I love online magazines. Especially ones that don't dilly dally and get straight to the point - like Ahorn Magazine, with it's fantastic photographs and interviews. I look forward to the day where Jen's photographs make an appearance. ;)
I have been wondering what Elizabeth Yarborough has been up to. I was pleased to find this beautifully crafted porcelain collection. I like that she keeps them in their fragmented form, letting them be the shards that they are.
wow. Darren Soloman of Science for girls had twenty musicians film themselves playing an instrument in B flat - you can play them all at once or pick two or eight and listen to the beautiful melodies that can come from this simple note.
I am sure you're familiar with Charley Harper's work, but for those who stumble and find themselves here, I do hope this makes you light up and smile. Charley has an unmistakable minimal and vibrant style that I have come to adore.
When once asked to describe his art style, Harper replied, "When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don’t see the feathers in the wings, I just count the wings. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures. I regard the picture as an ecosystem in which all the elements are interrelated, interdependent, perfectly balanced, without trimming or unutilized parts; and herein lies the lure of painting; in a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe."
His books and any work you may be able to fill a wall or room with come highly recommended. So simple and beautiful - simple geometry in nature. Divine.
Artist Andrea Zittel was inspired to create a uniform for herself based on the need for an attractive and versatile garment that would suit her lifestyle working in an art gallery and while in the studio. From there the project expanded into several sustainable fashion experiments with wool and single-strand knitting. Learn more in her exhibition book Andrea Zittel: Critical Space. Zittel then branched out to form the Smock Shop, an artist run enterprise that follows the belief that 'rules make us more creative'. Artists were invited to reinterpret a pattern designed by Zittel which in result, yielded hundreds of unique designs. The project has recently ended due to economic bs, but a documentation of the project is underway. Meanwhile, Zittel's philosophies on sustainable fashion have become contagious.
In May of this year, Sheena Matheiken launched The Uniform Project, adopting Andrea Zittel's philosophy in a more philanthropic role for the uniform. Matheiken will wear one dress for one year and it is through her creative use of accessories and layering, that playfully reinvents the dress daily (and it's super cute all on its own). The dress was designed by Eliza Starbuck and can be worn both ways, front and back, providing helpful versatility. Donations will go the Akanksha Foundation, which will fund uniforms for children in India. You can support the cause by donating accessories or money. So far she has done a phenomenal job, raising $5,000 in just over 2 months.
Hope Sandoval will be releasing a new album, Through The Devil Softly, this September with her band the Warm Inventions and Colm Ó Cíosóig of My Bloody Valentine. Take a listen to the hauntingly beautiful Blanchard. I recommend closing your eyes, listen for the piano. Sounds like the perfect way to welcome in Autumn (and Spring).
Who would have put two and two together to create such intricate and creepy works of art? Insect Lab was created by Mike Libby one day after stumbling across an intact beetle, and he decided to outfit it with mechanical parts from a wristwatch. He uses non-endangered insects and antique pocketwatches for these science fiction-esque sculptures. weird.
Jing Wei is currently living in a treehouse in Brooklyn, illustrating the cutest pictures and making me laugh out loud with the top seals image - ahh, golden girls. She also has a blog which is adorable.
The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments is an insightful reminder of the intimacy that has been lost in the scientific process. Contrary to technological methods today, these experiments were devised by a person's own two hands and a single mind with relentless curiosity. Johnson gives brief examples of the lost art of the tabletop experiment from an age where the pursuit to reveal the mysteries of light and electricity yielded poetic methods and elegant inventions. I really enjoyed Newton's What Color Is. An overall inspiration for the creative process.