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Read this blog. It is one of my all time favorites.

Photo via Oh Joy, also one of my favorites!

Ccarousel is run by a very good friend of my very good friend. In all honesty I totally have a friend crush on her.

Here are a couple of my favorites.

Skeleton in the Coffin Rosary

I also love the Skull Feather Necklace

check her out.

photo from nervous or not via kelsycarleen

Often in the heart of winter I am struck with nostalgia for warmer weather. In the spirit of anticipation for spring, I’m revisiting one of my favorite days from last fall! N. and I went on a little adventure to Storm King Art Center.

(all photos courtesy of kburns)

“Storm King Art Center is a museum that celebrates the relationship between sculpture and nature. Five hundred acres of landscaped lawns, fields and woodlands provide the site for postwar sculptures by internationally renowned artists. At Storm King, the exhibition space is defined by sky and land. Unencumbered by walls, the subtly created flow of space is punctuated by modern sculpture. The grounds are surrounded by the undulating profiles of the Hudson Highlands, a dramatic panorama integral to the viewing experience. The sculptures are affected by changes in light and weather, so no two visits are the same.”–Storm King

Highlights include Andy Goldsworthy’s stone wall, Maya Lin’s Indoor Exhibit and all of the industrial art from the 20th century.

Jutta Sika was a ceramist at the turn of the twentieth century. She was part of the Wiener Werkstaette, an artistic movement in Vienna that had evolved out of the Viennese Secession. (If you have time check out the Neue Galerie-they have a lot of beautiful work from this time region.) Both the Viennese Secession and the Wiener Werkstaette derived from an opposition to the bourgeois art scene of the late 19th century. These movements worked to bring art and design to the masses-this is not to say they encouraged mass production, these were movements by craftsman with a focus on craftsmanship-but they were geared towards more freedom away from the hierarchical art world. The products from this era are gorgeous!!! If only I were incredibly wealthy

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They say practice makes perfect, so don’t judge me by day 1. Do to a lack of time today I just did some quick sketching. While I am not totally pleased with the outcome, the whole point of the 30 day creative challenge is to get in the habit of doing things so that I am more pleased with the outcome. Perhaps day 2 will go more smoothly. I am going to Vermont tomorrow, so there may be some delays in posting.

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Here are some photos of my room where the majority of the creative challenge will probably take place. I tried to set it up so it would be inspiring. The panels on the wall are ceiling tiles that I am using like cork board. FYI they work really well in case you are looking to hang something like cork board, but can’t afford giant slabs. They also have a cool industrial feel.

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this guy.

this guy.

Apparently this guy has stolen over $88 million from art investors, yet doesn’t this picture just make you really sad?  He just looks so broken.  He basically got people to invest and buy paintings that he didn’t own.  He also sold paintings he didn’t own multiple times over.  This is crazy stuff, but at the same time I can’t help but look at this picture and think of it as really sad. Why did he get so greedy and carried away?  Why is money such a big deal?  Why do we work all the time in a system where it appears that the people that make the big money have all swindled someone along the way?  Perhaps it is just the economic downturn that has made me such a skeptic. Between the ponzi schemes, union destruction and the super destruction of the Earth big business and big money has made me very negative towards the current the state of things. Not like history has been very different: serfdom, manufacturing, I guess in the times of small personal farms, before agrobusiness, people were working for themselves, so perhaps that was more rewarding.

Big Rig Jig

Today at work I fell into conversation with one of the many artists that stop by the shop.  For those of you who don’t know I work at Serett Metalworks, a metal fabrication shop in Bed-Sty, Brooklyn that is constantly playing home to various artists and builders.  My favorite people are these two old gentleman with long white beards who decked out in full leather outfits come in and make custom motorcycles.  The man I spoke with today has built just about everything with everyone everywhere in the world. (Forgive the alliteration, but it’s true.) He is just in town to work on a leather covered handrail before traveling to Italy for a project with Swoon.  Anyhow, our conversation gradually fell to some of the stuff he had built and some of the people he has worked with.  One such person is Mike Ross.  The genius behind such works as Big Rig Jig (seen above) and A Short Room Full of Tall People.  Another one of his works is the Colorfield, an interactive field of fun where pulleys control shadows and color.  Basically he is a dude that builds really cool stuff that explores the way we perceive the objects and space around us. Check him out.

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