Ligature Volume 2: Barbara Kosoff Collages Out Now

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Ligature Online is a micro-site produced by Big Fig Design Group. It will be by and about artists making unusual connections that just released Volume 2: Barbara Kosoff.

As regular readers already know, we are big fans of anything that puts two and two together and comes up with six. Barbara's work makes us smile. From the press release:

"Many artists who have worked in the commercial art world might very well be satisfied with the challenges and rewards that world provides; Barbara Kosoff is not one of those people. Drawing on her diverse experiences as a designer and art director, Barbara has turned to collage to express her unique voice."

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Dynomighty Comic Book Wallets: Cool and Eco-friendly

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I know you haven't heard from us in a while but things have been quite busy around here. Crazy actually. But I won't bore you with the details. Here's a great new design I got in my inbox this morning. These wallets are small [I can't stand a fat, Castanza wallet] is 100% recyclable and made from 25% post-consumer plastic. Get yours here

Project H Math Toys: Vote Now!

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Just as soon as you can, head over to Project H Design and vote for their latest project; designing educational math toys for developing and US retail markets, based on the Kutamba AIDS Orphans School in Uganda (an Architecture for Humanity building).

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Northwest Film Forum’s “Local Sightings” Film Fest, 10.3-8.08

Found this in my inbox and thought I’d pass it along. Should be a doozie!

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Live bands, DJs, unique drinks…free haircuts!

 

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Pecha Kucha Night at CoCA, Seattle. Thursday 7pm

Just found out about this one and won’t be able to make it because I’ll be in San Jose covering West Coast Green. But you all should go! These are great…

Please join CoCA as we play host to Pecha Kucha Night. This month’s theme is "Trouble". You’ve got some, we got some – let’s share. We’ve
assembled an incredible roster of writers, visual artists, race car
drivers, actors and other creative luminaries. Share ideas, see great
work – we’d love to see you there!

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Wabi Sabi, Biogerontology and “The Book of Tea”

by Daniel Flahiff

“It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is
a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible
thing we know as life.”

- Kakuzo Okakura
The Book of Tea

via Whisky River

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In art school we called it Wabi Sabi, in reference to objects that are imperfect, decaying or in various states of entropy. Picture an old barn, a rusty shovel, or even a rock worn smooth by rushing water, but be sure to leave out the romanticism. Wabi Sabi embraces and celebrates decay, acknowledging it as an essential part of life. The movement of all matter in the universe from order to chaos, from organization to disorganization.

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Top 5 Picks: Venice Architecture Biennale, 2008

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The theme of this year’s Biennale of Architecture in Venice, which opened on Sunday, is ‘Out There: Architecture Without Building’ so we thought it appropriate to review it from afar, from ‘Out Here:‘ as it were. Curator Aaron Betsky has this to say:

"Architecture must go beyond buildings because buildings are not enough. They are big and wasteful accumulations of natural resources that are difficult to adapt to the continually changing
conditions of modern life…Most buildings are ugly, useless and wasteful"

Hmm.

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DIY Tiny Houses; The Time has Come

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Great article in the NYT on Wed about the small house movement. It certainly seems like its time has come. Tumbleweed Tiny Houses, weeHouse, and others are making their move and with great success. And while some companies would like to sell us the ‘prefab’ version of the small house, I am more interested in the DIY versions; a punk-inspired ethic using scavenged, used and abused materials and doing it all yourself.

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The Fabulous Stains at Grand Illusion 9.12.08

FabulousstainsThis rarely-seen cult classic never recieved a theatrical release! I saw a crappy VHS copy in college and haven’t seen it since. Great cameos from The Tubes, The Clash and The Sex Pistols.–and now the awesome Grand Illusion theatre in Seattle is screening it tomorrow night in celebration of its release on DVD.

As soon as I get done typing, I’m clicking over to Amazon to pre-order my copy.

See y’all tomorrow night!

Architecture 2.0: Koolhaas v. Napoleon III

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In today’s Seattle Times, Mark Rahner talks to architect Rem Koolhaas about ego, empathy and architecture. What I find particularly insightful is Mr. Koolhaas’ vision of his role, both then and now, as a facilitator, teammate, and bureaucrat.

Bureaucrat?

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