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Month: November, 2014

Things to Click…

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Just a note that I’ll be taking a short hiatus from the blogosphere over the holidays. I hope you all are able to enjoy time with family and/or friends and have the privilege and ability to enjoy good food and good company. Now, without further ado, the things I think you need to click on this week…

I know a lot of people are pitching in on the Ferguson decision. This article from The Washington Post is one of the best I’ve read about the decision not to indict Williams. Short, and spot on.

On to lighter topics: Check out these gorgeous photographs from French artist Thierry Cohen depicting what cities would look like if lit only by the stars. The images are breathtaking and haunting.

At 6’2″ I’m used to a lot of talk from strangers surrounding my height. It’s such a part of me that I even include it on my resume. Most people see it as a positive asset, and it is, but this article is a wonderful look at the complexities of being a (very) tall woman.

A friend of the family posted this beautifully designed look at the linguistics of color in Chinese and English. Take a look!

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Occoneechee Mountain Park.

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Juniper Ridge was started in 1998 by avid hiker and outdoors enthusiast Hall Newbegin. In the beginning, Newbegin sought to provide natural scents and soaps that captured his own love for the American landscapes of the West. Since then, Juniper Ridge has turned into a 15-man operation that creates scents, soaps, and oils using traditional distilling processes. They create each and every product from start to finish, collecting and harvesting specimens, distilling their essences, and mixing the final product. Their scents act almost as landscape profiles, capturing the smells of the Mojave desert, the Sierra Nevada mountains, Big Sur, and the Pacific Northwest coastal woods. They now make not only colognes and soaps, but incense, beard oils, and even tea! Each product is stamped with a harvesting number that coordinates with the various harvesting stories the team collects and posts on their site. A bonus: their product design is spot on! Check out Juniper Ridge’s online shop or follow their gorgeous Instagram, full of outdoorsy, country goodness.

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Ayu Larasati

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Ayu Larasati is a Toronto based ceramicist originally from Indonesia. With a degree in art and design from OCAD University, Larasati has won awards for her practical designs for use around the home, including the ChooChooStak which she designed for children. Though her page is disappointingly lacking in images of her finished work, what I recently discovered of her was her beautiful ceramics. Making small cups, mugs, bowls, and storage containers, Larasati’s designs are soothing and clean, often with ombre glazing and simple, rounded curves. Since her website is slightly underdeveloped, I recommend checking out her Instagram if you want to see more of her work! Especially since the limited number of sharable photos I could find of her work do not even come close to doing justice to her simple, but beautiful style.

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Lee Coren

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Lee Coren is a textile designer and maker of screen printed bags and scarves. Based in Jaffa, Israel, Coren’s designs combine modern principles and style with “dreamy escapism.” This is no more apparent than in her breathtaking Landscape Clutches, which manage to convey the surreal and the concrete simultaneously. Inspired by the colors, textures, and shapes of natural scenery and landscapes, Coren’s work pulls at an essential “awe” factor deep within the human aesthetic experience. I love her indigo block scarf as well as her quintessential landscape clutches. Take a look at her work online  or follow her Instagram.

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I love this animated video from philosopher Alain de Botton answering the question “what is art for?” It succinctly and wittily explains why we have and why humans continue to make art. A nice little philosophy snack.

I heard about The Recollectors project listening to some archival episodes of the podcast Death, Sex, and Money. It’s a storytelling site for children whose parents died of AIDs. The stories collected here are beautiful and heartbreaking and the project turns a different and valuable lens on the AIDs epidemic.

Unable to binge-listen to the wonderful podcast Serial, a recent search for new audio material turned up this wonderful list from The Guardian of great podcasts to listen to. I added nearly all of the podcasts on their list to my feed can’t say I’m disappointed. If you’re looking for some new things to listen to, take a look!

I’ve been following Tiny PMS Match on Instagram for a while and have loved the way it trains my mind to appreciate small things as well as find design inspiration in nature. Designer Inka Mathew simply matches small, everyday objects to their pantone color. A quick and tiny dose of design inspiration. You can also follow the project on Tumblr.

 

Sew A Song

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Eva Duenas lives in Barcelona, where she creates these incredible, geometric pieces for her jewelry line Sew A Song. Her jewelry is primarily made of wood, silver, brass, and woven rope with clean, modern lines. The large shapes and statement pieces are large enough to catch the eye, but simple enough not to overwhelm an outfit. I especially love the wood and brass tassel necklace, her Mr. Obsidian pieces, and the African Wood Bar necklace. Take a look at her work, which is very affordably priced for handmade jewelry! You can purchase her work on her Etsy shop, take a look at past collections on her website, or follow her Instagram.

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Spent the day walking around Durham. I was so stir crazy after two days in bed sick. Nap time now.

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Kris sent me this article on a group of squatters from East and West Germany who essentially took over an apartment complex after the fall of the Berlin wall. The article provides fascinating profiles of the individuals who still live in the Tucholskystrasse apartments. A must read.

I have read this nonfiction piece John Reed wrote about his “Grandma the Poisoner” several times this week and it is as chilling and fascinating to me as ever.

Everyone is probably super sick of reading election analysis articles, but I thought this article arguing that the Republican win wasn’t as big as we all think was a pretty interesting one. And it’s short!

Serious Eats released this list of “Five Colonial-Era Drinks You Should Know” a while back. Each of the five drink profiles is a quick dose of history as well as an interesting new recipe to try–most of which seem pretty good for the coming cool temperatures.

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I always grab a cup of TBC coffee, even if I’m only in Virginia for a day.