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 { “Grimoire” } vintage boutique in Tokyo

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The website is beautiful!

I love the nonaligned, floating sets — especially the bit with the ships and maps! Would be great to code this (or similar) without the use of Flash; I’d imagine that the “floating” look wouldn’t be too difficult, but not sure about the drag-able interface. I’ve never attempted the latter outside of ActionScript but have always wanted to use that.

Image: Issey Miyake
Christopher Forte: { Japan — An Ascetic Aesthetic }

There is a notion of modesty and subtlety, a respect for ceremony and procedure, an approach to duty and honor – that is unique to Japan. To the western eye these values are construed as anything from hopelessly anachronistic to downright obsessive – yet they contribute to a reverence for aesthetics that is utterly unique and exquisitely complex. This distinctive approach to all that appeals to the senses has, over centuries, imbued the Japanese with a veritable omnibus of terms that define everything from the simplest idea of placement (shibui: austerity of taste – not concealing the true nature of an object – a vase is a vase, a toaster is a toaster…) to the most esoteric concepts of shaping space (aji: where the incongruity of the object speaks of the congruity of the whole – the idea of sleeves filled with nothing, of space filled only with color…)

Image: Issey Miyake

Christopher Forte: { Japan — An Ascetic Aesthetic }

There is a notion of modesty and subtlety, a respect for ceremony and procedure, an approach to duty and honor – that is unique to Japan. To the western eye these values are construed as anything from hopelessly anachronistic to downright obsessive – yet they contribute to a reverence for aesthetics that is utterly unique and exquisitely complex. This distinctive approach to all that appeals to the senses has, over centuries, imbued the Japanese with a veritable omnibus of terms that define everything from the simplest idea of placement (shibui: austerity of taste – not concealing the true nature of an object – a vase is a vase, a toaster is a toaster…) to the most esoteric concepts of shaping space (aji: where the incongruity of the object speaks of the congruity of the whole – the idea of sleeves filled with nothing, of space filled only with color…)


Andrea Zittel began creating Six Month Uniforms in 1991 as a response to the social dictate to wear an entirely different change of clothes every day. By wearing a single uniform for six months, she no only eliminated the stress of choosing a daily outfit , but also generated an alternative to the mandate of  perpetual variety mandated consumer culture. More than seventy variations of the A-Z Personal Uniform now exist. …

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I’d be ok with wearing this one for 6 months.

Andrea Zittel began creating Six Month Uniforms in 1991 as a response to the social dictate to wear an entirely different change of clothes every day. By wearing a single uniform for six months, she no only eliminated the stress of choosing a daily outfit , but also generated an alternative to the mandate of  perpetual variety mandated consumer culture. More than seventy variations of the A-Z Personal Uniform now exist. …

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I’d be ok with wearing this one for 6 months.

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{ Ignatio Torres }: Stellar

This project began from the theory that humans are  made of cosmic  matter as a result of a stars death. I created imagery  that showcased  this cosmic birth through the use of dust and reflective  confetti to  create galaxies. The models organic bodily expressions as  they are  frozen in time between the particles suggest their celestial  creation.  In addition, space and time is heightened by the use of   three-dimensional animated gifs. Their movement serves as a visual   metaphor to the spatial link we share with stars as well as their   separateness through time.

{ Ignatio Torres }: Stellar

This project began from the theory that humans are made of cosmic matter as a result of a stars death. I created imagery that showcased this cosmic birth through the use of dust and reflective confetti to create galaxies. The models organic bodily expressions as they are frozen in time between the particles suggest their celestial creation. In addition, space and time is heightened by the use of three-dimensional animated gifs. Their movement serves as a visual metaphor to the spatial link we share with stars as well as their separateness through time.

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You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked “female”.

I’m not saying that you SHOULDN’T be pretty if you want to. (You don’t owe UN-prettiness to feminism, in other words.) …

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foodsforyourskin:

You have heard of the Dirty Dozen for food, but this list is the Dirty Dozen for ingredients in our cosmetics:

1. BHA and BHT
used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disruptors and may cause cancer (BHA). Harmful to fish and other wildlife.


2. coal tar…

{ Greenpeace finds toxic chemicals in branded clothing }By Sebastien Blanc (AFP) – 1 day ago

Traces of toxic chemicals harmful to the environment and to human health  have been detected in products made by 14 top clothing manufacturers,  Greenpeace said Tuesday.
Samples of clothing from top brands including Adidas, Uniqlo, Calvin  Klein, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lacoste, Converse and Ralph  Lauren were found to be tainted with the chemicals, known as nonylphenol  ethoxylates, the watchdog said at the launch of its report “Dirty  Laundry 2”.
Greenpeace campaigner Li Yifang said that nonylphenol  ethoxylates (NPEs), commonly used as detergents in industries including  the production of natural and synthetic textiles, were detected in  two-thirds of the samples the group tested.
"NPEs break down to  form nonylphenol, which has toxic, persistent and hormone-disrupting  properties,” Li told journalists in Beijing.
“It mimics female hormones, alters sexual development and affects reproductive systems.”


{ GreenPeace: Dirty Laundry 2 }Publication - August 23, 2011

Research commissioned by Greenpeace International has revealed that clothing and certain fabric-based shoes sold internationally by major clothing brands are manufactured using nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). NPEs — which are used as surfactants in textile production — subsequently break down to form toxic nonylphenol (NP). Nonylphenol is a persistent chemical with hormone-disrupting properties that builds up in the food chain, and is hazardous even at very low levels.

{ Download the report } (32 pages)

{ Greenpeace finds toxic chemicals in branded clothing }
By Sebastien Blanc (AFP) – 1 day ago

Traces of toxic chemicals harmful to the environment and to human health have been detected in products made by 14 top clothing manufacturers, Greenpeace said Tuesday.

Samples of clothing from top brands including Adidas, Uniqlo, Calvin Klein, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lacoste, Converse and Ralph Lauren were found to be tainted with the chemicals, known as nonylphenol ethoxylates, the watchdog said at the launch of its report “Dirty Laundry 2”.

Greenpeace campaigner Li Yifang said that nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), commonly used as detergents in industries including the production of natural and synthetic textiles, were detected in two-thirds of the samples the group tested.

"NPEs break down to form nonylphenol, which has toxic, persistent and hormone-disrupting properties,” Li told journalists in Beijing.

It mimics female hormones, alters sexual development and affects reproductive systems.

{ GreenPeace: Dirty Laundry 2 }
Publication - August 23, 2011

Research commissioned by Greenpeace International has revealed that clothing and certain fabric-based shoes sold internationally by major clothing brands are manufactured using nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). NPEs — which are used as surfactants in textile production — subsequently break down to form toxic nonylphenol (NP). Nonylphenol is a persistent chemical with hormone-disrupting properties that builds up in the food chain, and is hazardous even at very low levels.

{ Download the report } (32 pages)

First of all, there’s no easy route into designing. Forty two years ago when she first started, it was maybe easier because she had never done anything before. But as time goes by, the breadth of possibilities narrows and the weight of experience becomes heavy. So it’s more and more difficult to stick with the original concept of creating something new. It’s for her own self and trying to do something that she hadn’t done before. She doesn’t really look at other artists or designers’ work, as she isn’t interested in who it is and why it is. She will look at things and images and be moved or not as the case may be but she won’t analyze or define anything. She purely feels and strives for new grounds all the time because that is what she decided to base the company she founded on. She wants to be satisfied, but she’s never satisfied. This is the trouble for her, as she can never relax and she has to live with the dissatisfaction of her own work all the time, because being satisfied for one second might mean it would not be possible to strive any more.

on Rei Kawakubo,
by Adrian Joffe (husband & president of COMME des GARÇONS).

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