Friday, August 28, 2015

another super bed-stuy sunset

when there's a strong chance of a thunderstorm, and it's 7:30 pm, and the bedroom fills with weird yellow light, you know you have to get to the roof...

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Internet favorites: Giant, Loose, Unaffordable

Those who know me well know about my unstoppable passion for giant, loose clothing. Basically, if it looks like you might wear it as penance, I probably like it.

For example, I just bought this "raw-edge linen sack dress" in two colors:

In person, it's a large rectangle of fabric with rudimentary armholes, with dangling threads coming off every hem that will make you fear that you have ants crawling all over you. It doesn't merely "hang off the body," it disguises you and makes you feel very itchy. The remnant linen feels like burlap. In a word--perfect!

I was really happy to discover on Pinterest the ultimate store, Oroboro, for people who like giant, loose clothing, with the added sinful/penitent frisson of being completely out of my price range.

Here are just a few of my favorites, on sale or sold out:

who thought these were a good idea?? me. (originally $403)

mmmmmm. (originally $690)

Another internet favorite source for shapeless sack inspiration: Sou-Sou. This is a Japanese store that ships to the US, also out of my price range, also so easy, architectural, minimal, and perfectly unflattering.

On another note, these tabi shoes are like Marimekko mixed with Margiela. ($110)

As for loose unaffordable Etsy things, here's my fav:

(Oracle hands from Simka Sol, $67. Check out her golden cactus version too.)

One bonus thing: I haven't felt very drawn to much of the stuff in stores for fall (I don't love bell bottoms, pale denim, or denim pencil skirts, and those have been everywhere), but I do really love this alpine scenery scarf from And Other Stories. I'll be looking out for it to go on sale (it's $50 now).

Meantime, I have Urban Outfitters promos to know me better than I know myself...

Thanks, guys. (source, source.)


PS: All the Internet Favorites, and all shopping posts.

PPS: My Pinterest, which I do not use very often, but when I do, it's giant, loose, and unaffordable. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Internet favorite: nuclear waste, the distant future, and invisible danger

I was reading Hiroshima when a friend emailed me about this project--how can we communicate the dangers of nuclear waste disposal sites to the mind-bogglingly distant future? These things stay dangerous 10,000 years, at which point "today's written languages are unlikely to survive."

This site, related to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, gave me nightmares and colored all my recent walks through the city.

The goal is to make a repulsive, unnatural place, that even without languages clearly telegraphs the following points:

This place is a message...and part of a system of attention to it!
Sending this message was important to us. We considered ourselves to be a powerful culture.
This place is not a place of highly esteemed deed is commemorated here...nothing valued is here.
What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.
The danger is in a particular increases toward a center...the center of danger is here...of a particular size and shape, and below us.
The danger is still present, in your time, as it was in ours.
The danger is to the body, and it can kill.
The form of the danger is an emanation of energy.
The danger is unleashed only if you substantially disturb this place physically. This place is best shunned and left uninhabited.

I'm fascinated by the way the researchers reach into the distant past to think about what is universally beautiful or horrible to humans. For example, obelisks, spheres, cubes and other perfect geometric forms would show that the waste site is sacred in a good/important/valuable way. So many of the concepts include purposefully distorted forms--like a series of rectangular prisms that are all hacked off. It's clear that we knew how to make perfect things, and deliberately chose not to. 

For another, the researchers promote the idea of spending a huge amount of work crafting cheap and common materials. "Doing substantial work on materials of little value suggests that the place is not commemorative of phenomena highly valued by the culture that made it, but as marking something important yet quite unvalued ...not a treasure, but its opposite...a location of highly devalued material ("dangerous garbage" or an "un-treasure")."

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

K-POP fan style, for Fusion!

I had a lot of fun attending the East Coast's first KCON and photographing fans in their wild and beautiful outfits. Here's my post.