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Month: December, 2014

Things to Click…

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I love these gorgeous chicken portraits by Rolf Hagberg. He somehow captures so much personality and beauty. It just makes me want to own chickens that much more!

This article about embezzlement, an affair, and a subsequent attempted murder reads like a Coen brother’s movie, a descendant of Fargo or Burn After Reading. It’s entertaining, bizarre, and I can’t look away. Read it!

I really enjoy Chinese food, and often try to order the “strangest” thing on the menu whenever we go out to a Chinese restaurant. This guide from Slate on “How to Order Chinese Food” is smart and incredibly helpful if you want to navigate the often extensive menus of American Chinese food restaurants.

I liked this thoughtful essay on a relationship harangued by everyday woes. Nothing earth shattering, but a good read nonetheless.

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Ariel Clute

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Ariel Clute is an artist and jewelry designer who specializes in almost sculptural fiber pieces. Using vibrant tassels and bedazzling them with beads, sequins, and found objects, Clute’s pieces are statement necklaces to the nth degree. Her work is bright, playful, and large. Each piece is hand-wrapped and one-of-a-kind and vary from a single bright tassel on a leather cord to cascades of tassels and beads. Living in Berkeley, California, Clute maintains a fairly private internet presence. You can see some of her work on her website, but I highly suggest following her Instagram if you want to appreciate the sheer variety of fiber pieces she comes up with!

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Camellia Fiber Company

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I stumbled on these gorgeous mill and hand-spun yarns a few months ago and haven’t stopped coveting them since. Dyed with all natural plant or mineral based pigments (or left un-dyed), Camellia Fiber Company’s yarns come in soft and subtle colors. Based in Nashville, Tennessee and headed by Rebecca Seale, CFC uses mostly local alpaca wools, though they dip into other natural fibers as well. Of course, it’s a bit pricey as far as yarn goes, especially their silk-alpaca blend. But the quality and care behind each skein is undeniable! CFC also sells patterns for hats and cowls and even winds skeins into balls for an extra dollar. I especially love her mini-weaving kits, which provide small samples of seven different colors and bulks of yarn. Check out their website or follow Rebecca Seale’s beautiful Instagram.

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Knock Knock Linen

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Knock Knock Linen is a clothing line based out of Dumfries, Scotland. Everything in the line is designed and handmade by husband and wife duo Egle and Gintaras Bibillute, both originally from Lithuania. They use sustainable and natural fabrics, making the majority of their clothing out of linen, though they have also started a winter basics line made from knit alpaca yarn. In fact, their shop is almost an ode to the wonderful properties of linen. One page of their website lists everything to love about linen, including the fact that it is one of the world’s oldest fabrics, it’s natural insect repelling quality (didn’t know this? me either!), the fact that it is non-static (again, didn’t know that!), and it’s biodegradability. In addition to a love for linen, this duo has a real eye for simple, modern design. Their pieces are loose-fitting and flowing, aiming for comfort and practicality over fashion. But this makes for a great line of wardrobe basics. Knock Knock Linen also make clothes for men, including great work shirts and blazers. They also make linen homegoods like napkins, towels, and bedding. You can shop their line on Etsy, though I can tell you the available items change daily! I checked in yesterday to find hundreds of clothing items for men and women. Today it’s down to a handful!

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Gamma Folk

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Lily Piyathaisere’s jewelry line Gamma Folk is in its third year. Piyathaisere started as a graphic designer, transitioned into making cross-stitch jewelry and now creates beautiful fiber statement necklaces. She has also expanded into dyed scarves and other jewelry pieces, but the main backbone of her line remains her colorful, chunky, eye catching necklaces. And what necklaces! Fringed, coiled, hand-dyed, and knotted, Piyathaisere’s pieces are breathtakingly detailed. Taking her inspiration from a variety of sources, including folk art, mysticism, pop culture and the bauhaus, her pieces mix easily with a variety of wardrobe styles. All of her jewelry is handmade in her studio in Brooklyn, NY and you can purchase her work online. I also highly recommend following her Instagram, which is always on point.

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Things to Click…

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I’ve been avoiding factory farmed meat for a long time now, the inhumanity of the process being the main reason. The issue recently made it’s way into the news when, outraged by the claim that Perdue chickens were farmed humanely, a farmer for Perdue allowed the welfare group Compassion in World Farming to film in his facilities.

Also boiling in the news lately is the issue surrounding Rolling Stone’s treatment and handling of a story on campus rape at The University Virginia. The Guardian published this short and smart rebuttal to issues of believability surrounding the story. Read it.

I’m a big fan of Tilda Swinton and loved this “woman of the year” portfolio piece on her in GQEspecially enjoyed her automated email response, revealed on the second page of this story. And the fact that she has a yard tortoise named Slowly.

Last week NPR released The Book Concierge an app that enables users to filter lists of the best books from 2014 by genre, staff picks, length, country of origin… The interface is simple, eye catching, and a great way to explore the sea of releases. Oh yeah, and they’ve also release similar apps fro each year from 2008 to present. Reading fiends rejoice!

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The senate released a report today on torture use and the CIA Interrogation Program. I usually try to feature the odd and under the radar things that I find around the web, but this is too important to ignore. Read the New York Times article summarizing the report.

Heidi Anderson

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Heidi Anderson is one half of the talented twin duo behind heidianderika.com. This particular site acts as a showcase for Heidi and Erika’s bright, water color art as well as some of their collaborative drawings. But Heidi is also well known for her southwestern inspired, chunky, ceramic pieces. Heidi specializes agateware, in which different clays are combined together and inlayed into a base clay to form designs. This means that, rather than use glazing for color and/or pattern, any color in her work comes from the natural colors of her clays. In this way, her work relies heavily on geometric pattern and takes a minimalist approach to color, sticking to dusty browns, blacks, and whites. She makes vases, pots, planters, and wonderful containers modeled after vintage milk bottles and jugs. Though she stays out of the spotlight online, you can find more of her work on her blog, at heidibanderson.com, or on her Instagram.

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Fort Makers

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Fort Makers is a an artists’ collective that makes large scale public art installations as well as home goods, fashion and other functional objects. From that opening statement alone you can tell that the range of the group is simply incredible. They design and sell jewelry, dresses, scarves, home goods like candle holders, napkins, and cutting boards, as well as pillows, mobiles, wall hangings, and–yes– forts. I especially love their gorgeous dresses (sadly these are not currently for sale) as well as their silk scarves. Their cutting boards and geometric candle sticks are also beautiful. Their pieces are full of energy and color. Their colorful, scribbling patterns are reminiscent of modernist paintings. Their wood pieces are delightfully geometric and patterned in warm, natural wood grain. There is so much variety to Fort Makers’ work that it’s hard to say much else other than check out their website for more of their work!

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Esme Winter

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Designers Richard and Esme Winter met at the Bristol School of Art in 2008. With a shared interest in  book arts, textile design, and modernist architecture, the duo started Esme Winter, a line of fine paper goods. Located in London, the duo’s studio crafts notebooks and wrapping papers sporting intricate, modern patterns in rich, but desaturated hues. Printed on archival quality paper in vegetable based inks, the Winter’s use traditional printing techniques and focus on creating practical products for everyday use. Just in time for the holidays, you can shop their line of geometric wrapping papers, notebooks, and cards online, or follow their Instagram.

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Things to Click…

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Nabokov’s Lolita has always been one of my favorite books since my older brother gave it to me to read as a culturally clueless young’n. This article on the inspiration for Nabokov’s novel “The Real Lolita” is an engaging new lens through which to examine Nabokov’s work. Weinman’s article does an excellent job of teasing out the relationship between the novel and the real life story of Sally Horner.

Every year I look forward to the Washington Post‘s release of “The Ten Best Books of 2014.” This year’s list looks excellent and significantly extended my already long list of books to read.

Speaking of “best of” lists, I have no idea why it took me so long to discover Complex’s weekly updated list of the 100 Best Movies Streaming on Netflix. That’s right, updated weekly. No more searching through the exhausting list of Netflix offerings, here they are, already curated. Bookmarked. Done and done.

I loved this article ing GQ on The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit about the notorious thief-hermit of North Pond in Maine. Read it!