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jeremy mayer’s upcycled typewriter sculptures


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The computer has eaten the typewriter’s lunch.  Typewriters are now collectors items…or worse, useless artifacts of a time gone by, relegated to the slag heap, the junk pile, or some dusty attic.  But one artist has the made the creative decision to give an assortment of old typewriters a new life.  Artist Jeremy Mayer is obsessed – obsessed with disassembling typewriters and then reassembling them into full-scale, anatomically correct human figures, body parts and other creatures.

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The accompanying photos bear witness to his talent, metal working skills and attention to detail.  No soldering, welding, or glues are used in creating his sculptures – the process is entirely cold assembly.  No parts are used in his creations that didn’t come from a typewriter – and yes,  perhaps a few highly-functional typewriters were sacrificed in these artistic endeavors.

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But it’s obvious that these mechanical relics have answered a higher calling that will now allow them to live on as a testament to progress, cannibalistic technological advancement and simpler times.

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photos copyright jeremy mayer

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Off the Grid by, Nick Rosen – a book review


off_the_grid.jpgAuthor Nick Rosen is an award winning documentary filmmaker and journalist, but he also has firsthand knowledge of living Off the Grid – he’s been off grid part-time since 1994.

What drove him to travel across the USA and interview hundreds of others who are living off the grid?  With the growing number of households in the country, (he estimates that by 2010 there will be 520,000 homes and up to a million people living off the grid) – he wants to know what’s motivating these people, and he hopes to discover the best places to live off-grid in USA.

Interviewing hundreds of people from all walks of life, he uncovers a myriad of answers as diverse as nature herself:  billionaires just because they can; Americans (more…)

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crywolf eco-fleece flashdance sweatshirts


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Toronto-based Crywolf features the fashion and design collaborations of artists Rose Chang and Stephanie Drabik.  Together they design and hand-print clothing and accessories individually by hand and eye, without the aid of any machines.  Their designs – like the Winking Panda and Hootie sweatshirts pictured above – feature images that are both eye-catching, arty and fun.

For you eco-sticklers, the ‘eco-fleece’ material of the sweatshirts (ok it’s mildly eco) consists of 50% Polyester (6.25% Recycled), 46% Cotton (6.25% Organic) and 4% naturally occurring rayon.  The sweatshirts retail for $50 each @ the Crywolf online store.

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Eco Fashion Shows – Mark Your Calendar


If you want to be the first to see the eco-fashionable trends for next season, be sure to make it to one of these shows that showcases green fashion.  Some events present local fashion and jewelry designers, while others present well-known designers (some with a green fashion line).  Since many of the shows happen biannually and others just once a year, be sure to mark your calendars for upcoming shows.  I’m certain there are more, so feel free to add other upcoming ecofashion show dates to this list.

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Eco Lavish Fashion Show
November 11 2010
Seattle, WA

Berlin Fashion Week
January 18 – 23 2011

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wednesday’s eco news roundup


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