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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
    from the supervision series by kerstin zu pan

    All for love and love for all

    I don’t know about where you are, but where I am, this is the day of the Pride Parade, and I have three things to say, like this:

    1 – I believe in inclusion, not exclusion;
    2 – more people expressing more love can never be a bad thing; and
    3 – one of the greatest things my country has done so far this century is legalize same-sex marriage (which we did seven years ago. Can I get an “Aw yeah, Canada!”?).

    Published on Jul 01, 2012 at 8:58 am.
    Filled under: architecture, art, artisanry, design, freedom, gender, hair & makeup, jewellery, love, loveness, photography, Pride, public, sculpture, sex, street, typewriters, typography, unruly | 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
    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
    Bodies in Urban Spaces series by Will Dorner, via acidolatte

    Don’t fence me in

    It’s still in my head, the image from a lot of years ago, the image that came to me one day when I was sad and angry and roiled with all the awfulness of what had happened, when my worklife had become void, when the job I loved had been lost to me by bad behaviour not my own. Smashworld came and I fell down until the moment I got up and thought to make my own way, which I did and am doing and will do.

    Published on Apr 18, 2012 at 7:44 pm.
    Filled under: advertising, anatomy, architecture, art, big happies, book, chaos, design, flora, food, freedom, iconoclasm, illustration, industrial, joy, packaging, painting, photography, playfulness, public, risk-taking, sculpture, smash, street, transformation, transgression, unruly, video | 3 Comments
    chalkboard truck @ art fair gina mcclure's photostream

    A is for aggregation: chalk

    Because I love the sad and beautiful truth of nothing-can-stay.

    Published on Jul 05, 2011 at 7:13 am.
    Filled under: advertising, aggregation, alphabetica, architecture, art, artisanry, bookthing, design, drawing, dreamy, Flickr, handwritten, holy shit, home, illustration, mono no aware, painting, photography, poetry, public, street, typography, unruly, urban, writing | 3 Comments
    Global Warming Igloo  At the Art Shanty's at Medicine Lake via Amy Art's photostream

    Cold house

    If tomorrow I were to walk away to some other place, go live in a where that is not this where, the place I would go would have lots of snow and the house I would live in would be made of cold, a house of snow — or of-snow-adjacent.

    Published on Feb 06, 2011 at 11:11 am.
    Filled under: architecture, art, artisanry, connection, craft, design, diy, domicile, drawing, dreamy, environment, exhibition, fashion, fauna, Flickr, flora, food, freedom, handmade, home, illustration, insane-in-the-best-possible-way, joy, metal, mono no aware, music, north, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, sentipensante, shiver, the happies, theatre, unruly, weather | 5 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
    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
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    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
    big crazy lips 2

    Smooch

    Sometimes I’m a romantic creature … okay, who’m I trying to fool here? … always I’m a romantic creature. Forever and ever I’ve been madly shivered up by the sweet gesture, small or large or somewhere in between. I have made those gestures and had them made for me and some of them have been over-the-top — whoa, Nelly, way up and way off the precipice of mad-for-you, with a celebratory shout of “For you are my beloved” — and some of them have been tiny and odd, discernible only to me and the person whose lips I wish to kiss.

    Published on Oct 18, 2010 at 12:03 pm.
    Filled under: advertising, aggregation, anatomy, art, consumerism, design, embroidery, fashion, food, furniture, graphic, hair & makeup, illustration, jewellery, packaging, painting, performance, playfulness, television, unruly | 3 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
    b-is-for-banana, via ffffound

    From the desk of Mr. Roy G. Biv: yellow

    Yellow! I don’t really like it, most of the time, and yet my favourite shoes in the whole wide world are yellow and I love it when a cool-toned garden is warmed by splashes of yellow and I think lemons are not only delightfully delicious  as foodstuffs but delightfully delectable in every aesthetic aspect and I like looking at my bookshelves and seeing the yellow spines of Upside Down and Cheap Chic and A Prick Up Your Ears and What It Is and maybe now that I think of it I do like yellow, not as the object or the subject, mostly, but in small illuminating punctuatory doses.

    Published on Jun 02, 2010 at 10:12 am.
    Filled under: aggregation, alphabetica, art, artisanry, body art, book, clothes, comics, craft, design, domestic arts, domicile, drawing, embroidery, environment, fashion, fauna, flora, glass, hair & makeup, handmade, illustration, jewellery, literature, music, photography, sculpture, textile | 5 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
    rings

    Department of Droolage

    If you’re a bling-averse ladyperson like me, then you don’t give a fiddler’s foxtrot about jewellery and have spent precisely zero time in your life thinking covetously about shiny, sparkly gems.

    Published on Mar 26, 2010 at 6:32 am.
    Filled under: aggregation, artisanry, badass, consumerism, design, dreamy, drool, fashion, jewellery, uncategorized | 3 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
    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
    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
    hilobaba

    Agitprop worth loving (3)

    Lisa Auerbach’s Tract House project is full of badassery and makes me happy.

    Published on Jan 06, 2010 at 9:44 am.
    Filled under: advertising, agitprop, badass, bahahahaha, consumerism, design, diy, iconoclasm, illustration, indie, project, publication, street, typography, words, writing | 1 Comment
    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
    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