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News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere: 9/29/2011 handmade and vintage goods


“You can’t eat the orange and throw the peel away: a man is not a piece of fruit.” — Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman

This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has magazine covers, narrative paintings, shiny things and oracle future.


Literary quarterly The Paris Review has been known for provocative, intelligent content since its founding in 1953. Flavorwire pulled together some of its favorite Paris Review covers, which range in artistic medium and subject matter — but never fail to catch your eye. What’s your favorite?


Oracle cards are so fascinating; far from the dark predictions of a tarot deck, oracles are more — well, fun loving and maybe a little goofy? Artist Ellis Nadler’s “Cards of Wu” series is inspired by classic divination cards and rendered in woodcut. (My favorite is the “amniotic tuba.”  [Via 50 Watts]

As a fan of graphic novels and comic strips, Charlie Roberts‘s “100 Short Stories” — a series of narrative drawings and paintings — are satisfying in a direct, blunt manner. They remind me of a bizarro version of Billy’s aimless travels in “Family Circus.” [Via Boooooom]

Like many a tiny science nerd, I had an extensive geode, fossil and polished gem collection as a kid. (Still have ’em, in fact!) These photos make me want to shine mine up all over again. See more on Captain Tenneal’s Flickr stream. [Via Pour Porter]


Do you know of a forward-thinking art, style or design blog? Post it in the comments! And make sure to check out past installments of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere!

Alison is Editor in Chief of the Etsy Blog. When she's not trawling Etsy for pottery, folk art, and vintage oddities, she enjoys historical nonfiction and cat videos.