Splendid Vintage Snaps Of Young Girls With Very Big Hair In The 1980s

The 1980s can be categorized as a decade of excess. The new generation of young people placed a heavy emphasis on individuality, materialism and consumerism, all of which was reflected in the popular fashions and hairstyles of the time. As usual, the music, television and, for the first time, computer industries played a prominent role in determining what styles and trends took off across the... Source
Tags: Fashion, Design, Style, Women, Hair, Female, Retro, Big, 1980s

Pastel inspired branding for Adelina Oliveira

Pastel inspired branding for Adelina Oliveira AoiroStudioMar 25, 2019 I would like to kick off the week with an inspiring branding and graphic design by Nock Design, a brand agency based in Porto, Portugal. Mainly focusing their work in branding, we are featuring their latest project for Adelina Oliveira which is a massage therapist. Not a big fancy brand but an independent entrepreneur who is looking for creating her own brand, really well executed. Fun fact...
Tags: Design, Porto Portugal, Adelina, Bruno Carvalho, Adelina Oliveira, Nock Design

A Garden Bed Grows Up: The Evolution of a Flower Border

I t all started with some leftover manure. Over three years ago, I needed to do something with the remaining composted manure from a gardening project before winter came. Our house is built into a hill. The backyard is lower, making the back deck a half-story above ground level. The previous owners had stuffed some shrubs into a skinny little border along the back, which I had tidied up. But when my daughter created a potager on the south side of the house that extended beyond the deck, it...
Tags: Gardening, Design, David, Sheffield, David Austin, Roses, Poppies, Peony, Rose, Kodiak, Lauren, Camassia, Peonies, Margareta, Tiger Lily, Geranium

Ballet Musicals Are Rare, And Super Demanding

We don’t mean Oklahoma! either, though, yes, there’s a ballet in it. This is something different: “It’s very difficult to cast a ballet musical; the Marie ensemble requires dancers with a strong background in classical ballet, but also the ability to sing — while on pointe! — and act. ‘They’re rare,’ said Stroman, ‘but it makes them even more special.'” – Seattle Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Oklahoma, Marie, Stroman, 03.22.19

In The WGA Versus The Talent Agencies, Showrunners And Screenwriters Back Their Union

The issues concern who gets fees for packaging TV shows and movies (the agents get those fees now), and whether agencies have conflicts of interest around certain shows. But the point is that “the letter of support issued Saturday is significant because of the immense clout showrunners and prominent screenwriters possess in Hollywood.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, WGA, 03.23.19

R2-D2 Observatory

Observatory building in Zweibrucken, Germany renovated and painted to look like R2-D2 droid from the Star Wars universe. Star Wars R2-D2 Observatory created by university professor Hubert Zitt and students of the Hochschule Kaiserslautern. Also check out: Star Wars R2-D2 Sweate
Tags: Design, Inspiration, Observatory, Hubert Zitt, Zweibrucken Germany

Our Visit With the Traditional Ikat Weaving Artisans In Amami Ōshima, Japan

Celebrating an historic Japanese craft at risk of being forgotten It’s not surprising that Japan and its incredible craft culture is changing along with that in other parts of the world, with new techniques, often enabled by technology, creating similar products to those painstakingly created by hand. Companies that have been in business for hundreds of years, often family owned, are increasingly giving up their …
Tags: Japan, Design, Textiles, Weaving, Dyeing, Ikat, Amami Oshima, Artisanal Craft, Amami Ōshima Japan

How Miami Became A Book Town

Mitchell Kaplan founded Books & Books in 1982, a time when Miami was seen as a place of drug running, diet culture, and political unrest – and certainly not literary culture. But, well, “thirty-seven years, an international book fair and eight additional locations later, Kaplan is celebrated as the man who turned Miami into a book town, and one of the foremost literary centers in the world.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Miami, Words, Kaplan, Mitchell Kaplan, Books Books, 03.22.19

Many American Film Critics Missed This, But ‘Suspiria’ Is About The Guilt At The Heart Of German History

The more German history you know – no, not only about the Nazis, but yes also about the Nazis – the more you’ll understand how very, very much cultural work this movie is doing. The movie “explores the trauma of our world by embedding [a] fable in a historical past which holds terrifying prospects for our future.” – Medium
Tags: Art, Media, Nazis, 03.23.19

Winner-Take-All Urbanism (Hey, Amazon HQ) Leaves A Lot Of Cities Behind

What can be done for the non-New Yorks, the non-San Franciscos, the non-Seattles? “Left to their own fate, state and local policymakers often end up shoveling money at companies in the hope of attracting future investment. It isn’t working. For today’s left-behind communities to bounce back, the federal government has to act.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas, New Yorks, Amazon HQ, 03.24.19

Is All Hope Gone For Hastings Pier?

This story has a lot of questions attached, about money and selling to someone who has had other companies go bad, etc., but – “First, it’s worth asking why piers in general are so troublesome and troubled – for tales of burning, failing, closing piers, or of piers falling into questionable hands, or any news item enabling the headline “The End of the Pier Show”, have become part of the national story. There is the decades-long struggle to rescue the rusting remnants of the West Pier at Brighto...
Tags: Art, Brighton, Blackpool, Visual, Hastings, Colwyn Bay, 03.24.19, West Pier

The Most Expensive Thing To Buy Now Is Human Interaction

The poor and middle-class can’t escape screens, and the data they hoover up both mindlessly and with (scary) intention. But the rich can, and do. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.23.19

The Office Of The Architect Chosen For Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Has Some Terrible Intern Practices

Junya Ishigami + Associates allegedly sent an email to a student interested in interning in their Tokyo office laying out the conditions for internship: “No pay, a six-day working week and office hours that run from 11am until midnight. The placements were described as lasting between two and three months (‘or more’), with interns required to bring their own computer equipment and software.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Tokyo, Visual, Junya Ishigami Associates, 03.22.19

The Art World Is Finally Responding To Older African American Artists

Well, indeed: “‘There has been a whole parallel universe that existed that people had not tapped into,’ said Valerie Cassel Oliver, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.” For some of the artists, the attention can feel like a bit of a mixed blessing, but the advantages are strong. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Richmond, Visual, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 03.23.19, Valerie Cassel Oliver

Wait, Who Exactly Is The Real-World Analogue To The Baddies In The Most Recent Marvel Movie?

Spoiler alert, perhaps obviously. But really, whom are the Kree meant to represent? It’s unclear, or variable, perhaps, but for sure: “The Kree become a scapegoat, an oppressive empire that oppresses the oppressed.” – Los Angeles Review of Books
Tags: Art, Ideas, Kree, 03.21.19

Dave Frishberg Is 86

And there’s not enough – hardly any – video of him performing, but here’s one. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Dave Frishberg, 03.23.19

25 Of The World’s Best Drone Photos Of 2018

People’s Choice Prize, “Red Train” sebastianmzh Every year photographers from all over the world compete in the annual drone photography competition organized by SkyPixel. The participants compete in two main categories, video and photography, and the winners receive over $12,000 worth of photography gear. This year German photographer Deryk Baumgärtner’s photo of the Saint Michael’s Mount won the... Source
Tags: Design, Michael, Mount, Deryk Baumgärtner

Birmingham’s Young, Popular, Fiery Conductor Says British Orchestras Don’t Have An Easy Life

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla became the music director for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2016. She says, “British orchestras, the CBSO included, don’t have an easy life. They work very hard, very fast. They don’t have the government support you get in, say, Germany or Austria or elsewhere. Or the rehearsal time.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, Germany, Austria, Birmingham, CBSO, Mirga Gražinytė Tyla, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, 03.23.19

Amazing Japanese Cardboard Artist Transforms Old Boxes Into Tanks, Gundams, Space Ships, And More!

Monami Ono, a graduate of the Osaka University of the Arts who studied 3D animation and now specializes in amazing cardboard artistry, may simply be the best, however. The talented and award-winning artist from Wakayama Prefecture’s hobby for practicing animation on cardboard boxes has turned into a full-time craft, landing her appearances on Japanese television, workshop appearances... Source
Tags: Japan, Design, Culture, Craft, Cardboard, Wakayama Prefecture, Gundam, Monami Ono, Osaka University of the Arts

Barbra Streisand Said Some Pretty Bad Stuff In An Interview

Today, she apologized for much of the interview wherein she blamed the parents of the men who say Michael Jackson abused them when they were kids, and saying such things as “You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard say, they were thrilled to be there. … They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Michael Jackson, Issues, 03.23.19

Gaillard With Parker, Gillespie, Marmarosa, et al

Here’s a gathering of 1940s Los Angeles all-stars. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Ajblogs, Gaillard, 03.21.19, Parker Gillespie Marmarosa

San Francisco Symphony Musicians Announce Their Support For Striking Colleagues In Chicago

They are supposed to perform in Chicago on Tuesday, but they say they “will join striking Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians on the picket line if the labor conflict hasn’t been settled by then.” (They already sent a letter of support, but this is a bit more direct.) – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Music, San Francisco, Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 03.22.19

This Artist Turns Old Pocket Watches Into Miniature Steampunk Worlds, And The Result Is Fascinating

Greek artist Gregory Grozos is on a quest to prove that watches can do much more than just tick. They can fit entire worlds inside them. “I call my creations ‘miniature worlds’ because that is what I exactly aim them to be,” Gregory writes. “I try to make each work as detailed and complete as a tiny world would need to be in order to be called a world.” More: Source
Tags: Jewelry, Design, Steampunk, Watches, Micro, Gregory, Miniature, Gregory Grozos

We Need To Talk About The Author Of ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’

Charlotte Perkins Gilman has become a go-to feminist author with her clear, understandable, and terrifying short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” forgotten after her death but rediscovered in the 1970s. But she wrote a lot of nonfiction as well. In that writing, “she accused non-white immigrants of ‘diluting’ the racial purity of America and advocated for a government-run, slavery-adjacent system of forced labor, which she called ‘enlistment,’ for black Americans.” – LitHub
Tags: Art, America, Words, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 03.21.19

City Lights: The Little Bookshop That Could

As Lawrence Ferlinghetti turns 100, a tribute to the first decade and a half of the beloved bookstore he founded. – Jan Herman
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 03.22.19

It Wasn’t Easy Being An Actor In The 19th Century

Just ask Sarah Bernhardt, or her greatest rival. “Technological advantages like the steam locomotive and gas lighting made it possible for acting companies and star performers to reach larger and more varied audiences than they ever had before. At the same time, actors and the playwrights who wrote for them began to move from productions that prized flamboyant gestures and histrionic speeches toward those that championed a more naturalistic and intimate performance style.” – American Theatre ...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Sarah Bernhardt, 03.21.19

The Guggenheim Won’t Accept New Sackler Family Gifts Either

The move comes after Britain’s National Portrait Gallery and Tate (all of them) said the same thing. “The Guggenheim announced its decision on Friday in a brief statement that did not mention the opioid crisis or Mr. Sackler’s past on the museum’s board. A museum spokeswoman declined on Friday night to explain its rationale for the move or its decision-making process.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Britain, National Portrait Gallery, Guggenheim, Visual, Tate, Sackler, 03.22.19

Listen Up

Mitski covers Bleachers, Lizzo and Missy collaborate on a banger, Tame Impala returns and more Lizzo + Missy Elliott: Tempo Lizzo and Missy Elliott have teamed up for an absolute banger with “Tempo.” With a beat that’s reminiscent of an early 2000s hip-hop club anthem, it’s a celebration of thick women: “Slow songs, they for skinny hoes / Can’t move all of this here to …
Tags: Design, Disco, Tame Impala, Hip-hop, Listenup, Electronic, Lizzo, Mitski, Missy Elliott, Missy, Flume, Louis Cole, Listen Up, Lizzo Missy Elliott, Bleachers Lizzo

Here, Meet The Whiting Award Winners

What’s the Whiting Award – and who are these people? (It’s a $50,000 award for early-career writers, so no surprise you don’t know most of them yet.) – NPR
Tags: Art, Words, 03.20.19

The Elton John Biopic Will Be Rated R, Probably, For An ‘Intimate’ Scene (And For Drugs)

Of course it’s not because that intimate scene has two men in it. No, no, of course not. It’s … the swearing. And the drugs. “According to one source close to the production, filmmakers and Paramount are in discussions about the love scene, which has the F-word several times and includes brief rear nudity, and someone snorting cocaine.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Paramount, Issues, 03.22.19

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