All posts for the month January, 2008

party dress seamless mit fashion show

“On Wednesday, January 30, fashionistas and techies will unite at SEAMLESS: computational couture, a fashion show and celebration that fuses cutting-edge style with the latest advances in technology. At this evening event that kicks off at 8 p.m., the Museum of Science exhibit halls will be transformed into a catwalk for “computational couture,” showcasing 20 selected, emerging designer teams from around the globe and creations that push the boundaries of wearable technology. Models wearing the interactive clothing will strut to live media performances by video artists sosolimited and DJs Eddie O and Mike Uzzi of Zero G Sounds.”

Above: Party Dress by Dana and Karla Karwas (New York):“Party Dress functions as a pavilion worn exclusively by five women that seamlessly injects architecture into fashion by using the body as space. The dress begins as a shared, bustled garment that gradually unfolds to create a temporary, inhabitable structure. Each seam, each dress, and each body are interconnected by a single, amorphous surface of flowing material.”

“With room for spectators beneath the fabric, Party Dress flirts with traditional concepts of public and private space while adding sparkling wit to the conversation between fashion and architecture. Party dress works across multiple scales and environments, unraveling conventional notions of space, materiality, and temporality.”

I’ll be covering the event so look out for more posts in the next few weeks. Otherwise if your in the Boston area, get your tickets here!($15)..oh, fyi, Project Runways Steven Rosengard, will be th MC.

2008 Seamless show info
Boston Science Museum Tickets<

Naomi Yotsumoto stylish ping pong player

Naomi Yotsumoto is a professional Japanese table tennis player that styles in a variety of colorful, whimsical, and self designed outfits during her matches. Disruption is good! She’s received a great deal of media attention much like Kournikova, Venus Williams, or Andre Agassi! What a trend setter!

Rock on! Who says ya can’t be stylish in a kick-butt geeky sport! (I like ping-pong)

A video of her blasting away at doubles after the jump! and a few others.

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mark khaisman tape art

Who says ya can’t make something cool with translucent brown tape. Mixed media artist Mark Khaisman layers several pieces of tape on Plexiglas panels to create these mesmerizing rustic illuminations with textures much like a knife painting with broad wide strokes. Very cool, time lapse like retro, and mysterious… I’ll have to make some myself. (I love tape).

I’ll post a bunch of his pieces after the jump.
Mark Khaisman webpage
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Weekend Links Frost designverb
Cool image above here.
Weekend thought: Why do corporations seem to work slower than smaller firms. More people= more help, or more people= more hassle?

– Fun: Wall closet: Throw your cloths on a wall of hooks!
– Fun video: Another great home made Daft Punk video.
– Odd: a man’s skin turns Blue!
– Video Hack: Unlock a car door with a tennis ball.
– Site: iKlimt, A great site dedicated to one of my artist, Gustav Klimt.
– Apple: the very blogged about Apple Air notebook. I’m kind of disappointed, but very impressed with the risk taken. Gizmodo discussions.

VideoTrace is a system for interactively generating realistic 3D models of objects from video – models that might be inserted into a video game, a simulation environment, or another video sequence. The user interacts with VideoTrace by tracing the shape of the object to be modeled over one or more frames of the video.”

Pretty neat! For someone not experienced in 3D modeling, this is a great alternative. Reminds me of SketchUp to some degree, which is cool since you can add your models into Google Earth…Otherwise, I like how VideoTrace generates a 3 dimensional model based on a trace from a video, though I’m still not exactly sure how the software pinpoint hat angle you are at.

Video Trace site with video.
VideoTrace on Youtube video.

china bans plastic bags

Wowzers… awesome!

“It started with San Francisco, Hong Kong, then Melbourne and other cities, and now, beginning in July, all plastic shopping bags in the entire country of China will no longer be free. As part of China’s attempts to reduce their extreme pollution problem, the policy will call for a small charge for plastic bags in China that must be shown clearly in all supermarket receipts.

Furthermore, ultra-thin plastic bags are now banned from being produced at all. As part of this effort, the government is encouraging the use of reusable bags and cloth sacks, and increasing efforts to recycle all plastic bags still in use.”

Via Inhabitat (Source IHT)
Australia does the same via Treehugger.

I’ve have a few reusable bags, but always forget to bring them to the store. Until it’s law, I’m going to forget, and besides, I use my paper bags as trash cans which has been handy.

FYI: statically and visually according to Chris Jordan, we use “60,000 plastic bags every 5 seconds in the USA alone!” (1.14 million brown paper supermarket bags are used in the USA every hour.)

I guess it’s time to go pick up one of those cool reusable bags:
Porter Grocery Tote (paper like plastic bag)
– Muji portable Bag, (I can’t find online, but it’s in the nyc soho store)
Flip and Tumble (A bag that turns into a puck)
AMT Shopper Bag (Louis Vuitton like print bags)

update: I was just at Wholefoods and they said they were starting to ban usage of plastic bags this week/month! Ah, heres an article.

Go karting racing at pole position vegas

Quote: “Pablo Picasso: Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up“.

Makes me think about creativity as, stay young, take risks and chances, be curious…and of course watch the “must watch” lecture by Sir Ken Robinson on creativity!

– Neat: Engagement Ring.
– Funny: Gizmodo Pranks CES, funny and mean.
– Woa: A monstrous wooden mechanical creation.
– Space: Shigeru Bans very cool Shutter house project.
– Cool: Shadow Blocks.
– Weird: Tree that bears 11 fruits.
– Inspiring: The 61 yr old farmer that won the worlds toughest race!
– Video: Hilarious, Plunger Dart throwing.
– Video: Very cool spinning egg+cut trick!