Round Sofa Pillows in a Rainbow Continuum

Colors, Inspiration

Browsing through one of my favorite sites, I found this eye-catching arrangement of round velvet pillows on a sofa:

DSponge Natasha Webb Round Rainbow Pillows

Natasha Webb via design*sponge.

It’s from the 1983 home of Natasha Webb and her husband Anthony. Not quite a rainbow, but perhaps rainbow-adjacent. 🙂 Love the colors, too! The huge tassels are also incredible. Speaking of tassels, the article has more photos, including a bedspread with similar large tassels. Visit design*sponge for more.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

New to Me: The Tempestry Project Knits Climate Data into Textiles

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Geek out!, Stunt Double, This Is Important

Justin and Marissa Connelly co-founded the Tempestry Project with Emily McNeil to save temperature data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Their twist: depicting the data not numerically but as colorful knits.

Etsy Tempestry Project Yarn Medford MA

Tempestry Project on Etsy.

Emily McNeil describes the project:

“One of the ongoing problems inherent in discussions about climate change is the vast scale of the conversation. The Tempestry Project’s goal is to scale this down into something tangible, relatable, accurate, and beautiful.

“The Tempestry Project blends fiber art with temperature data to create a bridge between global climate and our own personal experiences through knitted or crocheted temperature tapestries, or ‘Tempestries.’ Each Tempestry represents the daily high temperature for a given year and location, all using the same yarn colors and temperature ranges.”

 

Etsy Tempestry Project Deception Pass WA

25 years of daily temperature for Deception Pass, WA, ranging from 1948 (top left) to 2016 (bottom right). Tempestry Project on Etsy.

What a great idea – I love the color ranges as pure visuals for one, but it’s also a fascinating way to turn numbers into a tangible item. Not to mention that I love knits!

Now I’m starting to wonder whether we night have similar data for Finland – I might want to make one for the city of my birth then and now.

Visit the Tempestry Project on their website, on Ravelry and on Etsy.

Found via Mary Anne Mohanraj on Twitter.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

On the Visual Design of Birnin Zana, Wakanda’s Capitol

Design & Designers, Geek out!, Movies & TV

All the “best of 2018” movie lists I’ve seen remind of how much I loved Black Panther. So, I’m stealing an early start to the Martin Luther King Day weekend and reading about the design of Wakanda’s capitol city.

It’s called Birnin Zana and nicknamed the Golden City, although neither name appears in the movie. The Birnin Zana we see on the screen is the creation of the movie’s production designer, Hannah Beachler.

In a CityLab interview with Nicole Flatow, Beachler recounts her starting point:

“You know what’s keeping us together: the connectivity of people, not the connectivity of users. We’re not users; we’re people, but we’ve convinced ourselves that we’re users,” she said. “So I took all of that, and I just chucked it out of Wakanda, because the people were the most important thing about it, and we’re forgetting it. And I think that’s why people responded to Wakanda on this massive level: people.”

CityLab Marvel Studios Wakandan Street View

Marvel Studios; via CityLab.

The first impression of Birnin Zana is of course the skyscrapers, but if you look closely, there is water and ample greenery, too. The skyscrapers don’t seem to block the light too badly either.

Wired Marvel Studios City from Above

Marvel Studios; via Wired.

And if you really look, you can see greenery both in and on the buildings.

fxguide Marvel Studios Royal Landing Pad

Marvel Studios; via fxguide.

Vanity Fair Marvel Studios City Concept

Marvel Studios; via Vanity Fair.

Ahh! Nice.

Many of the building shapes hark back to traditional African aesthetics; also the surface detailing is rich and striking. In an interview with Collider, Beachler talks about the influences for her work:

“I started poking around and looking at really modern architects who have designed in Africa, all over Africa, east and west Africa. And someone who I really fell in love with was Zaha Hadid, who has passed away, but she is one of the foremost architects. So I started looking at her. Her architecture is very voluptuous and very flowing, very organic. So I thought this would be good. And the more I started digging into Senegal and Nigeria and finding things, while not necessarily futuristic-looking, very modern in their sensibilities as far as the way they’re putting together their elements and the colors that they use. I was struck by that. So I took a lot of that in. And a lot of it does come from Nigeria. I think in Kenya, Uganda, Johannesburg was another one, where no matter where you go, you really do see that they’re always keeping in mind the tradition.”

Los Angeles Times Marvel Studios City Concept Low-Built Area

Film Frame / Marvel Studios; via Los Angeles Times.

Collider Marvel Studios Wakanda City Concept

Marvel Studios; via Collider.

Beachler also created a 500-page “Wakanda Bible” for the actors to study, including the history of Golden City and names for all the buildings. The records hall held special meaning for her:

“Because [Wakanda residents] know everything about their past”—a privilege that real-world African Americans don’t have—“and [that] will never go away again in this city.

“I felt that way because I never knew my history. I didn’t know my ancestry, I didn’t know how far back it went …That was truly the most important thing to me. I don’t have that, but I could give it here in this fantastical world.”

I wish we got to see it, but I don’t think we do. (If you’ve spotted the records hall, let me know!)

Anyway; gorgeous through and through, isn’t it?

Now, I’m a city girl and have been almost my entire life. However, my concept of a city is different: all urban areas back home are typically so roomily built I’ve heard that if we were to follow some particular EU directive the whole country of Finland wouldn’t have a single city. (No idea whether that’s true, though.) Add my introversion to the difference in our respective urban population densities, and I suspect I would need a lot of alonetime were it possible for me to visit the Golden City.

Other than that, I LOVE everything we see: Color! Fantastic public transit (maglev trains, streetcars), but with people and their needs (and not cars) clearly at the focus. Traditional crafts and art that live very comfortably next to high-tech. Street vendors of almost every stripe – especially the food vendors make my mouth water every time I see them.

I do wish we could have a real-world Wakanda, for many reasons, the fabulous design being just one.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Roundup of Some Black Panther Costume Design Articles

Design & Designers, Geek out!, Movies & TV

Black Panther opens tomorrow! I am so excite! I’ve been looking forward to it since forever. Ok, not forever even if it feels like it; something to the effect of July last year is more like it.

To me, visuals have been one of the most interesting aspects of this installation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here are a few of the costume design articles I found most useful.

Quotes: Our Bodies Need Proper Rest

Inspiration

A piece of wisdom from Renae Bluitt, founder of Crush Media, in an interview by Garrett Fleming for design*sponge:

“When I first launched my business, I was the Captain of team No Sleep. Now I understand that this concept is totally ridiculous. There’s really no way around it. Our bodies need proper rest. Not sleeping and working around the clock doesn’t mean that you’re some super entrepreneur. It simply means that you’re not working smart and managing your time wisely.”

– Renae Bluitt

Being a visual person, I made it into a motivational poster:

Renae Bluitt Our Bodies Need Proper Rest2

As a small business owner, it is sometimes very hard to take time off even knowing that our brains work better when rested. It’s worth making it a priority, though.

Case in point: during my short break, without actively thinking about my current project under development I came up with three construction options to try. Now I can narrow it down further, and after testing move on to the next step in the process.

Discoveries: Gender-Swapped Avengers

Geek out!, Movies & TV, Stunt Double, Thumbs Up

Superheroic thoughts are invading my brain again – the release of Captain America: Civil War is only two weeks away. In that vein, these mashups of various photos to gender-swap Marvel superheroes fit right in. They are the work of Hungarian Tumblr-user Ágnes Domokos (aka disimilis), and just amazing. I made a collage to have my favorites all in one place:

Gender-Swapped Avengers

Ágnes Domokos a.k.a disimilis on Tumblr; collage by Eppu Jensen.

First row: Amber Heard as Cap, Emily Blunt as Winter Soldier, Kristen Stewart as Loki and Jennifer Lawrence as Thor.

Second row: Willa Holland as Spidey, Kerry Washington as Nic Fury, Chris Pine as Black Widower and Shailene Woodley as Hawkeye.

Bottom half: Zoe Saldana as Falcon, Teresa Palmer as Quicksilver, Jared Leto as Scarlet Warlock, Mila Kunis as Hulk and Kate Beckinsale as Antonia Stark.

Grouping them together like this is quite arresting: it shows how white and male Marvel Cinematic Universe’s superhero lineup is. Even if you were to add Lady Sif from Thor movies and Maria Hill and Agent 13 from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, superpowered (or extremely competent normal-human-powered) female protagonists would still only amount to around a third of the main characters, and it wouldn’t do anything to correct the overbearing whiteness. Tut tut, so disappointing.

Visit Ágnes’s Tumblr – besides Avengers (part 1, part 2, part 3), she has done other superheroes, too, including Daredevil and Star Lord plus Deadpool. Köszönöm szépen, Ágnes!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Native American Style Mainstream Genre Icons

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Design & Designers, Geek out!, Stunt Double

Jeffrey Veregge, an artist and member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe in Washington state, makes positively fantastic versions of mainstream genre icons like superheroes, movie characters, Transformers, aliens, and the like.

Jeffrey Veregge Early Bird

Early Bird by Jeffrey Veregge.

Veregge himself says of his work:

“This site, the work that is seen on it is a reflection of a lifetime love affair with comic books, toys, TV and film. Taking my passions and blending them with my Native perspective, artistic background and the desire to simply be me. Basically I am just trying to have fun and get back to that kid that went to art school to begin with, wanting to create artwork that I want to see and make just for the hell of it.”

Jeffrey Veregge Shield Logo

Shield by Jeffrey Veregge.

Several of his designs would make fantastic fabric prints, like this Flash-inspired one, for example:

Jeffrey Veregge Scarlet Blurr

Scarlet Blurr by Jeffrey Veregge.

If there was a fabric Flash version, I’d use it for pencil cases, zipper travel pouches, or a table cloth. Or maybe tall, tall shades with a wide border on the bottom; that would look really striking.

Visit Veregge’s home page for more!

Cross-posted from Co-Geeking.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Movie Directors’ Styles as House Posters

Design & Designers, Geek out!

Architect / graphic designer Federico Babina makes fabulous posters, including melding architecture and a wide variety of subjects. For the series Archidirector, he encapsulated a number of famous movie directors’ styles as houses. They’re pretty awesome.

Federico Babina Archidirector Mashup

Federico Babina; collage by Eppu Jensen.

(Yay, Finland was mentioned!)

More on his website, shop or Twitter.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.