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Pattern for Baby Octopus

Pattern for Baby Octopus

I have, for several years, been totally fascinated by the idea of a "wunderkammer," or cabinet of curiosity, which was the name given to the earliest of natural history collections. A wunderkammer was quite literally the most amazing, shocking, and befuddling specimens of the natural world -- real and imagined -- jammed together in a room or ornate display case. more...

Alt Guides

Alt Guide: Community Service

Alt Guide: Community Service

Contrary to popular imagination, community service is not an “alternative sentence” if Paris is caught littering, pot smoking, or not cleaning up after her dog. Nor is it a “civic duty” for uncreative, earnest, and holier than thou people who criticize your paper towel usage. more...

Home & Hearth

Punk Fui: Feng Shui for the rest of us

Punk Fui: Feng Shui for the rest of us

Feng Shui is an ancient, venerated art form whose practitioners study with masters for years to perfect their understanding. Punk Fui is something that I made up by reading a book on Feng Shui in a weekend and trying out some experiments. more...

Lost & Found \ Craftivity

How to Upholster a Tree Stump

How to Upholster a Tree Stump

The STUMP project began in 1999 on the sidewalks of New York City — the sidewalk plots where there are tree stumps are generally neglected spaces left to collect debris. The tree stumps reminded me of the childhood story, The Giving Tree by Shell Silverstein, in which a tree has given of herself to the point of being diminished to a stump, but selflessly perks herself up to give to the last, by providing a seat for the beloved boy who is now an aged man. more...

Fibre & Fabric \ Side By Side

Sculptural Crochet Primer

Sculptural Crochet Primer

Crochet is usually relegated to the domain of hats, scarves, and potscrubbers-frankly, a damn shame given its enormous sculptural potential. The primary quality that recommends crochet as three dimensional medium is the fact that crochet stitches are not unlike pixels - discrete units that combine to facet the surface of a form. more...

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