Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Here are the 5 things I love this week:

1.) Ok...this one may NOT be for you. But it IS for me. If you know my work, you know that I am OBSESSED by fonts and painting them! So this movie....caught my eye.....I wish it wouldf come here........but check out the trailer for the "Sign Painters" documentary. For information regarding screenings, and other news please visit

There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade.

In 2010 Directors Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, with Cinematographer Travis Auclair, began documenting these dedicated practitioners, their time-honored methods, and their appreciation for quality and craftsmanship. Sign Painters, the first anecdotal history of the craft, features the stories of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States. The documentary and book profiles sign painters young and old, from the new vanguard working solo to collaborative shops such as San Francisco’s New Bohemia Signs and New York’s Colossal Media’s Sky High Murals.

The book published by Princeton Architectural Press in November 2012 features a foreword by legendary artist (and former sign painter) Ed Ruscha. We encourage you to pick up a copy at your local book shop, or directly from Princeton Architectural Press


2.) I NEEEEEEEED THIS!! This incredible chandelier from Hilden & Diaz is impossibly cool!! Created by Thyra Hilden and Pio Diaz, “Forms of Nature” chandelier is a beautifully designed bundle of white tangled branches, casting shadows on the walls that look like forest trees. As the light bulb is placed in the center of the chandelier, it projects a 360 degree shadow formation on every wall and the ceiling.


3.) The "tallest mural in the world," recently completed on the side of 200 Wellesley, a 32-story Toronto Community housing building. Funded by a $24,000 city grant for public artwork, the mural was coordinated by STEPS (Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Places), and is a colourful beacon of positivity after the building was engulfed by a fire in 2010. 
photo by UrbanToronto member Androiduk

4.) I like this item. Is it one big promotion for coca-cola? Maybe.....but I liket the potential! EKOCENTER: water purification shipping container:
The idea is to help provide communities in need with access to safe drinking water and other basic necessities, the coca-cola company and DEKA R&D have launched ‘EKOCENTER’
 KOCENTER is a modularly designed kiosk with ‘slingshot’ technology at its core, transformed from a shipping container with solar panel awnings into a local community hub, offering clean, safe drinking water, alongside other services, such as access to wireless communication, electricity, vaccination storage, and more tailored to address community needs. the shipping container unit strives to help communities thrive – each and every community member – from the people using it, to the local entrepreneur operating it.
 The initiative aims to improve the holistic well-being of developing communities around the world, focusing on those within the ‘bottom of the pyramid’, the largest, poorest socio-economic group – representing nearly 4 billion people who live on less than us$2 per day
How cool is that?

5.) This is funny......well in a scary way......I am not much for prankster behaviour...but THIS is good:

Those poor coffee drinkers in New York City’s West Village!! I cannot imagine my screams as I watched that woman use her “telekinetic powers”! (The stunt was made as a clever promotion for Carrie, the upcoming remake of 1976 horror flick of the same name. The movie opens in theaters on October 18th, 2013.)
(Thanks Cindy - and Laughing Squid)

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