Thursday, 21 August 2008

When you cry wolf

I went away for a few weeks to Scandinavia and London (more on that later), so I've been catching up today on fashion news and blogs. On Refinery 29 I saw these photos from Samantha Pleet's diffusion line, Rapscallion, for Urban Outfitters. I've loved her clothes for several years and now that my best friend's showroom is no longer repping her line I doubt I will be getting it cheap anymore, so maybe Rapscallion will be my salvation. I haven't walked inside an Urban Outfitters in years, but I think I will pop in for one of the capes- such a great shape.

Thursday, 7 August 2008

My external hard drive that has everything, everything, on it died last night! I'm so upset I couldn't sleep and I'm such a mess right now. Pray that Tekserve can save all of my data!

After the devil wind stops blowin'

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Though deep set and somewhat shadowed

I'm planning a trip out to LA in the next couple months to shoot, and the #1 place I want to photograph is Cal-Earth, a super adobe village in Hespiria. This sustainable desert village was founded by Nader Khalili, a Iranian-American architect who created the superadobe system. These structures are built by layers of sandbags that are set in a circular plan with four point barbed wire between each layer for stability, and is corbeled at the top to create a domed roof. Khalili invented this building type after years of studying traditional adobe buildings in Iran and while working with NASA on moon buildings. The amazing thing about these buildings are that they are hurricane, flood and earthquake resistant and are also sustainable, adaptable and totally affordable.

This is from an article in the Washington Post:

Khalili traces his mid-career epiphany to a realization that 800 million people were consigned to "totally unsuitable housing," through war, natural disaster or unkind history. As an architect, he concluded that "the only thing they had in common to them was the earth under their feet." In the Iranian desert, he studied structures that had stood for 4,000 years. He found that they were largely shell structures -- domes, arches and vaults -- made from earth, water, air and fire.

Khalili's Superadobe structures respect the age-old form but include modern innovations, such as polyester bags, cement mixed in to strengthen the mud and barbed wire for structural support. They can be built for very little money anywhere relief officials and housing authorities are open to something other than steel and concrete boxes.

I first learned about Cal-Earth on NPR after Khalili died in March- I wasn't able to find the very interesting segment that they did on him at the time, but this is a good little story about the superadobe village. The history of these structures is just incredibly fascinating to me, and they are really gorgeous buildings- I think I could take some very gorgeous photos there.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Keep that fury deep inside you

As much as I like the movies put out by Judd Apatow and his cohorts, I have to say I'm a little pissed by something in the newest movie from their collective (or whatever you want to cal it), Pineapple Express. The director, David Gordon Green, has very blatently ripped off a shirt made by my best friend's t-shirt company, Wowch. The design, a shark eating a sleeping cat, was made in a limited run of 500 in 2005 for Urban Outfitters and sold in their larger markets. You can read Wowch's post about it here and Gawker's here.

Hopefully they can just sell a ton of these shirt, now that they've re-released them, to James Franco obsessives... And get us all some free tickets to the movie...

Friday, 1 August 2008

silhouette of a dream

I'm selling more lovely things on Ebay- go check them out! Gorgeous Matthew Williamson, Jill Stuart, Marc Jacobs, and many more! Also some great vintage patterns.

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