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News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere: May 20, 2010

May 20, 2010

by Alison Feldmann handmade and vintage goods


“And your very flesh shall be a great poem.” — Walt Whitman

This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has chokers and platforms, homes with wheels, Southwest dream interiors, the sweatiness of beach culture combined with cotton candy and an artist who can make the spiritual, visible.

Read on!









As a moody teen I used to daydream about selling my troll collection, packing up my American Traveler luggage set and taking a cross country jaunt in my weary Monte Carlo. The car is long since dead (R.I.P., Silver Lady), but the dream is still kickin’. Jane Lindz’s 1979 ode to road living, Rolling Homes: Handmade Houses on Wheels, puts a handmade spin on the RV lifestyle. Imagine traveling in the comfort of a converted bus or truck with a wooden widow’s walk, a tricked out kitchen and your favorite dog riding shotgun. Heaven. (If you’re into this, definitely check out Art Boericke’s oeuvre. Totally in the same vein.) [Via All the Mountains]










Christina Bothwell’s sculpture captures the elusive space between sleep and waking. In this musty half dream she gives dimension to spiritual awakenings, ghosts, the tenderness of birth and the fleeting wonder of blood flowing through our veins. [Via Blood Milk]





“School is a battlefield for your heart. So when Rayanne Graff told me my hair was holding me back, I had to listen. ‘Cause she wasn’t just talking about my hair. She was talking about my life.” Angela Chase, champion and queen to all emo ’90s teens who dyed their hair fire engine red, is an icon of twee fashion nostalgia for the floral-romper-but-insecure-about-it decade. Get out your My So-Called Life VHS tapes and prepare to cry a little on your velvet babydoll dress. [Via THERSIC]

















I can’t wait to visit New Mexico and Arizona, if only for the opportunity to redecorate my apartment with chunks of turquoise and Navajo rugs (and I can’t forget the other reasons to go — the cacti, endless desert and hunkering mountains). Absorb some Southwestern Scandinavian flavor with inside’s glorious photo collection of cowskin rugs, ragged rock walls and worn wooden floors. [Via Design for Mankind]

















Somehow, and this stymies me, I’d never heard of Coney Island until I moved to New York. (How is that possible?!) Martin Parr’s verité photo series, Last Resort, was shot in the wilds of the crumbling New Brighton beach resort in 1985. There’s some staggering social commentary to be had, in addition to the baby in the tank. (If you’re a fan of the British seaside, be sure to check out Amity’s ode to lobster-colored Brits.) [Via Identical Eye]

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!

Camille: a wall mounted  cabinet
Camille: a wall mounted cabinet
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8 Vintage Long Flash Cards...CROW...CORN
8 Vintage Long Flash Cards...CROW...CORN
Fruits Poster
Fruits Poster
TOBACCO body creme - hand blended with cocoa butter and essential oils
TOBACCO body creme - hand blended with cocoa butter and essential oils
Sea Foam, Sand, and Sky Mug
Sea Foam, Sand, and Sky Mug
White Porcelain Coral Ring With An Adjustable Band
White Porcelain Coral Ring With An Adjustable Band
Gingham Dress
Gingham Dress
RESERVED for LISA.   MAKO shark tooth necklace on 14k gold fill chain, with gold plated cap. White tooth pendant
RESERVED for LISA. MAKO shark tooth necklace on 14k gold fill chain, with gold plated cap. White tooth pendant
Bird Portrait 4
Bird Portrait 4
whisper ring - single
whisper ring - single


  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 6 years ago

    Fantastic article!...I totally dream of living on the road someday; pull out a map, close my eyes, and point to my next destination.

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 6 years ago

    I am engaged by everything in this week's article. Christina Bothwell's sculptures are luminescent. And who doesn't love My So Called Life?

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    once again, a perfect article! i love the mobile homes and the my so called life fashion. WONDERFUL!

  • MouseTrapVintage

    MouseTrapVintage said 6 years ago

    I want that HOUSES ON WHEELS book so so bad! Really fantastic one this week!

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 6 years ago


  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 6 years ago

    Wow this was a really good one. I had to look at those Brighton Beach photos a few times. I thought they were amazing photoshop jobs at first. The images that struck me most were the slot machine baby learning to walk, the boy with his feet in the filthy water and the crying baby in the pram. I love the Christina Bothwell sculptures as well, amazing, they looked as if they are carved, I am curious as to how they are made. When I was in 8th? 10th? (I am 33 now) I so wanted to be Claire Danes in MSCL. I always felt I wasn't cool or intellectual enough though.

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 6 years ago

    My grandfather built a camper onto the back of his truck, but it wasn't nearly as grand as homes in the photos. That didn't stop me from wanting to live in it, or beg my parents to buy an old school bus (they didn't go for it).

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 6 years ago

    I have to agree with Polestar this was a wonderfuol article!

  • love4rocks

    love4rocks said 6 years ago

    Another great article. Awesome pictures. I spend the majority of my time on the road and my little store just travels with me. Currently I am in Color Country Utah. I love it.

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet said 6 years ago

    These are some great finds. The New Brighton beach resort in 1985 and the Handmade Houses on Wheels, funny but beautiful.

  • jamieribisi

    jamieribisi said 6 years ago

    I freakin LOVE those ghost sculptures!!!!!!

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 6 years ago

    fascinating finds. I love me a good house on wheels:)

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 6 years ago

    Wow, what an amazing collection...I luved the houses on wheels...the sculptures were amazing...I am wowed!!! Thanks 4 sharing!!

  • RageoftheAge

    RageoftheAge said 6 years ago

    "Love the earth and the sun and the animals. Give alms to everyone that asks. Devote your income and labor to others and your very flesh shall be a great poem." WALT WHITMAN

  • VintageTribe

    VintageTribe said 6 years ago

    i adore this post! thank you for the inspiration!

  • avantanthologue

    avantanthologue said 6 years ago

    bothwell's work!!! wow! i've always loved translucency... kind of remindes me of Jin-young Yu's work, too. remotely, but you know..

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 6 years ago

    What an amazing collection.Thanks for sharing.

  • avantanthologue

    avantanthologue said 6 years ago

    those interiors are amazing, too! room7!!! can i just move there?

  • LARaised

    LARaised said 6 years ago

    wow! those were some amazing rings, truly inspiring! I love this, thanks for posting & sharing!.

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 6 years ago

    Reminds me of the "UP" house but I'd go on the road with American Pickers in it!

  • boutiqueseragun

    boutiqueseragun said 6 years ago

    Fantastic article!

  • DistressingDelilah

    DistressingDelilah said 6 years ago

    What a refreshing post! Loved the pics!

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten said 6 years ago

    where do i start? i can't even stand how much i love that first southwest interior. can't even stand it. also the first mobile home picture i drool. and i have never seen "my so called life" which i've always imagined i would like. i think i'm gonna find it on the internets and watch tonite. TY TA. YR. (thank you teenangster. you rock)

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 6 years ago

    Wow, amazing as usual.

  • jkldesign

    jkldesign said 6 years ago

    So much inspiration here, thank you for sharing :)

  • rawartletterpress

    rawartletterpress said 6 years ago

    great work!

  • meoneil

    meoneil said 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness! We had a hippie truck/aka moveable dwelling back in the day. It was in the back of a 1953 yellow and blue bread delivery truck. I loive these!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    Great article and finds!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Bothwell's sculptures blew my mind! Thanks! better come visit when you are in NM! I mean it!

  • JoshUrsoDesign

    JoshUrsoDesign said 6 years ago

    This one had us captivated the whole way through! We've wanted to toss it all and ride around the country in a truck/house since we don't know when and rekindled that very fantasy with yet another Travels with Charlie read last summer. What can we say about Bothwell's work? Sometimes art works better than words at describing stuff. And good art always does. MSCL was our obsession in middle school. We may never get over our bad boy obsessions. Or our relentless self reflection. Those interiors make some aspects of "woodland chic" seem relevant again. Coney Island holds a special place in our hearts. Who knows what will become of that place.

  • maycouture

    maycouture said 6 years ago

    Mobil homes are amazing! and sculptures area great finds. Thanks for sharing!

  • tastesorangey

    tastesorangey said 6 years ago

    Man I miss My So Called Life, my first preteen obsession! Amazing article. Thanks so much for featuring my print amongst so many awesome things.

  • SleepDreamPlay

    SleepDreamPlay said 6 years ago

    Martin Parr is an amazing photographer. Great finds

  • searchandrescue

    searchandrescue said 6 years ago

    This is way awesome. I've just been thinking about 'My so called life' recently, what a great show.

  • PassionFlowerVintage

    PassionFlowerVintage said 6 years ago

    SO GREAT! ..ALL of it!

  • aromaticbodyoils

    aromaticbodyoils said 6 years ago

    Mmm, total weirdness. I went to a house once that was for rent that looked just like the first mobile home. It was a bit creepy.

  • katiearms

    katiearms said 6 years ago

    This makes me so happy because I do actually own Mo So Called Life on VHS. I love it so much!

  • sherrylynn0774

    sherrylynn0774 said 6 years ago

    LOVE IT!

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 6 years ago

    Loved it all (esp.the 'my so called life' reference and why did the show get cancelled again?), but M. Parr's photographs..Wow. Amazing and unforgettable.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 6 years ago

    I liked all the old pictures, very well written enjoyed my read.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    the spirit sculptures are amazing, and i want the house on wheels in the first picture.

  • CherriesSwim

    CherriesSwim said 6 years ago

    I've never seen anything like the Christina Bothwell sculptures-they are breathtaking!

  • Chandeluse

    Chandeluse said 6 years ago

    I was a little confused at how it wandered from subject to subject but all the photos were galvanizing. keep writing!

  • ShopMinette

    ShopMinette said 6 years ago

    Hey, i live in New Brighton! and i was born in 1985! and i took my kids to the beach today!...And today my girlfriend (who's profile i've hijacked here)told me she read that way back when, a "cowboys and indians" show was put on each year by folks from your side of the pond! Then i go and find this. Amazing! (The place is a whole lot cleaner nowadays! but the people tend to be just as trashy!) Those mobile homes are too good! Thanks you've made my day

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 6 years ago

    Those Martin Parr photos remind me of Nick Waplington's work! The baby escaping the carriage is funny in kind of a dark way. I'll have to look for more of his work. Also, I love that interior with the swing! I could live there!

  • kclarkphotography

    kclarkphotography said 6 years ago

    Christina Bothwell's sculptures are stunning. LIke a dream images realized.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    I love those sculptures so other worldly and so beautiful too.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    Love the homes on wheels & the interiors & the semi-opaque sculptures... but I remember the 90's too well to miss them & the seaside scenes look too horribly like my childhood memories to be even faintly amusing!

  • Intentions

    Intentions said 6 years ago

    Thank you for the feast for eyes! What a lovely last few minutes you've given me & many others! Thanks & thanks to all the wonderful artists featured.

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 6 years ago

    This was a complete DROOLFEST.....! Beautiful imagery...

  • blainedesign

    blainedesign said 6 years ago

    Beautiful sculptures. Thanks again, Alison.

  • whphotography

    whphotography said 6 years ago


  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    In the 60's we had an old VW bus that we outfitted with cots and went camping in the mountains and seashore. Those trucks are great for the wanderer!

  • ericawalker

    ericawalker said 6 years ago

    I too regularly dream of road trips... and the day I can spend part of the year living on the road and exploring. Love those pics.

  • tugboatprintshop

    tugboatprintshop said 6 years ago

    wowzas! looking @ this post was like a vacation. can't wait for next week's coolness already :)

  • DevineDesignStudios

    DevineDesignStudios said 6 years ago

    Amazing rustic interiors...would love to spend time in any one of these spaces!!!

  • somethingaboutmeshop

    somethingaboutmeshop said 6 years ago

    i absolutely love LOVE this!

  • diorama4mama

    diorama4mama said 6 years ago

    Ah, caravan dreams...

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 6 years ago

    I really like Christina Bothwell's artwork and had forgotten about her. Thanks for some great inspiration!

  • RichardandRuthie

    RichardandRuthie said 6 years ago

    Wow! The sculptures are brilliant and the beach photos really leave an impression on my heart. Bravo!

  • NoMoreTwistHandmade

    NoMoreTwistHandmade said 6 years ago

    i leaped up in my chair when i saw the wonderful rolling homes pictures--my husband and i keep talking about building one as a sort of portable studio... the creativity in these fire the imagination!

  • eastbaycalifornia

    eastbaycalifornia said 6 years ago

    every single thing about this blog is absolutely amazing.. its like you took pictures of aspects of my dream house and all the gypsy wagons are just too rad!

  • BeesAndTrees

    BeesAndTrees said 6 years ago

    This is the best blogosphere report ever. A+!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 6 years ago

    WOW! What a fun combo of items. Super Creative Mix! Thanks for another surreal romp!!! XO

  • modflo

    modflo said 6 years ago

    wow, what an amazing and eclectic collection...i'm floored!

  • lindasmartstudio

    lindasmartstudio said 6 years ago

    Wow indeed! It's rare to see such never-seen-before artwork.

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 6 years ago

    AAAAAAAAAA the line from Walt Whitman is beautiful, as are those sculptures crikey they are off the chart amazing!!!

  • goingplaces2

    goingplaces2 said 6 years ago

    How amazing to look back "The Present is a Point just passed." ~David Russell Here is a beautiful French Blog I love -

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 6 years ago

    love it! thankyou :)

  • LadybugSF

    LadybugSF said 6 years ago

    How wonderful and beautiful and SAD! Especially about My So-Called Life....

  • siragwatkins

    siragwatkins said 6 years ago

    My feet were already itching, but the houses on wheels cranked it up a notch. However, at 65 and with some mobility limitations, accessibility has become an issue. I've been in touch with the tiny houses designers about this--I figure if they can make it accessible we can figure out how to put wheels under it. I find so many issues I'm dealing with as my body ages (but my spirit's still as wild as it was at 20, if not more so)that society in general doesn't seem to realize we will all be dealing with at some point. It would be nice if everyone, as they age, didn't have to either go on escorted geriatric tours or reinvent the wheel.

  • talk2thetrees

    talk2thetrees said 6 years ago

    I love this so much! My so called life was my favorite show ever! Http://

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 6 years ago

    Great artwork! Thank you!

  • pipapiep

    pipapiep said 6 years ago

    wow! great works!

  • gullistCraft

    gullistCraft said 6 years ago

    Great finds! I love this.

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 6 years ago

    Christina Bothwell's sculptures are amazing and very thought provoking. Thank you for sharing her work!

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 6 years ago

    School bus/truck campers make for great summer living off the beaten track. First photo looks like a 1949 GMC. The best.

  • littleloveblue

    littleloveblue said 6 years ago

    love those houses on wheels... i want one so. oh, man did i ever love that show as a teenager too.

  • objetpetita

    objetpetita said 6 years ago

    Martin Parr's one of my favorite photographers...! great stuff!

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 6 years ago

    those pics are super cool :D ! i love it

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 6 years ago

    love it! love those pics :D amazing!

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 6 years ago

    STUNNING photos and sculptures! This is amazingly beautiful imagery! Thank you so much for this article! Love it!

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    Lindylu520 said 6 years ago

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  • pandoraslocker

    pandoraslocker said 6 years ago

    That first home of wheels reminds me a lot of the bus in Dr. Paranus Imaginarium, love it!

  • LittleGreenSquirrel

    LittleGreenSquirrel said 6 years ago

    I am...LOVING this! Great post!!

  • pasin

    pasin said 6 years ago

    Amazing collection

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 6 years ago

    Beautiful stuff!!! Love the ceramic ring - awesome!!

  • PooknflipProductions

    PooknflipProductions said 6 years ago

    I love the photography in this article. It really takes you to a different place. I love some of those houses on wheels - and the Coney series was excellent. Thank you!

  • gmone86

    gmone86 said 6 years ago

    for some reason the beach photo remind me of british summer time lol

  • outofline

    outofline said 6 years ago

    Thumbs up for "road living". oh wanderlust!

  • yogiodie

    yogiodie said 6 years ago

    Aaaah, the wonderful 84 Monte Carlo. Never know it might still be cruisin NE Iowa. Wonderful pictures of the trucks built into "Mobil Homes". Your grandpa had a 50 Chevy pretty much like the one in the picture. (Your cousin has it) Love the loft pictures also. Very nice Alison. You had to hear of Coney Island in the Tom Hank's movie!

  • MoMuertos

    MoMuertos said 6 years ago

    The sculptures are incredible, and I never would have seen them if you hadn't posted them. Thank you!


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  • miriadmoni

    miriadmoni said 6 years ago

    WOW! HOW INCREDIBLE! I identify with so many of your picks - The motorhome on the pickup - I had one like that Christina Bothwell is a great artist - I work with glass Brighton Beach - I used to live there and go to the beach every morning... Thanks for all!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 6 years ago

    totally enjoyed every genre presented here. Bothwell is incredible, going to check her out!

  • muchuanlin

    muchuanlin said 6 years ago

    I love the photography in this article. It really takes you to a different place. I love some of those houses on wheels - and the Coney series was excellent. Thank you!

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