3/29/11

Stitchin' the Cover

Jillian Tamaki got a great gig stitching these classics' new edition covers for Penguin. They came out beautiful.





Jillian making them:


3/24/11

Rugs From Recyclable Stuffed Animals Skin

Think of the possibilities for re-creation! These rugs were made out of recyclable stuffed animals skin by Augustina Woodgate.




3/17/11

Broadcast - Illumination

3/13/11

Yarn Bombers!

If you ever wondered what those knitted ornaments that you are finding on public spaces are, you should know they are Yarn Bombs!

I started noticing them around a couple of years back in poles, bike stands, signs and other public spaces and got curious. Yes, they are beautiful. AND unexpected. But who is doing it and why?

The so-called "Yarn Bombers" are all over the place these days. But here in Berkeley, CA live a couple of talented knitters who have been knitting street installations on public spaces all around the bay area. And as it turns out, as I was coming out of the Cheese Board I stumbled upon the infamous art crew Yarn Bombing a bike stand in front of Saul's Deli at the Gourmet Ghetto.

Apparently, these days the original Yarn Bomber goes around finding spaces to "Yarn Bomb" with her apprentice whom she calls "The Russian."

Yarn Bomber said: "It’s street art, obviously. It's exciting for me to be able to make art and put it anywhere I want. In that way, it subverts the idea that art should be inside a gallery or being criticized by experts. Putting it out on the street breaks down the barriers of what art is."

So she's kinda like the Banksy of knitters?!

I asked if I could take a few pictures of them in action. They prefer to remain anonymous. So I will be respectful of their wishes and pixelate their faces, as I hope they keep knitting Berkeley up (heck, the world) for a long time.

Art installation, street decoration, whatever you wanna call it, it definitely adds up to the Berkeley-style quirk. Now even public bike stands wear colorful knitted sweaters around here.

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Update:

More yarn bombs downtown.

Find out more about yarn bombing.

3/7/11

Kinetic Wave Sculptures

Reuben Margolin is a Bay Area sculptor and visionary that was raised here in Berkeley and makes these amazing kinetic wave sculptures.

Stumbled across this great documentary by MAKE of his making process:



Love the fact that he mentions Urban Ore, another one of the many Berkeley treasures, three acres of recycled goods. Of interest to anyone that loves designing/inventing yet is conscious about waste.

3/5/11

Prototype Making With Futurefarmers

As an extension of design collective Futurefarmers' exhibit "A Variation on the Powers of Ten," showcasing at the Berkeley Art Museum, the collective invited artists, inventors and innovative makers to the Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts to make prototypes of tools inspired by the Eames' film "Powers of Ten." Eames' films, and Eames' inspired films, were also being screened at the Exploratorium's theater. It was great fun!

Here are some pictures I took of the other artists who showed up to make tools, the facade of the Palace, me playing with a prism projector at the Exploratorium, and the postcard for the exhibit.













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