artisan craft

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Focused on environmental change rather than flavor, art students Hung I-chen, Guo Yi-hui, and Cheng Yu-ti from the National Taiwan University of the Arts concocted a line of “frozen treats” titled Polluted Water Popsicles. The group collected polluted water from 100 locations in Taiwan, first freezing the collected sewage samples and then preserving their creations in polyester resin.

At first glance the visually pleasing treats seem to imitate the aesthetic of recent craft and artisanal food trends. However on closed inspection you can identify the trash contained within each mold—bits of plastic, bottle caps, and wrappers lying within the popsicles’ murky waters.

The project is intended to spread awareness about water pollution and its deep effect on our world’s population. (Source)

drinks from the simpsons rated

bart’s hot cocoa marshmallow

is it still technically a drink? who cares! grampa wanted a slice and i do too 10/10

skittlebrau

i’m still waiting for some artisanal craft beer company to crowdfund the actualisation of skittlebrau 9/10

malk

brittle bones are a small price to pay for all that vitamin r 7/10

the all-syrup super squishee

this drink comes with consequences. are you prepared for what that might mean? 5/10


shelbyville turnip juice

turnip juice is a real thing apparently? who looked at a turnip and wanted to drink it? 3/10

homer’s morning glass of syrup

my teeth are crying 0/10

marge’s homemade pepsi

an undefinable and unknowable entity ?/10

lays liquid potato chips

i’ve got questions and they’re all about how i can forget i ever had to think about this 0/10

worcestershire flavoured soft drink

carbonated worcestershire is truly a cursed concept 0/10

a single plum, floating in perfume, served in a man’s hat

the bartender requires you to sign a waiver before he serves you. this drink takes you to a strange new place where the man whose hat you are drinking from tells you the meaning of life in a way you are never able to articulate after you regain consciousness number eight/10

(Scroll for description in english)

El Arte en las Calles de Mexico

Vivo en Ensenada- Baja California, una ciudad popular entre los turistas estadounidenses.  Un día mientras buscaba alguna historia que retratar por las calles me encontré con esta así por accidente:

El centro de la ciudad, en las calles principales el arte y cultura mexicana rebosa.  Por todos lados hay puestos vendiendo artesanias que representen nuestra cultura, así mismo hay vendedores desesperados por que les compres.  Al pararte a preguntar por el precio de cierto artículo tendemos (tanto los locales como los turistas) a regatear, siempre tratando de pagar lo menos posible.  Es esto a la que nuestra cultura se ha rebajado?  Es que ya no la apreciamos que tenemos que venderla como souvenir por un dólar? Por qué están nuestros artistas famélicos vendiendo nuestra cultura en la calle?  Por qué no le damos el valor y crédito que merecen a tan importante parte de nuestra (y todas) cultura?

La próxima vez que te encuentres con un artista vendiendo su trabajo en la calle, no trates de rebajarle el precio, aprecia el trabajo y esfuerzo puesto en la pieza.


Mexican Street Art

I live in Ensenada- Baja California, popular within tourist.  As I was looking for people who could tell an inequality story in the streets i came out to this issue almost by accident:

In down town, the main streets are crowded with art crafts and culture.  Everywhere there are artist full of desperation to sell their work, as both locals and tourist are always trying to buy thing for less than what is worth.  Is this what the art and mexican culture has come to? Do we really don`t appreciate art anymore that we sell it was a souvenir for a dollar? Why are our artist starving and selling our culture in the streets? why don’t we value them enough the credit they deserve to such important part of (every) culture?

Next time you came across an artist selling his (or her’s) work on the street, don’t try to buy it for less than what he/she offers, but appreciate the work and effort it was put on the piece.

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I would tentacall this week full of suckers, but don’t let a bad week get stuck in your beak!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/506672314/chained-green-octopus-necklace-polymer?ref=shop_home_active_1

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So this is the process of the pine bench build that goes with the one legged pine table. This ensemble went (yes, I’m done already. Sorry for being a lazy bum and not uploading) into a relatively small kitchen. The diagonal braces are for mitered joins of the boards that go on top. The whole ensemble has a completely hand planed finish and a coat of sillica oil, which doesn’t darken the wood like linseed oil. You can see the planing done in an earlier post, where I fitted the dovetail pin in my kanna.

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Offering to Demeter I, The Eleusinian Mysteries, hand carved silver ring by Moon & Serpent

Demeter is the goddess of the harvest, who presided over grains and the fertility of the earth. She and her daughter Persephone were the central figures of the Eleusinian Mysteries that predated the Olympian pantheon.

The Book of Beginnings

          The Book of Beginnings is a medium sized journal with robust structure and archaic atmosphere. A unique item born from hundreds of hours of care and attention to structure and detail. Made with reverence to the strength of medieval bindings and their laden with symbolism aesthetic. The book has a purpose to achieve three things: comfort of writing, structure to last centuries and to ensure it’s owner is filled of pride and confidence of his or her writing companion.

The front cover is decorated with a central single-line rhombus with floral and geometric tooling inside. Surrounding it is a chaotic pattern of thin branches and leaves, weaved around four Abraxas medalions. All this neatly guarded by a triple-line rectangular border. The back cover is guarded with the same border as the front cover with similar floral patterns and the binder’s maker mark. The book back is decorated with floral designs and poppy heads, symmetrically aligned. The The inner covers are decorated with gold.

This book is size A5, 15.5x22 cm (6x8.7 inches) sewn on 5 hemp cords, which are attached to the boards made from two layers of mill board to prevent bending and for extra protection. The  binding is in brown goat leather. It has 448 pages blank, unlined, smooth cream colored Clairefontaine Trophee  paper. The paper possesses great qualities for writing with fountain pens and ink as it exhibits no feathering, no bleedthrough and only faint show through. Drying times vary with the type and amount of ink.

A special adhesive is used that doesn’t harm the book over time and all the processes can be reversed. Even after many years the book can be rebound without significant damage being made to it in the process. The book is entirely handmade with special care being taken at every step. Book edges are sprinkled and coated with beeswax to prevent moisture from harming the paper. The handpaper endpapers are “made” (double layer of paper) and sewn to the book body for extra durability.        

https://www.etsy.com/listing/527602234/book-of-beginnings

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Last Saturday I made a new wrap for the students of my recent weaving workshops to see. Big thank you to all of you who made it! This traditional warp making technique is almost lost since it is very time consuming and physically tiring but I am so glad people are willing to know more about it! Special thanks to Koulla for bringing us some delicious pittes tis Satzis!

Artie used to be out all night, sleep all day and see it as the most natural thing in the world that his brother did his homework for him. After all Bastien was the more successful one of the brothers and he’d always get straight A’s. Thus was the Merriweather family tradition. Even so, Artie was the family favourite. Even Bastien liked his brother more than anything in the world. However, that all changed when their father died and left the family business to Artie. Not to Bastien.

Artie refused to accept it. Bastien didn’t.

Since then, the brothers rarely talk to each other. Artie, feeling betrayed by the only person that understood him and he could trust, withdrew from the life he had led, got his own apartment, trying his best to stay alive where he up to this point never had to even try.

It has taken its toll though. And Artie’s health is quickly worsening….

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Fitting and installing of the mitered boards. They have a 5mm spline in the miter to prevent the boards from warping at the join. They are not glued to allow a bit of movement but not in the vertical plane. The boards were screwed from the bottom of the underconstruction. All surfaces, even the bottom, were also handplaned.

A few shots from the workshop

The past week I’ve been working on a new journal and I have to say it’s been a tiring experience. First I managed to ruin a perfectly good book body by spilling ink on top of it, rendering it useless. The following photos are from working on the seconds one, with which I tried a lot of new techniques. When trying new things, mistakes are bound to happen and so was the case here. The book is forming beautifully however, I still wonder if I should leave it for myself. It’s bound in goat leather, sewn on 5 cords and with double-core cotton endbands. The decoration will be tooled blind.

I’ve used single threads for these endbands as opposed to double ones like the previous journals.

The covers are with double layers of mill board, with a slight curve at the back. They had to sit a bit in the press.

It’s been a long time since I’ve sewn on 5 cords and it really changes the whole feel of the book.

Finished the blind tooling on the third small journal. The design is a bit more brave than the previous two. Today was very cloudy and didn’t have time to finish everything I had in mind. Tomorrow all this tooling is going to be full of silver. Looking forward to it with feelings of excitement and a bit of fear.