Cool Instruments

Went down the rabbit hole the other day, looking and unusual instruments.

First up, the Gittler Guitar, no fret board, no wood:

 

The old and beautiful wheelharp:

 

The diddley bow has a long, interesting history. I like this electric version.

 

The microtonal guitar. If you want to see him play the “completely messed up” one, skip to about 3:40.

 

Finally, a little outsider art: the Anarchistra:

 

Happy listening!

Hikaru Dorodango

I remember reading about this ages ago. I tried it for all of ten minutes. This is a lovely little film about making mud balls. Really pretty mud balls.

Buck the Cubicle #2 from P2 Photography on Vimeo.

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Carol Long Pottery

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Links, 25mar2016

Gorgeous Japanese Arts & Crafts Monopoly

Gorgeous Japanese Arts & Crafts Monopoly

Maria Svarbova, Swimming Pool. Via The Jealous Curator

Maria Svarbova, Swimming Pool. Via The Jealous Curator

Boom, pregnant

What you don't see at the US Museum of Natural History

What you don’t see at the US Museum of Natural History

KISS Ukiyo-e

KISS Ukiyo-e

Secret Trash Collection of a NY Sanitation Garage

Secret Trash Collection of a NY Sanitation Garage

Completely useless Lolita kitchen knives

Completely useless Lolita kitchen knives

Jess Riva Cooper

Jess Riva Cooper

Tattoo You

Stunning temporary tattoos by actual tattoo artists. Via Laughing Squid.

Rose Fox by Sasha Unisex

Rose Fox by Sasha Unisex

Itsy Bitsy by Dan Smith

Itsy Bitsy by Dan Smith

Beetle by Marie Massolin

Beetle by Marie Massolin

Back to the Wheel

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It’s been about five years since I last sat down at a pottery wheel. I’ve been ignoring the itch for a while, but finally gave in and signed up for a class at ArtCenter Manatee.

I really like the instructor, who is a dyed-in-the-wool wheel thrower, so I’m already learning new things. Today, if we could manage it, we were to concentrate on throwing a cylinder. Despite my previous experience, I decided to stick with the class for the moment. I think I acquitted myself well.

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I threw two of these little towers, and was very, very done. It’s hard work! I was pleased that I still have the knack of it.  Looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.

Kulning

Short but sweet, “Kulning” is an ancient Swedish cattle call. Here’s another one:

 

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Penguin Returns Each Year to Human Who Nursed Him

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When Joao Pereira de Souza found a dying penguin on a beach near Rio de Janeiro, he immediately started to nurse him back to health. The creature, who has since been named Dindim, is a South American Magellanic penguin and he was found covered in oil. After rescuing him, Pereira de Souza spent an entire week cleaning Dindim’s tarred feathers in the shower and helped to build up his strength by feeding him fish every day. Once the penguin recovered, Pereira de Souza took him back to the beach to set him free

Happy weepies for the day.

Links, 18mar2016

Yuifin Floral Village

Yuifin Floral Village

Alan A. Blackman, Letters to Myself, mail art. Skip to about 1:30 if you want to get to the pretties.

Make yarn from a t-shirt. I am so trying this.

Make yarn from a t-shirt. I am so trying this.

Luke O'Sullivan's fantastic miniature cityscapes

Luke O’Sullivan’s fantastic miniature cityscapes

Toy dinosaurs traveling

Toy dinosaurs traveling

Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew creates 3D paintings on netting

Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew creates 3D paintings on netting

Go to his site and click on the little video to see the effect.

Derya Aksoy

You’ll have to wait a few weeks for one of these stunning butterfly-inspired pieces, because Aksoy has become too popular. See more on Etsy.

Via My Modern Met.

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