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News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere: October 14, 2010

Oct 14, 2010

by Alison Feldmann handmade and vintage goods


“People remain what they are even if their faces fall apart.” — Bertolt Brecht

The bobby pins on Ray Eames’s bedside table, a web of sticky threads jointed by a fat cocoon, bananas-as-loafers and the haze over a beach at dawn: all in this week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere.













It’s been said that you can never truly know someone until you’ve seen how they live. Leslie Williamson‘s Handcrafted Modern: At Home With Mid-Century Designers eloquently documents the desks, modular furniture and dusty vignettes of the twentieth century’s most famous designers and architects. According to the New York Times Magazine, Williamson “only photographed houses that were in their original state (even if they had become museums after their owners’ deaths), which makes for some wonderful moments: the bobby pins on Ray Eames’s bedside table; Walter and Ise Gropius’s shared desk; a wall-mounted pink Trimline phone that seems to plug into the inside of the medicine cabinet in Albert Frey’s bathroom.”  [Via Reference Library]








Kobe Levi‘s wearable sculpture (er, shoes) show that design most definitely trumps function. Seriously, slingshot slingbacks are not for the faint of heart. And the hoofed boots will most definitely be worn by Bjork before the year is out, I’m sure of it. [Via Melissa Dixson Taxidermist]






Whenever I chance upon silk garments — usually kimono or moth-eaten gowns from the 1920s in an antique store — I have to marvel at the magic of nature and human ingenuity. The people of China, in conjunction with fantastical cocooned silk worms, have been spinning these tenuous threads into delicate, lustrous bolts for hundreds of years, and the photos of the process are mind-boggling. However, the tradition of sericulture, also known as silk farming, seems to be dying off. According to the Times, “The young people have found they can earn more doing migrant work in cities…and the hand looms of Jili could not compete with the machines introduced into factories in the 20th century.” [Via The New York Times]







I think a trip to a rock-studded beach or a quiet woodland glade is in order this weekend — don’t you? 

[Via I Am An Age Old Tree]

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!

Vintage Folk Art Figure/Man
Vintage Folk Art Figure/Man
Vintage Collection of Wood Finials
Vintage Collection of Wood Finials
Arrow Shelf
Arrow Shelf
Vintage Red Wooden Pieces
Vintage Red Wooden Pieces
Oversized Vintage metal woman bust
Oversized Vintage metal woman bust
Black Painting
Black Painting
Wood Carving-Man with Pipe
Wood Carving-Man with Pipe


  • Xiefashionstudio

    Xiefashionstudio said 6 years ago

    The shoes are so cool!!! want to get one pair!!!:) Thanks for sharing...

  • heidiadnum

    heidiadnum said 6 years ago

    Man, those shoes are incredible! Thanks, Alison :)

  • ginaregina

    ginaregina said 6 years ago


  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 6 years ago

    those shoes are almost erotic!

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 6 years ago

    For sure those shoes are a hoot!! Fun! Love the photos too. Thanks for sharing..

  • polkadile

    polkadile said 6 years ago

    I always love looking at what you glean from the net. Thanks for the inspirational images and links. :)

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 6 years ago

    I love the crazy shoes.

  • LoveandKnit

    LoveandKnit said 6 years ago


  • JordanRou

    JordanRou said 6 years ago

    Wow! The photographs of silk being made are amazing to me! Wonderful post!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    I love the statement about never truly knowing someone until you see how they live. So true. Thanks for always finding such interesting and inspiring interiors!

  • TheMysticCircleArt

    TheMysticCircleArt said 6 years ago

    Love the banana shoes ;)

  • blueflowervintage

    blueflowervintage said 6 years ago

    I love the photos of midcentury designers' homes. We have to own that book. Thanks for sharing!

  • nadene

    nadene said 6 years ago

    *love the birch wall panel and the slingshot news! inspiring finds~thank you

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness these photo's are incredible beyond words to describe them. Enjoyed my peruse of everything. :)

  • shavingkitsuppplies

    shavingkitsuppplies said 6 years ago

    I have to have that Handcrafted Modern book, thanks for the link!

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 6 years ago

    The quiet woodland is so what I need. The silk farming process is interesting, I always vaguely pictured what the process was.

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 6 years ago

    Fascinating pictures - especially those of the silk factory!

  • ourfrontyard

    ourfrontyard said 6 years ago

    Extreme Unique!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 6 years ago

    Love seeing the interiors.

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 6 years ago

    Cool, love those home decor items.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    Pushme-pullyou boots... cool!

  • CutesyGirls

    CutesyGirls said 6 years ago

    Love the shoes! So cool!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Amazing shoes! Love how the shapes are so suggestive oo-er missus!

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    IlluminatedPerfume said 6 years ago

    Ray Eames was an amazing lady, I had the fortune of hanging out with her while she still walked the Earth. As usual dear Alison, this is a fantastic post!

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 6 years ago

    I agree that a quite walk in the woods or on a beach is in order for the weekend.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Amazing again and again ! wow !

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 6 years ago

    Toured a silk farm in Turkey. Now we know why those rugs are so expensive. How much are the shoes? :)

  • stockwellcottage

    stockwellcottage said 6 years ago

    Great photos of interiors by Leslie Williamson! She has a wonderful eye for capturing the mood of a place. I work with silk, so it's interesting to see part of the process in the silk factory photos, too. Thanks!

  • meluna

    meluna said 6 years ago

    Awesome topics! Thankyou once again for inspiring my dull Friday morning :)

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts said 6 years ago

    Thanks for introducing me to Leslie Williamson's work. Great post! You're welcome to visit our rock-studded beach or a quiet woodland glade anytime:)

  • kodashii88

    kodashii88 said 6 years ago


  • artofjane

    artofjane said 6 years ago

    Interesting. But those shoes make my feet hurt.

  • WoodenThingsAndMe

    WoodenThingsAndMe said 6 years ago

    Impressive birch bark panel. I wood like one please.

  • LaurelDChristian

    LaurelDChristian said 6 years ago

    The images are beautiful and that bathroom ... AMAZING. So beautiful

  • AdultIndulgences

    AdultIndulgences said 6 years ago

    Talk about GaGa shoes. Wow. Wait until she gets a look at those!! Great topics!

  • loopinloop

    loopinloop said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous portfolio!

  • beadfreaky

    beadfreaky said 6 years ago

    Love the eclectic mix of object in the interiors. Great juxtaposition of uncluttered and sleek modern elements with raw natural ones. Thanks for sharing :) LOL artofjane. They make mine hurt too :)

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch said 6 years ago

    I need a Fairy Door to put in that beautiful woodland scene, so I can have a little rest. oh to dream...

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    Those! Shoes! ...that is all

  • IrinaSztukowski

    IrinaSztukowski said 6 years ago

    Oh My!! These pix are amazing. No questions the shoes are exclusive and extremely creative; but my favorite is the transparent leaf!!! Thank you for sharing, Irina

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 6 years ago

    I love what you find out there! Love the silkworm story and the modern rooms.

  • lindapaloma

    lindapaloma said 6 years ago

    Thanks Alison, you never let me down. Every week your finds are amazing, inspiring, and just plain strange but never, ever boring. Thanks for the infusion of originality:)

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 6 years ago

    Those shoes are TOO FABULOUS!!!!

  • ReFabulous

    ReFabulous said 6 years ago

    Another lovely article. Although the woods are pulling at my heart strings, I live in a desert region, where trees are scarce and cacti abundant. However, I think a trip to the sand dunes is in order for this weekend.... it's a different kind of peace, quiet and tranquility. :)

  • amigurumis

    amigurumis said 6 years ago

    wow, awesome shoes.

  • scarletbegonia11

    scarletbegonia11 said 6 years ago

    LOVE that bathroom! <3

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Alison - you always take my brain to the most interesting places. Thanks for the walk.

  • karenjcreations

    karenjcreations said 6 years ago

    Awesome!!! :)

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 6 years ago

    Awesome as usual - Cheers !!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Levi's shoes are toooo much! Thanks again.

  • CheersToJuly

    CheersToJuly said 6 years ago

    Wonderful images! Thanks for sharing :D

  • TheWinglessBird

    TheWinglessBird said 6 years ago

    Interesting shoes...

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 6 years ago

    Those shoes rock! Thanks for sharing!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 6 years ago

    Great! Love the hand/leaf photo so simple and clean. Amazing photography.

  • CandaceArt

    CandaceArt said 6 years ago

    Inspirational. Fabulous shoes, thanks!

  • AshevilleVintage

    AshevilleVintage said 6 years ago

    oh my goodness banana shoes!!

  • carriveau

    carriveau said 6 years ago

    Love every single one of those shoes! Very inspiring :)

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 6 years ago

    Lovely collection!

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims said 6 years ago

    LOL!!! This is great! Love those banana shoes.

  • KylieO

    KylieO said 6 years ago

    What a fascinating article, I would love to wander through a silk spinning factory. Nothing in this world beats the smell of silk.

  • helenapuck

    helenapuck said 6 years ago

    Those, by far, are the greatest shoes I've ever seen. Love them! I love the snake pole decor too.

  • greatestfriend

    greatestfriend said 6 years ago

    what a combo of a post! kobi levi's work is seriously enthralling - so fresh! and YES get me atop a crag NEXT weekend - as Brooklyn it is - this.

  • Silverdays

    Silverdays said 6 years ago


  • JillianReneDecor

    JillianReneDecor said 6 years ago

    Wow! Love the shoes!!! Great article! Thanks for sharing!

  • birchbeerboutique

    birchbeerboutique said 6 years ago

    leslie williamson's at home with mid-century designers really amazes me. the brilliant details in every photo are perfect. fantastic.

  • choisette

    choisette said 6 years ago

    shout out to vivienne westwood...

  • hopee

    hopee said 6 years ago

    This is an amazing post! The Leslie Williamson pics/works are all awesome (especially the door, and those shoes are genius!

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 6 years ago

    uber cool shoes :-)

  • silverridgestudio

    silverridgestudio said 6 years ago

    am inspired Alison! ....heading out to paint in the forest this weekend!

  • chanyeevon

    chanyeevon said 6 years ago

    gosh.. the silk-making is incredibly stunning.. look at those massive numbers of cocooned silk worms!!

  • jesophi

    jesophi said 6 years ago

    love your posts ♥♥♥♥ they inspire me a lot :) always new finds, treasures and images to dream

  • bigapplevintage

    bigapplevintage said 6 years ago

    teenangster , fucking amazing picks you!!! and you may enjoy this forward-think art blog, it's rad...

  • realfaery

    realfaery said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous articule! Thanks! I love all the pictures and of course THE HOUSE!

  • thecottagemarket

    thecottagemarket said 6 years ago

    how fabulously amazing is this post????? WOW!!!! i feel as though i just traveled far and wide and visited the finest museums! the photography is absolutely FABULOUS and i thank you for sharing!!!!

  • PippilottaTapparella

    PippilottaTapparella said 6 years ago

    Lovely post...although sericulture can be pretty brutal for the grand-grand father used to do that job as a 8 year-old kid in Italy. His arms and hands were constantly burned for being immersed in hot water, and needless to say, children were employed very often because of their little hands...It's brutal for the worms as well actually!

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 6 years ago

    those shoes are a good laugh! wow, so inventive

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 6 years ago

    It's sad we're losing our true craftsmen and craftswomen of the world. Thank you for sharing the silk photos... I hope we can resurrect some of these traditional, historical pieces of time.

  • scrappininAK

    scrappininAK said 6 years ago

    the shoes are amazing - love the photos of the rooms as well

  • Odettenewyork

    Odettenewyork said 6 years ago

    The hand-carved wooden lid on that pot is incredible. Never seen anything like it.

  • hildes

    hildes said 6 years ago

    Interesting!Love that work desk :-)

  • kimem

    kimem said 6 years ago

    As always, truly inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

  • jcatjewels

    jcatjewels said 6 years ago

    Love the art. When looking at the "black painting" by Sarahintemann, I couldn't stop checking out the lines and images. So much to see in one picture, with many pictures to be found in it. "What do you see" would make a great collectors addition printed in a book format with all her art. Check out her store and take time to really look at her art. AMAZING!!! Maybe it's just me but, I see little people sitting and standing on the rocks.

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 6 years ago

    wow... great photos!

  • dinosaurdrygoods

    dinosaurdrygoods said 6 years ago

    wicked cool shoes 8-)

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    Spending time is the quiet woodland glade, exploring fathomless rocky outcroppings and more. Love the light filled interiors. Another post well done!

  • justmejewelry

    justmejewelry said 6 years ago

    amazing shoes design!!! :)

  • RamshackleStudio

    RamshackleStudio said 6 years ago

    wow - love the mid century mod shots - very cool!

  • jennyleefowler

    jennyleefowler said 6 years ago

    we visited edward gorey's elephant house on the cape once and the "before" photos really underscored to me how much a home that becomes a museum loses that spark of habitation once the creature who lived there has passed on.

  • YanniCreations

    YanniCreations said 6 years ago

    Interesting. I enjoyed reading the post.Thanks for sharing.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Mind inspiring photos again! You never fail to entertain us!

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 6 years ago


  • ipopdesigns

    ipopdesigns said 6 years ago

    The womens legs shoes are wild!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 6 years ago

    That was fantastic. Etsy never fails to bring something new to my attention.

  • orchardfarmsoap

    orchardfarmsoap said 6 years ago

    beautiful photos. great inspiration for the day

  • toriska

    toriska said 6 years ago

    I'm still in awe of those shoes!

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 6 years ago

    Very unique collection of shoes! Great article :)

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    Fun Finds! Very unique!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Cool creation!

  • branda

    branda said 6 years ago

    When photographs takes photos of a home nothing is real life! Hallucinate see someone wearing these shoes in the streets. Ok is design!! How wonderful the silk. We knew that came from the worm but it is the first time we see them. Nice ending in a cliff near the sea. :-) :-)

  • yellowfield7

    yellowfield7 said 6 years ago

    The shoes!!!!!!!!! O my!

  • yellowfield7

    yellowfield7 said 6 years ago

    The shoes!!!!!!!!! O my!

  • shopadoodledo

    shopadoodledo said 6 years ago

    I want the banana loafers soooo bad !!!! I love this art form.

  • squeakydingo

    squeakydingo said 6 years ago

    Incredible! Pebble beach - count me in!

  • SomeWheninTime

    SomeWheninTime said 6 years ago

    Love the shoes, crazy!

  • SweetBabyJanesShop

    SweetBabyJanesShop said 6 years ago

    Those shoes are amazing!

  • kathiroussel

    kathiroussel said 6 years ago

    fabulous everything!!!

  • bstudio

    bstudio said 6 years ago

    That wonderful book is going on my Christmas wish list!

  • TheSteelFork

    TheSteelFork said 6 years ago

    I really love how you seem to take my head and turn it to see a place I never look on my own. I am fond of your eye for "curious beauty."

  • SheepishYarns

    SheepishYarns said 6 years ago

    I loved the silk reeling photographs, facinating to see how the fibre I use is produced, the beach shots were alsolovely, misty and dreamy with haze. beautiful

  • analoukopoulos

    analoukopoulos said 6 years ago

    Your creativity with the shoes is amazing, everything is great!!

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 6 years ago

    You've presented so many wonderful things here! The silk is fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 6 years ago

    Wonderful selection of intersting things this week. I love the first one the most about who you are is how you live, I agree :)

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    Fantastic as always. Thank you, Alison.

  • jpstyle

    jpstyle said 6 years ago

    Awesome, awesome images!!!!!

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap said 6 years ago

    such a cool post. I love looking at different forms of art and seeing what comes from other artists minds!

  • GalleonGal

    GalleonGal said 6 years ago

    silk Dresses have a mystique about them and their origins, We have studied a very small amount of theater and fashion history I do have a thrill about vintage clothing/history

  • tinyearsjewelry

    tinyearsjewelry said 6 years ago

    wow... not too sure what to think about those shoes... great metaphors though... thanks... Casey @ Tin Years

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