For Dust Thou Art

06 November 2008

Lundgren Monuments BoutiqueUrn by Gren Lundgren

Some days one can feel like an old idea is brought back to life, thus holding more power than in previous days. My guess is this week many of us are renewing our confidence, recognizing our considerable skill, and finding fresh sensitivity to our individual proficiency.

What better time to explore a new idea for your ashes. Ashes? Yes, as in your remains.

Seattle’s Lundgren Monuments can offer creative alternatives to the same old same old, with custom made urns by famous designers. Each one is uniquely beautiful, and in some cases even fun. Now go ahead and explore the old as seen through the new.

Urn by Tim Foss

Animal identity

13 October 2008

Wolfette by Kimberly BakerBlack Unicorn Earrings by Kimberly BakerRosethorn pendant by Kimberly Baker

There is an excellent documentary by Ward Serrill called, “ The Heart of the Game”. Its about the challenging relationship between adrenalized high school girls’ basketball coach Bill Resler and star player Darnellia Russell. The Coach has an empowering approach towards inspiring his team; he has them imagine themselves to be a pack of wolves, each one being a part of the pack with their own unique personal touch. Together they attack their competition with respect whilst also ripping them to shreds.

Upon seeing this film you will feel ready to take on the world, as well as find your own animal identity! Why not show everyone around just who you are inside, by wearing it on the outside?

Envision the flower etched wolf head ring by Northwest designer Kimberly Baker on your finger as a symbol of that inner power you have against life’s opposition.

If wolves are too aggressive, perhaps unicorn horns, or a golden rose thorn will show the world your mission with a more delicate touch?

All of these identities can be found… here.

Cowboys and Indians

03 October 2008

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In the corporate world, which would you be a cowboy or an Indian? Both are brave, both are rebels, tricky, and both… are heroes.

The stylized work by artist Matt Clark, aka HOUSTON, has a playfulness remnant of a nostalgic Nonconformist who is stuck in Capitalism with the mantra, The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every morning”.

Pink blood? Hatchets? Targets? Arrows? Gas masks? You be the judge.

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If you could stick a pen in your heart, and let the blood spill out all over a page, what would it look like?

You can see for yourself at the upcoming art show with illustrators Justin Hampton and Malleus (a trio from Italy); some of music’s most popular iconic rock artists to date. The show opens this Saturday, October 4th at Suite 100 Gallery in Seattle, and all the artists will be in attendance.

Get ready for a show so divine, it might make you break down and cry.

Desert

Gurnee

Santa Fe Tops

Looking for a new sweet recipe to ease the bitterness of todays headlines?

Try this:

Take several photographs: (An image, especially a positive print, recorded by a camera and reproduced on a photosensitive surface).

Half dozen or so layers: (A single thickness of a material covering a surface or forming an overlying part or segment).

Mix it all up with biota: (The animals, plants, fungi, etc., of a region or period).

Voila, here is your dessert: the ambrosial exhale of stunning works by Doug Fogelson. Now go on and face your day!

Margiela Spring 2009

Born in Belgium(1959), Martin Margiela makes innovative solutions for todays lifestyle. He also pushes his models to their absolute peek performance (as you can see in this photograph where they cannot see as they walk).

His recent runway show, during the Paris Spring 2009 fashion week, showed such a focused sophistication (with his quirky signature twist) that those of you who are hungry for clean lines and graphic shapes will want to take a look through in the slide show.

Margiela has also long been respected for his dedication to deconstruction and recycled materials. His ideas are progressive and architectural all the way.

Migration

The songs by Tom Erickson of Dear Ether are weirdly cool in the best of ways. His lyrics are complex and smart – with a twist, while still sounding quirky and pop. Like much of this country’s great DIY talent right now, he is located in the green city / artist haven of Portland, OR.

You can have a listen at the Dear Ether MySpace page to hear more and show the love.

Oroma Elewa

I love this fashion portrait by Photographer Mike Schreiber. He has the gift of making anyone real.

If you meet Mike in person you can immediately tell he has a way with people. He is friendly, approachable and likeable. This is exactly how his pictures show his subjects. Even celebrities feel like they are just one of us.

Look through his website and you will see some familiar faces mixed in with those you’re sure you met just the other night.

His style makes any person feel familiar and that is what makes his photography… his; old school style.

LUCYANDBART

24 September 2008

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LucyandBart is a collaboration between Lucy McRae and Bart Hess described as an instinctual stalking of fashion, architecture, performance and the body. They share a fascination with genetic manipulation and beauty expression. Unconsciously their work touches upon these themes, however it is not their intention to communicate this. They work in a primitive and limitless way creating future human shapes, blindly discovering low – tech prosthetic ways for human enhancement.

Their work is inspiring in that it shares a completely organic vision still accessible through a pretty package… so to speak. Take a look at the links and you will not be disappointed.

http://www.lucyandbart.com

http://www.barthess.nl

http://www.lucymcrae.blogspot.com