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Heading to Sri Lanka in a week to meet up with A.R. and cannot wait. (Apparently Sri Lanka is known for rainbows.) Perfect timing, my latest guide for The Etsy Blog, about wanderlust:
“It’s already dark when you arrive, dazed from the layover all swollen feet and fuzzy teeth, carrying what’s left of the place you’re leaving and one overnight bag. The air is different here — hotter and stickier and less careful — and everyone but you is wearing sandals, and no one knows your name.”
Clothes made of paper from the “Utoption” collection by Nadine Goepfert and Lisa Haag:
“We developed two almost identical collections distinguished only in their materiality. In the ”slow“ collection we focused on the use of high quality [materials] to insure a certain durability. The second collection is based around fast fashion and the mentality of a disposable society. It is entirely made of paper . . . Both collections deal with the value and the actual worth of a garment.”
ALSO: Plastic bag with paint in it.
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To celebrate Mimi and Brian’s move out West (hooray!), I wrote a guide to my favorite secret spots in LA, including the Time Tunnels, the house Joan Didion lived in when she wrote The White Album, and that billboard on Santa Monica Blvd. with the digital counter tallying the number of “Smoking Deaths This Year”:
“The numbers tick upward, of course, an argument for the reliability of human frailty, of never learning better, a marker of fatal mistakes. Except! For this once a year when at midnight the billboard resets to zero, and you can stand out on the balcony with M. in the warm Los Angeles winter and suck in the stuff that might kill you, and revel in a few too brief seconds of nothing you’ve done being nothing you shouldn’t have done, and the mistakes still ahead, still uncounted.”
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Handmade jackets by XXY, from Zurich:
“In regards to content: transsexuality, queer culture, unisex, transformation, multifunctionality, variability.”
Oct 25, 2012 3
“Perhaps it’s inevitable that we would all want to touch and feel and hold the objects we covet from afar, and to make tangible the narrative we create every day. But maybe it’s just as simple as this: “It’s kind of lonely being a blogger. And this was a reason to get to know people. It’s kind of a scary thing: You think, ok, I admire their work, but will I actually get along with them?”
The answer is a resounding yes. I’m a huge fan of all the artists/designers/makers in this show, who took a chance on someone from across the vast internet and so generously trusted me with their work, and I’ll be eternally grateful.
I mean, I’m BEAMING.
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Leather box by Welcome Companions from Welcome Projects that could be a clutch or a purse or a holder of important things, and perfect at all of it.
Oct 22, 2012 1
Wood inlaid with veneer, aluminum, and mother-of-pearl by Riccardo Beretta.
Oct 14, 2012 15
“We’re Revolting” pop-up installation opens at Creatures of Comfort this Saturday, Oct. 20!
I’m still pinching myself that these amazing artists and designers were willing to be involved, and to create one-of-a-kind and exclusive pieces. It’s caused some serious soul-searching, as someone who spends a lot of time looking at images, how intense and satisfying it is to touch these dimensional objects, the weight of things and how they fit in your hand, and how incredibly made they are: each one a little lifetime, of beating hearts and scrutiny and utter gorgeous perfection. Come check out the show.
OPENING RECEPTION: 5-8 p.m., Oct. 20
WHERE: Creatures of Comfort LA, 7971 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
WHEN: October 20 to November 10, 2012.
- Jack Craig // Broken board tables
- Jonathan Cross // Geodesic salt- and soda-fired pottery
- Ilana Kohn // Marbled silk shawls and scarves
- Kirsten Perry // Oddball lockets
- Julie Hung // Stackable ceramic bangles
- David Neale // Handmade combs and bracelets
- Haruhi Okubo // Freeform tapestry pieces
- Doug Johnston // Coiled rope hanging lights and sculptural baskets
- Mimi Jung // Pom pom eyeballs and weavings
- Morie Nishimura // Brass folding mirrors
- Joanna Williams // Loopy, textured rugs
- Brent Paul Pearson // Kaleidoscope glasses
- Elyse Graham // Dipped resin geodes
(With sticker sheet illustrated by the multi-talented Building Block, of one piece by every artist.)