Monthly Archives: August 2014


magical hands

08 24 14

Just saw this exhibition about mexican clothing designer Carla Fernández.

Few thoughts:
–  the most amazing part was to watch videos of craftswomen and craftsmen all over Mexico, most of them from various indigenous groups, each specializing in a technique of embroidery / dying / weaving / etc. The things people manage to make by hand, with the simplest tools (for example the backstrap loom made of light wooden sticks), are wonderful. I saw felt being chiselled in a way so fine (and so environmentally benign) that it would put any lasercutter to shame.

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the gift of trash

08 15 14

photo by Ryan Hyde

This type of situation has been happening to me a few times now and shows how FAR FAR AWAY from societal awareness we are when it comes to wasteful habits:

I was eating at a burrito chain, sitting inside the restaurant after having carefully chosen the meal that came in a paper plate only, using my own metal cutlery and fabric napkin. Realizing I had forgotten to take tortilla, I returned to the counter and asked for a single tortilla. The behind-the-counter lady threw one on the grill for re-heat, and then proceeded to grab a piece of aluminum foil to wrap it.

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paper tape

08 13 14

In my country, Scotch® has sadly become a generic name for adhesive tape.

Meaning, when I learned to talk and designate objects with words, the only word I had for adhesive tape was ‘scotch’: ‘I wish to make a gift wrap for this, where is the scotch?’

Also the only kind of ‘scotch’ that I was ever aware of being used by normal people was either clear, translucent, or brown for heavy-duty, and seemed made of plastic, smelled a particular smell, and you needed a blade to cut it, mostly under the form of a ‘scotch holder’, itself made of plastic (my parents owned a heavy one – the master scotch holder – which was filled with sand and sounded like the sea when you tilted it. But I digress.)
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low tech

the age of low tech

08 11 14

Just ordered this book and very impatient to read it.

Philippe Bihouix (an engineer specializing in metals) describes so clearly the core problem with our consumption right now. Here is a summary:

Sorting our trash in the right bins does not redeem our current consumption level.

Why? Because the idea that we’ll reach a circular economy of total recycling is nothing but a myth. Read More