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Murat and Asli Ozsaltik are the husband and wife duo behind Waen. Together, they make handmade geometric terrariums that manage to be modern and airy, and yet classically rustic, and solid. Working out of their home in Istanbul, Turkey their work is inspired by a love for geometry and gardening. Though they make all sorts of terrariums in different finishes, they specialize in copper, which is a personal favorite of mine. From their terrariums to their shop design, everything they touch has a gorgeous, clean look. It helps that they have jaw-dropping photography and a great eye for detail in their work. Take a look at their online shop or follow their Instagram account.








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Photo, Chalkie Davies / Getty Images

Photo, Chalkie Davies / Getty Images

David Byrne wrote this great article on algorithms versus human curation when it comes to music listening habits. A must read!

My very talented and fun friend Wray Bowling stumbled upon this crazy Electroloom on Kickstarter. Essentially, it is a 3-D printer for clothing. My brain is still reeling.

Sangha Teahouse is a local Durham business that I love very much. They host tea tastings and sell downright delicious teas. Well, they just launched their online store so now you can shop their teas from your bed. I’m so excited for this little shop that could!

I’m hosting a makers’ market with live music at my house in July. All the intricate details are still in the works, but Blackberry PopUp Shop has a date, and a Facebook page, which is feeling pretty good for now! Be sure to add it to your calendar!

Bookhou & Kevin Patrick Brown


Bookhou is the collaborative shop by John Booth and Arounna Khounnoraj. They emphasize natural, handmade materials made in small batches and specialize in a beautifully neutral color palette with simple, hand drawn and printed patterns. They make fabulous waxed canvas bags and pouches as well as stuffed rabbits for children, intricate wooden mobiles, and other decorative objects. Today they released a beautiful collaboration of hand dyed linen scarves that they made with Kevin Patrick Brown of Toronto. Dyed in indigo, each piece is one of a kind with unique and carefully constructed dye patterns. The scarves are huge, lightweight, and bold, perfect for summer layering. Oh yeah, and they’re selling out fast. Check out Bookhou’s online shop for the collection.





Temperate Clothing


Temperate clothing is all about natural, organic, and local. Ongeleigh Underwood is the designer and founder of the line. She is devoted to sustainability, environmental advocacy, and classic, simple design. Underwood sources all of her cotton from small scale, US farms. And she uses only organic, natural dyes, Her shapes are simple, loose, and classic. Her colors quiet, and soft. Even her indigo pieces have a lovely, faded, washed quality to them. In addition, 1% of all sales goes to Regenerative Fiber Systems, a program by Fibershed designed to develop and support sustainable agro-ecological models for manufacturing fibers. Check out her shop online!

View More: http://ourampersandphotography.pass.us/temperate-finals-1

View More: http://ourampersandphotography.pass.us/temperate-finals-1

View More: http://ourampersandphotography.pass.us/temperate-finals-1

View More: http://ourampersandphotography.pass.us/temperate-finals-1

Facture Goods


Maker, woodworker, and artist Aron Fischer produces handmade wooden utensils and ceramic wares under the shop name Facture Goods. I love everything he makes. Really. Coffee scoops, cutting boards, berry bowls, salad tongs, salt spoons, butter knives, French rolling pins. Seriously, I can’t stop. He does gorgeous things with woodgrain, and I love his combination wood and brass pieces. He also creates wood-fired ceramics that have a wonderfully chunky, natural, and raw look to them. Best of all? His work is affordable. I believe in makers paying themselves what they’re worth, but I also believe in affordable handmade products. It can be a tough balance to find, but Facture Goods nails it. Check out his online shop, and be sure to follow his breathtaking Instagram.






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Photo, Andrew Hetherington

Photo, Andrew Hetherington

As a seafood lover who always tries to eat local, sustainable blah blah blah, I feel huge twinges of guilt whenever I buy or eat fish. Enter the New York Times’ ‘The Piscivore’s Dilemma‘ by Tim Zimmerman, an exploration and guide on how to eat sustainably from an ecosystem in peril. Thank you food Gods.

Also food related, I stumbled upon this great Guardian article ‘The Queens of Greens.’ Not only is a wonderful article on all the killer lady chefs making healthy food taste great, it’s chock full of excellent recipes!

Tilda Swinton reading the first chapter of Moby DickEnough said. No, seriously. It’s an online version of Melville’s novel read aloud by a mixture of celebrities and unknowns. In other words, I’ve got my weaving background listening taken care of for a while.

I found this fun, interactive color wheel for picking out color palettes and schemes.

Lesh: Handwoven Jewelry


Lesh is a line of beautiful, handwoven jewelry by fiber artist Summer Moore. I’ve been following her work for so long I can’t believe I haven’t written about her before now. In fact, knowing my own predilection towards fiber art, my friends routinely tag me on her gorgeous Instagram. Handmade in Brooklyn, each piece is inspired by both Moore’s family history and connection with her grandmother through craft as well as her own study of traditional Andean textiles. Her statement pieces are eye-catching, unique, and playful. I love her use of line and color. Her necklaces are especially stunning, and I love that you purchase each piece base on the palette (warm or cool). Using fibers sourced from Brazil and Germany, each of Moore’s pieces is one-of-a-kind and whimsically stunning. You can purchase her jewelry online though Moore also does custom work if you’re so inclined. In the meantime, simply enjoy feasting your eyes on all this color!

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Image from Lushloves. Photograph by Phu Tang.

Photograph by Phu Tang for LushLoves.

I made this Brown Rice Salad with Green Miso Dressing last week with my friend Gina and I haven’t stopped dreaming of it since. Simple and delicious. And served cold or room temp, it’s perfect for summer.

I had to get a new planner for the first time in a long time. I’m loving the one I chose from Poketo. With its simple but beautiful design, I actually enjoy writing down my insanely busy schedule.

I found this Spotify playlist a while ago: a compilation of all the music used in Wes Anderson’s films. To no one’s surprise, it is fantastic.

Buzzfeed released a short list of upcoming films directed by women. A couple on the list are not quite my cup of tea, but learning about Advantageous, Madame Bovary, Stockholm, Pennsylvania, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, and Appropriate Behavior made this list bookmarkable.

Nick Lundeen


Nick Lundeen is an incredibly talented metalsmith and lapidary. He makes fine objects and jewelry meant to be practical and enduring heirlooms. Working out of his studio in Minneapolis, he hand-casts, cuts, forges, shapes, and polishes each one of his pieces. Though he’s keen on detail, embracing the traditional, slow processes of his work, Lundeen’s pieces still maintain a rough, unfinished quality. His jewelry especially possesses a worn, natural, traveled quality. Though his metalwork is simple, light, and neutral in tone, his choice of stones is often colorful, lending his pieces quirk and character. I especially love when he uses Dalmation jasper or chooses to highlight the spotted and veined portions of a cut of turquoise. It is the imperfections in Lundeen’s work that lends it beauty and appeal. You can purchase his pieces from his newly launched online store. And I highly recommend you follow his Instagram as well!

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An Update: Been Listening

I have not been updating this blog for many reasons: a demanding (but much-loved) new job, a lot of weaving, and an emotional hell of a winter. It happened gradually. What I thought would be a quick break to allow me to finish up some weaving projects became a several-month-long hiatus. In that time–to my surprise–I have received emails, texts, and in-person requests that I continue the blog. So, though I can’t promise I will update every day as I once did, I am going to place renewed effort in this project I started nearly two years ago. I’ve met a lot of new people making incredible things and shaking up life down here in Durham, North Carolina. I’ve found a lot of beautiful things all over the internet. I’m excited to start sharing them all with you again. I think you’ll love them.

Today though, I offer up an impromptu “Been Listening” post as it seems quite fitting. I’ve written about my good friend’s band The Relatives before on this blog. Recently they wrote and recorded a song inspired by the events in my life the past six months. It’s a beautiful, sad, prayerful song, and I’m so thrilled that something so beautiful has sprung from what has been a pretty painful period. I love being reminded of how talented and wonderful this friend is, and so thankful to have her in my life.

Pushed Around from Relatives on Vimeo.