Design

Gregor 2012 Unraveling Scarf Calendar

August 24, 2011

Christopher Jobson

There are only 122 days until Christmas, I think it’s time to kick off the cavalcade of awesome designer calendars. I admit, this one’s a little early, but with good reason. The Gregor calendar by industrial designer Patrick Frey is a delicately knit scarf that counts down the year by unraveling stitch by stitch. Check out the updated video above to see it in action and then head immediately over to the German design shop details where you can pick one up for about $80. I think the version available is in German, but I might be wrong. Usually they have English as well, so stay tuned.

After posting briefly about this calendar last year, after the holidays, after all the Gregor 2011 calendars had been sold, gifted, and were unstitching themselves in kitchens around the globe, it slowly became the number one Googled thing that lead to Colossal for nearly three months. And then the emails started: Do you know where I can buy the calendar? Do you know anyone who has one? Do you have one? Who has one? Why don’t you have one? I don’t care if you’ve unstitched three months already I’ll take it. You can pro-rate it. Look, can I come to your house and just pull the string a little? Like pull off a week? Ok a day. Just a day. Let me unstitch one day off your calendar, man. LET ME PULL ONE FREAKING STITCH DUDE.

At least that’s how I remember it. The calendar is popular. Get one while you can. Keep away from cats. (thnx, martin!)

 

 



Art

Origami Crane Made from ... 2,000,000 Origami Cranes: A Flapping Success for Japan Earthquake Relief

August 23, 2011

Christopher Jobson


Photo by Andrew Moore for New York Times Magazine. Click for detail.

Shortly after the Japan earthquake the nonprofit Bezos Family Foundation invited children from around the world to mail origami cranes to its Seattle headquarters, promising to donate $2 per crane to the relief efforts, up to to $200,000. A few days later a truck arrived filled with thousands of cranes. And then another truck. And then another. Eventually over 2,000,000 cranes arrived at the steps of the non-profit and the organization doubled its donation. Now, Brooklyn-based Brazilian artist Vik Muniz has been tasked with taking the cranes and making something incredible with them. Above, an image from the New York Times Magazine shows the progress of his meta paper crane mosaic made of paper cranes made from math homework, hall passes, love letters, Saran wrap, Kleenex, candy wrappers, and restaurant menus. Astounding! (via hyperallergic, ny times magazine)

 

 



Art

A Woman Made of Candles

August 23, 2011

Christopher Jobson

I admit, this leans toward the creepy side, but it’s also pretty captivating too. This wax woman embedded with candle wicks was made by A.F.Vandevorst (which I believe is a Belgian fashion label) for the Arnhem Mode Biennale 2011. Reminds me of this piece by Urs Fischer. (via lenn cox)

 

 



Illustration

Diogo Hornburg

August 23, 2011

Christopher Jobson

I’m really enjoying the work of Brazilian illustrator Diogo Hornburg.

 

 



Photography

Daniel Crooks: Static No. 12

August 23, 2011

Christopher Jobson

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Production still from Static No. 12 (Seek Stillness in Movement), courtesy Anna Schwartz Gallery.

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Production still from Static No. 12 (Seek Stillness in Movement), courtesy Anna Schwartz Gallery.

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Production still from Static No. 12 (Seek Stillness in Movement), courtesy Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Static No. 12 (Seek Stillness in Movement) is a video piece by Australian artist Daniel Crooks who filmed a man performing tai chi using a form of slit-scan photography. The video itself is unavailable for embedding here, however you can watch it in its entirety here.

 

 



Art

Deborah Butterfield

August 23, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A number of new works by Deborah Butterfield who assembles these striking horse sculptures using tree branches made from bronze. I can’t imagine the process involved in finding the perfect piece of wood for each delicate line. Her upcoming show at Danese in NYC runs September 9 through October 8, 2011. (via ex-chamber)