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One man’s trash

At first glance, this looks a bit like a stained glass window.

Mandy Barker

Perhaps that was photographer and graphic designer Mandy Barker’s inspiration.

But her creation uses material debris found in the sea, not glass.

It’s part of her art series ‘SOUP’ which seeks to raise awareness of the mass accumulation of plastic in the world’s oceans. Mandy has even been nominated twice for the Prix Pictet Award, which is the world’s leading photographic award in sustainability.

I’ve learned a couple of things I didn’t know, so I’d say her artwork is doing the trick.


Let’s go exploring

Can you believe it has been eight years since Bill Watterson stopped drawing Calvin & Hobbes?

The comic strip itself was only published for 10 years — from November 18, 1985, to December 31, 1995 — and yet somehow it feels that it was always in newspapers.

It’s that iconic.

A new documentary is now in theaters and OnDemand that examines the Calvin and Hobbes legacy:

dear mr watterson

Director Joel Allen Schroeder examines the comic strip for the phenomena that it was — artwork that was miles ahead of its neighbors on the page, and story lines that tackled issues like environmentalism, education and philosophy.

To build his case, Schroeder interviews everyone but Watterson — fans, his syndication partners, comic experts, and fellow cartoonists.  It’s very much a love fest, as they all agree on the comic strip and its creator’s instrumental role in cartooning history.

They also discuss Watterson’s controversial decision NOT to merchandise Calvin & Hobbes.

I highly recommend the 89 minute film.  It brings back great memories, gives you access to lots of Calvin & Hobbes comics, and will leave you thinking:

“I need to make a bookstore run!”

This tickled me

My spectator-only relationship with tattoos continues as I watch more and more episodes of Best Ink on Oxygen.

Hey — some people watch morning talk shows; I watch Entertainment OnDemand.

Maybe that’s why I have started noticing tattoos on people in the street… and on television… and in random Google searches.

Get a load of this girl.

toe tat







I may have commitment issues with tats, but I think hers will stand the test of time.

She chose right.

Cute as a button

When I worked at Hallmark Cards, I had the good fortune to work with a lot of very talented writers and artists.

Maura Cluthe was one of ’em.

She has her own website now — with a shop where you can buy posters, prints, books, buttons and stickers featuring her distinctive artwork.

My favorite?
happy blue button

Her new happy blue button.

Look at that face — gotta love those big, angelic-yet-mischievous eyes.

I wonder if she gives volume discounts? 🙂

Don’t Google this

So Anthony Ryan is ‘out’ on Project Runway.

Cute Anthony Ryan with the big, ever-changing glasses and tiny jeans.

Generous Anthony Ryan who gave his extra $11 to fellow contestant, friend and non-sewer Anya last night — whose money fell out of her cleavage at Mood — the evening’s eventual winner.

Most importantly, talented Anthony Ryan, who has put together some of the most creative looks on the program all season.

Remember the birdseed dress from the Petland Discounts challenge?  Should have won.


Or the glorious red number from the crazy circus week challenge? He and Laura made stilts look chic.

And my personal fav — the artwork-inspired evening gown from the museum challenge.

Whackadoo and wearable.

I love my Anthony Ryan.  He’s a fan favorite, too, based on the votes tallied at Lifetimetv.com.

I’m not embarrassed to admit that I was in a complete snit last night after the judges announced the results.

One note — if you feel as I do, don’t Google ‘Anthony Ryan’ anytime soon.

It will totally poke a hole in your rage balloon.

Nose knows

You probably know someone who’s had a nose job.

I know two or three.

All were trying to take their too wide, too long or too bumpy noses and make them look more like some perfect version they had seen on a model or actress.

Hey, if it makes them feel better about themselves, I say go for it.

But take a look at these ‘nose jobs’ that went in the completely opposite direction — achieving perfection by being as unique as possible.

These are airplane nose jobs, by the way, in an exhibit of the same name at the Eric Firestone Gallery in Easthampton, New York.

Airplane nose art dates back to World War II.  Firestone purchased scrap government-issued airplanes– DC7s to F106s — gave them to 22 artists and let them have at it.

There is no standard for these nose jobs — no model perfection.  Each nose in the exhibit is as unique as its artist.

I’m sure there is something to be learned from all this.

I just like looking at the artwork.

To the tape

The Vancouver Winter Olympic Games have been a continuing source of inspiration.

Athletes facing injury, personal tragedy, and seemingly insurmountable odds have performed amazing feats of skill and courage, winning the the highest honor in their respective sport and a permanent spot in Olympic history.

Ya gotta love it.

But not everyone can be an Olympic athlete.  And that’s…okay.  There are other ways to express your skill, creativity, and passion to be the best.

I’m talking about the Scotch Packaging Tape art competition, of course.

The ‘free-form’ competition takes place in the United Kingdom, and features artwork made of — well, tape — and other materials to support it (like wire or cardboard), as long as the ‘other’ is less than 10 percent of the whole.

The photos are pretty amazing — jellyfish, a complete office desk, a lady on a swing — and all made with Scotch Tape.

Rumor has it Scotch Tape sculpture is being considered as a sport for the next Winter Olympic Games.

I’m kidding,  of course.  (It is so clearly a summer sport.)