23 May 2010

INSPIRATION: styrofoam + coffee + art =

Our favorite coffee spot in houston is called brasil. It's at the corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy and has a great atmosphere, food, and specialty beers, wine and COFFEE! Please don't ask for a bud light because you will just get the stink eye... I lived in the house directly behind brasil for 3 and half years, so I spent a lot of mornings, days, and evenings hanging out there. One thing that I enjoyed looking at while I was waiting in line was the styrofoam cups they displayed on a shelf next to checkout. They weren't just any cups, they had drawings of each employee on them. I thought that was the coolest thing ever! As soon as I saw a new face working, I would immediately look over to the cups to see if they had a new cup portrait.

Recently, I was flipping through the Feb/March issue of foam magazine and I saw CUP O' DOODLES (page 22). The guy in the article, Cheeming Boey, draws his designs on polystyrene foam cups.
  • to buy his cups click here. 
  • to look at his website click here.
  • to read his totally fun journal here. 

I totally freaking love this! I wish I had the money right now to buy one of these! I would make a shelf just for his cups :)

styrofoam plate

I was feeling a little inspired, and didn't have a cup, so I used a styrofoam plate. Have you ever drawn on  styrofoam before? I must say I loved it, especially when you are bored and have to wait... I love the way the pen pushes in and glides so smoothly. Anyway, if you know of any unusual art, send us a link! We would love to check it out.


Dani said...

I love this! I draw on Styrofoam cups when I'm bored, but nothing as fabulous as these. This did make me think of this Italian artist that works in marble, but does some pretty unusual things with it. He's made several sculptures that look like they're made from Styrofoam & he even made a boat from marble. I'll leave you 2 links so you can check him out. He's a new favorite artist of mine.



Miki's scrapbook said...

What a cool idea and I think it's great that they even portrayed their employees!


danielle and dinosaur toes said...

wow, that's so neat that the employees had their picture on the cups! hopefully one of them didn't quit all of a sudden and leave the restaurant with tons of cups of their face!

my name is lauren. said...

just wanted to say hello and that i like this idea. very clever. also...sorry for the lack of comments lately. i still love you....just been SUPER busy.

can't wait to see your pretty face though!


Laura Loo said...

How interesting! he's so good. He apparently also lives in the same place I lived for 3 years for college, Irvine! I like drawing on cups, like hearts and my name. I agree with you, it goes so smooth! I like making the impressions :)

Marina Curtis said...

Nice post, I like your idea of making a perfect design with Styrofoam coffee cups. Some time later, I was trying to make some design with polystyrene sheet because I love to make new crafts and design with different things. So I made some design on Polystyrene sheet and that design like my all friends.