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    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
    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
    El Rio interviews Ghetto Frida

    Department of If Loving the Interwebs is Wrong Then I Don’t Wanna Be Right

    Humanity is bad and terrible and capable of the most horrific acts of cruelty and venality. But oh my god, when a beautiful brain does beautiful brain things, it makes me remember that some of us are not only unbad and unterrible, but really fucking wonderful. What I’m thinking of here is this thing I found on the webs that are inter, this fabulous wonderful thing. To be precise, this thing:

    Published on Nov 26, 2010 at 10:20 am.
    Filled under: alchemy, bad attitude, badass, big happies, body art, comics, drawing, fashion, Flickr, graphic, hair & makeup, iconoclasm, illustration, indie, insane-in-the-best-possible-way, internet, intersection, interview, joy, novel, painting, project, street, the happies, transformation, unruly, urban, video | No 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
    "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
    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
    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
    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
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    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
    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
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    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
    CD cover Roots Manuva, Slime and Reason, via creativereview.co.uk

    I thinked it up with my brainybrain

    If you read here fairly regularly, you may have noticed I’ve been on a bit of a consciousness kick lately, posting about dream and nightmare, acid and ‘shroom. It’s a subject that’s still very much on my mind and, in my mullings, I have thought mightily about trepanation, not for the first time in my life. Good old trepanation is, as Wiktionary has it, “The practice of drilling a hole in the skull as a physical, mental, or spiritual treatment” and it’s an activity that first crossed my radar close to 30 years ago, when I read the book Eccentric Lives and Peculiar Notions by John Michell. In that book there is a whole chapter, “The People With Holes in Their Heads”, devoted to the subject. Now I’m not suggesting I’ll be taking the old drill to my own head (or anyone else’s, for that matter) any time soon, or even any time not-soon, but for all it’s absolute crazy, awful grossness, I’m deeply, weirdly compelled by it. I love Cynthia Girard’s poem “There is an insect” because I swear to god it’s about trepanation.

    Published on Dec 10, 2009 at 11:11 am.
    Filled under: alchemy, anatomy, art, body art, catharsis, chaos, consciousness, epiphany, fauna, holy shit, iconoclasm, risk-taking, science | 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
    Dock Ellis, 1971, via The Sporting Blog

    High as a Georgia pine: lovin’ on Dock Ellis

    Dock Ellis Pitches a No-No on LSD
    By Jilly Dybka
    From Elysian Fields Quarterly

    The ball’s big — like lobbing a volleyball.
    And the batter’s box is so far away.
    Tiny ball, red ball, white ball, rainbow ball.
    Wasn’t even supposed to play today.
    The batters are whiffing in slow motion
    Because their strike zone is five miles wide.
    The catcher is wavy like the ocean,
    Before my release, have to time the tide.
    Straight bat, bendy bat, big bat, little bat.
    Feels like I’m pitching inside of a dream.
    I’m flying as high as an acrobat,
    My fingers feel every stitch in the seam.
    I wonder what all the fuss is about?
    I’m just trying to get the guy out.

    Published on Nov 20, 2009 at 10:17 am.
    Filled under: art, badass, bahahahaha, consciousness, film, fuck you and the horse you rode in on, holy shit, iconoclasm, insane-in-the-best-possible-way, language, loveness, performance, poetry, risk-taking, transgression | 1 Comment
    celina-kalluk-and-tanya-tagaq-gillis-throat-singing1

    The music of sentipensante

    I listen to a lot of music. A lot. And while I think my taste is fairly wide-ranging, ultimately I have to recognise that I am particularly drawn to and moved by music that is odd or broken or primal or otherworldly. I want from music what I want from poetry and fiction — I want to be moved. I want to be taken to a place of sentipensante, feeling-thinking, to borrow Eduardo Galeano’s most beautiful word, because sentipensante is “language that speaks the truth”. And my god, that is a powerful notion.

    Published on Aug 28, 2009 at 9:38 am.
    Filled under: alchemy, alt, art, catharsis, chaos, connection, dreamy, epiphany, holy shit, iconoclasm, indie, loveness, mono no aware, music, north, risk-taking, sentipensante, shiver, swoon, transformation, transgression, wabi sabi, yum | 3 Comments
    cyclops-by-mr-jones-watches-via-wwwdezeencom

    Design that pokes you in the eye with a sharp stick is design I can get behind

    Anyone who knows me IRL knows that I have a relationship with time that requires heavy reliance on the prefix “over-” to describe it.

    Published on Aug 07, 2009 at 8:28 am.
    Filled under: agitprop, badass, design, fashion, iconoclasm, transgression | 7 Comments
    behold-the-apocalypse-by-david-fullerton-2009

    Department of Lagniappe

    I wasn’t planning on posting twice today but then I wasn’t planning on falling madly in love either.

    Published on Jul 07, 2009 at 11:02 am.
    Filled under: art, badass, collage, exhibition, fuck you and the horse you rode in on, holy shit, iconoclasm, lagniappe, project | 5 Comments
    flying-geese-annie-e-pettway-ca-1935

    II: The whole notion of participatory makeocracy: part some more

    The notion of a participatory makeocracy thrills me, well and truly, for all sorts of reasons, not the least of which is that I relish the blurring or even eradicating of borders and divisions — integration not segregation!

    Published on Jul 03, 2009 at 9:13 am.
    Filled under: alchemy, alt, art, artisanry, badass, concatenation, consumerism, craft, design, diy, geekery, handmade, hybrid, iconoclasm, indie, internet, letterpress, loveness, repurpose, technology, textile, transformation | 2 Comments
    Backbone

    The backbone of the backbone.

    Published on May 01, 2009 at 10:30 am.
    Filled under: advertising, aggregation, agitprop, alchemy, alphabetica, alt, anatomy, animation, architecture, art, artisanry, bacon, badass, bahahahaha, blog, body art, book, call for submissions, catharsis, ceramics, chaos, clothes, collage, comics, concatenation, connection, consumerism, corsetry, craft, crochet, curating, dance, decay, design, design, dirty little secrets, diy, domestic arts, domicile, dreamy, environment, epiphany, event, exhibition, fashion, fauna, film, flora, food, fuck you and the horse you rode in on, furniture, gallimaufry, gaming, geekery, gender, glass, graffiti, graphic, green, hair & makeup, handmade, holy shit, home, hybrid, iconoclasm, illustration, indie, industrial, internet, intersection, interview, jewellery, knit, language, letterpress, literature, loveness, magazine, making, mono no aware, music, north, novel, painting, paper, performance, photography, poetry, project, publication, radio, repurpose, review, risk-taking, rowr, science, sculpture, sentipensante, shiver, smash, street, swoon, technology, television, textile, theatre, transformation, transgression, typography, upcycle, video, vintage, wabi sabi, words, yum | 1 Comment