MK’s Official Book Fund (Please Don’t Make Me Be A Real Prostitute Because It Conflicts With My Love Of Being Clean)
- If you shop at Powell's or Indie Bound by clicking the link below (it has to be from MY page or it doesn't count), you support independent booksellers and I get a teeny tiny commission...
Good Reads 2011 Challenge!
- Unplugging my phone to sleep now (I usually leave it charging) just in case some kind of stormy power surge happens. #LudditeDanceParty... 14 hours ago
- Heard/felt two thunderclaps so loud and so close they legit sounded like explosions ripping the sky open. Then we lost power for a minute.... 14 hours ago
- Even if you think you know what you want to say today, you may... More for Taurus bit.ly/wMRKBc... 14 hours ago
- @nellanndee This is the 'Adam The Gambler' episode. It's awesome in the original sense, awe-inducing. Just wow. Dude's a psychopath.... 17 hours ago
- .@nellanndee Another Max gem from #Catfish Season 3 Episode 6 'John & Kelsey': "LOVE MAKES YOU STUPID." Yes, Max, yes it does!... 17 hours ago
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Back in March, I first wrote about the awesomeness that is Etsy’s very own Team Librarian. To refresh your memory: they’re a group of librarians, archivists, and just plain book lovers who are also craft mavens.
So I’m a team member now, even though I don’t make or sell anything…yet. (I’ve been toying with the idea of selling some of my art as well as items from my small vintage and designer purse collection as a way to get spending money…for books. You know me!) FYI: You can join the team too!
This weekend, July 30th and 31st, they’ll be selling their handcrafted wares at the Maker Faire in Detroit at a sweet discount. It’s not too late to buy tickets, denizens of the Motor City! Just click on the image below! A one-day pass is $28, or you can attend both days for $48. (Even cheaper if you are a member of The Henry Ford Museum!) Not too bad, considering the access to so many crafters and the exclusive event-only discounts they’ll be offering to Maker Faire Detroit attendees!
Here is the complete list of vendors who will be featured at the official Team Librarian table in Detroit:
- Alice Still Contemporary Jewellery
- Crafts By Quyen
- Excessively Diverting
- Mimi & Boo
- Shiny Information Products
- Sovereign Sea
- Suzie’s Armoire
- Teenage Pasteland
But the best part of all this hoopla is that Team Librarian has made sure that you don’t have to go all the way to Michigan to enjoy the sale. I know, aren’t we just the best?! Just type in the promo code “MAKERFAIRE” to enjoy 15% off all Etsy Team Librarian goodies (including sweet vintage items not on display at the main event). Etsy is set up so that you can only check out with one vendor at a time, so please note that you will have to re-enter the code if you choose to buy from multiple TL-affiliated shops.
For further Maker Faire Detroit 2011 details, to be the first to know all future Etsy Team Librarian sale info, and just plain ol’ fashioned fun with the girls, check out all of our sexy links! On Twitter, we are @TeamLibrarian with additional tweets coming at you from our kickass captains @AnneHeathen and @PnkRckLibrarian. You can also “like” us on Facebook, and follow our Tumblr.
In a related story, you’re welcome.
(Photo Credit: All of the gorgeous Etsy Team Librarian logos seen above are courtesy of the inimitable punk rock librarian Lisa Rabey, whose Etsy shop Excessively Diverting specializes in what she terms “novel accessories.” God, I love a good pun! … Additional kudos to her for making sure I got the abundance of information in this post correct.)
I have to say, I’m kind of getting into this whole Tumblr Photo Blog thing. It’s brought some really cool bookish nerdy things to my attention that might have otherwise escaped, like this really cool tidbit that makes me nostalgic for my childhood…
JAMES BARRON May 20th, 2011 The New York Times
Mr. Sawaya is the artist commissioned to make copies of the lions, which have been lionized — sorry, we typed that word without thinking and groaned as loudly as you did — ever since they took their places 100 years ago. The anniversary of their dedication is Monday.
He has copied other landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Washington Monument and the United States Capitol. He has also done a giant BlackBerry smartphone and a 77-inch-tall sculpture called “Red-Headed Man” that looks like Conan O’Brien.
Mr. Sawaya’s medium is Lego blocks. “Some artists use paint, others use bronze,” he said by way of explanation. He said he had more than 1.5 million Lego “bricks” in his studio on Lexington Avenue and “another few million” in a storage center outside the city, “just in case.”
The lions reduced Mr. Sawaya’s inventory by 60,000. The color is “just a standard gray,” he said.
“This was a special challenge,” he said. “The lions are so iconic. Everyone who lives in the city has walked past those lions at some point, so there’s this challenge of doing them justice.
“If I’m creating a free-form piece of art, I can make it look like anything I want and nobody will say it’s wrong. But here, I have to make sure it looks right. There was definitely some pressure there.”
The lions are Patience on the downtown side of the library’s front steps and Fortitude on the uptown side. The library says Potter made Patience first, in clay. Then he created Fortitude. Then the lions were carved out of marble at the Piccirilli Studio in the Bronx.
“When he was doing the originals, it was a different type of sculpting,” Mr. Sawaya said. “It was subtractive. He started with stone and chipped away until he had the lions. What I was doing was additive, taking small pieces of plastic and adding until I got something that looked like lions.”
Potter delivered larger-than-life lions.
“Mine are 5 feet 2 1/2 inches long, exactly half the size” of the marble originals, Mr. Sawaya said. “I thought if I went for a full-size scale, I wouldn’t make the deadline. Plus, they have to get through my studio door. They weren’t going to make it if they were full size.”
Unlike Potter, Mr. Sawaya did not bring in a lion tamer as a consultant.
The twin inspirations and the evolution of the New York Public Library‘s lion logo…
Pictured above are t-shirts for sale on 80sTees.Com for $24 each.
(Click on a photo to order!)
And last but not least, check out R. Stevens’ ‘Diesel Sweeties’ comic!