Zander Blom

25 November 2008

Untitled Bedroom 1 Corner 3, 8.07 p.m., Thursday, 29 March 2007

Untitled or The Boulevard, Bedroom 1 Corner 2, 5.11 p.m., Friday 1 June 2007

Zander Blom is a Johannesburg-based artist who utilizes painting, drawing, assemblage sculpture, and, crucially, photography, to interrogate received ideas about creative endeavours and modernism in Africa.

Ben Barry

21 November 2008

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Well-tempered and impecably crafted work by Texan Ben Barry.

Edit: Ben and Frank Chimero have started a new page where you can ask them any question.

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

‘Copy’ by Kueng-Caputo

30 October 2008

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.

Craft as Design

06 October 2008

I’m going to apologize for my complete lack of posting on here. I should be a much better participant in the community of design as a whole and part of that is being able to blog here. This fact becomes especially apparent when I look around where I sit and see a ring inspiring of books, papers, sketches, and photocopies that could be shared.  So, with that being said…

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From Macrame: Creative Design in Knotting by Dona Z. Meilach, Published 1971

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From Whittling and Woodcarving by E.J. Tangerman, First published in 1936

Alot of what has grown to inspire me is very much rooted in the midwestern craft tradition; sewing, needlework, kitschy projects, quilting, and so on. These hobbies share many of the same principles of graphic design; color, composition, line, pattern, geometry, organization of information, collage, etc. I think what most intrigues me about craft as design or design as craft is the fusion of old techniques with new ideas and new forms, but I want to see it pushed beyond Papier-mâché and Cross-stitch.

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.

Advanced Style

24 September 2008

If this blog was a 70 year old woman or man, would it have as much style as these people? It should hope so.

The masthead on Advanced Style says it all: “Proof from the wizened and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.”

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Daniel Arsham

23 September 2008

Benjamin Hubert

19 September 2008