Pillow Sprite and Watermelon Fabric by Sam Lyon (Jelly Gummies)
Digital print on cotton
Simon Dybbroe Møller Aperture & Orifice 2014 washed concrete, plastic bags, 50 x 50 x 50 cm - 65 x 44 x 38 cm
The reason I reblog this is a complete mystery.
Everything I Touch Turns to Mold by Lisa Anne Auerbach
Actual Japanese Workwear
Check out these absolutely stunning Japanese firemen coats. Known as Hanten coats, these were worn by Japanese firefighters in the 19th century. At the time, the technology to spray water at a high-enough pressure hadn’t been invented yet, so Japanese men had to fight fires by creating firebreaks downwind. Doing so, however, put them in danger of catching on fire themselves, as hot embers can travel up to a mile. To make their coats more protective, they were continually doused with water.
The symbols and designs you see are for several things. Some are just for decoration, of course, while some signal the fire crew that the wearer belonged to. Others are lucky symbols or refer to a heroic story, giving the wearer encouragement to be strong and courageous.
You can see these coats in person (along with many other awesome things) at Shibui, a shop in New York City for Japanese antiques and collectibles. They’re moving at the end of September and are having a sale right now to lighten their load. Select items are discounted by up to 50%, including lots of boro fabrics, which is a kind of heavily patched and mended Japanese textile. You can see examples of boro here.
For those of us outside of NYC, Shibui has a Google+ page you can admire (they’ll take phone orders, if you’re interested). There’s also a book titled Haten and Happi, which is all about traditional Japanese work coats.
Rocker Jeans by There There
Ripped jeans with hair extensions ($90.00)
Ex quilt squares, 2005. Found these when I was packing at my parents’ house. Before I went away to college, I asked my high school friends to make quilt squares for me with the idea that I’d make a “emotional security blanket” against homesickness.
The one on the left was made by my middle school best friend, the girl I went to all the bases with over the course of adolescence including “fuck everyone at this party” prom sex, who I cut out of my life after she left me crying in the middle of a cafe three years ago. The one on the right was made by my high school boy friend, who never wanted to or tried to have sex with me (which is fine, but I had/have total Hanna Marin S1 feelings about it), and spent both proms I went to with him talking to the teachers. The last time I talked to him, he was on a lot of pills and a struggling writer in New York.
A manic pixie girl past! Teenage girls with unhealthy relationships! Boyfriends who are unimaginative! Private school drama! Fabric art! These quilt squares have everything and now they are in the garbage at work.
Weaves by my colleague Maria Knezovic