“As an old reporter, we have a few secrets, and the first thing is we try the phone book.” — Andy Rooney
This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has peacock battles, ancient beans, stooping flowers, American cowboys and novelty foods.
Holy detail! Artist Laurel Roth has created an elaborate homage to nature with the most unlikely of materials: fake fingernails, barrettes, nail polish, false eyelashes, and jewelry to, as she says, “represent the choices involved in biological processes that are unique to humankind.” [Via The Hairpin]
Erwan Flotin’s portraiture creates striking narratives around the dramatic, structural flowers native to Villa Noailles (also known as a birthplace of Surrealism.) Tall, elegantly bent, and occasionally fuzzy, it’s easy to see humanity in their fragile forms. [Via Beautiful Decay]
According to James Kendall, “My wife’s 90-year-old grandmother — having lived through World War II — doesn’t believe in ‘best before’ dates. It made eating at her house rather exciting. Sadly, she recently had to move to a home and clearing out her larder was
as thrilling as being offered a snack. All the products here — going back decades
— were, I believe, intended to be eaten.” [Via Feasting Never Stops]
Jane Hilton’s “Dead Eagle Trail” series documents contemporary American cowboy culture. Photographed in their homes, their lifestyles appear to be an exercise in self-conscious preservation. In a culture so steeped in tradition and nostalgia, it’s interesting to contemplate how Western life will change in the twenty-first century. [Via Peanut Butter Thoughts]
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