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News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere: March 17, 2011

Mar 17, 2011

by Alison Feldmann handmade and vintage goods

alisontinyhat_archer.jpg“I let objects collapse, and through their destruction they are transformed. So, in a sense, through their destruction they are reborn. It’s a creative act beginning with failure. In this failure things become something else — and that something else is often much more beautiful and interesting than the original.” — Mark Handforth

This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has an abundance of pastel jumpsuits, colorful paintings, lonely landscapes and experimental textiles from the ’70s. 






I could say I’ve never snuck a Harlequin romance novel in my years of reading, but that would be a bold-faced lie. Guilty pleasure: check! Equally inspired by flowing tresses, Alex Oldre and her boyfriend Ross recreated some notably dramatic covers, stating, “Sometimes we sit for hours staring at a sea shell. Other times he’ll hold me by the neck in front of the pyramids. But there’s nothing we like more than nearly kissing each other near some horses.” [Via Miss Moss]











Swedish painter Tove Mauritzson’s colorful home informs her paintings, which dot the white walls. [Via Automatism]













Can you imagine an area so barren that you stand utterly alone? Estonian photographer Alexander Gronsky documented such a locale: the outermost regions of Russia, where there is less than one person per square mile. I question if the cold, stark landscape would seem more or less lonely with the inclusion of people. [Via The Paris Review]

Count me as a worshiper at the altar of textile artist Evelyn Roth. Innovative and ahead of her time, Evelyn knit and crochet all manner of experimental performance art pieces: a
“car cozy” constructed from discarded video tape (“great for going to the beach!”), a frightening tube for attaching yourself to a television, and various wearable costumes. Watch as Evelyn describes her artistic purpose and recycling efforts in the video. For more of the Arts ’74 series, check out this continuation of the show. [Via Rhizome and Nothing Is New]

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!

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  • Earleyimages

    Earleyimages said 5 years ago

    These are great love them!

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 5 years ago

    amazing photos!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Love love love!!!!

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 5 years ago

    Very cool!!!

  • Numbers14

    Numbers14 said 5 years ago

    LOVE the mills and boon!!!

  • MilaKeln

    MilaKeln said 5 years ago

    great photos by Oli Kellett. cool and funny

  • ThreeBlueBee

    ThreeBlueBee said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • imagesbycassandra

    imagesbycassandra said 5 years ago

    Wow that photography is amazing!! And the art really took me by surprise I had to look twice as the images are so 3D! Really great stuff!!

  • neonshimmyshop

    neonshimmyshop said 5 years ago

    Beautiful patterns and colors! Love!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 5 years ago

    Uhm, that Mills & Boon had me rolling all over laughing. What the?! I love it. And those Russian shots remind me of Let the Right One In... brrr.

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 5 years ago

    I want that sofa... and I love the photo of the trees!

  • AsLuckWouldHaveIt

    AsLuckWouldHaveIt said 5 years ago

    The photo of the birches is so inspiring!

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague said 5 years ago

    that ice grave is very unsettling... also, does the video clip not work for anyone else? maybe it's just me.

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague said 5 years ago

    all in all a lovely article :)

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 5 years ago

    Haha those book covers are the best! Cheese Louise!

  • shipwreckdandy

    shipwreckdandy said 5 years ago

    Tecumseh's Curse! Is mine!!!!

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 5 years ago

    RAD! What an interesting blog post..... Heidi

  • dirtygirlclean

    dirtygirlclean said 5 years ago

    "through their destruction they are transformed".... fabulous line.

  • frecklesoriginals

    frecklesoriginals said 5 years ago

    mmm I think I may have some mills and boon in the attic. I love the picture of the trees. Very soothing and calm. You can hear the silence there just looking at them.

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten said 5 years ago

    the pictures of russia totally got me. personal fascination. think i must have some russian blood or past life as a russian. thanks TA.

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 5 years ago

    Loved this post! The photos are too funny! Great job!

  • KnotOriginal

    KnotOriginal said 5 years ago

    Tove Mauritzson's paintings are just WOW!!!

  • kclarkphotography

    kclarkphotography said 5 years ago

    Lol! Harlequin spoiled me for real men. Thanks for the reminder.

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 5 years ago

    Definitely forward thinking art. Enjoyed!

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 5 years ago

    Loved the painting that included the BLUE WILLOW platters hanging on the wall. Vintage Japan Blue Willow is one of my favorite collectibles.

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 5 years ago

    love the photos and the painting with all the childrens toys .

  • PixelGallery

    PixelGallery said 5 years ago

    Love the romance photos. Great collection.

  • hjmart

    hjmart said 5 years ago

    Fantastic interiors with wall paintings! Also love the images of the Estonian photographer! Great post!

  • ekohaus

    ekohaus said 5 years ago

    Love all these paintings !!!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 5 years ago

    That snowbound playground is such a picture of stark desolation. Love the Mills & Boon covers though!

  • tennyoceres

    tennyoceres said 5 years ago

    The romance photos made me really laugh out loud. They're hilarious and so well executed.

  • RuthHaokip

    RuthHaokip said 5 years ago

    I love the Mills and Boon covers - brilliant! "But there's nothing we like more than nearly kissing each other near some horses." Hahaha!

  • auntjanecan

    auntjanecan said 5 years ago

    HAAAA! So wild and I love it!

  • NecessiTees

    NecessiTees said 5 years ago

    Very cool paintings and I really like those stark photos.

  • akcopperraven

    akcopperraven said 5 years ago

    Wow...incredible article...

  • sundaypunch

    sundaypunch said 5 years ago

    incredible. thanks alison.

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 5 years ago

    Amazing photos, thank you so much!! I really enjoyed it!!

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 5 years ago

    Ha ha- the Mills and Boon reproductions are brilliant!

  • aburfield

    aburfield said 5 years ago

    Wow! Love the visual feast.

  • oldnorthstate

    oldnorthstate said 5 years ago

    holy moly, i love those recreated romance covers! and Tove Mauritzson's home is a dream! lovelovelove.

  • earlybirdcreations

    earlybirdcreations said 5 years ago

    I look forward to each and every blogosphere article! This one has not disaapointed :) Thanks!

  • Bumbleweedz

    Bumbleweedz said 5 years ago

    interesting images, I like them.

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 5 years ago

    stunning photos!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    Great Blogosphere! Will take me a while to absorb it all. Thanks again, Alison.

  • TripleGemini

    TripleGemini said 5 years ago

    Love that video of the video of the video of the video video video video video video...

  • Niftic

    Niftic said 5 years ago

    Thanks for everything you have just shared. Those painting are a thrill to view. I will be back often to visit you!


    SISTERBATIK said 5 years ago

    Mills&boons photos made me lol!

  • modernrubbishsf

    modernrubbishsf said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous photos! I want my homestead to look like that one day, after many sales on Etsy.

  • MyGrandpasPen

    MyGrandpasPen said 5 years ago

    I don't like harlequins but paranormal romance books...

  • RouDesigns

    RouDesigns said 5 years ago

    Original and interesting.....

  • mulch

    mulch said 5 years ago

    I just love all of the pictures. Great job. Mulch 'the coupon organizer"

  • SailThouForth

    SailThouForth said 5 years ago

    Those Harlequin cover recreations are hilarious!!

  • whitelightproject

    whitelightproject said 5 years ago

    Full of humor and beauty! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 5 years ago

    Really gorgeous photos and I had an aunt with what I now know is an addiction to those romance books. Tove's house is amazing with all that artwork on the walls. So cool.

  • cynthiacallan

    cynthiacallan said 5 years ago

    Wonderful birch photograph!

  • SpecialTeas

    SpecialTeas said 5 years ago

    Great article. Wasn't super excited about Tove Mauritzson's use of dead animal parts, but the other work was really nice.

  • SpecialTeas

    SpecialTeas said 5 years ago

    Wow she did do an awesome job on this frame though:

  • blainedesign

    blainedesign said 5 years ago

    Alison, I don't know how you do it. Great post.

  • theroyalvintage

    theroyalvintage said 5 years ago

    i like the romance novels, funny

  • thepinkswan

    thepinkswan said 5 years ago

    Love the design of the dining room in one of the above photos! (romance novels very corny

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 5 years ago

    The harlequin novels art is a scream! Soooooo funny, great feature

  • CraftyFixation

    CraftyFixation said 5 years ago

    The photos are AMAZING and the re-created romance novel covers are too funny.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 5 years ago

    Always enjoy your photos & story. thx

  • sadiedesignsca

    sadiedesignsca said 5 years ago

    I really love those photographs especially! I know an artist in Montreal who would be perfect to feature in one of these posts. Her name is Marigold Santos and you can see her work here:

  • PthaloAzul

    PthaloAzul said 5 years ago

    I tried to make a basket out of cassette tapes once and it did not turn out as nice as this girl's car cozy. Wish there was thick tape like that still around because that seems a lot more convenient to knit, but now that TV's have gone digital there probably isn't nearly as much--although I guess that's a good thing, as we don't have as much waste.

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 5 years ago

    What lovely images of the Lovers! My grandmother actually signed me up (at a very early age, 12 ish) with a subscription to those Harlequin Romances. I learned a lot, but I especially stared at the cover of each book. Wow, memory lane. Thanks!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 5 years ago

    Love the colors in everything today ~ fantastic and inspirational! much continued success

  • MadebyLinLin

    MadebyLinLin said 5 years ago

    I love the romance novel pictures they are halirious!

  • MadebyLinLin

    MadebyLinLin said 5 years ago

    and ps. i have the same white drawers with the black stud handles! from IKEA yay :D

  • IntheDivide

    IntheDivide said 5 years ago

    I'd include Harlequins as a guilty pleasure but only the ones from the early days (1950s and 1960s). There's usually one scandalous kiss or held hand and a whole lot of misunderstanding before the inevitable engagement. And yet, it still feels smutty. Go figure! Awesome photos, especially the Harlequin covers.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    nice feature of evelyn roth. i always enjoy all the photos you choose

  • yogiodie

    yogiodie said 5 years ago

    Love the little black dog and the birch trees! Funny romance covers.

  • funkomavintage

    funkomavintage said 5 years ago

    yeah, the 70s were great....we all had jobs, the future was gonna be based on small farms, solar energy and the end of war.....I say we just go back, and take art with us........ ;-)


    LANCERIKA said 5 years ago

    AwEsoMe article! Forward thinking Art or a unique kind of art: real or imagined?

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Love the Swedish painter, Her work is amazing!!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 5 years ago

    Wonderful painting

  • WellspringCreations

    WellspringCreations said 5 years ago

    Amazing pieces!

  • kmwatkins

    kmwatkins said 5 years ago

    The photography amazing! This is a fun one.

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 5 years ago


  • MursBlanc

    MursBlanc said 5 years ago

    always love your stories.. thank you

  • vnessvintage

    vnessvintage said 5 years ago

    wow! amazing photographs by Alexander Gronsky!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

  • DeEscalaArt

    DeEscalaArt said 5 years ago


  • notchiemama

    notchiemama said 5 years ago

    Those photos from Russia are unbelievable!

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 5 years ago

    Thoroughly confused.

  • mimisrecycledesigns

    mimisrecycledesigns said 5 years ago

    Wonderful pictures!

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