Thursday, March 31, 2011
I'm missing this weekend's shows due to work obligations in DC but you can check out all the action starting this Saturday. Be sure to go to gayrva.com for your recaps!
Image from Richmond Fashion Week's website.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Tonight I attended SMCRVA, the Social Media Club of Richmond, for the first time. The events have always sounded intriguing but the topic of Tumblr and fashion put the event in the must attend column. Planning on attending, I also started a Tumblr blog to poke around. Since it was a social media focused event, it focused more on Tumblr than on fashion; I would have preferred the reverse but it was good for helping me (somewhat) refine my vision of the difference between this blog and Tumblr. In fact, the speakers from Tumblr seemed to view their platform more similarly to Twitter than Tumblr.
Anyway, I have set up percentblog.tumblr.com. Check it out if you wish, it will be short posts on things I like. Some of the 'quick pic' and 'music of the day' features will likely move over there, and I will push myself to focus on new content for this blog. Like always, both will include design, food, fashion and the things that make like beautiful. Hope you enjoy!
If I learned anything from design school, it is that design is a process. It is a way of thinking and problem solving. But, as Aruliden design studio found after working with a group of eight graders as The School at Columbia, it isn't taught. Not that young people don't have an amazing capacity for design thinking- after all, who is more creative than kids- but the process isn't incorporated into school curriculum.
Aruliden co-founders Rinat Aruh and Johan Liden partnered with furniture company Bernhardt Design to create Tools for Schools which was "fully integrated into the School at Columbia's yearlong curriculum. It became part of math class, where students studied ratios and proportion; science, where they investigated materials; and English, where they worked on their presentations. 'The theory is, if you have deep learning, you have more hooks to attach new learning onto," says Annette Raphel, head of the School at Columbia. "When you get out of school, that's what really happens. You don't learn math to pass a test but to solve problems that require math skills. That's bigger than a standardized test.'"
The students designed around challenges in their own lives- their desks, chairs and lockers. Check out out their solutions.
Originally found on Fast Company.
Monday, March 28, 2011
There was so much excitement around town this weekend. For me, Friday feels forever ago but three days ago Richmond actually had two Sweet Sixteen teams. Sadly, University of Richmond got knocked out by Kansas but VCU avenged their hometown brethren beautifully on Sunday and as for now, well, Richmond bleeds black and gold.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
According to the editors, "the inspiration came first from WPA (Works Progress Administration) and World War II posters. During the war the United States was able to mobilize industry and its citizens with breathtaking speed. Factories were overhauled and consumption habits were transformed. Conservation (in the form of rationing) became a patriotic act. Strong, graphically compelling posters played a crucial role in the success of this campaign. In these posters, taking action was presented as vital for the good of the nation, and those who were willing to sacrifice were portrayed as dynamic American heroes. This is just what we need today." The images immediately struck me as Americana, so of course I fell in love.
I love the images created for this book, though strongly disagree with statements that seem to have no backing in reality, such as "Younger people, who are the real stakeholders given that they will inherit an environment on the verge of collapse, are weirdly apathetic, hedonistic, and cynical. Less affluent people, who are the most likely to feel the impacts of climate change—crashing economies and starvation—can’t find enough head-space for these concerns in a world overcrowded with anxieties."
It seems the authors believe this to be true because that's what they feel they've experienced, but there is little to actually show that either young people are apathetic or that those most impacted don't understand what they are faced with.
There is, however, a need for us to redefine both the struggle and threat of climate change, and to offer positive imagery for our future and appreciate that the editors "generally sought posters that convey urgency and/or optimism (in a word: strength.)"
Originally found at ReNest. Information and images at Artbook.com.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
"It is oxymoronic, just in terms of the name 'fashion' meaning trends... But I don't think it's particular to the clothing industry. It's a problem with the manufacture of everything. I mean, the fact that there's already a second iPad out now is 'fashion', in a similar way. I don't think this is fashion's fault. It's a broader issue to do with the capitalism, and an economy which needs us to keep buying, and creating this superfluous kind of waste. It's not that I don't believe in creativity and innovation and new ideas, and the creativity that comes with fashion, which I really respect. But one of my biggest concerns is just how cheap we expect everything to be."
- Lily Cole, on her The North Circular with the Environmental Justice Foundation
Image and quote from the Guardian profile of Lily Cole.
It has enough cheese to satisfy my craving, but the cheese is merely a background player to the savory pine nuts and the bright asparagus and lemon. Plus, the dish works cold for leftovers.
Pasta with Asparagus Pesto
(Original recipe from Gourmet)
- 1 pound pasta (I used rotoni)
- 1 pound asparagus
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- garlic cloves (Gourmet said 2-3 medium, I used between 4-5)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 ounces freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (about 2/3 cup)
- peel of 1 lemon (my addition)
I rarely prep my ingredients first, but wanting make sure I got the asparagus right I did prep ahead of boiling the water this time, with the exception of grating the lemon.
In a 6- to 7-quart kettle bring about 5 quarts salted water to a boil. Saute the pine nuts and garlic in a small amount of olive oil.
Have ready a bowl of ice water. Trim woody ends from asparagus. Cut asparagus stalks crosswise into 2-inch pieces, reserving tips. In a steamer set over boiling water steam stalks, covered, 4 minutes. Add half reserved asparagus tips and steam, covered, until just tender, about 1 minute. Immediately transfer asparagus to ice water to stop cooking. Drain asparagus well in a colander and pat dry. Add pasta to boiling water.
In a food processor pulse pine nuts and garlic with salt until finely chopped. Add asparagus and oil and pulse until asparagus is coarsely chopped. Stir in lemon peel.
Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente. When almost ready, add remaining asparagus tips and cook 1 more minute.
Reserve 1/3 cup pasta cooking water and drain pasta in a colander. Transfer pesto to the now empty pot, add pasta* and stir in Parmigiano-Reggiano and lemon peel. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. I found it was unnecessary.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Last weekend I decided I wanted to spend Sunday making food for the week, which I knew was going to be a busy one. I was well supplied with lunches and quick dinners, though still nded up still eating out more than planned. Dinner with a friend, lunch with coworkers when I had forgotten my lunch...
To prepare the chicken:
1 chicken, 1 lemon, 4-5 cloves garlic (smashed), kosher salt
Rub garlic over the chicken. Cut the lemon in half and rub over the chicken, squeezing out some of the lemon juice. Place both the garlic and lemon in the chicken. Rub generously with salt.
For the roasted vegetables:
I used shallots, potatoes and carrots. Wash the vegetables, peel the shallots and third the carrots. Toss in olive oil and place into pan. Put the chicken(s) on top.
Roast at 450 for an hour and twenty minutes.
With the leftover chicken, I experimented with making a quinoa salad. Prepare the quinoa according to the directions, but chop one preserved lemon rind into small pieces and place in the water about halfway through cooking. It gives a great flavor to the quinoa. I ate hot quinoa with chicken for dinner, then for lunch make a salad of quinoa, mixed greens, chicken and dried cranberries, with just a drizzle of olive oil for dressing.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I also cleaned off my bedside table to the few essentials I'd like to keep on top- my clock, pen and notepad(s), and typically a drinking glass. Books, netflix rentals and snacks get tucked inside. Right now I have beautiful purple tulips that are in their last days. I love them once they fully open, but think I should have cut them down since they can no longer stand up.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Every school has it's own strange traditions and holidays that started long ago. At Cornell, that's Dragon Day, a long running event that started to coincide with St. Patrick's but is now the Friday before Spring Break. Students that schedule early departures miss out, as I did freshman year. This isn't a holiday that is talked about for months, like Slope Day, instead it sneaks up on most people until the weeks prior when behind the architecture building strange construction starts to happen.
The architecture students spend days building a large dragon, typically pulling an all-nighter the night before to finish. (All-nighters being the lifeblood of architecture.) They then dress in costumes, often with elaborate but non-dragon related themes, perhaps have a beverage or two and parade the dragon around campus. When passing the Engineering Quad, the dragon should be confronted with the engineering student's challenger, typically a phoenix. Sometimes this happens, sometimes not. This year, the phoenix was particularly impressive. Well done, engineers.
Though always only an observer of the day's events, I have fond memories of stopping by the coffee shop where I worked in the bottom of the architecture building on Dragon Day to serve coffee to the last few dragon-makers and make illicit beverages concealed in innocuous cups for my friends and me to enjoy while watching the parade.
Cornell has a website up for today and Wikipedia, of course, has more information on the event as well as a great photo gallery of past dragons.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
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Virginia Designer/ on twitter
North Carolina Designer
Amanda Seyfried cover of "Lil Red Riding Hood"
I have long loved this song and it's wonderful with her sweet voice instead of the vaguely creepy of Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs.
Found on Jezebel.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Public installation artist and urban planner Candy Chang took an abandoned home in New Orleans and created a design intervention that created a conversation in the community. Her goal was to make a space where "residents can fill in the blank and remember what is important to them in life. It’s also about turning a neglected space into a constructive one where we can learn the hopes and aspirations of the people around us."
Originally found on HonestlyWTF. More from FresHome. Artist information at Candy Chang.