Posted by admin on May 11, 2013 in technology
Parsons New School has a reputation for honing creative talent. Past alumni include past alum are Ai Weiwei, Jeff Banks and Donna Karan, to give you a taster. Jason Kim is one such product, but the beautiful simplicity of his Plus Minus lamp project can be attributed as much to his own vision, as to his MFA in Design and Technology.
Kim showcased his Plus Minus Lamp Design Kit at the Parsons Festival 2013 in New York. A slim man, Kim has a languid grace about him, and his enthusiasm about Plus Minus was infectious.
“I learned about the basics of circuity in design,” Kim said. ” I wanted to help people understand it for themselves through something they could actively touch.” Read more…
Posted by admin on Apr 19, 2013 in beauty
, Strange events
Hair Wars, the show where mainstream taste comes to die, and hair artistes let their freak flag fly. Hair Wars is an extremely unique event that celebrates hair creations. It’s held annually in Detroit, and attracts the elite of the world’s extreme hair stylists. It’s not a competition, it’s a platform for hairdressers to show their flair and funside. Each year has a different theme, and they have ranged from Car Show to Breast Cancer Awareness.
The Hair Wars show has deep roots in Detroit history, founded in 1985 as a gimmick to entertained the nightclub crowds. DJ David Humphries (colloquially called Hump the Grinder) wanted a playful element to his night spinning dics, and the hairstylists of the town loved the chance to parade their skillset to an enthusiastic crowd. Beauty school started adopting this idea to encourage students and Hair Entertainment moved into an industry of its own.
Big names in this world are classified as ‘hair entertainers’ and the designs they have serve a secondary artstsic purpose Over the years, the small Detroit show has expanded, and it now offers hair technique classes and sponsorships deals. Read more…
Posted by admin on Apr 7, 2013 in geekery
Think DrawSomething meets Facebook meets weird blind date and you’ll have a vague idea of what Selfless Portratits are. I say vague, as it’s hard to define- the app is still in its infancy so what you see now might evolve into something completely different. The basic premise is that you login via Facebook and agree to draw a picture of someone else.
They could be anywhere in the world, and you get a glimpse of their Facebook Profile photo and need to create an artistic replica within 48 hours. In return, someone, somewhere will do the same for you- but likely not the person you’re sketching. It’s a pass it forward system – if you fail to upload your Dali-esque stylings, then your subject gets assigned another artists and you lose out on seeing someone else interpret that cheesy selfie you’re currently so proud of.
Posted by admin on Mar 19, 2013 in news
It seems that everyone has a Kickstarter or crowdfunding program at the moment, and though you’ve heard of the big BIG success stories, what about all the people with smaller goals and mini-dreams? Sure, not every project gets funded, but many that reach fulfillment only asked for small sums to let them kickstart their idea. These are the guys that DON’T get massive media attention, and pretty much drop off the radar when they’re done.
Outgrow.me seeks to solve this problem- and yes, I realize it’s a problem you might not have know you had which makes it even more genius (or does it create the problem? Must ponder…).
Their website dedicated to highlighting fully funded projects POST Kickstarter.
What they offer is a one stop shop to sorting through funded projects, something that is mucho difficult on Kickstarter, and lets you see what they’re up to now. Outgrow.me also syncs in data from other crowdfunding sites, including IndieGoGo.
You can support people you love, browse active ideas and buy actual real life stuff- it’s like Etsy but with added crowdsourcing kudos.
A listed project: Ostrich Pillow- get a great power nap/ look weird – $99
It’s pretty cool to be be able to browse through a range of interesting products and artwork, which in some small way you feel like you’ve helped create. Read more…
Posted by admin on Mar 14, 2013 in style
3D Printing is this years buzzword; a brand new way of thinking about how mainstream products are created and manufactured. It was even referenced by President Obama in his Feb 2013 State of the Union address. He said, “3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything”.
True, 3D printing is pretty unique in that it truly allows the creative process to actuaize itself going from concept to product with a push of a button (and some technical stuff). British shoe designer Kerrie Luft is using this technology to blend style with 3D printing.
3D printing might be really hot right now, but it’s not that new to Kerrie Luft. She first came to public attention in 2011 when her line of shoes won the British Fashion Fringe award; all featuring heels that were 3D printed. Luft is now looking at launching her own line of shoes- and with support from mentors such as Lulu Guinness and Patrick Cox (who she interned with) it looks like she’s on to a winner. Read more…
Posted by admin on Feb 13, 2013 in geekery
, Strange events
Can somebunny share the love for Rabbit Fashion Week?
In recent years I’ve noticed a trend towards pet owners taking various animals and dressing them up in costumes. I just discovered the Japanese Rabbit Festival, an annual event where bunnies are dressed up in all types of couture and make their adorable flip floppy way down a rabbit runway, as part of a two day rabbit fiesta.
As far as I can ascertain (Google translate Japanese is a little hairy) each Rabbit Festival follows a particular theme, and the bunnies are adorned to match. The festival is about more than just the rabbit fashion show, as there are hug a bunny workshops, video diaries of bunny activity and rabbit accessories to buy. People who visit can come WITH their own rabbit, and it sounds like a strange but sweet meetup.
I’m not 100% sure but I also think there’s a bunny cosplay event going on as well; – though whether that’s for the owners of the pet or the animals I’m uncertain. Read more…
Posted by admin on Jan 28, 2013 in style
What styles are going to be hot in 2013? If the catwalk is giving us any clues, then there are some accessories that are going to be big this year- and many of last seasons trends are being recycled, so there’s no need to throw out those leopard print jeggings.. well, unless you want too.
Here are a few trends for 2013 I’ve handpicked from the catwalk- all styles are wearable and can be adapted with high street options, as demonstrated.
Every year it seems the neck jewels the models wear get bigger and bigger, and this season is no exception. Multiple materials, from pearls to leather and acrylics were used to show big shiny baubles on long ostrich like necks- and they’re pretty cool for jazzing up an outfit on a day when you feel like turning some heads.
Ring a Ding Extra
Rings are all about the bling this year, but rather than be ostentatious with too many stones, you can opt for a chic twisted variety that gives shine to the hand without looking overdone. I like how Balenciaga balances thick cuffs with smaller circlets and this is a simple but effective way to update anything. Plus, I’m a total ring addict, so this is right up my street. Read more…