1. Disappears “Gone Completely” from LUX
2. Stars Of The Lid “Requiem for Dying Mothers, Part 2” from The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
3. Ken Camden “Raagini Robot” from Lethargy & Repurcussion
4. Tim Hecker “Sea of Pulses” from An Imaginary Country
5. Deerhunter “Like New” from Fluorescent Grey EP
6. Jonas Reinhardt “Near A Mirrored Pit Viper” from Powers Of Audition
7. Loscil “Lake Orchard” from Endless Falls
8. Benoit Pioulard “Idyll” from Temper]]>
1. Hi Red Center “Symmetry Chameleon” from Assemble
2. Grampall Jookabox “Rusty Wife” from Scientific Cricket
3. Berry “Out” from Blue Sky, Raging Sun
4. Child Bite “Odd Inn” from The Living Breathing Organ Summer
5. Prizzy Prizzy Please “Lost” from Chroma Cannon
6. I Love You “The Colloquialism Is Simply “Gas”" from Bell Ord Forrest
7. Marmoset “Strawberry Shortcakes” from Tea Tornado
8. Push-Pull “Wright, Right?” from Between Noise and the Indians
9. Valina “Phantom Of My Longest Day” from A Tempo! A Tempo!
10. Abner Trio “You’re Gorgeous, Believe It!” from The Giant Crushes You
11. The Delicious “Something” from It Happened Here Comp
12. Hermit Thrushes “Snowflake Heart” from Slight Fountain
13. Bizzart “Changing Stars” from Future Stars & Small Wonders
14. Stationary Odyssey “Rib Letters” from Sons of Boy
15. C.J. Boyd “We Know Time (Excerpt)” from Aerial Roots
16. Man At Arms “Telescope” from A Waste of Time and Space
17. Melk the G6-49 “The Instantaneous…” from Glossolalia
Last time I did laundry I went to the warzone of a laundromat up on 7th. It was $1.75 to wash a tiny load, $2 for soap, and about a buck fifty to dry each load. End result was I washed nothing for a ton of money and my stuff came out smelling like hotel sheets. Nowadays I’m washing my own in the bathtub (with shampoo, because it smells great) for whatever four inches of water costs (not a whole lot I’m guessing because my water bill is $20 for three people and a lot of animals monthly.) On good warm days like we’re having they dry in an hour plus change and come out smelling great. Especially jeans. Jeans love a clothesline. Just make sure you hang your jeans high, because heavy denim will sag just about any clothesline.
So, yeah, this was one of the easiest things I’ve ever done but as simple as it is it’s saved me tons of money, improved the view out my bedroom/solarium, and kept me away from the warzone laundromat. Those are all great things in my book. Try it out if you’ve got the space…
In light of these tiny, tireless, indispensable workers, I thought it would be satisfying to highlight some human artists who have reused used things in particularly poetic ways, injecting them with new meaning, giving them a fresh life in the arena of the mind. This first article is devoted to artists who have reinvigorated used clothing.
Shannon Eakins cozies up to used sweaters donated by Goodwill Industries for an exhibition at the Tacoma Art Museum.
Robert Fontenot is midway into the project “Recycle LACMA.” In his words:
On January 14th, 2009 the Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced that it was deaccessioning more than 100 items from its costumes and textiles collection. Once carefully collected, catalogued, and cared for, these items have now been cast back out in to the world. What will happen to them? Like any other useless item, they will need to be recycled or disposed of.
Recycle LACMA is a project of Los Angeles-based artist Robert Fontenot. At three separate auctions he purchased over 50 items deaccessioned by LACMA and is now trying to find new uses for these otherwise unwanted items.
The result of this ambitious project is bittersweet. If the original object was especially beautiful, it seems to demand a respectful reuse. But it was all destined to be disseminated and likely trashed… so isn’t any reuse better than a thoughtless demise?
Korean Coat (2nd reuse) from Recycle LACMA
And then there’s Nick Cave. Ah! Nick Cave. Not the musician, but the sculptor, who makes costume-totem-figures that can be worn by dancers. I like what this blogger has to say:
The Soundsuits are multimedia pieces made from items Cave has scavenged from flea markets, thrift stores, and garage sales over the past two decades [...] One of Cave’s philosophies is that his creations have been works in progress for centuries since all of the materials have been made by other people from other times and other places. He wants to showcase all of the craftsmanship of these unknown people together in a new, artistic, and functional garment. I love that.
Nick Cave Soundsuit
Christian Boltanski made used clothes into spirit-holders, while Michelangelo Pistoletto piled them up for a bewildered nude. Shannon Eakins (pictured above) and Marc Dombrosky warmed up a courtyard in Tacoma, Washington.
My final example is from the brutally beautiful painter Anselm Kiefer. “Die Welle (Wave)” hangs at the Seattle Art Museum– a massive painting– earthy, encrusted, with cotton dresses of various sizes hovering over the surface. There are no good images of it online that I can find, and it’s just as well; most art is compromised by reproduction somewhat, but a pixel-made version of a piece with such tactile urgency and indefinable presence is useless. For reasons I may never understand, the painting moved me to tears when I first saw it in person. It makes me wonder at Kiefer’s own description of his goals:
“I don’t consider myself a Platonist but I think that the spirit is contained in the material and it is the artist’s mission to extract it.”
Now, please enjoy one humble enthusiast’s oh-so-slight and ever-so-subtle coaxing along of a pair of photographs which hardly needed an ounce of help to find their truest hues.
A bit of blending. Some smoothing here, a stitch or two there, a cold compress applied… nothing, really.]]>
Rina Matsui-Houghton is a Malaysian-born, Berlin-based handbag designer who focuses on creating beautiful handcrafted bags of unique distinction.
I met Rina a few years ago and was immediately blown away by her drive and passion for creating awesome bags and mini carry-alls, made from vintage fabrics.
Back in 1999 Rina felt that “Malaysia was ready for a unique label with underground roots and the design-ability to be sold internationally.” She started creating hand-embroidered affordable bags, and clutches for the fashion savvy consumer.
The company named Flowerdrum bags (www.flowerdrum-kl.com) was born, and now produces lines in batches of 12. Bags are created using quality fabric from all over the world; they aren’t mass produced, they’re fresh, different and sport stand apart, clean-cut designs, a must have for any fashionista!
More recently Rina has been focusing on commissioned work, branching out to create custom-made items for her clients. Last year in Malaysia she took part in her first exhibit of embroideries and fabric collages, entitled 6 Words: Embroidered Stories. I caught up with Rina for an interview to find out more about her interesting grass roots company.
LQ: Where did the name for your bag company come from?
RMH: Unglamorously cribbed the name from a Flowerdrum Song poster at a local theatre!
LQ: Where do you find your vintage prints for the bags?
RMH: As a natural hoarder and digger, I started out with a fair collection of vintage fabrics from my childhood (curtains, mum’s dresses) which I supplement with pieces I find on my travels at markets, etc. There are also a couple of fabric shops in Malaysia that I have been going to for years, the sort of shops where stock hasn’t been updated since the ’60s!
LQ: When did you first start making embroidery projects?
RMH: Started a couple of years ago, to explore but also as thank you gifts for friends who have supported me on my bag endeavours for the last decade.
LQ: Suhana Dewi Selamat’s 6-word memoirs influenced your work for the embroidered stories project. What was it about the memoirs that struck you?
RMH: As a lover of words and the English language, I was struck first and foremost by the brutal honesty of her 6-word essays. How they were food for thought in their simplicity. I like my words on point and how much more “on point” could you be than 6-word essays!
LQ: What do you like most about your job?
RMH: Being the boss of my own time, the flexibility to travel/take time off, the independence of only being able to blame myself for cock ups!
LQ: What do you have in store at Flowerdrum Bags for this year?
RMH: Flowerdrum Bags works in mysterious organic ways! Along with the usual desire to push the label to boutiques in foreign shores, I am hoping to work on a new embroidery project. New bags will be up soon for spring/summer and I plan to drive more traffic to the web-shop. I’ll also continue my crusade to get more people to understand and appreciate VINTAGE fabrics!]]>
I ‘m on a 21 day detox and was looking for an alternative to chips for me to snack on when I get savoury cravings. I saw kale chips in the store, but they cost an arm and a leg, super expensive for a really tiny bag, so I decided to make my own.
I found a kale crisp recipe online and it called for a dehydrator sheet. I don’t have one; I didn’t have a few of the other ingredients listed either, but I did have a bunch of kale and a few tasty seasonings so I decided to whip up my own version and what a success it was!
Kale is a wonder vegetable. In plants there are over 100 different glucosinolates, Kale contains 10-15 glucosinolates, these are what cause the bitter flavour in the vegetable. They work to activate detoxifying enzymes in the liver and help neutralize potentially carcinogenic substances, enabling us to clear them from our bodies more quickly.
Kale is also chockfull of nutrients (over 80), including substantial amounts of Vitamins C and B, calcium and iron. It’s delicious boiled, stir-fried and steamed. I put a handful of it in a golden veggie soup the other day and it brought the soup a lovely astringent earthy flavour.
These crisps are delicious!
Great as a snack between meals, as a topping on salads, on pizza or sprinkled on hearty cream based soups. They’re also very easy to make.
Half a bunch of kale washed and chopped finely
2 cloves of garlic grated
2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp of flax seeds
1/3 cup of blanched almonds
2 tbsp of sunflower seeds
1 pinch of sea salt
Sprinkle of red pepper flakes
Generous amount of black pepper
Pre-heat oven to 225°
Line a large baking tray with foil and place a wire baking rack over the foil.
In a big bowl mix the kale with olive oil and garlic, stir in flax seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds, salt and pepper; make sure all the kale is coated with the oil.
Next pour the kale mixture onto the wire rack and gently spread evenly, don’t worry if the nuts and seeds fall through to the foil they will bake just fine where they fall.
Place tray in the oven, on the top rack and bake for 45mins – 1 hour. Check every 20 minutes to monitor how crispy the Kale is becoming as oven temperatures vary.
Once the Kale has fully dehydrated remove tray from oven and let cool for at least 20 mins. Then lift the wire rack and gently scrape the mixture (which will have greatly reduced in size) onto the foil. Once the Kale crisps have fully cooled you can fold the foil in half and slide them into an airtight container… Delish!]]>
2. Dan Friel “Ghost Town Pt. 1″ from Ghost Town IMPREC187
3. Grails “Take Refuge In Clean Living” from Take Refuge In Clean Living IMPREC190
4. Guano Padano “Epiphany” from Guano Padano IMPREC271
5. Julia Kent “Templehof” from Delay IMPREC149
6. Chieko Mori “Spiral Wave” from In The Garden Of Forking Paths IMPREC162
7. Alessandro Stefana “Poste E Telegrafi Blues” from Poste E Telegrafi IMPREC138
8. Risil “There Has To Be” from Non Meters Vol 1 IMPREC218
9. Larsen with David Tibet “Pt. 3″ from Abeceda IMPREC129
10. XXL (Xiu Xiu & Larsen) “King Of Koalas” from Spicchiology? IMPREC130
11.Kurt Weisman “Spiritual Sci Fi” from Spiritual Sci Fi IMPREC150
12. Christina Kubisch “Homage With Minimal Disinformation” from Invisible/Inaudible: Five Electrical Walks IMPREC167
From inside small green canvas bag reading “GNADE”
–Other bands’ merch (three Daniel Johnston tour shirts, three CDs. Five Youthmovies shirts, three CDs.) Acquired on tour.
–Two cans of TamTad stuffed Turkish vine leaves (yaprak sarma). Bought at a shop below the flat I was staying at in Crouch End, London. Caused a major security blowup when I took these through customs in Amsterdam. “Why you bringin’ leaves tru cust’ms, mate?” “They’re not leaves… it’s food. Canned.” “Why you bringin’ leaves tru, mate?” Etc.
–Plastic jar of vegemite. Acquired on tour.
–Various clothes (white hoodie, wool scarf, black “Portland Road” baseball cap, three pairs of jeans, brown parka with new bloodstains, underclothes).
–Wallet ($280, 30 UK pounds, Chinese money, one euro, bank card, Oyster Card, Travelex receipt for money change, temporary driver’s license, Crouch End London post office receipt for money change, two Forever Stamps).
–Oyster Card slipcase (with extra bank card, Dillion’s Plus Shopper’s Card, AAA card, SS card).
–Various boarding passes.
–Notebook with the word “Music” on it.
–Books (Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, front cover caked with dried blood). Book recommendation: the Didion one. All acquired on tour except the Joyce.
–Small digital camera. Mostly unused. Twelve tour photos.
–Bag of 1″ buttons leftover from merch box.
–Two tap lights (used as merch table lights). Tour recommendation: You know how some clubs don’t supply 1) lights for your merch table. 2) Outlets to plug your lights into? Tap lights are great because they’re battery powered and you can write your prices on their faces. These were a lifesaver.
–Copy of Beach House’s Teen Dream. Acquired on tour.
–Copy of The Sun (Tuesday, March 30) with naked pictures of Peaches Geldoff and a lot of terrible murder stories. Acquired on tour.
–Two blue Sharpies. Acquired on tour.
–”Get out of Hell Free” card. Acquired on tour.
–Tiny plastic alarm clock (alarm broken.)
–Receipt in Dutch from Amsterdam airport gift shop (for tea, chocolate, water bottle).
–Box of tea. Box of chocolate. See above.
–Two orange guitar picks, one gray. The English call them “plectrums.” I like how it sounds but I could never actually say it.
–Various tour remedies (B-12, multi-vitamins, Xanex, Benadryl).
–Brochure from the Celeste Boursier Mougenot Curve Art installation at the Barbican in London. This one was incredible. A room full of mic’d and amp’d instruments and African zebra finches flying around free. The music the birds made when they pecked on the guitars and lifted up off the strings or nested on the pickups was like the best mellow noise record you’ve ever heard. Check it out right here.
–Notebook with cutaway inside for short pencil. Acquired on tour.
–Headset taken from airline.
–Two rechargeable AA batteries for camera.
–One large red marble bought at a farm in Oxfordshire.
–Small rubber goldfish with big terrified eyes.
Inside black guitar flight case
–Four-string acoustic guitar with gold paint pen scrawled all over it.
–Gray wool gloves with skull print.
–Dean Markley ProMag Plus pickup for plugging into a DI.
–Yellow guitar strap soaked in beer.
–Two sets of strings.
–Various pages of lyrics.
–One more Daniel Johnston CD.
See the first, second, and third installments of the series here, here, and here.]]>