A mound of dead batteries is reborn as a colorful sea creature. A battery powers everything from appliances to watches to your car, and when it's out of juice, well, that's the end of it. Nowhere else to go but the landfill. Artist Michel de Broin had another idea. He gathered hundreds of old batteries … Continue reading The Heart of Art: Dead Star
Intricate watercolor paintings - small in size, big in imagination. These tiny, detailed paintings by artist Wendy Davenport Whatley, invite us into an extraordinary and fanciful version of nature. At first glance, the drawings come across as scientific and literal, but most of the lively, green and growing things in Whatley's watercolors are figments of … Continue reading The Heart of Art: Things of This Nature
A sculptural, formerly forever diamond crafted from salvaged wood. Artist Ron van der Ende's extraordinary depiction of the diamond given to Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Burton in 1969 is oddly apropos considering Taylor's recent passing. Taylor was inarguably the epitome of "diamonds are a girl's best friend." In 2009, van der Ende used reclaimed timber … Continue reading The Heart of Art: Formerly Forever Diamond
I've rarely been accused of being 'at a loss for words,' except when it comes to small talk. Inane chit-chat serves a purpose, I understand, but I'd rather just hear the silence in between. Call me anti-social, aloof or just plain boring, but my shutting up leaves plenty of room for observing, which has made … Continue reading Moss Talking
Before you accuse me of being a tad too fond of a certain seat-like piece of furniture, let me explain. This chair isn't exactly that, and although it looks and acts like one, I swear"¦it's not really a chair. At least I wouldn't want to sit on it. Ouch. Tokujin Yoshioka, the designer of Venus … Continue reading Another Chair? No, Not Really…
I'm all about sitting. I'm a mover and a shaker when the occasion requires, but when it's time to call it quits I bet my butt finds a chair before yours. How can I be so sure? Because I was master of musical chairs in kindergarten. I would somehow throw my little body into place … Continue reading 5 Favorite Cutting Edge Eco-Chairs
No, Zaishu isn't a new gadget or sugary snack. It's a sturdy little table-seat-whatsit that happens to have quite a story behind it (and on it). The story begins in Japan. Zaishu is Japanese for "small seat" - and small it is (approx 16" x 16" x 11"). Its eco-footprint is equally diminutive. Made of … Continue reading Zaishu!
If I had a trust fund or won the lottery, I'd quit my job, travel...and collect art. My real-life options may be more limited, but I still find beautiful art at Tiny Showcase, an online community for artists created by Jon Buonaccorsi and Shea'la Finch. Tiny Showcase helps to expose and sell smaller works. Each … Continue reading Tiny Showcase: Small on Price, Big on Giving