29 May, 2012

Granny Panties

It's a stinking hot Tuesday following a long holiday weekend.
Somehow, these giant underthings by Yoshikazu Yamagata felt appropriate.

Stay cool, Darling Ones.

23 May, 2012

The Honesty Room

Amanda McCavour weaves a personal story of  place and time.
Using multiple layers of thread sewn onto fabric that dissolves in water, the Toronto-based artist reinterperates the rooms of homes in which she has lived.
The fragile "thread drawings" pay a ghost-like homage to a room that once was,
right down to the tiniest detail.

{Stand-In For Home}

{Living Room}


21 May, 2012

Like a Prayer

Just outside of Calipatria, California, a technicolor vision arises from the desert sands.
But this vision ain't no mirage. It's Salvation Mountain, a man-made mountain/ art installation that has been spreading it's colorful message for nearly three decades.
Salvation Mountain is the work of one man, Leonard Knight, and over 100,000 gallons of paint.
Knight has devoted himself to covering his structure with biblical messages of peace and love. Why? Because, he says, he loves Jesus.

{image: salvationmountain.us}

{image: salvationmountain.us}

{image: angela carone/kpbs}
Funny what love'll make a guy do, huh?

17 May, 2012

Killer Queen

Giving a charming nod to bygone eras, British artist Emma Block creates the sweetest illustrations:
fun, colorful, and drenched in vintage goodness.
 Her images of a wildly whimsical royal feature Queen Elizabeth II, profiled in old postage stamps and playfully sketched in pen and ink.

{must dash}
{her highness}

{a monarch of many talents}
{all images emma block}


11 May, 2012

Word To Your Mother

Dutch designer Iñiy Sanchez respects her mother.
At least, she respects her Mother Earth.
The proof is in the knitting:
this stunning piece is hand-knit and -embroidered from the yarns and threads of old sweaters, many of which Sanchez herself once wore.


Talk about upcycling!

08 May, 2012

I'll Eat You Up, I Love You So

“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”  
~Maurice Sendak

07 May, 2012

Private Moon

In 1979, astronomer Richard Nolle coined the term Super Moon, defining it as "a new or full moon wich occurs with the moon at or near its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit."
The two lunar phenomenons coincided this past Saturday night.
If you were lucky enough to see it, it was almost as if you could reach right out and touch the moon.

In 2002, Russian artists Leonid Tishkov and Boris Bendikov created their Private Moon, a beautiful series of photographs depicting the story of "a man who met the Moon and stayed with her for the rest of his life."

Tishkov describes each of the images as a visual poem, and accompanies the photographs with his own writings on his blog.
In the years since its inception, the Private Moon has travelled from Russia to France, from New Zealand to Asia.
It's a beautiful journey.

{all images Leonid Tishkov}


04 May, 2012


Hey there, friends. It's been a looong, looong time. I've missed you (really, I have!).
But the radio silence is not for naught, for I've been a very busy Bee of late.
The end of winter saw me throwing caution and a whole bunch of craft fair applications to the wind.
And the chorus of yeses that came back have kept me happily locked away, creating, making, branding, and dreaming up some clever new displays.
(I even made my own business cards. Which I may never, ever, do again.)
Days have been spent on a wooden stool, hunched over an ancient work table with pliers and vintage pins, removing, rearranging, and rebuilding them into the perfect collection of flowery statements.

Hours spent digging through an ever-diminishing pile of supplies, fearing one moment that there was nothing left to work with, and brainstorming and a-ha-ing over a dozen new combinations the next.

There have been late nights spent in front of bad tv, printing, cutting, and adding the tags to about a zillion new lovelies. There have been hours of hand-writing prices and inventory lists to the point of cramping. 
This little juggernaut has been criss-crossing its way across Philadelphia; neighborhoods to the west and to the south, to the north and back again.
And while I've been so busy with the hands-on part, I've been terribly neglectful to the technical part.
Which has given my brain a nice rest. And that's a good thing.

{all images heather breyer/bee vintage redux}

So with the lovelies restocked and packed and waiting for the next big show, and a game plan that has been finely tuned over the last few weeks ready to carry me on through a few more, I'm relaxed and ready to ease myself ever so gently back into cyberspace.
I have so much that I can't wait to share with you.
It's good to be back.
Have yourselves a wonderful weekend, and I'll see you all on Monday.

(If you're in the Philadelphia area, or up for a road trip, check out my Facebook page for an up-to-date show schedule. I'd love to meet you!)