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News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere: Mar. 10, 2011

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alisontinyhat_archer.jpg“We are all old-timers, each of us holds a locked razor.” — Robert Lowell

This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has cowboy poets, a sculptural village, LED tentacles, and moody, layered paintings.

 

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Agnes Baillon has created an expressive collection of busts,  sculptures, and characters, all eerily similar. Baillon leaves the features of her forms soft and malleable, explaining that “details such as hair, like references to specific periods, can stifle the imagination of the viewer; I prefer to leave them out or not clearly defined, allowing the viewer to unconsciously project personal experience, as if looking into a mirror.” [Via Hello Neest]

 

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Clare Grill‘s paintings have a depth and tactile quality that make me want to reach out and scratch. The artist’s inspiration has an origin in childhood play: “My sister and I pretended we were birds in the fall and made giant nests of sticks under the bushes in our front yard. In the winter, covered in snow, they were reindeer nests. We drew maps to take on walks around the block so we could look for the wolf we imagined was hunting our house. We spoke pretend languages. We believed whatever we wanted and trusted everything we were told…” [Via Butter + Brass]

 

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Undersea creature or Venus fly trap? Nacho Carbonell’s Luciferase project — which in Latin is a photon-producing enzyme, present in the luminous organs of certain plants and animals — evokes the bio-luminescence of deep sea blobs and ferocious, sticky tentacles. All this and more in resin-coated LED lamps. Lovely. [Via Design Boom]

 

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Where have all the cowboys gone? To the Cowboy Poetry festival, obviously. Photographer Jay B. Sauceda’s lat­est project, All Around Cowboys, documents men who revere what the West once was, as well as their precious bon mots. One ended his interview by stating that he’s ”spinnin’ guns and twine. Spinnin’ yarns that rhyme. ” Be sure to check out the slideshow for more information on each character. [Via Design Work Life]

 

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!