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News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere: September 10, 2009 handmade and vintage goods

“Everything in this room is eatable. In fact, even I am eatable, but that is called cannibalism, my dear children, and is frowned upon in most civilizations.” — Willy Wonka

This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere is chock full of cones, rods and pyramids, industrial knick knacks in every nook and cranny, poignant rural photography, Scandinavian design for your walls, and sinister interpretations of myth and mystery.

Ramble on!


Painter Paul Wackers‘ work is geometric (rods and cones!) and slightly psychedelic, with a heavy emphasis on mountains and pyramids (some of my favorite things). I’m a fan. [Via Design Milk]




Salvaging antiques and reinventing their value is a pet project of mine. (My personal motto is, “The dirtier the trash, the better the treasure.”) The Selby recently profiled three entrepreneurial New Yorkers who are indulging their DIY ethos to turn old into new. The photos above show jeweler and collector Derrick R. Cruz of Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons’ home and studio. I love the industrial ambiance. (If you are into this look, check out our No Place Like Here video with artist Dustin Yellin.) [Via Rackk and Ruin]



Be still my Marimekko loving heart: the iconic Finnish design phenom is now producing wallpaper. [Via Design*Sponge]



There’s something so striking about the simplicity and earnestness of documentary photography in the early twentieth century. Maybe it’s just because I’m from farm country, but I find Disfarmer‘s work to be a stark and poignant reflection of rural life. According to Liebe Marlene, Disfarmer’s name is symbolic of his rejection of farm life (as he legally changed it to show that he was above the family business). Instead, he began documenting friends and neighbors as they were in his Heber Springs, Arkansas photo studio in solemn, no frills portraits.


Marnie Weber‘s seemingly whimsical fairy tale photography is less Prince Charming, more poison apple. The outsize proportions, sallow face paint, fantastical masks and headpieces, and maypole vibe makes for an absurdist recreation of Grimm’s Fairy Tales meets mythical centaurs, with a dash of dollhouse thrown in. [Via Cyana Trend Land]

Wanna give me some more artsy, style or design blogs to peruse? Leave them in the comments! And check out past installments of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere!