Tuesday, August 31, 2010

buy copper!

storm copper components, co!

Rachel Curates

Hi All!
I've curated an online exhibition through Crafthaus!
It doesn't technically open until September 7th but because I adore you SO MUCH, here's a sneak peak!

Oddly Wearable Exhibition


rachel makes a movie

narrative, figurative and representational.

please excuse my dictionary.com and wikipedia.com references. you should not do this. my reasoning was that i needed a base to start from, so that semantics didn't get in the way. this was not a good solution.

Sunday, August 29, 2010


· “A network by definition is composed of a multitude of nodes so that information multiplies rapidly and effortlessly.” Jeff Howe, Crowdsourcing, p. 40

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Wowcrowd, a web app for crowdsourcing.
Check it out.

This is cool. Check it out. Participate. Be Cool.

Encoded/Embedded Information

Digital Technology and Art/Design

QR codes are black modules arranged in a square pattern on white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data.

QR Codes are now used in a much broader context….aimed at mobile phone users (known as mobile tagging). QR Codes storing addresses and URLs may appear in magazines, on signs, buses, business cards, or on just about any object that users might need information about. This act of linking from physical world objects is known as a hardlink or physical world hyperlinks. How can you use this technology in your work?

From Wikipedia:

In 2009 the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, in collaboration with creative agency SET and Louis Vuitton, created a design QR featuring the LV pattern and one of the artist’s characters.

In 2010 the musician and artist DJ Spooky used QR code in a fine art print exhibited at Experimenta Biennale, Melbourne. Scanning the code takes users to an experiential web based artwork called the Nauru Ellegies, about the complexities of the South Pacific island of Nauru.

Since 2006 the Italian artist Fabrice de Nola uses QR codes in oil paintings or embedded in photographs.

In 2007 the British pop group Pet Shop Boys used QR code for the artwork of their download-only single Integral.

In July of 2009, QR-code was created for character design and promotional materials in the Tim Burton movie 9 (2009 film).

Friday, August 27, 2010

Art 419: ACMET login

To join ACMET, go to http://listserv.temple.edu/archives/acmet-l.html
On the left side bar, click "Subscribers Corner" then "Login". Follow the instructions to login and confirm. Once logged in, access "server archives" on the left side bar and locate ACMET in the list of groups. Enter your info in the appropriate boxes and "Join ACMET". Confirm the subscription in the email which follows joining. After that, I think we just wait for confirmation from the list owner that they have allowed us to add to ACMET. Not sure how or when we will be granted access.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Not Only for Vino

Cork Fabric


London-based designer Yemi Awosile has developed a new fabric from an innovative combination of repurposed cork and elastane. Cork Fabric is suited to interior design applications such as upholstery, wall coverings, and wall panels, and benefits from the high elasticity of elastane fiber as well as the acoustic and thermal insulating properties found in cork. The cork is made with the by-products from wine stopper production and is treated with a metallic finish. The fabric is available in a variety of colors and fiber combinations.

Click here for more information.
This product appears in
Transmaterial 3.

One of Our Own!

Rachel has been posted!

On August 5th two of Rachel's pieces, 'I Want To Be A Gold Lobster With Blue Puffs' & ' I Want To Be A Unicorn', were posted on Marianne Gassier's blog; she loved her humor.

Marianne had pulled the two pieces from Jillian Moore's Blog on Art Jewelry Forum back in March. Jillian stated that Rachel's work was "not only a nice change from the current frenzied mining of historical ornament, but also a break from the dry, humorless autobiographical work that seems to be the loudest counterpoint on offer."

Marianne also published Rachel's tootsies along with another one of her pieces under the title "Who is this Jeweler?" on August 10th. Try to find hers among the many feet!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Go to New York!: National Design Triennial and more


Inaugurated in 2000, the Triennial program seeks out and presents the most innovative designs at the center of contemporary culture. In this fourth exhibition in the series, the National Design Triennial will explore the work of designers addressing human and environmental problems across many fields of the design practice, from architecture and products to fashion, graphics, new media, and landscapes. Cooper-Hewitt curators Ellen Lupton, Cara McCarty, Matilda McQuaid, and Cynthia Smith will present the experimental projects and emerging ideas for the period between 2006 and 2009. On view until January 9, 2011.



Whats going on at MoMA?


Take a visit to The Museum of Art and Design

Dead or Alive: Nature Becomes Art

Dead or Alive, presented by the Museum of Arts and Design from April 27 through October 24, 2010, will showcase the work of over 30 international artists who transform organic materials and objects that were once produced by or part of living organisms-insects, feathers, bones, silkworm cocoons, plant materials, and hair-to create intricately

crafted and designed installations and sculptures.



For more exhibitions at MAD: http://www.madmuseum.org/

Interesting Alternative to the conventional bookmark.