Saturday, September 27, 2008

Growth Series Rings

A quick post of some of my ongoing projects. 'Growth Series' rings, each one made a little different and unique from any other. Minimally simple yet detailed.

Before I Die

Photos from Before I Die. A project that collects a portrait and a brief answer to the question, "What do you want to do before you die?". I love that it's universal, poetic and often heartbreakingly candid. As well as a website there's a book of 111 Polaroids.

"Before I die I want to write one song that isn't about heartbreak." One of my favourites.

As well as specific wishes there were common universal themes, many were about
having a family, having children, grandchildren,
falling in love
to travel
to fly
being happy.

What do you want to do before you die? You can submit your Polaroids here.

via designformankind

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Georgia Straight Article!

A lovely article in the Georgia Straight's Sept 11th- 18th issue. At Etsy it's Cyber-Crafty Cool written by (the lovely) Patty Jones. Read the interview here.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Vote for me Please in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum Awards!

Vote for me Please! Two of my rings were nominated in this year's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum People's Award.

Vote for The Love Inside #5 here!

And for 'I Miss You' Here!

Over & Over - a catalog of patterns

Since it's come out I've been coveting Over & Over - a catalog of hand drawn patterns by Mike Perry & published by Princeton Architectural Press. It's in my (admittedly rather long) wish list.

Described as-
A perfect companion to Hand Job: A Catalog of Type, a year later Princeton Architectural Press publishes Over & Over. The hand-drawn pattern collection seen in Over & Over spans the work of 50 talented designers / artists (plus Mike Perry himself).

Perusing his site I also found some lovely patterns elsewhere, like the page above from Zing Zine

And from 'Mike Perry Selected Works' are theses lovely patterns. Words made of trees! Forests and oceans on your wall! How lovely.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Tissue Collection

Photos by Eelco Borremans

I just came across this dream clothing collection via flickr and a quick peak at the designer's blog shows that it is also in an exhibition this week in Italy.

The Tissue Collection by 1 of 1 Studio and C.E.B. Reas
Exhibited at C.STEM (at the Ex-Chiesa Metodista)
In Turin, Italy
19 to 27 September, 2008.

The event is conceived and curated by Associazione Culturale e di Ricerca NADA. It’s focused on creative potential of design using computers and digital means. Other exhibition participants include Ammar Eloueini, Ebru Kurbak and Mahir Yavuz, Adrian Bowyer, Nervous System, MOS, Marc Fornes, Fluid Forms, and Susanne Stauch. More information on the C.STEM website.

Each signed and numbered piece results from collaboration between a commissioned artist and fashion designer C.E.B. Reas . Also previously exhibited at the Concrete Image Store in the Netherlands. The photos above are from that super stylishly arranged show.

Tissue Image

The Beautiful People's Beauty Book

The Beautiful People's Beauty Book by Princess Luciana Pignatelli.

Vintage beauty advice cira 1971. A quirky beauty book with eccentric advice by Princess Luciana Pignatelli 'as told to' (aka ghostwritten by) Jeanne Molli. More great photos to be found in Charm and Poise's Flickr stream.

Advice includes 'The Homosexual Facial'
"The rage a few years ago with the chic Paris homosexuals is this: Take the white of one egg, a teaspoon of the best olive oil, beat, and apply for 20 minutes. Remove with hot face towel, lace trim optional." via refinery29. I haven't the slightest clue what makes that 'homosexual' but egg whites do make great face masks. Not sure about the olive oil mixed with it.

She also tells you how to get the "look and manner of the world's most attractive women," accompanied by odd beauty advice based on astrological signs...

Aries must have frequent dental check-ups.
Taurus should marry a man of means.
Gemini, often the face is too long or the nose is too long or big.
Cancer tends to be lazy about beauty and should be encouraged to make the effort.
Leo, if ambitions are not fulfilled, can have difficult menopause.
Virgo remains surprisingly youthful despite hypochondriac tendency.
Libra rarely gets fat.
Sagittarius is torn between bright, amusing men who are good talkers and her desire for a solid social position.
Scorpio is hypersexual and often attracted to men who are her inferiors.
Capricorn is always well turned-out and insists on quality in clothes.
Aquarius is often slightly neurotic and with fragile health.
Pisces, feet are the weak point and pedicures essential.
(via Cup of JO)

Bookseat by Fishbol Design

'Bookseat', by Fishbol Design, a Toronto based design-duo Elie Nehme and Mani Mani.

Earlier in the month I posted La Bibliochaise- a favourite from my files. A few days later I came across this chair. Wonderful, light and open and very Canadian somehow. Now I'm curious if there more chair/bookshelves out there.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008

Three Finger Ring

Recently I've posted many favourite designers, projects, etc from around the world but little of my own work. So here's a bit of what I've been working on! 'Three Finger Ring', Curved and shaped to fit the hand as a multiple finger ring! I wore one the other day all day and they're surprisingly comfortable. More so then they look.

I love multiple finger rings and used to wear them every other day. Lately I've found myself thinking about them again with an urge to make more. So soon to come are many more!

Absolutely stunning facade on parisian design store SABZ

Poetic and stunning facade on the Parisian design store SABZ.

Leaves of various shades of green cover the exterior and the interior walls of SABZ, a French interior design boutique which has moved to its new space early this Spring. Designed by 5.5.


Thursday, September 18, 2008


How clever is this? This photo of someone's custom-built "mowercycle" was taken "somewhere in the field" by Jim Hamilton. (I'd give more info but that's all there is.)

I'm not a big fan of mowing but this looks great. And a nice 'green' option in a few different ways.

Tulip fields of the northern Netherlands

Here a heady 60 million tulips can be seen blooming.

When I first saw these images I thought they were painintings or painted photos of fields. But they're neatly sectioned fields of tulips in the northern Netherlands. Wonderful!

According to the Daily Mail in the UK, in the Netherlands there more than 10,000 hectares devoted to the cultivation of tulips, the Dutch landscape in May is a kaleidoscope of bright colours as the many flowers burst bloom. More than three billion tulips are grown each year and two-thirds of the vibrant blooms are exported.

Where We’re From

More wonderful photos that I'd love on my walls. Years ago I had a wall covered in little framed photos and my recent online perusal gives me an urge to do this once again. But I think I might need many large walls.

The people behind The Ones We Love , have started Where We’re From. A complementary project featuring photos of the photographer's cities & homes- where they're from, places they feel strongly about, that they love, are comfortable in, etc.

Julia Galdo
b. 1981 | An atmospheric view of South Florida, USA

My favourites (again) all seem to be mysterious and atmospheric with moody lighting and unseen, disappearing people but there is also a great variety of styles on the site. With more added periodically.

Ian Aleksander Adams
b. 1986 | Savannah GA, US

Will Govus
b. 1991 | Ellli Way, GA, USA

Anelise De Carli
B. 1989 | Porto Alegre, Brazil

Monday, September 15, 2008

Photos of The Ones We Love

Ali Bosworth | b. 1984 | Victoria, BC, Canada |

How great is this project! Pretty great. Of course I'm partial to it as it combines my love of photography with my love of love.

The Ones We Love is a project highlighting (mainly but not only) young and talented photographers from around the world. Each artist contributed six photographs of the person/s who is most important to them, taken outdoors in a natural setting. The goal of the website is to portray the people who are loved, cherished, and inspirational to these artists, and also showcase the differences and similarities in the photographs each of them took within the same guidelines.

The photos of love I loved were all similar. Aside from the one above, I found myself partial to those that were mysterious and atmospheric with the loved one somehow hidden or obscured from view. I'd love these all on my walls.

Thomas Macker | b. 1982 | LA, USA

Peter Baker | b. 1978 | Blissfield Michigan, USA,

Nyra Lang | b. 1981 | Brazil, photos of her husband

Tania Leshkina | b.1990 | Moscow, Russia | Photos of her mother | her flickr

Indiana Caba | b. 1987 | Madrid, Spain |
'Although perhaps we were meant to be together, he was too stupid.'

Ah yes, an artist statement that's both funny and is easy to identify with (or is that just me?).

Staying Fit! with John Travolta

Staying Fit! with John Travolta
His complete program for reshaping your body through weight resistance and modern dance.

Every picture is just too great.
Look at that eye contact and those saucy hip movements!

I think I want a copy. It can go next to my copy of the Jane Fonda Workout book. Sold by A Touch of Vintage but many more copies on As low as 40 cents so how can you really not buy one? I have an urge to buy a few as Christmas gifts.

A Touch of Vintage is one of my favourite Vintage shops on Etsy. Indeed, I think I could easily furnish my home with things from the shop. Indeed, I often see things I already own in their shop, like these sweet vintage cups and 'Faeries' by Brian Froud. (A great book, I've had it since I was a child and it's one of the few I've kept, highly recommended!)

Found via A Cup of Jo. Photos from A Touch of Vintage.