Artist and creative director Brock Davis has a charming sense of humor when it comes to his personal work. Though we’re already fans of his affinity for food—like the “Emo Pineapple” wallpaper art he shared earlier this year—as well as his editorial and advertising work, which includes everyone from the New York Times and Wired to Harley-Davidson and Jack Links beef jerky, he also makes time for work that captivates his imagination. And, often, his subjects are food items taken to a whole new level.
Though most people associate David Lynch with his career as a filmmaker, the man is a prolific polymath whose work also spans into the realms of writing, acting, painting, furniture design, weather reporting, coffee production, comics, meditation education, web design, and music. One could argue he’s just as adept as a composer and music producer as he is a director having produced and collaborated on eight albums. And in addition to writing lyrics and performing on tracks, Lynch also plays guitar, though his technique involves playing it upside down and backwards. His last full-length album, Crazy Clown Time, was a bluesy foray into electro pop that included a collaboration with Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O. His latest, The Big Dream, out on July 15, sees him teaming up with Sweden’s Lykke Li.
In continuing my fascination with surf films, and in honor of handmade week, I’d love to highlight the DIY cinematic magic of Stoked and Broke, an independent film made for zero dollars. Dubbing it a “staycation surfari epic” by director Cyrus Sutton, the movie follows Sutton and fellow surfer Ryan Burch on a 30 mile foot and surfing journey throughout their hometown of San Diego. Created as a response to the increasingly expensive world of surfing documentaries and to further promote the spirit of independent filmmaking, the duo make their own boards, construct bamboo rickshaws to carry them, and build solar cookers and “hobo stoves” to cook their own food along the way.
Feit footwear—and that’s pronounced “fight” rather than “feet”—is a handmade shoe line made from natural materials. Launched in 2005 by former Royal Elastics founder Tull Price, the company was created to act as a direct response to the saturated synthetic market. Aside from offering a wide range of beautifully designed men’s shoes and boots, Feit abides by its ethos to make products without the use of a single machine.
To say that Chiaozza (pronounced “chow-za” like “wow-za”) is a design studio would be an understatement. The duo of Terry Chiao and Adam Frezza are more like a creative life force dedicated to handmaking playful shelves, mirrors, and wall objects in addition to their respective art. And, beyond that, their unique “cabin in a loft” home—which they also built themselves—is something of an architectural wonder and real-life landing pad for artistically-inclined travelers to Brooklyn, New York.
While most art can be considered handmade, there are certain pieces that beg a closer look at the details. Artist Katy Horan’s mixed media paintings fall into this category. At first glance, one might notice her affinity for regal-looking ladies adorned in antique lace, but upon closer inspection her materials tell an even deeper story.
Terrariums have definitely had their crafty moment in recent years. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with these glass-domed wonderlands, but they definitely reached a saturation point. Personally, I thought I’d seen enough giant orbs filled with colored rocks and succulents (full disclosure: I own one) to last another decade—that is until I came across 1012 Terra. Founded in Japan by Daisuke Tsumanuma and Kenichi Yamada, these glass and chrome terrariums are handmade to order and bring modernity to the art of showcasing plants.
“We disagree with mass production and consumptionism, with the relentless quest for new products that satisfy artificially created needs.” This is the mission statement of the new online retailer This is Paper Shop, founded by the same team who oversee This is Paper magazine. A response to the inherent beauty of beautifully designed everyday objects, the company wanted to push themselves beyond the boundaries of print to make products they couldn’t find in the marketplace. What began as a line of bags and backpacks sparked a design bug that has gone on to expand the company’s collection to include homewares and kitchen accessories built by skilled artisans.