• Imagen 1 Handspun Yarn Worsted Weight 100% Angora Chain Ply, 3 ply
    Here you have natural 100% pure white French angora rabbit yarn. Softer than cashmere, 7 times warmer than sheep wool. $86

Make and Create Frankincense & Myrrh with 24k Active Gold and Calendula Soap

Frankincense and myrhh
Frankincense & Myrrh with 24k Active Gold and Calendula Soap

From the classic notes of frankincense and myrrh to the light scent of calendula, to the deepening scent of coco. Frankincense & Myrrh with 24k Active Gold's light and mild fragrance captures the most indelible scents in a soap. This unisex fragrances is an individual. I use only premium grade natural essential oils, resins, flowers, absolutes, and even sophisticated fragrance oils from Givaudan, Firmenich. Natural ingredients are used for their color properties such as 24k active gold, Calendula, Alkanet Root, Powdered Myrhh and Coco. Due to the handmade nature of my soaps, sizes and appearances may vary from photo. Each bar will weigh approximately 3.8 - 4.2 ounces.

This is a luxury soap. Made with oils of Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, Babassu Oil, Distilled Water, Mango Seed Butter, Oils infused with Calendula Flowers, Sodium Hydroxide (Lye), Super fated around 5%

*No parabens, phthalates
*No preservatives
*No sulfates
*No synthetic dyes
recipe put through soapcalc
you can find it at etsy

The Tents Flashback 90's

OK remember the late 90's looking back on my work portfolio when proportion was the new sheer black and Calvin Klein had fetuses on the runway and heroin thin was in. No one from Europe would even recognize us as a legitimate fashion capital. We've come along way great memories dressing there - Nancy

Handspun Bulky Textured Art Yarn Marsala Red Corespun and Beaded with Pearls, Carnelian, Crystal

marsala art yarn

Marsala is a one of a kind art yarn that I spun. The thick and thin art yarns look amazing in finished products! Handspun corespinning is a slow spinning technique which results in the yarn looking very different from a traditional single. The fibers are allowed to wrap around a core thread at a 90 degree angle, it allows the spinner to create a very strong, soft, warm and lofty yarn. however due to the longer time it takes to create a Corespun yarn the cost is higher.

This Yarn is bulky I like to knit on a size US 10 but you can knit on any size! Thats the beauty of Art Yarn. The cotton, acrylic blend is based on Marsala PANTONE 18-1438. Covered in garnet colored crystal, freshwater pearls, semi precious carnelian, silk ribbons, gold fibers and some gorgeous other found objects. The inspiration came from Byzantium's vibrant and energetic color palette jewel tones of red and gold with the pop of white pearls. Woven on a very strong nylon cord.

Approximately 31 yards, weight 4.8oz
3-4 WPI

Rhassoul & French Green Clay Soap Scent Reminiscent of Elizabethan Era Citrus and Stone Fruit

Rhassoul & French Green Clay Soap Scent Reminiscent of Elizabethan Era Citrus and Stone Fruit
I love that Elizabethan and Stuart England was such an important port of entry for exotic goods arriving from every corner of the known world. The idea that scent can re-connect moments in time with one drop and one breath utterly captivates me. And this is something that I kept in the back of my mind when creating this soap. The result of blending this light fragrance of dried stone fruit, bergamot, sweet orange, black currant, black tea from china, and plantain has formed an extremely distinctive, spicy, fruity and warm creation fit for the spa. Clays detox and purify the skin by drawing out the toxins. Rhassoul Clay contains a high percentage of silica, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Green Clay is a cornucopia of minerals as well. It detoxifies, restores mineral balance and acts as an absorbent. This bar of soap will produce a silky creamy lather In fact, the ‘suds’ we often see in commercial soaps are mostly synthetic chemicals. I personally prefer clay soaps to mixing facial masks these days less mess and more convenient. It can also be used for the body. In general my soaps are made in small batches with skin loving vegetable oils, moisturizing butters and milks. I use only pure essential oils and high quality fragrance oils no phthalates for scent and natural ingredients for their properties. super fated around 5%. Due to the handmade nature of our soaps, sizes and appearances may vary from photo. Each bar will weigh approximately 3.8 - 4.2 ounces. ingredients for cold process soap: babassu oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, castor oil, cocoa butter, stearic acid plant derived, beeswax, rhassoul clay, french green clay, dried stone fruit, chinese black tea, plantain, essential oils of sweet orange and black currant, lye Rhassoul & French Green Clay Soap Scent Reminiscent of Elizabethan Era Citrus and Stone Fruit: *No synthetic fragrance oils *No parabens *No preservatives *No EDTA *No sulfates *No lard *No colourants

Gorgeous, Handmade Pre-War Japanese Beer Posters Feature Lovely Vintage Images

Gorgeous, Handmade Pre-War Japanese Beer Posters Feature Lovely Vintage Images Website Boing Boing recently shared a collection of pre-war Japanese beer posters. Before the Second World War, Japanese beer companies had to use colorful posters as means of advertising—these poster were drawn, painted and lettered by hand. While beer companies like as Asahi, Kirin, and Sapporo were not known for their richly flavored malted products during that era, they were recognized for their richly evocative imagery used on their posters and postcards. According to Boing Boing, if you spend enough time studying these posters carefully, you will realize that these brands often had the same girls featured on their posters, donning a different outfit. By Melissa Goh

Type 3.0: The Future of Typography Today

By Steve Matteson, Creative Type Director for Monotype

Typography is central to any written message: books, brands, web searches or wedding invites. In a passing glance at a logotype or in-depth study of a research paper, poorly chosen or poorly used typefaces cause a visual disconnect between the words and their meaning. Being ‘off brand’ or ‘off message’ is a situation that good designers and good writers naturally fear.

(Figure 1) Frederic Goudy’s perspectives on typography still ring true today. We celebrate his 150th birthday in March 2015. (Photo courtesy of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection)

Choosing or designing typefaces which reinforce or emphasize the content is the ‘Holy Grail’ of typographic execution. American type design pioneer, Frederic Goudy, once said, “If one type is more suitable than another for a given purpose, then there must be some type most suitable, and print to be (considered artistic) will not be satisfied with any but that right type.” (Figure 1) Today it can be overwhelming for a designer to feel confident in choosing typefaces – there are so many available with varying degrees of quality and utility. It was not always so.

Typography 1.0

Typography 1.0 is a term I use to describe a time when physical pieces of type material (wood or metal, or – much later – photographic film) were used to print on a physical substrate. Type production, along with other book arts, was a highly specialized and industrial process. In some ways it is justifiable to call Type 1.0 a ‘golden age’ where professional typographers skilled in the art of arranging words on a page focused their efforts at creating the best possible reading experience. Type manufacturers specialized in producing type to very fine tolerances. Printers, binders, ink manufacturers, paper makers – each required years of training to become masters in their trade.

Typography 2.0

After 500 years, type began a 2.0 revision: intangible bits of software code replaced physical type forms. This transformation in the late 1980s gave the layperson immediate access to typographic expression. Typeface choices increased and computer software became more sophisticated. While computers were used to create the content, the message was still mostly transferred and preserved in physical form through laser printers, image setters or an offset printing press.

Typography 3.0

With the wide adoption of web typography and the mobile reading experience, type has entered its 3.0 version. This involves intangible font software drawing temporary pixels on a screen, which then refreshes the intangible content after it’s been consumed. (Figure 2)

(Figure 2) Type 3.0 intangible font software rendering intangible text. Sony’s new corporate typeface family. (Image courtesy of Sony)

(Figure 2) Type 3.0 intangible font software rendering intangible text. Sony’s new corporate typeface family. (Image courtesy of Sony)

Type 3.0 is the most significant change in the evolution of type creation and type use since Gutenberg assembled movable pieces of type for mass production of thought. Words are now portable and temporary. Anybody can create content and exercise typographic decisions like font size, alignment and position. The ‘art’ of arranging letterforms in a message, or an interface, or an advertisement is open to anyone who interacts with a device.

Likewise, the process of creating type is widely democratic with the proliferation of commercial design software. Letters may be created for very specific tasks such as a brand tagline or the body text for an e-book. Letters may be created for multiple languages and writing systems – including those with little or no prior printed history.

Freedom with a Caveat

With all this freedom, it is more important than ever for designers to study carefully what they intend to implement in their typographic solutions. All fonts are not created equal. Nor can they be expected to work well in every possible scenario from e-readers to tablets to desktops to large and small print. For example, of the many thousands of typefaces, only a few have been created for comfortable extended reading on screens; typefaces designed for elegant style in print may not work well on mobile displays.

Type 3.0 has introduced a new layer of complexity for the designer – interactivity. While print was a static medium with an obvious beginning and ending, web pages require a user to navigate an intangible medium. Typography is usually central to this experience, and if the type does not function well in the medium, a user may become misdirected.

In the earliest era of Type 1.0, typographers used wayfinding techniques developed by scribes before them. Initial capitals letters, ornamentation and ample margins helped guide a reader through a story. Now with multiple options of colors, icons, illustrations and other multimedia tools, navigation may be more ‘fun’ but eventually may become tiresome. Since the number one job of type is to communicate clearly, a breakdown here would only cause frustration and a failure in design.

Moving Forward

As with any milestone, it is important to take a look back and be sure a measure of quality is not lost to the new generation. Type 3.0 makes it easier than ever to seamlessly integrate well-communicated messages in every form of media. Designers who master this notion will flourish and raise the bar of quality higher for future practitioners of typographic arts. Things every designer should consider:

Exercise restraint: when a designer is given the option of thousands of typefaces, the temptation is to try too many at once. A sans serif family with 24 styles is a magnificent toolkit but seldom does good typography require more than three or four weights on a page.

Practice voice recognition: designers need to try several typefaces with the same words and look for discontinuity. Just as voice commands might be mistaken by a computer, the graphic voice of a word may confuse a reader about meaning or intent.

Mind the gaps: the space around the words is equally important to the words themselves. Restraint in the number of competing elements will clarify the message, allowing the reader to fully engage. This is not to say avoid decorative elements or graphics but to make sure there is clarity and distinction in words and images.

Manage expectations: during the era of Type 1.0, some typefaces performed better than others simply based on the quality of paper and ink. This is true today but multiplied by the number of electronic displays and types of software used to present a designer’s message. Be aware of environments which may be problematic and be prepared to adapt accordingly.

Typography: "Star Wars" Might Be Even Cooler In Helvetica

These typographic Star Wars posters reimagine a galaxy far, far away in the style of Massimo Vignelli.

What does Star Wars and Helvetica have in common? More than you might realize. The original designer of the Star Wars logo based her work on a modified version of Helvetica Black. Still, it's safe to say that most people don't think about Luke Skywalker and Helvetica together very often.

#Iconoclasm Now: #CharlieHebdo and the Lethal Power of Art by @jerrysaltz

This is a great article about the power of images "The horrific paradox then is that these killers believe in the power and divinity of images, art, and architecture more than those who make the objects and who see what they make as abstract representations of ideas and things. http://ow.ly/HfBOH

Carving into color: Matisse's stunning cut-outs

The painter Henri Matisse made his name by putting brush to canvas. And when chronic illness made painting difficult, he made his mark all over again by putting scissors to paper. Martha Teichner shows us how he did it:. A flickery home movie of an elderly Henri Matisse shows the artist in a hurry with his giant scissors, cutting odd, floppy leaf forms out of paper . matisse cutout

Graphic Design Cooper-Hewitt room where u can make your own wallpaper by drawing on screen.

Makes you feel like a genius. http://www.cooperhewitt.org/events/opening-exhibitions/immersion-room
The Immersion Room on the second floor uses digital and projection technologies to bring the museum’s collection of wallcoverings, the largest and most significant in North America to life.

Aquamarine PANTONE 14-4313 Spring/Summer 2015 season

The lead color for women for the Spring/Summer 2015 season, PANTONE 14-4313 Aquamarine is an airy blue with a dreamy feel. Cool and calming, ethereal Aquamarine is a shade with a wet and watery feel.
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