I’m really excited about this documentary called “Our City Dreams” about 5 female artists in New York. I won’t pretend I can explain it better than this, so here is the description from the Film Forum site:
CHIARA CLEMENTE’S AFFECTING LOVE LETTER TO THE CITY STRINGS TOGETHER THE SELF-TOLD NARRATIVES OF FIVE WOMEN ARTISTS (ages 30 – 80), each of whom has a passion for making art inseparable from her devotion to New York. Swoon, the youngest, exhibits cut-outs directly on city walls and subways, and exudes idealism and energy while carrying a two by four the way some women would a briefcase. Cairoborn Ghada Amer mixes media — embroidering with painting — to confront sexual taboos that cross cultural boundaries. After experiencing The New York Dolls in San Francisco, Kiki Smith realized she needed the energy of the big city to create her wildly influential paintings and sculptures; Marina Abramovic, originally of Belgrade, is a performance art pioneer who often uses her own body as a canvas. And Nancy Spero returned from Paris with artist-husband Leon Golub in 1964, to meld art and activism during the Vietnam War and become, in her own words, “a woman warrior.” Ronnie Scheib in Variety writes that the film is “exquisitely crafted” and “ranks as a work of art itself.”
There’s an exclusive clip on The Moment blog, and you might recognize one of the artists, Swoon, from a post on the free people blog a while back!

Hooray for Pattra! She made the absolutely adorable little shirt that Trixie is wearing below! You may remember Pattra from previous posts, as she is a grower of Shitake mushrooms, and a creator of things, like this cute ring, Free People wovens, and of course, awesome dog shirts! Thank you Pattra! You really made my day, and Trixie’s day especially!

Sara -Feb 11, 2009, 4:02PM
Trixie looks so cute! i love it!
Timothy B. Shutt -Feb 10, 2009, 9:11AM
Always nice to see the Pixilator in action---so cute! Love, Mr. Dad

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plastic life

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I am obsessed with the Flickr set Plastic Life by Vincent Bousserez! There is just something so interesting about these photographs! They look half-real to me, like the little people are nearly alive. What do you think?
Thank you Yatzer, for showing me this set!

erin -Aug 01, 2009, 12:32PM
Austin photographer Lorri Hunnycut does similar photos! I was lucky enough to trade her for a couple a few years ago. 'Martini family Reunion' is my fave. Love Vincent's stamp.

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lok ming fung

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These beautiful ceramic boxes are part of a collection called Oohhh, by recent Central Saint Martins graduate Lok Ming Fung. The set itself is inspired by Russian dolls and Japanese Inro boxes, while the decorations are more barnacle/lichen inspired. They’re all gorgeous. See the rest of the set here.
Via Yatzer.

Faith -Feb 28, 2009, 12:34PM
These are adorable! I'd love to own them... ~Faith

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Gunta Stölzl

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These patterns are just so incredible! The first two are actual wall-hangings, the last is a sketch of ideas for wall-hangings. All are the work of Gunta Stölzl, a German textile artist from the early 20th century. She entered the famous Bauhaus School as a student in 1920, and ended up as a teacher there in 1928. Still, I’d never heard of her until today when I saw her on Now Voyager, who is also real impressed. If you are interested too, check out this website, it’s got a detailed biography and quite a few pictures of her work.
Something about Gunta’s designs reminds me a little bit of the Gee’s Bend Quilts. What do you think?

Suzanne Hokanson -Mar 19, 2009, 11:39PM
I did a lot of research on the weavers of the bauhaus several years ago which resulted in a self published book... WOVEN: a bauhaus memoir. I am excited that people are discovering Gunta Stolzl and her incredible talent. Having seen the Gee's Bend Quilts in Washington a couple years ago... I agree with you that there is some essence that transcends both. But the complexity of the woven tapestries are the opposite of the quilts' elegant simplicity. It is an interesting comparison, though.
cake. -Feb 05, 2009, 1:02AM
seriously! so beautiful. i've just started learning how to weave and so these design are just so amazing to me.

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This cute little gal is a Jindo Dog! She is visiting the office today with one of our employees – she is going to be a gift for the employee’s dad! I don’t want to say who of course, since I don’t want to ruin the surprise! Boy don’t you just wish she was a surprise for you!?
Needless to say, being as cute as she is, she is very popular, and has made the rounds all around the building. Last I saw her she was as in the last picture – tuckered out after all the fun!

wenyd -Feb 08, 2009, 10:50AM
I have a shiba which is a close cousing of a jindo - they keep you on your feed but are worth the effort. They have such fun & loving personalities you will be hooked for life. The big brown eyes are capable of getting anything they want out of you.
katiehov -Feb 07, 2009, 3:19AM
i agree, i am not at all a dog person, but that puppy is ridic. should submit to cuteoverload!

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These cool photos are all pictures of the reflections in a puddle! It’s such a clever idea, and now I of course am anxious to go outside and take some puddle pictures of my own! These shots are by photographer Vlado Marinkovic, and you can see the whole set, which is quite beautiful, here.

sara -Jul 21, 2009, 7:18PM
love the pic
Liz -Feb 01, 2009, 5:54PM
These are soooo lovely!

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These delicious-looking candy plants are really pleasing to the eye, don’t you think? I can’t tell if they’re photoshopped or not, what do you think? I know they’re by Joachim LaPotre, but I can’t find too much on his site of how he makes his photos. Either way, they sure are appealing and inspiring!
Via I ♥ Photograph.

joetta maue

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Joetta Maue is making beautiful statements with vintage textiles and needlework. She also makes these encouraging banners (ok, some are not so encouraging) that are inspiring me to make a permanent banner to hang in my apartment!
Any suggestions on what my banner should say??
Check out Joetta’s other artwork and her etsy shop. Found via Love Forever.

joetta -Jan 29, 2009, 9:30AM
Thanks for posting about me and your sweet words:) best- Joetta
jill -Jan 29, 2009, 12:25AM
Break all boundries

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Everyone is a little bit cold and maybe a little bit groggy today, but all are hard at work here at the home office!

Alex works with some shiny and exciting fabric.

Anne does some business on the phone while Erin tends to some paperwork.
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Johanna irons diligently.
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Erin digs for treasure in the fabric bins!
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Heather and Sara inspect the samples with interest.
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The Intimates Team prepares for an important meeting!
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A cute little Yorkie, who resides next door in Urban, takes a chilly morning constitutional!

Tina T. -Jan 29, 2009, 5:10PM
It makes me smile to see this, you guys are the best for sharing Free People for all the other lovely ladies who love what you make! Thank you!

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Inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s Eau de Voilette and starring Michelle Williams and Natalie Portman, this short art film is an advertisement for a ficitional perfume and sure to be beautiful and interesting. If that doesn’t already get you thinking, the film is directed by Roman Polanski and was conceived by Francesco Vezzoli. I can’t wait for the online screening on February 6th on Dazed Digital.
Head over to Dazed now for the trailer, and then mark your calendar for the 6th!

B -Jan 28, 2009, 2:29PM
I've been waiting for this for months!

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Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for our Valentine’s Day Craft Swap! Sign up here and read this for all of the details. Happy crafting!

Amanda -Jan 31, 2009, 6:51PM
Hi there! I signed up a while back and haven't gotten a person yet; when does that happen? Thank you!

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