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07

Aug

On the Couch with Brent Williams

We’re still cracking up from the chat we had with caseable’s Brent Williams. Our favourite Maryland-based artist is one wise, witty guy: learn from his top tips on how to stay creative, his imagination of Berlin and other crazy stories from his life. Oh, and did we mention he was once the graphic design teacher of our Creative Director David? Small world.

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As a US based artist, what comes to your mind when someone mentions Berlin? 
I’m picturing a large painting of the Love Parade happening on the Berlin Wall. Two groups of break dancers battle, one dressed as Communists, and the other as Westerners. There’s beer and Octoberfest girls. Well, that’s the first thing that comes to mind. Generally, I think of a progressive, cosmopolitan city, filled with Bauhaus simplicity. Full of quirks and artistic characters.

What is your secret of staying creative? 
The secret is to just go, do it. Fail, fail harder. Cover that collage you spent 16 hours working on in beeswax, only to find that it seeps into the vintage newsprint and blurs everything into a fuzzy blob. Try it another way. Because the more times you try, the more you begin to see progression, and your style starts to emerge. You should look at your work from 6 months ago and say to yourself “damn, that sucks, I’m so much better already.” It’s also important to surround yourself with other people doing cool things, and to be constantly observing and looking out for source material and inspiration around you. Be your own curator. Surround yourself with things that inspire you. Keep a Pinterest and follow people who share your style.

Do you have any special ritual when creating a new piece?
Oh yes, I like to think of the creative process as a bit of planned spontaneity. When the moments strikes, I better have that wood board primed, my brushes clean and my other materials ready to go. So being organized is always a good foundation. Then I need music, just enough to keep me locked-in and focused on the work. I also find it important to have multiple projects in various stages, all going on at once. Sometimes I just want to experiment, and other times I want to meditate, or be technical. Having the right project to fit my mood, or my window of time, makes it fun to inch them along. I never feel burdened by any one that’s at a difficult or tedious stage.

Here at caseable our favourite design of yours is Triangles Artifact. What do you think makes it so beloved among our community? 
I like this piece because it feels very tribal, and ancient, like it has a history. Repetition is one of those universal design principles that we naturally gravitate towards. Mixing that kind of order with a rich palette of textures and colours made for a piece perfectly suited for a smartphone or laptop case.

Are you a cat or a dog person? 
I was neither until about a two years ago when a stray kitten walked up to me while sitting outside on my lunch break at work. I told myself that if she was still out there when I left for the day, I’d keep her. Sure enough, she was still out there, waiting on her human to provide a cushy life of wet food and belly rubs.

Do you have a funny or really crazy story from your life to share?
Years ago, I was driving in the car with a friend of mine from childhood. We had just stayed out at a party and were driving home in the morning. I’m in the middle lane of the highway, nothing out of the ordinary. Suddenly, after being silent the entire trip, my friend has a Deja Vu moment. He tells me that he had a dream the previous night where we were driving home and got in a horrible accident. He said “this may sound odd, but I recognize that brown mini van, would you slow down and get in the right lane?” Not one minute after I moved over, that brown van cuts off another vehicle, and causes a major accident where my vehicle would have been. We missed getting hit by inches. Thank you Jim McGowan.

What’s your favourite place in the world and why? 
I like the Pacific Northwest here in the States. June or July, hiking amongst the huge trees and lush green ferns. It feels like walking back in time.

How would you define caseable in five words? 
Cases for people with style.

04

Jul

On the Couch with Ronya Galka

You know the feeling when you see a perfect situation unfold in front of you, you lift the camera up, you take a snap. Then you realize you’ve actually got a big fat zero - these things are harder than they look! We talked to caseable’s Ronya Galka, a London based street photographer, to find out how it should be all done. Witty titles, excellent timing and emotional moments, you’re destined to fall for her work.



Originally from Germany, what was the reason for your to move to London? Was it for a man, inspiration or the famous Sunday roasts with Yorkshire puddings? 
From a very young age I’ve had a fascination with London. So when I finished my A-Levels in Germany I moved to the kingdom to work as an au-pair for a year. The idea initially was for me to stay only for 12 months to improve my English. Well, somehow this did not happen quite as planned: life happened, love happened and many years later I am still here. In fact, this year I will have lived in England longer than I have lived in my native Germany. As for Yorkshire puddings… I LOVE them.

Why do you focus on street photography? 
My love for street photography ultimately comes from my love to observe people and the desire to celebrate people’s individuality. I am very fortunate to live in such a vibrant and fast-moving city. You can observe the most surreal and surprising scenes unfold right before your eyes. It was only when I started to carry my camera with me on a daily basis a few years ago that I noticed just how many urban moments you come across and are able to isolate from the busy hustle and bustle of life in the city. After just a few initial attempts, I was pretty much hooked on street photography straight away.

The artwork of yours that we use at caseable is predominantly focused on urban landscapes but you have also an amazing collection of people photography that looks almost staged. How do you manage to capture the right moment? 
Someone once said that ‘Luck is when preparation meets opportunity’. I love this quote because it’s so apt for street photography! The most important part is being available to “receive” good shots. NEVER leave the house without a camera. As long as you spend enough time with a camera at the ready, you are sure to harvest a few of them. It’s strange but once you start paying attention to what is happening around you, you notice curious scenes all over the place.

Your most popular photograph among our customers seems to be the 
London Calling. Why do you think that is? 

I guess in its simplicity it sums up London beautifully: the old and the new, the modern and the traditional. Red telephone boxes are iconic landmarks in London- even though nowadays no one ever uses them anymore. Having been around since 1924, they embody the past and conjure up notions of Edgar Wallace and Sherlock Holmes and when you combine this with a beautiful piece of street art, all of a sudden it gets a very current twist.

What’s your favourite photo from your caseable portfolio and is there a story behind it? 
Without a doubt, my favorite image is It Must Be Monday Morning. I took the photograph at a time when I was juggling setting up my photography business and working full-time as a Marketing Manager for a bank in London. At the time, my heart was telling me to follow my dream and take the leap to become a full-time photographer and I was getting more and more frustrated with having so little time left for what I really wanted to do so the image and the corresponding title perfectly summed up my feelings at the time.

Back in 2008 the image also landed me a nomination in the Sony World Photography Awards and having been flown out to the ceremony in Cannes where I met some of my all-time idols like Elliott Erwitt, Martin Parr and Phil Stein.


Since you visited both of our favourites - Berlin and New York - what do you love and hate most about each? 
I can’t say that there is something that I hate about either of these amazing cities to be honest. I’ve probably never spent enough time in either. In Berlin- similarly to London- much of the fascination of the place for me comes from the way that the history is interwoven with the present and the future.

As for New York, well what can I say: the city that never sleeps. I am very fortunate in that I need very little sleep myself and whenever I am in New York, I totally subscribe to the ‘you can sleep when you’re dead’ motto. It’s an amazing place for street photography and if ever I got bored of London (well, unlikely but you never know) I would definitely love to spend an extended stretch of time there.

Tell us something about you that might surprise our community. 
Every morning, mostly before breakfast, I drink a can of Red Bull. Some might call it an addiction, I call it a personal preference.

25

Jun

caseable x Breaking Rocks


Street-smart, hip and more than a little eccentric… meet our very latest collaborators: Breaking Rocks.

A crazy colourful sweater brand from Amsterdam, we bet you’ve already seen a Breaking Rocks print emblazoned across your favourite blogger, celeb or that guy in your Art class…. With artwork ranging from the fiery to the transcendent, and internet faves “cats in space,” there’s a little slice of crazy to suit any style.

We’re teaming up to give away FOUR prize packages. 

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Win a Breaking Rocks sweater of choice, plus a matching caseable phone case. One lucky ‘grand’ winner will win a matching laptop sleeve instead!

Wanna get involved? Here’s how:

Like or share our competition post on Facebook - right here.
OR
Follow us on Twitter and tweet @caseable and @breaking_rocks with #brxcsbl
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Follow us on Instagram (@caseable and @breakingrocksclothing) - be sure to like our comp posts!

Competition closes July 8th - Good luck!! x

20

Jun

On the Couch with Aurelie Scour

Are you into pop art, comics or good old Star Wars? In our interview with Parisian Artist Aurelie Scour we find out what drives her to use such bold colors in her work or why superheroes could be a good asset in advertising. Read on as she also introduces her exclusive series of designs made only for caseable.

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We see lots of references to sci-fi movies in your work. Are you one of those fantasy film geeks (like us)? What’s your favourite? 
Sci-fi is my favorite genre indeed, whether in literature or cinema: E.T.The Fifth ElementBack to the Future. There are too many to list them all! I’m also probably the biggest fan of The Lord of the Rings (I’ve read Tolkien’s books twice) and the X-Files! I also love horror movies. Maybe it’s because my mum went to see Carrie while she was pregnant with me!

Your work is extremely bright and stylized, what draws you to such bold designs? Who are you inspired by? 
Pop art inspires me a lot! Whether in my paintings or in my digital work, color is the most important part. That’s the reason why I always use bright and appealing colors. I like catching the attention, being relevant and sometimes ironic. I like minimalist designs too. Conveying an idea with just one symbol is a difficult exercise but it’s very challenging. My goal is that people could appreciate my work at a glance!

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Thanks for creating the exclusive pop superhero series for caseable, we love it! Why did you decide on these five fellas? Was it because they’re so well known, or do you have a special connection to them? 
My dad was born in the 40’s, just after the World War II, so drinking Coca-Cola, wearing Levi’s and reading comics were the daily activities. That’s where my love for Superheroes comes from! And these five I like the most. I like to illustrate famous characters to reach people, to remind them of their childhood. In this exclusive series for caseable - all the superheroes have different colors than my original designs - they are not seen as real heroes but they are depicted as freaks.

Indeed Batman is yellow, Superman has a blue skin, Wonder Woman is magenta. I wanted to illustrate the fact that nothing is black or white. Everyone has a sort of a double personality, a schizophrenic side. Superheroes have a dark side too. They are not only the ones who save the planet, they are also against the law and make bad decisions. They are like everyone else: heroes and villains at the same time.


What superpowers would you like to have and why? Will you create your very own superhero one day? 
I’d like to have Rogue’s powers, even if she sees them as a curse. She can absorb everyone else’s powers simply by touching people. I could have all knowledge and superpowers! I don’t think I’d create my own superheroes. I prefer illustrating those who are already well-known to place myself in the pop art movement, a genre referring to popular icons, to reach a larger audience.

May the force be with you! We love your Mustache Wars series that have been guarding your caseable portfolio for quite a while now. Who’s your favourite Star Wars character and why? 
May the force be with you too! As far as I read comments about it, my Mustache Wars series is seen as a joke about the characters. But it is actually a tribute to the Movember charity event to make people aware of men suffering with cancer. As for my SW favorite character, I’d say the Stormtrooper evolved clones. They are anonymous, faceless, and yet they play a big role. And I love their imposing white armor!

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Chasing superheros by night and working as a Creative Director in an advertising agency by day, you’re quite like Lois Lane! Can we expect some super advert soon? Maybe Wonder Woman shopping for new stockings? 
Lois Lane, I’ve never thought of that! Thanks, I love her! Depending on the target audience, superheroes could be a great asset in advertising. Superman could be the muse for an antiperspirant. Wouldn’t it be dramatic to see Superman sweating in his blue fancy suit?! And what would Lois say to the smelly superhero? “Don’t put your hands up in the air!” Batman could be an advertising antihero, compelled to erase graffitis made by the Joker on the Gotham buildings. In reveal, a product which eliminates all dirt.


If you could look into the future, what kind of art could you see yourself creating in ten years? 
That is difficult to say. I just don’t want to get tired of what I’m doing. That’s why I experiment a lot of graphic styles! I consider myself as an eclectic ideas maker. Typography, minimalist style, bold colors, dark characters. I just like to twist reality!

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02

May

On the Couch with Sandrine Pagnoux

In our exclusive interview with Parisian artist Sandrine Pagnoux we dig deep into her influences and inspirations. Want to know what drives her art, and why she doesn’t care at all about perfectionism? Read on!

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You live in the world’s fashion capital and have worked for numerous fashion brands and magazines. Do you think that the Parisian life and ambience is crucial for your work and defines your style? 
Living in Paris offers a great access to lots of images - in the street, subway, shop windows, on the bus. Pictures are everywhere and I love it! All of these influence me. I need the city! I’m a loner but I need to be among people to feel the city buzz and life around me.
I love my neighborhood which is filled with fashion boutiques, galleries, charity shops and tourists. I love watching people, their looks, the mix of ages and styles. Paris feeds me.

What draws you to the frequent portrayal of female figures in your work? Does that come from your past work as a fashion photographer? 
I love working with faces. The look fascinates me because there is always authenticity. People can’t pretend. There is always an emotion in the look and that’s what I try to capture.

I often work with female models because the pictures offer more possibilities thanks to their make-up or sophisticated hairstyles. Their looks are more complex and their poses more diverse.

We’re huge fans of all of your work but we especially love the fragility of Fixer les vertiges and the intensity of your Northern Star. What has inspired you to these illustrations and what exactly do they represent? 
For Fixer les vertiges I wanted to play with human deconstruction and portray the fragility and loneliness. We all are a sum of little things. But I don’t like to explain my work because I think art must be felt, not explained. 

In regards to Northern Star, I wanted to emphasize the strength and the intensity of the model’s look. The title comes from a song by Hole that I love and used to listen to a lot. This illustration is probably one of my favorites. It’s kind of a happy mess with drawings, words and references to music. It illustrates adolescence when everything is very intense.

We’re intrigued by your ‘addiction to imperfection’ as you once said. Could you elaborate? 
I like things that have flaws, such as lines that are not straight, that are broken, scratched or worn out. I love awkwardness. Perfection doesn’t interest me at all. I’m interested in human beings and they’re always imperfect.

That’s why it’s important for me to draw by hand, not with a computer. I need to show that there is a human being behind. The computer is only a tool, the essential elements are the pencil and the paper. 

Here at caseable, we like to let our hair down once or twice in a while, some earlier than others (sorry Brooklyn office!). What do you like to do for fun when you put the pencil down? 
Actually, the fun begins when I do hold the pen! There are no limits or rules, just fun and creation. But when I really put the pencil down I like to walk around Paris, ride a motorcycle, play with my cat, watch documentaries about fashion and music. I always have to feed myself with pictures and music.

Summer holidays. Who doesn’t love them! Are you the type to spend a week lying on a beach, catching sun and sipping on margaritas or do you like to have more active and adventurous trips? What would be your ultimate holiday? 
I’m not a big fan of crowded beaches, I usually stay in Paris during summer. I try to enjoy it like a tourist: wandering around the little streets of Marais and Montmartre or the bridges across the Seine river. But when I do go on travels, it’s either for work or to visit friends. I’m not the type to go backpacking.

What attracted you to caseable to become one of our Artists? 
I like to see my designs on everyday items and see them sold and travel worldwide. Smartphones are used every day and reflect our personality, our entire lives are inside! I also appreciate the quality of your products and I think you’re really awesome! I’m proud to be part of your artist community and hope your brand will expand more and more.


Which caseable case are you carrying around at the moment? 
I was carrying the Northern Star until recently but I lost my smartphone. As soon as I get a new one, I will get the Fixer les vertiges.

What direction can we expect to see in your future work? Aside from caseable canvases, where would you most like to display your work? 
I’d like to create illustrations for skateboards and surfboards or partner up with clothing and accessories companies.

30

Apr

caseable x EyeEm - Art is Portable: Mission Recap

Give yourselves a standing ovation - our recent collaboration with EyeEm received over 4500 amazing photos submitted by 1200 very talented people from around the globe. From the weird and the wonderful to the straight up beautiful, we couldn’t have been more impressed. 

So - team caseable spent all day yesterday scratching our heads and bickering about who we thought should be our 5 winners, and the results are in.

Our top 5 will receive their images printed on the caseable case of their choosing - so they can carry around their incredible artwork all day long.

Anyway, here they are. Drum roll please….

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by missods


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by n_cruz


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by marisaandbella

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 by @estefkarol


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by catan


There you have it! What d’you think? Pretty good, huh. We can’t wait to see how they’ll look on our cases. 

Once again, a huge congratulations to our winners, and a big thank you to everyone who took part.

To check out all the entries (and we definitely recommend that you do!), have a look at the Art is Portable gallery.

11

Apr

caseable x EyeEm - Mission: Art is Portable

Given that you’re already reading the caseable blog, it seems safe to assume you’re into things that are really, really ridiculously good looking…

So meet EyeEm, our latest partners in crime, who are well ahead of the curve when it comes to making your photographs look incredible.

EyeEm is the leading community and marketplace for a fresh generation of photographers to enhance their skills and connect with new audiences. Their free mobile app is available in 20 languages on the App Store and on Google Play. Get the app to unleash your inner artist.

Download the app for IOS or Android to start snapping and sharing!

And your Mission? Art is Portable - share your snaps on EyeEm to be in with the chance to win your own photographs printed on the caseable case of your choice, keeping your artwork up close and personal. 

For full competition details, head on over to EyeEm’s Mission brief

Team caseable will be choosing the winners, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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12

Mar

caseable x Lomography

Exciting news! We’ve teamed up with Lomography to bring you one seriously photogenic competition.

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For those unfamiliar, Lomography is a way of life. An iconic camera brand that’s also a magazine, a shop and a whole world-wide community, these guys are dedicated to spontaneous, experimental analogue photography. Like us, they love creativity and design more than their own mothers - so this collaboration really is a match made in artistic heaven.

Are you snap-happy? Want to win some incredible Lomo camera goodies and see your own artistry splashed across a caseable case? All you need to do is show us your Best Shot of 2013!

You’ve got until the end of March to choose up to ten of your favourite photographs from the past year, so what are you waiting for? For full info on how to enter, click here

But what if you can’t wait ‘til the end of the month, and need to get your hands on Lomo gear RIGHT NOW?

Don’t panic… The lovely people at Lomography have given us an exclusive discount to share with our caseable community. For 15% off in their Online Store, just use CaseableLOMO at the checkout. Valid until 31st May, 2014.

07

Mar

On the Couch with Joy StClaire

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We sat down with the amazing and effervescent Joy StClaire to talk about her awe-inspiring photography.


Joy’s photographs evoke memories of her childhood in Ohio, and of time spent outdoors on her grandfather’s farm. She has a great attention to detail that can be seen in her close-ups of flower petals, morning sun breaking through the tree crowns or in the detailed ornaments of a carousel. Just as they do art prints, her work looks stunning on our cases and we admire her spirit that comes with it!

When did you decide to become a photographer? 
I don’t know that I actually decided! For as long as I can remember, it is just how I have always seen the world – in “frames” or “squares”, and always being aware of light. About 10 years ago, I decided to actually turn this passion into something mainstream after receiving inquiries from people who had seen my work.

What is the first photograph you ever took? 
Ah! I still have it and just looked at it the other day! I spent much time at my grandfather’s farm in the mountains and photographed the sunset while up in his fields one evening.

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What is the most inspiring travel destination for you? 
I loved the rugged wilderness and coastal towns of Nova Scotia, Canada and I also loved the landscapes and fishing villages of the Blue Hill Peninsula in Maine. On my bucket list? Charleston, South Carolina , Newfoundland, Canada , Scotland and the Oregon Coast.

What is the best thing that has ever happened to you after your career took off? 
I keep looking at this question and almost laughing, because I guess I don’t really stop long enough to think of it in those terms (my career taking off). I feel I’m always growing and building. I guess I’m not so much looking behind, as I’m always looking ahead and thinking of the next phase and evolution of my art. I tend to stay in the moment and experience life as it happens continually around me. So I would say the whole journey is the best thing!

If you could travel back in time where would you go? 
Where would I go? I think maybe the Renaissance because it was such a time of exploration and had such amazing art and artists. Or maybe the Roaring 20s/Jazz Age because it was a time of changing views and focus on culture, art and music.


What is your favorite book or what are you currently reading? 
One of my favorite books was The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – loved it!! And currently I’m reading The Little Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo.

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What’s your favorite photograph of yours and why? 
This is always changing!! Right now, I think it’s Inner Peace because it was taken while I was exploring the foggy woods of the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania while reconnecting with my college sweetheart!

Do you have any new projects you’re currently working on? 
At this time of year (so very cold!) I work on creating new still life pieces, usually with fruits or flowers or food and I am enjoying shooting on my aqua vintage table. Everything looks so pretty on it! I’m also talking with some artists about doing collaborations, and am thinking about doing a collage project.


You take amazing nature photos but if you could choose to photograph any famous figure, who would it be and why? 
Thanks so much! I would love to photograph Amelia Earhart. She has always fascinated me and inspired me – following her passion to fly and always being her own person, taking chances and not believing in barriers. Of course her clothing and plane would make for amazing props in a shoot!

Click here to see Joy’s gorgeous photos in action, on our cases!

23

Dec

Happy Holidays!

To all our fans, customers and supporters,

Big thanks for being part of our community!

Cheers from Brooklyn and Berlin, 

Your caseable Team