• Christmas crafts! by PhotoJoJo

    Update July 12 2012: Finally uploading a couple shots of the ones I made. Yes, I know it’s July (and who’s thinking about Christmas in July??? Me, that’s who) but better late than never right? ;)



    I absolutely LOVE Photojojo.com and thought I would share this great DIY project they just posted for making your own Christmas tree ornaments. They use old photos, but any kind of paper would work. Easy, fun and I bet, very pretty on the tree. I’m going to have to try and convince my housemates to have a craft day very soon…

  • (Infographic) How bikes can save us

    A great infographic mapping out some of biking’s benefits. Let’s get to it!

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  • (Infographic) Media Consolidation: The Illusion of Choice

    Interesting infographic from frugaldad.com. Thought I would share:

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  • An update

    Feeling so inspired today. Went to two expos : one in a paper workshop and one that combined designer furniture and jewelry with wine tasting. It was great. I’ve made a new friend, was able to spend time with my parents, discovered an entire new way to work with paper, and met some increible artists! Feeling stoked on that.

    I made some progress on the Lampad-r website… hoping to have something worthy of presentation by Thursday when we have our next meeting. I think I’ll get there ! Another plus.

    I’m also aware that it’s been a long time since I posted anything… far too long in fact. To confess, I’m hoping to have this posting regularly thing down for 2012, for now I’m just playing around. Hope to share some photos from Hong Kong, on here soon (once I get www.lampad-r.ch checked off my list that is). Will do my best to keep you posted.

    These burning logs act light the path of the Christmas market in Auvernier, CH. Not only are they perfect for warming up your hands, they are also beautiful up close…

  • Notes from a Small Island

    Notes from a Small Island, by Bill Bryson –>

    My last Bryson book for the year, I think I need to branch out after this.
    This one, as you may have guessed, was a tour of England. It was nice, light and funny (as all BB books are)… but England is not exactly a place that is near and dear to my heart.
    Not to say that I DON’T like England, I have just, how to put this, I have just not deemed it to be among my favorite places in the world… above all when it’s raining and I’m camping.

    Back to the book however, I love the way Bryson captures the nuances of people. He really manages to bring out each person’s character in a way that makes me feel like I am right there, talking to those people myself. And he’s not afraid to embarrass himself… which is useful if your travel stories are really comedies in disguise. Three cheers for England!

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  • Lampad-r Catalogue v1

    For our 2011 Expo, the Lampad-r art collective decided to prepare and sell 40 one-of-a-kind catalogues, in support of the collective. Each artist prepared 40 individual items and each catalogue had its own unique art. I prepared 40 mini collages, photographed them and made this poster. The poster + one original collage piece were included in each catalogue as my contribution.

    I loved this project. It felt fresh and was particularly liberating since I gave my self no constraints at all, except to keep it as simple and minimal as possible. I hope the Catalogue becomes a regular fixture in Lampad-r’s activities.

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  • Printer’s Drawer Project

    Here are a few photos of my latest big art project. I found a few of these antique drawers that used to house letters at a printing press. They remind me of shadow boxes (which I have always loved). Sam gave me the idea to put my papers “on display” in the boxes and the result is what we have here. I prepped the frame first (it had to be cleaned, lightly sanded, painted and varnished) and then I filled in every square with a unique paper from my collection – no repeats, no silver were my main rules and I tried to incorporate a bit of every color.

    It was a VERY time consuming and exact project: exact measuring, exact cutting, exact gluing. Repeat. I would not say it was fun, but I’m happy with the result. Maybe the next one will will have tighter color rules… I could do a whole set, everyone a different color scheme!

    So many ideas…

    In any case, here are a couple of pictures of the drawer on display at the last Lampad-r expo, along with a couple close ups. The Nanos kind of ended up there by accident but I liked what it did for the pictures so I’m just goin’ with it for now.


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  • The Lost Continent

    Travels in Small Town America, by Bill Bryson –>

    After reading Bryson’s book on Australia, I was hooked. Luckily I have two English colleagues who have been so kind as to lend me copies of all their Bryson books (score). I loved Bryson’s musings on America… it made me both homesick and grateful-to-be-away all at the same time. I only wish there was an updated version. I would love to see how Bryson’s theories have evolved since his last visit, because it seems he was spot on for a number of things. If you enjoy laughing and traveling (yes that means basically everybody), this book’s a winner.

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  • Silk-Screen Printing

    For Artists & Craftsmen, by Mathilda V. and James A. Schwalbach –>

    Our art collective, Lampad-r, has high hopes of setting up a silk-screening atelier in our locale. It’s one of my personal goals to have it done by the end of the year, although I’m starting to have serious doubts… November is just around the corner.

    In any case I have been doing my reading. This book is solid research material- it has so many dog-eared pages that I can hardly tell them apart. I highly recommend this one for anyone looking to set up silk-screen printing, but let me reiterate that once our workshop is actually running.

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  • The Fountainhead

    By Ayn Rand

    It seemed that most people who like Ayn Rand started out with this classic of hers, so I thought I had better give it a shot. Yet to be totally honest (please don’t shoot me!) I was actually a bit disappointed…

    Now in my defense, my first book by Rand was Atlas Shrugged (which I read for the first time as a freshman in college, originally in the hopes of writing a scholarship-winning essay about it afterwards… yea, that essay never happened). I found many of her core ideas were the same as in The Fountainhead, just expressed in different ways and through different characters.

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