This looks amazing – Chinese artist Song Dong presents “Waste Not”, his “labrinthine” life-as-art installation that pays homage to the power of things. For 40 years, his mother stockpiled shoes to bottle caps, empty toothpaste tubes and birdcages all in their small house in Bejing. When her husband died unexpectedly, the stockpiling turned into more of an obsession, as if the collection could offset her grief. A tale of attachment and loss, all illustrated by bowls, birdcages, and shoe laces. Now at MoMA until Sept 7th.
Married authors and photographers James and Karla Murray’s book STORE FRONT “provides an irreplaceable window to the rich cultural experience of New York City as seen through its neighborhood shops.” It’s a New York that’s quickly disappearing, and provides such an intimate look at some of the places that sustained this very busy city. Via Gawker Artists
I’m very excited to publish our first Melon Made Interview with a dear friend and inspiring creative force, Vanessa Bertozzi. Editor of the Etsy.com blog, filmmaker and world traveler, she gives us a little peak into the world that is Etsy and what it means to live handmade.
Tell us a little about yourself, and what you do.
Hi there! I’m Vanessa Bertozzi. I grew up in the countryside outside of Providence, RI, and when I was little I not only loved horses, I wanted to BE a horse. Now that I’m in Brooklyn, I miss the green but I don’t know miss having to drive a car around. I walk to work and that has become an essential part of my daily routine. I have the hugest, warmest 12 lb coat meant for the arctic and that has become an essential part of my winter work walk.
I’ve been working for Etsy.com for almost 2 and a half years and I love it very much. Etsy is an online marketplace where you can buy handmade items from the people who make them and vintage items from indie purveyors. It’s also a community of creative people who help each other out, have interesting discussions, and who are ‘livin la vida etsy.’ I run the Etsy blog (http://blog.etsy.com) with a fantastically talented group of people… (more…)
Bring a little spring indoors. “Greenware Design is a two woman team that combines the talents of two longtime friends, Irene McCollam and Leslie Geer. Irene, the potter, creates original ceramics on her pottery wheel. Leslie, the planter, fills them up with unique succulent plantings.” Kudos to Etsy for featuring them.
The boo and I won tickets (God bless WNYC) to see a screening of the new film, Sugar hitting theaters in NYC and LA on April 3rd. Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck (the duo behind Half Nelson) this is not your typical baseball epic. Following the life of Miguel “Sugar” Santos as he makes his way from the Dominican Republic to America via a Kansas City minor league team, the film is a story as much about baseball as it is about cultural assimilation, and finding yourself in a most surprising way. Great music, beautiful shots, and breakthrough introductions to some really amazing talent. Highly recommended. (Great site too, but don’t read the synopsis provided if you want the surprise ruined…)