Man Made DIY


Feb 24, 2010

Handmade Haiku: Casting On Crash Cymbals

created at: 01/13/2010

24 February, 2010: Casting on Crash Cymbals.

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Feb 23, 2010

Knitted Frog Dissection


I love thinking about the lab instructions for this knitted biology project: "Okay now find the mesentary and the pancreas...use your scapel to cast on, and then your number 5 needle to lift up the purled… read more


Feb 23, 2010

What Type are You? Determines Your Characters Based on Your Character

created at: 02/22/2010

Graphic design giants Pentagram have built an impressive, European-accent fueled exploration of determing one's typesetting based on personality...a typography typology, if you… read more


Feb 22, 2010

ManMaker: Michael Johannson

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 02/11/2010

Michael Johansson is a Swedish artist who works with recognizable found materials and secondhand objects, but rather than welding and gluing items together, simply organizes items with a natural, Tetris-like connectable affinity for each other into geometric shapes.


Some experts from his artistic statement:

"I am fascinated walking around flea markets finding doubles of seemingly unique, though often useless objects I have already purchased at… read more


Feb 22, 2010

Sriracha Embroidery

Nothing says brand loyalty like some full scale embroidered logo art.

created at: 02/21/2010

Sriracha, or "Rooster sauce" (as the servers in my favorite local Vietnamense joint love to call it) is a hot condiment made from ripe, red chiles, garlic, sugar, salt, and vinegar, and has achieved a  cult-like status in the U.S., and in Christ(ine)'s house, who "[eats] it on pretty much… read more


Feb 19, 2010

The Flaming Lips House

Flaming Lips HouseWayne Coyne, the frontman of the elaborate and psychedelic Flaming Lips, has recently refabbed a home in Oklahoma City to become...well, the architectural equivalent of a Flaming Lips song.  

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Feb 19, 2010

Fashion Label French Connection Offers a Stimulating Study of "Man" retailer French Connection have launched an ad campaign made up of 60-second spots that will air before feature films in the cinema. These commercials are divided into two efforts - one for women, and one for men. Those for men will air before films which will most likely appeal to men, and those for women before those films.  … read more


Feb 18, 2010

ManMaker: Brian Vann, with a Studio Tour!

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 02/11/2010

Brian Vann is a master steamster from San Francisco who makes [mostly] handbags and totes out of vintage fabric. He recently reorganized his studio, and took lots of photos. ReadyMade mag's Make Nice blog recently highlighted his creative space.

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A vintage soap dish, magentized to catch pins, and Brian's platter… read more


Feb 17, 2010

Handmade Haiku: A Lesson Learned Through a Bendy Straw

created at: 01/13/2010

February 17, 2010: A Lesson Learned through a Bendy Straw.

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Feb 17, 2010

Man Builds a Motorcycle Out of Alligator Parts

Dude, talk about upcycling...gatorbike photo

Jim Jablon was given an alligator carcass after it had been killed by state officials. And, like most creative minds, he thought "Why not put it to good use?"

And by "good use," Jim meant: build a freaking motorcycle out… read more


Feb 16, 2010

Great "Man Cave" Designs

Rainn Wilson Man Cave

man cave, n. A dedicated area of a house, such as a basement, workshop, or garage, where a man can be alone or socialize with his friends. (from

I admit, I'm not much into the hunting lodge or sports bar basement approach, but I do completely understand the masculine impetus to create a space of one's own. The same need that had us build forts and club houses as kids still drives us to make special places to simply be.

Contemporary design and architecture site Styleture have assembled several inspiring man cave designs. The common themes? Pool tables, big tvs, and lots and lots of… read more


Feb 15, 2010

ManMaker: Steve Nicholson's Hole Punched Art

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 02/11/2010
Steve Nicholson is a second year Graphic Communication student...and an ace with a hole punch. He created this self portrait in full analog style - one dude, one piece of A1 paper, and ten differently sized single hole punches. The result is pretty impressive display of halftone-like holeyness.

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Feb 15, 2010

It's Not a Parsnip, It's a Carrot Zombie


They say the carotene in carrots gets converted into vitamin A by the human body, which aids in eyesights, skin and hair health, and the regulation of blood… read more


Feb 12, 2010

How Can You Have Any Pudding If You Don't Knit Your Meat?

sausage by s.casper.

These knitted meat softies can appeal to everyone: vegetarians can proudly display theirs and say "I prefer my protein purled..." and omnivores can set theirs on a shelf, using it for a bit of culinary inspiration. And no matter what your dietary choices, they're just plain… read more


Feb 11, 2010

ManMaker Profile: Steve Harrington - Psychedelic Tepees and a Studio Tour

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 2010/02/11

Steve Harrington is an L.A.-based illustrator and graphic artist whose works are inspired by the shaggy late 60s, and all the moustaches and geometry of that era.created at: 2010/02/11

In particular, I'm digging on these paper tepees, with each facade featuring a different… read more

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