Sunday, April 04, 2010

So Long, Lovers

Last week, I read a quote from some young scene-stealer who declared Mariah Carey was plaaaaayed out. The newbie said she was past her prime and stated that she should give it up. How someone could spit this blasphemy about such a classic and understated talent was shocking and sad! Naturally, it got me thinking about Design Boner (as the similarities are obvious) and that got me thinking about metamorphosis.

Normally, I would get sappy and long-winded with you. I would tell you that my aimless fingers keep trying to blog upon an invisible keyboard, when they're not busy picking up the pieces of my broken heart...

But this post isn't so much a goodbye as it is a herald - an overstuffed, glittery butterfly announcement - for change and I would like to be brief.

Design Boner has had nearly four years of ad-free, snarky fun and I'm proud of this. The blog, as it is, will remain up because we like it and hope you do too. But there's more out there besides bathroom accessories, wallpaper, and trips to IKEA and it's time we turn our focus.

So, Lambs, remember us for what we were: smart, funny, and not entirely about sparkle and boners (but mostly).

Farewell Design Boner

It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to Design Boner.

I've had such an amazing experience working on this blog whose name makes the occasional person blush. We've been interviewed twice for two different magazines, had our photos taken, had a gallery show, gone on vacation together but best of all, I was able to work with one of my best friends. I'm very proud of what Cardboard and I accomplished and I couldn't have and wouldn't have wanted to do it with anyone else.

I have wanted for some time now to try and make a more serious go at my passion and figure out a way of making some sort of living off of my art. It will be a difficult challenge and I don't expect to be quitting my day job any time soon but I want and need to make a concerted effort at realizing my dreams. The hardest part of all of this is giving up something that has been such a big part of my life for so long and I will miss it dearly.

Thank you for reading, leaving comments and being so supportive. All my love to Cardboard for being such an incredible partner-in-crime!

Au revoir!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Weekend Flings

Acrylic on Flesh (seen above)
Photoshop Love
Fried Pickles!
Aspic Anyone?
CraZy StairZ
Free Ear Books
Potatoes Redux
Ask the Shaq
Pocket Art
Cardboard's Next Project
Cardboard's Next Job
Dope Book
Abs R EZ
Most Important Art of the Day
Everything Reads
Feelin' Good

If you're new around here and have no idea what this list means, click HERE for a brief and witty explanation.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Bonus Bone: Chris Jordan's Intolerable Beauty

Boxcar, Seattle 2003

Chris Jordan's photography focuses upon the Intolerable Beauty of our mass-consuming ways. By visiting American shipping centers and industrial dumps, Jordan has seen the vast stacks of by-product and waste and he's both drawn in and repelled.

Circuit boards, Atlanta 2004

These images are staggering, mostly due to the sheer volume of all this garbage! We can't not buy things, we can't not waste, and it would take a miracle for everyone, everywhere to start carrying around re-usable produce bags. A lot of us are still trying to get our neighbors (eh em) to recycle - period. But each of us can become more aware of how we use what we buy versus how we waste it.

Crushed cars #2, Tacoma 2004

So we'd simply like to ask you to pay attention. Maybe this means you'll choose the yogurt in the container that can be recycled over the one that can't. Or perhaps you'll turn over a whole new green leaf and become a composting freak (way to go, Mama C!). Hopefully, you're already on board - recycling, shopping farmers' markets, using the heck out of your cell phone before getting a new one - and this post will merely inspire you to push your dedication further.

For these reasons, I, Cardboard, declare these images - this motive - a Design Boner.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Worth the Week: Mille

I'm happy with this photo for three reasons:

1. I'm learning to use my new camera better and it's starting to show.

2. It's a lovely - and still! - portrait of my Mille (who is typically captured as a blur of nose and fur).

3. ORANGE! This bright, crazy orange wall is the very wall that inspired the tag line for this blog. The time has come to paint it over now but it'll always be orange underneath.

Take one photograph,
trade thought for order and words,