Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

John Baldessari.
at MoMA in 2010-11.
This interview is a good one.

Friday, October 29, 2010


The Everton Mint.
A curious interweaving of food and football brought these about at the tail-end of the 19th century. The legend goes thus: a toffee shop was located near to where the Everton football club developed near Liverpool, and its owner, Molly Bushell (or Busshell), developed the Everton Toffee, which quickly became a favourite among football crowds in the area. When the team moved to Goodison Park in 1892 they found themselves near another toffee shop, belonging to one Mother Nobletts. Rather than copy her rival, Nobletts used the colours of an early Everton team strip as the basis for a new confection - the black and white striped Everton Mint. Bushell eventually out-did Nobletts by winning the right to sell her toffees inside the ground, beginning a tradition of the Toffee Lady as a feature of Everton matches. The team nickname is now The Toffees.

And why post this? Because, in addition to woolens and crockery and natural-bristled brushes, the English make good and pretty candies. And of Amy Sedaris's characters in Strangers With Candy is called CHUCK NOBLETTS!!

Which may lead us to this.
And this.
And this, which could be mildly surprising.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Rachel Carson

Rocky coast section. Ascophyllum.
Illustration for Edge of the Sea, 1955.

Sea lettuce / right: irish moss / animal is leander - common prawn.
Illustration for Edge of the Sea, 1955.

Rachel Louise Carson.
A biologist and environmentalist who continues to contribute to our evolution. She wrote three books on the wonders of the sea and awakened the American public to the dangers of pesticide misuse in her book Silent Spring (1962).

These images are from the Bienecke Library.


iyyyy, Marni.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Northerners

of Sweden (my maternal lineage).
As with many pre-industrial revolution cultures, the citizens of the Swedish provinces made and wore particular clothing that delineated them from one another.
Above, from left: Olandcostume, Blekingcostume, Lappcostume, Varendscostume, Gagnefscostume, Leksandcostume (child), Skedevicostume, Leksandcostume, Vingakerscostume, Osterakerscostume, Hafveröcostume (child), Rättvikscostume.

Rättvik female folk dress includes seven aprons, each for a different occasion for Sunday church, white for funerals. In Skåne a woman might wear up to seven skirts over her aprons, each showing a bit of hem, with the top skirt intended as a head cover should it rain. Undergarments weren't worn, save a linen sark or shift which also served as a nightdress. I'm not sure about bloomers?

The last edict regarding dress disappeared in 1794, five years after the French Revolution. Folks began dressing how they liked and one generation later, in the 1870's, folk costume was for the most part folded and stored away. Men were the first to let their outfits go. Women continued to wear them into the 1920's.

Monday, October 25, 2010

two views

of the historic white pass railway on a grey day.

It seems to me "grey" might refer to the cool grey spectrum and "gray" to the warm gray spectrum.

. . .

There's an exciting new one out on Dec. 1st

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Well, dears, I'm thrilled to tell you that today, for the first time, I saw an ermine. About 5 feet ahead of me, a tiny pure, white slip of a body and black tail's end running across my path! I stopped and stared into the ditch after it, then looked back and forth from the direction it came to the direction it went, whispering out loud "AN ERMINE!!!!!!!!!" Was it a baby? It was less than a third the size of the Leonardo's version.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Reuben Lucius Goldberg

Rube Goldberg (1883-1970).

Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor, author, father, and practical man. Rube studied engineering at University of California, Berkeley and immediately took a job as an engineer with the City of San Francisco Water and Sewers Department. After six months with the city he convinced his father he wanted to be an artist, quit his job and started working as an office boy in the sports department of a San Francisco newspaper where he submitted drawings and cartoons to his editor until he was published a few months later. His work was immediately an outstanding success, the Evening Mail offered him a job, and he moved to New York to draw daily cartoons.

His work demonstrates overly-complex methods of achieving basic results. He said his cartoons were symbols of the human capacity to exert maximum effort to accomplish minimal results. He believed there were two ways to do things: the simple way and the hard way, and that a surprising number of people preferred doing things the hard way. His name is synonymous with any complex program, system or set of rules resulting in a simple task.

A recent Goldberg machine.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

some work

Latifa Echakhch
Frames, 2000-2008

Sam Basu
Undecidability Meme Diffusion, 2007
cardboard bobbins, wire, aluminium, fluorescent light
260 x 185 x 50 cm

Friday, October 15, 2010

To a Mouse

The winning textiles and wallpapers of Timorous Beasties.

Thursday, October 14, 2010