AMIRA FRITZ: FORESTS, FLOWERS AND PEOPLE

amira fritz, people, flowers and forests, design squish blog

amira fritz, people, flowers and forests, design squish blog

amira fritz, people, flowers and forests, design squish blog

amira fritz, people, flowers and forests, design squish blog

amira fritz, people, flowers and forests, design squish blog

amira fritz, people, flowers and forests, design squish blog

“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.”

-http://www.amirafritz.com


May 21, 2011

PLANT WARDROBES BY NICOLE DEXTRAS

yucca flower dress, weedrobes by nicole dextras, design squish blog

yucca flower dress, weedrobes by nicole dextras, design squish blog

yucca flower dress, weedrobes by nicole dextras, design squish blog

Above: Dress made from yucca leaves and flowers.


CATEGORIES:   ART, NATURE,

May 16, 2011

HOW TO PRESS FLOWERS

bloom magazine, design squish blog

Image above: http://www.bloom-magazine.eu

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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.

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May 15, 2011

HELLO TREE

tree waving hello, design squish blog

Above:  Tree says hi.

hug a tree, photograph, design squish blog

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Photos by Israel based photographer Ella Sverdlov

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May 12, 2011

FORETOKEN: DRAWINGS BY IKEDA MANABU

foretoken, tsunami, 2008, design squish blog

paintings by ikeda manabu, stunning, drawings, design squish blog

Stunning drawings by Japanes artist Ikeda Manabu .  Click on images to view larger.  On view now at Japan Society.


May 01, 2011

SPRING…

spring flowers, design squish blog

spring, flowering trees, design squish blog


CATEGORIES:   LIFESTYLE, NATURE,

April 27, 2011

FIELDS OF WILDFLOWERS, RUSSIA 1944-1982

house  window, overlooking a field, design squish blog

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

MELTING

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

Tonatiuh Ambrosetti has been making these stunning photographs of glaciers melting in his home country of Switzerland.

- http://www.tonatiuh.ch


April 20, 2011

TREES

tree, woodblock print, design squish blog

tree, woodblock print, design squish blog


CATEGORIES:   craft, NATURE, TREES,

April 14, 2011

FIELDS TO WALK ON…

wild grasses, fields, design squish blog

grasses, field, design squish blog

 field-less life, design squish blog

fields to walk on, design squish blog


Wild fields, abandoned fields, nobody’s fields, everybody’s fields….{Does anyone know a large to medium size field near New York City area anyone
can walk on?  )


April 09, 2011

GREEN STREETS: MOSCOW, RUSSIA

overgrown , design squish blog

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

IT IS SNOWING TODAY IN BROOKLYN

brooklyn snow

yoko ono, poem about snow

Snow Piece by Yoko Ono.


February 21, 2011

LAUGHING OWL: EXTINCT 1914

laughing owl, extinct, new zealand, design squish blog

The Laughing Owl (Sceloglaux albifacies), also known as Whēkau or the White-faced Owl, was an endemic owl found in New Zealand, but is now extinct. It was plentiful when European settlers arrived in New Zealand in 1840.  By 1880, the species was becoming rare, and the last recorded specimen was found dead at Bluecliffs Station in Canterbury, New Zealand on July 5, 1914

laughing owl

laughing owl, birds of new zealand, design squish blog

laughing owl, birds of new zealand, design squish blog

The Laughing Owl generally occupied rocky, low rainfall areas. Being quite large, Laughing Owls were able to deal with the introduced European rats that had caused the extinction of so much of their prey; however, the stoats introduced to control feral rabbits, and feral cats were too much for the species.


January 31, 2011

WILDFLOWERS BY LAWRENCE BECK

alpine wildflowers, lawrence beck, contemporary photography, design squish blog

alpine wildflowers, contemporary photography, controlled nature vs unbound nature, design squish blog

thicket, lawrence beck,  controlled nature vs unbound nature, design squish blog

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Lawrence Beck is a New York based artist who explores controlled and unbound nature. Beck takes photographs plants in national forests, city parks and botanic gardens. He celebrates the beauty of plants while undercutting this ’natural’ elegance by revealing its manufacturedness.


January 24, 2011

INDUSTRIAL SCARS

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Patterns in waste ash at coal- fired electrical generation station, Moncks Corner, SC

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Aerial view of bauxite waste

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Removal of Overburden from Blasting Kayford Mountain, West Virginia

Photographs by J Henry Fair


CATEGORIES:   photography, NATURE,

January 15, 2011

STILLNESS

earth, photography, nature, design squish blog

forest, photography, design squish blog

earth, design squish blog

field, photography, design squish blog

field, photography, design squish blog

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Photographs by Helena Kvarnstrom


CATEGORIES:   photography, NATURE,

MOTHS AND BUTTERFLIES

botanic illustration, moth, butterflies, eugene seguy, design squish blogbotanic illustration, moth, butterflies, eugene seguy, vdesign squish blog

botanic illustration, moth, butterflies, eugene seguy, vdesign squish blog

botanic illustration, moth, butterflies, eugene seguy, design squish blogbotanic illustration, moth, butterflies, eugene seguy, design squish blog


botanic illustration, moth, butterflies, eugene seguy, design squish blogbotanic illustration, moth, butterflies, eugene seguy, design squish blog

Moths and butterflies illustrations by Eugene Seguy


December 22, 2010

KUDZU

kudzu, photography, art, rob hann, design squish blog

kudzu, photography, art, rob hann, design squish blog

kudzu, photography, art, rob hann, design squish blog

Photographs by Rob Hann. From “The Plant that Ate The South” project.

“Anyone familiar with the American South will know that throughout the summer months large parts of the countryside are swathed in a green leafy plant that will cover anything in its path. It smothers abandoned buildings and drapes over trees, large and small, giving the landscape a magical, dreamlike quality.” - Rob Hann

kudzu, photography, art, rob hann, design squish blog

Kudzu is a plant native to Souther Japan.  Kudzu was introduced from Japan into the United States in 1876 and is now common throughout most of the southeastern United States. Kudzu has been spreading at the rate of 150,000 acres annually and is considered invasive species.

http://www.robhann.com/project-kudzu.htm


December 16, 2010

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

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

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


house sparrows , vorobej, design squish blog


November 08, 2010

PIGEON HOUSES

pigeon house, dovecote, Russia, design squish blog

pigeon house, dovecote, Russia, design squish blog

pigeon house, dovecote, Russia, design squish blog

golubyatnya, design squish blog

pigeon house, dovecote, Russia,design squish blog  design squish blog

pigeon house, dovecote, Russia, design squish blog

pigeon house, dovecote, Russia, design squish blog  design squish blog

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

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