Saturday, February 28, 2009

Free Stuff

Free is good. I like free. Free makes me happy. So! Here is a coupon for something free. See? Kashi Entrees are free if you click the link: You'll have a coupon mailed to you. Coupons are nice. You can use them for free things.

Ceramic Manic

More stuff I don't need but want because it's pretty to look at: you know, the usual business.

Buddha Scissor Kicks

Ah! Ah Buddha made out of SCISSORS! Ah!


Friday, February 27, 2009

Stilts and Stones

Oscar Woodruff

Illustrator = Oscar Woodruff

Alec Soth

I'd seen Alec Soth's "Sleeping by the Mississippi" series and enjoyed it,
but it's his "Portraits" series that I am in love with:
he just nails it. I'm a full-fledged fan.
Choice pieces include the following:

Alec Soth portraits
Soth's blog
Essay by Cynde Randall

that zeros in on Soth's portraits.


"Soth considers his photographs to be a record of the space between the subject and himself."

"Soth is most interested in shooting what is new to him. Rarely does he photograph friends, family, or familiar surroundings. His vision is driven by curiosity. He credits his solitary wanderings for heightening his awareness—for his ability to spot the right person, even in a crowd. On a recent assignment in China, he waited at the entrance of a subway. 'I probably watched five hundred people pass by the tunnel entrance,” says Soth. “I knew the instant that I saw this one young man that I wanted to take his portrait.'"

"Certainly Soth’s old-fashioned 8-by-10-inch camera plays a role in his subjects’ experience with him. Physically cumbersome, daunting in its complexity, the large-format camera slows time down. Soth may spend a good twenty minutes under the camera cloth, setting up the shot. 'I can really stare at people under that cloth,' he says. As Soth lingers over the image in the lens, his subjects relax; letting go of any initial need to perform, they become fully incarnate, fully themselves."

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Shopping Cart Art: Peter Reis

Peter Reis 
has made a kitchen Island from SHOPPING CARTS.
You know, the kind you like to sail around on in aisles while making car noises
(okay, maybe that's just me).

It's punny and smart and pretty to look at:
you know, everything that's important to me.

Firmanent -- Scott Parsons

"Firmanent" prints by Scott Parson.
Scott's Shop
PS: you can buy the prints at this via this link

Charis Tsevis's Charles Darwin

Mosaic Illustration of Charles Darwin for TIME.Artist = Charis Tsevis

Vibrosaurus -- Constantin Luser

"Vibrosaurus" sculpture by Constantin Luser:
Yo, friends, this piece is made out of bugles and tubas.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Ah! Folks! Ah!
Do you want some Sculpey? Do you want it for free?

The Polyform Product Test Panel wants folks to try the stuff.
If you agree to taking surveys, then you get FREE SCULPEY.

I've already signed myself up.
I don't care that I'm 26-years-old.
I will play with Sculpey until my hands cramp with arthritis.
For more information, visit this link!

Octopus, Monsters, and Planes, Oh My!

Jean Jullien's "Catastrophe"Source


Changing web address of this blog RIGHT NOW.
The old one is lame (don't lie: you know it's true).
The new address is

Can't have a LAME blog address when the ART is so shiny!

Bring It Out to Dry

Seen In Sevilla, On the banks of the Guadalquivir River

Damian King's "Blues Guy"

Damian King's "Blues Guy"

If You Like it, Put a Frame Around It

What witty wallpaper!
Familjen Wallpaper
Designer = Lisa Bengtsson
Source via Here
from website:

"Familjen tells us the story about how we frame and shape our lives. People fill the frames with different belongings, the same way we fill our life with diverse things. The wallpaper consists of a collage with black & white "frames" that are precisely placed and add an unexpected visual experience to any room."

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Rules Of Mardi Gras: 7 Commandments For Parade Riders

Oh, I saw this in the new_orleans Livejournal community and had to share. These rules are perfect (those in the know are probably shaking their heads in agreement).

I have assembled these over the course of an intense and strenuous parade season. There needs to be an equivalent set for paradegoers -- beginning with "Thou shalt not judge a parade solely by how much stuff they throw" -- but I cannot do everything at once.

1. Thou shalt forsake thy cell phone except to briefly ascertain locations of family members/close friends thou wisheth to bead-bomb.

2. Thou shalt put away thy digital camera. Thou art putting on a show for us, not documenting it for thine own self, and if thou art so drunk that thou cannot recall thy ride, snapshots of random screaming faces art unlikely to jog thy memory.

3. Thou shalt not be so drunk less than halfway through the parade that thou lookest as if thou art ready to fall (or puke) on our heads. This seemest to be a particular problem this year.

4. If thou danglest a prime throw, thou may taunt the crowd with it for not more than three minutes, and then thou must throw it.

5. Thou shalt not encourage girls along St. Charles to show their tits. That shit belongeth in the French Quarter.

6. If thou art rude to any paradegoer who hast not been rude to thou first, thou shalt be put to death.

7. Thou must at least look as if thou art having fun. If thou art spending thousands of dollars on something that makest thou look as bored and pissed-off as some of thou hath looked this Carnival season, thou art a dumbass.

Thank you, pro bono publico, and Hail Rex!

Source Source Source!

Photography in Motion: Zach Gold

This is certainly one of the strangest images I've seen today.
Funny how such a straightforward image can seem so strange.
Oh wait, no: It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It's the strangest piece of art I've seen today. I need to be more specific. Today is Lundi Gras: You don't even know how insane the city is unless you've been here for it.

I really can't think of the last time action or motion was so realistically captured. I see it in paintings and illustrations -- all of those strokes, all that color -- but Gold really manages to zero in on the moment right before the creschendo of action. Impressive.

Artist = Zach Gold
(If you follow the link, you'll see much of his art seems to be about collision/movement: I suggest you look into this.)

EDIT: Oh! Look at this piece by Gold!
Here's his website: I hope you're ready!

Oh, and if you like the US version of The Office, then go to the man's website. He has some sweet images of those loveable if awkward folks under the Comission 2 section.

3-D Knitting: Tilda Swinton + Sandra Backlund


How fierce is Tilda Swinton?
How stunning is the dress?
Tilda is Tilda, of course.
Dress = Sandra Backlund.

Dustin Humphrey

Riding a Wave

Be still my heart Dustin Humphrey; your work is out of control lovely.

Gives new perspective to ideas about foreground, background, etc.

Watch Where You Pointe That Thing!

Now, I don't think we need to pinkify everything when it comes to equality,
but I can't lie: I'm tickled pink by the image (AHAHA: PUNNY).
It's nice to see a bad ass lass loaded and ready,
not that guns are the answer...but y'all already know that.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Pimped Out Bookcarts!!!!!!!!

Did you know Unshelved runs a Pimp My Bookcart contest? "Every year we put on a contest to see to see who can best pimp, trick, or otherwise improve a standard book cart." Ah! What a contest!

These are some of my favorites:
Scrolling through the winners is addicting. Go look: I dare you.

Round Bookshelf

I have a weakness for bookshelves. I look for them at least once a week if not more but can never decide on one/afford the fancy ones.

Behold an object I lust after:

sweet distin

It feels like there are adjectives on the tip of my tongue. "Just spit it out": Sometimes I can't explain it. You know? When you see work and like it and feel compelled to look at it for more than a few seconds. It's the gloves. It's the ring beneath the gloves. It's the presence yet lack of color. It's all of this and so much more.
Source via here

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Mark Allen Miller: Pop It Up

It's all about the colors and the whimsy:
that's why I'm digging me some Mark Allen Miller.
They seem snappy and snarky: sugar and spice....

Friday, February 20, 2009

Neither Here Nor There

Click Archive

I was not a Girl Scout or a Brownie. I was a Daisy for a hot minute, but that's the extent of my extracurricular business involving merit badges.

Still! This seems like a merit badge I could earn! My close friends know I am OCD about my inbox, especially in GMail.

Link via BoingBoing (They really are "A Directory of Wonderful Things"): There are more Nerd Merit Badges there!

Molly Prentiss: Blogging Molly

When I think of Molly Prentiss's drawings, the word "sweet" comes into my head. They're much more than that -- clearly -- but since I can't get enough of the work, I thought y'all might a peek too.

"I try to write or draw every day. This blog is a place for those writings or drawings to live. I will try to be more frequent in my postings."

-- Molly's blog via here

Kate Lawrence

This three-dimensional quilt is incredible. Not only is its execution stunning, not only is the color palette incredible, but it's subject matter is enough to make me pause. The collision of image and word, the spatial manipulations, and the quilting signal that this is an artist to watch. BRB: going to look at the quilts again.

Artist = Kate Lawrence: This is her blog.

More information about the project + two other quilts are available via this link.

The facts were these (as written by the artist):

"I had a friend in high school with some fairly severe emotional issues. She used to cut, starve herself, that kind of thing. She was an absolute slave for attention, and even though I loved her, she exhausted me. When I got a boyfriend, I guess she felt threatened or something. One night, while her parents were out of town and she was babysitting her little sister, I got a call from her sister that she wouldn't come out of the bathroom and there was red water coming out from under the door. I drove over there as fast as I could, broke the doorknob on their bathroom door, and found her lying in the tub, blood everywhere. She'd slit her wrists. I got her out and took them both to the hospital (her parents wouldn't come home from their trip--ugh), but then I realized something. She'd tried to kill herself once before, and she knew the direction you're supposed to cut to kill yourself. Yet this time, she cut the wrong way. It bleeds a hell of a lot and is really scary, but isn't likely to kill you. I figured out, both by my own deduction and by talking to her, that she had done it for the attention...basical ly, to test her hold over me. I made sure her sister was taken care of, called her parents, then left and never spoke to her again. You want to help people, but there's a point when it just gets too toxic."