Somehow, I linked to the sculptural crochet primer, which is completely delightful (and makes me want to crochet my own “specimens”) and after clicking through diy sites upon diy sites, i stumbled onto gold. SuperNaturale is dedicated to do-it-yourself culture and the first I’ve seen that is not completely overwhelming, beautifully designed, and has well edited content. Probably because it was created by members of the design studio FLAT, whose work I am also digging.
Other diy sites to remember: makeworkshop.com, craftster.org, blog.craftzine.com, instructables.com, diylife.com, diycitymag.com
“The End” – Bert Rodriguez
I stepped in the elevator to exit the exhibit, the doors close to connect into the words “The End” while old movie finale music played in the elevator. What a nice surprise and nostalgic way to finish the biennial. Also his installation in the very ornate room at the Park Armory was a white cube office where he gave therapy sessions to visitors. I enjoy his approach and use of the space.
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Discovering this charming, cozy bookstore was like finding buried treasure. Julie and I ended up spending almost 3 hours inside! They have a well edited selection of used and antique books. The adorable children’s room in the back feels like a reading meadow with a tree growing in one corner. Mary the store co-owner who lives right upstairs was very friendly and before we left told us about Bob the cat who is currently sailing to Greenland with the bookstore’s office manager and Proteus the iceberg, plans for a future hidden bookshelf door (supercool!), and surprised us with the register desk they built that is also a home and little library for their resident mouse.
I saw the shopping bag on the subway yesterday, googled it, found the photos and MUST one day go to Tokyo or Taiwan and go shopping at Tokyu Hands, the “creative life store.” It is apparently a mecca of anything and everything for crafters, hobbyists, DIY type people. I could live in a store like this..
Some cool sites I came across from the tokyu hands search:
Superfuture, Asking for Trouble, This is the life.com
happened to pass here on friday and also Nicky had told me about this store months ago. Recently, they’ve been giving free classes on furoshiki, japanese cloth wrapping every wednesday, though it’s pretty random since the owner goes back and forth between ny and japan, but when she’s in soho will give free workshops on various japanese crafts!