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News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere: December 2, 2010

Dec 2, 2010

by Alison Feldmann handmade and vintage goods


“Harry, I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.” – Special Agent Dale Cooper

This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has bombed out malls, newfound masterpieces by an old master, Renaissance style, an ode to New York real estate, and ecstatic, chomping fruits.










We live in an age devoid of structural majesty. The Mayans and ancient Egyptians erected mythical temples to court immortality and the gods. We construct homogeneous, oversized ant farms that refute mortality by acquiring sweatpants with words on the butt and an extra-large order of cheese friesthe mall. These post-apocalyptic, eerie photographs by Brian Ulrich, entitled “Ghosts of Shopping Past,” catalog our cultural legacy: rusting images of the KFC Colonel and sagging industrial shells. Where’s our Parthenon? [Via The Morning News]









The most impressive art find in recent history took place just this week: a retired French electrician and his wife found over 271 Picasso sketches in their garage. (My question: How cluttered is this garage, and when can I come dig?) Pierre Le Guennec, who once worked for Picasso, squirreled away the trove in a trunk in the garage of his home on the French Riviera. The cache, dating from the artist’s most creative period from 1900 to 1932, includes lithographs, portraits, watercolors, sketches, and Cubist collages. Wow! [Via Boston Globe]



Can you believe these are photographs (and not paintings)? Christian Tagliavini‘s decadent Renaissance-themed photo and costuming project is entitled “1503.” The images are so elegantly staged. (So much so that I’m contemplating mimicking the flippant headpiece with a piece of construction paper.) [Via Black Eiffel]







As a renter in New York, real estate is a vicious game. Reading about another’s housing homerun usually leads to petulant burblings and “if only” tweets. Today’s feat of interior fantasy — well, they don’t call it the “72-room bohemian dream house” for nothing. This once-abandoned bank on New York’s Bowery was purchased in 1966 for the unconscionable amount of $102,000 — a fortune at the time, especially since most of the Bowery’s other residents were homeless. (The owner, photographer Jay Meisel, says that his “parents cried. Every single thing that can come out of a human body has been left on my doorstep.”) Now it’s a refurbished, six-story single family home that’s on the historical register, complete with the original safe-deposit vault, still in the basement, which is the size of a generous studio apartment. Having 35,000 square feet at your leisure is something most New Yorkers will only read about. Now I’ll excuse myself to my burblings. [Via Trendland]



And now for a music video with hairy fruits. Enjoy Mumdance!

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!

Slow Storm graphic novel page 13a
Slow Storm graphic novel page 13a
Vintage Double Wedding Ring Cheater Quilt Fabric - 3 Fat Quarters
Vintage Double Wedding Ring Cheater Quilt Fabric - 3 Fat Quarters
doily bath rug grey
doily bath rug grey
Charcoal soap Black pimpled face handmade present gift christmas
Charcoal soap Black pimpled face handmade present gift christmas
Bear boots Holder
Bear boots Holder
Vintage Book Maps and Globes
Vintage Book Maps and Globes
yesterday necklace
yesterday necklace
Tiny Mice in Nest with Quilt - needle felted
Tiny Mice in Nest with Quilt - needle felted


  • PearlsAndPosies

    PearlsAndPosies said 5 years ago

    Really amazing pieces here. The photos are really interesting. All of the building shots are really though provoking and beautiful.

  • Leocardia

    Leocardia said 5 years ago

    Wonderful finds, especially the tiny mice in their little nest.

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 5 years ago

    Great collection!Picasso amazing!

  • studiotempera

    studiotempera said 5 years ago

    Extraordinary..!!! I like the article.

  • janellelile

    janellelile said 5 years ago

    Ok, it's all great stuff this week (as usual) but it's hard to top the little snakelets up there at the beginning :) So cute!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 5 years ago

    Oh... a quote from Twin Peaks!!! I loved that show! :) Tagliavini's photographs are wonderful!

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 5 years ago

    LOVE this-the photos-the landscapes-all capture such beautiful images!

  • junkyardglitter

    junkyardglitter said 5 years ago

    I love this! One of the best I have read on Etsy! Good Job!

  • prettypipers

    prettypipers said 5 years ago

    I am now a Mumdance fan! Thanks for the introduction!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 5 years ago

    video was weird - enjoyed the great photography : )

  • tonicofwildness

    tonicofwildness said 5 years ago

    What a place...

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 5 years ago

    :O) Super great video!!!!

  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz said 5 years ago

    that new york real estate is amazing. super jealous.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Fantastic! I really love those photos by Christian they remind me so much of traditional paintings, amazing.

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 5 years ago

    "Ghosts of Shopping Past" photos are amazing!

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible said 5 years ago

    Great, peace out! DevineCollectible

  • CaecusLuna

    CaecusLuna said 5 years ago

    Can't pinpoint why, but this is now my favorite Etsy blog ever.

  • ScrimshawJewelry

    ScrimshawJewelry said 5 years ago

    Hotdamn! All of those images are SO incredible! Very Inspiring.

  • ArtistBeingHuman

    ArtistBeingHuman said 5 years ago

    No one ever responds to your request for links... :)

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 5 years ago

    The stark ugliness of so much of modern architecture is really soul crushing. I keep hoping that a new style, with ornament and grace will come into vogue. Maybe someday... It's sad that in most towns with the seemingly endless strip malls and chain stores you could be almost anywhere in the country and it would look the same. I really appreciate the wonderful buildings from the past in downtown Chicago.

  • EForestCreations

    EForestCreations said 5 years ago

    Great photos. Sometimes out of the rubble come the best creativity.

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 5 years ago

    Love the photos

  • ArtistBeingHuman

    ArtistBeingHuman said 5 years ago

    one more...

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 5 years ago

    Liked the video plus the music was incredible, enjoyed the pictures of the malls, kfc, picasso sketches too. Thanks for finding all these Allison.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 5 years ago

    Well, it's possible that things in my garage would remain hidden for the best part of a century... but highly unlikely any of it would be worth anything! And I agree with janellelile... those baby snakes are just the cutest thing I've seen on Etsy for ages! :-)

  • shavingkitsuppplies

    shavingkitsuppplies said 5 years ago

    Oh dear god, that bohemian house. Look how far you can see through the rooms! And the clutter. And the things. And the stuff. Which reminds me of Bohemian Hellhole!

  • andrea0503

    andrea0503 said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring! And the Brian Ulrich's photos are amazing!

  • elizabethwrenvintage

    elizabethwrenvintage said 5 years ago

    Incredibly interesting!!

  • myneedlehabit

    myneedlehabit said 5 years ago


  • littlelordmars

    littlelordmars said 5 years ago

    Wow, I think I need to clean out my garage and redecorate my house! ;-)

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    The abandoned malls both creep me out and inspire me!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 5 years ago

    really cool, thank u 4 inspiring our minds!

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 5 years ago

    Once piece interesting photos and the bank...oh my! thanks alison.

  • PaulaArt

    PaulaArt said 5 years ago

    this was full of so much good stuff i need to go read it again! thanks for sharing this potpourri of visuals and info!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    very breathtaking images.

  • vintagekraze

    vintagekraze said 5 years ago

    i'm too much of a purger to ever find something so fantastic as picasso sketches in my garage!! love the architectural photos - video was kind of freaky, but appreciate the out-of-the-box etsy influences!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 5 years ago

    oh i absolutely love the dilapidated shopping mall photographs. such an important and striking subject to capture.

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 5 years ago

    WOW! Yes, having 35,000 in NYC all to yourself is AMAZING and rare. The six story, one-family building reminds me so much of the flat iron building (on 27th, I think). The images are breathtaking and I agree that architecture isn't what it used to be. xo, MJ

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 5 years ago

    This feature is every-amazing. I am so grateful to be exposed to things I wouldn't have seen or known about. Those photos of abandoned shopping malls and the like are really insightful. And I love the story about that New York house, and being able to peek inside. Wow!

  • scarletbegonia11

    scarletbegonia11 said 5 years ago

    the old bank is so beautiful :-)

  • Zenkitty00

    Zenkitty00 said 5 years ago

    A great, forward thinking style blog that brings some funk and polish back into the creative realm:

  • imadeyouabeard

    imadeyouabeard said 5 years ago

    wow, that bohemian house is astonishing... super jealous.

  • Marvidrio

    Marvidrio said 5 years ago

    That is one BIG KFC bucket! Awesome photos. Really cool article.

  • esdesigns

    esdesigns said 5 years ago

    love the shopping malls!

  • WingsDove

    WingsDove said 5 years ago

    Fine art and good design save us from "homogeneous, oversized ant farms that refute mortality by acquiring sweatpants with words on the butt and an extra-large order of cheese fries" and all the "little boxes on the hillside that all look just the same." Excellent commentary on bad design and Living Average.

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 5 years ago

    Wow! Shocking.

  • kittyd

    kittyd said 5 years ago


  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts said 5 years ago

    I hope the art i've been collecting for so many years from artists in their fledgling days will someday be discovered this same way. So many doodles, paintings and prints from people who have gone on and become famous in their endeavors. I'd never be able to afford something from them today! Glad i grabbed it when i could. I refer to my flat file fondly as my nest egg. Great NFC&SB as usual, I want to visit all the places in Brian Ulrich's photos!

  • flabbergastbanana

    flabbergastbanana said 5 years ago

    the craft+style blog - just one of the many reasons I love Etsy!

  • Lisarachel

    Lisarachel said 5 years ago

    I cant forget that fruit ever now! lol (weird dreams here I come)

  • DayDreamerVintage

    DayDreamerVintage said 5 years ago

    I love Christian Tagliavini's photos!

  • BowandArrowApparel

    BowandArrowApparel said 5 years ago

    Thank you!

  • dinosaurdrygoods

    dinosaurdrygoods said 5 years ago

    Ideas...filling my head...aaaahhhhh!

  • leebeads

    leebeads said 5 years ago

    Totally jealous of the Picasso find! I love to scavenge, but my greatest finds so far have to do with door knobs and light fixtures. Well...a girl can dream!

  • doveandflower

    doveandflower said 5 years ago

    At first I thought the pictures of the mall and KFC were leading up to a description of some terrible weather disaster. It's really amazing how little time it takes to disintigrate modern buildings. No lovely patina, just decay...fascinating.

  • EasyBaby

    EasyBaby said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the Renaissance photos. I am an art history major and was fooled! Very cool work. Picasso news was amazing too!

  • floodplainstudio

    floodplainstudio said 5 years ago

    Those mall photos! And that NYC home! Thanks for the eye candy.

  • dandeliondaydreamer

    dandeliondaydreamer said 5 years ago

    I can't believe they are not paintings! And that NYC apartment...incroiable! A very thought provoking read :)

  • Vintage50sEyewear

    Vintage50sEyewear said 5 years ago

    Very interesting!Love the photos.

  • FaustaStore

    FaustaStore said 5 years ago

    I know exactly where that KFC bucket is in the photo by Brian Ulrich -I've actually taken my own photos of it (even before it got rusty,) so it's really strange for me to come across that image on here.. I've stood right inside that photo, just in another time and space..It's a pretty cool coincidence! Other than that, great Craft+Style roundup!

  • MPsen

    MPsen said 5 years ago

    I love that this post opens with a quote from Twin Peaks.

  • yogiodie

    yogiodie said 5 years ago

    Don't forget me now! :) Even Marty loved the video!! Loved the NY apt., can see you there, playing store keeper with apron!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 5 years ago

    Oh the snake! I have too many of those in RL. :( But the photos in costumes are marvelous.

  • saltboxscents

    saltboxscents said 5 years ago

    Dont forget me going to remember that. Like the video, different!! Very cool. Woke me up!!

  • saltboxscents

    saltboxscents said 5 years ago

    1503...WOW!! Amazine. So matte.

  • archaicdesign

    archaicdesign said 5 years ago

    a stunning collection!

  • UrbanRevisions

    UrbanRevisions said 5 years ago

    Nice one Alison! Brian Ulrich gave an artist lecture during my undergrad at Virginia Commonwealth University. Loved his work even more after hearing him speak and he's funny too!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 5 years ago

    With that much sq. footage, I'd consider living in a city. Dreamhouse indeed! Bombed out malls: one of those near this neck of the woods. Rotting on historic Native American hunting grounds, then longtime orchards. Maybe it will revert to urban farmland, it's best possible use at this point.

  • paperdesigner

    paperdesigner said 5 years ago

    Extraordinary..!!! I like the article.

  • tugboatprintshop

    tugboatprintshop said 5 years ago

    this was lovely to look at!

  • crystalworld

    crystalworld said 5 years ago

    I hope the art i've been collecting for so many years from artists in their fledgling days will someday be discovered this same way.

  • crystalworld

    crystalworld said 5 years ago

    I like the article.

  • ScrapArcs

    ScrapArcs said 5 years ago

    I adore the dead retail shots. I've been known to go exploring a dilapidated building or ten with camera in hand. It's stark and beautiful.

  • OhRita

    OhRita said 5 years ago

    love the first pic of snakes the most...very cool! Thanks.

  • DirdyBirdy

    DirdyBirdy said 5 years ago

    This. was. awesome. Super cool photos!

  • JustColor

    JustColor said 5 years ago

    I'll take a corner of that 35,000 feet any day. It's amazing. It provokes envy (not very nice) in a good way. The fantastic portrait photography reminds me of the 'Pageant of the Masters' that happens in Laguna Beach every year here in California. Awesome.

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop said 5 years ago

    Mumdance!!! I love that video!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    Wonderful images as always, Alison. Will revisit these several times. Thanks

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop said 5 years ago

    PS All of Mad Decent's videos are insane. Love.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 5 years ago

    Christian Tagliavini's photos ara amazing beauty ! Thanks so much !

  • audreytolove

    audreytolove said 5 years ago


  • herrondipity

    herrondipity said 5 years ago

    I agree, most buildings today are just boring boxes devoid of any personality. Love to look at the details on the older buildings in a cities downtown area. :)

  • diorama4mama

    diorama4mama said 5 years ago

    Excellent - and having lived all over nyc in several miniature apartments (1/2 floors even!), to see that much living space is mind blowing.

  • ShopMarigold

    ShopMarigold said 5 years ago

    Well done! A feast for both the eyes and the soul!

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 said 5 years ago

    ulrich's work is quite fascinating.... a great read :) Thanks

  • TeaFeet

    TeaFeet said 5 years ago

    OMG, that was an amazing post. I loved the photos. You can't just make every apartment look like that!

  • yudhisoerjoatmodjo

    yudhisoerjoatmodjo said 5 years ago

    Great piece. Great photographs. Great find. Great heart!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 5 years ago

    ...don't forget me now...i like the doily bath mat, taking it to another level!

  • gbbox

    gbbox said 5 years ago

    This is perfect! Great collection! Some corners return me back in the movie "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus"

  • electroniccigarette

    electroniccigarette said 5 years ago

    For the sake of health, I smoke occasionally, when a craving hits, I take electronic cigarette, electric cigarette, e-cigarette...

  • squirrellicious

    squirrellicious said 5 years ago

    Absolute amazing photo's! What a great post is this, and even better because I'm included, lucky me! Thanks so much X

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 5 years ago

    I like your article THANKS

  • SilverWishes

    SilverWishes said 5 years ago

    Those mall pics are shocking and scary. "We vote with our pocketbooks." Can't remember who said that, but I love the meaning.

  • piratejayne

    piratejayne said 5 years ago

    How prolific was that man!!! I went to an art exhibit at the university of Maine a number of years back, that was made up of pieces a little girl had squirreled out of Picasso's trash. It was made up mostly of his very early years (Realist nudes), but it make you wonder how many more stock piles of this mans treasures are hiding out there waiting to be discovered.

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 5 years ago

    Awesome photo's!!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 5 years ago

    That bit about our "age being devoid of structural majesty" so true. So sad. And I wonder why I long to have lived in another era. Great post as always. :)

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 5 years ago

    Interesting photos~!

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 5 years ago

    wow those portrait photos are really gorgeous! Love the mood and color palette, not to mention the neck distortion

  • GranGransAttic

    GranGransAttic said 5 years ago

    Everything was awesome, EXCEPT the first photo of the snake looking thing in the hands, made me want to close out of etsy! YUCK! And it had nothing to do with any of the posts!

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 5 years ago

    This is awesome!!!

  • RageoftheAge

    RageoftheAge said 5 years ago

    Thought-provoking, melancholy, awe-inspiring, magical. Thank you for creating this article. :)

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay said 5 years ago

    Love it! All of it!

  • skysetter

    skysetter said 5 years ago

    Wow, what a wonderful journey you have taken me on today. I feel inspired to paint and recreate my studio! Thanks! Of course, we will leave the neck stretching for another day

  • cocorosecouture

    cocorosecouture said 5 years ago

    very very cool

  • skysetter

    skysetter said 5 years ago

    Oh yea, and the snake made me look! Great job!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 5 years ago

    Oh my, the Bowery bank turned single family residence is amazing! Jay Meisel's gamble paid off big time!

  • VintageScraps

    VintageScraps said 5 years ago

    Extraordinary!! Such a great read- thank you!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 5 years ago

    i especially like the post-apocalyptic suburban roman pool.

  • lunaessence

    lunaessence said 5 years ago


  • LittleCritters00

    LittleCritters00 said 5 years ago

    Reading this makes me feel warm inside. :) Thanks for the great read.

  • ruffledclothing

    ruffledclothing said 5 years ago

    Studied Jay Maisel videos forever, most of which are shot in his crazy bank building home! Super cool...thanks for posting!

  • mutebuttonstudio

    mutebuttonstudio said 5 years ago

    It was a bit bizarre for me to open this only to find that the first mall photo is actually a mall right up the street from where I work, which is the Richland Mall in Mansfield, OH. Technically the mall is still open but that giant area he photographed has been closed off for who knows how long. New favorite blog post from etsy.

  • NydamPrints

    NydamPrints said 5 years ago

    Interesting and thought-provoking bits and pieces... but don't knock sweat pants! If our time and place can contribute only one thing to the future, sweat pants might be a much better legacy than many cultures have left! (But I'd definitely leave the words off the butt.)

  • vestedbeevintage

    vestedbeevintage said 5 years ago

    a superb post!

  • lynntodddesigns

    lynntodddesigns said 5 years ago

    great post! LOVE all the photos

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    I'm loving all of the designs. The pictures are beautiful.

  • SnuggliMumCreations

    SnuggliMumCreations said 5 years ago

    Fantastic, loved the article. Thank you!

  • FoodForHands

    FoodForHands said 5 years ago

    Check out David Horvits. He's a great conceptual artist.Here's his blog:

  • FoodForHands

    FoodForHands said 5 years ago

    Check out David Horvits. He's a great conceptual artist. Here's his blog:

  • jaipuronline

    jaipuronline said 5 years ago

    Very interesting........

  • LoveBeachDays

    LoveBeachDays said 5 years ago

    I absolutely LOVE the rustic coffee table, it's gorgeous!

  • rosi3

    rosi3 said 5 years ago

    I want to live there.

  • Domni

    Domni said 5 years ago

    Love, love, love the urbexing shots! Thank you for posting! :)

  • StelmaDesigns

    StelmaDesigns said 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed this, thank you!

  • shellseye

    shellseye said 5 years ago

    Love the Brian Ulrich photos!

  • jamiespinello

    jamiespinello said 5 years ago

    great photos!

  • SnuggliMumCreations

    SnuggliMumCreations said 5 years ago

    Awesome photos!!!!

  • OhMyLuckyStar

    OhMyLuckyStar said 5 years ago

    HAhahahha! Love the "boots holder"

  • moonstr

    moonstr said 5 years ago

    so cozy, on so many levels.

  • bstrung

    bstrung said 5 years ago

    Interesting for the Holiday season. Was there a hidden message I didn't get.

  • liliandaurin

    liliandaurin said 5 years ago

    Why is the top photo a bunch of dead ball python hatchlings? I suppose designer morph snakes might be considered "style".

  • julieincharge Admin

    julieincharge said 5 years ago

    That home in the Bowery is AMAZING!

  • SugarKids

    SugarKids said 5 years ago

    Great Piece! The photo's are amazing. And the home is well....I'm speechless. WOW!

  • SpaceAgeCeramix

    SpaceAgeCeramix said 5 years ago

    We have so much to learn from our aesthetic patrimony. Keep up the excellent work.

  • buffalogirls

    buffalogirls said 5 years ago

    What a space. And all that room to store the chachakas, wow, and who does the dusting.

  • CoruscationClothing

    CoruscationClothing said 5 years ago

    Amazing photography, the mall is such a creepy look at what the future could be

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