Looking to spice up your living room walls on a budget? Well I cam across Debra Pagel's wood slice wall sculptures on Etsy and thought to myself, "Wow that's really cool stuff. And that's actually something I could make!" It's not often that such realizations come to me (my tiny NYC apartment isn't exactly conducive to many sculpture projects).
Artist Tim Knowles has created a series called, "Tree Drawings", in which he connects pens and brushes to the branches of trees, allowing their natural sway in movement in the wind to create the design.
The results are amazing, and quite surprising. Check them out:
"A series of drawings produced using drawing implements attached to the tips of tree branches, the wind’s effects on the tree, recorded on paper. Like signatures each drawing reveals the different qualities and characteristics of each tree."
Reminds me a bit of the bicycle drawing machine.
Tree Drawings [Tim Knowles]
It's been crazy windy in my neighborhood this week. So much so that I've had to turn around early from two bike rides, and head outside at sunrise to pick up my recycling from all over the street in my pajamas.
But there's one good thing about windy weather: all the sticks, branches, and limbs that show up on the sidewalk, ready to be taken home and made into something.
Even with newer LED string lights, nearly all of our electricity bills go up during the holiday season. Of course, that wouldn't be the case if you had an eel that sent an 800 watt zap to power your tree each time it moves.
See how it works in this video:
I sorta have a problem with reading the wish lists and gift guides of my fellow design and DIY bloggers. I can't help it; I love getting a peak into the real lives or my peers, as well as the opportunity to learn about cool new stuff.
This year, I kept noticing one item pop up in lots of lists: the Enchanted Forest iPhone Dock from Anthropologie. It's a fun nature-meets-technology way to stand and display your iPod or iPhone. It's awesome, but at $100, it's a lot to pay for something that doesn't have speakers, a clock, or even a way to plug it into the wall. Of course, the fact that it's 100% wood and doesn't sport any fancy electronics means something else:
It's easy to make one at home.
If you've got a drill, some sort of saw, and a spare iPod USB cable, you can whip one up in an hour or two for absolutely free! I'm pretty sure this is the world's best Christmas gift for iPhone owners, especially cause it's handmade! I'm giving mine to my sweetheart (she's been banned from ManMade and all its networks until Christmas morning).
Sliceforms are "are geometric models constructed from interlocking sets of planar pieces," basically a 3D model made of flat pieces, creating a grid. Mathematically-minded folks, of course, can create super complex structures with the technique, but it can be scaled down to make simpler structures, like this 3D Christmas tree.
I'm a huge fan of bringing in natural elements whilst maintaing a modern aesthetic, so I think this tree branch coffee table is as cool as it gets. Especially since its handmade, and super easy to DIY.
At first, it appears to be a collection of solid branches, but the step-by-step photos reveal its a lot easier (and less expensive) than it seems.
There are millions of computers produced each year...let's hope the cursors are harvested with sustainable practices.
And don't even get me started on the emissions of the spinning beach ball of death factory.