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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
    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
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    Brokeny

    Brokeny can be a good thing. Brokeny can be a thing I like, and often is.

    Published on May 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm.
    Filled under: aggregation, anatomy, architecture, art, ceramics, confession, consciousness, craft, decay, dirty little secrets, drawing, illustration, painting, photography, smash, transformation, transgression, unruly | 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
    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
    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
    Coop Spook by Aubrey Longley-Cook

    A flip of the bird

    You know, I’m not really a big fan of birds (the Byrds, yes, birds, no). Okay, truth be told, I find them horrible and creepy, more than is strictly reasonable — if in fact there’s a degree of finding-birds-horrible-and-creepy that could be characterised as “reasonable”. Mostly, of course, my distaste for birds doesn’t matter, doesn’t have an impact on my life — except when preparing a whole chicken for consumption. Yow. Now that is the stuff nightmares are made of. Mostly, however, I don’t think about birds or worry about birds.

    Published on May 13, 2010 at 8:08 am.
    Filled under: anatomy, art, artisanry, book, ceramics, clothes, confession, craft, design, domestic arts, drawing, fashion, fauna, green, handmade, hybrid, illustration, painting, paper, photography, project, repurpose, science, sculpture, textile, typography | 5 Comments
    Octopus, from Animani, 1980, by Mario Mariotti, via laura@popdesign's photostream

    A poem I think you should read (4)

    How to catch an octopus
    by Patrick Widdess

    Published on Mar 03, 2010 at 12:40 pm.
    Filled under: aggregation, alchemy, anatomy, art, artisanry, badass, ceramics, clothes, comics, craft, crochet, design, design, domestic arts, domicile, dreamy, Etsy, exhibition, fashion, fauna, food, furniture, glass, graffiti, graphic, holy shit, home, illustration, insane-in-the-best-possible-way, jewellery, knit, language, literature, painting, photography, poetry, publication, science, sculpture, street, textile, transformation | 3 Comments
    Antler Girl by Beci Orpin

    A is for aggregation: antlerpeople

    When I grow up, I want to be a people. A people with antlers.

    Published on Feb 17, 2010 at 6:29 am.
    Filled under: aggregation, alchemy, anatomy, art, artisanry, ceramics, clothes, concatenation, craft, dreamy, embroidery, fashion, fauna, hybrid, illustration, intersection, north, painting, photography, textile, transformation, transgression | 4 Comments
    Vasculature of a porcine heart, via Glockoma's photostream

    Gracious, it’s VD
    I’m in love with the poet Frank O’Hara. The fact that in life he was gay and the other fact that in life he is dead matter not a whit to me because how not to love a man so full of  strange, tender hardassery?
    Published on Feb 14, 2010 at 10:10 am.
    Filled under: aggregation, anatomy, art, artisanry, ceramics, craft, crochet, domestic arts, dreamy, embroidery, Etsy, fashion, fauna, food, glass, graffiti, handmade, home, illustration, jewellery, knit, language, literature, loveness, painting, paper, photography, poetry, science, sculpture, street, textile, words | 1 Comment
    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
    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
    Dress by Li Xiaofeng

    On the whole, I’d rather be in Delftadelphia

    Blue-and-white china is a lovely thing indeed. I have rarely seen any that I did not like, at least a bit, at least the colour scheme if not the pattern. Because while green is queen, blue is definitely her consort, and the consort’s most worthy consort is white.

    Published on Jan 19, 2010 at 8:49 am.
    Filled under: aggregation, anatomy, art, artisanry, badass, ceramics, clothes, domicile, fashion, fauna, flora, iconoclasm, insane-in-the-best-possible-way, nose-tweakery, performance, sculpture, transformation, transgression | 10 Comments
    Proof What a Sissy I'm Not via okzon's photostream

    Christmas: the good, the bad, and the ugly: 1

    I have seen the face of compromised sanity and it looks like Santa.

    Published on Dec 12, 2009 at 12:09 pm.
    Filled under: advertising, aggregation, anatomy, art, bahahahaha, ceramics, Christmas, consumerism, craft, holy shit, illustration, insane-in-the-best-possible-way, making, photography, street, transgression | No Comments
    Shrooms- Have a nice trip, via magic-mushroom

    A is for aggregation: fun guy!

    If you take away my periodic PMS madness and my 92%-of-the-time short fuse, I’m a pretty fun gal.

    Published on Dec 07, 2009 at 7:09 am.
    Filled under: advertising, aggregation, alchemy, architecture, art, artisanry, badass, bahahahaha, body art, ceramics, clothes, consciousness, corsetry, craft, crochet, domestic arts, dreamy, embroidery, environment, epiphany, Etsy, fashion, fauna, film, flora, food, furniture, gaming, geekery, glass, handmade, holy shit, illustration, insane-in-the-best-possible-way, jewellery, knit, photography, project, science, sculpture, textile, transformation, video, vintage | 3 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
    Image via ffffound

    Dia de los muertos

    Today is the day for the beautiful bones.

    Published on Nov 01, 2009 at 12:13 pm.
    Filled under: alphabetica, anatomy, animation, art, artisanry, badass, ceramics, corsetry, craft, decay, design, dreamy, Etsy, fashion, holy shit, mono no aware, painting, science, sculpture, typography, wabi sabi | 7 Comments
    Snowball by Shary Boyle, 2006, via sharyboyle

    A is for Aggregation: whiteworld

    When colour isn’t present to advance the story, form and texture are what keep the narrative moving.

    Published on Oct 27, 2009 at 11:14 am.
    Filled under: aggregation, alchemy, art, artisanry, badass, book, ceramics, clothes, collage, craft, design, domestic arts, dreamy, embroidery, fauna, knit, painting, paper, photography, sculpture, textile | 4 Comments
    Costume from Shockheaded Peter, via www.monstersandcritics.com

    Char

    I am very, very afraid of fire. Very, very afraid of it and very, very — o so very — compelled by it.

    Published on Sep 21, 2009 at 7:29 am.
    Filled under: aggregation, alchemy, architecture, art, artisanry, ceramics, concatenation, decay, domicile, epiphany, fauna, furniture, holy shit, industrial, intersection, mono no aware, painting, photography, smash, textile, theatre, transformation, wabi sabi | 3 Comments
    labyrinth-izumis-house-2-hiroshima-2007-by-mtoi-yamamoto

    Salt

    Last May, I ran a half-marathon. It was a dreadful experience, in ways I can’t, even four months later, fully articulate. I can tell you that I wasn’t jubilant when I crossed the finish line, I didn’t feel the lightness of spirit I had anticipated. Not at all. In fact, I was bitterly disappointed in myself because I hadn’t run the way I wanted to run and because in the months of training I’d done to prepare for the race, I’d lost all the things I value about running, sacrificed them to this goal of propelling myself 21.1 kilometres in tandem with thousands of strangers, in a specific and challenging amount of time.

    Published on Sep 15, 2009 at 8:02 am.
    Filled under: aggregation, alchemy, anatomy, architecture, art, artisanry, book, catharsis, ceramics, concatenation, confession, connection, craft, dreamy, epiphany, food, glass, holy shit, illustration, loveness, music, north, painting, performance, photography, poetry, risk-taking, running, science, sculpture, shiver, smash, transformation, transgression | 5 Comments
    fiddlehead-collar-necklace-in-peacock-blue-via-eikametsy

    The lovely leaf

    I went to Ikea a couple of weeks ago with my friend Allysun. It was delightful, as trips to Ikea can be when you’re not there to make some big significant purchase (cos let’s face it, there’s more than a little truth to the old “Ikea: Swedish for ‘Out of Stock’” joke.) But this was a fun outing, no pressure, just cruise around with a friend, have a yammer, and enjoy the Ikean spectacle.

    Published on Sep 02, 2009 at 8:33 am.
    Filled under: ceramics, consumerism, domicile, Etsy, flora, food, furniture, green, handmade, jewellery, making, uncategorized, yum | 1 Comment
    william-blake-life-mask-1823-photo-by-joanna-kane

    A is for aggregation: head

    What could be better than starting your day with a little head?

    Published on Aug 25, 2009 at 8:08 am.
    Filled under: aggregation, anatomy, art, artisanry, ceramics, photography, sculpture | 1 Comment
    aluminum-bra-by-simone-walsh

    just burn that sucker and be done with it

    by guest blogger rachel cheetham douglas

    i went bra shopping the other week. i have a small collection of racerback tops that just sit there in my closet, year after year, because i don’t have any racerback bras to wear underneath. well, that’s not true. i have two racerback bras, but i can’t wear them because they’re itchy and hateful and itchy and they ride up and did i mention they’re itchy? itchy is a funny word. say it. you almost feel a little japanese. or maybe i’m overcaffeinated today. whatever, the point is that god
    damn i hate those bras.

    Published on Aug 18, 2009 at 8:25 am.
    Filled under: aggregation, anatomy, art, badass, bahahahaha, ceramics, clothes, corsetry, craft, design, domestic arts, gender, handmade, intersection, making, painting, paper, photography, rowr, sculpture, textile, words, yum | 3 Comments