RIP Eleanor Kent
San Francisco artist who was an early explorer incorporating computing and technology in artistic practice. From SFGate:
Eleanor Kent, one of the early Bay Area artists to pioneer new technology as an art form, died of lung disease in her San Francisco home on July 17. She was 83.
… Ms. Kent started painting and drawing seriously in the mid-1950s after getting a bachelor’s degree in English at Harvard University. When color copiers appeared in the ’70s, she lugged a 1,000-pound Xerox machine to the top floor of her Noe Valley Victorian and began painting on fabric and T-shirts and using the color copier to create prints of poppies, lace, shells, bones and eggs.
Throughout the ’80s, she collaborated with early Silicon Valley tech companies to influence and test-drive their new design tools, such as Apple’s graphic tablets and Vectronic’s Koala Pad.
She taught herself to program in BASIC computer code on her first Apple IIe and printed pictures in dot matrix that she transformed into Cibachrome prints. The large pixels of her prints reminded her of stitches, so Ms. Kent started knitting fractals, Koch curves, Pascal’s triangles and other mathematical images into body jewelry using electro-luminescent wire, which surrounds the wearer with light.
“My mom did things other artists simply didn’t do,” said her son,
James Schermerhorn IV
More at SFGate here
Eleanor Kent also had a website featuring her work, which you can find here
misconceptions of being british (x)
Awesome portrait by FlashyToons. Many thanks.
secret midnight message #2
I’m trying to take notice of when my mind feels compelled to check the internet. I do a lot of writing and drawing, which require sustained focus, and my mind is always trying to interrupt me to “quickly check” something online.
I’ve noticed this happens whenever I’m having difficulty with what I’m doing. I can’t figure out how to draw something, so I want to check my email. Or I’m not feeling great sitting around with my friends, so I want to see if anyone liked my pictures on Instagram. Both of these make sense: I’m not feeling great about where I am, so I look for positive reinforcement elsewhere. (I don’t think that’s good, but I understand it).
But then I also noticed I want to check the internet when something is going well. I’m laughing with my family and then want to load up Facebook. What’s that about?
I think the internet has somehow become the thing I look to for whether I should feel good or bad about myself. Sure, I’m having a nice time with these people right here, but is everyone on the internet acknowledging how nice it is? Are all of my online friends thinking about me right now?
This does not seem to be the most reliable way to judge one’s self-worth.
So that’s the problem I’m trying to solve.
(Are there others who have experienced something like this? It will make me feel better about trying to figure this out if I know that there are others out there trying to do so too.)
as some of you know, I was posting secret messages here late at night and then deleting them before bed. I decided to start a tumblr of them: the secret midnight message society.
there are some things you can only say at night.
(i’ll hide this post before going to bed tonight, since it’s not related to fairy tales)
mmm. i feel this.
Dress by www.chotronette.com
Laurel, if you ever went a couple shades lighter than your usual wardrobe :)
You never doubt Stanwyck’s authority as a pianist, and there is a good reason for this.
Miss Stanwyck was coached for playing the piano by Ania Dorfman. True to her desire for perfection, Stanwyck practiced two to three hours daily for about a month. At the end she herself could play the relevant pieces.
- Director Andre de Toth (The Other Love, 1947)
Who are you: I'm Josh. Whats your favorite color: Decadent Red Favorite musical: Its kind of a four way toss up between The Lion King, Les Miserables, Phantom and Jesus Christ Superstar. Favorite ice cream flavor: Chocolate for sure. Do you have a cat: No but I know a cat and he is in love with me. Random fact about you: I work in a dingdang candy shop! Thank: Welc. (Bonus! Favorite Pizza topping: Pepperoni 2)
WOW HI JOSH WELCOME TO THE SQUAD
dear 98% of the people that follow me that dont talk to me
Who are you
Whats your favorite color
Favorite ice cream flavor
Do you have a cat
Random fact about you
reblogging again bc I already got some from really cute people, but it makes me unreasonably happy to read these from you SO KEEP ON SENDING THEM
Some recent fashion illustration work I did for Emmelle!
Ahh, it’s back
i have disproportionately strong feelings about this.
every time i say “nah i’m not gonna watch it again.” BUT I STILL DO EVERY TIME.
the comments are painfully accurate.
the freeze-frame makes it even more incredible
em is this u???
I reblog this every time I see it. I just cant
[from Hark, A Vagrant!]
Do want me to order a pizza?