The good people at Slow Culture (I’m biased) are holding an art fundraiser for the Philippines and the victims of Typhoon Haiyan this Friday. So you’ll definitely want to pencil that in for your Black Friday, in-between lining up at Best Buy and digesting stuff from Thursday. 15% of sales will go to the Philippine Red Cross.
So if you’ve been reading my Architecture for Dogs posts you’ll know Imprint have partnered with Japanese designer Kenya Hara to rethink doghouses, with the help of some world class architects. All the blueprints are available for free download, so you can get your DIY on, or, you can order the great Wanmock designed by Torafu Architects in a ready-made easy-to-assemble flatpack in the online store!
A week or two back, I posted about the great Class Acts initiative from the good people at Knockaround sunglasses, outta San Diego. They’re raising money for school art education by repeating a successful formula. They asked a class of kids to design their very own sunglasses and chose an eye-catching Nacho Sunglasses design by 5th grader Vanessa K. Check out this video starring young Vanessa talking about her design and the project.
Estevan Oriol, one of LA’s best-known and most well-respected photographers, recently took the time to interview the amazingly talented Angeleno artist Patrick Martinez for his blog. It’s a great way to get a little insight on Patrick, his history, his work, and more. Awesome to see such a good guy getting the exposure he deserves. I also interviewed Patrick a million years ago, you can check that here. [Watch Video]
I was really stoked to see that Hypebeast recently interviewed SoCal’s own Rob Myers, creative director and founder of SLVDR. And not just because I’ve been lucky enough to interview him twice myself – once for The Hundreds Chronicles (many years ago) and more recently for Imprint Culture Lab. SLVDR is a really great brand – definitely one of my favorites, anyway – and it’s great to see Rob and the SLVDR crew get some well-deserved recognition on such a popular platform.
Awesome LA-based photographer Desiree “Ducky” Garcia is offering an excellent deal for the holidays with her Holiday Mini Session which includes 10 high res photos for $100 with a 30min studio shoot here in LA. Going down on 11/24. Email missducky(at)gmail.com for appointments.
I know I’ve said it before, but Passion of the Weiss is really the only music blog I read these days. So when they posted this lovely eclectic mix recently, I had to give it a listen. Pretty awesome selection, classing mixing, no trainwrecks, no major surprises there. Well worth sharing? Check. You can visit the Passion of the Weiss site for in-depth notes on the track selection, and you can stream and/or download via the Soundcloud page. Enjoy.
“Don’t grow up, it’s a trap!” is a popular meme on Tumblr these days. And while it’s sadly ironic, it’s also true. I recently heard that if you ask a class of kindergarten children if they’re artists, they’ll all say yes. If you ask a class of 2nd graders the same question, less than half will say yes. Somewhere along the way, we forget how to reach for the sky. We get bogged down with self-doubt and the other sometimes depressing realities of life, instead. Enter Dallas Clayton, a man on a mission to rectify this global problem! Already well known for his children’s books like An Awesome Book! and An Awesome Book of Love, this time he’s set out to write “A kid’s book for adults,” and that’s exactly what he’s done with It’s Never Too Late. Fresh out from Putnam Books, with big pictures and short sentences, you could be forgiven for thinking the ideas contained within this new hardcover title are for children. Au contraire, they’re clearly aimed at us grown-ups, those of us who need an occasional reminder that life is amazing, if only you change your perspective. And so under the guise of a very simple book for kids, the talented, creative, and ever-positive Dallas Clayton spreads a powerful and much-needed message for adults, all about appreciating the wonder around us, living in the moment, and making the most of life.
ARTCRANK is a poster party for bike-lovers, which first started in Minnesota in 2007. This Saturday, November 9th, ARTCRANK-LA will take place at Space 15Twenty in Hollywood. Admission is free and the event will feature limited edition poster prints for $40 from the 30 contributing LA-based artists, who include Amy de Leon, Eyeone, Marco Zamora, SEIZER-ONE, and many more. Take a look at the 2012 video and some previews of the limited edition posters. More details on their FB page too.