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    Howard Pyle - An Attack on a Galleon. Illustration of pirates approaching a ship (Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates) (1921)

    Dreams of boats / boats of dreams

    So many boats in my dreams, this last while. Boats and boats and then again boats. I like boats, always have (particularly those powered by muscle not motor), maybe as the result of having for a father a man who in his youth was a sailor or maybe as the result of my Piscean nature.

    Published on Sep 29, 2012 at 10:53 am.
    Filled under: aggregation, alive life, art, artisanry, Behance, body art, book, catharsis, ceramics, clothes, comics, consciousness, craft, design, design, diy, domestic arts, domicile, drawing, dreamy, embroidery, environment, epiphany, Etsy, fashion, film, Flickr, freedom, glass, graphic, green, handmade, illustration, joy, lagniappe, literature, making, music, novel, painting, paper, photography, poetry, project, publication, repurpose, risk-taking, rowr, sculpture, sentipensante, shiver, swoon, textile, the happies, transformation, transgression, unruly, water, weather, words, work, writing, yum | 2 Comments
    Work by Philipp Igumnov woodcum on flickr

    all in a floaty place

    sometimes you have to lie on a bed
    so your brain can be all in a floaty place

    Published on Apr 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm.
    Filled under: alchemy, art, chaos, dreamy, epiphany, freedom, joy, language, poetry, sentipensante, shiver, swoon, transformation, unruly, water, words, yum | 5 Comments
    my slats by whitefeather

    Winter loves you

    … you just have to love it back.

    Published on Jan 31, 2011 at 10:11 am.
    Filled under: alchemy, architecture, art, artisanry, big happies, diy, domicile, environment, freedom, furniture, handmade, home, north, photography, sculpture, shiver, transformation, unruly, wabi sabi, weather, yum | 4 Comments
    Milton-Glaser-by-Sam-Haskins-02

    “The world is a very astonishing place”

    I love Milton Glaser.

    Published on Jan 14, 2011 at 8:44 am.
    Filled under: advertising, art, artisanry, big happies, design, design, drawing, freedom, graphic, illustration, joy, loveness, merchandise, packaging, playfulness, risk-taking, the happies, unruly, words, work, writing, yum | 2 Comments
    alphabet via uppercasemagazine.tumblr.

    The writing on the wall

    You know how much I love words and the physical act of writing, how much I love the graphemic grace of  the thing that is written? Yeah, you do. And you know how much I like holding a pencil in my hand and making marks on a paper with it — marks with meaning, I mean — and also how much I like reading a paper full of writing from someone else’s hand? Well, I like all that very much, you know I do, but I like something else too:

    Published on Dec 13, 2010 at 10:13 am.
    Filled under: advertising, aggregation, agitprop, alchemy, alphabetica, architecture, art, artisanry, consciousness, domestic arts, domicile, dreamy, environment, Flickr, freedom, graffiti, graphic, handmade, handwritten, holy shit, home, iconoclasm, indie, industrial, insane-in-the-best-possible-way, joy, language, literature, loveness, making, neon, nose-tweakery, painting, photography, playfulness, poetry, porn, project, public, risk-taking, sculpture, street, the happies, transgression, tumblr, typography, unruly, urban, words, writing, yum | 1 Comment
    58446305

    I may be a girl but trees give me wood

    I don’t know how it works, how to do the math, but it’s like every emotion I’ve ever felt somehow gets wrapped up in trees. Trees become some kind of conduit for thought and feeling, for understanding, for epiphany, for optimism, for love.

    Published on Nov 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm.
    Filled under: aggregation, architecture, art, artisanry, catharsis, consciousness, craft, design, domestic arts, domicile, drawing, dreamy, embroidery, environment, epiphany, Etsy, film, Flickr, flora, freedom, green, jewellery, joy, knit, letterpress, loveness, metal, mono no aware, music, neon, north, painting, paper, photography, project, public, running, science, sculpture, sentipensante, shiver, street, swoon, textile, the happies, typography, video, vintage, wabi sabi, weather, yum | 3 Comments
    stilkey4

    Department of Be Still My Beating Heart

    Dave Kinsey at Fecalface has a treat for you, me, and the lamppost:

    Published on Nov 20, 2010 at 10:59 am.
    Filled under: alchemy, alphabetica, art, artisanry, badass, big happies, book, collage, concatenation, domicile, dreamy, drool, environment, exhibition, furniture, geekery, graffiti, handmade, holy shit, home, joy, language, loveness, making, paper, playfulness, poetry, publication, repurpose, rowr, sculpture, street, the happies, transformation, transgression, typography, unruly, upcycle, words, work, writing, yum | No Comments
    KC 1953

    Swoon of the Day

    Oh. My. Goodness.

    Published on Oct 25, 2010 at 11:11 am.
    Filled under: architecture, badass, big happies, dreamy, flora, holy shit, industrial, loveness, north, photography, rowr, shiver, the happies, uncategorized, unruly, vintage, work, yum | No Comments
    she is a dreamer via ffffound

    is / is not / am / am not

    If I had to categorise this unruly thing, I’d say it’s poemical, not polemical. It’s not really a blog about art, not in any sort of analytical way. I don’t take a stance; I’m neither critic nor academic. What I am, actually, is an unruly hoyden with a permanent case of chaoshead, a throbbing love-on for the made things of the world, and a hot ‘n’ saucy need to write things down, to write things out (as you’ll know if you’re one of the people I e-mail 972 times a week. [Hi, forbearing friends! Love ya! Smooches!])

    Published on Oct 09, 2010 at 10:05 am.
    Filled under: alchemy, art, artisanry, catharsis, dreamy, epiphany, freedom, holy shit, joy, sentipensante, shiver, swoon, unruly, yum | 2 Comments
    Index by Ariana Page Russell, 2005

    Making words

    In all the annals of object porn, there are no objects that incite greater lust in me than typewriters.

    Published on Sep 21, 2010 at 2:22 am.
    Filled under: alchemy, alphabetica, anatomy, art, artisanry, body art, book, catharsis, diy, dreamy, embroidery, freedom, graffiti, handmade, handwritten, holy shit, iconoclasm, illustration, joy, language, letterpress, literature, loveness, magazine, making, metal, painting, paper, poetry, porn, street, textile, the happies, transformation, typewriters, typography, unruly, vintage, yum | 1 Comment
    Gorgeous librarians by kittenagogo (on flickr)

    A is for aggregation: gorgeous librarians

    A couple of days ago when I was stopped at a street corner waiting for the light to change, a man walked up from behind me, stood beside me, looked at me, smiled, and said, “Nice legs, librarian.” Now, I’m really not a woman who enjoys strangers making commentary on her appearance but he didn’t have the stink of testosterone poisoning about him so I didn’t just default to my “Fuck you, you fucking fucker” setting. Plus? He called me “librarian”. And oh good lord, I do love me a librarian, so very very much I do, and am always so happy to meet a fellow member of that tribe, which obviously that man was.

    Published on Jul 28, 2010 at 10:26 am.
    Filled under: advertising, aggregation, alphabetica, art, artisanry, badass, big happies, body art, book, clothes, comics, consciousness, craft, dreamy, drool, embroidery, Etsy, fashion, geekery, gender, graffiti, hair & makeup, iconoclasm, illustration, indie, internet, joy, language, literature, loveness, music, rowr, the happies, words, work, writing, yum | 1 Comment
    Swiatoslaw Wojtkowiak's photostream

    butcher & seam

    Butcher’s charts take it all apart.

    Sewing patterns put it all together.

    The sundering and the reconciling … they interest me, both. I maybe love taxidermy because it requires both; I should maybe love the jigsaw puzzle more than I do, for the same reason.

    Published on Jul 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm.
    Filled under: aggregation, alchemy, anatomy, architecture, art, artisanry, badass, big happies, book, ceramics, clothes, connection, craft, decay, design, design, domestic arts, drawing, dreamy, embroidery, epiphany, fashion, fauna, flora, food, freedom, fuck you and the horse you rode in on, gaming, geekery, graphic, handmade, holy shit, home, illustration, insane-in-the-best-possible-way, internet, intersection, joy, language, loveness, making, mono no aware, music, packaging, painting, photography, playfulness, project, risk-taking, science, sculpture, shiver, smash, swoon, technology, textile, transformation, transgression, wabi sabi, words, work, writing, yum | 2 Comments
    09 Lighting Books" by Airan Kang via illusion.scene360

    The poetry of objects: spinality

    Often I think of the poetry of objects
    about the way a seam is resolved
    or the way a spine grows
    about the things we make with our bodies
    and the bones from out of our bodies

    Published on Jun 30, 2010 at 8:21 am.
    Filled under: aggregation, anatomy, architecture, art, artisanry, book, ceramics, clothes, connection, craft, design, domicile, dreamy, embroidery, fashion, fauna, flora, furniture, glass, holy shit, home, hybrid, iconoclasm, illustration, insane-in-the-best-possible-way, intersection, jewellery, joy, language, loveness, making, metal, painting, paper, photography, playfulness, project, risk-taking, science, sculpture, sentipensante, shiver, swoon, technology, textile, the happies, transformation, transgression, words, work, writing, yum | 2 Comments
    Nancy Cunard photographed by Cecil Beaton, 1930

    Style is generosity

    I think I think too much about clothes — mine, yours, his, hers, theirs, whoever’s. Because really? I think an awful lot about them. Like, an AWRFUL lot. Thing is, when the world is being beautiful, I don’t want to be a blight on it and when the world is being unbeautiful, I don’t want to add to the ick, so I end up thinking a lot about my clothes. And in my thinking, I also think this: I think style is an act of generosity. I think fashion is just merchandising. I think one is qualitatively superior to the other, by a lot, and in my mind it’s clear that the superior one is style.

    Published on Jun 11, 2010 at 11:11 am.
    Filled under: alchemy, art, artisanry, badass, big happies, book, clothes, consumerism, craft, dance, design, diy, domestic arts, dreamy, drool, Etsy, fashion, hair & makeup, handmade, holy shit, iconoclasm, indie, jewellery, loveness, making, music, packaging, performance, playfulness, poetry, repurpose, risk-taking, rowr, shiver, street, swoon, textile, transformation, transgression, uncategorized, video, vintage, yum | 5 Comments
    Amsterdam

    Remortar

    Imagine if we could remove the mortar that holds all the disparate elements of our selves together. Remove it and fiddle the bricks of character around a bit and repoint, so that we could be remade. Or maybe that’s too drastic (altho’ I am a woman who likes the grand gesture) — it’s not a complete rebuild that interests me but the jimjummery of a rejig.

    Published on Mar 22, 2010 at 11:07 am.
    Filled under: aggregation, alchemy, architecture, art, artisanry, badass, craft, decay, design, diy, dreamy, environment, event, holy shit, iconoclasm, insane-in-the-best-possible-way, intersection, loveness, making, playfulness, project, risk-taking, sculpture, street, swoon, transformation, transgression, work, yum | 1 Comment
    Lauren Kalman, "Lip Adornment," 2006, image courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Craft

    It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that bling

    Actually … actually … I’m a very bling-averse woman.

    Published on Mar 01, 2010 at 1:42 pm.
    Filled under: alchemy, anatomy, art, badass, body art, dreamy, drool, fauna, flora, holy shit, jewellery, risk-taking, sculpture, shiver, transgression, yum | 3 Comments
    Ice Bow by Corey

    Frozen frissonery

    Ice is nice. Okay, if you’re me, it’s more than nice.

    Published on Feb 09, 2010 at 2:01 pm.
    Filled under: alchemy, architecture, art, badass, ceramics, clothes, domicile, dreamy, environment, film, flora, holy shit, mono no aware, music, north, painting, performance, photography, risk-taking, sculpture, shiver, textile, transformation, wabi sabi, yum | 1 Comment
    w 0910

    Department of Droolage

    Want. These. Want. These. Want These.

    Published on Jan 31, 2010 at 10:07 am.
    Filled under: alchemy, anatomy, badass, body art, clothes, consumerism, design, dreamy, drool, fashion, holy shit, iconoclasm, loveness, swoon, textile, yum | 2 Comments
    whitefeather-branches-2

    The art is so much better at night

    I run. I like to run, a lot.

    Correction.

    I love to run. Love it, with big crazy heartsing heartpound loveness.

    Published on Jan 30, 2010 at 10:37 am.
    Filled under: art, connection, epiphany, flora, holy shit, intersection, loveness, mono no aware, running, shiver, wabi sabi, yum | 2 Comments
    Day 55 Shirt scarf and clog boots

    Department of Projects I Love Madly and Think You Will Too

    Okay, so there’s this Canadian clothing designer, Natalie Purschwitz, who runs a small and very interesting operation, Hunt & Gather, out of Vancouver. A few months ago she got the genius idea to wear only clothes she has made herself, for a whole year, in a project she calls Makeshift. Makeshift, I find, is a very nifty notion, if not also a little daunting. (But of course most things worth doing are a little daunting.)

    Published on Nov 25, 2009 at 11:11 am.
    Filled under: alchemy, alt, art, artisanry, badass, blog, clothes, consumerism, craft, crochet, design, diy, domestic arts, dreamy, exhibition, fashion, handmade, holy shit, iconoclasm, indie, internet, jewellery, knit, loveness, making, north, performance, photography, project, risk-taking, textile, transformation, transgression, work, yum | 5 Comments
    69_leemawdsley0317

    Smash

    I took my kids to see Zombieland the other day. (Because yes, I am an awesome mother.) It was a highly enjoyable experience, more than any of us had anticipated, honestly, and chief among the many excellent moments was the scene in which the four nonzombies who are our heroes realize the rules of quotidian life no longer pertain and lay waste to a souvenir shop, smashing and crushing and pulverising all the cheap tat that stocks the shop’s shelves. It is an exhilarating moment, for sure, because transgression so often is, and transgression that involves destruction? Ding ding ding! We have a winner, folks!

    Published on Nov 12, 2009 at 11:11 am.
    Filled under: alchemy, art, badass, catharsis, ceramics, comics, glass, insane-in-the-best-possible-way, intersection, loveness, mono no aware, performance, photography, sculpture, shiver, smash, transformation, transgression, yum | 5 Comments
    Broken Column by Frida Kahlo

    The making bone’s connected to the fucky-eyesight bone

    I am interested in the connection between the physical and the mental, in the connection between a crisis of the body and the germination of an idea.

    Published on Oct 26, 2009 at 11:04 am.
    Filled under: alchemy, anatomy, art, catharsis, connection, dreamy, epiphany, insane-in-the-best-possible-way, literature, loveness, making, music, painting, paper, performance, poetry, radio, risk-taking, sculpture, shiver, swoon, transformation, transgression, video, words, work, yum | No Comments
    Blue Tree by Stefan a Wengen, www.awengen.de

    Away

    Away is where I am right now and that is a thing I like, always. To be pulled away from the routine is disconcerting and delightful, both.

    Published on Oct 16, 2009 at 2:55 pm.
    Filled under: catharsis, epiphany, shiver, transformation, yum | 5 Comments
    Pumpkin via www.ilxor.com

    Thanks I give: 1

    And here we are, arrived at the day on which Canadians give thanks. Truth be told, I did my Tgiving dinner yesterday and it featured poulet not dinde, but this is the official holiday so I will honour it and break my illness-induced silence by typing some words for you all.

    Published on Oct 12, 2009 at 12:14 pm.
    Filled under: alchemy, art, badass, catharsis, chaos, dreamy, flora, holy shit, insane-in-the-best-possible-way, loveness, making, painting, paper, project, risk-taking, sculpture, transformation, transgression, work, yum | No Comments
    La vie est belle, Milou lg

    La vie est belle

    This is a period of similehead. I always have quite a bit of that but it’s really all-consuming  lately.

    Published on Sep 29, 2009 at 8:02 am.
    Filled under: alchemy, art, artisanry, catharsis, chaos, connection, dreamy, embroidery, epiphany, handmade, holy shit, illustration, loveness, making, painting, photography, shiver, swoon, transformation, yum | 6 Comments