Etsy Schmetsy-ish: Sapling Press and Dear Blank Please Blank

We at the Experts have been a bit busy of late, and sadly had little time to prepare a full Etsy Schmetsy today. I did however come across this awesome project and though that in lieu of a Schemtsy, we’d feature an etsy seller. These hysterical prints are a collaboration between Sapling Press and Dear Blank Please Blank. Go check out the rest of the prints here.




via Design Work Life

Etsy Schmetsy: Totes Specific

This week’s schmetsy is a little bit more narrow in focus than usual: tote bags. No, no, black-and-white tote bags. Wait, design-geeky black-and-white tote bags! This one runs the gamut, from letterforms to parts of letterforms to Thai letterforms, parallel lines to Bauhaus shapes. Enjoy!



Row 1: Serif Tote Bag from TheLittleFactory; Screen print Tote Bag – White ampersand from  PiccoloNegozio; Thai Alphabet Tote Bag from studiowonjun
Row 2: feel like helvetica tote from afavorite; TOTE / lines from PAWLING; Design Shopping Tote Bag from Marideestudio
Row 3: ABC ETC. hand silk screened tote from  trulyloved; Bauhaus Block Canvas Tote Bag from mediumcontrol; a shadowy alphabet in a tote bag from cuadrado

Flickr Mondays—Angeles Peña

I was having a hard time finding someone to post about today until I happened upon Angeles Peña’s beautiful work. I love that she’s able to capture so many different types of shots with the rainbow. Amazing.

Flickr site here.
More photos here.

 

Corrine Vionnet: Photo Opportunities

Corrine Vionnet’s series Photo Opportunities is a collection of pieces on iconic landmarks, each one composed of hundreds of self-similar tourist photographs layered together into a new composition.

While the three essays she reproduces on her site focus on the sightseers/tourists and their consistent, shared, unimaginative “shared memory” view of the monuments, I am more interested in the layers of meaning that can be extracted from the finished pieces.

The effect of the dissolution and blur on these icons sometimes works to invoke  associations: Big Ben for instance is lost in the fog, while the Twin Towers are lost in grief.

The way that the photos are layered also creates some interesting readings, especially in the ones with very clear focal points where the pictures are registered. The cooperative tourist shots combined do what a single one cannot: make into a beacon the portrait of Mao in the Forbidden City, make a grinding gyre around the black rock at Mecca, or complete the Colliseum. Interestingly, there most photographers choose an angle that shows its damage — the aesthetic normative — and the small group that shoot from another angle fill in ghostily what the eye can only imagine.

And my favorite layer of meaning: some seem to consciously refer to or homage art history. Clearly the whole project is a variant of cubism, assembling different views, but the dynamism referenced in the Golden Gate Bridge composition is apparent: compare to Balla’s Dynamism of Dog on a Leash. Likewise, you can’t assemble hundreds of pictures of Mt. Fuji without referring to Hokusai. Her composition, like his series of prints, seems to show Fujiyama as being a constant, unchanging icon while the days, nights, seasons and crowds change around it. The blurry Eiffel Tower in a series of chromatic greys looks all the world like a piece of lost Impressionism – Caillebotte‘s pallete and Monet’s brush? And the texture at the bottom/foreground of the Matterhorn piece feels remarkably like the scraped brushwork of a late modern painter like Kiefer.

One of the primary instigators of early modern painting was photography’s effortless encroachment into the realist space painting had long occupied. With these recombined works, Vionnet collages cliché photography into something that recapitulates the project of modern painting: expressing different aspects of time, light and viewpoint, abstracting and dissolving its subjects into impressions, thumbing its nose at photography which can only represent realistically a single moment.

15 more plus essays at Vionnet’s site.

Local Weather


Who knew weather forecasts could be so pretty? Apparently, Steffi Gloor and Kurt Riedi did. That little rain image is making San Francisco seem a little less dreary today.
Check out their awesome local weather forecast site here.




via The Daily Smudge

TypograFriday: Live the Language

The first time I went to Europe, I went on an EF tour — plus, I have travel on my mind right now — so these videos are right up my alley. They are lovely and educational, but what makes the Live the Language series extra special is the fantastic regionally-appropriate typography, done by Albin Holmqvist. I hope they add one for Rome — I’m trying to learn Italian, and I love any opportunity to see Italy.




Etsy Schmetsy: All Tied Up

Who doesn’t love a good bow tie? From traditional to whimsical, classy to playful, this assortment includes something for everyone looking to add a little dapper to his or her day.





Row 1: Harvest Checks Bow Tie Dog Collar by SillyBuddy; Poindexter Props on a Stick by sarahedesigns; Boy in the Orange Bowtie Canvas Print by kikiandpolly

Row 2: Rust Bow Belt by darlingtonia; Cutesy Bow Tie in Blue Stripe by RikkiB; Father and Son Silk Bow Tie Set by Appleandivy

Row 3: Kitty Scout Portrait Altered Vintage Plate by BeatUpCreations; Gold Bow Necklace by diamentdesigns; Fraternal Lop Bunnry Rabbit with Tassled Fez and a Bow Tie Illustration Beautifully Upcycled Dictionary Page Book Art Print by collageOrama

Row 4: Felt Bowtie Cupcake Toppers by KnockKnocking; Sterling Silver Bow Necklace by BluHour; Puffy Yellow Bow Pillow Cover by secdus

Row 5: Soft Black Tan Leather Bow Tie Bracelet by threehorses; Men’s Grey Wool Houndstooth Bow Tie by KnotNow; So Super Dandy Bowtie Collar by alexandragrecco

Flickr Mondays-Senior Project Time!

Happy Monday! Thought I’d give you all a sneak peak into my newest project–I’m mentoring a coworkers daughter with her senior project–a magazine focusing on real people–her friends. Here are some of my favorite pictures from our first photoshoot (most shots taken at the Lafayette Reservoir in the East Bay). Enjoy!

Etsy Schmetsy: Anchors Away…er, Aweigh




Row 1: lostatseashop; downhomeamy; EmsOddsAndEnds
Row 2: infraredstudio; TotallyLinens; motherMAEi
Row 3: GetLuckyVintage; TruNicCreations; thenerdsofafeather
Row 4: AutrefoisVintage; RedDragonflyAKATOMBO; magshhh

Flickr Mondays—Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! Ran across some really cute, pretty photos of all the thoughtful breakfasts people on the flickr community, “Share the love” have prepared for each other.

Enjoy!

More photos here.