Category Archives: EASTERN EUROPE

Studio Visit and Artist Interview: Jurri Arrak

I first came across the work of Estonian artist Jüri Arrak through friends of Kuriosas 50 Watts in the US who unearth all kinds of beautiful and crazed book illustrations from around the globe. These images of Arrak’s children book … Continue reading

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Tallinn Russian Market / Soviet Union pin badges

I’ve recently returned from some eye opening adventuring around Estonia and Finland for summer, so much so my head is a bit congested with all the shiny things I saw.  I’ll start with Tallinn in Estonia; my good friend Jaana … Continue reading

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Romanian Insect Orchestra

Yes, that is a beetle playing a cello… a snail playing a saxophone….. ……and a locust playing a xylophone I found this insane little item on my trip to Cluj Napoca in Transylvania, Romania I talked about in an earlier … Continue reading

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Klaus Pichler

Had some fun discovering the work of photographer Klaus Pichler from Vienna recently.  If you’re also a sucker for East Bloc chic check out his beguilingly kitsch collection of images from Odessa in the Ukraine.    www.kpic.at  

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Hungarian Book Covers

Just got back from adventuring in Transylvania and Hungary.  Found all of these titles by chance in a backstreet bookshop in Budapest.  Some fairly unhinged imagery similar to the covers I featured last year from Lviv in the Ukraine. My … Continue reading

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Brest Fortress, Belarus

Currently more than a little enamoured with the sensational Soviet War memorial at Brest Fortress, Belarus built to commemorate the 1941 battle on the site. Epic proportions of stern stone – makes me also think of the gutsy Treptower Park … Continue reading

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1960’s East German cat brooches

   Love how kitsch and playful these vintage plastic 1960’s/1970’s cat brooches from the DDR are.  Sourced in Berlin

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