chris jordan photography

posted by the scholar on March 11th, 2008
filed under: art, photography

hold onto your hats folks, as you look at these unreal large scale works from seattle artist chris jordan. this series is entitled running the numbers and depicts the surprising (and frequently depressing) statistics relating to consumerism, politics and crime — literally. chris created this series to have a look at contemporary american culture through the harsh lens of statistics. each image portrays a specific quantity of something (seen below, in increasing zoom view, in order): one million plastic cups, the amount used on us airline flights every six hours; 32,000 barbie dolls, equal to the number of elective breast augmentation surgeries performed monthly in the us in 2006; or 2.3 million folded prison uniforms, equal to the number of Americans incarcerated in 2005.







chris has created these images in the hopes we will better relate to these sobering facts by visual communication, rather than simply staring at the plain, bottom-line numbers we see in the paper or in books. these very large, highly detailed prints are assembled from thousands of smaller photographs, and the goal is to recognize the impact, actions and importance of each of us, single individuals, in the ever-growing, perplexing and intense culture we inhabit.




chris feels that the impact of these prints is lost a bit when viewing on the computer screen, but i tend to disagree. sure it would be more profound an experience to see these grand-scale works in person, but to me, the point and the fact come through loud and clear, and that’s enough in my book to make a lasting impression.

chris is currently exhibiting this series now through june 8th, 2008 at the allen art museum at oberlin college in ohio. be sure to check out more of these amazing works on chris’ website, and stay tuned too — this series is a work in progress and new images will be posted as they are completed.

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magis dog house by michael young

posted by the scholar on March 11th, 2008
filed under: design, furniture

if you are a pet lover you will appreciate this very cool looking dog house from uk born, hong kong-based designer michael young. this chic and cheerful home (with its frame) is 19″w x 35″l x 29.75″h, and is meant for pets under 40 lbs. the raised style helps to protect your precious pooch from the elements, and the polyethylene material ensures that it is durable and easy to clean.



bonus: a brass plate above the door which states “amicus fidelis protectio fortis” or “faithful friend, strong protector.” find the dog house at generate and see more designs from michael on his website.


heli hietala crayons

posted by the scholar on March 11th, 2008
filed under: design
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finnish designer heli hietala has created an extraordinary set of crayons to enhance our coloring pleasure. heli says the colours can be used for drawing, and each piece (which is in the shape of a small human) can be used as a tool for a variety of communication styles we find in out daily lives — soft, stimulating, balanced or dirty. it all depends of the character you choose. there are about 100 crayons and they come in boxes of ten pieces each (ten different color collections to choose from).




an extraordinary gift or conversation piece for your own home, made even more interesting as the “bodies” are worn down.

see more intriguing designs and contact heli right here.

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rebecca cornish handbags: miniview

posted by the scholar on March 10th, 2008
filed under: design, miniviews, personal accessories, textiles


i enjoy looking at vintage goodness especially when it is upcycled into something different so i am pleased to show you the lovely handmade purses and bags by local artist becca cornish, aka etsy seller rebeccabags. becca uses all kinds of different fabrics, and lots of vintage fabric to create her collection, which has thoughtful details like embroidery and contrasty linings. i also appreciate the fact that her change purses are roomy enough to substitute as a bag if circumstances call for something cute and little. ever curious to know just a little bit more about the brains behind the operation, i asked three quick questions…



q: where do you create your collection?
i create my collection in a smoke free, pet free home, in a dining room/workroom nestled in the fabulous logan square neighborhood in chicago. (ed.note: with a fabulous fabric wall!)



q: how did you get into designing handbags?
i have always enjoyed sewing and crafting. i started making bags about six years ago. i was embroidering a skirt pocket and realized what a cool bag it would make. i created my first tote and the rest is history. friends and family wanted bags for themselves which led to their friends and family and so on. it has now evolved from hobby to business and love. even my four year old gets into it by “helping” mommy sew. although not very helpful, it’s really cute.



q: what is your inspiration?
i am a textile junkie. i can’t go anywhere without looking for fabric options. i have to touch and visualize what i can do with it. i have even smelled fabric… you heard me. my inspiration for my creations comes from the world around me — flora and fauna, my kid, food, fabric patterns, colors, word associations, the need for certain containers, and of course special requests. there isn’t a day that goes by without me sketching something out. the world is a beautiful place, might as well have accessories to match.


see becca’s current collection at her etsy shop. you can also see more samplings on her website. contact her in either place to collaborate on custom work too – her specialty!

thank you becca!


floridium clock

posted by the scholar on March 10th, 2008
filed under: design, home accessories

look at this stunning floridium clock designed by yee ling wan (the designer of the the ghost clock) for uk company innermost. it is a take (perhaps more robust than the ghost clock) on a traditional carriage clock but uses materials of mirror, glass, leather, steel and crystal for a more modern presentation.


find the clock at the design museum shop, and see more interesting products on the innermost website.


posted by the scholar on March 10th, 2008
filed under: art

have you ever experienced frustration or a lack of organization when it comes to finding art online? i have. i don’t meaning jumping on the laptop and googling art galleries in austin or barcelona. i just never thought there was one single place to find a huge amount of information; to discover new artists, find out about openings and fairs, or collect info about my favorite emerging, mid-career or established artists from all over the world.

until i discovered


mutualart.com_featured_artist_page is a brand new website that will make these tasks a simple pleasure for you. it’s a cleanly designed, easy to navigate place that has the cooperation of museums, galleries and publications from all around the world. on the site you will be able to rapidly search for information on hundreds of artists (working in genres from gothic to avant-garde to outsider to neoclassic), find out the most up-to-the-minute news in the art world from 250 different publications and keep up to date on gallery openings and events in dozens of cities.



this is an exceptional site to bookmark if you travel on the weekend to one of the cities in their database and want to find out what’s happening in the galleries and museums there. and i especially like the fact that i can create my own personal filing and preference system and organize the categories, events and artists i like my own way.



they are currently doing beta testing, so head on over to the mutual art site, get your name on the list and stockpile some good art info for yourself.


snapshot sunday

posted by the scholar on March 9th, 2008
filed under: photography


leaving the opera


best of the week on roadside scholar

posted by the scholar on March 8th, 2008
filed under: artists, for kids, green, home accessories, illustration, lighting

here’s a wrap up of some of the most popular posts this week, in case you missed it… you can click on the photo to read the posts and click on the text links for more info about the companies and items!


funny animal hangers from phil cuttance and fancy crystal chandeliers


my personal experience at the gordon halloran exhibit and cardboard dollhouses


a fun interview with dutch illustrator mara snoeren

thanks for taking time out of your busy week to stop by and see me. stay tuned for next week’s excellent entries, including a miniview with a textile maven, a supercool carpet round-up and a fascinating let’s chat! with… well, come back next week and you’ll see!


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