World Passport

January 22nd, 2016 by LB

Old version of the World Passport, from 1979

The website of the organization that issues this passport, the  World Government of World Citizens and its associated World Service Authority (WSA), has a quote from Einstein:

So long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is inevitable.

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Fur lifejacket, for fabulous shipwrecks

January 18th, 2016 by LB

I made this fur lifejacket partly in homage to Meret Oppenheim, one of the founders of surrealism and most famous for her “Object in Fur,” a fur teacup and spoon. Oppenheim is yet another woman artist who did not receive the credit or status she was due. This lifejacket was exhibited in the “Material” exhibition at Toronto Harbourfront Centre in 2009 and in the “Cut/Copy/Paste” exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in 2010, curated by The Canadian Design Resource.

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Endangered 5000 year old ancient practice of making silk made from mollusc slime

January 15th, 2016 by LB

“Haste doesn’t live here,” says one sign on the door. Another inside says “Nothing in this room is for sale.” An Italian woman named Chiara Vigo is the last living master of the ancient textile tradition of spinning “baysuss” or silk produced from the fibres exuded by a giant mediterranean mollusc. The craft is referenced in the holy books of more than one religion and is said to go back 5000 years.

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“It wasn’t war, it was butchery”

January 2nd, 2016 by LB

I can’t get this article out of my mind, more than all the ones I read on terrorism and violence in 2015. I’m not sure why. It’s by Vijay Prashad, educated in the US and working out of New Delhi. An excerpt:

“Where did these ISIS attackers come from?

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The rainforest, long may it last

December 29th, 2015 by LB

Trees on Boxing Day 2015, Vancouver Island. Our new summer droughts haven’t killed the rainforest yet! Happy New Year, everyone.

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Balafire flicker bulb

December 5th, 2015 by LB

This is a “flicker light” from my childhood. The green lacquer coating on the bulb is coming off, but amazingly it still works. It makes a soft tinking sound as the filaments hit the glass on either side. You can still find these on occasion, though increasingly seldom as they burn out one by one.

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