FALL AND WINTER - FREE FILM SCREENING AT COOPER UNION

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This stunning film takes you on a hypnotic journey, reaching to the past to understand the origins of the catastrophic environmental transitions we now face. Over two years, director Matt Anderson traveled 16,000 miles to document firsthand our modern industrial world and the environmental destruction in its wake. In the process, he discovered exciting strategies to help humanity transcend the coming ecological and psychological crisis.

Some of today’s most progressive thinkers, from anthropologists and bio-architects to psychologists and journalists, collectively recreate a story of humanity and the history of Earth, illuminating a desperately needed new path for us to take. Fall and Winter is a survival guide for the 21st Century.


A Film Screening and Q&A with the director, Matt Anderson

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013, 7:00PM - 10:00PM,  at Cooper Union - 41 Cooper Square


- http://www.cooper.edu/events-and-exhibitions/events/fall-and-winter-film-screening

- http://www.fallwintermovie.com

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September 19, 2013

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY IN DITMAS PARK, BROOKLYN

little free library, ditmas park, brooklyn, design squish blog

little free library, ditmas park, brooklyn, design squish blog

Finally!! Little Free Library installed in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn (on Marlborough between Cortelyou and Dorchester) It’s beautiful!

http://brokelyn.com/a-tiny-free-library-has-popped-up-in-ditmas-park/


June 07, 2013

MIDWAY

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway, photography project by Chris Jordan, plastics do not disintegrate, design squish blog

Midway is a photography project by Chris Jordan

“On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean.
For me, kneeling over their carcasses is like looking into a macabre mirror. These birds reflect back an appallingly emblematic result of the collective trance of our consumerism and runaway industrial growth. Like the albatross, we first-world humans find ourselves lacking the ability to discern anymore what is nourishing from what is toxic to our lives and our spirits. Choked to death on our waste, the mythical albatross calls upon us to recognize that our greatest challenge lies not out there, but in here.
- Chris Jordan, Seattle, February 2011”


May 15, 2013

WILLIAM MILLER:  THE QUIET BEAUTY OF AMERICA’S MOST POLLUTED WATERWAY

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William Miller: “To look into the Gowanus canal is to gaze into the eyes of a corpse. It is murky and clouded over but if you look closely you can see life and light reflected in the mercury, feces and coal tar that drift in the canal like malevolent clouds. This uncomfortable cohabitation is the foundation of a photographic study of the strangely beautiful horror that the canal hosts”

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March 21, 2013

1970’s NATURE BUTTONS FROM RUSSIA

70's russian forest flowers button, design squish blog

70's russian bluebells buttons, design squish blog

70's russian thistle button, design squish blog

russian 1970' cornflower button, design squish blog

russula mushroom button, 1970's, russian,  design squish blog

oak button, russia, soviet, design squish blog

blackberry button, russian 1970's buttons, design squish blog

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Buttons from top to bottom: water lily, lily of the valley, first flowers, chamomile, bluebells, thistle, cornflower, russel muhroom, oak, blackberry, red under aspen mushroom.

- http://www.etsy.com/listing/107760651/soviet-mushroom-button-badge-vintage


October 09, 2012

ANARCHITECTURE

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“I don’t like concrete. A tree moves and also I’m silent. With a nail or a saw. you’d know I was there. I am like a raccoon” - Richard Greaves

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Home of artist and architect, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein.

miracle on the mountain, house by clarence schmidt, design squish blog

“Miracle on the Mountain” by Clarence Schmidt. Clarence Schmidt was locally and nationally renowned outsider artist -  an iconic pioneer of monumental environmental sculpture. His ongoing life’s work, the “Miracle on the Mountain,” was constructed of found objects and recycled materials between the years 1940-1972, which evolved on the back slope of Ohayo Mountain, in Woodstock NY.

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In 2009, Grimes (Canadian singer-songwriter Claire Boucher) and her then-boyfriend from Tennessee constructed a 20-foot houseboat, named the “Velvet Glove Cast in Iron,” with the intention to sail it down the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to New Orleans. The cargo included chickens, a typewriter, 20 pounds of potatoes and a gifted copy of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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Due to engine trouble and subsequent harassment from the Minnesota police, the journey was cut short and the houseboat and chickens were impounded. Above: Grimes.

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Mississippi house boat.


September 03, 2012

POSTER

poster by federal art project in ohio, design squish blog

Poster by Federal Art Project, W.P.A, Ohio , US 1938. (Ohio is a buckeye state) Image found in The Library of Congress Photostream


May 27, 2012

SALTILLO SARAPES

SALTILLO SARAPE, handcrafted, design squish blog

SALTILLO SARAPE, dizziying amazing, rug, design squish blog

SALTILLO SARAPE, dizzying amazing, carpet, design squish blog

saltillo sarapes, dizzying, design squish blog

Stunningly dizzying handwoven saltillo sarapes at the Museum of American Indian. “The earliest Saltillo Sarapes, from before about 1850, employ hand-woven wools and organic dyes (indigo, vegetal green and ivory/natural wool—including an extremely costly red dye, cochineal, produced by pulverizing cochineal bugs, a parasite of the nopal cactus. The designs of these early sarapes, generally a diamond of some sort, are linear and geometric. Sarapes are distinct from the world’s other great textile traditions. There are eye-dazzling effects, particularly in the central medallion, and some early examples vibrate like a piece of Op Art”


May 08, 2012

RAINDROP

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Once upon a time there lived a cloud. She gave birth to a lot of children (raindrops) and decided to make a nest for them. She built a nest and started moving her children. But she had so many of them that they did not fit into her palms, so some of them dropped down to the ground as rain. One of the smallest raindrops was there too. It dropped into a puddle. From a puddle there was a small stream. Small raindrop got into a stream, from which it got into a river. It swam through a river as a bubble. Bubble woke up in the morning and saw that it is floating not in the river anymore but in the air, and it is not a bubble anymore but a mist. On it’s way it also saw a lot of other mists. On the way of it’s journey it became a cloud.


April 21, 2012

LIFECYCLE


February 01, 2012

HEIRLOOM STRAWBERRIES

wild heirloom strawberries, zemlyanika, design squish blog

wild heirloom strawberries, zemlyanika,  design squish blog

Wild strawberries grown in our backyard in Brooklyn this summer. Last year’s photos of wild strawberries: http://www.blog.designsquish.com/wild-strawberries

“Evidence from archaeological excavations suggests that wild strawberry has been consumed by humans since the Stone Age. It was widely cultivated in Europe until the 18th century, when it began to be replaced by the garden strawberry, which has much larger fruit and showed greater variation, making them better suited for further breeding.”

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August 06, 2011

CHILDREN AND NATURE

mushrooms and babies, multi-baby postcard, design squish blog

Was Henry Darger inspired by postcard above?

idyllic landscape, design squish blog

idyllic landscape, paradise by henry darger, design squish blog


July 26, 2011

DIY BEACH TENTS, RUSSIA 1970’s

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diy beach tents, handmade beach umbrellas, Russia 1970's, design squish blog

Do-it-yourself beach tents. Black Sea, Russia 1970’s.  All you have to do is pack a sheet and find some driftwood when you get there. 

diy beach tents, handmade beach umbrellas, Russia 1970's, design squish blog

diy beach tents, handmade beach umbrellas, Russia 1970's, design squish blog

diy beach tents, handmade beach umbrellas, Russia 1970's, design squish blog


July 13, 2011

FALL AND WINTER

fall and winter documentary, matt anderson jumping through corn field, design squish blog

I am happy to share this interview with Matt Anderson, an amazing filmmaker and artist. In fact, Matt has almost completed his very first feature length documentary, Fall and Winter. The film focuses on environmental issues, but interestingly enough the underlying message doesn’t stop with political action to “change the world.” Fall and Winter inspires us to take matters into our own hands, often quite literally by working with our hands. Building our own homes, growing our own food, and other such practices may require us to alter our current world views, but will ultimately help achieve a much more sustainable lifestyle.

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Q: What would be a dream come true?
A: To witness an extraordinary stage of evolution in human consciousness. I think this is happening one way or another.

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Q: What did you like about growing up in Vancouver?
A: When I was about 6 or 7 we moved from the city to a small, unserviced island off the coast of Vancouver. There were no cars or stores, and all water and power had to be self-contained. I commuted to school every day on our boat. No matter how big the waves were we had to jump into the dinghy and make it to the mainland. I think this gave me a deep love and respect for the forces of Nature, and set the foundation for my values today.

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Q: Why/where/when did you decide to make “Fall and Winter”?
A: There really is no beginning point for this film. For years I was fascinated by conspiracies as a modern mythology - a realm of free thought where fantasy and history co-existed in pursuit of meaning and truth. I went to some conspiracy conventions and read stacks of books about the New World Order, UFO’s and ‘hidden history’. Somewhere along the way I began to migrate from asking ‘what if…?’ and towards ‘what is…?’. This lead me to a small conference in the Silicon Valley called ‘Global Catastrophic Risks’ about 3 years ago. 30 scientists were meeting to discuss the myriad of threats facing life on earth, and strategies to mitigate these threats (if possible). I began to understand that what is really happening is more fascinating and important than the realm of conspiracy. I decided that the film had to be about the massive changes occurring on our planet - and the people facing this challenge head on.

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fall and winter documentary, design squish blog

fall and winter documentary, design squish blog

Q: What are some things that inspire you?
A: To me, it’s important to be inspired both by positive and negative forces. I am driven by the beauty of Nature, the things that my dear friends create and also by the destructive practices rampant around the globe. I think it’s important to be full of love and also mad as hell!

fall and winter documentary, design squish blog

“Fall & Winter is a documentary that explores the origins and present-day realities of our global crisis to better understand the catastrophic transition we have now entered. Over the past year we’ve traveled 15,000 miles around the country, documenting various aspects of both the collapse and rebirth happening all around us. The film highlights a variety of ways in which individuals are creating innovative, sustainable methods of living in adaptation to their environment, and fostering in their communities a vital transformation in the way we live on this planet.”

fall and winter documentary, design squish blog

WatchFall and Winter previewand remember to donate at their website!

-http://fallwintermovie.com/
-http://fallwintermovie.com/donate.html

 


July 03, 2011

NEWER FLOWER CHILDREN

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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. “

newer flower children, design squish blog

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.

newer flower children, design squish blog

“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”

newer flower children, design squish blog

“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?”


June 30, 2011

DIY RUSSIA

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Above: DIY wooden toy car

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Above: DIY scarecrow

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Above: DIY sleds

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Above: DIY bird feeder

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Above: DIY stool

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Above: DIY bench

-DIY Russia on folkforms


June 21, 2011

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