When I visited Rome last summer I picked up a free, hand-drawn map of the city. To be honest I wasn’t expecting much, but when I started navigating using the small map, I was astounded at the detail it contained in each hand-drawn line. To be finding my way around the ancient city using only someone’s fine penmanship was like stepping back into the bygone era of hand-made cartography. Today we have Google Maps. It’s a tool which blows away any hand-created map as far as accuracy and search-ability, but something is certainly lost in the aesthetic beauty and ability to roll out a large city on the table before you. These fine maps of London from Wellingtons Travel, bring back the maps of old and do it with useful style. [Read more...]
After the refrigerator, a clothes dryer is the biggest energy hogging appliance out there. Consumer Energy Center estimates that it costs an average of $85 to run annually, which adds up to $1,530 for the average lifetime of a dryer on top of the cost of the dryer itself. Although East Coast winters would make it hard not to use a dryer, there are plenty of months when the sun will do all that drying for free, yet in the US there are outdated laws in some states from after World War II that make hanging clothes outside illegal (JustLiveGreener.com). Since 1995 Project Laundry List has been working to get these laws changed and has helped with the passage of “right to dry” legislation in 11 states so far. If you have a minute, sign the petition so that all Americans can have the right to use free energy to dry their clothes. To bring awareness to this issue and encourage sun-kissed laundry that won’t shrink, we searched Instagram to show you how beautiful clothes lines can be. [Read more...]
At first they appear to simply be gigantic swooping shapes painted across buildings around the world… but find the correct focal point and they pop into astounding geometric forms. Swiss artist Felice Varini has been creating these massive pieces since 1979; starting small with room based installations, but later growing to pieces that cover entire villages and require a hike up a mountain to properly appreciate. His anamorphic paintings have impressed a generation of creatives, and continue to be emulated to this day. [Read more...]
Though most of us have some experience with finger painting, it is usually a hobby left back in pre-school along with nap time, but Iris Scott has resurrected it in a beautiful way. After deciding to dramatically decrease her cost of living so that she could find time to paint every day, she moved to Taiwan and did exactly as she planned. But one day all of her brushes were dirty and she needed some yellow flowers, so rather than go outside in the excruciating heat, she used her fingertips and reached that a-ha moment that this is what she would do for the rest of her life. Wearing disposable gloves, Scott uses her fingers with oil paints on canvas to create vibrant, textured paintings with movement and depth. Her Thailand Collection was just on display at Cole Gallery in Edmonds, Washington. We hope that you will enjoy our interview with Iris Scott after the jump, then see more of her work on IrisFingerPaintings.com and Facebook. [Read more...]
Hopping trains across the country is one of those ideas which harkens back to Great Depression era days of meager means and distant travels in search of something better. Forgetting the hardships of those now distant times, we often look at the hobo life as one of complete freedom – a romantic era now gone. But, it’s not gone for all: there are still people hopping trains across the U.S., seeking adventure and finding it on the backs of freight trains as they roll down the long steel rails. [Read more...]
In his highly acclaimed book, Cities and Countries, Roman Payne beautifully explains what travel is all about:
Cities were always like people, showing their varying personalities to the traveler. Depending on the city and on the traveler, there might begin a mutual love, or dislike, friendship, or enmity. Where one city will rise a certain individual to glory, it will destroy another who is not suited to its personality. Only through travel can we know where we belong or not, where we are loved and where we are rejected.
If you haven’t read Cities and Countries yet, I highly recommend it. To celebrate the beauty of cities all over the world and encourage everyone to travel to find their perfect place, we searched Instagram for this lovely collection of cityscapes.
In 2007, Jeremy Marie of Caen, France graduated from university, packed his bag and began a journey with the goal of hitchhiking around the world. On March 12, he finally arrived home after 5 years, 5 months and 5 days. In all of the 1,752 vehicles that gave him rides, he never once paid a single cent. Jeremy traveled 180,700 kilometers (112,282 miles) in over 100 countries and used many forms of transportation including boats, tractors, historic cars and camels. [Read more...]
If there’s one unifying thing about children around the world it’s this: they love to play. Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s latest project “Toy Stories,” captures this aspect of our young people’s lives through their prized possessions, artfully arranged around them in the places where they live. It’s an intimate and revealing look at the worlds diverse cultures as experienced by kids. [Read more...]
Do you have a favorite city you’ve collected memories while exploring? Do you work in a major city and have events happening you’d like to remember geographically? These creative maps from Italian design house Palomar look to fill that niche, providing maps of cities from London to New York printed on a polymer felt surface and delivered with 15 custom pins to mark places or hang location based items you’d like to remember. [Read more...]
meme [meem] : an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture. (via merriam-webster dictionary). Justin Crowe believes in the cultural value of creativity and he’s spreading the word to the world with a meme. This Ohio based potter is creating and distributing custom made mugs with baked-on instructions encouraging a fun game of sharing. His project is called MEME the World. [Read more...]