Posted February 21, 2013
On your first trip to Big Sur you'll curse the lousy cell phone reception. But when you're ready to tune out the world you'll see it for the advantage that it is. With your Out of Office notice set up, Highway 1 empty of late model Mustang convertibles and a dog-eared copy of Tropic of Cancer riding shotgun, Big Sur will open itself up to you. Out come the local wildlife, in comes a cozy fog, and you find yourself losing track of what day (or even year) it is. Vacation is again synonymous with escape.
Posted January 21, 2013
Barrack Obama, 2009
William McKinley, 1901
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933
Abraham Lincoln, 1965
Warren G. Harding, 1921
Woodrow Wilson, 1917
James Garfield, 1881
Theodore Roosevelt, 1905
Abraham Lincoln, 1961
Posted January 10, 2013
Nell Herbert is a popular San Francisco jewelry designer who recently invited us into her home studio for a peek at her creative process. Working predominantly with gemstones, she crafts her pieces in a delicate balance of gem and fine metals that reveals her organic inspirations.
On our visit Nell constructed a pair of her Pink Amethyst Gold Hoop Earrings, a new design that we're proud to carry. As an experienced jewelry artist Nell is fleet-of-finger. The intricate process is labor intensive yet meditative to witness. Below we share a window into that process.
The process begins with gold fill wire.
Shaped in pairs, these pieces will form the earrings' hooks.
A jeweler's mallet is employed to harden the soft metal.
Working with pliers to detail the hoops.
Using a ring mandrill to shape the hoop.
The mallet makes its return appearance.
Tiny gold fill rings will comprise the earrings' hardware.
The hardware connects the hoop and hook.
Nell compares amethyst stones until she finds a matched pair.
Gold fill wire will encircle and suspend the gemstones.
Creating the wire's "nesting" detail is a delicate procedure.
A finished pair of Pink Amethyst Gold Hoop Earrings.
Posted December 14, 2012
Photo credit: Los Angeles Public Library
Posted December 07, 2012
Okay, sure, it's his most stressful time of year and technically he's immortal. But, still. Not a good look, Santa.
Posted June 26, 2012
Photo credit: New York Public LIbrary
This Sunday marks the 126th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty's dedication, and the conclusion of year-long restoration work. The $30 Million renovation improved the public's access to the monument, replacing stairs to the crown and adding an elevator to allow visitors with disabilities to take in the view from Liberty's crown.
These photos were taken in 1883 by Albert Fernique in the Paris workshop of designer Frédéric Bartholdi.
Posted October 25, 2012
Photo credit: Americanicons.com
Readers in the Los Angeles area are encouraged to head up to Glendale for a taste of Americana.
Duncan Miller Gallery has organized an al fresco exhibit today called American Icons. Staged (perhaps fittingly) at The Americana at Brand, the collection includes 20 rare black-and-white photos of American originals. Act quickly, though. The show is only open through Saturday.
Posted October 17, 2012
Photo credit: Archives of American Art
With Obama-Romney in a virtual tie and a growing portion of the country dissatisfied with both candidates, it's hard to imagine either one memorialized in stone. In fact, as politically divided as our nation has become, it's difficult to envision building a large enough consensus to honor any modern politician.
In the thick of a hotly-contested Presidential election it's worth revisiting an era in which politicians were regarded (somewhat) more honorably. The month of October marks both the start- and finish-line for the construction of this country's most ambitious Presidential memorial, Mount Rushmore.
Construction begun on October 4, 1927 and after 14 years of blasting rock, the monument was completed on October 31, 1941. With 90% of the sculpting done with dynamite, it's a near-miracle that no fatalities occurred to the 400 workers employed to carve Gutzon Borglum's design out of the granite face.
Posted October 01, 2012
Photo credit: Tadd Myers
A few months back we wrote about Tadd Myers' Kickstarter campaign to fund the expansion of his American Craftsman Project. Since then the campaign has been fully funded, raising over $15,000 for his project. Myers has begun documenting a new crop of craftsmen on his way to publishing his work as a book.
As he works toward securing a publishing deal, Myers is updating his site with new photo essays, including the recently launched piece, The Grammy Man. Featuring John Billings of Billings Artworks, the photos document the process through which the Grammy statue is brought to life in Billings' Ridgway, Colorado shop. Each statue requires 15 man hours of labor to produce. Following the awards ceremony Billings' team engraves the winners' names before delivering the trophy.
In addition to the Grammy, the Billings Artworks team also produces the Annie, an award bestowed annually for achievement in the field of animation, and the John R. Wooden Award, which is presented to the top college basketball player. Previous recipients include Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan.
Posted September 24, 2012
New from Polaroid SF is a series of double-exposure shots of iconic San Francisco streets. Titled "Instant Streets" and shot with vintage Polaroid Land Cameras, the images capture San Francisco neighborhoods from a street-level, local-oriented point of view. The photos are the work of members of the group photography project Polaroid SF, who publish a photo a day over at their Tumblr blog.
Visit their Etsy shop to order an 18" x 24" poster with all 24 images or a select number of individual street prints. In addition to the Instant San Francisco series they offer select prints from their photo of the day collection.