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

Feb 10, 2011

by Alison Feldmann handmade and vintage goods


“Do not keep saying… ‘But how can it be like that?’ …Nobody knows how it can be like that.” — Richard Feynman

This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has 1970s hammocks, skeletons that walk on the wind, nautical dogs and painted cigarettes. Dig in!







English painter Christopher Wood‘s promising career was cut short by an opium addiction in 1930. However, his folksy landscapes and nautical predilection have garnered him some degree of notoriety decades later. How best to describe his work: deep, naive, studied? [Via Nick Haus]



Visual artist Vincent Pacheco, also known as Mudchicken, occupies no individual medium. His collages, original paintings and multimedia pieces provide an amusing read on pop culture, ephemera and the surreal. [Via Hard Feelings]



Hello, jealousy-inducing wooden beams! This loft space was the 1970s home of filmmaker Derek Jarman. A wharf-side converted grain warehouse, the textures, leisurely hammocks and primitive-looking objects create an aura of comfort and character. [Via Sighs and Whispers]


It’s been said that portraits of people will always attract more visual interest than any object or landscape. In response to that sentiment, I direct your attention to the work of Anne Schwalbe. Her abstract observations of plants below a murky pond’s surface, drooping roses, and a lonely beautiful fly trap attract my eyes like lightning.

Do you know the Strandbeest? Theo Jansen’s tubular skeleton creatures “walk on the wind, so they don’t need to eat.” (Watch the video to observe the wind propulsion in action. Truly astounding.) Years of refinement have resulted in sturdier, more independent beasts that Jansen hopes will one day exist “as herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.” 

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!

Vintage Pawn Silver and Coral Native American Cuff
Vintage Pawn Silver and Coral Native American Cuff
NICE TRY- Rosette
NICE TRY- Rosette
Handmade Push Me Pull You Standing
Handmade Push Me Pull You Standing
$210.00 USD
Small . Concrete .  Moss . Bowl
Small . Concrete . Moss . Bowl
Man And His Symbols - Original Oil Painting by Claire Elan 36x24
Man And His Symbols - Original Oil Painting by Claire Elan 36x24
Tally Mark Earrings - Sterling Silver Posts - Five & Ten
Tally Mark Earrings - Sterling Silver Posts - Five & Ten
SALE - Green With Envy Side Chair OOAK
SALE - Green With Envy Side Chair OOAK
80s vintage zigzag TAPESTRY and LEATHER studded satchel
80s vintage zigzag TAPESTRY and LEATHER studded satchel


  • VeraVague

    VeraVague said 9 years ago

    woah strandbeast! that's absolutely incredible. thanks for that!

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten said 9 years ago

    good stuff. those last photographs are REALLY mesmerizing.

  • skullery

    skullery said 9 years ago

    love Theo Jansen's work!

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts said 9 years ago

    Those paintings & rooms. The flying sheet. Such eye candy. Especially the fly strip.

  • janellelile

    janellelile said 9 years ago

    gorgeous and fascinating this week, as always. I utterly adore the strandbeest! I want to take him home with me and follow him around.

  • greatestfriend

    greatestfriend said 9 years ago

    I want to move in with Derek Jarman.

  • prillarguri1976

    prillarguri1976 said 9 years ago

    Theo Jansen's creations are magic. So cool, puts me in the kite flying mood.

  • carousel2

    carousel2 said 9 years ago

    i need the loft....

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 9 years ago

    i loved the strandbeast! I thought it might walk into the ocean! Good this Jansen was there to guide it's way!

  • daydreamjewels

    daydreamjewels said 9 years ago

    Great article!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 9 years ago

    The Strandbeeste is amazing, I'd love to find a whole herd of them on the beach one morning... although they'd probably frighten the dog!

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 9 years ago

    Love the loft!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 9 years ago

    i love christopher wood's painting of the dog. and the quote this week is perfect!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 9 years ago

    whooooa! i just watched the strandbeast video and i had to comment a second time to say how amazing that is! so beautiful and complex yet simple.

  • NoFrump

    NoFrump said 9 years ago

    woah. that beach creature is absolutely surreal! and my weekend project may now be installing a hammock in my apartment...that is if the weather isn't too nice to stay in down here in the South!

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous pieces!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 9 years ago

    wow! really cool!

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 9 years ago

    such beautiful work! xox

  • kjgrigoriadis

    kjgrigoriadis said 9 years ago

    Very Nice....

  • SchneiderGallery

    SchneiderGallery said 9 years ago


  • elisemahan

    elisemahan said 9 years ago

    lovely article! thank you for including my work here!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 9 years ago

    Interesting work!

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop said 9 years ago

    Holy hell. Strandbeest is the best thing I've seen in a while. I hope you saw those tree houses on Nowness by the way. Also awesome.

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 9 years ago

    Wonderful collection ... but the strandbeest is absolutely amazing.

  • TheVinylChalkboard

    TheVinylChalkboard said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous Collection!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    love the nautical paintings!

  • BeaumontStudio

    BeaumontStudio said 9 years ago

    Was not familiar with Christopher Wood - thank you so much for the enlightenment~ Enjoyed so much!

  • outofline

    outofline said 9 years ago

    Those skeleton creatures are amazing! Couldn't stop watching new ones:)

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 9 years ago

    Great photography. Thanks for sharing. Love the vintage loft space.

  • MJSGems

    MJSGems said 9 years ago

    These images are amazing, but the wind propulsion is so cooool!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 9 years ago

    Thanks Alison. You always give us such goodies to munch on.

  • AWishForYou

    AWishForYou said 9 years ago

    Love the photos - and the Strandbeest walking on the wind - now that was so beautiful to watch. Many thanks.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 9 years ago

    What a beautiful loft! Wow! The photos are amazing!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 9 years ago

    Always a wow from you Alison. That beast is incredible. Also loooove Blacksketchbooks' work. Thanks.

  • RAWelding

    RAWelding said 9 years ago

    Oooh, I love it, thanks for sharing!

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 9 years ago

    Stunning visuals, much food for thought.

  • acuriousbrood

    acuriousbrood said 9 years ago

    All very fascinating...particularly enjoyed the Wood paintings...the Strandbeast, truly a wonder to behold.

  • ethanollie

    ethanollie said 9 years ago

    Anne Schwalbe...bookmarked a thousand times over

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 9 years ago

    Inspiring. Love the 2 headed llama

  • funkeyfinds

    funkeyfinds said 9 years ago

    oh! there is something about that fly paper photo that makes me itch! heh...

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 9 years ago

    these images are like looking at a whole new world. a new fantastic point of view.

  • Lisarachel

    Lisarachel said 9 years ago

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOO sandbeast was not what i expected

  • editionbw

    editionbw said 9 years ago

    diggin Jarman's loft... & Theo Jansen's work is amazing! I got lost for a while in his video streams.

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 9 years ago

    I love the fly catcher sticky roll, it reminds me of India

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  • mylenefoster

    mylenefoster said 9 years ago

    I love these kinds of photos. So many things you can do with digital photos without appearing too altered.

  • RiverBazaar

    RiverBazaar said 9 years ago

    All quite intriguing...expect no less. Love the lofts fotos and and to learn it was Derek Jarman decor. A book called "Derek Jarman's Garden" is a favorite.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    Great collection, and go strandbeest!

  • ThriftyVintageHome

    ThriftyVintageHome said 9 years ago

    I'm digging that hammock.

  • foursoftpawz

    foursoftpawz said 9 years ago

    Awesome photography :)

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 9 years ago

    Another stunning installment of News From Craft + Style. I really like Christopher Woods' style (which appeared to have evolved quite a lot in his too-short life). The first painting with the puppies subtly tucked away next to Mama warms my heart.

  • siragwatkins

    siragwatkins said 9 years ago

    Want the loft! and the Strandbeests would be having a ball in western Washington, USA, where we're having yet another windstorm.

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 9 years ago

    luv those cigg paintings! ditto on the amazing loft!

  • AliceCouture

    AliceCouture said 9 years ago


  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 9 years ago

    Oh yes I saw Theo Jansen's creatures on Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention....fascinating.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    Wonderful collection !

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    I saw Theo Jansen on TV here in the UK his work is so facinating, the movements of his creatures are so mezmorizing.

  • slinkycat

    slinkycat said 9 years ago

    Exceptional! Really enjoyed this!

  • thepapermoonstudio

    thepapermoonstudio said 9 years ago the outdoor pics!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 9 years ago the landscapes!

  • ericawalker

    ericawalker said 9 years ago

    that beast is truly astounding!

  • RonH

    RonH said 9 years ago

    Gives a whole new meaning to "a walk on the beach".

  • bmused

    bmused said 9 years ago

    Oh incredible is the strandbeest?! Thanks for sharing these with us! What a great start to my day!

  • LionAndTheCrab

    LionAndTheCrab said 9 years ago

    I never knew flytape could look so artsy. Makes you rethink ordinary objects.

  • ValinthePaperValley

    ValinthePaperValley said 9 years ago

    AWEsome photography, love the blanket in mid-air ! So simple yet so stunning and effective. The collage artwork is pretty stunning and strong as well. thanks for sharing and inspiring us again with another great collection of images! Val

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 9 years ago

    Oh I want that 1970's home! I just want to suspend things from those beams. ow!

  • BarelySewn

    BarelySewn said 9 years ago

    The artwork here is really quite amazing. Thanks for sharing that with us. Tiffany :)

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 9 years ago

    oooh hammocks and rooms filled with cozy beds!! delicious!!!!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 9 years ago

    I love it all. Especially that sculpture that walks on the beach... :)

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 9 years ago

    Beach creature is kewl, that hanging yellow fly trap brings back memories of my mother in law hanging these near windows, told myself I'd never do all your finds, each this read each week....thanks

  • quirkyshop

    quirkyshop said 9 years ago

    keep up the great work!

  • SouthernBelleOOAK

    SouthernBelleOOAK said 9 years ago

    This is great! I love Christopher Wood's painting of the dog in the red chair and those incredible moving sculptures. Yes, I had to watch them all! Such talent! Wow!

  • uglyyellow

    uglyyellow said 9 years ago

    Thank you thank you thank you! I am completely and utterly taken with the Standbeest. ♥ Here is a really great link for more info...they have so many brilliant survival features!:

  • erachel

    erachel said 9 years ago

    Always look forward to seeing what you have found for us. I love the photographs of Anne Schwalbe and Pawnee that bracelet, swoon!

  • JackPineSavage

    JackPineSavage said 9 years ago

    Excellent, the sand beast will be the must have item for next year . . . I want one.

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 9 years ago

    That's the perfect loft studio space. Love the Schwalbe photos.

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 9 years ago

    That's the perfect loft studio space. Love the Schwalbe photos.

  • weathergirl

    weathergirl said 9 years ago

    The Anne Schwalbe photos are fantastic. Coincidentally, the plant underwater reminds me of a piece in my shop that has a moss agate focal. Love it!

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 9 years ago

    Wonderful photos!

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 9 years ago

    Anne's pictures are beautiful .

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous art work!

  • yogiodie

    yogiodie said 9 years ago

    OMG What an awesome article! One handed or two fisted you rock! Absolutely love the beast.

  • yogiodie

    yogiodie said 9 years ago

    You had me at the blankie and the photographs. The beast was totally awesome!!!

  • HvZjewelry

    HvZjewelry said 9 years ago

    Great article!

  • ColtVintage

    ColtVintage said 9 years ago

    anne schwalbe's work is amazing. if you like it have a look here...

  • thebeachhousegallery

    thebeachhousegallery said 9 years ago

    really love the photography! The spotted dog is really beautiful. Thank you for the "Wood" highlight. Carry on!

  • EthelandIris

    EthelandIris said 9 years ago

    Alfred Wallis and Christopher Wood are two of my favourite painters. I visited Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK a few months ago which holds a lot of their work. It's one of my favourite places in the world. Lx

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 9 years ago

    great post this week, thankyou. love the landscape with the leaning trees!

  • Plinkjewelry

    Plinkjewelry said 9 years ago

    good post

  • HeatherLucille

    HeatherLucille said 9 years ago

    A stellar round-up! I enjoyed every single things. I kind of want to be in a Strandbeest wind stampede!

  • ilgattoselvatico

    ilgattoselvatico said 9 years ago

    Strandbeest is amazing! I know a good blog it's called wolf eyebrows

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