December 11, 2013 |
Andrew Riiska's aptly named Construction Coasters are notched so that creative types can build a little tabletop sculpture when they aren't sipping Chardonnay. Fit the pieces in just the right way and you've got a wine bottle holder. The coasters are made of reclaimed oak and sold in sets of eight. Price: $60 through Riiska's new website . The artist crafts furniture and has completed large installations, but for those looking for a more affordable bit of handmade goodness, may we suggests these with a nice red?
November 26, 2013 |
What a difference (not having) R. Kelly makes. Last week the R&B star gave a shot of energy to Justin Bieber's so-called Music Mondays series with his long-rumored appearance on " PYD ," an appealingly raunchy slow jam that got listeners talking about Bieber's music (as opposed to his antics) for the first time in what felt like forever. A mere seven days later, though, no one seems to be talking at all about Bieber's latest Music Mondays single, "Roller Coaster," which appeared online late Sunday -- just as Kelly was driving attention elsewhere with his presidential performance with Lady Gaga on the American Music Awards.
November 21, 2013 |
Erin Dollar walked into the printmaking studio at UC Santa Cruz in 2006 and discovered, she said, “My jam. Once I found it, it is all I wanted to do. " Dollar, 27, has turned that jam into dough with Cotton & Flax, her line of silk-screened housewares. She sells her bold, graphic designs through Cottonandflax.com , at local craft fairs and in 13 boutiques, mostly in California. She also has some far-flung fans. “For whatever reason, people in New Zealand have gone crazy with this stuff,” she said, adding that the Kiwis have found her online.
November 19, 2013 |
Like so many handmade designs, Bari Ziperstein's stoneware coasters are distinctive in their size, color and shape. The Glassell Park artist said she is inspired by Finnish patterns and the California desert in creating her Bzippy & Co. collection, which includes jewelry, brutalist vases and bowls, bud vases and pyramid lamps. The heavy stoneware coasters are hand-painted circles or hexagons, easily stacked on a table. A set of four is $45. They're available at Individual Melody in Los Angeles, ReForm School in Silver Lake, Fifth Floor in Chinatown, Platform in Highland Park, the Orange County Museum of Art Museum Shop in Newport Beach and BKB Ceramics in Joshua Tree.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 |
What goes around comes around, some in Long Beach are saying about a proposal to rebuild the city's famous seaside roller coaster. City Council members will be asked Tuesday night to authorize a feasibility study into the construction of a two-lane “racing” roller coaster on a 2½-acre site near either the Long Beach Aquarium or the Queen Mary. Backers of the project say they have lined up investors for what designer Larry Osterhoudt calls the Cyclone Racer coaster. City Council member Gerrie Schipske wants the city manager to determine the feasibility of the coaster project, which she said “would create considerable tourism dollars” for Long Beach.
September 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In the last two weeks, President Obama has brought the United States to the brink of another military operation, then backed off unexpectedly. He went abroad and tried to rally international partners to join his cause, but returned empty-handed. He launched one of the biggest public relations and lobbying campaigns of his presidency, then aborted the mission. He called the nation to its televisions to make the case for using force, but made the case for more diplomacy. The White House's stop-and-start response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria three weeks ago could at best be described as deftly improvisational and at worst as impulsive and risky.