SOME DRAWINGS AT I AM SHOW…

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Some drawings inspired by grapefruit pulp, dragon fruit, eyes and sky:

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http://mareikeauer.com/iam/anastasia_ugorskaya.html
- http://www.i-am-artist-designer.com/


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December 04, 2010

COMMUNITY GARDEN IN DITMAS PARK

Community garden on Albemarle Rd in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. Photo taken on December 2, 2010.
Read more about it on Sustainable Flatbush:

http://sustainableflatbush.org/2010/05/03/flatbush-community-garden-2010/


SKY PAINTING..

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Clayton Merrel is my new favorite artist. “In my recent work I have been experimenting with peeling the paint film from my own large oil paintings, then manipulating them by folding, tearing, stretching, etc. before remounting them to canvas in the manner of the old conservation process of ‘lining’.[..]It makes the painting process appear infinitely fragile, tenuous and contingent.  by analogy, the painting’s subject, the sky or rather our perception of the sky, our eyes, our coherent world view), becomes human, skin-like, and in need of care.” - Clayton Merrel


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December 02, 2010

SANDCOMB SEAT

reused cotton fabric sandcomb seat, design squish blog

reused cotton fabric sandcomb seat, design squish blog


Sandcomb seat from reused cotton by DKSD, Dutch interior and product design studio. A lightweight, yet windproof seat when filled with sand. Part of ‘portable’ furniture series. - http://www.wraf.nl

Beautiful exterior cladding panel design by DKSD inspired by…herring!
Below is a new exterior cladding panel designed to protect buildings from rainwater and also retain it. This slightly bowl-shaped panel harvests rainwater and funnels it to tanks for internal storage. The water is then used for the building’s heating, cooling and sanitary installations.  The scale-like surface and pearly colours give the panels their nickname ‘Hollandse Nieuwe’, referring to Dutch fresh herring and two brand new Dutch designers!

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November 30, 2010

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR HOLIDAYS

iceland, fog and ice, nature photography by stanislav ginzburg, design squish blog

Fog and Ice, Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland, September 2006 BUY

iceland lagoon, icebergs, nature photography by stanislav ginzburg, design squish blog

Icebergs, Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland, September 2006 BUY

Stanislav Ginzburg recently launched SG Print Shoppe - a place to buy beautiful nature photography from all over the world while benefiting iconic North American wildlife (A ten percent donation from each sale will be made towards creating American Prairie Reserve in northeastern Montana. This future three-million acre wildlife sanctuary will provide an uninterrupted area that will harbor more than 90 species of mammals, 300 birds and over 1,500 kinds of plants. For the first time in a hundred years it will restore migratory routes for pronghorn antelope, grazing fields for bison and will reintroduce entire colonies of prairie dogs and foxes back into their native habitat. )
This is truly the best present for holidays!


http://www.sgprintshoppe.com


Read more about American Prairie Reserve:
http://sgprintshoppe.com/protect-wildlife/

 


November 23, 2010

BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATIONS OR HOW TO MAKE TOYS FROM ACORNS

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Above: Moth from various leaves, acorn, rose hip, sticks.

It is autumn and acorns, pine cones, sticks and various seeds are available outside. These are some wonderful illustrations instructing on how to make toys from found natural materials. (Поделки из природных материалов)

Some materials to think about:

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Snake from acorns, string and acorn caps:

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Cat from deergrass, sticks and maple seeds:

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Above: Bear from pine cones. (ha-ha)

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DIY hedgehog from pine needles and pine cone.

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Donkey from acorn, sticke, peaunut, maple seeds.

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Goldfish from acorn, oak leaves, maple seeds.

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Owls from pine cones.


November 22, 2010

BAGS FROM RECLAIMED TRACTOR INNER TUBES

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Bags from reclaimed tractor inner tubes by Chicago based company Defy Bags. Old materials. New ideas.

http://www.defybags.com


November 19, 2010

MICROCOSMS, ERNST HAECKEL

ernst haeckel illustrations, microcosm and macrocosm, design squish blog

ernst haeckel illustrations, microcosm and macrocosm, design squish blog

Botanic illustration drawings by Ernst Haeckel


ABUNDANT, ENDANGERED AND EXTINCT SPECIES

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Mycetozoa (still life with porcelain #4), from Hidden Place series. Inspired by Ernst Haeckel’s botanic illustrations, 3D rendering and photography.

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Portrait of Ernst Haeckel.

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Mycetozoa drawings by Ernst Haeckel.

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Untitled (still life with porcelain #2), from Hidden Place series, 3D rendering and photography..

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Untitled (still life with porcelain #3), 3D rendering and photography.

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3D renderings of various creatures….

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Above is an installation piece with secret silent film/animation hiding within.  Inside is a 3D animation on loop based on folktale about two women finding shelter under a whale skull amid the frozen landscape:

Animation below is based on folktale about the origins of snow. Ancient whale left the ocean to die on land.
Air and wind withered away his body until all left was a colossal heart. It wasn’t too long before it too gave away. When it burst open millions of white particles escaped and fell all over the ground.

What a beautiful story about the origins of snow!!

Stanislav Ginzburg is a Brooklyn based artist originally from Orenburg, Russia.  A lot of Stanislav’s artwork is inspired by folktales that deal with nature, strange species, microcosmic organisms, as well as animals which could have been living on earth or not. 

http://www.stanislavginzburg.com


November 14, 2010

DIY IDEA: TABLE FROM OLD CHAIRS AND SURFBOARD

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Sewing table made from two broken chairs and I suppose, an old surfboard.  Redesigned by Robert Kalin, founder of ETSY.


November 13, 2010

JERKO THE GOWANUS WATER VACUUM

gowanus canal cleanup, jerko water vacuum, houseboat, design squish blog

nyc houseboat, gowanus, design squish blog

gowanus canal cleanup, jerko water vacuum, houseboat, design squish blog

gowanus canal cleanup, jerko water vacuum, houseboat, design squish blog

Jerko is an environmental cleanup movement with head-quarters in Gowanus Canal DIY slavaged, solar powered, rainwater harvesting house boat. Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum house boat floats up and down the Gowanus Canal, cleaning water through biological filtration.  (Gowanus Canal is one of the most polluted waterways in New York City, if not the world)
Read about Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum on Half Nomad:

http://www.halfnomad.com

gowanus canal cleanup, jerko water vacuum, houseboat, design squish blog

gowanus canal cleanup, jerko water vacuum, houseboat, design squish blog

gowanus canal cleanup, jerko water vacuum, houseboat, design squish blog

gowanus canal cleanup, jerko water vacuum, houseboat, design squish blog

gowanus canal cleanup, jerko water vacuum, houseboat, design squish blog

gowanus canal cleanup, jerko water vacuum, houseboat, design squish blog

Photographs of Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum were discovered on beautiful blog by photographer Elizabeth Weinberg:

http://www.elizabethweinberg.com


November 11, 2010

RECLAIMED WOOD STOOLS BY EDWARDS MOORE

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Above: Ben Edwards and Juliet Moore

reclaimed wood stools, design squish blog


Made from discarded wood from various sources. Sanded and finished with linseed oil, putty and wax.


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-http://edwardsmoore.com/

 


DRAWINGS BY HIROYUKI DOI

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Hiroyuki Doi drawing, design squish blog

Hiroyuki Doi drawings, design squish blog

“Suppose every creature is a circle, which exists in this world, how many of them can I draw? This is my life’s work and my challenge… By drawing circles I feel I am alive and existing in the cosmos.” — Hiroyuki Doi


Hiroyuki Doi cosmos drawings, design squish blog

 


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November 08, 2010

FALL IN PROSPECT PARK

golden tree, prospect park, brooklyn, design squish blog

Golden leaves and trees full of house sparrows in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.


house sparrows on a tree, prospect park, brooklyn, design squish blog


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THE SHEPHERDS WAY

THE SHEPHERDS WAY, dima gomberg photography, design squish blog

THE SHEPHERDS WAY, dima gomberg photography, design squish blog

THE SHEPHERDS WAY, dima gomberg photography, design squish blog

THE SHEPHERDS WAY, dima gomberg photography, design squish blog

THE SHEPHERDS WAY, dima gomberg photography, design squish blog

THE SHEPHERDS WAY, dima gomberg photography, design squish blog

The Shepherds Way -  photography series by Dima Gomberg


November 04, 2010

RECLAIMED OLD WINDOWS GREENHOUSES….

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upcycling old windows into greenhouse, design squish blog

I found these beautiful greenhouses made from upcycled old windows on HAUTE NATURE. I recently have seen a bunch of gorgeous old windows in the garbage. ...


October 29, 2010

PIGEON HOUSES

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pigeon house, dovecote, Russia, design squish blog

pigeon house, dovecote, Russia, design squish blog

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pigeon house, dovecote, Russia, design squish blog

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Pigeons need houses too?

Few decades back in Russia, almost every building courtyard had a pigeon house(pigeon loft / dovecote). There were two near where I used to live in Moscow near Molodezhnaya street.  Why? Pigeons symbolize peace? The need to care for environment and others (bird and non-bird friends)? To be used as messengers during war (haha)? White doves, brown, black and regular gray pigeons were trained to fly around the neighborhood in perfect circles.  I loved watching them flying or sitting in their pigeon lofts.  Today most of pigeon houses in Russia are abandoned or demolished.  Reasons: pigeons spread disease but most importantly care for pigeons asks for money and time. Maybe it’s not cool anymore to have pigeon keeping as a hobby..

pigeon house, dovecote, Russia,  design squish blog

“The hobby of pigeon keeping is gaining in popularity in the United States, after having waned within the last 50 years. Both the hobby and commercial aspects of keeping pigeons are thriving in other parts of the world” -Wiki

Read about John Neilko’s flock of 250 pigeons that lives on the roof of the Polonia Democratic Club in Williamsburg, New York - NYMag

 


October 27, 2010

YUCCA VALLEY PORTRAITS

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Yucca Valley portraits by Sue Huang with Pascual Sisto and Fernando Sanchez.

“Yucca Valley Portraits (2006) is a triptych of chromogenic printed portraits shot in Yucca Valley, California. The images capture three actions by the subjects. Each of the subjects throws a large rock into the air and poses as the rock falls. The middle image #2 reveals the mechanics of how the picture is accomplished. The project explores the perceptual dilemma of an unlikely scene and the possibility for collage via performance rather than compositing” - from http://sue.knifeandfork.org


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October 26, 2010

SKY

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New watercolor http://anastasiaugorskaya.com


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October 21, 2010

BUY SNOWBALLS (BEFORE THEY ARE GONE)

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snowballs, finnish design, helsinki design district, design squish blog

Handmade snowballs made from rubber and seeds by Everyday Design.

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Above: Artist David Hammons selling real(100% snow)
snowballs on the streets of New York.


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October 18, 2010

BIKES

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Bikes on Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York


October 14, 2010

“WHATEVER” FLOWER POTS

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‘Whatever’ flower pots are a terracotta pots by brooklyn designer Jason Miller. The pots are made out of clay but are inspired by plastic bottles, metal cans or coffee cups people often use when they do not have a regular flower pot at hand.

http://www.millerstudio.us/


PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOSHUA CITARELLA

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Oak Tree, Spring
2010, C-print, 24 x 36”, edition of 5

climbing an oak tree, design squish blog

Oak Tree, Winter
2010, C-print, 24 x 36”, edition of 5

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Sealed and Buried For All Time
2010, C-print, 30 x 40”, edition of 5

Striking photographs by Joshua Citarella. 


INSPIRATION….


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October 09, 2010

HATCHLING

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hatchling performance, design squish blog

Nathaniel Lieb’s MFA performance piece Hatchling:

http://www.youtube.com/Lx4pbXTJ0J8

Nathaniel Lieb grew up in Lexington, MA, went to Syracuse University, Brooklyn College and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The forms in his sculptures/performances suggest natural structures like the mud daubers nests, however they were inspired by the conjoined impulses of measuring/mapping the extent of ones physical reach given a particular stance and the desire to make a sculptural form without having a pre-conceived idea of the finished form, rather responding to the situational relationship between myself the space and the materials. The similarity to nests lies in the similarity of method.  Both are built around the body from the inside out.
Nathaniel uses the cardboard because it is from the waste stream, is cheap (free) and available. “When I am finished with them they can be recycled, I love the way the material handles and looks. It has great tactile and manipulational advantages. I also like the color and textural variations within any given source, from smooth and hard to ribbed and gray. I like that I can tear it for an irregular edge” - Nathaniel.

Mud wasp nest above my door entrance:

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October 08, 2010

TREES. ROXY PAINE

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Tree drawings and sculptures by Roxy Paine.


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October 03, 2010

LED UPCYCLED BOTTLE CHANDELIER BY YOON BAHK

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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


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