Saturday, December 5, 2009

oh jaaaaasper

"Take an object.
Do something to it.
Do something else to it.
Do something else to it."


"Make something.
Find a use for it.
Invent a function.
Find an object."

-Jasper Johns

Friday, December 4, 2009


i shouldn't be making anything today. i am wayyyy too impatient and i will ruin everything in my path. that said....


it was an attempt to make a cloud

i did not make the "couch". i found that in miami at a drug lord's garage sale. that and my rollerblades.

just kidding...?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

and the tiles...

done with ceramics for a bit

sweet, sweet love. on giant doilies

project #2 of the night down.
i reeeeally need to get a serious camera.

yo g

most people eat when they're sad... or cry. i buy gold lamay and listen to salt-n-pepa. it's not quite done, it's clearly missing an imperative adornment.
thank you courtney. hope your neck keeps it real (it snowed last night!?!).

dear santa

please bring me this book by sheila hicks. it's only $250 used on amazon or $279 on ebay...

"I found my voice and my footing in my small work.
It enabled me to build bridges between art, design,
architecture, and decorative arts."
-Sheila Hick, 2004

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

guns don't kill people

ugh. no scanner or wacom. just turkey and pie.

Monday, November 23, 2009

dendrytic ice crystals

as seen under a microscope via wikipedia

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

icecream birds : when you're not around she eats pancakes.

just take a moment to go here:

steph had a secret blog for years (i think only 3 people knew about it and we were sworn to secrecy). she recently gave it a facelift and came out of hiding. my friend leigh also has a secret blog. i search for it in my spare time.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

also, this happened today

betsey johnson yo.


i've been considering make believe.
contemplating tunnels as metaphors.
revisiting fairy tales.
and trying to figure out what to do with all of this glitter.

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.
Nothing would be what it is because everything would be
what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be,
and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?"

-Alice, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Monday, November 2, 2009

via ffffound!

see. i've been up to something.

magnetic fields

cuz i'm the luckiest guyyy on the lower east siiide,
and i've got wheels if you wanna go for a ride.

listen here

Friday, October 23, 2009

my favorite song, lyrically speaking

parentheses by the blow

Some philosophies fuel a belief in the self,
constructed to keep one's goods on one's own shelf.
Built well you're a strong letter I,
with the feet on the ground and the head to the sky.
Now and then you can bend,
it's okay to lean over my way.
You fear that you can't do it all,
and you're right.
Even diligent day takes relief every day
from its work making light from the night.

And when you're holding me
we make a pair of parentheses.
There's plenty space to encase
whatever weird way my mind goes,
I know I’ll be safe in these arms.

If something in the deli aisle makes you cry
you know I’ll put my arm around you
and I’ll walk you outside,
through the sliding doors,
why would I mind?

You're not a baby if you feel the world.
All of the babies can feel the world. That's why they cry.

video here

go bearcats

vogue via coute que coute

Thursday, October 22, 2009

guest blogger... well kind of, she doesn't really know it

so my friend steph is awesome. in a perfect world steph would be a principal dancer for the new york city ballet, but instead she chooses to design holiday sweaters for a large department store. it's cool though because she gets to wear penguin sweaters when it's too cold in the office AND she has time to email me awesome images because she's sooooo inspired.

these are the images that were included in today's email. sorry, ain't got the deets.

Monday, October 19, 2009

see. it's just this easy

because i'm a sap and it really might be this easy.
except the promise ring thing is a little straight... though i do have one made out of a paperclip and rhinestone someone gave me a long time ago.
via ffffound via thatjeffreykid

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"i love you" blog/magazine

rarely does a day go by that i don't think about dolly parton, panties.... unicorns. click here for your viewing pleasure

Monday, October 5, 2009

lucille tenazas : good advice from this morning's talk

"... will your work excite you just the same in 50 years?" (in reference to looking back on your body of work)

"Always assume that your client or audience is as smart, if not smarter than you."
-Lucille Tenazas, graphic designer

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

tramp stamp barbie

hahaha... uhm... discuss amongst yourselves

mike mills : hair shoes love and honesty

sorry my youtubes are not werkin. but his website is lovely and sure to lead you to other wonderful things. check it here

Monday, September 28, 2009

garance doré

god bless her

it's a start

we have a first "project" and it's pretty sweet and all... the deal is we're supposed to pick three contemporary design themes and explore them through metaphor, metonymy, irony, etc.
these are my first drafts. i've made some statements, so feel free to argue or send your opinion.
things will be pared down upon revision. aesthetically, linguistically, so on, so forth. eventually i will be focusing on one theme, so send in your votes. i may or may not take them into consideration.

NASA : astronomy picture of the day archive

if you're not using this... you should. it's amazing. the photo above is of star trails over oregon taken on my birthday 09.09.09. woo woo ha cha cha

Sunday, September 27, 2009

missed connections and george nelson

oh how i love looking at missed connections on craigslist. if anyone has any success stories we, the public, would love to hear from you.

also on the topic of connections... allow me to insert a couple paragraphs from an article written by george nelson in 1979.

"We had a modest office and I felt that if I had one of these
big hanging spheres from Sweden, it would show that I was 
really with it, a pillar of contemporary design. One day Bonniers,
a swedish import store in New York, announced a sale of these
lamps. I rushed down with one of the guys in the office and found
one shopworn sample with thumbmarks on it and a price of $125.

It is hard to remember what $125 meant in the late forties. You
could buy a brand new Ford convertible for $640, complete with
rumble seat and white wall tires. This automobile, with motor,
lights, gas tank, and wheels, was only five times the cost of this one
lamp. I was furious and was stalking angrily down the stairs when 
suddenly an image popped into my mind which seemed to have
nothing to do with anything. It was a picture in the New York Times
some weeks before which showed Liberty ships being mothballed
by having the decks covered with netting and then being sprayed with
a self-webbing plastic, and again, whammo! We rushed back to the
office and made a roughly spherical wire frame; we called various
places until we located the manufacturer of the spiderwebby spray.
By the next night we had a plastic-covered lamp, and when you put a
light in it, it glowed, and it did not cost $125."

-George Nelson on "Peak Experiences and the Creative Act"
at the International Design Conference in Aspen, 1979

(the rest of the article is really great too)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

everyday it's a gettin closer : a thesis statment

so. i'm finally back in school and i've spent the summer wading through articles, theses, philosophy, my work as i know it... so on and so forth, but i am finally coming to a clearing. lately i've found myself writing down really cheesy statements such as "the space between"or "moments of beauty". 
"traditional" design as we know it is often referred to as "problem solving" right? usually. typically.
however, i can only think of a few instances where agonizing over the color and texture of a rubber grip is absolutely necessary. appropriate for medical design definitely. appropriate for a can opener? not in my opinion. we solve problems but in the meantime we are taking away moments (besides, co-moulding is disgusting). the fingerprint left on the metal, the coolness of the organic material. 
it's fast food vs. a sit down meal. Even more so, it is take out vs. watching the gradient of a vegetable reveal itself as a knife slices through.
lawn chairs? maybe when i'm 80 (but hopefully not). i'd rather sit in the grass or sand. tediously choosing the perfect spot. finding the tree that cradles your back.
this is life. this is nature. it is elemental and it is beautiful.
so are we problem solving or are we fast forwarding? and just a little fyi... in case you don't speak greek, the word "beauty" derives from "kallos" which means calling or "to be of one's hour". which is interesting.
that's all i got for now.

Friday, September 11, 2009


two sisters from the united states living in france mixing beat boxing, operatic vocals and children's toys among other things. check out their website here or for more background information go to their page on wikipedia here and here for a youtube video of one of my favorites "by your side".

tying things to other things

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


will there be cupcakes?

my mother was only in labor for a 1/2 hour with me. explains a lot... the claustrophobia, the impatience, the transience....

Friday, September 4, 2009

off to northern michigan

totally, definitely O-U-T for the weekend. i don't even think verizon works up there.
peace homeskillets and happy labor day. woo!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

baptistry of st. john : pisa, italy

i took quite a few photos of cathedral ceilings, but this was my favorite.  the dome produces beautiful acoustic effects.

detroit airport : detroit, mi

you know, the detroit airport is really something else. if i were rich, i'd buy tickets just so i could spend the afternoon in the nwa technofuturedancetime tunnel and/or riding the tram. or... staring at the ceiling.

concorde station : paris, france

they painted the ceiling yellow and the beams purple. DID YOU HEAR ME? THEY PAINTED THE CEILING YELLOW AND THE BEAMS PURPLE.
and there's such a lovely scalloped pattern...

shampoo monologues

tonight in the shower i finally read my shampoo bottle, which went something like this:
"it's not about the color of your skin or the texture of your hair."

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

highlight of today

this evening on antiques roadshow a lady brought in one of the first macintosh computers for appraisal.

not sure what this means, but i think it means something...

Monday, August 31, 2009

uh oh

just signed up for a tumblr account... decisions decisions

"whatever whatever"

our minds are brilliant curators. peter's even moreso.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

so i went to europe

it was a month long tour of milan, venice, florence, cinque terre, cannes, paris, amsterdam and berlin. along the way there were family members, old friends and new friends. hope you enjoy the photos.

pas de deux : cannes, france

brocade and other fine things : versaille, france

versaille was perhaps the most ridiculous thing i have ever seen. m and louie were nuts. clearly.