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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
    ewen-lg

    art is tic and all the endings happen

    I’ve been thinking all my life about green and growing things and for weeks have wanted to see Wings of Desire for the millionth time just so I can hear the angel Damiel’s list of what he’s observed that day,

    Published on Aug 24, 2012 at 8:33 am.
    Filled under: art, evolution, flora, green, home, making, mono no aware, photography, poetry, unruly | No Comments
    daydreamer

    Spring is here, and with a vengeance

    It’s crazy-hot here now and it’s not even June yet.

    Published on May 27, 2012 at 9:29 am.
    Filled under: alphabetica, art, artisanry, ceramics, clothes, craft, design, domestic arts, dreamy, embroidery, environment, Etsy, fashion, fauna, Flickr, flora, food, green, handmade, jewellery, making, painting, photography, sculpture, transformation, transgression, typography, unruly, weather, words | 1 Comment
    Hands painted by Pablo Picasso, photo by Man Ray, 1935

    Hands

    Mmmmm, hands.

    Published on May 02, 2012 at 7:58 am.
    Filled under: advertising, aggregation, anatomy, art, bad attitude, badass, body art, book, ceramics, collage, connection, craft, design, drawing, dreamy, Etsy, fashion, Flickr, graffiti, graphic, handmade, illustration, indie, joy, knit, making, metal, painting, photography, playfulness, sculpture, street, tumblr, typewriters | No Comments
    ampersand & typewriter

    I would be brief

    I would be brief on the day I didn’t have a lot to say or, really, had a lot to say but wanted to make the thoughts in my head all compact the way a wintertime child can take a puff of snow and squeeze it into a ball of ice, to make it all hard and small.

    Published on Jul 01, 2011 at 11:11 am.
    Filled under: alchemy, alphabetica, blog, catharsis, chaos, consciousness, dreamy, epiphany, handmade, handwritten, James Cook, language, loveness, making, photography, poetry, sentipensante, shiver, smash, sorrow, street, swoon, transformation, transgression, unruly, words | 1 Comment
    kilgallen-paint-001 via juxtapoz

    How it is when you fall in love with Margaret Kilgallen

    What I’m doing right now is I’m writing a thing, a beautiful thing, a bookstory thing. It’s hard going — oh god, it is — and for all the wild-ride moments of outpour, there are many many — many! — ice ages of brainfreeze. When you write a thing as a pen-for-hire, you push through the brainfreeze, because money and somebody else’s deadline are great motivators. But when you make something with joy in your heart and when it’s a collaborative effort to boot — I’m making this thing with James Cook, whose delicious photographs will join up with the words I write — you let the going be slow because you’re waiting for a strange kind of knowledge — epiphany, I guess you’d call it — waiting to see in a way you’ve never seen before, waiting to understand, waiting to make connections.

    Published on Apr 10, 2011 at 1:11 pm.
    Filled under: alchemy, alphabetica, art, book, catharsis, consciousness, drawing, dreamy, epiphany, freedom, handmade, handwritten, James Cook, joy, loveness, making, mono no aware, risk-taking, sentipensante, shiver, street, transformation, typography, unruly, wabi sabi, words, work, writing | 3 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
    Sculpture made from recycled clothing by Guerra de la Paz

    Spectrum brilliance

    I don’t know about your little piece of the planet but here where I am there’s been a lot of greyworld and I’m not really an appreciator of greyworld, unless it’s mitigated by storm. Which it hasn’t been, here and now. So what can be done? One can give in to the grey and be taken down by it — opt for bed or heavy drink for weeks on end, except those are roads to ruin and I prefer to remain unruined for just a little longer in life.

    Published on Dec 04, 2010 at 12:07 pm.
    Filled under: alchemy, art, artisanry, concatenation, craft, design, diy, domestic arts, domicile, dreamy, embroidery, environment, Etsy, fashion, fauna, Flickr, food, glass, graffiti, graphic, handmade, illustration, jewellery, joy, knit, making, metal, music, neon, packaging, painting, paper, photography, playfulness, repurpose, science, sculpture, street, textile, the happies, tumblr, unruly, urban, weather | 7 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
    the analog mountains via laser bread's photostream

    Gainsay the naysay

    Nothing makes me wanna go on a homicidal killing spree (as opposed to a homicidal puppy-patting spree) more than people lambasting someone for doing something new to them.

    Published on Nov 03, 2010 at 9:51 am.
    Filled under: anatomy, art, book, corsetry, film, freedom, fuck you and the horse you rode in on, magazine, making, music, photography, risk-taking, transgression, unruly | 1 Comment
    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
    "Hell, Yes!" by Ugo Rondinone, 2001, via yauhin1's photostream

    Yes

    You know what I love? I love “yes”. I love “yes” so much, and so hard, and  also its more boisterous adjutants “hell yes” and “fuck yes”.

    Published on Aug 27, 2010 at 12:22 pm.
    Filled under: aggregation, agitprop, alphabetica, architecture, art, artisanry, badass, big happies, catharsis, comics, confession, consciousness, dirty little secrets, domestic arts, domicile, drawing, duhness, epiphany, Etsy, food, freedom, graphic, handmade, holy shit, home, iconoclasm, illustration, joy, language, loveness, making, packaging, painting, paper, photography, playfulness, risk-taking, sculpture, street, the happies, typography, unruly, words, work, writing | 2 Comments
    Sunflowers in the Sky!

    There is the beautiful sunflower

    This year, watching the Tour de France on TV, I heard one of the announcers say, “There’s the beautiful sunflower field” and it made me happy that, given all the manful muscling in the pelotonic tumult, he thought to mention that quiet golden place. Since then the words”There is the beautiful sunflower” have lodged themselves in my imagination in the inexplicable way certain words and phrases do from time to time, becoming something like a prayer or an offering or a streamer of solace unfurled the way a strand of birch bark can be freed from the tree.

    Also?

    Published on Aug 12, 2010 at 9:49 am.
    Filled under: alphabetica, art, artisanry, big happies, ceramics, clothes, craft, design, diy, domestic arts, drawing, dreamy, embroidery, environment, fashion, flora, furniture, glass, green, handmade, holy shit, illustration, jewellery, joy, knit, loveness, making, mono no aware, painting, paper, photography, playfulness, sculpture, shiver, textile, the happies, typography, wabi sabi | 3 Comments
    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
    WÜRSA. 2008. Palais de Tokyo, Paris, via we-find-wildness-com

    Precarity

    Sometimes I feel like Reepicheep finally arrived at the edge of the world and sometimes I feel like I’m standing way up high on a tall place where I have to make a choice about whether I’ll step off and float away, or not.

    Published on Jun 07, 2010 at 4:26 pm.
    Filled under: aggregation, alchemy, architecture, art, catharsis, ceramics, dreamy, environment, epiphany, fauna, food, freedom, furniture, holy shit, home, joy, making, mono no aware, performance, photography, risk-taking, sculpture, sentipensante, shiver, smash, swoon, transformation, transgression, wabi sabi | No Comments
    Phalacrognathus muelleri – October 2006 by Sipho Mabona, via mabonaorigami

    Dinna fash yersel’

    The world spins on its axis, on and on and on, no matter who comes here or leaves here, no matter how happy or sad you are, no matter, no matter.

    Published on Apr 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm.
    Filled under: art, artisanry, catharsis, clothes, consciousness, craft, crochet, decay, diy, domestic arts, domicile, drawing, dreamy, embroidery, environment, epiphany, Etsy, fashion, fauna, flora, gallimaufry, glass, green, handmade, home, illustration, jewellery, joy, knit, loveness, making, mono no aware, north, painting, photography, playfulness, poetry, project, remembrance, risk-taking, sculpture, sentipensante, shiver, sorrow, swoon, textile, transformation, transgression, uncategorized, wabi sabi, weather, work, writing | 1 Comment
    Odilon Redon, Ophelia, 1910, collection of A.D. Lasker, via thinkingwithshakespear.org

    The river

    I make playlists on my iPod and they’re often very theme-y because I am nothing if not a theme-y woman — I like to group and organise. I like to find patterns, or, in their absence, make them. Maybe that’s the curatorial urge. Or the librarian’s urge. Anyway, I have a playlist on my iPod called “river” and I listen to the songs on that playlist a lot, especially when I am despairing because those songs are very cathartic to hear and especially when I am all joyed-up because those songs are very cathartic to hear.

    Published on Mar 29, 2010 at 1:22 pm.
    Filled under: alchemy, architecture, art, artisanry, catharsis, concatenation, connection, consciousness, craft, dreamy, environment, epiphany, freedom, illustration, intersection, iPod, loveness, making, music, painting, paper, poetry, risk-taking, sculpture, shiver, smash, swoon, textile, the happies, transformation, transgression, video, vintage | 2 Comments
    alma face

    Beautiful beasties

    Lately I’ve been thinking quite a bit about body hair, especially women and. I am intrigued by the fact that we live in a time where we aspire to near-hairlessness. It’s a lot of fucking pressure, is what it is, to be sufficiently depilated to please that body hair–governing cabal known as They. They are merciless taskmasters, for sure, because They are relentless about pushing the hairlessness agenda and making us feel ashamed if we don’t thread our eyebrows and wax our pits and pussies and pins to perfect glassine smoothness.

    Published on Mar 23, 2010 at 11:46 am.
    Filled under: advertising, agitprop, anatomy, art, badass, body art, dirty little secrets, fauna, fuck you and the horse you rode in on, gender, hair & makeup, making, photography, risk-taking, textile, transformation, transgression | 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
    Illustration for the Edinburgh Fringe, www.chrissiemacdonald.co.uk

    Perplexicon

    I read a blog (very intermittently kept) written by a Korean artist who writes in English, which is not her first language. Her tiny strange observations are often very beautiful and made more so by the flaws in her English, a lot more so, I think, because those flaws can be very illuminatory — that skewing of language can make you look at a thing from a whole different perspective. The accidental nature of some of the beauty she writes makes her observations fresh and astonishing.

    Published on Mar 09, 2010 at 12:12 pm.
    Filled under: alchemy, alphabetica, art, artisanry, book, comics, consciousness, epiphany, iconoclasm, literature, loveness, making, music, painting, performance, risk-taking, sentipensante, swoon, transformation, transgression, writing | 2 Comments
    McQueen

    Carapace

    The carapace is a wonderful thing in its own right and I can celebrate its utility and its beauty — I can, I honestly can. But I never really forget that for all its protective value, it’s also a small, confined place, like a pedestal … or a prison.

    Published on Feb 11, 2010 at 11:08 am.
    Filled under: alchemy, anatomy, architecture, art, artisanry, badass, catharsis, ceramics, clothes, craft, domicile, dreamy, environment, epiphany, fashion, fauna, food, glass, holy shit, making, running, sculpture, technology, television, textile, transformation, vintage | No Comments
    zlinsoup 11

    Studio yumness; film at eleven

    And again I love the internets with mighty might because here I am unrulying away in Toronto and all the way over in the Czech Republic Akile Nazli Kaya is making films and sending me nifty pics of her studio space at the Film School Zlín.

    Published on Jan 21, 2010 at 8:17 am.
    Filled under: alphabetica, animation, art, film, making, photography, video, work | 1 Comment
    Leap Into the Void

    Decade reflectivity

    And here we are in a brand-new decade. I like that, a lot, because I’m much attracted to notions of new beginnings, even tho’ a new decade is no more a new beginning than a new day is and I’m still actually living the same life I’ve been living all along. I mean, the digits 2-0-1-0 don’t in any way change the unfoldment of a life. But the symbolism is juicy and yummy and also the questions posed to me about the last decade and the next decade by the very clever Sheila Killian are juicy and yummy and made me engage in some reflectional brain activity, which is generally a bit hard and scary and also deeply worthwhile.

    Published on Jan 04, 2010 at 11:11 am.
    Filled under: alchemy, art, badass, blog, catharsis, confession, connection, epiphany, loveness, making, mono no aware, north, remembrance, risk-taking, smash, transformation, transgression, writing | 4 Comments