Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Two Artists of Note

Gustav(e) Bauman and Kawase Hasui are two artists that I recently ran across at the National Gallery. Hasui's original prints are still on the market, and quite reasonable. One can find Baumans on the market, but the prices are out of my league. There are some high quality reproductions available in the $25 range though.

Anyhow, both artists worked in the early 20th Century in woodblock printing. It's interesting to note the similarities and clear cross pollination of ideas between the two. Bauman worked mainly in the United States in the Southwest, and Hasui was Japanese. Their prints are both exquisite. Hasui's prints showing Western influence by including a light source in many (more traditional Asian art is generally marked by it's lack of light source), and Bauman picks up on the simplicity, and linear qualities usually associated with Asian art. Both draw on nature for their subject matter.


ArtCyclopedia is very good for looking up artists, etc. They also have a cache of MasterScans, high qulaity scans of art.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Michael Michaud

I was recently at The National Gallery of Art's gift shop, and I found these wonderful napkin rings and trivets (Table Art). I looked up Michael Michaud online, and found that he makes the most exquisite jewelry too (his line is called Silver Seasons).

Hot Pads

Another very cool site that allows you to access hoards of information on different localities (even if you aren't looking for an apartment to rent).

Concert Vault

For those serious music lovers amongst you. My friend, JW, sent me this link.

Share the experience. We took cues from our listeners and have expanded the Vault Radio Feedback page into a fully realized community. In the Concert Vault you can personally rate each concert, see what others think, and meet kindred souls in the Concert Vault Forum.

How do you do it? We've transferred these aging, but well-preserved, tape archives to highest-quality digital formats using the best tools available, and we have carefully catalogued everything.

The Concert Vault is fully licensed by BMI, ASCAP and SESAC, and we pay these performance rights organizations every time you listen to a concert. The license fees make their way back to the performers that made the music. One of our top priorities will always be to make sure that the artists are compensated for their performances.

Yes, downloads are coming! We still have a few details to work out, but plan to begin offering music downloads in the next three to four months. Stay tuned for updates and announcements. Registered Concert Vault listeners will be the first to know.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Textile Arts

MP just sent me this link to Textile Arts, a site that features Scandinavian designs from MARIMEKKO. They sell fabric, accessories, and fabric stretching frames.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Blank Bible

KL forwarded this link to me. What a cool idea. Jonathan Edwards (I think) made his own, you can too. This site suggests ways to create your own blank Bible--meaning blank leave b/w each Bible page. This would be great for devotions, etc. At NHPCA though, you'd have to interspurse more than one sheet if you wanted to use it for sermon notes!

Social Security Administration: Baby Names

This is a link to the Social Security Administration's website. They list the top baby names by year. You can even go back as far as 1880. John and Mary had a hold on the top two slots until at least 1900. I got tired of looking after that, so I am not sure how long their reign lasted!