Tokujin Yoshioka is the "Creator of the Year" at Maison & Objet, Paris, where he is showing an installation called "The Crystallized Project."

The exhibition includes Venus, a crystallized chair; a series of crystal paintings which have been grown using the vibrations of sound and music; as well as a selection of works that have yet to be revealed.

Yoshioka’s is deeply interested in the future. His work explores our relationship to natural phenomena. He seeks to imbue everyday, material objects with an increased sense of purpose and legitimacy, in contrast to the increasing number of virtual communities, spaces and places. A poignant reminder that the natural world is also home to beautiful spaces and places that increase human connectivity and collaboration.

Another gem found via annekata on TrendTablet .


i carry your heart

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
                                  i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
~e. e. cummings


Vintage Inlay Earrings

 Just posted these vintage black enamel and sterling silver inlay earrings in my Etsy shop.

I think they're sweet and perfect for everyday. Each one features a different design of stylized flowers and buds. Very smaaht.


Louis Vitton: It's In the Bag

I don't usually post this type of thing, but I find it very difficult to resist an LV kitty.
Louis Vuitton commissioned British artist Billie Achilleos to create a series of animals titled “Maroquinaris Zoologicae” using leather accessories to celebrate their 100th anniversary. From one of my favorite sites, TomandLorenzo. If you don't know them, get up on it!


Night Lights

Stumbled across this photo blog from Japan, thanks to The Fox is Black, that has an amazing collection of long exposure images of fireflys. No idea what the text says, but some of the images are stunning.

Made me think of this poem from David Young:
I caught and cupped a firefly just now
like an old miser blowing on his palms to keep some warmth in.

I'd like that glow to be
The milky streams of star-mess overhead,
the rivulets of words below,

nacreous teeth of the speaker in the dark
words folding into the spiral that runs up

to the coiled shape of galaxies
as the brain whorls match the labyrinthine curves,

echoing stairwell, spinning DNA,
the play with nests and shrinking models,

the sidewise slide, the folding-up of sense,
the web the spider swings and spins, connecting. 
[excerpt from One A.M.]


String of Hearts DIY Roundup

Who doesn't love a garland?

 Jessica from How About Orange made this super adorable striped origami heart garland. It's a fun project for a rainy afternoon.

Craftzine offers this fun chain of hearts from Betz White, plus a bonus felt heart garland if you feel like tackling a slightly more substantial garland that requires some sewing.

This sweetheart garland from Oh So Crafty is super easy AND helps you to reduce that stack of magazines in the corner you've been meaning to do something with/recycle but haven't gotten around to tackling yet. I'm just sayin'....

Such a good idea! Grace and Light offer this simple and smart  DIY using paint samples and a little thread.