Archive for April, 2014

TINKI’m a tinkerer. There, I said it. I love taking things apart and putting them back together in funky new ways. Sometimes my handiwork results in a wonderful work of art, and other times it just occupies me for a few hours of stress relief. Either way, I am part of a long tradition of tinkering, a tradition celebrated in the wonderful book, The Art of Tinkering (meet 150+ makers working at the intersection of art, science & technology) by Karen Wilkinson & Mike Petrich.

About The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson & Mike Petrich: “This is not your average art book. Brought to you by the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio, The Art of Tinkering is an unprecedented celebration of what it means to tinker: to take things apart, explore tools and materials, and build wondrous, wild art that’s part science and part technology. Join 150+ makers as they share the stories behind their beautiful and bold work–and learn a few lessons in tinkering yourself. The Art of Tinkering is a collection of exhibits, artwork, and projects that celebrate a whole new way to learn, in which people create their own knowledge through making and doing, working with readily available materials, getting their hands dirty, collaborating with others, problem-solving in the most fun sense of the word, and, yes, oftentimes failing and bouncing back from getting stuck.”

The Art of Tinkering shares the work of many creative people whose art is the result of trial and error and just being inspired by just doing something. The “art” that is created by tinkering and the tinkerers highlighted in this book may not always be universally accepted as aesthetically pleasing, but is most definitely always creatively inspired.

The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson & Mike Petrich is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.

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Learn more about St. George, the legend and the history, on the BBC’s St. George page.

Help fight hunger worldwide…

…support the World Food Programme.

VEGJust in time for Earth Day, which is today, I found Vegware, the solution for all the guilt I feel for using more than my share or disposable (yet not biodegradable) plates, flatware and other food packaging.

About Vegware: “By harnessing technology in creative ways, we can reduce the impact of today’s consumer society. Our products are made from plants. By choosing natural materials, we can reduce pollution, the use of finite resources, and the amount of waste which must be disposed of in a landfill.”

The best way to try out the products of Vegware is their Eco Party Pack which has everything you need for a party or for a few weeks of everyday use.

About the Vegware Eco Party Pack: “The Vegware Eco Party Pack is the perfect earth friendly solution for outdoor weddings, camp outs, family reunions, summer parties, backyard barbecues, 4th of July, corporate gatherings, any outdoor event or in the office or at home for the holidays.”

Learn more about the “earth friendly solutions” of Vegware here.

One of the first things I did upon arriving back in New Hampshire for Easter was make a trip to check on Lake and Mount Chocorua.  It may be spring and late into April, but there is still plenty of ice on the lake and snow up at the summit… but I’ll take it…

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Help send Haiti’s children back to school…

…give a dollar to Your Dollar Our Future.

Today is Patriots’ Day.  A day that marks Paul Revere’s ride, the battles of Lexington and Concord and the start of the American Revolution.  Today, we honor those Patriots who sacrificed their lives for the freedom we continue to enjoy today.  This year we also remember those innocents who lost their lives or were injured last year on this day.  Let freedom ring.

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Spotted on my trip back to NH for Easter: the special of the day for Easter at this spot in Center Harbor, NH:

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KITApril is a good month to fly a kite. When the changeable weather is changing and dry, there is often a nice wind – perfect to take a kite to a local park. I have a few kites. None of them cost more than $10 and they fly just fine. But if you want to make a real fashion statement, you really need one of the great kite designs of Fredericks & Mae – like their “Noon” kite – but be prepared to pay way more than ten bucks.

About the Noon kite from Fredericks & Mae: “Silkscreened kite paper, stretched on a bamboo frame. A kite is a tethered aircraft. Kites have a history of practical application in human flight, military applications, science, radio, and light beacons while also having important cultural significance in parts of Asia, Europe, Polynesia and South America.”

Fredericks & Mae’s kites may be too nice to fly and would make a great wall hanging in a kid’s room or summer house. Meanwhile, the kites are just one of the very cool objects created by the talented pair.

About Fredericks & Mae: “Fredericks & Mae is the art/design team of Jolie Mae Signorelli and Gabriel Fredericks Cohen. The two met through a shared love for materials – Fredericks & Mae started in the piles of feathers, thread, gold and paper that decorated their first studio in 2007. Their collaborative practice has since evolved into a series of objects for the home, garden and sky. Fredericks & Mae is a material anthropology of objects with confused origins. Tools, games and rituals trace arcs though history and across the earth – we follow these arcs: nose to the ground and mouths agape.”

Check out the artistry of Fredericks & Mae here.