Artist, Simon Beck does a lot of walking in the snow to create stunning, intricate pattern illustrations (see below). Another artist named Andres Amador does something quite similar using a rake to create his temporary patterns on beach sand.
Movies in Color is a blog that pairs motion picture film stills with their corresponding color palettes.
They don’t sound very good, but Amanda Ghassaei’s laser-cut wooden records with tracks by Radiohead, Joy Division, and The Velvet Underground look really neat.
I don’t know how well it rides, but aesthetically speaking, this plywood bike is super sexy. File under BILF.
After several years spent working long hours in the advertising industry, Mat Driscoll scratched an itch and followed his curiosity to learn to hand-craft wooden furniture. He moved to a small town in Maine and learned under master furniture makers. Shortly after, he returned to NYC where he opened up his own studio, Bellboy in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. He’s now making some of the most beautiful furniture I’ve laid eyes upon. More on his story on the Working Not Working: Free Range Blog.
My friends Tina and Ryan Essmaker are the folks behind a fantastic interview series that focuses on creativity - The Great Discontent. This week, they sat down with Sara Blake, an illustrator/designer that I’ve been a fan of for some time now. I always admire when talented people have a lot of candor about what they wrestle with to get to make their work. See more on Sara’s site and her blog.
The interior carpet of the Overlook Hotel in Kubrick’s The Shining recreated as wallpaper.
Here are a few fascinating explorations of what went into making Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, The Shining. During the production of the film, Kubrick allowed his then 17 year old daughter, Vivian to shoot behind the scenes footage for a BBC piece on the film. For another perspective, here is analysis of how spatial awareness and set design in the film are used to psychologically influence the view - parts 1 and 2.
Here is a rather clever design project from accomplished art director, Christophe Gowans. The Record Books reimagines best-selling albums as books.
Film on Paper is a digitized archive of interaction designer, Eddie Shannon’s personal collection of film posters. It’s a pretty fantastic resource.
What’s better than the Rock-afire Explosion animatronic robot band lip-syncing to Nine Inch Nails? How about robots that actually shred metal? Compressorhead is that hard thrashing robot trio. See them perform Motorhead’s classic Ace of Spades.
In 1974, Dominican immigrant Don Antonio Martinez started a small shop in New York City selling hand rolled cigars. Thirty-eight years later his son, Jesus, carries on the tradition. The shop combines craftsmanship with community, mixing equal parts work and play. It is the focus of the fourth installment in the Made by Hand series. Perhaps my favorite part of making this film is the way it expands the maker experience outward; it’s not just about the artifact, but about the people you make things with and for.
Earlier this week, I released The Knife Maker, the second film in the Made by Hand series. This time we pointed our camera at writer turned knife maker Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn. He talks about the human element of craft, and the potential for a skill to mature into an art. And in sharing his story, he alights on the real meaning of handmade — a movement whose riches are measured in people, not cash. I can’t express enough gratitude for the inspiration, candor and friendship I’ve received from Joel.
Thursday evening, we debuted our first film — on the Breuckelen Distilling Company — at Studiomates, the collaborative workspace in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Since so much of the inspiration behind Made by Hand has come from the creative community in Brooklyn, this was a special opportunity for us. We’re exceedingly grateful to the people of Studiomates — and the makers in Brooklyn and elsewhere who inspire us every day.
We’re pleased now to release our first film into the world; go and watch it now. Brad Estabrooke’s tale is one of knowing you could fail, and moving ahead anyway — perhaps the most important ethos of the handmade spirit. We’re thankful to Brad for also joining us last night and sharing his gin and company.
Our next film — on local knife maker Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn — is in production now. Joel talks about finding himself at the intersection of the handmade and food movements (“I hit the jackpot,” he says) and more.
And as we head into the Fall, we’re talking to more makers in Brooklyn and nearby as we seek out subjects for subsequent films. Our hope is that you find these portraits as inspiring as we do.