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News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere: March 24, 2011

Mar 24, 2011

by Alison Feldmann handmade and vintage goods


“Icebergs behoove the soul (both being self-made from elements least visible) to see themselves: fleshed, fair, erected, indivisible.” — Elizabeth Bishop

This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has a textile retrospective, lady b-ballers, sad cats, makers in action and sea sponge in wood.






Somehow I’d never heard of American textile artist Sheila Hicks until today. The Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art is holding a retrospective, Sheila Hicks: 50 Years, which opens March 24, 2011. [Via Reference Library]











Is there anything more meditative than watching a maker exercise their talents? Photographer Jennifer Causey’s latest project, The Makers, documents days in the lives of perfumers, potters, florists and chefs. What can’t a pair of able hands accomplish?











I was often confused for an athlete when I was younger. By dint of being tall, it was assumed that I’d be coordinated (ha!) or a whiz at dunking a basketball. Needless to say, I was — well, not a whiz, by any means. However, if I’d been able to wear a monogrammed sweater and a full circle skirt as uniform while playing basketball (and, y’know, lived 100 years ago), I’d most likely be in one of these solemn team photos. [Wolf Eyebrows]









Artist and woodworker Morgan Herrin creates epic, mythologically-inspired sculptures that seem straight from the sea. [Via Beautiful Decay]













As a cat lady, I heartily approve of any and all photographs of squashed-faced exotic breeds. However, this series of cat show photos creates a confusing mess of emotions in me: should I be sad for these pageant kitties, or more so for the owners? Why do cats need to have their nails painted? And why do I still find this whole absurd mess to be cute?  [Via Urban Honking]

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!

Eye of Providence Necklace (SALE 30% Off Original 73.00) RESERVED
Eye of Providence Necklace (SALE 30% Off Original 73.00) RESERVED
Pair of Vintage Edith Heath Ashtrays
Pair of Vintage Edith Heath Ashtrays
Mint Green Clay Soap
Mint Green Clay Soap
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Japan Earthquake Relief - Handbuilt Matcha Bowl
Japan Earthquake Relief - Handbuilt Matcha Bowl
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vintage COACH bag
vintage COACH bag


  • jakemartin213

    jakemartin213 said 6 years ago

    i love the photos of the groups of women.

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 6 years ago

    The Herrin works are amazing, I am always astounded when artistis create epic pieces with basic materials. All pageants confound me, cat, child, woman, whatever, they seem like another planet.

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 6 years ago

    The wood sculptures are fantastic. And the SLEEVES...puff city. Great as usual!

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 6 years ago

    Those sculptures are stunning! The time it must've took to make them, and the patience to follow through, to pursue the original image born in the imagination, is staggering. The makers series is really cool, too - love The Potter!

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 6 years ago

    Love the vintage photos!

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 6 years ago

    Awesome photos.

  • NecessiTees

    NecessiTees said 6 years ago

    I really love the wood piece with the coral & barnacles on it! Beautiful!

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry said 6 years ago

    Just wonderful... I love this!

  • WestcoastKnittery

    WestcoastKnittery said 6 years ago

    I love the olden timey sports photos. I have one myself of a women's floor hockey team and it makes me smile everytime I look at it.

  • ozzart

    ozzart said 6 years ago

    Amazing works, great article! I just wish I could visit those exhibitions!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Beautiful sculptures!!! Great works!

  • blueflowervintage

    blueflowervintage said 6 years ago

    Love the wooden sculptures and the vintage ladies' sports teams photos. But a quote from Elizabeth Bishop makes my day.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Nice to see some familiar looking pottery tools in this weeks news! : )

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Love the vintage photos and the cute little kitty!

  • jessjamesjake

    jessjamesjake said 6 years ago

    team photos = swoon Thanks for sharing!

  • ZhongFuJewelryDesign

    ZhongFuJewelryDesign said 6 years ago

    Those coral and sea inspired wooden busts are breathtaking! Perfect play on the collective and the individual.

  • VintageLoot

    VintageLoot said 6 years ago

    The sculpture is amazing!!! I've taken a recent interest in sculpture (not making -- just looking -- i've got no talent for that) because we're going to Rome.

  • funkeyfinds

    funkeyfinds said 6 years ago

    I love the sense of togetherness in those team photos! such ladies!

  • redyellowandblueink

    redyellowandblueink said 6 years ago

    Great post! what a perfect opportunity for me to post this link. Saw this yesterday, a 15 minute film about European Linen. From its start in the field, through weaving and into the hands of the fashion designer. Beautiful and fascinating. gotta watch.

  • provax

    provax said 6 years ago

    Shelia Hicks work is incredible!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Great picks , great post as always !

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 6 years ago

    Love this article.. So interesting. Those team photos are magnificent as are the 'makers' series. Really striking. Thank you for sharing this amazing stuff!x

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 6 years ago

    Amazing sculpture!

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 6 years ago

    Wow, those photos of the women in their basketball "uniforms" are to die for! Wouldn't that be great on the wall?

  • filofashion

    filofashion said 6 years ago

    Amazing works, great article ! Congrats !

  • LynnetteJewelry

    LynnetteJewelry said 6 years ago

    I love the picture of your white cat keeping you company while you work. Too cute!!!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    Inspiring to see the hands in their respective handmade art & discipline. As usual, well done!

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 6 years ago

    Great article. Loved the vintage team photos.

  • 5gardenias

    5gardenias said 6 years ago

    beautifully diverse treats this week-- each and every one of them wonderful!

  • auntjanecan

    auntjanecan said 6 years ago

    WOW! I love the Wood Sculptures!

  • shavingkitsuppplies

    shavingkitsuppplies said 6 years ago

    I'm so captivated by the wood pieces! I can't stop looking at them. They just beg to be touched...all of those curves and holes. So fantastic. Is that a jar of baby food with a tiny ham on it? Little kitteh!

  • SailThouForth

    SailThouForth said 6 years ago

    The basketball ladies are great! With their stoic faces, these sporty ladies from another era actually remind me a bit of the old photos Robin Williams has his students take a good look at in Dead Poets Society. "Carpe... Carpe Diem, boys (ladies)! Seize the day!" :)

  • rachelungerjewelry

    rachelungerjewelry said 6 years ago

    Those wood statues are so surreal and beautiful.

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 6 years ago

    I love kitties! But I can't eat a whole one all by myself... [JUST KIDDING!!!]

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    i love the turn of the century basketball photographs! all of the women look stunning in their athletic dresses.

  • fantasiabridalveils

    fantasiabridalveils said 6 years ago

    Amazing wood pieces!!

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 6 years ago

    nice team pics! poor little pageant meow meows...

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 6 years ago

    Enjoyed the pic's of the woman who played BB back in the early 1900's and your description of yourself too. The wood art was incredible....thanks once again for your blogosphere.

  • SparrowMoon

    SparrowMoon said 6 years ago

    I love that satin-draped litter box! What a life, the life of our cats...

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 6 years ago

    Awww, such cute kitties! Morgan Herrin's sculptures are amazing!

  • Marsena

    Marsena said 6 years ago

    different love it

  • SevenBeads

    SevenBeads said 6 years ago

    Love the vintage photos!

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 6 years ago

    I can't believe those sculptures are wood!! Incredible. Great selection.

  • jewelrylj

    jewelrylj said 6 years ago

    beautifully diverse treats this week-- each and every one of them wonderful!

  • jewelrylj

    jewelrylj said 6 years ago

    beautifully diverse treats this week-- each and every one of them wonderful!

  • gingeraly

    gingeraly said 6 years ago

    impressive wood sculptures. as for the cat pageants, i should submit the idea to my cats, i mean, my bosses!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 6 years ago

    What an amazing piece of wood sculpture....

  • providencevintage

    providencevintage said 6 years ago

    There are so many things I enjoyed about this blog post! - the handsome women in their basketball uniforms, the fuzzy and obscure cats, and of course the amazing artistry in the sculpture, pictures, and textiles . Delightfully random and so, so entertaining!!!! My eyes feel pleasantly full. Thank you!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 6 years ago

    Awesome sculptures!! Love them!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 6 years ago

    The Morgan Herrin work is amazing! Fantastic texture. I would never tire of looking at this. Thanks.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Love the old photos!

  • BetaBoutique

    BetaBoutique said 6 years ago

    Oh, sad cats are so cute. But sad. I had a persian for 10 years (Rest in Piece, lovely) but I never even considered sending him to exhibitions, painting nails etc. Anthropomorphizing gets so egoistic at that point, I think.

  • Kallingwood

    Kallingwood said 6 years ago

    Nice article. Loving.

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 6 years ago

    INSANE! beautiful

  • dahliahousestudios

    dahliahousestudios said 6 years ago

    Wow,Love the Old photos. Things have changed ...

  • AcleverSpark

    AcleverSpark said 6 years ago

    Love the wood sculptures, always impressed by carving and how the mind lets the emerge by taking away. Do you think those turtleneck pullovers were scratchy?

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 6 years ago

    Definitely a feast for the eyes!!

  • GorgeousKarma

    GorgeousKarma said 6 years ago

    Love the wood sculptures...and the old photos are so nostalgic...

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 6 years ago

    I love it. I've never seen that many Victorian era athletic photos before... neat.

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Love all the photos but am strangely attracted to the rubber bands for some reason. Intriquing, as always, Alison.

  • marjudesignsforyou

    marjudesignsforyou said 6 years ago

    the photos take you back in time... how was it-to be a woman these days...

  • aynart

    aynart said 6 years ago

    This is my favorite entry yet! Surreal woodworking, old timey women and kittens!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 6 years ago

    oh , that reminds me that my cat is over due for her pedicure... thanks etsy

  • Xenotees

    Xenotees said 6 years ago

    Amazed by it all- great post!

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing!! Omg - I LUV the images in the Makers series - if you haven't already you should definitely follow the link and check it out. I need to move to Brooklyn and hang out at the Blue Bottle coffee shop immediately. :s

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 6 years ago

    the making shots are brilliant~ excellent :)

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 6 years ago

    this whole artical thoroughly confused me.

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 6 years ago

    zomg im speechless

  • DeviantDecor

    DeviantDecor said 6 years ago

    Wow, I had mentioned earlier on the post you featured Jason de Caires Taylor's underwater figurative sculptures about how much I've loved them and would love a sculpture of one with the amazing sea life on it - and Bam! Here is Morgan Herrin - amazing! But I still kind of want the beautiful coral colors on them! Thanks for sharing, absolutely love it!

  • art4ear

    art4ear said 6 years ago

    Wow , wonderful sculptures.

  • wildbraidart

    wildbraidart said 6 years ago

    Love the wood carved sculptures. Really great.

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