“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.”
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