This has been a strange week - so much planning/experimenting/renovating going on at .org, and even behind the scenes! Also Comicon coming up - will try to hit that up and get some interesting pics up here.
Here we have another VinylPulse find - MAD’s sweet MAD-A-Sketch piece for the Back in the Day - featuring retro toy customs opens on Friday July 21st from 7 to 11 PM at L Street Gallery in San Diego. Ahhhh Etch and Sketch - feeling nostalgic tonight, might have to go dig that up.
*NOTCOT in wearable
- 07.17.06 -
Ok New Yorkers - if you dont have plans for Saturday July 22nd, now you do. Announcing Bittersweets New York’s Grand Opening Celebration! This incredible line is finally ready to open doors to the first Bittersweets NY Jewelry Salon. In collaboration with Dollhaus, they are presenting Relapse, a rare series of punk rock photos by John Santanello. Your personal invite is after the jump. Spread the word.
I’m sure by this time you’ve also noticed that Bittersweets has sponsored this month’s gallery tags ~ we’ve been big fans of Bittersweets here at NOTCOT, and even featured these gorgeous works of Robin Adams in Noted #001, and you probably remember seeing our posts about them here and here. So its a pleasure to introduce you to some of her newest pieces - Mano Cornuta Cufflinks, Unicorn Horns, Rocketships, Serpent Tongues with pearls, and even a new version of the Monkey Skull… more to come.
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CONGRATS go out to Toni Heath who modeled for us in NOTED #001… our photographer, Jackson, just dropped me a line to check out this new season of Project Runway because she will be one of the models! Check out her Project Runway Bio. We loved working with her, and wish her the best!
oO posted the comics of Kawaii Not over to .org and i just sat and read everyone, giggling happily all the way through. An evil kind of giggle. The type that only inanimate objects gone sanrio while still being obnoxious can pull off. And got to love that Kawaii Not calls itself the “comic for cute gone bad … we were called “hipster crap” on Metafilter — hooray!” <—— thats not something everyone can say! Also check out the icons here that simply can NOT be missed, and also mugs and shirts and everything your heart desires. *sorry to Meghan Murphy for flipping your comic sideways to fit this site!
Our mystery Robot Guy (see post below) is in fact R. Nick Kuszyk - and his fabulous portfolio can be viewed here. Many thanks to reader imposterpockets for digging this up for us!
*NOTCOT in design
- 07.15.06 -
Also found these over at The Lab 101 - but they didn’t know his name, said i should be able to look up “The Robot Guy” - try googling that? Not so successful, thought may you’d know. None the less, more cool pics below - these were hidden little canvases in the t-shirt shelves.
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Checked out GenArt sponsored opening of LA Women last night over at The Lab 101, featuring work by Estevan Oriol, Mr. Cartoon, Gregory Bojorquez, Patrick Hoelck, and Tony Ward. Some interesting stuff - a look at “real” LA Women apparently… but i liked how some of these pics contrasted the people showing up, and the images they were looking at…
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*NOTCOT in home+decor
- 07.14.06 -
Had a little fun with the Chairbag on 4th of July… and since sometimes its all about context, and people have been asking me about how this chair is as an outdoor chair, and compared to normal chairs… well this should give you a feel for its size/style/etc relative to others. [click the pic to see it properly]
This is Sunset Blvd (closer to the beach than the clubs) - and this happens only once a year… the night before the 4th of July Parade all the locals put their chairs out - some chained to one another, some duct taped to trees, some with names sharpied on them, some even have cushions. And then imagine all the chairs you see, also in mini kids form. So i wandered out and took a lot of shots of this bizarre, surreal scene of chairs abandoned and waiting around 2am… and even brought the Chairbag out with me, NOTCOT sign and all.
[i have a whole series of shots from this night, all of which are incredibly surreal and a great study on outdoor chairs… not sure whether to put them up though, let me know if you want to see some]
*NOTCOT in home+decor
- 07.13.06 -
So i came home the other day, and the mailman had left this bizarre black bag at the door. Puzzled but curious - my first thought was really, WOW what efficient shipping- a simple, black canvasy rectangle of a bag with a zip along the top, and the handles had just been tied (see below). And the labels were just slapped on there. Talk about not wasting any materials to send it over.
Turns out it was a CHAIRBAG. You’ve been seeing it around all the design sites lately, designed by PS Labs of Amsterdam… part buoy, part bouncy kids chair, part giant workout ball, and definite design icon in the making. So thus begins my adventures with the Chairbag, and below is my extensive review with more pics. [also click the pic above to see larger]
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Ok hold your tongue for just a moment before you get on my case for the aesthetic of these… the idea is postworthy! Hear me out. So with the number of mom’s keeping maiden name’s these days, and the number of friends kids make, its hard to keep track of who’s who! I like this idea of Parent Calling Cards (sleeker than having baseball cards with all a kids stats/info on the back with picture on front, but maybe that would be sweet too if you’re in charge of too many)… And people often say being a mom is a full time job - so why not have cards as well? … and of course there’s always the single parents… who i’m sure could find a good use for these. These particular ones are at EventBliss.
p.s. there really is a niche for everything.
Beauty in the moment, enlightenment in a bottle, sanrio in real life, crop circles in perspective, and cheap dreams are featured on .org this week and digitally selected for your viewing pleasure by Colin.
*NOTCOT in design
- 07.12.06 -
Happy Mundane is not so happy today - but this layout he found in Japanese Elle is hilarious… Pain Extra, Doom with gloom, DIY Pity (Easy!), Authentic Blame everyone responsible, Guilt Plus, Shame like the first time, Super Failure no potential.
Remember this post? About the pushpin masterpiece? Fail Harder! Well Mike over at WK12 commented this “making of” video - and since this morning i’ve watched it a few dozen times, so thinking it needs to be forced up on you! Because it has truly made my day. Step aside swarovski, who needs bling when you can do it with 150,000 push pins? Download the high res version here. It is worth it.
What kid doesn’t need a “precisely proportioned, 2/3 scale edition of the 1929 classic. Made exclusively for Genius Jones in the same US factory that began producing the adult-sized version almost 60 years ago”? Ah, these are the moments my mom emails me “i’m glad they didn’t have that when you were kids, imagine how much money i’ve saved” [this comment also came up when we discovered paper denims for kids - SO cute.] But seriously, this Mini Mies is just too adorable - a must for any chair collector with the prospect of kids. And look at some of these other products over at Genius Jones? Absolutely loving their selection of modernist kiddie options - and they dont even have a fully functioning store up yet! Hopefully it will show up soon. via .org by oO.
It is not often you find a mug that will age with you and evolve itself into a handle that only your grip can make… nor have i seem many objects that evoke a clean japanese porcelain style while bringing out your inner Flinstone….. yabadabadoo? “This beer mug is instantly comical with the blunt placement of its stone handle. It references a time when man fashioned together natural materials to create useful tools. This object is substantial to hold and incredibly efficient as a mug. Note: Shape of stone may vary.” via MightyGoods.