I am drawn to comfortable, soft accessories from reclaimed materials.
Slippers made from recycled, felted 100% lambswool sweater and recycled leather by Wooly Baby as well as this upcycled slouch bag made from the sleeves of a mens wool dress coat by Betsy & Bess...
Materials upcycled: bike chainlink, broken ceramic plates, hardware washers.
Found on Etsy.
“Почти каждый день Феня принорила Петру Ильичу цветы. Она ходила за цветами в заливные луга и рвала их долго, подбирала все одинаковые: то одну ромашку, то кипрей, то подмаренник. А когда весна входила в полную силу и всю ночь над лесом не потухала заря, Феня пробиралась в усадьбу к Липецкому и рвала там для Петра Ильича сирень.
До чего она была холодная, пахучая, росистая! Прижмешь к лицу пышные ветки - будто умоешься. Принесешь цветы, Петр Ильич возьмет за подбородок, поднимет зардевшееся лицо, скажет: “Ех ты, сероглазая!” - и обязательно чем-нибудь отдарит. А потом сядет к роялю, заиграет. сирень вся задрожит, и роса с нее польется прямо на рояль...” - Paustovsky
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And the wind, full of wantonness,
wooes like lover
The young aspen-trees till they
tremble all over.
- Thomas Moore (From Trees of America)
Paper made out of sheep poo. I personally touched it and it is very very soft.
From the book:
Who has seen the wind?
Neither I or you:
But when the leaves hang trembling
The wind it passing thro’.
Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads
The wind is passing by.
Christina G. Rossetti
“The most notable characteristic of bowerbirds is their extraordinarily complex courtship and mating behaviour, where males build a bower to attract mates. There are two main types of bowers. One clade of bowerbirds build so-called maypole bowers that are constructed by placing sticks around a sapling, in some species these bowers have a hut-like roof. The other major bowerbuilding clade builds an avenue type bower made of two walls of vertically placed sticks. In and around the bower the male places a variety of brightly colored objects he has collected. These objects — usually different among each species — may include hundreds of shells, leaves, flowers, feathers, stones, berries, and even discarded plastic items, coins, nails, rifle shells, or pieces of glass” - Wiki.
Disposable tin food containers transformed into ceramic and reusable by Lorena Barrezueta.
The most cheerful thing I know is the calm, the silence, which are so delicious, both in the forest and the fields.
-Jean Francois Milllet
Wild blackberries and red salmon berries gathered in Upstate New York, Harriman State Park. I never had salmon berries before. They are so delicious! Almost as good as or better than raspberries.
Bike fashion is really hitting its peak. There are more and more people biking Fort Tilden beach everyday. Great bike fashion blog I found recently - http://piubici.tumblr.com/
Special addition for Jen: bike helmet chic. Beautiful bike helmets:
Stylish bike helmets:
Cafe America is an upcycled galvanized steel chain-link chair with stainless steel rod and fasteners by Grain. The chair flat-packs for efficient shipping and storage. Handmade in the Pacific Northwest, USA.
“Man can better set up in a small house than in a huge castle.” - Leo N. Tolstoy
“With the loved ones you can be happy even in the smallest of places.” - Leo N. Tolstoy.
Old workshop seat.
Coffee table from recycled cable drum.
Chair from old sewing factory.
Pillows from vintage produce sacks.
Images from ArtKraft Furniture and Design.
Photos taken in Harriman State Park, NY + motylek (small butterfly)
“Red List protects nature” - The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, founded in 1948, is the world’s most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species.
“Protect birds - they are doctors of the forest”
“Cut down one - plant ten”
“Welcome, my feathered friends!”
Old bathtubs, shipping crates and barrels are great “upcycle material” for DIY planters.
Above: Old barrels as planters in San Diego, California.
Bathtub garden baskets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn:
Below: Shipping crate as garden planter.
Sun Boxes are installations by Craig Colorusso powered by the sun via solar panels. There is a different loop set to play a guitar note in each box continuously. These guitar notes collectively make a Bb chord. Because the loops are different in length, once the piece begins they continually overlap and the piece slowly evolves over time.
The sounds of Sun Boxes have been described as both soothing and energizing. A unique combination of adjectives often used to describe yoga, or meditation. When experiencing the piece, Sun Boxes allows the participant to slow down, and notice the subtleties of the composition unfold. With the abundance of technology and hustle of this culture it is a much needed concept to not only be allowed, but also encouraged to slow down.
VerTerra’s disposable tableware is a great alternative to plastic and paper plates. It is made from fallen palm leaves and water only and biodegrades naturally within two months.
Above: Willow branch chandelier.
Above: Hickory Branch Chandelier.
Above: Hickory pendant light.
Handmade twig chandeliers inspired by nature. Found in Collier West.
Forest Floor Still Life by Otto Marseus Van Schrieck. Otto was a Dutch painter best known for mysterious dark close-ups of the live undergrowth of forest floors that give detailed views of
wild flowers, weeds, thistles, and mushrooms, lives of insects.
Even though it is not really a still-life, I think this painting is particularly amazing because of how still it is.
Chair redesign by Jetske Groot. Jetske finds old chairs, carefully disassembles them and recycles them into new chairs that reflect their past history. Jetske calls her series “Multiple Family”
Book LED floor lamp. The lamp’s shade opens and closes like the cover of a book. As the shade opens wider, the light shines more brightly, and as it closes, it gradually dims and turns off. Made from recycled aluminum.
Simple, non-toxic, eco-friendly biodegradable coffin!
Eco-friendly chairs made from strawboard. (Strawboard, a formaldehyde-free material made of compressed straw- an alternative to wood particleboard or fiberboard)
Invisible Street Lights designed by Jongoh Lee are in the shape of tree leaves and can be wrapped around tree branches. During the day, these leaf structures mingle in the tree’s natural leaves, harnessing and storing sunlight. At night, they provide a poetic alternative to streetlights.
National Design Triennial is on right now at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York City.
Scrap wood chair. (Perfect DIY idea)
Skateboard wheels rotating table. (Great idea for reusing skateboard wheels)
Button toy. (Great idea for reusing buttons)
Future Perfect is a good new design store in
Williamsburg and East Village, New York.
Signe Parsegel land art.
Forest Art Wisconsin.
Michel de Broin “Superficial”
Lamp made from scrub pads and chandelier made from
plastic spoons by Daisuke Hirawa.
Tiago Sa Da costa creates bowls and lamps out of natural material - cork.
Hand knitted recycled cotton and leather bags by Lana Williams
Colorful, environmentally friendly wood blocks by Miller Goodman.
Scrap Lights made of recycled cardboard.
Log speakers by Stanley Ruiz - http://stanleyruiz.com Stanley’s speakers are composed of only wood and metal. “It is a very lo-fi, unassuming approach to product design. Improvisation is a major part of my process” - Stanley.
Ceramic speakers by Joey Roth:
The speaker system is reduced to its most simple form. It is also made out of all natural materials consisting of porcelain, cork, and birch.
Irina paints on old wood boards, closet and wardrobe doors, metal pieces or simply on rocks she finds. Irina’s paintings remind of Russian Orthodox icons, Avant-garde 1910-1920 and Russian folk art. She paints portraits of Russian writers, happy couples, books, subjects and objects from villages and dacha life. Irina says: The objects I paint on are just means of expression but their past affects my paintings. I find them in the garbage ...or they find me.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, portrait. 2004. Oil on reclaimed wood. From “Russian Writers” series.
Requiem. Series of portraits. 2000-2001. Oil on wood
Nikolai Semyonovish Leskov, portrait. 2004 from “Russian Writers” series.
Sugar. 2002. Oil on found metal.
Beloved vegetable garden. 1995. Oil on wood.