Soldiers' Portraits before, during and after war

"These interesting images captured by photographer Claire Felicie are showing how faces of soldiers changed over time.

The close-up portraits of marines from the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps depict the soldiers’ faces before, during and after their deployment in Afghanistan.

The first pictures were taken in 2009 and the last in 2010. Notice how in the central pictures (while in Afghanistan) the marines all have a tan but most of all look at their eyes how bright, crisp and ‘more alive’ seems to be …. very interesting!"

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One of my new favorite websites ... a cool new concept in design (in all sense of the word). Thank to 'Fab' for sharing it with yours truly.

"Wonderwall is an interior design firm established by Masamichi Katayama. Its portfolio includes commercial spaces such as retail spaces, restaurants and bars, as well as office showrooms and building complexes that are distinctly unique in design and yet attentive to function."

Arto Huart - Photography

P.O.M from Arto huart on Vimeo.

Supporting friends ...
Saturday, November 12 · 6:30pm - 9:30pmArto Huart is having a show at
Le Petit Paris
13 rue du Temple
Paris 75004

Huguette Caland

Loving the black and white work of Los Angeles based Lebanese artist Huguette Caland! My favorites .... her little black ink drawings and the metal & thread Rossinante sculptures.

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You can see most of Huguette's work @

10,000 Monks praying for a better world

Discovered on Facebook via Shawn W. (his picture).

Bosco Verticale - Vertical Forest

This project is currently under construction in Milan, Italy!!!

"Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) is a project for metropolitan reforestation that contributes to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory
. Bosco Verticale is a model of vertical densification of nature within the city. It is a model that operates correlated to the policies for reforestation and naturalization of the large urban and metropolitan borders (Metrosbosco). Metrobosco and Bosco Verticale are devices for the environmental survival of contemporary European cities. Together they create two modes of building links between nature and city within the territory and within the cities of contemporary Europe.

The first example of a Bosco Verticale composed of two residential towers of 110 and 76 meters height, will be realized in the center of Milan, on the edge of the Isola neighborhood, and will host 900 trees (each measuring 3, 6 or 9 m tall) apart from a wide range of shrubs and floral plants.
On flat land, each Bosco Verticale equals, in amount of trees, an area equal to 10.000 sqm of forest. In terms of urban densification the equivalent of an area of single family dwellings of nearly 50.000 sqm.

The Bosco Verticale is a system that optimizes, recuperates and produces energy. The Bosco Verticale aids in the creation of a micro-climate and in filtering the dust particles contained in the urban environment. The diversity of the plants and their characteristics produce humidity, absorb CO2 and dust particles, producing oxygen and protect from radiation and acoustic pollution, improving the quality of living spaces and saving energy. Plant irrigation will be produced to great extent through the filtering and reuse of the grey waters produced by the building. Additionally Aeolian and photovoltaic energy systems will contribute, together with the aforementioned micro-climate to increase the degree of energetic self sufficiency of the two towers. The management and maintenance of the Bosco Verticale’s vegetation will be centralized and entrusted to an agency with an office counter open to the public."

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For more information and images of the project, click on the above link.

Asphalte Laurence Favory

Supporting friends .... Pearl, this is for you!

Opening Night - Thursday, November 3 · 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Exhibit until November 26, 2011

Galerie De Vos - Espace Seven
7 rue Bonaparte
Paris 75006

Sweet Fine Day - Calendar

If you love food ... this is a calendar for you! Discovered on the very cool blog, this 2012 calendar is actually available through Etsy.

Jenna Park is a designer and the co-owner and creative director behind the Brooklyn confectionery company, Whimsy & Spice. She photographs, styles and designs all the creative efforts behind the company's brand.

In the mood for ... Elsworth Kelly

Hedi Slimane - California Song

Select California bands will contribute to the installation, using a fragmentary sound system, and panoramic scores

Hedi Slimane's "Califorina Period" served to not only extend his explorations of urban youth out of the European platforms of Berlin and London, but gave his photography the merit of truly capturing the modern youth of California . Slimane achieved this in a way no other photographer of this generation has. Quality of light met a defined quality of life and, as such , mutual myths (of both Slimane and of California's youth) were perpetrated. Clips from the press release post jump

Slimane's exhibition at MOCA will be divided into two parts. An installation and a series of black-and-white print photographs from his California years will be presented on the ground floor, and a sonic, motion-photography installation, produced specifically for MOCA, will be featured on the second floor. The installation will reference a multi-projection, cubic, architectural format, which Slimane has constructed in previous exhibitions to present his photographs, using serial construction and repetition to create an archaic form of cinematic narration. Slimane╩╝s allusive portraiture, in which photographs, portraits, and still life compositions are often signs or fragments of a portrait, will be projected in a repetitive, almost ritual, manner. The installation will also address “performance act,” as defined for the first time in Slimane╩╝s photographic essay, Stage (2004), and will include a live performance space underneath the projection.

Select California bands, such as No Age, will contribute to the installation, using a fragmentary sound system, and composing panoramic scores—extended, visual song formats—which will form a dialogue with and define a sonic vocabulary for the photographs.

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Ruffle Necklace

Loving this ruffle necklace listed on Etsy ... and is available for purchase here!

See other handmade ruffle collars by clicking on this link:

A-Line Skirt by Luxirare

Loving this A-Line skirt by Luxirare ... to see more designs from her, go to


Loving the work of ceramic artists Gertrud Natzler (American, born Austria. 1908-1971) and Otto Natzler (American, born Austria. 1908-2007).

Some of these can be viewed @ though there is an upcoming exhibition right here in LA. (the above images are from

Form and Glaze

October 22 – November 26, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 22, 5-8pm

166 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90036

Phone: (323) 933-5557
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-5pm

To read the full announcement ... click here.

Thanks to Juna B. for letting me know about it!