Thursday, January 30, 2014

Glaze Love

erica iman

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hiding in Plain Sight: A Visual History of Camouflage

Park Bench / Couple (2001) by Desiree Palmen via: the believer mag

Amy Revier

Thulma Coat, wool and silk, one of a kind garment made entirely by hand (handwoven and stitched in London)
Adore this coat and the dear friend that made it.  Notice the beautiful ceramic hanger! See more of her work and life here.

The history of invisibility

1917: A soldier in World War I models early camouflage. Image via the National Archives/Department of Defense.
In 2004, the U.S. Army made a colossal mistake. It introduced a new digital camouflage called the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP), a single pattern designed to work across all environments. Only a few months later, however, as the war in Iraq was intensifying by the day, every soldier on the ground knew the truth: by trying to work in every situation, UCP worked in none of them.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Similar but Different: Yellow Wallpaper

n “The Yellow Wallpaper” Gilman portrays the main character’s insanity as a way to protest the medical and professional oppression against women at the time. While under the impression that husbands and male doctors were acting with their best interests in mind, women were being depicted as mentally weak and fragile. At the time, Women’s rights advocates believed that the outbreak of women being diagnosed as mentally ill was the manifestation of their setbacks regarding the roles they were allowed to play in a male-dominated society. Women were even discouraged from writing, because their writing would ultimately create an identity, and become a form of defiance for them. Charlotte Perkins Gilman realized that writing became one of the only forms of existence for women at a time where they had very few rights. more here and  here...

The Sleeping Beauty' wallpaper first produced in 1879 and designed by the illustrator Walter Crane. Throughout the 19th century there was an increased emphasis on the importance of family life and for the first time areas of wealthy homes began to be set aside for the care of children. These rooms came to be known as nurseries and required furnishings suitable for their young occupants. Wallpaper designs included illustrations from children's literature and educational subjects such as animal species and plant varieties. 'The Sleeping Beauty' range of wallpaper was promoted as being washable and free from all traces of arsenic (a common component of green dyes).

to arms! to arms!

Recruitment poster for Confederate States of America. Floyd County, Virginia, 1862.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Feminine Warriors

Illustration of a female soldier, Capt. Annie A. Ethridge, from “The Washington Times” Oct 21 1894. via: civil war sagas

1900 dress form

19th century traveling dressmaker's form

military target

toll on Military Women

Geoffrey Farmer

 via: daily serving . Boneyard, 2013; paper; dimensions variable. Courtesy of Mercer Union, Toronto.  . 

Friday, January 24, 2014

similar but different

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


adjective: yellow; comparative adjective: yellower; superlative adjective: yellowest
  1. 1.
    of the color between green and orange in the spectrum, a primary subtractive color complementary to blue; colored like ripe lemons or egg yolks.
    "curly yellow hair"
    synonyms:flaxen, golden, gold, blond/blonde, fair; More
    lemon, cadmium yellow, daffodil, mustard, primrose yellow;
    tawny, fulvous
    "yellow hair"
    • offensive
      having a naturally yellowish or olive skin (as used to describe Chinese or Japanese people).
    • denoting a warning of danger that is thought to be near but not actually imminent.
      "he put Camp Visoko on yellow alert"
  2. 2.
    "he'd better get back there quick and prove he's not yellow"
    • archaic
      showing jealousy or suspicion.
  3. 3.
    (of a book or newspaper) unscrupulously sensational.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Naoko Murakami - Teacup and saucer

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Danny Yahav-Brown

I wish I could Love, 2005. 30 x 30 inch aluminum road sign on 7 foot pole
Installation view

Friday, January 17, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

She wore a yellow ribbon

One popular misconception -- evidently a by-product of the 1949 John Wayne film "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," in which the female lead did just that to express her undying love for a cavalry officer -- the custom originated during or just after the American Civil War. But even though the motif of that film, not to mention its title and theme song, derived from a folk ballad dating back hundreds of years in different versions, there is no historical evidence that Americans of the Civil War period (or any period since, through the mid-20th century) actually wore yellow ribbons to express such sentiments.via: urban

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Agave flower

Agave plants are perennial, but each rosette flowers once and then dies (semelparity). Some species are known by the name century plant. Each rosette is monocarpic and grows slowly to flower only once. During flowering, a tall stem or "mast" grows from the center of the leaf rosette and bears a large number of short, tubular flowers. After development of fruit, the original plant dies, but suckers are frequently produced from the base of the stem, which become new plants.

They mature very slowly and die after flowering, but are easily propagated by the offsets from the base of the stem.

The agave was a major food source for the prehistoric indigenous people of the Southwestern United States.

Monday, January 6, 2014

quick fix tintype

brother out of focus?