Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Graffiti gives us a public form of declaration. Literally meaning scratched, from the Italian graffiato, it etches its design into the surface providing a state of permanence. Perhaps this permanence counterbalances the temporariness of life. We want to declare our existence, our love and our loyalties.

But it seems like it is no longer enough to say I woz here. Now we seek out witnesses by asking follow@me. Pseudonym tags like hipster slayer and alien wizard are sharing wall space with follow@jacinta312. Declarations are no longer cloaked in mystery for only some to understand, they are seeking a connection. Maybe the permanence offered through etching your existence on a wall is no longer enough. What is a declaration if there is no response?

Jess Gold by Nicole Bentley | Her Story, Marie Claire Australia, July 2014


Sunday, June 15, 2014

To splice is to join or to insert, altering the current structure to form a new combination. It can disrupt a previously seamless whole to become something fragmented and abstracted. The new seams cannot be hidden even with the smoothest join. But rather than scar the new formation, surely it is preferable for it to become part of the new, like smile lines worn through the decades. Lines that are worn, not hidden.

Some great resources that imagine how our current structures of society may look when spliced with new ideas:
Viewpoint magazine, the article-based cousin to Textile View. My favourite.
NewPhilosopher magazine
And of course, anything by Lidewij Edelkoort or The Future Laboratory.

Coat Tails | Lina Zhang by Marcus Ohlsson for Marie Claire, June 2012
The second image I could only track down as far as tumblr (where many good images go to live uncredited) but here it is on pinterest. If you know the credits, please let me know and so I can update. Thanks!

Mouvement de Mode

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Square pegs and round holes are a perfect visual match, with one balancing out the other. Balancing is not a static activity. There is movement and pause, tension and harmony. The roundness of one interrupting the the angled planes of the other.



Sunday, June 1, 2014

Force of Nature | Nathalia Oliveira by Nicole Bentley for Marie Claire Australia, June 2014
Margaux Roy | Photography
The Incinerator by Acme & Co, Sydney | via Yellowtrace
Beth Hoeckl | Black Arches
Pauline Chardin | The Voyageur
Timo Weiland | Fall 2014 Inspiration, via NY Mag 

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