When I attempted to live in London town, Donlon Books, run by a tasteful chap named Connor (and located within Herald Street Gallery) was a thoughtful place to spend spare beans. Seems the store is moving to a new space, around the corner. Independent bookstores-long may you run. Details here.
photo via Homework.
After seeing the last round of Workers shirts on Reference Library and ACL, I gave in.You order your size/style via their site (they always sell out), pay when the stitches are complete and wait for the package to arrive from Japan two months later...a program I've taken part in before with Sonomitsu. Workers concentrate...really concentrate on quality reproductions of extinct American workwear items, and the website also acts as a mini archive with vintage items and advertisements posted. Here's the latest Workers items, and here's to a company doing one thing at a time, and doing it well.
I spent a few Sundays carving these Owls into Jed and Jess's tree in Silverlake this summer, and now they've finally seasoned and feel a little more settled into their nooks. With the only brief being 'think Topanga Canyon Tree Wizard', the results are, well suitably wizardy.
Andy Beach, behind the controls at Reference Library, has been making an art out of losing for the past two years, with his awesome 'Items I Didn't Win' (from ebay) posts, which have proven to be a winning formula and daily stimuli for followers of the blog. So what's he been winning?...find out this Friday when Reference Library gets a room, as part of Kiosk's mini exhibition series, and if you live in New York bring your wallet!...full details here.
American Workwear buttons
Andy's limited edition Denim Work Apron, made by Workers, Japan
Half a Fink's Workwear Advertisement sign (and part of a larger collection)
A Retrospective of James Castle's Drawings and Objects is up at The Philadelphia Art Museum, and will be traveling to The Berkeley Art Museum (yes!), and the Art Institute of Chicago during 2009. Castle (1899-1977) who was deaf, mute and untrained as an artist, produced a rich archive of drawings and assemblages, using found materials from his parents Post Office in Boise, Idaho. There's a dedication and intimacy to these works that's really beautiful, a measured appreciation for space, inside and out. Details here, Publication here.
Ryan Conder, has finally buckled and posted some Surfing footage on the South Willard page...some classic clips of living legend George Greenough at one with the Dolphins and Waves. Yes Mr Conder, I need one on these inflatable mattress rides (read:shark biscuits) in preparation for my summer spell in Byron Bay, Australia.
It's been a year since Okie Adams passed on, and it's still hard to resolve the loss of such a charitable, wise and hilarious man. The night we first met Okie, my friends Mike, Ross and I, sat in his living room, in the few available spaces not covered in boxes (of an unsorted living), and watched as he performed a divining ritual with hand made instruments, locating a stream deep below the house. He then introduced us to his incredible hand made Banjo's, and a condensed (and imbelished) narrative of his life...part of which involved being the only man that could truely satisfy Rita Hayworth!...they just don't make them like Okie Adams anymore.x
Photo's of Okie and Myka, by Ross McLain, 2005.
San Francisco's Victorian Houses, as photographed by Garry Patterson poster published by Celestial Arts, Calif, 1977. 50 cents at an estate sale in Pasadena this morning, along with two sealed Woody Guthrie records on Smithsonian Folkways.
With all the discussions around the return of the small dwelling of late, I got to thinking about these awesome photographs Jed Lind shot in the Shetland Islands in 2006. More huts/sheds from Jed's series Small is Beautiful, and other great work here.
Musings From A Muddy Island for related boat sheds.
And Materialicious for all your shelter needs, large or small.