FIELDS OF CANOLA

canola field

Have you ever walked in or passed by a large bright yellow field of flowers? Rapeseed (Brassica napus) is a bright yellow flowering member of the family Brassicaceae (mustard or cabbage family). In agriculture, canola are certain varieties of rapeseed oil, or the oil produced from those varieties. Today 80% of the acres sown are genetically modified canola.


January 08, 2010

RECYCLED PAPER WALLPAPER

RECYCLED NEWSPAPER OR BOOKS WALLPAPER

RECYCLED NEWSPAPER OR BOOKS WALLPAPER

RECYCLED NEWSPAPER OR BOOKS WALLPAPER

RECYCLED NEWSPAPER OR BOOKS WALLPAPER

Above: Images of bird illustrations wallpaper found on Katy Elliott Blog

DIY: newspaper, old book pages, drawings and illustrations as wallpaper.  ( Caution:  newspaper yellows with time.)


January 06, 2010

MAGICAL NATURE

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Victorial from Tel Aviv, Israel and originally from Kiev, Ukraine makes these beautiful, delicate mesmerizing photographs of the natural world with different vintage film cameras.

“And he retraced his wanderings in those deep old lanes that began from the common road and went away towards the unknown, climbing steep hills, and piercing the woods of shadows, and dipping down into valleys that seemed virgin, unexplored, secret for the foot of man. He entered such a lane not knowing where it might bring him, hoping he had found the way to fairyland, to the woods beyond the world, to that vague territory that haunts all the dreams of a boy.”
Arthur Machen

-Inmost Light on Etsy


January 05, 2010

RECYCLED JACKET ALPHABET PILLOWS

recycled jacket pillow

recycled jacket pillow

Pillows made from recycled suit-jackets by Hilary Cosgrove.


January 04, 2010

RECYCLED MAP ENVELOPES

recycled map envelopes

Recycled map envelopes by DIREKTRECYCLING.
(Good DIY idea too.)


PERFECT FLOWERS

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Flower illustrations from ” Plants - 2400 copyright-Free Illustrations of flowers, Fruits and Vegetables”


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January 03, 2010

A WALK AMONG THE TREES

winter tree

TREE
Graphite on panel, 2007
18” x 24”

winter tree

WINTER TREE
Graphite on panel, 2007
18” x 24”

- By Anastasia Ugorskaya


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December 30, 2009

FROZEN LAKE

frozen lake in pennsylvania

winter swamp grass, snow

winter grass

footprints, snow, frozen lake, pennsylvania


Frozen lake in Pennsylvania.


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FURNITURE FROM DISCARDED AND RECLAIMED MATERIALS

table from discarded and reclaimed materials

Above: Table made from reclaimed rusty steel and
sustainably sourced uk oak.

table from discarded and reclaimed materials

Furniture from discarded and reclaimed materials

Above: Table made from reclaimed oak finished with hard
wax oil protected against stains with an eco sealant
glues used are non-toxic & solvent free

table from discarded and reclaimed materials

Furniture from discarded and reclaimed materials by Pacha Design


December 29, 2009

LISTEN

listen, woodlock print

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Listen by Hanna Konola woodblock prints.


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December 28, 2009

LIGHTING BY PATRICK TOWNSEND

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Above: Orbit Chandelier.  Spotted at The Future Perfect in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Above:  Sting Light

String Lights and Orbit Chandelier by Patrick Townsend.  I like these designs because they are so ephemeral and simple.  (Will also probably work great with LED lights)


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December 27, 2009

SPLASHING WATER CHANDELIERS

splashing-water-chandelier

Splashing Water Chandelier

magic forest chandelier

Magic Forest Chandelier

Gorgeous water, trees and forest inspired chandeliers designed by Tony Duquette
recreated locally in U.S by Remains Lighting.


December 24, 2009

RUSTIC ELEGANCE

rustic Elegance ceramic cups and plates by Zena Verda Pesta

rustic Elegance ceramic cups and plates by Zena Verda Pesta

Beautiful handmade ceramic cups and plates by Zena Verda Pesta.
“I’m interested in the importance of accumulated personal objects. For example, my mother had a spray-painted gold brick, which held open the door to the apartment I lived in as a child. This illusion of luxury served more than one function for her. As she would continue her daily tasks like laundry, the brick would twinkle some significance every time she entered or exited. I am investigating the transformational aspects of the gold brick. Pondering its peculiarity, many questions arise in my mind about the functions of this object” - from zenaverda.com


December 22, 2009

THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS, CHARLEY HARPER

charley harper poster the rocky mountains

One of my favorite posters by Charley Harper - The Rocky Mountains.


December 21, 2009

SUNS, MOONS AND TREES IN SHAKER DRAWINGS

shaker-gift-drawings

shaker-art

shaker-drawings

shaker-drawing

shaker-gift-drawings

shaker-tree-drawing

Images from the book Heavenly Visions:Shaker Gift Drawings and Gift Songs.

shaker drawings, burning bush

swhaker drawings, wreath


SNOW ON RUGBY ROAD

snow on rugby road, ditmas park, brooklyn

snow on rugby road, ditmas park, brooklyn

snow on rugby road, ditmas park, brooklyn

First snow on Rugby Road, Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.


December 20, 2009

NYC ROOFTOP GARDENS AND HOUSES

rooftop house, New york city

rooftop house, New york city

rooftop house, New york city

rooftop garden, New york city

rooftop garden, New york city

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Some of New York City’s rooftop houses and gardens (photos from Apartment Therapy, Treehugger and Brooklyn Roof Garden)

new york rooftop garden


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December 19, 2009

NEW PAINTINGS BY WALTON FORD

walton ford at paul kasmin, watercolor painting, Borodino
Walton Ford
Borodino, 2009
watercolor, gouache, pencil, and ink on paper

the island, watercolor painting by Walton FordWalton Ford
The Island, 2009
watercolor, gouache, pencil, and ink on paper

New paintings by Walton Ford at Paul Kasmin Gallery. 


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MUSHROOM TABLE

dinner plates
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Jason Miller (Jason Miller Studio) challenges the rules that surround modern day consumer items.

mushroom table

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YAKKAY FASHIONABLE BIKE HELMETS

fashionable bike helmets from europe

fashionable bike helmets from europe

Yakkay (with a slogan: “brainwear for smart people”) develops and produces these fashionable bike helmets.


December 17, 2009

DRAWINGS OF LICHEN

lichen, botanical illustration

lichen, botanical illustration


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December 05, 2009

EXPERIENCE OF LOOKING

lichen drawing

Lichen, 600 Years

Deborah Feilier: “Silently watching bees amongst lavender, snowflakes fall against the sky, lines eroded by water over mud or stalactites formed below foot are, for me, moments of awe.“Silence gives us the opportunity to experience a new kind of sensibility, it gives us another, better, opportunity for contemplation: experience itself.” Herman de vries(1)In making visual equivalents for this elusive experience of silent watching, I appropriate lines from the outside world - something in opposition to myself - to create a still and contemplative personal space. I am driven by my interests in the interface of different disciplines - science, art, psychology, language and thought, geology - and I am conscious of their various strands looping in and out of my work “

river crossing drawing

River Crossing

” Whilst the repetition of line is governed by underlying structures, such as the shadows cast by the arc of the sun, or the growth rate of lichen, the painting is more to do with the experience of looking, rather than a literal representation. [....] I am interested in connections with traditional Chinese landscape painting and the romantic works of Casper David Friedrich in expressing ideas of experience and the central role of nature in our lives. Shirazeh Houshiary, Michael Landy’s “Nourishment” series and Agnes Martin use the fragile line to create stillness in work that is both intensely personal whilst speaking of collective experience. Edwina Leapman’s paintings are of particular interest – for her programmatic application of paint, as well as her shared interest in Taoist themes of discovery and respect for the natural world”

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Frozen Time


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INVOLUNTARY PARKS

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Involuntary Parks by Caitlin Parker.

“The continent’s imperiled rims therefore become a new kind of landscape, the Involuntary Parks. They are not representations of untouched nature, but of vengeful nature, of natural processes reasserting themselves in areas of political and technological collapse. An embarrassment during the twentieth century, Involuntary Parks could become a somber necessity during the twenty-first.” —Bruce Sterling


November 25, 2009

NATURAL AND CREATED ENVIRONMENTS

natural and created environments, Laurie Sermos

natural and created environments, Laurie Sermos

natural and created environments, Laurie Sermos

natural and created environments, Laurie Sermos

Laurie Sermos’ photographs deal with the visible intersection of natural and created environments. Within these modern landscape images, nature or constructed environments of nature are represented as places to be considered and looked at. The environments photographed are often places built with an intended functionality. However through the act of photography, we are able to pause and engage with these environments in a way that allows for a different kind of reflection.


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GARBAGE PILE IN THE FOG

garbage dump in the fog

garbage dump

garbage pile

garbage pile

Guatemala City Dump by Misty Keasler


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ANDREW WYETH

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November 24, 2009

GREENHOUSE HOUSE

greenhouse house

greenhouse house

greenhouse house

Camouflage House by Hiroshi Iguchi


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November 23, 2009

PAPER CHANDELIER

paper chandelier

paper chandelier

by Nithikul Nimculrat.


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