Friday, June 29, 2012

Unintentional Pinterest Collage



I was scrolling through Pinterest last night, as one does, and came across these photos all clustered together. Isn't it nice when things come together like that? Since each one had been pinned by a different user, it was random color-coordinated luck... which I promptly took advantage of and pasted together. Thanks, fellow internet travelers and pinners!

P.S. - This is my 500th post! Man, I spend a lot of time here. :)

Clockwise from the top left: Salty caramel ice cream from the Cooking Channel, pinned by Erin Godbey; Tova tank by Angela of Fussy Cut, pinned by Cirque Du Bebe; Ashley Olsen, pinned by Jill J.; American Apparel nail polish in Summer Peach, pinned by Jenna T.; White peach lavender soda by Emma Christensen, pinned by Ez Pudewa; silk-crepe and cotton Marni dress, pinned by Katie Rodgers.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Five Basic Positions







Modeled for Life Magazine by Edwina Seaver.

From the top:
First Position.
Second Position: In this position, the heels are separated, toes out.
Third Position: In this position, the heel is placed in middle of other foot.
Fourth Position: In this position one foot is crossed 12 inches in front of the other, with toes turned out.
Fifth Position: In this position, feet are locked across each other, each heel opposite toe.

All photographs by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1940.
Photograph and description source: Life Magazine Archive.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Heat Wave

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canoes
Moscow Mule

It is hot as blazes today, which means I can't get my mind off a nice breeze, a cool drink, and some outdoor playtime. What do you wish for on super hot days? Other than a perfectly ripe avocado, of course. Right? Right.

From the top: Untitled by Anna Strachan & Marek Strachan; Untitled by Alex Mitrani; Canoes by Megan Carty; Moscow Mule by Empty Hallways.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Thunder on the Beach









Were you a horse girl (or boy) growing up? I was in a literary context. Despite growing up in Texas, my hands-on experience with horses was limited to a few lessons and trail rides at Girl Scout camp. In books, however, yes, bring on the girl-equine bonding! Horses were a source of freedom and power. A girl and her horse were a team, providing each other with protection, speed, food, and companionship. They relied on each other, and that relationship often sustained and nurtured the protagonist through the most stressful moments.

Horses were also the best comic relief. What's better than a sidelong glance from the horse when you say something stupid?

P.S. A fun article on why young girls are drawn to powerful animals like horses and dolphins.

All photographs by Irene Suchocki. From the top: A Heart So White; Wild at Heart; The Calm Before; Peek-a-boo; The Power of Ten; Far Away, So Close; Breathless.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fairy Tale Creatures

narwhal fairy cat bird fox

I love these intricate, vaguely exotic creations by Oliver Hunter. They are each so delicate in their patterning and form. The ominous little black cloud pouring out from each illustration makes them all the more fairy tale-like to me, too. There is sweetness and danger, and a dark side to every character.

From the top: narwhal; fairy; cat; bird; fox. All 2008.

Monday, June 11, 2012

At the Edge of the City








Desolate, post-apocalyptic visions by Liz Brizzi.

From the top: Trespass (2012); Beyond The Tracks (2012); Escape Route (2011); The Ice Docks (2011); The Hobart Station (2010); The Gateway (2011).

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Prongs






Cassandra Smith's repurposed, naturally-shed antler creations are very appealing. I'm not usually much for the use of animal body parts as decoration -- fabricated or natural, I tend to find the implied trophy aspect of it gross. These, however, don't give off any vibe of objectification to me. This is due mostly to Smith's ecological horn gathering, but the thoroughly modern paint job also helps the sculptural intention of these pieces overcome the animal side.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Roots






Nurture Studies by Diana Scherer:
Rather than letting the flowers grow in open soil, she has forced each plant to develop within the confines of a vase. Only at the end of the process does she remove the plant’s corset, exposing roots that retain their shape as an evocation of the now absent vase.
Her description of vases as "plant corsets" is brilliant. I'm amazed at how rigidly the roots hold the structure of their original container.
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