Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
in craft, "flaws" are the introduction of humanity. so why eliminate humanity? celebrate the fact that someone made it for someone else to discover as unique and precious. this is a parallel philosophy to the style of weaving i've been doing. saori. saori celebrates choice and the journey of creativity. there are no mistakes. there is only beauty to be interpreted. there is only another perspective to gain, another venue to open our oh-so-conventional minds.
so when i saw these shoes by saucy hella on dezeen, i had to share. now i know they're meticulously crafted, made of the best materials as all campers are, but hella does an incredible job of introducing a human element into her products. oh the humanity.
so in a quote from hella:
"In the designs sometimes elegance was underscored, sometimes we, the team of Jongeriuslab, opened up a new world of possible closures, a new rhythm in patterns or we infused the shoe with the idea of imperfection and randomness, qualities of which I think contemporary times is in need of.”
and in the words of c. valentine kirby:
so when you're feeling the looming ceiling of perfectionism shorten your breath and tighten your chest, be ok with your "faults". be ok with trying something new, making "mistakes" and putting yourself out there. we all have regrets, but regrets stem from the idea that we actually made a "mistake" and mistakes are what make us wiser, stronger, better able to position ourselves in the world and deal with our cards. it's called personal growth... evolution and you know you want it.
Friday, April 17, 2009
so today happens to be a VERY big day.
i had to tell the wonderful people where i work that i'm moving on... spending the next couple months culminating my being, seeking inspiration and taking care of business before heading to grad school. soooo excited! sooooo sad to leave!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
1. people actually care about HOW things are done (i.e. american apparel)
2. people want to be good (growth of the eco-goods industry, rite-aid to barney's)
3. people will pay for these things
so let's run over the objectives found in the "slow food" movement:
- forming and sustaining seed banks to preserve heirloom varieties in cooperation with local food systems
- developing an "Ark of Taste" for each ecoregion, where local culinary traditions and foods are celebrated
- preserving and promoting local and traditional food products, along with their lore and preparation
- organizing small-scale processing (including facilities for slaughtering and short run products)
- organizing celebrations of local cuisine within regions (for example, the Feast of Fields held in some cities in Canada)
- promoting "taste education"
- educating consumers about the risks of fast food
- educating citizens about the drawbacks of commercial agribusiness and factory farms
- educating citizens about the risks of monoculture and reliance on too few genomes or varieties
- developing various political programs to preserve family farms
- lobbying for the inclusion of organic farming concerns within agricultural policy
- lobbying against government funding of genetic engineering
- lobbying against the use of pesticides
- teaching gardening skills to students and prisoners
- encouraging ethical buying in local marketplaces
with very minimal tweaking, i think we have a very good starting point for the "slow" design movement ;)
Monday, April 13, 2009
we start with a blank canvas and use objects to create our spacial reality. our space becomes a home (or studio, garage, etc.) with a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, etc. which we define with archetypal tables, chairs, dinnerware and appliances.
as designers/architects/engineers/etc. we get to create objects that define reality. what is our reality? what do we want it to be? what should it be?
so you're here.
let's say we monitor your heart beat with a heart rate monitor or your steps via a pedometer throughout the day. over time, one could assume that it remains fairly regular, with spikes every so often representing extreme instances (ie. you were really excited because you got into grad school or you were really sad because a loved one passed away).
let's take that data and transfer it to audio. all of a sudden you have a song representing your life. hook some lighting up to it that reacts to the audio and all of a sudden you have a multimedia experience.
take that information and use it as input for software (a pinch of magic fairy dust) that generates cards for a loom's warp. use the cards on a loom to create a tapestry and all of a sudden you have a rug, blanket, etc. that represents your life.
then take that tapestery and.....
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Barbara Jenson ravaged my soul in the best kind of way. so giddy. so overwhelmed with all the possibilities. it's solar powered. it's beautiful. i'm not going into anymore details, just check her out.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
additionally, i'm working on printed fabric to create a piece as bottom layer. i wove the fabric loosely to allow for visibility of prints beneath. so much to do. so many projects. this full-time job thing is really getting in the way.