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Floating Fiber Archipelagoes

Posted on: Saturday, March 29, 2008

Archipel, May 2007 (Laure Kasiers)

I love these fiber archipelagoes created by textile designer Laure Kasiers. Her work was brought to my attention by my moss installation artist friend Edina Tokodi. The carpet is part of a collection made from trimming fringes which are rolled up and glued. This hypnotic process reminds me of the raked sand in Japanese meditation gardens.

Passive Swedish Eco-Houses

Posted on: Thursday, March 27, 2008

I love this passive, low energy circular prefab house by Kjellgren Kaninsky Architecure. Passive houses are designed in such a way that they maximize on the existing heat that circulates through the structure - not to mention being efficiently insulated. This model seems reminiscent a modern day yurt or an above ground kiva.

via dezeen

'Entwined' by The Campana Brothers

Posted on: Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Trans...chair, Made by Estudio Campana, Brazil, 2007; Iron structure, wicker, plastic and rubber found objects

The fabulous boys from Brazil, the Campana Brothers, have co-curated a texturally rich and fiber fanciful exhibit as part of the Cooper Hewitt's next installment of guest curators hand-picking works from their historical permanent collection. 'The Campana Brothers Select' is a craft medley of works that support their vision of intricately woven and plaited objects, as per their Transplastic Chair series and other organic objects and installations. I love that the online exhibit demonstrates the categorization process of the Campanas by way of 'tags' that illustrate the selected works' genus and species, so to speak. This exhibition is on view until September 28, 2008 or you can visit the Cooper Hewitt's blog for a virtual tour of the 'Making Trans...chair' process.

Flask w/stopper, Possibly Asia, late 19th century; Glass, straw, cork

Bracelet, United States, ca. 1870; Hair, gold

Stencil: Kata-gami: Umbrellas, Water, and Pine Needle Clusters; Japan, 1780–1830; Mulberry paper, lacquer made from persimmon juice, human hair

Stencil: Kata-gami: Pine Needle Clusters; Japan, 1780–1830;
Mulberry paper, lacquer made from persimmon juice, human hair

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