35 LEAVES SILHOUETTES

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Thirty five leaves silhouettes can be found on http://forestry.about.com


June 04, 2011

RAINBOW GATHERING

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Rainbow Gatherings are temporary intentional communities usually held in outdoor settings, and espousing and practicing ideals of peace, love, harmony, freedom and community, as a consciously expressed alternative to mainstream popular culture, consumerism, capitalism and mass media…Rainbow Gatherings are an expression of a Utopian impulse, combined with bohemianism, hipster and hippie culture, with roots clearly traceable to the 1960’s counterculture. Mainstream society is commonly referred to and viewed as “Babylon”, connoting the participants’ widely held belief that modern lifestyles and systems of government are unhealthy, unsustainable, exploitative and out of harmony with the natural systems of the planet….The first Rainbow Gathering, a four-day event in Colorado in July 1972, was organized by youth counterculture “tribes” based in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. - wiki

- Rainbow Gathering album on flickr by photographer Benoit Paillé

stranger, Benoit Paille, contemporary photography, design squish blog


June 01, 2011

DESIRE TO RUN AWAY

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

“Desire to Disappear” is a film by Minnesota based artist Alec Soth.  Alec Soth traveled across America looking for people who’ve retreated from society.  Below are some of Alec’s photographs and quotes from his film. 

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

“This is Alec Soth.  So I am a photographer and the project I am doing deals with the subject of retreating from the world.  That can involve everything from hermits to monks.”

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

“I think it is something in the culture right now and is, in some ways, preparation for the decline of the American empire.”

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

“A part of it is a fantasy of having retreat”

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

“It is not really about running away. It is about the desire to run away.”

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog


Preview: http://www.somewheretodisappearthefilm.com/


May 07, 2011

OIL SPILL

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Oil Spill by Lisa Kellner: 60,000 Quilting Pins

oil spill, installation, design squish blog


May 01, 2011

FIELDS OF WILDFLOWERS, RUSSIA 1944-1982

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field flowers, design squish blog

“Захотелось вернуться в васильковое лето,
когда от зноя плавится воздух, от тишины звенит в ушах” - Х.Росс

В чистом поле, у реки
Распустились васильки.
Синенькие крапинки,
Словно неба капельки...

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April 24, 2011

GREEN STREETS: MOSCOW, RUSSIA

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Green streets in my neighborhood Moscow, Russia(Москва, район Ленинского проспекта и ул. Обручева).  One thing I miss about growing up during Communism - the overgrowth.  Photograph by Dmitriy Chistoprudov. 

http://chistoprudov.ru/portfolio/


March 29, 2011

INTERVIEW WITH //A COLLECTION OF//


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A COLLECTION OF is an excavation of people, places, things, animals, and ideas, updated daily by Stefani Greenwood and Gilda Davidian. People: human beings (individuals or groups); characters, interesting personalities; interviews, features, conversations, and profiles. Places: a portion of space and places to go, real or imaginary; shows we think you should see; an exploration of location; get ready for adventure. Things: objects, beings, entities; stuff we like and want you to know about. Animals: organisms, furry friends, fauna, “with soul” and part of a kingdom. Ideas: thoughts, concepts, abstractions, things to investigate; knowledge to share; experiences to convey.



Why did you start A collection Of?

G: We wanted an outlet for the things we discovered online instead of just emailing each other back and forth with links. Stefani and I work really well together and we knew we wanted to start a new project to have another excuse to hang out:) The blog took on a shape of its own... we knew what we wanted to call the blog and what its basic structure would be. It was a natural evolution.

S: Because if you met Gilda you would want to start a project with her immediately. She is smart, beautiful and always keeps me on my toes... yearning for more beauty, more love and more experiences.

Why thing, person, place, idea and animal?

G: We decided early on that we wanted to cover a wide range of subjects. We knew we wanted to post once daily, Monday through Friday. We were thinking about categories and collections and the person-place-thing-animal-idea theme covered the basics of what we are interested in, so we started from there.

S: Ditto what Gilda said... For me, it gives me structure but at the same time is such a huge umbrella to where the world of posting is really open to everything. It is like a collective brainstorm of our lives, minds and hearts.

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Highest Point. Photo by Stefani Greenwood.

What do you like/dislike about living in Los Angeles?

G: I love Los Angeles with all of my heart. I love the sun, the blue skies, the way downtown Los Angeles looks from my exit, the vibrancy, the energy; the many cultures that have made Los Angeles their home and make Los Angeles my home; the arts! the fact that you can find anything you want here if you keep looking for it; and the way that the city reinvents itself over and over again through time. The one thing I really dislike is the lack of convenient and efficient public transportation. Traffic jams suck my spirit dry.

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Lowest Point. Photo by Stefani Greenwood.

S: A free association with the words like, dislike, los angeles: driving, ideas, so much space, special places, smog, highest point, lowest point, sunlight, the ocean, family, friends, walking, grids, beautiful blue skies, perfect mountains, here i am, i love this land, los angeles. This could be insane list because a lot of what I like is connected to what I dislike - it almost becomes an either/or situation.

http://www.collectionof.org


March 11, 2011

IT IS SNOWING TODAY IN BROOKLYN

brooklyn snow

yoko ono, poem about snow

Snow Piece by Yoko Ono.


February 21, 2011

I LOVE: VALENKI

felt boots, valenki, traditional russian footwear, design squish blog

I am absolutely in love with %100 wool felt boots, valenki. Traditional Russian footwear. A great alternative to Uggs.

russian felt boots, valenki, design squish blog

felt boots, valenki, russian footwear, design squish blog


December 30, 2010

CITICAR

citicar, electric vehicle, commuter electric car, design squish blog

The CitiCar was a small electric vehicle, first produced in United States in 1974 by a company Sebring-Vanguard partly in response to the mid-1970s fuel crisis. The CitiCar was a tiny golf cart sized car that could go at a top speed of about 39 mile per hour.  At about 4,300 C-Car variants produced, it still holds the record for most road-legal electric cars made in automobile history.

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citicar, electric vehicle, commuter electric car, design squish blog

citicar, electric vehicle, commuter electric car, design squish blog

citicar, electric vehicle, commuter electric car, design squish blog


FOREST ART, COLLECTIVE ACTIONS

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Above slogan was hung between two treetops in the countryside, 1978. It reads: “I do not complain about anything and I almost like it here, although I have never been here before and know nothing about this place”

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Collective Actions is an art-group founded in early 70’s in Russia that was part of Moscow Conceptualist Movement.  Collective Actions is responsible for series of art performances and installations in forests and suburban parks outside of Moscow.  They call their happenings “Trips Out of Town”(«поездки за город»)

collective actions, collectivnye deistviya, design squish blog

russian conceptial art, forest installations, slogan forest, design squish blog

Above photo was taken by Collective Actions not far from the “Slogan” installation.

russian conceptial art, forest installations, slogan forest, design squish blog

Above: Twelve canvas paintings by N.Alekseev were sewn together into one single piece, installed in the shape of a tent and left in the forest. 1976.

collective actions, tent, forest installation, design squish blog

tent, installation in the forest, design squish blog

conceptual art and nature, design squish blog

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Above slogan installed and left in the forest: “I waited for you at the appointed time and left. You know the road yourself. Come, if you want to see me.”

nature, collective actions, russia, design squish blog

collective acions, art, moscow conceptualism, design squish blog


December 14, 2010

FREE ONLINE SNOWFLAKE LIBRARY

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I was happy to find this online snowflake library: The Bentley Collection  Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Thousands of snow crystals available for view online for free:

snow crystals, snowflakes under microscope, snowflakes, design squish blog

snow crystals, snowflakes under microscope, snowflakes, design squish blog

snow crystals, snowflakes under microscope, snowflakes, design squish blog

snow crystals, snowflakes under microscope, snowflakes, design squish blog

snow crystals, snowflakes under microscope, snowflakes, design squish blog

snow crystals, snowflakes under microscope, snowflakes, design squish blog


December 11, 2010

LED UPCYCLED BOTTLE CHANDELIER BY YOON BAHK

upcycled bottles chandelier, yoon bahk, design squish blog

This LED chandelier by Yoon Bahk is made from recycled wine and champagne bottles.  Rescued bottles were hand washed and polished. A unit from single bottle can be hung by itself.  Yoon Bahk believes that green design should be an idea and not a look. 

I found this great design in a book called 1000 New Eco Designs:

1000 eco friendly designs, bookk, design squish blog


October 03, 2010

DIY REDESIGN THOUGHTS….

reusing old sweaters, diy redesign thoughts, design squish blog

Pillows from recycled old wool sweaters, jackets or shirts. (Image from Katy Elliott)

reusing jeans, diy redesign thoughts, design squish blog

Sofa cover from reused jeans fabric. (Image from Design Milk)


September 19, 2010

DEREVNYA BOUQET , FROM KONSTANTIN PAUSTOVSKY

wildflower bouquet, russian buket, derevnya, field flowers, design squish blog

“Почти каждый день Феня принорила Петру Ильичу цветы.  Она ходила за цветами в заливные луга и рвала их долго, подбирала все одинаковые: то одну ромашку, то кипрей, то подмаренник.  А когда весна входила в полную силу и всю ночь над лесом не потухала заря, Феня пробиралась в усадьбу к Липецкому и рвала там для Петра Ильича сирень. 

field flowers, bouquet on the windowsill, design squish blog

До чего она была холодная, пахучая, росистая! Прижмешь к лицу пышные ветки  - будто умоешься.  Принесешь цветы, Петр Ильич возьмет за подбородок, поднимет зардевшееся лицо, скажет: “Ех ты, сероглазая!”  - и обязательно чем-нибудь отдарит.  А потом сядет к роялю, заиграет.  сирень вся задрожит, и роса с нее польется прямо на рояль...” - Paustovsky

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August 01, 2010

POEM FOR ASPEN TREES


aspen tree poem, wind full of wantonness, design squish blog


And the wind, full of wantonness,
wooes like lover
The young aspen-trees till they
tremble all over.

- Thomas Moore (From Trees of America)



July 30, 2010

GARBAGE FIND: TREES OF AMERICA BOOK

trees of america, book found in park slope, design squish blog

trees of america, book found in park slope garbage day, design squish blog

From the book:

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I or you:
But when the leaves hang trembling
The wind it passing thro’.

Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads
The wind is passing by.

Christina G. Rossetti


July 26, 2010

SUMMER

summer flowers, upstate new york, harriman state park,

The most cheerful thing I know is the calm, the silence,  which are so delicious,  both in the forest and the fields.

-Jean Francois Milllet

summer flowers, upstate new york


July 19, 2010

JULY 17:  WILD BERRY PICKING, HARRIMAN STATE PARK

harriman state park wild blackberries, design squish blog

wild salmon berriea and blackberries, design squish blog

Wild blackberries and red salmon berries gathered in Upstate New York, Harriman State Park. I never had salmon berries before.  They are so delicious! Almost as good as or better than raspberries.

wild salmon berry, wild blackberry, design squish blog


CHAIR FROM RECYCLED CHAIN LINK FENCE

recycled chain link fence chair, design squish blog

recycled chain link fence chair, design squish blog

Cafe America is an upcycled galvanized steel chain-link chair with stainless steel rod and fasteners by Grain. The chair flat-packs for efficient shipping and storage.  Handmade in the Pacific Northwest, USA.


July 07, 2010

NEW TREND: TINY HOUSE LIVING

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“Man can better set up in a small house than in a huge castle.” - Leo N. Tolstoy

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“With the loved ones you can be happy even in the smallest of places.” - Leo N. Tolstoy.

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July 03, 2010

SOVIET ENVIRONMENTAL POSTERS

soviet environmental posters, design squish blog, red book protects nature

“Red List protects nature” - The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, founded in 1948, is the world’s most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species.

soviet environmental posters, birds-doctors of the forest

“Protect birds - they are doctors of the forest”

soviet environmental poster

soviet environmental poster, design squish blog

“Cut down one - plant ten”

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“Welcome, my feathered friends!”


June 25, 2010

SUN BOXES

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Sun Boxes  are installations by Craig Colorusso powered by the sun via solar panels. There is a different loop set to play a guitar note in each box continuously. These guitar notes collectively make a Bb chord. Because the loops are different in length, once the piece begins they continually overlap and the piece slowly evolves over time.

The sounds of Sun Boxes have been described as both soothing and energizing. A unique combination of adjectives often used to describe yoga, or meditation. When experiencing the piece, Sun Boxes allows the participant to slow down, and notice the subtleties of the composition unfold. With the abundance of technology and hustle of this culture it is a much needed concept to not only be allowed, but also encouraged to slow down.


June 22, 2010

DISPOSABLE PLATES FROM FALLEN PALM LEAVES

eco friendly, disposable plates made from fallen palm leaves

eco friendly, disposable plates made from fallen palm leaves

eco friendly, disposable plates made from fallen palm leaves

VerTerra’s disposable tableware is a great alternative to plastic and paper plates. It is made from fallen palm leaves and water only and biodegrades naturally within two months.


June 07, 2010

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