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In honor of this great holiday I’d like to talk about The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, a 25 day long event that is held every October leading up to Halloween. It features about 5,000 hand carved pumpkins arranged into crazy sculptures, like dinosaurs, sea monsters and a gigantic tunnel walk way of twinkling jack o’lanterns. Basically this is the best use of pumpkin carving ever. The event is Held in Croton, NY and is open to the public, tickets are available through the Blaze’s website. I may need to go see these jack o’lanterns in person.
More amazing photos after the jump. (more…)
I both love and hate these adorable sandpaper sculptures by Mandy Smith. I love the tiny scale of the objects and the impressive amount of skill required to fold and form a medium as unforgiving as sandpaper into such intricate shapes. The only thing I can’t stand is how uncomfortable these marvelous little pieces make me. Sandpaper bikini? No thank you. Sand Paper shoes? Nope. Sand paper toilet paper? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Interesting art that brings up a lot of questions and feelings you’d rather not think about? Yes, very much so. But I’ll forgive the artist for making me uncomfortable because these pieces are both cute and funny and they remind me of Meret Oppenhiem’s Object.
More images after the jump!
Black Widow Martini – serves 4
- 4 oz black currant juice
- 2 oz cassis
- 8 oz good silver tequila
- Juice of two limes
- handful of ice
- Black salt for rim
- Blackberries to garnish (they look like spider eggs – EEK!)
- pour currant juice, cassis, tequila, lime juice in a pitcher.
- Garnish glasses. On a plate pour a few tablespoons of black salt. Rub a lime wedge around outer rim of glass to wet, then dip in the salt.
- Pour enough of the juice mix for 1 margarita in a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice and shake for 45 seconds.
- Pour & serve!
**TIP** mixing cocktail ingredients prior to a party minus the ice is a sure fire way to make cocktail mixing much easier once a party gets started.
The design team took a quick trip into NYC last Thursday afternoon to check out the Museum of Arts and Design. While the entire museum was full of great exhibits, our favorite was Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design, the exhibit “examines a range of technical trends in contemporary woodworking that challenge the usual way we look at this material.” The exhibit took over 2 floors of the museum and show cased a range of pieces form sculpture to wall art for furniture. Some pieces were sanded and polish while others remained rough hewn and natural. The exhibit was a comprehensive display of just about every woodworking technique imaginable form steam bending to joinery, check out our photos after the jump.
As usual the tri-anual antique market in Brimfield, Massachusetts was an overwhelming and awesome personification of the old saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Three times every year the sleepy little town of Brimfield is taken over by vendors in tents selling everything form mid century modern furniture to toys to spices. There is literally something for everyone. As a first time Brimfield visitor I must admit I had seriously underestimated the scale of the market, I assumed a couple of fields filled with neat old stuff, no, very wrong. Brimfield stretches down the road for at least a mile on both sides of the street, and there is more neat old stuff than i could possibly have imagined. Sensory overload in the best possible way. Check out some images of the trip after the jump!
Teroforma is a design company based in South Norwalk Connecticut that creates thoughtfully crafted objects for the table and home. Established in 2006 by Anna and Andrew Hellman as a way to meet interesting people, see new places and create beautiful things. We are currently searching for a few interns to join our team for the fall semester.
Public Relations/Social Media: Primary role to support public relations and social media efforts including: writing press materials, creating media lists, conducting research and case studies, monitoring and scheduling social media content and some administrative duties. Please send your resume electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graphic Designer: Providing key support to the graphic and product design teams. Duties will include: Editing images for print and web; creation of assets for social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; cataloging image assets; assisting on photo shoots; creation of email campaigns under direction of graphic designer. Knowledge of CS6 is essential and position will require some administrative tasks as well. Please send your resume electronically to email@example.com.
Financial Analyst Intern: Providing sales analysis support to all members of the sales team; price monitoring, creating pricing models and strategies based on sales history and industry standards; providing assistance in compiling and creating reports; conducting business development research; and handling administrative duties. Please send your resume electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ecommerce/Web Development Intern: Providing support to the ecommerce team; creating product pages, keeping digital resource library current; providing assistance in the coordination and launch of promotions; conducting research on ecommerce trends; developing documentation and handling administrative duties. Familiarity with WordPress and some HTML is ideal, but not required. Please send your resume electronically to email@example.com
- Must be able to receive and provide proof of academic credit; this is an unpaid position
- Students must be able to commit 15-20 hours per week
- Students need to have own transportation methods
We started the Labor Day Weekend off right with a Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Cake! This scrumptious cake includes fresh blueberries and lemon zest, perfect for a Sunday morning get together (or breakfast Friday’s at the office).
Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Cake
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tsp. lemon zest or more; or zest from one lemon
7/8 cup sugar
1 tbsp. sugar for top
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour (set aside ¼ cup to toss w/blueberries)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
½ cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter with lemon zest and 7/8 cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Toss the blueberries in a separate bowl with ¼ cup flour. Whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the batter a little at a time, alternating with the buttermilk. Fold in the blueberries. Butter a 9-inch square baking dish, spread batter into the pan and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 35-45 minutes. Stick a toothpick in the center and if it comes out clean, it’s done, if not, stick it back in the oven for 5-10 minutes. Let cool and serve!
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I LOVE these illustrations by Amy Hamilton. Amy is a graphic design student in Ontario with a passion for illustration, she sites her inspiration as nature (which definitely comes through in her work). The pieces feature various animals which are a lovely combination of loose, splattered and dripping colors and tight, refined details. These furry and feathered subjects appear soft and life-like. The pieces are beautiful, no doubt Amy has a successful design and illustration career ahead of her.
Her pieces are on sale at Society6 here.
More images after the jump.
Singapore based photographer, Fong Qi Wei, has created a new way to depict the passage over time with a photo in his latest work “Time is a Dimension.” His process involves shooting the same scene from the exact same position for a 2 to 4 hour period. Wei then digitally splices the images together to show the change in light and color; he typically works at sun rise of sunset to achieve more dramatic effects.
I love the beautiful gradation of the sky in all of these images, the blues are spectacular. Wei’s decision to merge the images together in a geometric fashion, allowing the edges to remain sharp and distinct really adds to the artistic feeling of the photos and makes them pretty mesmerizing to look at.
See more about his process here.
More images after the jump.