The Savannah Project by Price Street Projects in Savannah, Georgia, USA.
As a port city, Savannah has an abundance of obsolete shipping containers. Artist Julio Garcia repurposed two of these containers to create his residence and studio in the Savannah woods.
Double Paddle Bag, Mark 2. When you spend as much on paddles as some of us kayak-nuts do, you want a padded bag to store and carry them.
The Abandoned Sanzhi UFO Houses
These colorful flying saucer-style buildings, located in the Sanzhi district of New Taipei City in Taiwan, were built in 1978 but were forsaken before anyone ever stayed in them. They were originally targeted towards U.S. military officers stationed in East Asia who were on leave, but investment losses and deaths due to accidents during construction caused the project to be abandoned in 1980. The misfortune of the UFO houses is said to have been caused by the unfortunate act of bisecting the Chinese dragon sculpture located near the resort gates for widening the road to the buildings, cursing the project.
For almost thirty years, these strange pod-like structures were left to crack, crumble and decay due to acts of nature and vandalism. Smashed, broken buildings and debris were all that remained of Pod City. It’s sad that such unique architecture and design was never enjoyed by any residents. Unfortunately, this favorite of urban explorers and travelers no longer exists.
The UFO houses were demolished in 2008. A petition to try and save at least one of the buildings failed. Apparently a new beach resort and water park are being developed in its place. Looking just like pop culture depictions of alien space pods, they were at least around long enough to serve as a minor tourist attraction and a ghost town for urban explorers. They provided a glimpse of a retro future that morphed into ruins from the future
Title: “The Art of Inclusion #4”
Materials: various commercial fabrics, hand-dyed cotton, inkjet printed cotton, found embroidery, acrylic paint, laminated imagery, metal eyelets, metallic & non-metallic yarn, Swarovski crystals, polished stones, prong settings, beads, embroidery floss, oil paint stick
Dimensions: 15” by 15”
When tumblr sold and ads popped up on my dashboard I just figured “business,” and moved on. However, here I am awake at 3.47 am and scrolling down my dashboard to find a nasty animated nightmare generating slasher film ad. I don’t need this. I don’t expose myself to crap like this, life is full of real horrors and moving images sadly feed into my already full schedule of nightmares. I will really miss seeing the quilting, art, and photography blogs. But I may be forced to say goodbye.
The ruins of Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire, which was established in 1132 and subsequently dissolved in 1538 by the order of Henry VIII during the dissolution of the English monasteries. At its height, it was one of the largest and wealthiest abbeys in England.
Like I’ve been saying for years: we wouldn’t need most abortions if effective birth control was widely available, to everyone.
Kathryn Clark isn’t exactly a folk artist but her quilts use a folk art medium to express crucial issues within local communities. Here are four of her beautiful but haunting “Foreclosure Quilts,” which depict the impact of the foreclosure crisis on neighborhoods across the US.
"My previous work as an urban planner made me acutely aware of how big an impact the foreclosure crisis would have on our cities and towns throughout the United States. However, very little was mentioned in the news.
It was important to me to present the whole story in a way that would captivate people’s attention and make a memorable statement. Making map quilts seemed an ironic solution. Quilts act as a functional memory, an historical record of difficult times. It is during times of hardship that people have traditionally made quilts, often resorting to scraps of cloth when so poor they could not afford to waste a single thread of fabric.
The neighborhoods shown are not an anomaly; they are a recurring pattern seen from coast to coast, urban to suburban neighborhoods across the US. The problem has not been solved, it is still occurring, just changing shape, affecting more of us.”
-Kathryn Clark, http://www.kathrynclark.com/foreclosure-quilts.html
Read and look.
The idea of change seems so huge, overwhelmingly so. But if every person makes one small, tiny change everyday we could get somewhere. Somewhere better.
I finished my third quilt the other day! I made this one as a wedding present for Matt’s cousin and his wife, so I’m glad it turned out so well. I even embroidered their names and wedding date on the back :)
I used this tutorial, which was super easy to follow! yay! I’m definitely going to make another one like this.
One of the best known prehistoric archaeological sites in Scotland, Jarlshof in Shetland -the remains of this site date from 2500 BC up to the 17th century AD.
Late Neolithic house remains mark the earliest occupation of Jarlshof, followed by Bronze Age houses. In these Bronze Age houses we see the use of souterrains -underground passages which may have been used for uses such as smithing and as a place to keep grain dry. From the Iron Age period of Jarlshof is the remains of a broch, half of which today remains eroded into the sea. From the 9th century we see the rise of some rather impressive Norse settlements and architecture, most notably, the longhouse. By the 13th century the site of Jarlshof had developed into a Medieval farmstead.
What really struck me personally about this site is that it really does act as a microcosm of the history of Shetland, representing thousands of years of human occupation -quite extraordinary really.
For a more detailed account of Jarlshof archaeologically, check out the Canmore site record Jarlshof.