Design


24
Oct 11

Sun Printing with Jacquard

Last Saturday, I attended a workshop at Flax where Annette from Jacquard explained several different textile dying techniques, from indigo to batik.

I made a sun print by brushing wide rows of white, red and black Dye-Na-Flow colors using a foam brush onto dampened cotton cloth, followed by placing a plastic stencil on top. I brushed a little black on top of the stencil for extra definition.

Laying down stencil on painted cloth

Laying down stencil on painted cloth

I then took the fabric outside to bake in the sun before removing the stencil.

Removing the stencil

Removing the stencil

The entire process took about half an hour, a surprisingly quick way to achieve stunning color and patterns.

Finished textile

Finished textile

I’m going to turn this piece of fabric into a book cover! I also tried out the lustrous metallic Lumiere paints with a soy wax resist on cloth. They come in these cute little squeeze bottles:

Jacquard Lumiere Paints

Jacquard Lumiere Paints

 


21
Sep 11

Mirrorcube at Tree Hotel

Blending into the forest

Mirrored glass reflects the surrounding forest

Mirrorcube at Treehotel

Sweeping landscape views

From Tham & Videgård Arkitekter comes the Mirrorcube, a sleek mirrored prism suspended in a forest near the Arctic Circle. It accommodates a double bed, living room and bath, with 360 degree views of the surrounding country from within as well as a roof terrace.

It’s my favorite of the seven arboreal cabins commissioned by TreeHotel, though the others also deserve a look: check out the hotel’s UFO-shaped vessel and gigantic bird’s nest.


18
Aug 11

Scenes from space.

Here is a beautiful little film by Chris Abbas, who used stills from NASA’s Cassini Imaging Science System and 2 Ghosts I, Ghosts I – IV by Nine Inch Nails.

CASSINI MISSION from Chris Abbas on Vimeo.


18
Mar 11

Bouquets to Art 2011

I love this time of year in San Francisco. The rainy season gives way to early blooms, celebrated by events like Bouquets to Art at the De Young Museum. The annual exhibition features original works from 150 local floral designers inspired by art from the museum’s collection. Here are a few pictures from the member’s night:

Bouquets to Art 2011

Bouquets to Art 2011

Bouquets to Art 2011

Bouquets to Art 2011


13
Mar 11

Conservatory of Flowers

This drizzly Sunday, I caught up with some friends over brunch and a trip to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.

Conservatory of Flowers

Conservatory of Flowers

Conservatory of Flowers

Today was the last day to catch the annual Garden Railway exhibit too!

De Young Museum

Conservatory of Flowers

Stow Lake

It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon, winding from one tropical climate to the next, the senses soothed by perfumed breezes and bursting floral displays.