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News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere: July 29, 2010

Jul 29, 2010

by Alison Feldmann handmade and vintage goods


“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]


Wanna give me some more artsy, style or design blogs to peruse? Leave them in the comments! And check out past installments of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere!


  • SpacejamHandmade

    SpacejamHandmade said 7 years ago

    i love it!

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 7 years ago

    Beautiful pictures and interesting story as always! Thanks Alison!

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 7 years ago

    Just Awesome... I'm Speechless...

  • paperholiday

    paperholiday said 7 years ago

    What a great article! And what beautiful photos!

  • midnightflight

    midnightflight said 7 years ago

    When the city's getting you down, those balloons are certain to cheer you up! Oh so inspiring! Thanks!

  • CatchTheEye

    CatchTheEye said 7 years ago

    What a great collection!

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 7 years ago

    I'd like a room full of those balloons for my birthday, please... Ah, slurpees... I was delighted by watermelon slurpees (I only found in Florida) during my wandering, blissful childhood vacations. Gorgeous!

  • hypericumfragile

    hypericumfragile said 7 years ago

    Great pictures!

  • YellowViolet

    YellowViolet said 7 years ago

    After seeing those shophouses I don't feel so bad about my workspace! And those road pictures....gimme a VW camper with a full tank!

  • SweetandDandyVintage

    SweetandDandyVintage said 7 years ago

    The images are beautiful! I'm ready to hit the road!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 7 years ago

    Besides the pictures that we took on our current trip to asia, this is the second time I'm seeing picture of "shop houses". One of the most fascinating things we saw were people living and working in the same place- lots of places where people worked in the shop/restaurant/business on the first floor, and lived in the floors above; probably the best arrangement of work commute time I've seen There were also many shop houses where there was clearly no physical boundary between work and home life, I vividly recall walking down the street and as I peer into a shop, I can see the shopkeeper's children sitting towards the back of the store doing homework/watching tv. A trip to asia definitely gave me a different visual experience of modern urban life.

  • TrueOrganics

    TrueOrganics said 7 years ago

    Love the nature photos, you always seem to pick the most interesting subjects and great photographers.

  • soleilduautomne

    soleilduautomne said 7 years ago

    Great photos! Very beautiful colors. :) Thanks!

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 7 years ago

    i love the picasso hand earrings :)

  • astarteearthart

    astarteearthart said 7 years ago

    wow you were totally connected when writing this blog, thanks, gotta go pack for a road trip now

  • AnniesWearableArt

    AnniesWearableArt said 7 years ago

    wow. breathtaking. absolutely.

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Great pictures!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Great picks as always , just perfect !

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 7 years ago

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  • mysweetstitch

    mysweetstitch said 7 years ago

    OOOh wonderful pictures, what a treat for the eyes! I want to run and paint something, anything, right now!

  • dollybirddesign

    dollybirddesign said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the escape and always inspiration.

  • NHWoodscreations

    NHWoodscreations said 7 years ago

    After a second look, I noticed that the first 3 or 4 photos of the work spaces look like they are the same room. Check out the hanging lamp. So cool!

  • blackbirdletterpress

    blackbirdletterpress said 7 years ago

    ah, yellowstone, the best place on earth

  • Vanittas

    Vanittas said 7 years ago

    Inspiring as always ! I like the textures from the first set of photos.

  • whiletheyplay

    whiletheyplay said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous and moody photographs!

  • earlybirdcreations

    earlybirdcreations said 7 years ago

    wow, once again such interesting subject matter and I am looking forward to exploring Eugenio's work further, fantastic!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    wow... wonderful photos!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Enrico Enrico Enrico! That's all I'm sayin.

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 7 years ago

    The very winding road photo must be "Going-to-the-Sun Road" in Glacier National Park, Montana, one of my favorite places on earth. Adore the balloons - how creative!

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague said 7 years ago

    you have a way of pickin' em, alison. thanks again!

  • evertonterrace

    evertonterrace said 7 years ago

    You've left me longing for the open road - gorgeous. Those "other voices, other rooms" images are breathtaking.

  • fadefade

    fadefade said 7 years ago

    beautiful photographs!

  • janellelile

    janellelile said 7 years ago

    Permanent balloons are genius! Less "pondering one's own demise" that way :D

  • RiverBazaar

    RiverBazaar said 7 years ago

    So beautifully said: "Parsing the layers of functional and decorative in relation to human life is fascinating." Do so agree! Superb curation this week...I adore the fifth "shophouse".

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 7 years ago

    the landscapes at the beginning are incredible ~ so inspiring. some of them look not~real! thanks for this weeks post :)

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 7 years ago

    I really, really love this feature. There are so many wild and wonderful things to be found out there in the blogosphere and way beyond there, too!

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 7 years ago

    The cross country tour and shophouses are such eye-candy!

  • CrazyAngelArt

    CrazyAngelArt said 7 years ago

    beautiful and amazing photos...the cramped store fronts are quite different than what we in the states are accostumed to...just goes to show you..if you're serious about your can make it happen anywhere.

  • aileenrae

    aileenrae said 7 years ago

    What beautiful photography! Thanks for sharing!!

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 7 years ago

    Wow that photography is a feast (recueneco's and ck/ck) I love the lighting and lack there of in recuenco's work as well as the modern mixed with grand classic museum art. I can almost smell the sulfur in those Yellowstone shots.

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 7 years ago

    Fantastic pictures. The one with the baby in the "laundrymat" makes me sad. My two kids are from China and Taiwan....

  • SweaterDeer

    SweaterDeer said 7 years ago

    I love the plush helium balloons! they're wonderful!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    very cool choices... I caught your tweet about the " balloons" and had to take a sneak peek for myself! awesome! I love the photos of the country and the back rooms and offices! wonderful!

  • iheartnorwegianwood

    iheartnorwegianwood said 7 years ago

    REally love the Peter Nitsch photos, they remind me of the times I've been to Hong Kong, I'm mesmerized by the lifestyle I see people living there!

  • loranscruggs

    loranscruggs said 7 years ago

    I feel transformed!

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 7 years ago

    wow...scrolling down the variety of pictures was an emotional ride for me and then it stopped at the green awesome!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 7 years ago

    The pics of the west - love love love them!

  • OrangeistheSun

    OrangeistheSun said 7 years ago

    The landscape images are stunning and the "balloons" are genius!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 7 years ago

    Just love the road trip photos, makes me want to pack the dog & the hubby in the van & head somewhere (anywhere)... & the plush balloons are a genius idea!

  • Vintage50sEyewear

    Vintage50sEyewear said 7 years ago

    Beautiful! :)

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 7 years ago

    ...thanks so much for the roadtrip! i needed a little getaway, esp. loved the beauty parlor! XO

  • FeltedPleasure

    FeltedPleasure said 7 years ago

    Oh, perfect collection of photos!! Thanks!

  • notApplicable

    notApplicable said 7 years ago

    the plush balloons rock!

  • PrimaryRedux

    PrimaryRedux said 7 years ago

    OK, there are a couple photos from the across America set that I would love to see blown up about 10 feet tall, as well as one or two from the Bangkok series. And I just wanna stand in front of them and be. As for the related etsy items.....mmm-mmm-good. Enhabiten and DearDodo knocked my socks off. Thanks again for the amazing trip!

  • heidiadnum

    heidiadnum said 7 years ago

    Thanks, Alison. Loving the balloons and leopard-print heels!

  • Dryw

    Dryw said 7 years ago

    Amazing collection!

  • TerrorDome

    TerrorDome said 7 years ago

    I feel enriched having perused all of that. : )

  • Threepennybit

    Threepennybit said 7 years ago

    wow what amazing images they really are fantastic.

  • Lolavintage

    Lolavintage said 7 years ago

    those photos are amazing!

  • kathartstudio

    kathartstudio said 7 years ago

    Love the whole collection! Each tells a story. Thanks!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    I really like those photos of gorge its so pretty, its amazing the colours you get in nature. Fabulous!

  • BPvintage

    BPvintage said 7 years ago

    cool beans ~ love the expansive outdoor shots!

  • SepiaLepus

    SepiaLepus said 7 years ago

    That was so cool! I feel like I just had a little getaway of my own.

  • SoulyNomadic

    SoulyNomadic said 7 years ago

    love the first group of photos, reminds a bit of a recent trip driving through Utah! love the colors and textures

  • HazyDaisy

    HazyDaisy said 7 years ago

    Love those stuffed balloons!

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten said 7 years ago

    the bangkok pictures are fascinating. as usual i love the quotes you pick.

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 7 years ago

    stunning photos and beautiful finds!

  • MireilleLagow

    MireilleLagow said 7 years ago

    I want to go on a road trip! I love those landscapes!

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 7 years ago

    Seriously gorgeous photos, as always. I don't know how you always manage to find such provocative and imaginative work! Stunning, thank you so much for sharing these. They made my morning! ~Wren Arm Warmers & Fingerless Gloves for all seasons & styles!

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard said 7 years ago

    LOVE it all! Don't know where to look first!

  • brideblu

    brideblu said 7 years ago

    I adore the landscape shots and the balloons (who doesn't love ballons :))

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer said 7 years ago

    Love the shop house pics!

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop said 7 years ago

    Every time I read on of these, I inevitably get lost for at least 30 minutes in some obscure bit of the world. Thanks. I think. Eugenio was definitely my favorite.

  • AppliedOptics

    AppliedOptics said 7 years ago

    Thanks for introducing me to Peter Nitsch's work, it's very interesting. The road photos remind me of the trip that my wife and I took this summer from California to Colorado and back. We had a great time.

  • FavreBijoux

    FavreBijoux said 7 years ago

    Interesting juxtapostions. Yeah, here in PA the cicadas are too loud--meaning summer is on the wane. "Other Voices, Other Rooms" by Truman Capote---lest we forget.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the amazing pictures! I don't have to go to an art gallery today!!

  • neonmorgan Admin

    neonmorgan said 7 years ago

    I want those balloons!

  • BeesAndTrees

    BeesAndTrees said 7 years ago

    Great post as usual! Wowee, I must have one of those fake balloons! And the quote at the top lead me on a search that ended with this > Nicely done.

  • DanceLikeIts1492

    DanceLikeIts1492 said 7 years ago

    Beautiful images! Thanks for sharing!

  • minusplusminus

    minusplusminus said 7 years ago

    +++ How magic!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 7 years ago

    Early fall is best for a road trip. The air is cool and clears the mind. Colors are more vibrant. It can be blissful.

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 7 years ago

    Fall is the best time for a road trip!

  • superman61

    superman61 said 7 years ago

    Makes you want to turn out the lights and go dancing. Excellent road pictures and the others are wonderful also. I just wonder what is so unusual about the shop pictures?

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    Alison you need a road trip! Just GO! :) Adoring the not-balloon balloons. Eugenio Recuenco's work is going to haunt me for some time. I love it!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 7 years ago

    Love it! And Southern Gothic is just about the best genre out there. Beautiful. :)

  • ethanollie

    ethanollie said 7 years ago

    cross country road trip before i die...i swear

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 7 years ago

    Wow! That blew my mind in so many ways....amazing landscapes....i've always wanted to visit thailand...& those gothic scenes are! Thank you for sharing these amaing artists!

  • ilgattoselvatico

    ilgattoselvatico said 7 years ago

    The last group of photos really do look like paintings (surrealistic ones).

  • fullcircleimages

    fullcircleimages said 7 years ago

    i'm with ethanollie on this one. i'm still hanging on to the dream of a cross-country road trip someday! great collections. they were a wonderful escape from the cubicle :-)

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 7 years ago

    Lovely nature!

  • OfTheFountain

    OfTheFountain said 7 years ago

    What an interesting collection of photos! Thanks for sharing!

  • pamwares

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  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago

    Very interesting, beautiful landscapes. Love the leopard shoes!!

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin said 7 years ago

    The instant I saw the Peter Nitsch photos I felt nostalgic. It all made sense when I read on and found they were taken in Bangkok, where my husband and I had lived in 2005, 2006. Thank you for introducing me to this artist, I can't wait to explore his other work!

  • PaperPicker

    PaperPicker said 7 years ago

    very cool blog post - enjoyed the shophouse photos.

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    Road trip!

  • aistheta

    aistheta said 7 years ago

    What wonderful images. Thanks for sharing. I really like the the nature series and the pseudo helium balloons. To see more nature visit my photo blog...

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap said 7 years ago

    thanks for sharing....these pictures are so stunning and a nice breath of fresh air from what I get to see everyday :)

  • NagihanDesigns

    NagihanDesigns said 7 years ago

    Great pictures:))

  • yogiodie

    yogiodie said 7 years ago

    I think someone has a hankerin' for someone NE Iowa landscape! Love the candy balloon!

  • Artistico

    Artistico said 7 years ago

    Alison wow amazing landscapes.. where did you find so many wonderful images..Great post as usual!What beautiful photography! Thanks for sharing!! A++++

  • SaplingHandcrafted

    SaplingHandcrafted said 7 years ago

    I love checking out your posts! your images are amazing and continue to inspire me : )

  • mossylanestudio

    mossylanestudio said 7 years ago

    A crowded room can be a beautiful photo. Thanks for posting!

  • whimhandmadejewelry

    whimhandmadejewelry said 7 years ago

    Some of these pictures remind me of a cute little consignment store in Des Moines, IA called "Found Things"... they have so many great unique things for crafting. I shop there all the time for unique components for my jewelry! If you're in the area, crafters, check it out!

  • gardendiva

    gardendiva said 7 years ago

    Wow, the road trip photos brought back fun memories of a trip to Yellowstone a few years ago, lstening to Copeland and taking in the amazing scenery!

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