Web Sites »The Storque

Etsy’s Handmade Blog

I have to say, I was most taken with the Etsy Blog, The Storque by the perfectly timed entry “Quit Your Day Job” which jumped out at me almost as a sign, because, as some of you might know, I recently did just that – not become an etsy seller, but to start my own business and a more happy and flexible working life for when my baby comes. (The Quit Your Day Job is actually a series that includes many stories of people who have successfully made careers on their own).

But enough about me, Storque is a frequently updated blog with a plethora of articles, videos and interviews about all aspects of the craft and diy movements.

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Posted on May 16, 2010

Web Sites »Flying Haystacks Hand Embroideries

I found these totally creepy and cool embroideries by Flying Haystacks randomly the other day and thought they'd be perfect to share with you during Halloween season. The artist began embroidering only a couple of years ago and sells these one-of-a kind oddities on Etsy. I posted some favorties on RC.

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Posted on October 26, 2009

Web Sites »The Impossible Project

What is the Impossible Project?

“We aim to re-start production of analog instant film for vintage Polaroid cameras in 2010.”

TOO COOL!!

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Posted on September 7, 2009

Places to Visit »Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival

antwerp snow and ice sculpture festivalMy friends have had such exciting adventures across the globe. This week, I share Ashleigh's trip to Brussels and the amazing looking Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival:

“The theme was the life and works of Peter Paul Rubens. It was held in a huge refrigerated tent and it was c-o-l-d.It'sa weird and kind of rave-ish place to want to transport myself to, but the hot mug of Gl?hwein they gave you to keep warm as you meandered through frozen Bizarro art history made it a thoroughly lovely outing.”

This year's celebration dates are to be announced here.

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Posted on September 7, 2009

Books »The Journey is the Destination

The Journey is the Destination is such a vibrant testament to a life lived to the fullest, which makes the reality of young author, Dan Eldon's end all the more tragic. After years of brave photojournalism: Eldon and three colleagues were stoned and beaten to death by an angry mob in Mogadishu after a botched UN raid killed several locals.

Prior to his sad demise, Eldon was a full-fledged world traveler by the age of seven and the photographs taken in his teens and twenties were published in newspapers and magazines world wide.

This posthumous collection of his colorful, complex visual journals was published by his family and the scrapbooks, made from age 14 to 22, continue to inspire socially conscious artists and young adventurers today, here's a link to several images I posted over on RC.

Though Eldon's isn't a household name, that all may change once Daniel
Radcliff portrays him on the big screen
– but this book and his story can't be forgotten.

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Posted on August 10, 2009

Web Sites »Journey Round My Skull

I am a longtime, huge admirer of Journey Round My Skull a “Unhealthy book fetishism from a reader, collector, and amateur historian of forgotten literature.” Go there for inspiring images from around the world and over the decades. You're unlikely to find a more visually compelling collection of graphic design and interesting illustration anywhere

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Posted on August 10, 2009

Web Sites »E Movie Poster

emovieposter astonding she monsterE Movie Poster is about to take away a lot of your time, and possibly money, but you won't mind. There are just so many amazing images to look through: posters in all shapes and sizes, from every decade and genre.

You can search for exactly what you're looking for and bid away on something fun for your walls, or you can just browse through the images and maybe be inspired to add some forgotten possible gems to your Netflix queue.

Just in the past few moments, I've uncovered “the most savage film in history” and it stars Murphy Brown. I've also had my interest piqued by a Joan Collins vehicle called Tales That Witness Madness! (which is not available on DVD) and what about Deadly Blessing, anyone remember this poster for a Wes Craven thriller that rips on his own classic Nightmare on Elm Street poster (and, from what I've read, stars Ernest Borgnine as an Amish ringleader).

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Posted on July 13, 2009

Books »The Curious Sofa

the curious sofaI can't tell you how much Edward Gorey's Mystery! introduction thrilled me as a kid – my sister and I, after dozens and dozens of studied viewings, got the handkerchief wailing toss down pat. Gorey's books and style are completely unique and singularly devious, so you can imagine the naughtiness and eventual savagery he might bring to the table working under an alias on a book for adults only.

I actually came across The Curious Sofa during one of those vague childhood recollections that lead you on a wild goose chase. I remember being totally enthralled with a slightly dirty picture book… maybe even a pop up book? At that age I was interested in anything that had to do with the forbidden subject of sex (even though I only had vaguest notions of what it was), and I even remember specifically wanting to see The Man with Two Brains because he said the word in an ad. Anyway, all I can recall were twenties style drawings, the color pink, and tits in a bubble bath.

Ends up that the delightfully wicked Curious Sofa, while a wonderful find, was not the book of my distant memories, but a notable and funny book rife with Gorey's signature style, wit, innuendo and mystery. With nary a single pornographic image (as hinted at in the books subtitle, “A Pornographic Work by Ogdred Weary”) it still manages to point your imagination into dark, frisky, and sometimes disturbing corners.

View some images over at Rotating Corpse.

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Posted on July 13, 2009

Web Sites »Disfarmer

disfarmerI can't imagine it was easy to buck against your roots in Arkansas farm country in the early 20th century, but that's exactly what Mike Meyers, also known as Disfarmer, did. Having no interest in the livelihood of his family and peers he:

“Taught himself how to shoot and develop photographs, and he soon set up a studio on the back porch of his mother's house?and his belief in his own unique superiority as a photographer and as a human being made him somewhat of an oddity to others”.

Thank goodness for mavericks, because his career as a portrait photographer has left us with an astonishing visual history of the time. Limited prints are available for purchase for $800, but you can peruse the gallery for free and even send an email postcard to fellow fans of olde timey goodness.

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Posted on June 29, 2009

Spend a Couple Minutes »Keith Haring Mural

keith haring muralThe Keith Haring Mural at Houston and Bowery was recreated by the Keith Haring Foundation and Deitch Projects in honor of what would have been the artist's fiftieth birthday. The original was painted at the exact same spot back in 1982 and was up for a few months.

Happily for us who enjoy a spot of brightness and smiles in our daily walks around the area, this one is lasting much longer than it was even originally intended (it was listed as being up until the end of last year but still stands).

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Posted on June 22, 2009

Books »American Denim – A New Folk Art

american denim a new folk art Why do I mention it now?

Because I have some stunning images from the book to share with you here.

Here's what I said back on 8/6/07:

This coffee table book about the art of denim embellishment caught my eye for purely professional reasons. But, despite the lack of substantial text, it has become a beloved personal treasure. The minimal text (by Beagle) is really of its time and refreshingly hippy dippy.

Of embellishing our clothes he proposes that if we all had become bellbottomed people with rockets embroidered on our pockets, Adam and Eve appliqued on our legs, and rainbows sequined up our thighs interplanetary relations would benefit: “UFOs, hesitant to land on this planet of legendary menace, would know that we meant them no harm.”

You know, I agree with him too. His insights, though few, are interesting in comparison to today, when a craft movement is again in full swing. He says of the people who are part of the movement then, “what these people seem to have in common is not an official counterculture – that hardly exists anymore… but it is the desire for some little control over one's own life”.

The book is great, there's lost of bright, fun photographs of extreme embroidery, macrame, feathers, fringe, lace, sequins… you name it. I've been told that this is a highly sought after book in the apparel world, so if you find it at a used book shop like my mom did, grab it!

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Posted on June 15, 2009

Web Sites »michaelhague.com

Michael Hague Alice in Wonderland He's my dad!

www.michaelhague.com

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Posted on December 12, 2005

Spend a Couple Hours »The Hot Room at the Glass Museum

glass blowing tacoma washington If you find yourself in Tacoma, this is a great place to go with a friend and quietly chat while watching glass blowing.
It's even better than watching blowing glass.

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Posted on November 14, 2005