Bloom Magazine launched by one of the most famous trend forecasters, Lidewij Edelkoort. This blog posting is an excerpt from Bloom Magazine article “Newer flower Children”. “The flower child is back. The signs are around us: along with the rise of the musical genre known as freak folk and the nature-espousing counterculture that goes with it, we live at a time of defiance by hair. “
Everywhere you look you see dreadlocks, beards, and fantastical moustaches. Hair is being employed as a tool of expression and rebellion, an assertion of values that go counter the status quo.
“Over the past several years we’ve seen a re-awakening of responsibility for the environment, a desire to live simpler lives, a revival of community, an appreciation for the handmade, the small-scale and the humble, all symptoms of an urgent realization that it’s time to seriously confront our more serious habits as a species. It’s if the flower-child ethos took a break for fifty years, re-emerging in a more developed form when the world had reached a new pinnacle of self-destructiveness and was particularly in need of its values”
“The flower-child spirit of our time has become a more savvy beast - updated, re-imagined, but familiar. Could this be the decade where people finally get serious about turning things around?”
Laneways of Oak Bay and Fairfield, Summer 2010.
(Laneways are narrow alleys behind buildings common in British Columbia, Canada.)
Photographs by Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) artist Ali Bosworth.
Above: DIY wooden toy car
Above: DIY scarecrow
Above: DIY sleds
Above: DIY bird feeder
Above: DIY stool
Above: DIY bench
Great way to save space and reuse/store old magazines:
Above: Rhododendrons blooming everywhere.
Above: Blueberries. Not yet ripened
Carless days. Catching a train from New York City, Penn Station to Sloatsburg then hiking to Harriman State Park(Upstate New York)more →
Fresh poppy seeds - delicious! Beautiful photography by Inmost Light
Above: Inmost Light
Avoska, translated as “just in case” is a Russian net bag. Avoska collapses to fit inside your fist and expands to hold 12 grapefruits. It is easy to wash and boxes edges do not rip it’s threads. Best of all, it prevents plastic bags from gathering in your kitchen corner or the world’s landfills. With the popularization of plastic bags after the 90’s (after the fall of Soviet Union) avoska bags gradually went into disuse in Russia.
Above: Russia 1959. People carrying avoska bags. Photo: Carl Mydans.
Contemporary Russian folklore: Once upon a time in Russia there lived a simple little net bag - Avoska. Everyone loved her. People took her with them everywhere - to the store, farmers market and even birthdays. But then….plastic bags came and people forgot about Avoska. To see what happens next watch this really adorable 3 minute film on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/avoska
Above: Boy hugging avoska bag from short “Avoska” film (See above)
Read blog dedicated to Avoski: http://avoski.livejournal.com/more →
Thirty five leaves silhouettes can be found on http://forestry.about.com
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
Illustration by Maayan Pearl and Emily Keegin.
Read article in Bloomberg Businessweek
“I grew up on the countryside where my parents run a plant nursery and a flower shop. I decided to show nature how I experienced it as a child.”
Space saving invisible bookshelves. Minimal and simple! Book on the bottom acts as support for every other book on top.
Above: Dress made from yucca leaves and flowers.
Image above: http://www.bloom-magazine.eu
Place flower between 2 sheets of paper to protect the pages of the book. Leave at least 1/8” of pages between pressings, weigh the book down and wait a couple of weeks.
Palm reed (buri) is the matured leaf of the palm. It is a great material for hats, bags, slippers, window blinds, mats, brooms and baskets.
Carefully handcrafted baskets made of palm reed, leather, and metal designed by Brooklyn-based designer from Philippines, Stanley Ruiz.
Above: Tree says hi.
Photos by Israel based photographer Ella Sverdlovmore →
Jar lamp by UpCycle. This lamp is made from re-using Avoca glass jar. A hole is drilled in the cap and a lamp fitting is offered through.
“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.
“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.”
“I think it is something in the culture right now and is, in some ways, preparation for the decline of the American empire.”
“A part of it is a fantasy of having retreat”
“It is not really about running away. It is about the desire to run away.”
Bike chain wall clock by Andreas Dober.
Book shelves made of plumbing pipes:
Stunning drawings by Japanes artist Ikeda Manabu . Click on images to view larger. On view now at Japan Society.
Oil Spill by Lisa Kellner: 60,000 Quilting Pins
All I need is a thermos and a tin/aluminum lunch box.
“Today, lunch boxes are generally made of vinyl, with foam insulation, and an aluminum/vinyl interior. As a result, they’re usually much better at retaining their temperature but are less rigid and protective. Health concerns came to light in August 2002, when the Center for Environmental Health discovered that many popular vinyl lunch boxes contained dangerously high levels of lead..”.- from Wikipedia
Ready to say goodbye to plastic bags and other plastic food containers???
Stainless steel “Eco Lunch Box”:
“Захотелось вернуться в васильковое лето,
когда от зноя плавится воздух, от тишины звенит в ушах” - Х.Росс
В чистом поле, у реки
Словно неба капельки...
Cup City by Andrea Legge was a temporary interactive art installation comprised of a 2000 sq ft structure built using rented chain link fence panels at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Over the course of three days, concertgoers filled the structure with approximately 25,000 plastic cups and water bottles.
Tonatiuh Ambrosetti has been making these stunning photographs of glaciers melting in his home country of Switzerland.