Monday, February 22, 2010

Patrick Dougherty

Patrick Dougherty works with sticks to make fantastic woodland architectural objects. Check out his website here. He uses no nails or glue to make these amazing things! There may be an installation near you! There is one at the Morris Arboretum in Philladelphia (just down the road from my old stomping grounds). I've got to take G there this spring! She will love exploring it. At MA there are also many other cool features, such as the Garden Railway (opening May 29, 2010)and Out on a Limb: a bird's eye view of the place.

For more pictures of PD's work check out Babyology's post.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Modernism is Lonely

I love this blog: Unhappy Hipsters.

"You can come out when you can properly explain the differences between Modernist architecture and postmodern ornamentation."

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Typhoo Tea Cards

I was at the Shakespeare theater recently and picked up a couple of vintage Typhoo tea cards that they had in the gift shop. They are so cool! I love that the tea boxes used to come with these in them to collect. Here's a brief history of tea cards.

You can find sets on ebay and other sites.
SJC drew my attention to this online journal. There are many different topics addressed, all with the aim at encouraging, promoting, and uncovering the artifacts of culture that inspire and embody truth, goodness, and beauty. (The articles vary in quality).

National Civic Art Society

The National Civic Arts Society is a local organization "dedicated to institutional architecture and decoration, memorial design, and community planning in the great tradition." It's an interesting group--I can't say that I whole heartedly agree with them, but they are an interesting group of folks with a lot of opinions. (For example, what does "in the great tradition" even mean? Is this just another ArtRenewal type group (stuck in some "classical" tradition, and not creating anything timely? bleh.) I haven't been able to figure that out yet.

"Since 2002, THE NATIONAL CIVIC ART SOCIETY has nurtured this new counterculture, while challenging fashionable dogmas that have merely served the cause of ugliness. It has sponsored important lectures and symposia as well as exhibitions of painting, sculpture, and architectural drawing. It also has endeavored to bring the new counterculture to policy makers’ attention. The Society will continue to seek the restoration of the classical tradition to its rightful primacy in our nation’s capital, while promoting design that dignifies, rather than degrades, the various realms of human endeavor in city and suburb."


This is such a funny concept! (from Spoon Sisters)

"If you’re favorite song is "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning," then make room on your night table for Clocky. Clocky gives you ONE chance to get up. If you choose to snooze, believe it or not, Clocky will jump right off your night table (up to 3 feet) and wheel around your bedroom looking for a place -- far away from your bed -- to hide, beeping all the while, before sounding his alarm again. And, yes, you WILL have to get out of bed to silence his alarm. The snooze time can be set from 0-9 minutes, so if you set it at "0" Clocky immediately "runs" away. If you want Clocky to be just like every other alarm clock on the block, and stay put on your night table, simply disable his wheels. Moves on wood or carpet. Comes in Almond, Aqua, and Coco - a rich chocolate brown (no longer available). Takes four AAA batteries; batteries not included. Measures 5 1/2 inches L x 3 1/2 inches W x 3 1/2 inches D."

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


This quote is featured on the author Susan Wise Bauer's website. Bauer is writing a several volume history of the world, that has been getting good reviews. She also has written a book called The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education That You Never Had, which looks really interesting as well. 

I love Tuchman, and this quote articulates the reason why. Reading her Guns of August changed my opinion of reading history books altogether. 

Speak with Authority

Typography from Ronnie Bruce on Vimeo.

I absolutely LOVE this! My favorite lines is:

"I have nothing personally invested in my own opinions, okay? 
I'm just inviting you to join me in my uncertainty?"

- Taylor Mali