What do you think?
Skwachàys Lodge and Residence at 31 West Pender Street in Vancouver houses a fair trade gallery, boutique hotel and an urban Aboriginal artist residence. Owned and operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS), the facility provides 24 shelter rate apartments for Aboriginal people at risk of homelessness, and two social enterprises that support the Society’s mission and financial sustainability. …The process started when Dave selected six Aboriginal artists to each create a vision and theme for three hotel suites. Then six interior design firms graciously donated their services to transform the artists’ visions into functional hotel suites.
If you’re interested in design and art, here are a few things you might like:
A sampling of the illustrations from the kids’ book Parrots Over Puerto Rico.
An absolutely true tweet by Volf: How Would You Like Your Graphic Design? (I’ve seen this before, but not with the “free” circle…)
From designboom, bittertang builds buru buru amphitheater from straw wattles. I love this. I want to see one of these at the Commons on Gabriola.
Well, the first one is quite abstractish. Do you know what this is?
And the second one is somewhat abstract as well.
Ha! Nice graphic shapes, and it’s easier to see what it is. This is clearly taken on a jaunt to the seashore.
As was this. The colours in the highlights on the scales are pretty amazing.
I haven’t a clue why sand lances seem to beach themselves like little miniature whales at this time of year, but they do. And if you scoop them up and toss them into the water they’ll head straight back onto land and start gasping.
I took this picture last week. This can’t be good, can it? I mean, if the weather goes back to normal winter freezing spells…
What’s that old saw about when life handing you lemons? Well, if one is going to have summer squash…. Continue reading “Making lemonade”
When you see something new and cool does your monkey brain want to grab it? Or your inner jackdaw, or whatever it is? Mine does. But I think I must have at least two inner jackdaws, judging by my reactions recently, and they’re polar opposites in their desires.
I don’t have a camera that takes square photos, but I do like to see what happens when you take a section of an image and put it into a square format.
I haven’t seen them here before, but I believe this is a white fawn lily, Erythronium oregonum. There was a little glade of them by a trail.
It was the curves in this sandstone that caught my eye.
Among the things I (briefly) reference when teaching are the golden section and Fibonacci numbers, as they’ve a strong influence on historical and contemporary design practice. The math side of it tends to make people go cross-eyed, so I point out that nature provides plenty of beautiful examples of applied theory. This video from Eterea Studios expresses that beautifully!
Looks like I found it, doesn’t it?
But it’s really the effect of low late-day light and a touch of over-exposure in my settings. I’ve changed the overall setting to manual and every once in a while forget to make all the adjustments I need to, or the lighting in the wee monitor tricks me. Many more over- and under-exposed images, but some turn out interestingly, like this one.
It’s water puddled in the ripples on yellowish seaweed. Here’s another, but the puddles here have collected sand and the seaweed is brown.
I don’t usually get a chance to examine the siphons of horse clams in detail—I don’t know how they do it, but they seem to sense my approach and yank the siphons back under half the time. But for some reason, maybe because the tide was on its way back and in fact had almost reached it, this one wasn’t as shy. Water was gently pulsing at the end—there’s be a bulge of water, as in the first photo, then it would disappear, as in the second. I guess that enough water had returned to the sand to make it possible to use the siphon to respirate—certainly it looked like breathing.
Very, very cool shoes. From my point of view, many of them are unwearable, but still… very cool. And very beautiful. Make sure you look at the collections.