Posts filed under ‘design’
must. watch. now.
360 days of Sheena’s adventure with The Uniform Project. So inspiring. Please watch!
I am still obsessing over an exhibition Dan and I saw last weekend. A colleague of mine at KCRW invited us to the opening of the exhibition Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. The exhibition is absolutely fantastic. Chicago-based artist Nick Cave has been creating wearable sculptures that he calls Soundsuits since 1992. The pieces can stand alone in a gallery and look stunning but are also meant to be worn and danced in. The Fowler’s exhibit showcases 35 of Cave’s Soundsuits and shows a rolling video of the works in action.
The Soundsuits are multimedia pieces made from items Cave has scavenged from flea markets, thrift stores, and garage sales over the past two decades (no wonder I like them!). I was blown away by all of the bead work, textiles, and crochet work included in the pieces. One of Cave’s philosophies is that his creations have been works in progress for centuries since all of the materials have been made by other people from other times and other places. He wants to showcase all of the craftsmanship of these unknown people together in a new, artistic, and fuctional garment. I love that. Click here and here to view a couple of videos of the dancing Soundsuits.
This exhibition is really a must-see. Or, if you don’t have time to swing by the Fowler, a small selection of Soundsuits are on display in the Neiman Marcus windows in Beverly Hills. Or, see both!
Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Through May 30, 2010
I have been sewing up a storm lately. I promise that I will post some of my latest projects sometime soon. For now, here are a few of the things that have been inspiring me lately…
LA-based fashion designer Jasmin Shokrian
Autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire sketches cityscapes by memory
My little sister. She ran a marathon last weekend and I am very proud of her.
A little bit of green for your day…
(via Apartment Therapy)
(via Apartment Therapy)
(via Craftzine Blog)
Happy Tuesday. I’m off to drink a Guinness with the gals.
I am in love with these state-sponsored art posters created by the Federal Art Project under FDR’s New Deal. I love the idea that art was so heavily supported by the government and was used as a tool to promote such simple government virtues of the day. It has been about 75 years since the New Deal and our country is back to a familiar position. I wish that the government would think again of creating clever job opportunities for unemployed artists to take part in the revitalization of America. Readymade has a great post that includes some artists’ reimaginings of these classic posters.
I am finally relaxing on my couch after a long and fun day filled with cooking, garage sale-ing, cleaning, organizing, gym-ing, painting, and lots of decorating and redecorating. Thinking back on it, this was a looonnnngggg day.
The best part by far was the garage sale-ing. I mapped out my route last night from craigslist postings. I was out the door at about 8:30 this morning and hit up six garage sales by noon. I had so much fun. The first sale I went to had two little girls that were really excited about showing me all of their favorite items that I should buy. The eight year old actually convinced me to buy her two favorite books Fever and Eggs. I might actually read them –she was just so cute and excited. I also bought an easel, a framed owl print, and some metal pots. The second sale I went to I was bombarded by four little kids who couldn’t wait to sell me the lemonade and cookies they had made. It reminded me so much of my childhood and our cul de sac – wide garage sales and how my sisters and I were always so excited to set up our lemonade and donut stand. I really loved drinking those kids’ really sugary, really mouth-staining red lemonade. It warmed my heart. I found really awesome things at every other sale I hit too. Here are my highlights:
1. painted wooden egg and stand
2. old books!
3. the best old book =)
4. awesome dress
5. best framed picture
6. king kong framed poster for $10!
7. old prints
8. and some of my purchases already incorporated into my decor…
Man, I had so much fun getting all of this fun stuff this morning. I love garage sales!