can see on the postcard he sent me and I recevied on the last day of August, he enjoyed the beach (and most of all the sand) and the sun but he apparently also had another activity like the four three-word message suggests… Or maybe it was once again to pay homage to Serge Gainsbourg‘s famous song? Anyway, we don’t want to know all the details of da-eYe’s private life (really, you don’t) but we know one thing for sure: a big event will take place very soon and we already know he will be celebrating the way it should be. And you will…Read more




Mar 31, 2011

Music
Works / Projects

da-eYe is back on the wall of Serge Gainsbourg’s house

da-eYe is back rue de Verneuil. But this time, virtually. When Serge Gainsbourg died on 2 March 1991 of a heart attack, I was among the ones who came at his home rue de Verneuil in Paris and wrote or drew graffiti on the outer wall of Serge Gainsbourg’s house. I drew a da-eYe and it was one of the last time I did. I have always considered Gainsbourg as one of the best (if not the best) French singer-songwriter. It was a great loss. I could mention several of the many songs he wrote, from ‘Le Poinçonneur des Lilas‘ to ‘Love on the Beat‘, ‘Valse de Melody‘ and of course the reggae version of the French national anthem ‘La Marseillaise‘, and so many unforgettable other songs… But what I’m the most interested in is his paintings. Even if he never become a renown painter, I’m sure he expressed some…Read more




Feb 28, 2011

Works / Projects

da-eYe: looking for Banksy at the 2011 Oscars

No one showed in a monkey mask at the Oscars. Many people were hoping ‘anonymous’ British street artist Banksy would show last night (his film ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop‘ was nominated for Best Documentary Feature) but he didn’t. Or maybe he was there and we didn’t recognize him. As you may already know, da-eYe was born in the mid-Eighties and his roots come from Graffiti. He loves Hollywood stars (with a preference for Brunette actresses…) and he is a fan of Banksy; no wonder why he came all the way to Los Angeles to meet with the street artist. With no positive results, I’m afraid… But apparently, someone bombed the wall behind da-eYe to avoid any ambiguity, telling us ‘He’s not Banksy’, the arrow pointing at da-eYe’s head. No Banksy then but our one-eyed guy enjoyed the after parties. A lot. No pictures available, sorry! (In fact, we are…Read more




Jan 31, 2011

Works / Projects

da-eYe strikes the Wendy Brandes Pose — Literally

2011 is ‘da-year’! da-eYe is back as we can read on his website, and he wants you to know. On Dec 10th last year, the observing eye from the mid-Eighties went Barefoot Against Poverty to support the Every Human Has Rights Campaign. Now, on a totally different topic, the waggish da-eYe decided to strike the pose, the Wendy Brandes Pose to be precise. Wendy Brandes, also known as WendyB, is a talented jewelry designer, whose fine jewelry line is very popular; the Sama Gazette has mentioned her several times. And apparently, da-eYe is not insensible to Wendy’s work and charming enthusiasm. That’s why he decided (with a little help, I have to admit) to take on the challenge and to strike the famous WendyB pose. Here is his tribute: a photo of da-eYe was taken in the street, hands on hips, crossed legs.  But no red lips, no toothy smile…Read more




Dec 7, 2010

Works / Projects

da-eYe will go barefoot against poverty on Dec.10, will you?

I have been supporting Every Human Has Rights Campaigns since 2008. It started with the ’60 Signers for the 60th Anniversary Initiative’ I launched on November 24, 2008. My first post about it explained why I decided to ‘go public’ by creating an original piece of art for the campaign. Six months after that, the 60 Signers for the 60th Anniversary Initiative was fulfilled. It was quite an adventure and a great experience to meet with the Paris-based representatives of the most important organizations in the world. In 2009, I wanted to celebrate International Human Rights Day with ‘ordinary’ people doing extraordinary things. We talked about Human Rights, they shared their stories and as usual when you sit down with volunteers and aid workers, you feel humble and so respectful for their dedication and commitment. A great lesson of courage and a very enriching afternoon with people from all walks…Read more




Apr 18, 2010

Misc.
Works / Projects

Third anniversary already? Time passes too quickly!

This month is the Blog’s third anniversary. Everything started in April 2007 and now here we are, three years later. How is it even possible time passes so quickly, I wonder everyday. So many things to do and so little time… But this post is about what has been done during the past three years and obviously, many things changed. Last year I talked about something new that was on the verge of being unveiled: it was the Sama Gazette. Since it was launched in July last year, you can read and learn about many different topics ranging from Arts to science, design to green, films and music to civil society and organizations… I honestly never thought so many people would visit the website; regulars from this blog but also many new visitors interested in what we have to say about almost any subjects. The Sama Gazette is definitely a…Read more




Apr 9, 2010

Works / Projects

Sama Sun and tiny Sama fresco drawing from my Moleskine

I thought it was time to show you a page from one of my Moleskine. Two years ago I told you about the Moleskine I use to bring with me when I travel. I like the quality of the paper, and it is small enough to fit into a pocket. When I draw on a Moleskine, it is a totally different kind of inspiration I have. I can be on a plane, in a hotel, in a cafe, waiting for someone or something, or just letting time pass. Each drawing represents a special moment, it only takes a few minutes to draw, it is like ‘instant drawing’. Over the past year, I received many emails from regular readers of this blog, asking me when I was going to show them some drawings from my so-called Moleskine, quoting me back in 2008 when I wrote in My Moleskine, Cary Grant, some…Read more





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