Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Music...Sandy Denny and the Straubs

Cannot find the guitar chords for this but it's awesome and I love it.

I first discovered this song when "The Once" put it on their debut album and I heard a Canada Live podcast featuring them. I was sitting on the train for my commute home when this song came on. That moment is cemented in my brain because it's one of those moments where your senses are awakened and I felt like time stood still. 

At that time I thought it was their original song but when the once were featured again on another of my favorite Podcasts: "The Vinyl Cafe" I happened to be talking to a CBC retiree (pension administration that's my day job) who had heard it as well and he told me that I just had to look up Sandy Denny and the Straubs that they were the ones who had written that song. Well hope you enjoyed it too and click my link in bold above for my post about "The Once" along with their Leonard Cohen covers which are really worth listening to.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Art art I want you...Jewelry by Natalia Milosz-Piekarska

I saw this jewelry designer on the Design Files and I was so intrigued. I just felt like I had to know how Natalia Milosz-Piekarska made such colorful beautiful original jewelry. If you have followed this blog you know I love color especially bold colors!

The first thing I thought was how does she do that? What does she use? I always want to know how it's done to try and do it for myself and enjoy it and later on do my own take on it and share it with my family but this artist's work is so unique that there is no easy answer to any of those questions. She uses a combination of wood and resin and you don't know where one material starts and another begins and she adds textures and paints the jewels in these incredible colors. I. LOVE. IT.

So number one I have to covet these other wordly jewels that are a complete mystery to me since I can't make them myself but number two I continued to read about her on Design Files and found out that Natalia was awarded the 2011 British Council ‘Realise Your Dream’ and Ian Potter Cultural Trust travel grants. Now who wouldn't want to add that to their list of accomplishments. "Both assisted her in undertaking a self initiated internship with renowned UK fashion/costume jeweller Scott Wilson in London!" That is not my dream but I would love the same opportunity for my own design endeavors wouldn't you? (I'm on it)

I am so inspired Natalia! Thank you for sharing your story with us via Design Files. DO visit Natalia’s blog here  for info on how to get your hands on these works of art.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tragic Plastic

MIDWAY : trailer : a film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.

 If you love the ocean and nature please view this and share you will be astonished and might be moved to act.

I am! Any ideas on what we could do?

Visit the site there's more videos; see plastic beach and plastic water and more (ghost net too).