I'm at auction therefor I am: Fantastic Voyage!

I'm so thrilled to have found one of my very first industrial fabrics up for auction at Rago.  And to be on these Saarinen chairs.  While working at a truly fantastic German mill I made a fabric based on Fantastic Voyage.  Then it sold to Knoll!  It is hard to see, but inside of the ovals there is a thick cotton deflecting thread.

Precious Plastics


Dave Hakkens has created Precious Plastics, a system for chopping up, heating and forming post consumer plastics.  Like an exceptional citizen of the world he has made the plans available on line, and has tutorials aplenty.  He really wants small localized recycling to form and gain momentum.  Here is his tutorial on making planks and rods:

Turns out he's the guy behind Phoneblocks too!

Thank you Jesse for the tip.

It's Science! Nasa's Programmed Fabric

Nasa is developing 3-D printed fabrics that combine not only the functionality of the materials they are made of, but also their structural function.

photo www.jpl.nasa.gov

Fabrics could be made in space to fit jobs managing heat absorption or deflection, tensile strength, meteorite deflection.  They could be made of new material or even recycle material that is at hand.

Maybe this technology can realize this vision of the future:

Thank you BoingBoing where I get about 35% of my information.

It's Science! Origamizer

Nova, the PBS show, has just made a show on folding that I can't stop talking about. 

Their decription: The centuries-old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes is inspiring a scientific revolution. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural phenomena, from how leaves blossom to how beetles fly. But now, engineers and designers are applying its principles to reshape the world around us—and even within us, designing new drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions. With this burgeoning field of origami-inspired-design, the question is: can the mathematics of origami be boiled down to one elegant algorithm—a fail-proof guidebook to make any object out of a flat surface, just by folding? And if so, what would that mean for the future of design? Explore the high-tech future of this age-old art as NOVA unfolds “The Origami Revolution.”

Here is the episode link.  I really like paper folding.



Trouble in River City

We are facing difficult times.  We are all trying to figure out how to be a nation again.

Image: Rago Arts

Nostalgia has the problem of letting us choose the slant we look at history with.  I think Americans had a stronger national spirit even just a few years ago.  Maybe we can get that back with more can-do and less derisive anger.  I’m looking at these as a kind of Valentine for that nation.

As we regain that spirit - let’s use this time of chaos as a kind of hot house and move culture forward. 

Glenn Adamson has made a succinct and great show called Static at Friedman Benda that talks about the late 70s and 80s and shows inspired responses.

Or we can just let it all slide.

Hubby Watch: Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Centerstage

Fabio designed the costumes for Les Liaisons Dangereuses directed by Hana Sharif. 

The fabrics are lush and there are many very special touches

photo Richard Anderson

photo Richard Anderson

photo Richard Anderson

photo Richard Anderson

photo Richard Anderson


One review said:  Costume Designer Fabio Toblini excels with his elaborate designs that spare no excess or detail. From Cécile’s youthful debutante gowns and Madame de Tourvel’s just demure enough day dresses to Valmont’s velvet waistcoats and brocade dandy vests, he uses fine fabric, texture, and color to perfectly define his characters. But his sumptuous designs reserved for Merteuil, flowing visions in electric jewel tones, trump even the best of his plot. Miss Douglas’ talent and persona draped in Toblini’s extravagant creations espousing Hampton’s sublime words combine into the mesmerizing force of nature she creates in Merteuil. Toblini provides her with every tool she needs to commandeer the stage with minimal effort.

We were ready for our close up with a rare inclusion of our favorites.

photo Richard Anderson