Pecha Kucha – Tiny Houses

I am interested in living simply and being  aware of the environment around us. I like to use eco friendly products and to live with sustainability in mind.

The Tiny house movement is a particular passion of mine at the moment. This is a movement  that is currently very popular in the United States. There are quite a few TV shows dedicated just to Tiny Houses. It is on Channel 84 Lifestyle channel.  These shows include: Tiny Houses Hunter, Tiny houses/Big Living,   Tiny House Luxury.

Most Tiny Houses are less than 50 square metres, many houses are on wheels and can be towed around the countryside. The rules and regulations are different in Australia, but it is very easy in United States.

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Lighting Brazil


Beautiful Brazilian Luxury Leaf House with stunning lighting


  • Dr Peter Curley, Manager of the LED program at The Climate Group comments:“There is a palpable drive to find workable financing solutions that will help Brazil’s cities move to more energy efficient LED lighting. The forum has allowed challenging regional issues to be openly discussed – and we look forward to seeing more regional projects announce their LED transition plans.
  • “Supporting national policy can play a key role in helping accelerate energy efficiency, by building consensus among stakeholders and increasing investor confidence. India has already done just that, with a commitment to expand LED street lighting nationwide by mid-2019. Post-COP21 we hope to see more such national commitments around the world, together with supporting initiatives to ensure high-quality product standards are maintained and enforced.”
  • As part of our LED program, in 2015, The Climate Group called for cities and utilities globally to roll out LED street lighting (or as efficient) by 2025, and launched the LED = Lower Emissions Delivered campaign to support stakeholders at all levels to achieve this goal.


SAU PAULO: Forum on ‘Business Models for Energy Efficient Public Lighting’ was held in São Paulo, Brazil on June 1, 2016. The event was attended by over 250 street lighting stakeholders, including senior representation from over 30 major cities, private sector financiers, development banks and manufacturers.

The event, which was organized by the World Bank in partnership with The Climate Group, explored how to scale-up high quality, highly efficient LED (light-emitting diode) street lighting in all Brazilian municipalities. Eight business models were presented, with the intention of providing options for the wide-ranging needs of all 5,570 Brazilian municipalities, including public-private partnerships that have the potential to boost investment in large-scale LED infrastructure projects.

In Brazil, public lighting accounts for around 4% of the nation’s total electricity consumption. At the global COP21 climate talks, Brazil committed to increase energy efficiency by 10% by 2030 – an achievement LED lighting could accelerate.

As well as saving energy and maintenance costs, LEDs offer city leaders opportunities to improve lighting services and provide wider socio-economic benefits for communities by reducing crime and accidents, as well modernizing city infrastructure.



Brazil Fabric and wallpaper design

Brazil fabric wearable 

I was influenced by fabrics used in the traditional costumes:  such as feathers, leaves and other natural materials. I was also influenced by the colours and brightness of todays Mardi Gras costumes. The colours are influenced by nature and in particular with peacocks and butterflies.

Adriana Barra Designs

Adriana is influenced by beautiful peacock patterns and colours. The jewels in her design really stand out and the flowing shapes represent the colourful tail of the peacock.






Spoonflower is a big company who have quite a large range of products and work with a variety of designers. Some designs are not for sale.

Brazilian Tropical      brazilian tropical by patriciasodre

         Butterflies                     the butterflies are bac…by likesjewellery
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Natalie Steine Brunner
Natalie Steine Bruner  is a very colourful artist who works with colours and designs from nature. Her images are quite simple shapes but also quite detailed within that image. / 410.703.3466

Contemporary Brazil

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Brazil is known for its Bright and Beautiful Colours in Fabrics, clothes and costumes  It is know for the famous Mardi Gras which is known world wide as one huge colourful party. The costumes get more spectacular every year. The music is very loud and the participants more outrageous and daring. The head dresses are huge and the costumes (many bikinis) some extremely tiny.

It is also the home of many famous designers

FRANCISCO  COSTA  born 10th May 1964 is a Brazilian designer and the Women’s Creative Director of Calvin Klein Collection.[2] Costa won the Council of Fashion Designers America (CFDA) award for Womenswear Designer of the Year in 2006[3] as well as in 2008. Costa also won the National Design Award in 2009 in the category of Fashion Design.

He was one of the first to emphasized trouser suits for women as opposed to ruffles in the spring 2004 collections. His creations stress the idea of freedom in dress with female underpinnings. With evening dresses Costa’s designs reveal both flesh and underpants, often accentuated by the cool hues of the sea. He is not uptight concerning nudity and lingerie. Costa prefers sensuality in sexual imagery as opposed to the more explicit ads used to market Calvin Klein clothes formerly.

For 2004 his models wore stretch bras and underpants in foundation colors. Costa utilized a clingy, transparent material for daytime skirts. He combined them with cashmere tops, which sometimes gave the look an artificial quality. Costa’s loose cotton shorts, modelled with cardigan sweaters, were layered over rumpled white shirts and men’s ribbed undershirts.



Mercedes is an actress and Jewellery Designer. Her work is stunning and includes masks, African wildlife and Colombian coast influences. Her Hats include a fruit hat which is hand woven in Iracan palm.

On her webpages She quotes

My designs tell stories. They start from my conviction that jewelry connects people to the universe. My work is the diary of my own life, where there are no impossible materials or dreams.



Fashion Illustration Brazil

(1) Tobie  Giddio

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(1) Tobie Giddio

Born September 10, 1963. Tobie Giddio grew up in New Jersey

Soon after graduating Fashion Institute of Technology to study fashion illustration,she began illustrating advertisements for Bergdorf Goodman that ran weekly in the New York Times through to the end of the eighties. Commissions during Nineties included innovative editorials for Interview Magazine and elaborately illustrated forecasting books and editorial for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.

Projects in fashion have included work for Seibu Department stores, Neiman Marcus, The Limited stores and Ann Taylor Inc. who commissioned work for their windows and in-store displays. Recent work includes commissioned pieces for Apple Computers and Tiffany & Co.

Tobie lives and works in New York City with Peter her husband and their daughter Praise.

These words are on the artists webpage convey the beauty and intention that this Artist is trying to portray.

Two very distinct elements are at play here: fine art and fashion”.

“An item should be extraordinarily beautiful”, and

” The curves and symmetry of a woman” are shown exceptionally well in the exquisite paintings and drawings.

Having the power to magnetise others”   is another catch phrase.

The perception and experience of luxury are deepened and expanded with the intention to raise the vibration of the environment”  is the expression that they are trying to convey to the client. This is a very powerful message which is delivered in a very simple, yet beautiful way in their drawings.


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(2) Laura Lane

Laura Laine is a Helsinki based illustrator. After completing her studies in fashion design she has been working full-time as an illustrator. She is also teaching fashion illustration in various fashion schools.
Her recent clients include Vogue Japan, Vogue Germany, Sephora, Elle, Zara, H&M, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Guardian, GAP, I.T. store, Telegraph and Daniel Palillo. She has also exhibited in London, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Rugby and Helsinki.




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(3) Maddalena Sisto

Maddalena Sisto draws small thin figures portraying plenty of action and drawn with  vibrant colours. They are delicate and drawn very neatly, with very sharp lines. They portray the product much more than the actual model, although the model is very cute and makes the viewer sit and take notice. She is featured in Vogue Italia magazine.




Traditional wearable- Brazil

1024px-Índios_da_etnia_Terena2Brazilian Fashion / Wearable Fashion (Pre 1950’s)

When the European colonisers settled in Brazil in the time between the 16th to the 19th centuries, they brought into the country hordes of African slaves. These Africans had their own customs, traditions and cultures; many of which were in the form of song, dance and music.

The songs, dance and music are a huge part of this culture now.

Traditional Brazilian Clothing was also very colourful. Farmers with Llama’s would have colourful hats made from wool and Beautifully coloured striped Ponchos would keep them warm. They would even tie coloured wool ornaments around the animals necks.

Ceremonial clothing was used on special occasions. Faces were painted, feather head dresses and leaves were used.

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Most of the dances and music came from ancient African beats and customs.

Ceremonial costumes were made from very basic materials comprising of feathers, grass skirts and lots of very colourful jewellery.  Head-dresses and jewellery were made from berries, leaves, shells and whatever  they could collect  from around the area where they lived.

As time progressed the dances and costumes became much more elaborate.


Isamu Noguchi

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Isamu Noguchi was born in America on 17th November 1904 and died on 30th December 1988. His most famous works were between 1920’s and 1980’s.
He said ” There is a difference between actual cubic feet of space and the additional space that the imagination supplies. One is measure, the other an awareness of the void – of our existence in this passing world.”
The above Quote from the book Titled Isamu Noguchi  published in 1986 by Chronicle Books.
In this book it portrays beautiful versions of the paper lamps.


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He also designed tables
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  And amazing sculptures
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1960’s Roger Excoffen

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Roger  Excoffen

 Roger Excoffen was born in Marseille, France on 7th September 1910 and died in 1983. He was an artist, a French Typeface designer and a graphic designer.He studied law at the university of Aix – en Provence. He studied painting in Paris and also worked as graphic designer.

In 1947, he opened his own art Studio. He was the Co-founder of U & O (Urbi et Orbi) which was an advertising agency. He was an art consultant for the Fonderie Olive type foundry.

In 1968 he designed the symbols for the winter Olympics in Genoble.

1972 saw the opening of his foundation the Exotton Conseil where he produced numerous posters for Air France, Bally Shoes, Dunlop, Sandoz and SNCF. He contributed to magazines Le Courier Graphique and Typographica Techniques Graphiques. Another was Typography – encyclopedia survey of Type Design and Techniques throughout history.

Roger designed may posters for Air France in 1965, and for several years after that.

While he is known for his type design, he is remembered as the man responsible for the look of many shop front signs.

The Font that he designed and is most famous for still used today is called Mistral.

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Pierre Cardin

Pierre Cardin was born in Italy on 2/7/1922. He was based in France for most of his life.

Cardin is well known for his individual style know as avant-garde. Some of his designs were space aged and he prefers geometric shapes like squares and triangles, He likes to be know as a unisex fashion designer, However his style  is not always wearable. He started his fashion empire in 1950, with his know famous “Bubble Dress”.

Since 1991, he is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and In 2009 he was also nominated Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO Food and Agriculture.


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Art Nouveau Antoni Gaudi


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Antoni Gaudí i Cornet  commonly known as Gaudi was born in 1852 and lived until 1926.

Gaudi was a revolutionary architect in late 1800’s and early 1920’s. His work is in Barcelona in Spain. His collection is vast and is vision was amazing. He thought and designed not only for his time but also for the future. His most significant design was Sagrada Familia which was started in 1882 and is still continuing to be built today.This is one of the most visited building in the world. His buildings and designs were very distinct and unusual. They featured many buildings such as Mila House built with completely curved walls, and no straight lines. The sculpture at Park Guel is a huge mosaic salamander lizard surround by a water feature traveling down the hill of the park.

He used products such as ceramics, stained glass, wrought iron, forging and carpentry in ways that had not  been used before. He introduced new techniques in the treatment of the materials he used. One of these was Trencadis as mosaic sculptures using waste ceramic pieces.

His work was his passion and was an organic style inspired by natural forms.  He was also very religious and religious figures were in many of his works.

Gaudí rarely drew detailed plans of his works, instead preferring to create them as 3 dimensiona scale models and molding the details as he conceived them.

 In 1984 and even as recently as 2005, his works were declared Worldl Heritage site by UNESCO. Seven sites in total which is very impressive. Gaudí’s  Roman Catholic faith, became stronger as he progressed through his life  intensified during This earned him the nickname “God’s Architect”.

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