Taking something old and giving it new life has become a common design idea these days, so it’s really cool to come across these Jar Tops from Jorre van Ast. The idea is really simple, you take an old jar, maybe from some jam or baby food, then screw on the new lid, re-purposing it to become a water jug, a chocolate sprinkler, a milk jug, a sugar pot, or oil & vinegar set.
I always hated throwing away jars, thinking that I should re-use them for some other project or to hold knick knacks, but I couldn’t even find a good use for them. Now it looks like there are at least 5 good reasons to keep them. The idea needs to be sold to IKEA so that can buy these for $1 dollar a piece, and not like $20 for the set of them.
Through somewhat random circumstances I was alerted to the fact that the image below had been used for a music video for Horse + Donkey called ‘Magic Horses’. The video was created by Wiley Wiggins, an Austin, Texas artist, performer and part time music video auteur who created this acid trip wrapped in a music video through some Photoshop and Final Cut magic. I’m not really into the song so much, but this video is absolutely amazing to me. Please waste 5 minutes of your life watching this, and keep an eye out for the trees that are in the background of the photo in the post below!
UPSO wrote me over the weekend asking if I could get the help of you readers with an upcoming issue of his rad magazine, Faesthetic. He’s on a search for artists and designers that have had experiences of any kind with UFOs. What that exactly means I’m not 100% sure, but if you have anything related to the topic of UFOs send them over to [email protected], and you just might see your work in print in the coming months!
Remember, send them to [email protected], not to me at here at Kitsune Noir. I’ll just think you’re some weirdo trying to spam me.
This week’s LWiM looks pretty complete, but it’s also kind of boring at the same time. The three new bands I’m listening to I’ve already posted about (Vampire Weekend, Grand Archives, and Dent May) and the rest of the bands are people I listen to all the time. So I’ve decided to throw up some streaming songs of some of these bands, and hopefully it’ll be new and exciting for some people.
A Sweet Summer’s Night on Hammer Hill by Jens Lekman
Boston by Vampire Weekend
The Shining (Avalanches’ Good Word for the Weekend Remix) by Badly Drawn Boy
Last night I headed out to Culver City, an area that’s become a breeding ground for new galleries, for Evan Hecox’s new show at the Kinsey/Desforges Gallery (formerly BLK/MRKT). There weren’t a ton of pieces in the show, but they were all amazingly detailed and easy to stare at for long periods of time. I talked with Evan’s wife Shawn for a while about the show, and she told me that Evan and her sister’s husband flew down to Mexico City and would wander the streets taking photos all day. She also said that they stayed in a “hipster part of town” which I thought was funny. Does anyone live in Mexico City or near there know where she’s talking about? I’m curious to know where it might be.
Another interesting thing she talked about was that the backgrounds washes of the paintings and the trees usually take him the longest, while the foreground objects like cars are a breeze for him. I can see the backgrounds taking a long time, and definitely the trees, but it’s amazing that he finds the detailed parts to be easiest to do.
If you have a chance I highly suggest going to see the show, which runs until March 22nd. And if you’d like a piece of his work from the show, I suggest you head over to Arkitip and try and get yourself one of his Mexico City prints, which is already on it’s third printing because the first two sold out the day they were released! EDIT: You can also still pick up originals from the BLK/MRKT store as well. I didn’t realize that the images came in series of 10!