paperhand puppets : invisible earth

Posted: August 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: art, design, handmade, paper, places | No Comments »


Paperhand Puppets Intervention puts on some seriously impressive performances with their large scale puppets and sculptures. Based in North Carolina, they’ve been putting on a summer show for the last fourteen years. This summer, it’s called “Invisible Earth” and these are photos of the performance, taken by Lee Capps Photography. Looks incredible!

Here’s Paperhand’s intriguing description of this summer’s production:

A paradoxical pageant of hope, impending doom and planetary possibilities.  The Monkeys of the Modern World, explore the workings of the world and ask; What is our nature? Are we creators or buffoons? Are we evolving?  The great unfolding mystery of the Invisible Earth is upon us!  Featuring the Dance of Domestication and a cast of goats, chickens, pigs and trilobites.  New this year, music created by critically acclaimed composer Ari Picker of Lost in the Trees and an all new Paperhand band.  Join us for an evening of exploration, enchantment, and ancient creatures!

Using giant puppets, masks, stilts, painted flats, junk, and paper-cut shadows, Paperhand tells stories that reflect our humanity (or lack there of) back to us, hoping to inspire people of all ages toward a better world.












(*via Children’s Illustration)

geometric earrings : hand & machine

Posted: August 7th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: apparel, design, handmade | No Comments »


Fun earrings find on Etsy from the shop, Hand & Machine, made from recycled scrap wood and hand-painted. Range from $15-20 with loads of good reviews. I’m thinking these seafoam ones…



rambharos jha : waterlife

Posted: August 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: art, books, design, handmade, illustration, kids, things | Tags: | No Comments »


Waterlife is a silk-screen book, printed by hand on handmade paper with natural dyes in Chennai, India. It is published by Tara Books. There are 3,000 hand-numbered copies available. Author and illustrator Rambharos Jha uses a traditional style of folk painting known as Mithila. Remarkable. You can also find it on Amazon.







(*via Brain Pickings)

hosted by (no subject) : create + cultivate

Posted: July 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: apparel, biz, design, handmade, places | No Comments »


I spent a great day with the folks of (no subject) at one of their Create + Cultivate workshops, in Portland this past weekend. It is a way to meet other creative-type business folks, learn some new things and hear about other business owners and their work.

I particularly enjoyed a workshop led by Betsy of Betsy + Iwa, a great jewelry biz; a talk by Emma Mcilroy, CEO of Wildfang, the online (and soon retail) shop for all things tomboy (check it out, it’s a great business concept); cocktail-making with Art in the Age spirits; plus a delicious dinner catered by Yakuza.

Great to meet some interesting folks and to enjoy a day of making and treats. They’ve got an upcoming workshop scheduled for Brooklyn soon — more info here.



hopewell : handmade quilts

Posted: July 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: art, design, handmade, things, wedding gifts | No Comments »


Eliza Kenan and Claire Oswalt are the designers and makers behind Hopewell, a Los Angeles-based quilt shop that launched online in June. Great color studies, 100% cotton and even some machine washable options. Prices range from $150-$395.





(*via Honeyed Figs)

grain : handwoven textiles

Posted: May 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: art, design, handmade, home, things, wedding gifts | Tags: | No Comments »


Grain is now offering these beautiful handwoven pillows and bath towels, made in collaboration with artists in Guatemala. The colors are produced through a natural dye process using leaves, flowers, seeds, barks, and roots of indigenous plants of the Guatemalan Highlands. Prices range from $18-145.





animated short : the history of typography

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: handmade, lettering and fonts | No Comments »

This is visually entertaining and also a handy brief on how type faces developed through history, made in stop-motion by graphic designer Ben Barrett-Forrest. Enjoy as much of it as you like!

(*via FastCo)

handcrafted jewelry : bario neal

Posted: May 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: design, handmade, things, weddings | Tags: | No Comments »

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I love the latest work from Bario Neal, the Philly-based jewelry design studio. All of their pieces are made from reclaimed precious metals and ethically sourced stones.

They have an online shop full of beautiful wedding bands, engagement rings, earrings, bracelets and pendants. They are also available for custom work.

Above, enamel bracelet in yellow gold, $315.

Below, sapphire slice earrings, $500. Senna round ring with rough diamond, $740. Narrow band with diamond, $390. Herringbone pendant, $64. Boma hoops, $104.

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(*via Unruly Things)

constellation table runner : how-to

Posted: April 29th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: design, handmade, home, things | Tags: | No Comments »


This qualifies as over-achieving but if you’re inclined, Design Sponge posted a complete how-to for embroidering this constellation table runner. Get to it people!

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abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz : job & gradus wouters

Posted: April 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: design, handmade, lettering and fonts | 1 Comment »

Designer/artist Job Wouters and his son, Gradus tackle the alphabet in this fun video piece, “abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz“. Gotta say, I am INTO that kid’s writing style. So much more fun to watch than his pop. It’s worth hanging on for the w.

Film by Roel Wouters. Thanks to Elizabeth for the heads up about this!