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Tap Tap January 28, 2011

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After featuring the “tap tap” limited edition carpet by malene b. I was curious about the tap tap and did a bit of research which, I will try to work into one of my future assignments for school. Below is a short look into the background and culture of the tap tap.

While watching the video, interestingly titled “Solving the Tap Tap Puzzle”, it was a bit puzzling that the reporter mentions “his theory” when it seems the theory was ignited by what the Haitian truck driver said to be passengers correlating the skill of the drivers with the aesthetic of the vehicle’s exterior (I would imagine, good marketing tactics help as well, like music and charismatic dancing passenger recruiters). He also swiftly concludes that the passengers’ decision making is subconscious. . .no comment. . .It seems that what the reporter sees as a puzzle, the Haitian people have already solved.

P.S. Only 3% of Haitians own cars. Their carbon footprint must be awesome.

Cultural Carpets January 27, 2011

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I found out about malene b. a textile designer who specializes in custom handmade carpets based on her travels all over the world. She works with Goodweave to ensure that all of her carpets are child labor free.

"PAPUNYA (pa-poon-ya) / Inspired by the Indigenous Australian Aboriginal “Dot” Art, Papunya is created in a dimensional cut and loop pile in wool, telling mythic stories of tribal rituals." My favorite amongst her designs.

Indigenous Australian Aboriginal “Dot” Art

"MEHNDI (men-dee) / A 5000 year old tradition of cultural adornment is captured in Mehndi. My henna painted hands are interpreted in handtufted New Zealand Wool."

Hands with Mehndi

"Cowrie / The cowrie shell, once a symbol of African currency, is interpreted in a classic textile repeat."

Cowrie shells

"WOLOF (wool-luf) / This design is a celebration of the Wolof people of Senegal. Their traditional fashions blend seamlessly into modern environments." Another favorite of mine.

Wolof woman

"Moorea / Palm fronds from Tahiti are the inspiration for Moorea, a sunburst of patterns, colors and textures."

Palm trees in Tahiti

"Tap Tap / The brightly colored buses are an artistic expression of Haitian culture. The rich colors of this multi textured carpet echoes’ the vibrancy of the people, landscapes, history and culture of Haiti. All proceeds from the sale of this design will go to rebuilding a workshop located in Port au Prince, Haiti that employs 500 artisans."

Learn more. . .

A tap tap in Haiti


Food Sovereignty in Africa January 25, 2011

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Photo from Food Sovereignty Tours | Side note: this photo is fabulous!

“The largest country in West Africa, Mali is a nation of small-scale agriculture. 80% of the people live in rural areas and over 97% farm small plots of land. This broad agricultural base has enabled Mali to take some important steps in the fight for Food Sovereignty. After intense dialogue and organizing, farmers unions and the government agreed to pass a national agricultural law which incorporates the principles of Food Sovereignty.

“Senegal has also incorporated food sovereignty principles into its constitution. A thriving sustainable agricultural community is eager to host your visit. Meet the powerful womens’ organizations and sustainable farmers whom Food First has been working with. Visiting these two countries will allow you to compare the different ways that people are taking control of their food system in these two West African nations.”

[Text pulled from Food Sovereignty Tours]

Read up on international food sovereignty courtesy of the International Institute for Environment and Development here:

Towards Food Sovereignty: Another world is possible for food and agriculture by Michael Pimbert

Illuminate! January 24, 2011

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TourDeFork: A food design group that designs creative and useful ways to re-purpose food waste.

Reblogging this from DesignSponge, which I usually don’t like to do but this group’s work was so neat that I couldn’t resist. TourDeFork‘s first line of products Second Chance, features some really clever methods of manifesting the cradle to cradle concept.

Orange Rind Scent Diffuser: Stick the orange peels onto a metal rod and and place over your heater which will diffuse the citrus scent.

Coffee Scent Dissipater: Coffee also functions as a natural scent neutralizer. Place your used coffee grinds into the container and hang in your refrigerator, over your trash can or in your bathroom.

Coffee Scent Dissipater

Apple Peel Grower: Aids in growing yeast. Place your apple skins on top of the lid that have holes to allow for the apple's natural oxidation to create a mini-biosystem to that yeast can thrive.

Reflect: A Message from Lauryn January 19, 2011

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Had to do it! Featuring Lauryn. . .again. Such a powerful message, especially in retrospect. . .

Still Bill January 18, 2011

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Came across this documentary about the life of the classy and classic Bill Withers:

My favorite Bill Withers song is “Grandma’s Hands”

Purchase Still Bill the documentary here.

Illuminate! January 17, 2011

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Selvedge Magazine

Some of my favorite covers:

Boskke Sky Planters January 13, 2011

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My classmate just shared this with me. . .

Boskke is an “innovative company encourages abundant greenery in homes and workplaces everywhere. BOSKKE products celebrate and support plants because we recognize that a living environment with many plants not only looks beautiful but also increases oxygen and filters air, bringing greater vitality to the built environment.”

Their Sky Planter defies “gravity, our unique upside-down planter encourages abundant greenery at home and at work, without sacrificing floor space.”

My Book List: Part Trois January 12, 2011

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1. Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler – Her book Parable of the Sower, changed my life forever, so much so that it took me a few years to fully absorb what I had read. Now I am ready for the second round in Talents.

2. Easy Belize: How to Live, Retire, Work and Buy Property in Belize, the English Speaking Frost Free Paradise on the Caribbean Coast by Lan Sluder – Yes folks, I am seriously considering making some part-time plans in Belize after grad school – I’ll keep you posted. . .

3. Miracle Tree by Monica G. Marcu – A part of what I’ll potentially be doing in Belize.

4. Contemporary African Fashion (African Expressive Cultures), edited by Suzanne Gott and Kristyne Loughran –  I plan on taking on a fundamental segment of this market in the next five to ten years so I’m getting my research on.

5.  Baby Loves Jazz Series by Andy Blackman Hurwitz and Andrew Cunningham – I love jazz! Those who know me, know this. I also love children books, so much so that I have acquired a collection. When a good friend of mine introduced me to the Baby Loves Jazz Series Duck Ellington book, I was hooked. Now one of my new missions is to get the whole series. P.S. They all come with a cd of really great and cute jazz songs performed by the characters themselves!

Duck Ellington Swings Through the Zoo

Charlie Bird Count to the Beat

Ella Elephant Scats Like That

Miles the Crocodile Plays the Colors of Jazz

Louis Lion Sings Good Night

Collaborative Consumption? January 11, 2011

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I recently had the honor of welcoming the Bedstuy Bunny to my home during the holidays! Who is the Bedstuy bunny you ask? Well a friend of a friend who moved from New York (Bedstuy Brooklyn to be exact) to Oakland, CA more than a year ago brought her massive yet cute bunny along with her for the big move. A week before Christmas she needed someone to watch bunny Chai (aka The Humble Diva). So, I volunteered. She offered to pay me for taking in Chai but instead I opted to borrow some pretty rare and amazing documentaries that she had access to. The moral of the story Chai got a roof over her head for the holidays and I got to watch some great documentaries, in other words, collaborative consumption:

. . .describes the rapid explosion in swapping, sharing, bartering, trading and renting being reinvented through the latest technologies and peer-to-peer marketplaces in ways and on a scale never possible before.
What’s Mine is Yours

A pretty fabulous example of collaborative consumption is I-ELLA :

Ella T. Gorgia, founder of I-ELLA

Peer-to-peer shopping will play an ever increasing role in eco-fashion. Not only what we consume, but how we consume impacts our environment. At I-ELLA, our focus is on sharing what we already own and recycling the fashion that crowds our closet, hence our motto: “share your closet.”

In a rather short period of time, we’ve created a curated environment of the fashion elite, environmentally conscious, and budding entrepreneurs to participate in a comprehensive peer-to-peer marketplace where one can buy, sell, borrow, or swap with other members. Even more, 10 percent of every transaction is directed charities focused on women, health, education, or children.

Preowned “recycled luxury” minimizes waste. Perhaps the greatest method of reducing waste is to simply convert what one may consider waste into something that is relevant and good. So, our prediction for eco-fashion, collaborative consumption will reshape the shopping landscape and people will become more committed to preowned goods, not only for the great discounts, but also for the green factor.