Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Beautiful wallpaper in the elevator at work makes for great small talk. (Oooh! Ahh! So pretty!) This particular design, Half Plaid in Amethyst Earth, was created by Amy Lau for Maya Romanoff's 40th anniversary and the only other place you can view it is on the 7th floor of Bergdorf Goodman till, my apologies for the realllly late notice, the end of this month.

Make good use of tomorrow New Yorkers! Or, if you can, buy it for your own house!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

kristi patten

Usually my rings are the ones to snag my clothes, but I think everything I come across would end up snagging this delicate & earthy ring.

Monday, March 22, 2010

banana hammock

"This range is a world first in underwear -- it is made from the weave of the bark from the banana tree, and soft organic cotton, ensuring ultimate comfort, with an eco friendly flavour that will keep you coming back for seconds."
- Aussie Bum Banana Briefs


Monday, March 15, 2010


Another post that contains very lively matter.

Wouldn't mind this on a wall (on my side of the room of course; don't worry roomie!)

Insectopedia by Kiff Slemmons

Definitely want to see this
Entomologia: A Group Show of Insect Art at the Observatory in Brooklyn.

Jewel Beetle by Joianne Bittle

Sex (after) by Catherine Chalmers

Victorian Fancy (detail) by Jennifer Angus

image 1 via Carla M Fox; images 2-4 via Curious Expeditions' Flickr

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

this feeling

Recently, I've been fascinated with jewelry and accessories that use live or formerly alive materials. Static, tragic, beautiful, frozen in time, given new life.
What I find most interesting is the abstract use of animal parts in a way that still remains organic. Typically, I would recoil at the use of pig intenstines in a necklace or birds as brooches, but this time I'm very intrigued.

Catarina Hallzon necklace made from pig intestines and silver

Julia deVille brooch made from a sparrow, silver and gold

I'm starting to think my brain is evolving into this sick little thing since I don't even eat land animals, yet I find myself drooling over jewelry made from horse teeth. But, and a big but, I do use leather bags, wool sweaters and cashmere cardigans. Hm, hypocrite, much?

Warwick Freeman brooches made from horse teeth

Sebastian Buescher is one artist that I was continually drawn back to. Each of his pieces need closer and frequent inspection. He uses a variety of mediums, mainly aquatic creatures and elements of nature, that give his jewelry a clustered look; brimming with life and ideas. As I was going through his search results, I found his personal blog and another called Walking the Gray Area. Reading through his blog was a pick me up in the middle of the day because it's filled with positive reflections and quotes. The latter posts the dialouge of 23 pairs of studio jewelry artists, which Sebastian is one of, along with a few of my other favorites like Terhi Tolvanen and Jorge Manilla. Walking the Gray Area let's you know what these artists are experiencing, thinking and feeling, and how all those factors are then channeled into their jewelry.

Here are some images of Sebastian's Hadal Realm collection:

The Balance (wood, starfish, crystal, urchin spines, silver)

Encrustathon (granulex, rubber, crystals, urchin spines)

Mountain Range (stingray skin, moonstone, epoxy, metal)

Encrusterium 8 (unknown materials)

White Death (ceramic, shark jaw, epoxy putty, metal)

"The Hadal Realm, also known as the Hadal Zone, is the deepest part of the ocean. I am comparing this place with the human subconscious mind and find that the two have far more in common than you may suspect. It is the vastness in both that fascinates me, along with the quantity of stuff that is collected and stored in its 'darkness'. Everything we see, smell, hear, do, think, and whatever else we encounter through any of our senses, is stored in our subconscious mind. It is all there, perfectly in tact." - Sebastian Buescher

Sunday, March 7, 2010

can't beat free

Open Culture recently posted exactly what I was looking for; an extensive and amazing list of movies that you can watch online for free. Now I just need to find the time to watch them all.

See for yourself.