CHILDREN AND NATURE

mushrooms and babies, multi-baby postcard, design squish blog

Was Henry Darger inspired by postcard above?

idyllic landscape, design squish blog

idyllic landscape, paradise by henry darger, design squish blog


July 26, 2011

DIY BEACH TENTS, RUSSIA 1970’s

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diy beach tents, handmade beach umbrellas, Russia 1970's, design squish blog

Do-it-yourself beach tents. Black Sea, Russia 1970’s.  All you have to do is pack a sheet and find some driftwood when you get there. 

diy beach tents, handmade beach umbrellas, Russia 1970's, design squish blog

diy beach tents, handmade beach umbrellas, Russia 1970's, design squish blog

diy beach tents, handmade beach umbrellas, Russia 1970's, design squish blog


July 13, 2011

HANDMADE PENCILS

handmade diy pencils, design squish blog

handmade pencils, design squish blog

French designer Ariane Prin has been working on a project called “From Here for Here” as a part of her master’s program at the Royal College of Art. This project produces pencils sustainably by using waste from various departments of the school with the goal of supplying drawing tools for students. Each pencil has a center filled with graphite from the glass department, and its body comprised of sawdust from the wood workshop, clay from the ceramic department, and flour from the cafeteria.  Watch a video on how these pencils were made on DesignBoom


July 10, 2011

FALL AND WINTER

fall and winter documentary, matt anderson jumping through corn field, design squish blog

I am happy to share this interview with Matt Anderson, an amazing filmmaker and artist. In fact, Matt has almost completed his very first feature length documentary, Fall and Winter. The film focuses on environmental issues, but interestingly enough the underlying message doesn’t stop with political action to “change the world.” Fall and Winter inspires us to take matters into our own hands, often quite literally by working with our hands. Building our own homes, growing our own food, and other such practices may require us to alter our current world views, but will ultimately help achieve a much more sustainable lifestyle.

fall and winter documentary, america, environment, design squish blog

Q: What would be a dream come true?
A: To witness an extraordinary stage of evolution in human consciousness. I think this is happening one way or another.

fall and winter documentary, design squish blog

Q: What did you like about growing up in Vancouver?
A: When I was about 6 or 7 we moved from the city to a small, unserviced island off the coast of Vancouver. There were no cars or stores, and all water and power had to be self-contained. I commuted to school every day on our boat. No matter how big the waves were we had to jump into the dinghy and make it to the mainland. I think this gave me a deep love and respect for the forces of Nature, and set the foundation for my values today.

fall and winter documentary, design squish blog

Q: Why/where/when did you decide to make “Fall and Winter”?
A: There really is no beginning point for this film. For years I was fascinated by conspiracies as a modern mythology - a realm of free thought where fantasy and history co-existed in pursuit of meaning and truth. I went to some conspiracy conventions and read stacks of books about the New World Order, UFO’s and ‘hidden history’. Somewhere along the way I began to migrate from asking ‘what if…?’ and towards ‘what is…?’. This lead me to a small conference in the Silicon Valley called ‘Global Catastrophic Risks’ about 3 years ago. 30 scientists were meeting to discuss the myriad of threats facing life on earth, and strategies to mitigate these threats (if possible). I began to understand that what is really happening is more fascinating and important than the realm of conspiracy. I decided that the film had to be about the massive changes occurring on our planet - and the people facing this challenge head on.

fall and winter documentary, film, environment, design squish blog

fall and winter documentary, design squish blog

fall and winter documentary, design squish blog

Q: What are some things that inspire you?
A: To me, it’s important to be inspired both by positive and negative forces. I am driven by the beauty of Nature, the things that my dear friends create and also by the destructive practices rampant around the globe. I think it’s important to be full of love and also mad as hell!

fall and winter documentary, design squish blog

“Fall & Winter is a documentary that explores the origins and present-day realities of our global crisis to better understand the catastrophic transition we have now entered. Over the past year we’ve traveled 15,000 miles around the country, documenting various aspects of both the collapse and rebirth happening all around us. The film highlights a variety of ways in which individuals are creating innovative, sustainable methods of living in adaptation to their environment, and fostering in their communities a vital transformation in the way we live on this planet.”

fall and winter documentary, design squish blog

WatchFall and Winter previewand remember to donate at their website!

-http://fallwintermovie.com/
-http://fallwintermovie.com/donate.html

 


July 03, 2011

MICROCOSMOS: HARRIMAN STATE PARK

blueberry microcosmos, zoom lens, macrophotography, design squish blog

dragonfly, microcosmos, macrophotography, harriman state park,design squish blog

Photographs from our trip to Harriman State Park(Upstate New York). Magic macro zoom lens uncovering detail almost invisible to the naked eye…

dragonfly, macrophotography, zoom lens, design squish blog

I love the heart pattern on the dragon fly tail.

insect, microcosm, macrophotography,  harriman state park, design squish blog

turkey vulture, upstate new york, design squish blog

wild flower, macrophotography,  harriman state park, upstate, design squish blog

bee, zoom lens, macrophotography, design squish blog

mushroom, macrophotography, upstate new york, design squish blog

Photographs by Paul Gower

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