The piece featured above is themed “Plants” and can also be found at Prosthetic Knowledge.
Ideation, a supportive artistic community, concept sharing, innovative design, musical exploration….what are you looking for? You may find it at Rhizome.com, a non-profit artistic project that highlights the work of artists, musicians, photographers, and designers. The Rhizome project originally started in 1996 by Mark Tribe, an artist himself. The internet based art forum has since grown to host events, exhibitions and more recently the “Rhizome Commission Program”. The site is not only chock full of visually stimulating photography and engaging design, but the articles are also full of thought provoking content like the subject of distorted Google maps: “The Universal Texture”.
If you are looking to broadcast your artwork and are looking for a supportive artistic community, be sure to check out Rhizome’s site.
Recyclart is pretty neat website that has a nice mixture of reuse projects, DIY approaches, and visual art. All of the work contributed comes from material that has been recycled, and now has found a new inspiration. Be sure to use the “tag cloud” found at the bottom of the website, and if you’re feeling particularly motivated go ahead an contribute one of your own reuse ideas. Enjoy.
From the really awesome to the completely ridiculous, Instructables Bike Mod page has it all. You can build yourself a new set of bike lights from scratch, construct a frame from bamboo, or attach a side car to your ride. The contributors at Instructables do a really great job of walking you through the project and help you gauge your skill level. My recommendation is to read the comments because they usually have clarifications or updates that weren’t included in the original project posting. Enjoy.
“Love and Trash”
This website is a little wacky and practical and all together fun to read. The projects can pretty much suit the needs from the techno-geek to the artist to the dumpster diver. Love and Trash describes itself as a “DIY blog for people who do things differently” and they definitely are different. The site is divided into 4 categories: ART, DIY, FOOD, and REVOLUTION. Unfortunately Love and Trash has decided to close up shop due to the creators moving on to other projects, but not to worry the site is still up and there are months and months worth of projects to pursue. Be sure to check out this site soon, and I hope you find the project you’ve been looking for.
No Tech Magazine
We live in a world that allows us to search for solutions in the palm of our hand, and we have more high-tech fix-its than you could shake a smart phone at. But is it possible for us to go about our lives without the shroud of gadgetry? Can we solve simple and complicated issues without relying on high-tech solutions. Well “No Tech Magazine” seems to think so. In fact they have a motto that expresses a refusal “…to assume that every problem has a high-tech solution”. On their site you can find little and bigger projects that take a low to no-tech approach. You can also get a nice little dose of historical reference to no-tech solutions used in ancient times, and are still employed today (if it works, use it). If you find this website useful or just interesting be sure to check out “D-Lab”, which is a program based out of MIT. Their primary goal is to provide sustainable and low-tech solutions that are used in developing countries, where resources are limited. This lab is headed by Amy Smith who spoke about her research at the 2006 TED presentation. Hope you enjoy.
Whether or you want to admit it, most of us own something from Ikea. The directions can be a pain, parts might be missing, and when you finish it usually leaves something to be desired. What’s a consumer to do? DIY hack that coffee table or bed frame of course. The contributors at IKEA Hackers feel your pain. These guys take ordinary Swedish innovation and improve upon it. Re-purposed doors, modified shelves, or jazzing an otherwise uneventful dresser, IKEA Hackers can help. Check them out. And if you happen to be inspired, document your project and contribute.
The Greenest Dollar website is an interesting read if you’re looking for ways to save money and help the environment at the same time, as their motto suggests. I originally found their site when looking for more information on container homes and found that the authors have actually published a book on shipping container homes. I plan on ordering the book and will post a review soon.