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News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere: 6/23/2011

Jun 23, 2011

by Alison Feldmann

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“The generalizing writer is like the passionate drunk, stumbling into your house mumbling: ‘I know I’m not being clear, exactly, but don’t you kind of feel what I’m feeling?’” — George Saunders

This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has full bodied flowers, aspirational portraiture (with boomboxes and jets), delectable Turkish favorites and Monty Python-esque illustrations.

 

 

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The heavy musk of summer has finally descended on New York. We don’t have much for greenery (though we revel in an abundance of hot cement and trash stench), so I take vicarious pleasure in these sumptuous peony photos. If I press my nose to the computer screen, I can almost feel the velvety petals. [Via Fieldguided]

 

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I was under the (false) impression that prom snapshots and school portraits were the only occasion for a neon, 2-D background in this modern age. However, Ghanian artist Phillip Kwame Apagya presents an intriguing take on typical West African portraiture. His subjects, posed in front of brightly painted scenes dotted with expensive electronics, international flights and faux careers, present an aspirational vision that is often far beyond these young consumers’ means.  [Via Beautiful Decay]

 

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George Condo’s “artificial realism” would seem right at home in a Monty Python skit. [Via HUH Magazine]

 

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The markets, spices, recipes and rich food culture of Istanbul is lovingly documented in a recent blog post on à la mode. Enjoy. [Via Feasting Never Stops]

 

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!

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86 comments

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 5 years ago

    Interesting mix! Thanks for sharing.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Very interesting blog! Love those big beautiful peonies and creative photos!

  • bread

    bread said 5 years ago

    I keep dreaming of moving out of the city and deep into the mountains to have a wild garden and pack of dogs.But then Id have to get a car..and learn how to garden....

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 5 years ago

    Treasures at the bottom of the pool...definitely!! Brilliant mix! Lovely peony pics....truly one of my favorite flowers, even though I only get to see them when making a trip to the florists.

  • TheEverlastingPosy

    TheEverlastingPosy said 5 years ago

    I love the kids in the pool photo!

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 5 years ago

    Wonderful post! Great collection of photos!!!

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 5 years ago

    My mother has several peony bushes, pink and white, and a red Japanese peony with dillweed like leaves. It is my favourite flower, the smell is intoxicating, so I try to pick one every year to enjoy. If only they didn't bloom so early! The petals are gone already.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    I love the photos! Great post!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 5 years ago

    Beautiful photos--the first one of the girls in the plastic wading pool reeled me in. Such an 'in the moment' photo! Also, the portraits of Phillip Kwame Apagya are really cool in both looks and concept. Great way to visualize yourself in a positive way.

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 5 years ago

    Interesting Photos! Thanks for sharing.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    I love peony's they're one of my favourite flowers I love how big they get! gorgeous : )

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 5 years ago

    Very interesting photos!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 5 years ago

    i love the photographs from phillip kwame apagya. what amazing backgrounds! makes me want to change mine!!!

  • OceanStyle

    OceanStyle said 5 years ago

    The middle section of this made me quite emotional, to think that people valued these electronic items so highly that they aspired to own them and wanted to be photographed with them. These items don't bring any value or importance to your life - they drain your time and your bank balance. I am very happy in my small island life without TV, DVD, VCR, although my computer is vital for my business. In these poorer countries it saddens me that they don't have access to basic healthcare, but do have cell phones.

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 5 years ago

    Apagyas work is amazing. Thanks for the quick trip around the globe.

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 5 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • HelloSprout

    HelloSprout said 5 years ago

    Interesting combination of subjects! The peony pictures are beautiful! You are right, you CAN almost smell them.

  • QuirksAndCrafts

    QuirksAndCrafts said 5 years ago

    I love the picture of that old man in Istanbul! Such a character.

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 5 years ago

    Istanbul is one of my favorite cities & the markets are fantastic! & AND I just filled up my dog's plastic pool today! Fab post!

  • noemiah

    noemiah said 5 years ago

    This George Saunders quote is interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 5 years ago

    Loved the article, thanks!

  • amysoldschool

    amysoldschool said 5 years ago

    My sister and I used to have a pool like that and we would go around it on our knees singing the Happy Days song "One o'clock, two o' clock, three o'clock, rock" Thanks for reminding me of a fun summer memory!

  • AdornmentsNYC

    AdornmentsNYC said 5 years ago

    great post - thanks for sharing!

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 5 years ago

    Aww, the children pool party memories! I had a slip'n'slide though, but close enough! Probably had a neon skirt bikini too, hee hee.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 5 years ago

    Love the bright colours of the Ghanain photos & the idea of having a photo of yourself in the future you aspire to. The Istanbul pics are fabulous, the portraits are most striking... especially the young man with beautiful eyes carrying a tray.

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 5 years ago

    Lovely photographs! Amazing combination of subjects! Thanks for sharing!

  • misty714

    misty714 said 5 years ago

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  • misty714

    misty714 said 5 years ago

    I love all these photos!!! Thank you so much for sharing! ! I feel cooler already!!!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 5 years ago

    How beautiful ! Thanks so much Alison !

  • scarletbegonia11

    scarletbegonia11 said 5 years ago

    always happy to read the craft and style blogosphere!

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 5 years ago

    love the kids playing, the flowers and gardens and the fake background pics fun! blessings

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 5 years ago

    A bedouin's delight!!

  • AuroraVk

    AuroraVk said 5 years ago

    I love them! a lot of colors and textures in the last pictures. :)

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 5 years ago

    those roasted or toasted hazelnuts look delish!

  • muffintopdesigns

    muffintopdesigns said 5 years ago

    lovely peonies - they're my FAVORITE! and what a fantastic, eclectic mix!

  • maclancy

    maclancy said 5 years ago

    I moved into a home last fall surrounded by a beautiful but dormant garden. This spring and summer has been a daily surprise as each flower and bush comes forward to show the color and beauty and smells of their secrets. The peony and poppy were my favorite suprises. Summer memories flood in with each new bloom. Thanks for the post. Summer is wonderful in so many ways.

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 5 years ago

    I love this blog - thanks for the beautiful peonies. Growing up in Ohio I had these growing at the end of our driveway in a big tractor tire. The wide array of pinks was magnificent! Thanks for sharing Monica TheIDConnection & NanaBellAntiques

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    i know there are more than a few of us here that had that exact neon bikini/cutout hybrid swimsuit in the 80s/90s! food, art, flowers ..great post!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 5 years ago

    myvintagecrush says: i know there are more than a few of us here that had that exact neon bikini/cutout hybrid swimsuit in the 80s/90s! --- I was just going to say that I had that suit! too funny :) Also, I love the Ghanian portraits, Africa has such an interesting history and culture in regards to portraits.

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 5 years ago

    Interesting history and wonderful article!

  • Gamut

    Gamut said 5 years ago

    Peonies are such a treasure. My mother grew them and just this last decoration day I got to handle, see and smell the real thing. The Ghana pictures are sobering in that we take these 'backdrops' casually, that we know there is crushing poverty and need and live lives of excess.

  • HumorUs

    HumorUs said 5 years ago

    My friend from CA loves my Peonies when she arrives in WI. They don't grow well there. They need the 4 seasons that you spoke of. Blessings, Pam

  • Agoni

    Agoni said 5 years ago

    haha ! very good!!

  • harrylane

    harrylane said 5 years ago

    the pool got me - the kids' elation - lovely gamut of art themes as well - thanks so much for your excellent post - 3 cheers

  • SweetSincerity

    SweetSincerity said 5 years ago

    This is my new favorite quote: "The generalizing writer is like the passionate drunk, stumbling into your house mumbling: 'I know I'm not being clear, exactly, but don't you kind of feel what I'm feeling?'" — George Saunders

  • stitchcottage

    stitchcottage said 5 years ago

    I love the quotes and the peonies. There isn't a Florida peony that I know of. I miss thier beauty and fregrance. I agree with the others and want to be known more for the things in life that are important, ex: family, not in the emptiness of posessions.

  • yogiodie

    yogiodie said 5 years ago

    ahhh, my favorite flower........the peony. how could something so beautiful and so aromatic be so short lived? the same for lilacs........makes spring all worth the wait!

  • mudhousedesigns

    mudhousedesigns said 5 years ago

    There is so much uniq

  • mudhousedesigns

    mudhousedesigns said 5 years ago

    Sorry about the previous post......miss hit a key with my finger. There is so much unique culture in the world it never ceases to amaze me what a careful eye can find and discern. Thanks for seeing clearly and taking the time to view parts of the world I have not even begun to consider.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    i WANT those backdrops!!

  • blissfulchick

    blissfulchick said 5 years ago

    wow what an awesome collection of art, thanks

  • ADGCORNERSHOP

    ADGCORNERSHOP said 5 years ago

    Istanbul is beautiful! Thanks for sharing:)

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Interesting.

  • DreamCake

    DreamCake said 5 years ago

    Oh those flowers! :D

  • scentofsiam

    scentofsiam said 5 years ago

    I love Phillip Kwame Apagya's work. They are great and beautiful in its way.

  • miniaturebliss

    miniaturebliss said 5 years ago

    Love all of these, especially the Apagya work!

  • pattyclova

    pattyclova said 5 years ago

    Those portraits are pretty interesting! Though it's kinda sad to realised that you may be right - what was portrayed in the pictures could be what were far beyond their means. { http://hearttypat.wordpress.com }

  • EnRouteStudio

    EnRouteStudio said 5 years ago

    wow, those african portraits are heart-wrenching. And yes, etsy, if you twist my arm, I will gladly eat my way through istanbul. nom-nom-nom. Especially if my tour guide has those piercing green eyes.

  • EnRouteStudio

    EnRouteStudio said 5 years ago

    ...and a tray of pretzels.

  • WinkArtisans

    WinkArtisans said 5 years ago

    Wow! I had to go back and look at those images three times. There's so much information to be absorbed. They are gorgeous!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 5 years ago

    Fantastic art.... However, I have to admit, "Pool Party" is my favorite! Happy Summer, The Pool Party Queen!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 5 years ago

    Wow, guess I wasn't the only one who noticed the pretzel guy with the gorgeous eyes! Nicely done!

  • SISTERBATIK

    SISTERBATIK said 5 years ago

    Cool finds. I love the Ghanian portraiture - kind of made me laugh in a good way : )

  • abbyberkson

    abbyberkson said 5 years ago

    Those portraits are so odd and intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

  • CatlinCoxDesigns

    CatlinCoxDesigns said 5 years ago

    I'm so jealous of not being this creative!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 5 years ago

    'We don't have much for greenery (though we revel in an abundance of hot cement and trash stench), so I take vicarious pleasure in these sumptuous peony photos. If I press my nose to the computer screen, I can almost feel the velvety petals.' I would have been more than happy to mail you petals from the blooming wild roses earlier this month. They were especially lush & fragrant this year. Most every country road was heavy with the heavenly scent.

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    Love the photos! People and food are my two favorite subjects!

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the great blog on Turkish food in Istanbul! It's rare to hear about the diversity of Turkish food here in the states. I visit Turkey every year and one of my favorite things to do when I get there is to EAT! It never stops amazing me how I can find something brand new, that I've never tried before....and it instantly becomes my new favorite dish.

  • adatine

    adatine said 5 years ago

    Beautiful !

  • mediterraneangirl

    mediterraneangirl said 5 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • QueenofCuffs

    QueenofCuffs said 5 years ago

    Love those flowers. Nothing better than 'blousey' flowers to make you feel a lazy summers day. Looking longingly at them myself on this wet cold and miserable day in Dublin.

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou said 5 years ago

    Wonderful photos!!!

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  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 5 years ago

    Such an awesome collection of interesting peeks of the world, as always!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    Always interesting. Love the George Condos.

  • BeeJayKay

    BeeJayKay said 5 years ago

    Wonderful and fun! Thanks for featuring my Clothespin Rocking Chair!

  • NatalieDrest

    NatalieDrest said 5 years ago

    Lovely collection, I especially like the photographs from Ghana!

  • pinkflapper

    pinkflapper said 5 years ago

    oooh! Love those George Condo sketches...thanks for sharing these!

  • 5gardenias

    5gardenias said 5 years ago

    sweet summer mood here-- in each post i can feel summer's balmy vibe--beautiful!

  • HandiworkinGirls

    HandiworkinGirls said 5 years ago

    The flowers are my favorite...peonies are one of mid-summer's greatest delights. Such gorgeous colors! ~Handiworkin' Girls

  • OBLUV

    OBLUV said 5 years ago

    kids playing in pool picture brings back Great memories! well I guess ill talk to you guys later , out buying a Slip-n-slide, yippe! ;)

  • Mattie714

    Mattie714 said 5 years ago

    The Istanbul photos were my favorite! So beautiful!

  • ColossusVintage

    ColossusVintage said 5 years ago

    Wonderful photos! Loved the article!

  • CuffandCollar

    CuffandCollar said 5 years ago

    Great post! thanks for sharing this

  • ShirlBCreations

    ShirlBCreations said 5 years ago

    Beautiful Job!

  • CreativePaperCraftin

    CreativePaperCraftin said 5 years ago

    Nicely done!

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