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Call to action!

Call to action!

Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty- the icon of earthworks art movement is in danger. It seems that an oil drilling complex is slated to be put underwater in the Great Salt Lake near the jetty. The permits were passed sort of under the radar. TODAY Wednesday 30 Jan is hte last day to protest. This tells us what to say and where to send it. Even if Earthworks are not your favorite, history deserves to be preserved.

ATTN: Urban Picnickers

ATTN: Urban Picnickers

Bruised pears/peaches/apples make delicious, crisp snacks turn ugly. Stick em in a hand-knit fruit cozy instead. I love the idea of tucking everything into its own sweater.

Buying handmade is still buying

Buying handmade is still buying

Am I right or am I right? Every fall I get a little uppity about being forced to shop. When the Buy Handmade pledge was going around, I puzzled over the pledge's claim to be better for people and the environment. Apparently I wasn't the only one. Rob Walker of the New York Times recently published Jean Railla's article on the subject.

Comprehensive Puzzle Website

Comprehensive Puzzle Website

If you're interested in geometry, topology, mathematics, logic, carpentry, design, architecture, or...well, just about anything, you'll probably be interested in John Rausch's amazing Puzzle World. Besides a comprehensive index of mechanical puzzles, the site includes books and articles, a directory of working puzzle craftspeople, and links to all sorts of remarkable objects you can buy or just boggle at.

beary strange

beary strange

At first glace, Kent Rogowski's bears look cuddly and adorable. Then they become a little unsettling. Then you realize... they're inside out!

I also really dig his "Love=Love" project, involving puzzles. And these snowglobes portraying every day moments.

Los Angeles Craft Mafia

Los Angeles Craft Mafia

Los Angeles Craft Mafia is looking for vendors for an upcoming show on February 9th. This is a new event for Los Angeles, so expect to see some new vendors out and about. If you are interested in participating, visit the web site or pop by Saints and Sinners Lounge tomorrow evening and say hello.

Amazing Toys

Amazing Toys

The German company Naef Spiele AG makes beautiful wooden toys, many of which are based on classic dissection and solid-object puzzles. They are not cheap, but even just window shopping their catalog is a lot of fun.

Houndstooth

Houndstooth

Houndstooth. I long for a houndstooth suit. And coat. And blanket. And car upholstry. And if I had a dog, (and if I went camping and that) I would totally copy this homemade houndstooth dog tent yo.

Reading List (Reccomended not required)

Reading List (Reccomended not required)

I am bummed beyond belief that the V&A's craft exhibition "Out of the Ordinary" closes on February 17, less than a month before I'll be in London.

Happily, they've compiled a comprehensive reading list on craft and you can buy the exhibition book directly from the website.

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