Beneath the Surface: Rediscovering a World Worth Conserving - Courtney Mattison
Courtney Mattison’s sculpture, “Our Changing Seas: A Coral Reef Story” is currently featured in the latest exhibit in the AAAS Gallery, “Beneath the Surface: Rediscovering a World Worth Conserving.” This exhibit features more than 60 photographs, paintings, drawings and works of mixed media by seven different artists, all depicting the complexity and beauty of our oceans.
Via its site, the SSIA — motto: “If the shoe fits, repair it” — provides information about shoe care and the names of repair professionals throughout the U.S. The site also features an ”ask the experts” forum where questions, such as “Can dog-chewed women’s shoes be fixed?,” can be submitted and discussed. Check it out.
(Disclosure: I’m a fan of both repairing things and Shoe Savers, the recipient of the SSIA’s award and the business featured in the video and Houston Chronicle story. Shoe Savers has prolonged the life of three pairs of my favorite shoes!)
“The world has enough chairs, right? That’s what Eero Yli-Vakkuri and Jesse Sipola of Finnish metal-craft studio Ore.e Ref think. So they took it upon themselves to challenge designers of the world to not design chairs during the entire year of 2012.
The basic reasoning is that designing new chairs takes time away from renovating existing ones. It’s a message of sustainability wrapped in a ludicrous request that furniture designers will find impossible to heed. And yet, it makes total sense. When’s the last time you’ve been unable to find somewhere to sit? (Your morning train commute doesn’t count.)”