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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
    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
    found art via onecreativesource' s photostream

    Incidental accidentality, accidental incidentality

    You know what I really love? I love to go to art galleries and museums to look at what humans have made, with intention. But I also love to walk out in the world and find the deliciousness of happy accident. I sure do. I really love both the incidental and the accidental. Like, really a lot I love them. All the funny found little bits and pieces of art or music or poetry that jump out at you and yell “Boo!” or maybe they peer around the corner and breathe “Pssst!” at you but however they approach you, they can all be filed under the heading “Ambush, such a lovely”.

    Published on Jun 25, 2010 at 10:39 am.
    Filled under: aggregation, alchemy, art, badass, poetry, repurpose, shiver | 4 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
    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
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    From the desk of Mr. Roy G. Biv: pink

    It’s not terribly often I say this but

    Published on Sep 01, 2009 at 7:41 am.
    Filled under: aggregation, agitprop, art, artisanry, bacon, catharsis, clothes, craft, design, diy, embroidery, fashion, fauna, flora, fuck you and the horse you rode in on, furniture, home, illustration, music, photography, repurpose, sculpture, smash, textile, upcycle, vintage | 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
    cootie_catcher-by-paul-blais

    I: The whole notion of participatory makeocracy: part the beginning

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’ve heard it all, just like you: the Internet is a fœtid swamp of depravity and conjecture and rumour and fibbery and inaccuracy and pointlessness and Lindsay Lohan’s twat, and I can’t really come up with a compelling argument to dissuade anyone of such notions.

    Published on Jul 02, 2009 at 8:55 am.
    Filled under: alchemy, alt, art, artisanry, badass, concatenation, consumerism, craft, design, diy, geekery, handmade, hybrid, indie, internet, intersection, letterpress, loveness, repurpose, technology, textile, upcycle | 1 Comment
    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