Nose Bike

Nose Bike

When I found out I needed glasses I was over the moon. I have been waiting a lifetime for this moment. The style I am after is called, in German, Nasenfahrrad – which means Nose Bicycle.

I have been looking high and low for the perfect pair. These are not them!

Next week my search will extend to New York. I'll be there to speak at the 99% conference – an event put on by the lovely folk at Behance.

I'm really very excited – and, let me assure you, it's not just because I am widening the scope of my search. It's because I will have the pleasure of presenting alongside the likes of Paula Scher (graphic design legend) and Jad Abumbrad (from Radio Lab, one of the staples of my radio diet).

New York, I am ready for you! And if I find the perfect glasses I'll even be able to see you! 

Project
The 99% Conference
Location
New York
Date
28 April 2012
 
Giant Snowman

Time travel

Why does time go by faster the older you get? One of the theories, according to go-to Neuroscientist David Eagleman, is that our young years are full of first time events and our brains make more detailed and lasting memories of them.

But you know what? I have recently painted a huge bottle and decorated a giant snowman (currently on display at the Toronto International Airport) – both of which I have never done before, nor will probably do again – and time is still speeding past, out of control.

Right now we're rocketing towards the end of the year and I'm packing for Paris (where I'll be speaking at Pictoplasma at La Gaîté Lyrique on December 10). 

Goodbye 2011. I didn't even notice you'd arrived and you're leaving already. 

Project
Torontoland
Location
Toronto Airport
Date
24 November 2011
 
Dreaming-Dog-news

Painting the cat

Tomorrow night is the opening of Florentijn Hofman's show at Neurotitan in Berlin. As part of the show I was invited to make a piece inspired by one of his huge stuffed animals.

I drew a dog dreaming of dinner.

Today I got together with some of the other participants in the show and we painted in the alleyway leading to the gallery. 

I drew the dog's dream dinner.

A cat. A sausage. And a chicken.

Oh, how they ran! 

Presented by
Mashville
Exhibition
Big Dushi Tales
Gallery
Neurotitan, Berlin
Date
06 October 2011
 
Warm Puppy

Nightie night

When the most recent issue of Grafik (Issue G191) arrived on a rainy evening, I snuggled up in bed with my warm puppy and the magazine dropped out of my hands as I drifted off to sleep. I coaxed myself awake to turn to the last page. Which is when I remembered I had been asked to write about my hidden talent….for the last page.

And no, in case you're wondering, I can't cook. Or sing. Or do anything special 'specially well. No, I admitted my superior talent regarding sleep. (It's just not a talent that is particularly well hidden). 

But I wouldn't want you to think that ALL I do is sleep. This week I also celebrated the fact that my book has sold out. And the launch of a science lab for kids – I designed the identity and characters.

It was all rather tiring. So if you'll forgive me, it's time for bed.

Project
Viewpoint: Hidden Talent
Found in
Grafik Magazine
Date
01 August 2011
 
Screenprints in progress Paint the world red
When I was asked to contribute to the "Life" exhibition - opening in London on Friday - there was no way I could refuse. Afterall, their only stipulation was that one of the colours be Red.

The show features an all-Australian cast of designers and illustrators and all profits go towards (RED). The prints are lovingly screenprinted by Print Club London and the exhibition is at East Gallery, Brick Lane.

You can see the full design here.

Update: The prints are now sold out.

 



 

Project
Life exhibition
Produced by
Print Club London
Presented by
Heaps Good
Gallery
East Gallery, London
Date
29 June 2011
 
Rilla reading Her Idea Any colour so long as its red
My exhibition at BOLD Berlin as part of the Pictoplasma Festival of Character Design and Art has sadly come to an end. 

But happily the artwork has been shipped off to its new owners and order is gradually being restored in my studio.

And so just in time, comes this reminder of the fun of the show – in a short film by Colorado featuring music by Lullatone.

Come on a class visit!

Though perhaps you'd prefer some light reading? May I suggest Digital Arts Magazine (June 2011) which includes a review of Pictoplasma. Check out the Inkygoodness blog for my full interview.

Or you could pick up Ammo Magazine (Issue 6) in which I admit that I keep on working simply because I don't want to disturb Mr Tom (my Jack Russell asleep on my lap).


 

Project
Sozi
Exhibition
Her Idea
Gallery
BOLD Berlin
Date
20 May 2011
 
Sozi figure by Rilla Sozi comes home

Her Idea is now available at a growing list of design and art bookstores.

If you are in London visit The Design Museum to peruse a copy. In Berlin Boesner, Big Brobot and Do you read me? are amongst the stockists. Atom Plastic is Sozi's home in Milan and in Sydney, Published Art.

It's also available on Amazon.de, and Amazon.fr and (any day now I promise) Amazon.com.

 But of course, if you'd like free shipping and some extra goodies you can also order direct from Sozi's shop and I will lovingly wrap and pack it for you.

While you are there grab an idea (wooden toys based on a classic Czech design) or perhaps invite your very own Sozi home – in either a woolen or resin version.

The resin figures are available in red and green, stand at 15cm and were produced especially for the launch at Colette. Thanks must go to Rune Spaans for bringing her to life in three dimensions and Bigshot Toyworks for pulling out all stops to get her to Paris in time.

 

Project
Sozi
Book
Her Idea
Published by
Victionary/Pictoplasma
Date
04 March 2011
 
Sozi_HerIdea_byrilla Say hello to Sozi!

After sneak peaks in New York, Berlin and Hamburg, I'm thrilled to announce that my book "Her Idea" featuring my character Sozi will officially launch at Colette in Paris next week.

Come along and listen to the story while eating milk and cookies. It's happening on Wednesday December 1 between 4 and 5pm.

Sozi will also make herself comfortable in the window of Colette all week, and the installation of Sozi prints and toys will continue throughout December.

To coincide with the Colette celebrations, the book will go on sale online on Sozi's website, as well as Victionary and Pictoplasma

And to round out a very exciting week, I will be speaking at the final Pictoplasma on tour event in Düsseldorf on Friday night (December 3). I hope Sozi and I see you somewhere sometime soon.

Book
Her Idea
Published by
Victionary/Pictoplasma
Exhibition
Colette
Date
26 November 2010
 
Sozi Site

Finally!

I have been drawing Sozi for nearly ten years, and for just as long I have been working on (ok, mainly talking about) her book and website. She's so close to my heart that it's been a struggle to say "finished"!

So it is with great trepidation that I finally announce that the book will be released by November and you can now visit Sozi online here.

You can also follow Sozi on twitter or chat with her on facebook

The shop is currently being set up by the wonderful Bart Van Kersavond of AugustFirst – who of course built the entire site (and this one too). Thank you Bart from Sozi and I.

Project
Date
17 June 2010
 
Tune by Rilla

Mid-May already? Really?!It's official: Not having a diary does not make the year go any slower.

Since last update I have been to Bologna for the Children's Book Fair and to Paris for a week.

While there, the wonderful Genevieve Gauckler took us to Halle Saint Pierre to see Art Brut Japonais – an inspiring exhibition of art created by over 60 Japanese artists, who suffer from a variety of disorders such as Autism and Down's Syndrome. Highlights include spiky ceramic beasts and hand-made credit cards. It runs until January 2011 so if you happen to be in Paris, do visit.

I arrived back to samples of the letterpressed posters I illustrated for Tune – and talked about my studio for Herman Miller's Lifework.

It probably goes without saying, I am now clutching my newly-purchased diary with me wherever I go.

Project
Feature Post on
Date
16 May 2010
 

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