Wall Art

I feel a bit arty today. So I thought I’d share a project today by Mikko Kuorinki called “Wall Piece with 200 Letters”, which was exhibited at Finland’s Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Using short phrases by a variety of writers, Kuorinki created a poetic installation that changed each week over the course of a year. Click HERE to see the whole exhibition.

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Today’s Track – Come Close, Common

Craving something easy and optimistic with a mellow groove to usher out my jet lag and  help me bliss out. Come Close by Common from the album Electric Circus, 2002.

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For the Best Men

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Here’s the thing: I think shopping for men is impossible. Maybe not all guys, but my hubby is a tricky one to say the least. So I was delighted to discover Best Made, a great little company out of NY that makes high-quality, man-friendly wares with a hipster appeal that are thoughtful and, well… just really awesome. The company was founded 6 years ago on the premise that the world needed a better axe. A year later, they expanded to carry a full line of products, from camp supplies to clothing, all with their signature nod to quality cool.

Best Made Company® is dedicated to equipping customers with quality tools and dependable information that they can use and pass down for generations. Courage, Compassion, Grace and Fortitude (C.C.G.F.). Our four most cherished virtues that we aspire to live up to  — all of which are embodied by and emblazoned on our axes — and that we hope will inspire others. We seek to empower people to get outside, use their hands and in doing so embark on a life of fulfilling projects and lasting experiences.

Seamless and Steadfast Enamel Steel Cups (set of 2), $32
Seamless and Steadfast Enamel Steel Cups (set of 2), $32

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Seamless and Steadfast Enamel Steel Plates, set of 2, $35
Seamless and Steadfast Enamel Steel Plates (set of 2), $35
American Felling Axe, Banderole, $350
American Felling Axe, $350
Duck Canvas Axe Case, $110
Duck Canvas Axe Case, $110
Bandana, $8
Bandana, $8
Warm Wool Blanket, $225
Warm Wool Blanket, $225
The Best Made Ditty Bag, $124
The Best Made Ditty Bag, $124
The Kevlar Gear Bag, $245
The Kevlar Gear Bag, $245
Sweatshirt, $98
Sweatshirt, $98
Front Loading Toolbox, $94
Front Loading Toolbox, $94
US Army Field Manuals (set of 3), $22
US Army Field Manuals (set of 3), $22
Playing Cards, $8
Playing Cards, $8

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Seamless and Steadfast Tall Enamel Tumblers (set of 2), $36
Seamless and Steadfast Tall Enamel Tumblers (set of 2), $36

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Duncan Prints

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Austin-based Leah Duncan was a designer in the agency world as well as for silkscreening companies before deciding she wanted to make a living doing what she loved: surface design. “inspired by a love of nature, her east austin neighborhood, the southwest, and her cherokee roots she has established a recognizable voice that speaks simplicity and beauty with quirky and organic themes.” Today, she sells her quirky, folk-meets-modern textiles & prints in both her Etsy shop and retail boutiques, while also picking up coveted commissions from the likes of Target, Land of Nod and Urban Outfitters. (As always, click to shop!)

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“Agave Leaves” 8″x10″ Archival Print, $22
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“Darling, I’m Leaving” 8″ x 10″ Print with sewing detail, $26
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“Fields From Above”, 11″ x 14″ Print, $38
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“Seasonal Eggs”, 8″ x 10″ Print with sewing detail, $26
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“Spring in Black” 11″ x 14″ Print, $38
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Botanicals on Black – set of 2 – 8″ x 10″ prints in edition of 200, $48

 

 

Today’s Track – La Jeune Fille Aux Cheveux Blancs, Camille

Hopping on a plane bound for Paris later today, so I thought a melody to get me in the mood was in order. La Jeune Fille Aux Cheveux Blancs (“The Girl in White Hair”) by Camille from the album Le Fil, 2005.

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Today’s Track – Sugah Daddy, D’Angelo and the Vanguard

Great new track layering old school R&B with a bit of jazz  Sugah Daddy by D’Angelo and the Vanguard from the album Black Messiah, 2014.

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Spring Summer 2016 Color Trends from Lenzing

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Considering that it’s extraordinarily chilly and snow-covered in these parts, I could use a jolt of spring color! Today’s post comes via Lenzing, an Austrian company known best for fiber / textile production that also offers great trend insights. Here’s their forecast of incoming color trends for the Spring Summer 2016 season. (I know it’s kinda tricky to read ’cause it’s so small in this post; click on the image & it’ll show up larger in your browser.)

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