Archive for July, 2008

We Heart Bust

July 22, 2008

We have loved Bust since its days as a tiny indie lady zine and are thrilled it’s still thriving as a real honest-to-goodness magazine. So we are especially honored to have our plush uterus shouted out on a “Page O’ Sh*t” about menstrual goodies (including a revolver-shaped heating pad! Gotta have it.). This is what they said: ” A friendly stuffed uterus? Awesome! This plush could moonlight as the mascot for the National Bowlers Association!” At first, we didn’t really get the bowling reference until we really looked, and yes, our uterus does indeed look primed for a double strike. I’ve always kinda envisioned her as a female Karate Kid, ready to pounce, after my pal Noel told me his high school biology teacher (thanks, Mr. Zlatnick!) described the uterine anatomy that way.

Guts on the Brain

July 16, 2008

Next time you feel like you’ve got knots in your stomach, check out the gorgeous spinning skills of artist Sarah Illenberger, who knit this delicate brain seen at left, as well as heart-meltingly beautiful intestines. Also on the knit guts scene are Conny Kuilboer, who did this heart in a box and Jonathan Rockford, who made the stomach surgery scene at right. Can you say knit kidney knit kidney three times fast? They are pretty much the most gorgeous innards we’ve ever laid our eyes on, especially the brain, but then again, look who’s telling me that. Jezebel + BoingBoing via Craft.

Renegade Rocks

July 16, 2008

San Francisco’s first Renegade Craft Fair was quite fabulous, we had a good ol’ time meeting people and sending them away with guts galore. My favorite thing about these shows is meeting the amazing people who buy our stuff — folks who wander up to the booth with a giant smile on their face and a twinkle in their eye and say, “I had a liver transplant! Check out my awesome scar!” and whip up their shirt to show it off, or, “Hey, I have diabetes!” as if it was the greatest thing on earth rather than a truly devastating affliction. These people inspire us to no end with a positive attitude in the face of disease, and for that we’d like to say — you guys rock. More than just our guts were on the scene, we saw some cute stitched anatomically correct hearts from Art School Dropout, body part passport holders, and some ventricle-laced felt hearts stitched upon a sweatshirt. We really loved everything by Brookadelphia, but especially their “sick” necklace. Great stuff everywhere, we had a great time and the baby miraculously slept, even during the punk rock marching band.

Show Us Your Guts

July 3, 2008

Being as we are total t-shirt geeks and total anatomy geeks and total music geeks to boot, we of course love the triple threat of Justice’s D.A.N.C.E. video, which cycles through a zillion amazing animated designs that screen over a pair of t-shirts, including our fave, pictured at left. We would love to see a limited-edition version of that one, but in the meantime, here’s some of the others. In the meantime, see what you think of the remix.

We Heart This Bar

July 1, 2008

How incredible is Bar Rectum? Although it looks like a giant stomach, the project actually represents the entire digestive system, from tongue to anus, with an expanded large intestine serving as the main swillery. If you’re ever in the Netherlands, be sure to go throw back a cocktail or three.

You Can’t Pick Your Brain

July 1, 2008

As the saying goes, you can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose…Here’s something new to add to that laundry list of dos and don’ts — don’t pick at your brain. A recent New Yorker article about itching details the case of a woman whose head itched so much that she picked right through her skull and into her brain. Eggghhhh. Even when they severed the nerve to that part of her head, the need to itch continued. Pretty fascinating stuff. And gross, too.