Thursday, November 11, 2010

Snails without Shells...

What an inspirational beauty these are. And I thought I didn't like snails.

The knit replica is amazing too!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

theme of social responsibility

this is an article from Sierra Magazine about the US dependence on oil after the gulf spill- how can we help? Lets count the ways...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

over the top!

a breathtaking image from the 2003 Neiman Marcus catalog... old but GOOOOOD.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Just for fun Isaac

Ya gotta love him, I want to spend a weekend with him, meet his mom.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010

work day

we had a very successful day of designing and prototyping for our project on Saturday, using the old reliable Singers!
what fun, thank you Jeffri for hosting!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Macoto Murayama wow

illustrator Macoto Murayama takes a unique look at the organic beauty of flowers by highlighting their geometric and mechanical structure.
found on

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

sound as form

breathtaking use of repetition... like a school of fish, yet inspired by SOUND
by Emmeline Hastings (UK)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Earliest Sea Life

Photo: Earliest Animals Were Sea Sponges, Fossils Hint

Fish glide past barrel sponges on a coral reef in an undated photo.

Sea sponges were thriving about a hundred million years before the evolutionary growth spurt that gave rise to modern animals, according to a February 2009 study. Fossil steroids produced by the sponges are now the oldest known fossil evidence of animal life, the study says.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


out of practicality and function comes grace and elegance... (DESIGN)

Ancient shoe unearths footprints from the past

A perfectly preserved, 5,500-year-old shoe was discovered in a cave in Armenia by team that included UCLA archaeologists.An international team that includes eight researchers and students from UCLA’s Cotsen Institute of Archaeology has found a perfectly preserved, 5,500-year-old shoe in a cave in Armenia.

Believed to be the oldest leather shoe ever discovered, the find dates back to around 3,500 B.C. and was announced today (June 9) in the online scientific journal PLoS ONE.

“Generally, organic materials are poorly preserved in Middle Eastern archaeological sites because of the high content of salts and fungi in the soil and dramatic fluctuations in the temperatures and humidity in the weather,” said Gregory Areshian, a visiting associate professor at the Cotsen who was nearby when the discovery was made. “But the condition of this shoe is amazing.”

Made of a single piece of cowhide, the shoe was shaped to fit the wearer’s foot and was stuffed with grass. Archaeologists aren’t sure whether the grass was used as insulation or — as a possible precursor to the modern shoe tree — to maintain the shape of the shoe. They also don’t know whether the shoe — the equivalent of a European size 37 or an American women’s size 7 — belonged to a male or female.

Gregory Areshian, a visiting associate professor at the Cotsen, said the shoe was remarkably well-preserved.“While small, the shoe could well have fit a man from that era,” said Ron Pinhasi, the study’s lead author and a lecturer in archaeology at the University College Cork in Cork, Ireland.

The discovery was made in Armenia’s Vayotz Dzor province, on the country’s border with Iran and Turkey. The cave’s stable, cool and dry conditions are credited with the exceptional condition of the various objects that were found there, including large containers, many of which held well-preserved wheat and barley, apricots and other edible plants. The preservation was also helped by the fact that the floor of the cave was covered by a thick layer of sheep dung, which acted as a solid seal over the objects.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

evolution of a (shoe)

how highly evolved can you get from "shoe" and still have functional footwear? ask Alexander Fielden

Saturday, May 22, 2010


Hello fellow AMFET team members. I'm finally blogging!
I've placed a link below that is worth checking out. I may have spoken about an exhibit at MOCA in Los Angeles a few years ago that featured pieces that converted from furniture to wearable pieces. This is also a collaboration project. Let me know your thoughts. I think it's fascinating!

Download the SKIN + BONES Gallery Guide

Thursday, May 13, 2010

structure and flow

breathtaking movement released from the structural corset, in this case in high contrast

Saturday, May 8, 2010

structure vs. fluidity

seeking contrast rigid structural elements contrasting with fluid motion- wether it be structured actually or just by appearance. Gaultier is one of my faves...

more subtile structure and flow:


transformation TEAM indeed! already converging images and the insect-like ideas and sketches you did Jeffri!! I am hoping you won't mind posting those at some point. I have to say I am thrilled to be involved and enjoying all of your energies and

Friday, May 7, 2010

Just for fun Isaac

Ya gotta love him, I want to spend a weekend with him, meet his mom.

Just for fun Isaac

Ya gotta love him, I want to spend a weekend with him, meet his mom.

Our meeting tonight

Hi Ladies, I enjoyed the meeting. A, thank you for the tutoring to do this, it isn't too difficult so far.

I am excited about all the possibilities with the elements mentioned.

Y~ I suggest we keep this a private blog, who needs to see our thoughts and ideas? I realize as you say how difficult it must be for others find people, however - well, just call me paranoid.

I will post the sketches and graphic ideas after we privatize so I can share it with Kathie and you A and Y as reference for our discussion in the meeting today.

team meeting friday afternoon

we are enjoying the weather in the back yard while finishing up details on our applications. This was a magazine issue showing a "victorian -ish" collar.... in sterling silver!

texture and construction = pattern

this is one of my favorite images for the planned random assembly- almost like mosaic, using the rough frayed edges to augment the pattern, constructed over elegant and transparent lace....

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

intersection of purpose and perception

where does "jewelry" begin and "feather boa" end?

all jewelry/metal designs copyright Alexandra Hart