Etsy finds: Uloni’s crochet sculptures

May 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve been following this Etsy shop since my first days in Etsy. And I am always amazed by Uloni‘s creativity. She takes a most traditional, if not boring, medium (crochet) and completely reinvents it.

Crochet necklace - Lavender cocoonCrochet sculpture - White magmaCrochet brooch - Cosy crumble

The forms she creates are organic, fluid and sometimes almost alive. And always unique. In fact, they are never replicated and once they leave the shop you can never find them again. thankfully, here is some of her best past work, from her flickr account:

Uloni's crochet scultures in a vatUloni crochet necklaceUloni's crochet bracelet

Truly one of a kind.

Etsy finds: retrowhale’s indie portraits (and more)

May 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Who’s your favorite writer? Your favorite movie director? Your favorite band? Animal? Chances are that retrowhale has already created a quirky drawing of them in a wood panel. The discovery that lead me to this shop was this portrait series of writers: Hunter S Thompson, Charles Bukowski, Silvia Plath and Jack Kerouac. Amazing, huh?

american writers

Or you can go all nouvelle vague and get a set of french directors:

french directors

And if this sounds a tad pretentious to you, there is lots of pop culture to choose from, too. For example this series of (mainly John Hughes) 80’s teen movies:

John Hughes movies

Or choose your favorite music band out of these almost infographic illustrations:

music bands

The rest you have to discover by yourselves!

Etsy finds: Claudia Varosio’s movie posters

April 27, 2011 § 1 Comment

This shop is a true find for the cinephiles. Claudia Varosio creates custom posters for some of cinema’s most iconic movies.

reservoir dogs

Minimal, wonderfully designed and coloured, these posters vary from the conceptual to the whimsical.

Manhattan

magnolia

Also of note are Claudia’s series of cut-out paper dolls: the dude, Margot Tenenbaum, David Bowie and other surprising personalities.

the dude

Etsy finds: animal kingdom

April 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s a jungle out there…

etsy finds animal kingdom

Etsy finds animal kingdom treasury list:

  1. What are you afraid of – Sculpture by alfalfalovesme
  2. the strange planet by thegoodmachinery
  3. Fred- Large Moose Trophy- White by CardboardSafari
  4. Mook with Aardvark Mask by ilovegreyskies
  5. Elebee (Elephant Bee)– Contemporary Folk Art Ornament– MADE TO ORDER by cartbeforethehorse
  6. Handmade Fabric Jewel Beetle Soft Sculpture – Coleoptera Made to Order by BlueTerracotta
  7. Smoking chicken… by OhMafelt
  8. Piergiorgio the whale – Handmade in Italy by contemori
  9. Orwell Clutch – Penny Copper Piggy Purse by tsurubride
  10. Retro rhinestone sparrow hat by janinebasil
  11. Rusty Foks by celapiu
  12. House Fly Pin by annarubyking
  13. The Lovely Kitten Tee – Made to order by ThePetiteChouette
  14. Heather Grey L/S Sweatshirt – Golden Owl by sealmaiden
  15. Animal Farm (series of 3) by MissCrowland
  16. Octopus silk screened cotton canvas throw pillow 18 inch black by utilitarianfranchise

Read it elsewhere

March 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Beatles, Social Media and more Japan aid:

  • For mixtape nostalgics: Stereolizer is the app that turns your iPad into an 80’s cassette player – wired
  • Etsy users find themselves exposed to world as a result of the new privacy policy – boingboing
  • Taking a stand on the McCartney – Lennon feud – Though Catalog
  • In other Beatles news Apple files to trademark the old Beatles Apple Logo – patently apple
  • Fear of missing out in the social media – caterina.net via swissmiss
  • Isn’t that a surprise: poor countries have more digital piracy – boingboing
  • Happy people stick together in Twitter (so do the miserable also) – mashable
  • The history of web browser (infograph) – bit rebels
  • More designers come to the aid of Japan – this is colosal & imprint

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Etsy finds: geometries

March 13, 2011 § 1 Comment

Geometry is an endless source of inspiration from Ancient Greece, to tribal design to futuristic shapes. You simply cannot go wrong with geometrical shapes.

etsy finds geometriesGeometries etsy treasury list:

Etsy finds: helvetica

February 25, 2011 § 3 Comments

If you’ve ever met a designer you’ll know that they only worship one thing: helvetica,the sans-serif typeface that made history. It is of no surprise then that all those crafters at Etsy have created beautiful objects with it.

Etsy finds: helvetica

I ❤ helvetica etsy treasury list:

  1. ASCII Heart Necklace by bekathwia
  2. helvetica typography acrylic necklace (red) by plastique
  3. Large Wood letter D by Hindsvik
  4. Uppercase Scarf by TheLittleFactory
  5. perpetual necklace – 8am by ofmatter
  6. END WAR html by punkpatriot
  7. Hellvetica Moleskine – Lined, Screenprinted by VictoriaGabrielle
  8. Urban Throw Pillow – Style no17 – NYC – Pillow Cover Only by NestaHome
  9. Helvetica for Typography Nerds – Choose your letter and color by Cupcakes and Mace
  10. Doodle jewelry / Connect the numbers necklace in silver by tickette
  11. Type Nerd 4-Color Process Card Pack of 6 by ShedLetterpress
  12. You and Me – Ampersand pendant by melaniefavreau
  13. Spell It Out for Me Clock by chromalab
  14. Ctrl Alt Del – Black and White Typography Word Art – 8×10 by colorbee
  15. TYPO-BAG: Helvetica by caratterino
  16. Helvetica Hello Kraft/Ice Blue Note Cards by madebygood

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Wasted time

February 18, 2011 § 3 Comments

We are huge procrastinators. As such, we don’t believe that there is such a thing as wasted time. No time is wasted, no matter the activity.

Alyson Provax, however, is self-conscious about it. She has created this witty series of one-liners, documenting the time she spent not being productive:

4 minutes reliving embarrassing memories

You can buy her print at her etsy shop. See more wasted time experiments after the jump.

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Etsy finds: life’s a stitch

February 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

What I love about the hand-craft movement is how it has reinvented old crafts. Take embroidery, for example. It’s no longer just for grandmothers and old maids. Just look at these quirky stitches that find inspiration from such diverse sources as music from the Pixies and Tears for Fears, the paintings of Frida Kahlo, human anatomy, Twitter, and toilet etiquette:

etsy finds: life's a stitch

Life’s a stitch Etsy treasury list:

Etsy finds: origami fashion

February 11, 2011 § 2 Comments

If there is a place for origami in MIT and in space, then there is definitely place for it in fashion:

Etsy finds: origami fashion

Origami fashion: folds, ripples, pleats, drapes etsy treasury list:

  1. Honeycomb MADE TO ORDER by emilyryan
  2. Grey Origami Fabric Necklace by chomelchomel
  3. Rippled by MQuin
  4. Origami Charcoal Top by LaBronz
  5. Origami kurukuru necklace B/W by Homako
  6. check print. kimono dolly. soft pleats top. by annyschoo
  7. Medium Eggplant Leather Petals by HakNik
  8. Pleated Batwing Tunic by emilyryan
  9. cropped double t-shirt dress by takeoffyourclothes
  10. CUORE Wave Statement Neckpiece – Cowl – Snood – Scarf in Pebble Grey by giia
  11. Origami Curve Tunic Black color by isabelamyo
  12. Red Recycled Origami Clutch by Relogyyy
  13. starburst clutch – metallic by yorktownroad
  14. Ruffle Dress by lizarietz
  15. Ninfea in black. Vegan bag by ninu
  16. Folded Top for Fall black white grey by outofline

January wrap up

January 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

January has been a month of obsessions.

Obsession number 1: the ephemeral. Unlikely collections, elaborate bento boxes, etsy treasury lists inspired by chalk writings on a blackboard and Polaroid snapshots. We just love the beauty in everyday things that shines for an instance and then quickly vanishes.

Obsession number 2: colors. We’ve spent hours aimlessly searching for flickr images by color. We ‘ve noticed the large gap between how men and women describe colors. We’ve tried to sense colors in their complete absence. And we heard colors synesthetically in the music of John Coltrane.

Obsession number 3: maps. We’ve roamed the streets of New York through Hip-Hop lyrics. We’ve revisited our childhood homes. We’ve compared our countries to the rest of the world. And we finished things off by completely deconstructing the map.

Etsy finds: snap it in an instance

January 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

Our obsession with the ephemeral is going strong. And nothing captures the trivial and the ephemeral better than an instant snapshot from a Polaroid camera.

etsy treasury list: snap it in an instance

Snap it in an instance etsy treasury list:

  1. Polaroid Camera vintage style brass cuff bracelet by uniqueartpendants
  2. Polaroid Coaster – Pink Monsta by justnoey
  3. remember this album by OneFineDae
  4. Aqua Polaroid Plush Camera by onelatenight
  5. Polaroid Wood Brooch by craftyfolk
  6. We Belong – Polaroid Love Card by lilyjanestationery
  7. Polaroid SX-70 ring (Pick Your Color) by cbtscloset
  8. Snapshot Necklace – Small by amybsjewelry
  9. Snapshot Earrings by amybsjewelry
  10. Polaroid postcard by GrandmaAndTheGnome
  11. embroidered polaroid pocket journal by nowvember
  12. Polaroid Camera Brooch by pannikin
  13. Polaroid – iPhone 4 Decor Decal Skin Sticker by decalsworldofapple
  14. Giant Coaster Table & Wall Art . Polaroid Camera by blueorder
  15. polaroid camera stud earrings by wishbowl
  16. Once Upon A Polaroid Brooch by TillyBloom

Etsy finds: put a chalk on it

January 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

We’re celebrating the ephemeral in it’s a small web.  What’s more ephemeral than writing on chalkboards?

put a chalk on it

Put a chalk on it etsy treasury list:

  1. Shabby French Country Black Chalkboard Plaque by takintime
  2. Your Face Here Chalkboard ceramic silhouette of YOU by cravenhome
  3. Magnetic Chalkboard- Black in Unique Silver-Gray Frame by chalknotes
  4. The Original Chalk Board Horse – Cassatt by HoundstoothDesign
  5. Chalkboard Wall Calendar with Memo – Vinyl Wall Decal by SimpleShapes
  6. Steely gray chalkboard skull by iamhome
  7. Blackboard, ring by Evrydiki
  8. Chalkboard Votive Holders – Set of 2, includes two soy tea lights by ClassyChicBoutique
  9. French Country Shabby Chic Italian Glass 1 L Bottle w/ Chalkboard Tag by takintime
  10. Chalkboard Black Distressed Pendant Banner System – 5 Piece by letsplaytag
  11. Chalkboard Coasters – Set of 4 by ClassyChicBoutique
  12. Chalkboard Piggy Bank by artas
  13. CREAM Burlap Chalk Cloth Tag – original design – REUSABLE – 4 per set by bluepearls
  14. Upcycled Chalkboard Globe by sparrow
  15. Chalk Label Storage Jars by Hindsvik
  16. Chalkboard Ornament by darlingnikki41

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