We Can’t Stop Talking About…The Recession

Continue on to read about how people are ‘coping’ with the recession…
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  1. Rugged vintage boots:
    Ladies, (or gentlemen) have been pairing up their lovely skirts or dresses and stockings with a pair of boots they seem to have found among the old castaways in their garage since the 1920s. So go find your old snow boots or Doc Martens from the 7th grade for that timeless ‘Oliver Twist‘ look. Or keep an eye on our own vintage items. You never know what you may find!
  2. Shantytown-inspired architecture:
    Architect Teddy Cruz is using the inspiration of the shantytowns in Tijuana as a model for housing in suburban San Diego. Among these makeshift compounds, many spaces were tailored to the direct needs of the community, making it a good model for future modern housing units.
  3. Jeff Koons’ ‘doggy’ bank:
    A new concept to the classic piggy bank is this doggy shaped bank: a replica of Jeff Koons’ sculpture, Balloon Dog. Save up in style!
  4. Book sculptures:
    Take the word ‘reuse‘ to heart and be inspired by Nicholas Jones’ book sculptures.
  5. Keep calm and carry on’ poster:
    First created during WWII in hopes of inspiring Britons not to panic about the uncertain times. Hopefully, we can laugh a little and appreciate the meaning that it carries today. Also, it happens to be a nice work of art.

    1. Toilet paper roll art:
      Artist Yuken Teruya’s intricately-cut toilet rolls take the commonplace nature right out of the object and force the viewer to see past the crude origins of the material used. I appreciate her ability to find beauty in what we traditionally discard as trash.
    2. Travel to Iceland!:
      All I can say is that I hear Iceland is nice this time of year, they have almost gone bankrupt from their investments in banking, and it’s a beautiful place. Also, apparently plane tickets have been quite cheap in hopes of encouraging tourism…I don’t know, I’ve just heard…
    3. The hidden cost of war:
      A really nice presentation on the estimated cost vs. the actual cost of the Iraqi war. This video is well-designed and sure to get you thinking about how we’ve got in the position that we’re in.
    4. Bon Iver:
      Justin Vernon’s debut album was created during the 3 months he was holed up in a chilly Wisconsin cabin, while recovering from heartbreak and physical illness. Its sound will either strike your heart with the painful feelings of a love lost, or make you hibernate all winter until the ice has begun to melt.

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          1. Liz 01/08/2009 at 11:55 am #

            Natalie you always find the coolest things!

          2. Polly 01/08/2009 at 12:40 pm #

            mmmmm. Bon Iver. I’ve listened to that album over and over and over and over and over again.

          3. Lissette 01/08/2009 at 5:53 pm #

            Acutally, my friend was just telling me she went to Iceland with her boyfriend over Thanksgiving, and she loved it! She said there were charming cafes and she had loads of fun. And yes, the plane tickets being dirt cheap is what inspired this trip.

          4. Susan 01/08/2009 at 8:22 pm #

            Love the toilet paper roll art, what a cool idea!

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