November 10, 2014 • 1:07 pm
I love this Huffington Post story about graphic designer Travis Purrington, who wondered: what would our money look like if we dropped the dead white guy theme? Here’s a summary of the project:
As part of a master’s thesis design project at the Basel School of Design in Switzerland, Purrington developed new versions of U.S. currency. He based his designs on his study of other world currencies and America’s currency history.
The resulting bills use imagery from the arts, nature, and science. Specifically Purrington samples the DNA helix, farmland, circuit boards, and the art of Alexander Calder. Beautiful!
Filed under: Current Events, Design, currency
October 30, 2014 • 1:53 pm
There are so many ways to learn about our world. Take, for instance, Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, an awesome children’s book about the galaxy.
With writing by quantum computer scientist Dominic Walliman and designed and illustrations by Ben Newman, this is a wonderful way to make discoveries. Science should be a revelation of wonders, and this book delivers.
Just to give credit where credit is due, I found this book via Brain Pickings, a blog by Maria Popova that shares super wonderful content on a daily basis.
Filed under: Blogs, Books, Science
October 15, 2014 • 1:08 pm
For the map geeks among us, the Beautiful Maps tumblr blog by Neonite is an absolute MUST. This is just a sample of the map wonderland that awaits you. Enjoy the journey.
Filed under: Art, Blogs, neonite
October 6, 2014 • 3:11 pm
Memory plays tricks on us, confounding us with the passage of time. Photographer Chino Otsuko demonstrates this phenomenon through her exhibit Finding Me. In My Modern Met, The artist photoshops herself into travel photos from the past to create a double moment in time. Otsuko explains her project:
“The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine as I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history.”
For more on the project, visit My Modern Met.
Filed under: Poetry
September 29, 2014 • 1:54 pm
via Wooster Street:
Working with silkscreen artist 10H23, French street artist Lili Jenks (also known as PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH) is making collages that cross borders. The team collected strips of paper from billboards in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Brazil then swapped and reorganized the billboard strips into large collages with screen prints of old photos by 10H23. After making huge photocopies of these pieces, PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH pasted the collages as posters, spreading her work far and wide.
Filed under: Poetry
September 24, 2014 • 3:51 pm
Check out the Huffington Post story on the teeny tiny art of Lorraine Loots. Most of these drawings are smaller than postage stamps!
Loots, an artist based in Cape Town, explains her project this way:
“I had been painting some miniatures around that time and people would always ask what I was planning on doing with such tiny pieces. ‘Surely no one would buy a painting that small?’ I started to get annoyed with those questions so I would answer that the paintings were made for ants. I guess ‘Zoolander‘ was a subconscious influence. At the same time, I’ve always wanted to find a way to document each day; to make the mundane brilliant.”
To learn more, visit Loots’ website.
Filed under: Poetry
September 9, 2014 • 10:57 am
Using an iPhone and an app, Benjamin Lowy has created “Walkscapes” —single images that are compiled from 30-100 frames taken on a walk. Lowy says this about this new work: “We live in this time where we’re given these tools, and we all follow instructions to a tee. The digital world is so precise that there is no chance left to the photo gods. So I’m always trying to create space for that moment.” See more examples of his amazing work at National Geographic or on his website BenLowy.com.
Filed under: Architecture, Art, Photography, ben lowy, walkscapes
September 3, 2014 • 2:08 pm
One of the exciting new projects in the world of poetry this year is Brooklyn Poets, founded by Jason Koo. Not a New Yorker? No worries. In addition to the live NYC events, they offer online workshops for poets anywhere and everywhere. Check them out on their site.
Filed under: Poetry
If you are planning to writing a poem a day in April, there are sources of inspiration all around. Starting in the most obvious place, check out the NaPoWriMo site. You will find everything you need to get started. Add your blog to the list of participants and join the community of writers.
There are also poetry prompts being published on blogs across the Internet. Check out:
The Bell Jar
When stuck (which will be soon enough) I plan to use The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice by Kelly Agodon and Martha Silano (Two Sylvias Press). Feel free to share your fave NaPo links here.
Filed under: Blogs, Books, Current Events, Poetry, Web, Writers, Writing Exercise, Kelly Agodon, Martha Silano, NaPoWriMo, napowrimo2014, National Poetry Month
February 3, 2014 • 1:19 pm
The current exhibit at Rice Gallery is “Garden Object,” an installation by Rosario Hurtado and Roberto Feo, who run a design studio called El Ultimo Grito. The garden they’ve created at Rice is rather otherworldly, as gardens go. Here’s a link to the “making of” video, definitely worth 2 minutes of your day. For more information, including the artistic statement, visit the Rice Gallery site.
Filed under: Art, Current Events, Design, Travel, art installation, El Ultimo Grito, Garden Object, houston, houston art, Rice Gallery, rice university, Rice University art, Roberto Feo, Rosario Hurtado
January 23, 2014 • 12:48 pm
The Soaring Cost of a Single Breath
January 25 – February 22, 2014
Opening reception: Saturday January 25, 5-7 PM
1412 Bonnie Bonnie Brae Street
Houston TX 77006
Filed under: Art, Current Events, Poetry, Travel, houston, houston art
December 13, 2013 • 12:41 pm
Simon Beck walks miles through snow to create amazing art. Check out this story and stunning photographs from My Modern Met about his temporary wonders. Beautiful!
Filed under: Art, Current Events, Photography, Travel, land art, Natural landscape, Pattern, Simon Beck, snow, snow art
October 30, 2013 • 10:03 am
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has gained momentum over the past decade, and a number of best-selling novels–Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern– began in this veritable boot camp for writers. The appeal lies in the short intense nature of the project, with the product being a 50,000 word first draft. Daily word count goals keep you on track, and the NaNo site provides a supportive community. November is almost upon us. Perhaps THIS year is YOUR year?
Collage by Rex Ray
Filed under: Blogs, Books, Web, Writers, Writing, Writing Exercise, Erin Morgenstern, NaNoWriMo, NaNoWriMo 2013, National Novel Writing Month, Night Circus, Rex Ray, Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants, Writers Resources
October 17, 2013 • 10:23 pm
In the median of Montrose Boulevard, a colorful tube of art graces my morning drive to work. The tunnel by Patrick Renner stretches a city block in front of the Art League Houston. It’s fun whizzing by this wonder before I’m fully awake.
Filed under: Architecture, Art, Current Events, Design, Poetry, Patrick Renner
August 13, 2013 • 2:13 pm
I’m on of those people who loves reading books about the places I travel while I am traveling. Therefore I love the idea of choosing a novel for each of the 50 US states. Maybe one day I’ll make my own list. In the meantime, check out this literary tour of America from QwikLit.
It is impossible to contain all of the United States of America in one novel. From Alabama to Wyoming, there is little to connect every work here except for the fact that they are, well, American. But if you’re currently sitting on your front porch, looking for an escape to anywhere in America, be it the Everglades of Florida, the beaches of Southern California, or even the cold, merciless terrain of Alaska — then worry not: we have found some of the finest works of contemporary literature this country has to offer, and placed them all on one comprehensive list. Enjoy!
Alabama – John Green – Looking for Alaska (2005)
Don’t let the title fool you; John Green places his main character, the biography-obsessed prep-school student called Miles, in the middle of a love triangle centered around an Alabamian prep school. Green has a knack for channeling the ‘coming-of-age’ to…
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Filed under: Books, Travel, Web, Writers, Literature, Novel, U.S. state, United States