Since 1999 Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been visiting 1000 yards of Kehoe Beach in the Point Reyes National Sea Shore. We have rambled this one remote beach hundreds of times to gather plastic debris washing out of the Pacific Ocean. By carefully collecting and "curating" the bits of plastic, we fashion it into works of art— art that matter-of-factly shows, with minimal artifice, the material as it is. The viewer is often surprised that this colorful stuff is the thermoplastic junk of our throwaway culture. As we have deepened our practice we’ve found, like archeologists, that each bit of what we find opens into a pinpoint look at the whole of human culture. Each bit has a story to tell.
When we went on our honeymoon to Hawaii in 2007 I couldn't believe that I was collecting plastic bits instead of shells. I came home with a box full of bits that look just like these above. (I think I may have even posted about them before, but ah, well.) When I saw these works on Pinterest, they captured my heart all over again. This new phenomenon, so very sad (a disaster, really) and a reminder of our gross desire for the cheap and convenient and yet these images are so appealing in color and a bit nostalgic in their content, no? xo
One of my favorite letterpress companies, Belle & Union Co. have opened a new online shop. Check it out! Their goods are also sold at shopSCAD if you in Savannah. Co-owner, Meg Sutton is a fellow SCAD graduate and it has been so exciting to watch her company grow and flourish! I have their tea towels in my kitchen and they make me so happy! I adore the homespun Southern influence of their wares...here are a few images from their blog and new website...xo
Something awesome has been showing up on castaway furniture on the streets of Milwaukee and I thought you should know about it. My amazing artist friend from the ol' shopSCAD days, Molly Evans of Mollyeeee has been creating a series of pop-up public works of fiber art in the eastside neighborhoods. Under the cover of darkness, Molly sews her braided yarn sentiments onto the castoff furniture of unsuspecting residents. Folks, only Molly would see these big ol' yard farts as blank canvases. Genius! Molly describes her studio as, "specializ(ing) in modern quilting, costume design, installation art, and unusual, temporary public art designed to make folks stop and appreciate the good thing they have going." This latest project entitled, Lionel Stitchie, has most definitely had folks scratching their heads and getting stuck on a beloved smooth rhyme for the rest of the day. Follow along via the Mollyeeeee Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and Website. xo
Photos above by Molly Evans and part of her series Lionel Stitchie, 2013.