Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Japanese playgrounds























Wow. Japanese playground equipment... material in line with the Maude Wren Playground research project..

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Hard or Soft


Very useful bit of Infographics from David McCandless and the Information is Beautiful crew.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

A hard rain's a-gonna fall

Written in 1962, deep in the midst of Cold War uncertainty, "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" is one of Dylan's most apocalyptic and dire protest songs. "Every line in it is actually the start of a whole song," Dylan said in the song's liner notes. "But when I wrote it, I thought I wouldn't have enough time alive to write all those songs, so I put all I could into this one." 
At the time, music writer Nat Hentoff mistakenly assumed it was a response to the Cuban missile crisis, which had broken around the time of the song's recording. But Dylan denied it, saying that the "hard rain" and "the pellets of poison ... flooding the waters" were not acid rain or nuclear fallout, but the " lies that people get told on their radios and in their newspapers." 

Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, where have you been, my darling young one?
I've stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains
I've walked and I've crawled on six crooked highways
I've stepped in the middle of seven sad forests
I've been out in front of a dozen dead oceans
I've been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, and it's a hard
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall
Oh, what did you see, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, what did you see, my darling young one?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin'
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin'
I saw a white ladder all covered with water
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall
And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son?
And what did you hear, my darling young one?
I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin'
Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world
Heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin'
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall
Oh, who did you meet, my blue-eyed son?
Who did you meet, my darling young one?
I met a young child beside a dead pony
I met a white man who walked a black dog
I met a young woman whose body was burning
I met a young girl, she gave me a rainbow
I met one man who was wounded in love
I met another man who was wounded with hatred
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall
Oh, what'll you do now, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, what'll you do now, my darling young one?
I'm a-goin' back out 'fore the rain starts a-fallin'
I'll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest
Where the people are many and their hands are all empty
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison
Where the executioner's face is always well-hidden
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten
Where black is the color, where none is the number
And I'll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it
And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it
Then I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin'
But I'll know my song well before I start singin'
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall

Thursday, 15 June 2017

The Death of the toxic Tories?


Still can't quite see what actual good came out of Labour's 'near win'.. but this article is positive.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

The Atom: a love affair


The Atom: A Love Affair - trailer from Vicki Lesley on Vimeo.
Forthcoming feature documentary examining the world's turbulent relationship with nuclear power over the past 70 years - from the producer of hit social issue documentaries like The End of the Line, Fire in the Blood and The Divide. For more details visit www.tennerfilms.com

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Convergence Festival





This looks like it was a great event. Nice website too.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Makers of the Multiverse

Interesting project happening up in Exeter come May, June. Certain overlaps with Make Works Devon & Cornwall, for sure.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Patagonia / North Face


Decent article here about both brands and the stories that entwine them.

At the peak of his ethical powers: Yvon Chouinard article
















Interesting read for fans of the man.

What Design Can’t Do. Essay by Silvio Lorusso




































Interesting article here.
'What Design Can’t Do — Graphic Design between Automation, Relativism, √Člite and Cognitariat.'

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The Walled Off Hotel by Banksy





























Did it start with him sitting around the kitchen table with some mates and one of them highlighting the potential pun of  The ‘Walled-off’ hotel, and so they laughed.. and he laughed.. and then he thought - you know what? We could actually make that happen.. And then, a while later, it had happened. Actually actually happened. As in - there is now a hotel that you can stay in, a real one.
Once again, money-where-his-mouth-is genius from Banksy.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Behind the Scenery: The Subtle Art of Crafting Public Wilderness Trails in the US































So much is about lines, isn't it. So many good things. Drawing/making or maybe imagining lines: graphic design, cycling, snowboarding, skating, surfing, climbing, photography - even music I suppose. All have lines involved. And here, another great article at 99% invisible, lines through the landscape, trails through nature. Puts me in mind of Bruce Chatwin writing about 'Dreaming Tracks' in his book The Songlines. Never did finish that book. Perhaps time to revisit.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Hands of my Cuntry



Brilliant looking show going on in Detroit this week. Love this. What a name, what a premise, what a range of artists, what a.. um.. stimulating body of work. Wonder what The Donald thinks of this!
Handsoffmycuntry.com

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Laura Pannack


Lovely series here from London-based photographer Laura Pannack. This image is just love, isn't it, love. Reminds me what you can do with a camera and a story to tell.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Dream to Zine in HUCK


Another article about print not being dead. Can't have too many. Probably.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Ruth Potts: The great British make off


Article here in The Guardian all about making and mending. Had a meeting with Ruth Potts a while back about getting her involved with Make Works Devon & Cornwall. They get a mention here. But perhaps more troubling / interesting is the derision with which with this sort of thinking gets from 'the public' – even the Guardian reading public. Pushing a rock up a hill, for sure..

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Another lovely thing from G.F.Smith


Humina Humina over at Colorplan from G.F.Smith.
What's your favourite colour?

Saturday, 14 January 2017

The photographic work of Gideon Mendel from Calais refugee camp


Anxious to avoid the pictures becoming “ruin porn”, another photographic cliche (used particularly in relation to the beautiful images of post-industrial Detroit), Mendel was careful to display the objects in as dignified a way as possible. “There was such chaos in the place, I had this instinct to make things as organised and neat as I could.” He made several trips to dig around in the sandy wasteland, sifting through layers of rubbish, asking himself, “How would someone in 1,000 years understand what had happened here?” This activity was viewed with bemusement by the camp’s inhabitants, but without the antagonism that photography provoked.

Interesting article on Gideon Mendel and this body of work here.