Archive for the 'Miscellaneous' Category

01
Jul
10

Craft off the handle

I picked up on the axes of best made company awhile ago and while Im not really sold on them this article does a really good job of framing some of the contradictions on what’s happening with “hipster craft” these days. I can’t really say if all this is looking up or down but it’s good to see that it is going somewhere at least.

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06
Feb
10

Tree of Heaven

Tree of Heaven is a collective, urban forestry, project with a distinct Detroit grittiness. Connoisseurs of the “Ghetto Palm” Tree of Heaven makes furniture and other accouterments from the limb of this under utilized resource (if you want to call it a resource at all) in a community shop envioronment. Very distinct and very proactive in a community that most certainly needs such things.

15
Jul
09

Carsten Nicolai

modell_zur_visualisierungNicolai has been one of of those pariahs for me personally where I seem to see his work all over the place but when it comes to recalling it…nothing!  I always seem to forget his name or what have you but never again!

I of course have a pronounced artistic interest in the territory between art and science and I have tremendous respect for Nicolai for mining this so well.

Nicolai’s work, according to his statements, is meant to give rise to sensory experiences humans would not normally have by translating, for instance, sound waves into visually discernible information. Nicolai gives onlookers otherwise unknowable sensory experiences but, unlike some who work within a similar genre, by doing so in an extremely understated visual language Nicolai is well accomplished at not turning his works into a circus sideshow or a forgettable curiosity. Get it!

14
Jul
09

The Museum of Jurassic technology

insect_west_central_africaI was writing the last post and was reminded of one of my most very favorite places in California and quite possibly the world: The Museum of Jurassic Technology. Within the collections of the MJT are the totally not dubious accounts of the Megloaponera Foetens (the stink ant of Cameroon), the amazing account of attempting to capture the Deprong Mori (the telekinetic bat) and some of the finest examples of  super miniaturist Hagop Sandaldjian you might ever see. Good stuff!

13
Jul
09

Tanya Aguinga: Sneek peek via D*S

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Friend of the (SDSU) family Tanya Anguinga makes an appearance on D*s. Have a look.
13
Jul
09

Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla

tesla2I cant really explain to you exactly how amazing the life and work of Nikola Tesla are and how much he has influenced the course of Science and Technology; but its alot. If you are into sound, electricity or other awesome weirdness you are highly encouraged to become familiar with his world. Designboom wishes him a happy birthday.

26
Jun
09

A Journey round my Skull

karapanouUsually when I come across a blog I like I just pop it in the blogroll and leave it at that. This blog however deserves a bit of special treatment. A Journey Round My Skull is dedicated to obscure book covers and illustrations mostly, but not all, from the early to mid 20th century. And there’s alot to be had. While the author of the blog deems it an unhealthy fetish Im going to go ahead and call it a triumph of collection and connoisseurship. Do check it out!