Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Vic


The Victoria Skim contest is this weekend, saturday and sunday, at Aliso in Laguna Beach. Unfortunately, I will not be able to make this years contest, but have seen many good ones in the past. Victoria Skimboards is also claiming to be increasing the bandwidth on it's "Aliso Cam", so perhaps you can see some skimming from there.

Aliso Cam HERE
Check out the Heats HERE




Thursday, June 25, 2009

Big Peace


Tony Labat's "Big Peace IV", part of the San Francisco Public Arts Commission.

More HERE

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Flutes Offer Clues to Stone-Age Music


Music and sculpture — expressions of artistic creativity, it seems — were emerging in tandem among some of the first modern humans when they began spreading through Europe or soon thereafter.

Read the full NY Times Article HERE

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Portable February


David Berman's book of drawings available 6/23 from Drag City HERE

Progress

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Def


NMc's sash from 1988 signed by three members of Def Leppard. I'm not sure how I feel about this one, impressed or depressed. I'm going to have to go with impressed, but she refuses to tell me how these were procured. I love you NMc.

Africa




Two pieces of fabric gifted to NMc from Sharona during her Peace Corp days in Senegal. If you enlarge the blue image, you can see a woven print, sort of looks like a security water mark.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Project Triangle

Project Triangle will be launched in the Summer of 2009 and encompasses a collection of hard work and research over the past thirty (30) years. With each board that is cut out of a piece of Wood or Foam, there is waste. The wasted pieces are normally placed in the dumpster and delivered to our local landfill, contributing to the overall pollution of the Earth. Using a method long practiced by the boating and aerospace industries (building a whole from multiple parts), Victoria Skimboards is now piecing together boards using the once wasted material.


Taking foam pieces that were normally headed for the dumpster and using them in production, Victoria Skimboards has decreased our overall landfill contribution by about thirty percent (30%) says owner Tex Haines. The boards are guaranteed not to break along any seem in the foam for the life of the board.

Having tested this theory in the early years of the business and throughout the thirty (30) plus years has proven the method to work for skimboarding. We have had years of experience building boards which occasionally had an extra piece glued on to make the most of a blank that was too short and none ever came back broken anywhere near those seams states Tex Haines.

It is one step in a refining process but one we are proud of and ready to share with all of you.

Victoria Skimboards HERE


Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Family of


Red Bucket Films graph of patents as played out in four versions of the family. Part of Paper Magazines "ReBranding America". (Should spawn a Mark Lombardi post)
click image for larger version
Red Bucket Films HERE

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Enter the Broccoli





Although it has been a slow season thus far in the garden, things are starting to happen. Last nights greens included broccoli, parsley, arugula, and a lot of cilantro. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Raku/ Traditional




Traditionally used in Tea Ceremonies in Japan, Raku was introduced in the 16th century. It was hand built, never thrown at the wheel, for a more hand made feel. The ware was taken from the kiln when red hot, and left out to cool or put directly in water. Usually in a deep red or black, Raku played an important role in the development of Japanese ceramics. Tile maker Chōjirō was the first citizen charged with creating Raku ware during the construction of the Jurakudai in Kyoto. He was soon given the family name "Raku", which has continued in the family pottery.

Raku Family Pottery HERE
There are a few examples of Raku Ware on display currently at the Asian Art Museum exhibition, "Lords of the Samurai" HERE

Paul Soldner/ Western Style Raku






Paul Soldner was one of, if not the pioneer of western style Raku, introducing the combustible reduction chamber in the 1960's. Traditionally as mentioned, Raku ware was taken from the hot kiln and left out to cool, or put in water. With western style Raku, a chamber such as a trash can, would be filled with sawdust, seaweed etc, to encourage combustion. The lid of the trash can would be put on once the red hot ware was put in the can to create an intense reduction or carbonized atmosphere, turning the clay body black. 

Paul Soldner HERE

In House Raku






western style/ianiswas

Monday, June 15, 2009

Thieving





Thieving with the Wine-Thieves on Sunday, bottling the Sangiovese and the Chardonnay. Also had a chance to taste the Biodynamic Zinfandel and the Cabernet from the barrell, and am looking forward to the release later this summer. Can't get more local then just across the street. Talk about a garage wine. Good work Matthew!

Wine-Thieves HERE

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Chachi



Remembering my late High School through University ride today. Purchased for $200, permanently hot-wired under the seat, barely street legal, and just under 300 lbs. I rode my "Chachi" all over California, from Laguna to Humboldt and spots in between. After the kick start completely stripped, and without a key start, parking on a hill was a must, or holding onto a car for a jump.  The worst was the flat run start. 1972 Honda Dual Sport.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Jerry Rothman






Jerry Rothman was faculty at Cal State Fullerton for over 25 years, and Laguna Beach resident for equally as long. Rothman is also credited with inventing what is now called Ferro-ceramic, a mixture of ceramic and inorganic materials, that allowed for clay and steel to be fired together, in order to create large scale cantilevered structures. The clay itself would not shrink dramatically against the steel during firing preventing cracks. Most of the images here are from the "Sky Pot" series from the 1960's, during his Otis days working with Voulkos.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Into the mainstream


In 1987 skimboard pioneer Tom Trager made the cover of Sports Illustrated, and the skimming world, which was pretty much Laguna Beach then, thought the sport was ready for it's close up. 22 years later...........

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Arms






It was only a matter of time. It is after all, connected to the hand.
from the top:
Picasso 
Paul Thek
Natalie McDonald