Inspiration Station: Natural Shadowboxes

I recently came across the shadowbox artwork of Simone LeBlanc over at the House+Home section of Terrain. While I could never dream of selling any of my lil’ shadowboxes for close to $300 each (whoa!), LeBlanc’s work offered me some inspiration nonetheless:

Inspired by stars in the night sky, an abstract galaxy of polished agate captures the strength of celestial sights.

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New Design Sponge Series: Sound Garden

Angela alerted me to yet another wonderful new sub-column from Design*Sponge: “Sound Garden” by Sarah B. Essentially, florist extraordinaire Sarah B. takes her favorite album covers and translates them into beautiful floral arrangements:

Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life”

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Inspiration Station: Magnified Food Photography

 

Below are images from “Terra Cibus: food photographed with a scanning electron microscope by Caren Alpert” via Colossal.

Terra Cibus: Food Photographed with A Scanning Electron Microscope by Caren Alpert macro food
terra cibus no.3 / celery Leaf (85x magnification)

San Francisco-based fine art and commercial photographer Caren Alpert combines her loves for photography, food, and art in these gorgeous photos taken with an electron microscope. Alpert captures the microscopic, almost other-worldly surfaces of common foods such as Oreo cookies, shrimp, leaves, and candy, turning what might normally be a scientific endeavor into fine art. As amazing as the images look here I’ve linked each through to the high resolution version on her website so you can see them in greater detail. Alpert has upcoming shows at Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery starting October 2, as well as a show called The Beauty + Biology of our Food at the Citigroup Center starting November 2. She also has limited edition prints for sale and you can find out more by contacting her here.

Terra Cibus: Food Photographed with A Scanning Electron Microscope by Caren Alpert macro food
terra cibus no.32 / shrimp tail (230x magnification)

Terra Cibus: Food Photographed with A Scanning Electron Microscope by Caren Alpert macro food
terra cibus no.23 / purple onion (230x magnification)

Terra Cibus: Food Photographed with A Scanning Electron Microscope by Caren Alpert macro food
terra cibus no.6 / red licorice (20x Magnification)

 

Communal Spirit: A Story of Change by Annie Leonard

 

Originally published at ecouterre:

BEING THE CHANGE

Ever since Annie Leonard learned the true story behind our “stuff”—from bottled water to personal-care products— the sustainability advocate has been on a mission to figure out how shopping better can ease the pressure off our beleaguered planet. But bad shoppers aren’t the source of the problem, she says in The Story of Change, her latest animated short with Free Range Studios, it’s bad policies and bad business practices. In other words, buying green and fair-trade products may be a great place to start, but it’s a terrible place to stop.

“If we actually want to change the world, we can’t talk only about consumers voting with our dollars,” Leonard says in the video. “Real change happens when citizens come together to demand rules that work.”Not that it isn’t important to minimize one’s social and environmental footprints, of course. “Living our values in small ways shows ourselves and others we care,” she says.

If we really want to change the world, however, telling consumers to vote with their dollars isn’t enough. “Real change happens when citizens come together to demand rules that work,” Leonard quips. “After all, would we even know who Gandhi was if he just sewed his own clothes and then sat back waiting for the British to leave India?”

Looking back at Gandhi, the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, the U.S. civil rights movement, and the environmental victories of the ’70s, Leonard found three things that happened when people get together to push for change.

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A Soundtrack for a Rain Dance

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Get Outdoors! Summer Activity Jars

Spotted this classic idea over at Pacifiers and Fruit Loops: Summer Activity Jar! While the idea seems to be all over the mommy-blogs, a summer activity jar could work for “big kids” as well! In fact, you could make one for every season…

From Pacifiers and Fruit Loops

From Sweet Jack

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Letting In and Letting Go

It was an interesting week – starting with an incredibly insensitive “joke” and a smattering of (I assume, heat-induced) snippy-ness, which resulted in me escaping to Ithaca for most of the weekend to visit my extremely positive college friend Amelia (who is also a very talented photographer). Upon returning I felt refreshed, had a long conversation with an old friend about old baggage and said goodbye to a new friend at a rained-out BBQ. Oh, and then I saw a newspaper article about “letting things go” ironically written by a person who has yet to acknowledge that they recently hurt me deeply. Below are my thoughts on all of the above.

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