etsy find of the day | CURATION REQUEST 1 | 1.29.14

requested by: calirogue
looking for: gilded items under $50

calirogue fell in love with ‘gilded’ items after this bowl post on EFOTD. i must say, girly … you know how to pick ‘em! i also love gilded things, so this curation request was super fun for me to do!

first, check out what’s already been listed on etsyfindoftheday:

next, check out these items found especially for this curation — all under $50 USD:

  • 'wanderlust' foil map print by misspoppydesign (featured)
  • gold-speckled clay ring bowl by annkaydesign
  • even more from theobjectenthusiast
  • there are many gilded porcelain options at madebymanos
  • a gilded tassel garland from studiomucci
  • a sparkly sequined pillow cover by pillow1
  • alchemy lollipops from thegroovybaker have real edible gold flakes!
  • a gold sequined initial for your desk or dresser
  • a pair of gold ‘n sparkly earrings or other jewelry piece from one of my fave shops, tinygalaxies
  • a zag dish or gold point vessel from upintheairsomewhere
  • gold chevron + kraft giftwrap by papernestbylesa
  • some sweet gold + tile coasters from thecoastal — MANY options
  • 'cheers' gold glitter banner at confettidesignshop
  • pinktwig’s shiny gold-dipped arrow pendant
  • a floating gemstone ring by kristinelily
  • or this SUPER RAD golden palm leather clutch from kertis, on sale for $50!

so, i’m gonna be completely honest here … i have 46 pages of ‘gold’ etsy likes in my etsy profile. FORTY SIX PAGES. that’s … a little nuts. can you tell i heart gold? :)

i hope this was a good start (and not too overwhelming for you!) — let me know if you end up getting anything special!


For most of human history, a fundamental problem has been the scarcity of material goods and resources, and so we have become ever more efficient in our methods of production and created rituals to enshrine the importance of objects in our culture. Less than a century ago, human beings made a world-changing transition through their rapacious industry. We now inhabit a world in which the overproduction of goods, rather than their scarcity, is one of our most fundamental problems. Yet our economy functions by inciting us to produce more and more with each passing year. In turn, we require cultural forms to enable us to sort through the glut, and our rituals are once again being directed towards the immaterial, towards quality and not quantity. This requires a shift in our values, from producing objects to selecting amongst those that already exist.

In answering the annual Edge Question, which asks 176 prominent thinkers “What scientific idea is ready for retirement?”,  legendary curator Hans Ulrich Obrist speaks to the necessity of curation as a sensemaking tool for our age of abundance. 

Also see previous years’ Edge Questions, including “What scientific concept will improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?” (2012) and “What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation?” (2013).


After a highly successful music career during which he produced Don McLean’s American Pie, Ed Freeman returned to his original love of photography. While driving around southern Californian deserts to photograph landscapes, he was struck by the beauty of the desolate buildings he passed on the way.

I wanted to appreciate these old, falling-apart buildings that no one pays any attention to. So I photographed them as if they were the most important thing on Earth.

(via The Guardian)

etsy find of the day | CURATION REQUEST 3 | 1.29.14

requested by: anonymous
looking for: shops selling boho crystal/geode/agate rings

anon, you have come to the ultimate lover of all things boho and geode. srsly :) i have several shops that come to might right away!! let me know if you end up purchasing anything <3

  • luxdivine (featured) has several ring options (and GREAT boho jewelry in general)
  • gossamerandviolet sells many options of geode slice rings in tons of fun colors
  • one of my former shop features, mineralogydesign, has some beautiful rings to choose from
  • i love ohkuol's druzy jewelry so much, i own two pairs of their earrings! their ring options are SUPER sparkly.
  • freaking love the varied agate, druzy and geode rings at amulettejewelry
  • take a look at the incredible geode rings at anatomi and try not to fall in love :)
  • find all kinds of crystal and druzy beauties at amandaleilanidesigns
  • skyejuice's agate and geode rings have an earthy quality
  • and gsgjewelry has quite a few smaller and more feminine options

thanks for the fun curation request, anon!!


I think a good curator is like a good chef. They understand the city’s needs – and fulfill and challenge them. How do curators and artists work with each other? Ideally, it’s a collaboration in which one inspires and challenges the other. The best thing a curator can do is elicit the response, “I didn’t know you could do that,” from the public. The worst thing is to present a show that is no longer relevant.
—  John Baldessari on the art of curation.

Attention is neither monopolized nor homogenized. The exhibition is a very democratic and liberal ritual where the viewer decides the duration of his or her stay. There are, however, limits to the ritual of the exhibition.


If one looks at curatorial history, there are figures like Diaghilev, who invented his own way of doing this. He curated painting shows in the early 20th Century in Russian museums that would then tour through Europe. And then at a certain moment he felt that it was too limiting and too narrow; he wanted to go into other disciplines. But where could he go? He had to invent his own structure, which became the Ballets Russes. The Ballets Russes was like a migrating troupe, touring from city to city. And he collaborated with the greatest composers of his time like Stravinsky, and artists like Picasso. And his idea was that it would be a construct where he could pool all the knowledge and bring all the great practitioners of his time together to produce the ballet.

I think about exhibitions in a similar way. The exhibition is a great opportunity to bring it all together because it’s an experimental form; it’s not like a feature film, which has a prescribed duration. A film needs to be more or less 90 minutes; it’s difficult for the cinemas if it’s only 10 minutes or it’s 12 hours. Obviously, there are experiments where filmmakers break that form, but the exhibition has this amazing advantage: that it’s a ritual, it’s extremely public. There isn’t a prescribed time when people can visit it, or a prescribed length to their visit. They can visit it for a minute or for five hours or ten hours. There isn’t the sense that one has to visit it in a group; it can very often be a one-to-one experience. But still, it’s a one-to-one experience for millions of people. Within this sort of 21st Century ritual, the exhibition, there’s a great opportunity to bring all the disciplines together.


A fantastic Edge conversation with legendary curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, who has long held strong opinions on the subject.

Complement with HUO’s Do It, an instructional compendium twenty years in the making.

Oy. Well, a photographic oy, but still an oy. Oy.

Going through my posts, looking for some photos, I noticed that some of my pictures have garnered quite a few notes over time. I am very grateful, since it tells me that my photography is improving and I am, somehow, tapping into appreciated mainstream visual styles while following, fulfilling “my own” vision. I put my own in quotes because I realize that my own photographic standpoint is influenced by the mainstream; whether I reject or embrace commonly accepted ways of seeing, it is still a reaction to the mainstream, so therefore influenced by it. Yet, in the end, the very fact that my visual standpoint is somehow tapping into a broader current zeitgeist makes




I swooned.
I swooned because I realize my own standpoint is greatly influenced by the treasure trove of images and narratives and support y’all share willingly, and I have.


I can only smile and swoon and be grateful, soak it all in and hopefully repay y’all in kind, hopefully inspire others. Even if I inspire one person I do not know and who is not one of my steadies, even if I never know about it, it makes all my self-doubt and rethinking and all the “I so fucking suck at this that I am never taking another fucking picture again” so very fucking worth it. (Y’all knew I had to drop a least one F-bomb, right?) And yes, I am less and less prone to lapse into that vortex of angst (just for you, graficzny) because of y’all’s (and I mean all original Tumblr photographers) inspiration, but still, it does happen, and I suppose always will, to some extent. And perhaps that angst is a good thing, a form of internal inventory and balancing that makes certain I do not take myself too seriously and do not get self-satisfied and therefore lapse into complacency.

Then there is another possibility, which I admit scares the shit outta me. What if my standpoint is somehow even remotely unique and is somehow shaping the current zeitgeist, or, shudder to think, shaping a new one? And this also goes for the other Tumblr photographers’ images I promote via LuxLit. As an amateur curator of sorts, am I somehow helping shape the way we see photography, what we think is a “good” photograph? Am I, in some small way, an arbiter of what is good photography? Are we, all of us who reblog and highlight original photographers’ work, quietly shaping how such images are seen? Are we quietly shaping how photography is seen? Are we, even those of who curate but do not produce photographs, quietly shaping photography as an art form?

Are we quietly shaping a photographic revolution?

Heavy. (Oy. Talk about throwback, I never uttered the term “heavy” when it was au courant, so I have no fucking idea why I thought of it now, but still…)

Well, just thought I would share.

Y’all, steadies and not, ya’ll kick ass.

Keep kicking ass.

As always,



etsy find of the day | CURATION BLITZ 3 | 1.24.14

requested by: pathtoparadise
looking for: a cool new iphone 5s case - unique, maybe with pressed flowers?

FEATURED: annysworkshop. freaking LOVE all these bright and colorful pressed flower options!! <3

other shops selling pressed flower phone cases:

you can also take a look at the phone cases i’ve featured already on EFOTD here. other personal faves:

  • toncase has a TON of cases … hence the name. i love the wood-look ones and this supercolorful floral option. oh, and this neon chartreuse chevron one. and this psychedelic galaxy one.
  • isolatecase - i heart their preppy yet hip personalized case
  • love this glittery gold number at ledazzlecouture
  • also, this hipster arrow case by pencilshavingsstudio
  • rainbow chevrons and minty chevrons

need more ideas? let me know.


"There’s something about throwing up all those neat things that you find — all of those things that would be relegated to a folder on your desktop or your bookmarks in Firefox. Instead, you start putting that stuff up there. And before you know it, there’s something neat." — David Karp (david), Tumblr CEO and founder in 2008


I wrote a little blog post for about how to put on an illustration exhibition. 

You can read it below or here’s the link.

10 top tips for putting on a successful illustration exhibition

1.     Promotion

It’s a good idea to get going with this as soon as possible, particularly the online, social-media side of it. We started tweeting and instagramming about ours several months before. It’s nice to show sneaky peeks of things you are working on for the show. We designed our posters and flyers several months before as well but we decided to distribute them the week before and during the exhibition so it stayed fresh in people’s minds.

 2.     Range of prices

We had a range of different priced pieces ranging from 50p postcards right up to £300 framed originals; this worked really well for us. Our most popular pieces were from our £10 ‘wonky drawing’ range.

 3.     Remember snacks!

This is an important one to remember, particularly if you are doing a solo show, as you may have to sit in the gallery all day which is surprisingly exhausting!

 4.     Freebies

People love a freebie (me included!). You could give out stickers, postcards, posters etc. These are all fairly cheap to get printed but act as a great prompt to get you talking to customers.

 5.     Plenty of business cards

I ran out of business cards on the third day, which was silly. Ideally you want to be able to put one in with every purchase and also have them to hand to give out to people who are interested in your work but don’t want to commit to buying something on the day–this means they can look you up online which could possibly lead to sales.

 6.     Scope out the venue in advance

You want to get an idea of footfall in particular. We put on our exhibition at Gallery 40 [] which is a lovely little space right in the heart of the North Laines in Brighton, it has excellent footfall and is right near the main train station.

 7.     Bring something to do

I am not a pushy saleswoman, so whether I’m doing a craft fair or an exhibition, I like to allow people to just browse without feeling intimidated. I say hi when the customer walks in, but that’s it unless it’s clear they want to chat. I personally hate it when you go into a shop and they start chatting to you! I bought a sketchbook and my laptop with me so I could get on with work whilst people were browsing. It’s also good to look busy and can be interesting for people if they get to see you ‘in action’, in my case, drawing strange naked people in my sketchbook.

 8.     Share the show

Charlie Simpson [] and I worked on the show together. It’s really nice to be able to share the experience with someone and also to halve the workload and cost.

 9.  Be friendly

Putting on an exhibition is less about making money and more about meeting people. We met a lot of really lovely, friendly local artists, photographers and illustrators. I hate the term ‘networking’ but I guess that is what it is, a lot of the people Charlie and I met during the week we plan to keep in touch with and work on projects with in the future.

 10.     Window displays

We were lucky enough to have a beautiful space with excellent, huge windows. We used them as a way to draw people in – we put large, interesting pieces in the windows along with 3D items. We had a lot of people walk past and stop to look at the bits in the window. Often pointing and laughing at our weird characters

etsyfindoftheday | CURATION REQUEST 2 | 2.20.14

requested by: essentialappearance
looking for: opalescent ;)

so you love the look of opals, but you don’t want to shell out the genuine opal price. no problem! etsy has a TON of supercool ‘opalescent’ pieces that give you the sparkle and iridescence of opal jewelry without the hefty pricetag.

FEATURED: holy. crap. i love this bangle from deadiajewelry!! the ‘opal aura’ crystal & pyrite chunks look so lovely and so boho on the brass bracelet. srsly, i want this SO. BAD.

other ‘fauxpal’ sellers: