Monday, May 21, 2007

Anna C.

Among other things and non-things
Anna was birthed in Philadelphia in 1975...

i was born like all of us and there were green plush carpets that I crawled on
up stairs and into a room where I was funnily received and
Brought back downstairs to our apartment from the well-received intrusion on adults fucking
and there was a yellow room and a crib w/ orange and green and pink and white plaid walls which the cracked ceiling was rectangularity framed by and there was a bathtub that was a huge pool to my scale, that my parents made and I learned to swim in, before i learned to talk and a “dinning room” with tin punched silver dragon walls where many bananas were mashed by gums and then baby teeth then there were pigeons that would fly in the window of the new home we stole from them and my mother in the adjacent room , who heard me scream, coming in to swat them away from me and their former home, with a broom and there was space and light funneled though two story spaces, opened up, in an old Victorian building being re-broken-down, after it’s most recent inhabited (/renovated) past/life, as 1930’s tenement housing we found strange things small skeletons in opalized bottles, in 1 and a half feet of dirt, we dug out of the basement. closets, Victorian, original to the place, with toilets in them, small divided cells where people lived Victorian stencils and frescos -broken, on ceilings and passageway walls, when we removed the many years of layers layers of years of wall paper
Then there was living there in transformation walking over plank bridges to my bedroom, with the curtain wall and I mean the wall was a curtain, not the architectural term “curtain wall” a curtain I drew my favorite beings/characters on: Dracula, Alice in wonderland, the Cheshire caterpillar and others, when the hall was being leveled there there was space and time and the sound of records in bright, light, space david bowie, KISS, Marvin Gay, Beatles, Diana Ross, Echo and the Bunny Men, Prince, Michael Jackson and more this is where I was born again and again i am not religious but am reborn again and again through life, films, music, light, space, body, love, sick, muse...

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Unni Woodworks

Two Handcrafted Lanterns Made from Recycled Materials

Shoji Lantern

Description of Lantern: Shoji - the modern term for translucent paper doors or windows - was the inspiration behind this lantern upon finding a piece of corrugated plastic in a curbside throw away. The side cutouts originated with two free-hand pencil lines that were then transcribed and cut allowing just a hint of light to sneak out of the sides. The slightly curved and beveled top help to frame the gentle glow of the Shoji.

A hand rubbed wax finish over oil and polyurethane was applied bringing out the beautiful grain contrasts of the red oak sides and Spanish cedar top and bottom.

Material sources:
Thrown away corrugated plastic, a pallet, an old bed rail, scrap plastic laminate, store bought lighting and cord

A Light From Lincoln Foods

The white birch lantern features mortise and tenon joinery, pyramid plugs and chamfered edges with a finish of clear lacquer and wax.

All wood and glass (and the top 2 screws) have been recycled from the old Lincoln Foods building in Lawrence Massachusetts.

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