If you’re not already a fan of Lavender Diamond, prepare to become one. We at The Storque are totally in like with LD’s sweet harmonies, cute fashion, handmade merch and eco-focus. (Did you see our previous article on them?) Thus, they were an obvious choice for our Featured Buyer series. Without further ado, here is Lavender Diamond drummer/cartoonist Ron Rege with his Etsy’s picks!
The industrial revolution may have happened a long time ago, but it seems like in the last couple of generations in particular that people have stopped making or fixing any of the the things that they own. When I was a child, I remember people fixing their shoes & clothes on a regular basis. That’s too much trouble for most people in today’s economy, where everything is so quickly outdated and disposable. So, to see the concept of buying handmade goods being championed by the “underground” is an interesting thing. It’s important! I was a punk as a youth and bought my clothes at thrift stores. I’ve never stopped. Why would I? There’s way more than enough clothes in the world already! Stop manufacturing! Buy handmade things! Eat local food! Ride a bike! Etc!
… I’m writing this from a nightclub, and I just asked my bandmate Steve how I could say such a thing, when I am a cartoonist who makes books, and a musician who has plastic records put out. Steve says that “If you spread beautiful things – it’ll make people want to preserve beauty on all levels. It’s never destructive to spread beauty!”
Well, first of all – here is a Lavender Diamond pendulum! Perfect for helping to make those big band decisions! We bought one just like this on our last tour, but I dropped it on the floor when we got home, and it broke! Spooky!
Second of all – I have never seen “fairy doors” for sale before – I’ve read of them in stories – but here they are for real! This totally looks like something that we might sell at our merch table. Amazing! There’s also some pirate themed ones for boys out there… Yay!
OK – this is so cool. Now, even your fruit can dress up in an amazing colorful knit outfit! With this special costume, my pears could be safe (and fashionable!) on tour. We’re always carrying around fruit that gets beat up in the bottom of our bags. This would solve our problems – and look good, too!
Seeing that I am a cartoonist & musician – I decided to dig deep into the zine & musical instrument sections of Etsy to see what I could find…. Here is a perfectly tiny little book of drawings.
These diary zines also look nice. The world is always in need of more nicely made diary zines and comics!
Kate Bingaman-Burt draws pictures of the things she buys, and makes a zine out of it. Her concept is so very simple, yet quite powerful in it’s singular message concerning consumption & our capitalist economy. I’m hoping there will be a thick “365 days of consumption” collection in bookstores some day. I think that every art school freshman should be assigned this project! Drawing everything that you buy is such great drawing practice – and it could be a great tool to help young people think about what they buy, and why. I don’t mean to steal your idea, Kate – but I think that there could be hundreds of people making zines like this! It’s a wonderful, simple concept – and I think it could be used as a great tool for learning!
Not that many years ago, the whole idea of modifying, and “circuit bending” cheap electronics was a fairly obscure practice carried out by a handful of experimental musicians. But the practice is becoming more widespread – and I couldn’t be happier! The idea of re-working, and re-cycling discarded and outdated electronics is super futuristic! Isn’t this exactly what we imagined people would be doing in the year 2007? The idea also fits so nicely into the DIY, recycling, anti-manufacturing lifestyle. Notice the old SCSI printer cable thingee this guy used. I’ve heard they’re super useful for circuit bending – which is great – cuz there must be zillions of them on their way to the landfills!
Perhaps I’m naive – but every time I’m at a noise show, I’ve imagined how much fun kids would have playing with this stuff. Now, I know that a handheld optical theremin can’t really compete with the Wii or whatever… but am I wrong?