Nurturing creativity with art, animals, and science fiction

Month: February 2015

Photo of Interest: Watch Out!

You never know when a hazard will appear.

IMAGE: Many thanks to the K9s4Cops Facebook Page! 

Artdog Quote of the Week

Your attitude about things dictates more than you realize–an age-old understanding. The quote is attributed to the 14th-century Persian poet Hafiz.

IMAGE: Many thanks to Tammy Plunkett’s Facebook page, via my old friend Word Porn

Photo of Interest: Muddy Paws

Have you had a thaw recently? Then you understand.

IMAGE: Many thanks to the ever-fruitful Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Facebook Page, for this image!

Artdog Quote of the Week

Did you ever doubt it? Even though you’ve experienced it?

IMAGE: I’ll have to continue thinking up new ways to thank the Word Porn Facebook page, because they keep coming up with these quotes I can’t resist! This one is originally from the Tumblr site Cliff Edge of the World.

Photo of Interest: Human Hand Cells

From the National Geographic listing of Best Science Visualizations of 2012 comes this eye-popping vision of cells in a human hand:

IMAGE: Many thanks to Erfun Kheirandish and National Geographic!

Artdog Quote of the Week

What adventurous thing have you done lately?

IMAGE: Many thanks, as ever, to the Word Porn Facebook page.

Photo of Interest: COLD out There!

Domesticated animals depend on us. We made them that way, so it’s up to us to keep our side of the bargain.


IMAGE: Many thanks to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Facebook Page for this image.

Irving Harper: Iconic Designer–and Paper Sculptor!

Harper’s 1956 “Marshmallow Sofa” from Herman Miller.

Irving Harper was a designer with George Nelson Associates, Inc., from 1947-1964, and has been described as “the most famous designer you have never heard of.”

His best-known designs are the Herman Miller “Marshmallow Sofa” and the “Ball Clock” produced by the Howard Miller Clock Co.  I’m not sure there can be many American “Boomers” who have not encountered one or both of these designs in their lives.

The iconic 1964 “Ball Clock”

I did not know until recently that he also was/is a paper sculptor.  Still alive and feisty at 93, he actually seems more focused on the paper sculpture than other things, at this point.

I discovered the book Irving Harper: Works in Paper, which was released in February 2013, through GoodReads. The GoodReads site features not only a good write-up about Harper and the book, but also a slide show of his paper sculpture work.  I have chosen some of my favorites from the slide show to share here, but you can see them all at Goodreads.

I have not been able to find a title for this or the other Irving Harper paper sculptures in the slide show.

I love the face on this one, with its triangular, Picassoesque tongue.

I’m not sure I’d want these guys staring at me 24/7, but I thought the variations on a “face” were interesting.

Please note: this is a re-post from a favorite 2013 post I created for my old blog Artdog Observations. I thought you might enjoy it.

PHOTOS: Many thanks to Design Within Reach, for the image of theMarshmallow Sofa,  and to the “SoHo Parenting” Blog for the Ball Clock image.  All others are from the slideshow at Goodreads. My deepest appreciation to all! 

Artdog Quote of the Week

I’m not sure these are the only choices, but they are among those most available.

IMAGE: Many thanks to The Word Porn Facebook page

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