Published November 19, 2009 by Molly
We’re suckers for letterpress. There’s something about the old-tymey (15th century!) process that lends a sense of craftsmanship to what otherwise would be produced on shimmering machines in sterile conditions. You can feel the handwork involved, even in something as simple as a notebook or thank-you card.
Brooklyn-based outfit Letters Lubell prints their cards on an antique press, and the teeny imperfections that result lend to the charm of the paper goods. We especially like this card, which exists at the unexpected four-way intersection of Tetris, Navajo textiles, Space Invaders and Rorschach blots.
Published November 16, 2009 by Graham
Craft marketplace Etsy boasts a surplus of awesome handmade doodads dedicated to Where the Wild Things Are, and here are a couple of our favorites. User Roadkill’s immaculate silver pendants of Max and Carol are only one inch tall but the detailing is impressive. You can even see Carol’s shiny sharpened teeth and the tiny buttons on Max’s wolf-suit!
If you crave a more hands-on approach for your DIY Wild Things homage, check out CraftyisCool’s brilliant crotchet pattern for the same lovable pair of Maurice Sendak characters. Complete with removable crown and wolf suit hood! Adorable, but perhaps not for the novice knitter.
Published November 12, 2009 by Molly
Published October 12, 2009 by Molly
It’s a lamp. It’s a dinosaur. It’s totally RAD.
Combining several good ideas (light, DIY, prehistoric beasts) into one package, ThinkGeek offers their DIY Dinosaur Lamp in Triceratops, Diploducus and T-Rex models. The kit comes with a bundle of supple white plastic sheets which, with the aid of an instruction sheet and you, transform into luminescent dinos.
Although the project initially appears fiendishly difficult to assemble, it is actually pretty easy to figure out. There are holes and slots, and one goes in the other. Do this a bunch of times and pretty soon you have a light-bearing dinosaur to call your own. Or to give as a gift. Also makes a nifty centerpiece for your next triassic-themed party.
Published September 3, 2009 by Graham
Furry Puppet Studio is exactly what it sounds like: a magical laboratory where puppets are born! At least that’s what it seems like from their website, which is replete with images of stupdendous, diverse puppets and nifty glimpses at the process that brings these creatures to life. In their “Workshop” section, we’re treated to photos and descriptions of various stages in the puppet-making process. The Furry Puppet blog takes it a step further with some tantalizingly brief looks at works in progress, including video screen tests and disembodied robotic eyes in action.
Is puppeteering the new knitting? Will D.I.Y. puppet shows follow in the footsteps of indie craft fairs? Let’s hope! We could use some more puppets in the world today.
Published July 2, 2009 by Graham
Swiss design duo Florence Tétier and Johann Bess are the mad scientists behind Monstres, four portraits of delightfully weird, DIY craft creatures. With the surplus of vampires running around these days, the world could use some original monsters. Someone needs to make a children’s show hosted by these creeps.
Published June 29, 2009 by Molly
Brooklyn-based artist Edith Zimmerman is the Tom Friedman of snacks. Working with materials lifted from the veg bin and pantry, she crafts ingenious sculptures and catalogs the results on her blog. The results are instantly enjoyable and devilishly clever. Herewith, a teeny questionnaire with the artist herself:
Why do you work with food?
Because when I see a piece of food art there’s some super straightforward part of my brain that just goes, “that’s a fish made out of lettuce, haha!” or “that’s a cat made out of a carrot, haha!” Also because I’ve seen some really great food art by a bunch of other people and it looked like a lot of fun to make.
What are your favorite things about working with food?
Looking at a piece of food until it reminds me of something. That part is fun. Although sometimes it’s frustrating because everything looks the same to me. Like–nectarine: it looks like a head. Potato: it looks like a head. Grape: it looks like a head. Celery: I could turn that into a head.
Do you nosh your creations after making them?
Sometimes! But usually not. Which I know is a waste, but usually by that point my fingers have been all over them and they’re cut up into weird pieces. But I did chop that scallion praying mantis over a bowl of soup, and I ate the hard-boiled egg for sure.
If you had all the materials of the supermarket at your disposal…what would you make?
A full dinosaur skeleton. Or a human skeleton. I could use parsnips for the bones, probably. Or a full-size vampire that I kept in the closet like he was sleeping standing up. I might make him out of all sorts of things.
Edith’s website is here ¡Andalé!