“Is that all there is?” — Peggy Lee
This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere is a gas-guzzling, listless cruise across the pavement of America. Expect sudden vertical spills, eternal helium balloons, the line between personal and business to be smudged and the shadows of Southern mansions to descend.
The city is getting me down. I pine for the intertwined hum of power lines and cicadas, purple slurpees (never grape), jagged vertical landscapes and a listless crosscountry tour. Photographer ck/ck took in an enviable stretch of road in his travels, and I’m finding it quite difficult to avoid Craigslist in search of a beat-up station wagon. [Via But Does it Float]
Photographer Peter Nitsch recently ventured to Bangkok and observed the deep meld between personal and professional lives. The resulting series, “Shophouses,” shows the cramped environs of Southeast Asian city dwellers, often inhabiting the spaces that they use as storefronts. Nitsch explored “the diverse cultural and social mix of a rapidly urbanizing Thailand, in order to uncover the basic human qualities that connect his subjects to his work’s viewers.” Parsing the layers of functional and decorative in relation to human life is fascinating. [Via Beautiful Decay]
Now this is a genius concept. Instead of filling a helium balloon, why not have an endless scion of shiny, lighter-than-air bliss above your head? These plush “Helium Eternal” balloons by Clementine Henrion are, in actuality, stuffed and hung from the ceiling. Best of all, you will soon be able to buy them on Etsy. (P.S. Who knew that helium supplies are soon to be extinct?) [Via THERSIC]
“Other voices, other rooms,” indeed! Southern Gothic is one of my favorite genres, and I do declare (sorry, had to go there) that Eugenio Recuenco has translated the medium into photography quite effectively. [Via Chateau Thombeau]
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