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Guest Summary: Cassie McGettigan from Gravel & Gold

synonym summaries are semi-regular round-ups of what we’re interested in. See more posts like this here. This post was published as part of an ongoing collaboration with Alldayeveryday. 

If you don’t know Cassie McGettigan, or Gravel & Gold, the San Francisco-based design collective and shop she co-founded in 2008, you certainly know the boob pillow, a design she made for the brand that’s gained a cultish following. For the past few years, Gravel & Gold has produced a line of locally-made clothing, accessories, and home goods featuring their handmade prints, for which Cassie is the primary print designer. Here, she tells us about what she likes right now.

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1.Monochromatic Wardrobes

I’m into variations of just one color worn head to toe, including mechanical extensions, such as a cell phone or an automobile. Otherwise known as “Color Monks” exercising a “Signature Color.” Black doesn’t count but white is a go. As a big league clashing pattern enthusiast, I can’t imagine going there myself, but I admire this approach to dressing for its unbeatable ease: impact ratio.

I met Judy when we were both shopping for shelving materials at our local Discount Builder. Even her lip color was yellow, were you to allow a liberal definition of the color so that a human skin tone might be flattered. Such proliferation seemed to indicate that Judy is always an all-yellow gal, but I found out that she actually has eight one-color outfits that she selects from each morning, reflecting her mood: pink, green, sage, blue, orchid, periwinkle, white, and this, the yellow.

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2. Onsen Tomago

I used think I had boiled eggs down pat, but when I went to Japan last year I found out that I actually had no idea how to make them. Now I do and here’s how:

1. Get to a place where water is coming out of the earth at about 70°C (158ºF).
2. Put some eggs in basket.
3. Invite your eggs in their basket to join you in the hot spring for a 30-40 minute soak.
4. Exit.
5. Crack open and serve with seasoned bonito dashi at breakfast time or a light sauce of mirin, dashi, soy sauce, and chopped spring onions later in the day. The egg will have poached within its shell. The yolk will be firm yet custardy. Delicious!

(Also works OK if you use a cooking thermometer to help maintain a steady 70°C (158ºF) temperature on a regular indoor stove while you poach your eggs in a regular pot for 30-40 minutes).

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3. River Swimming

And drying on a rock after.

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4. Kiwi Sandals

Lee Risler and his family have been making these excellent river rat sport sandals by hand since 1963, even after Lee lost his left arm below the elbow in a LA freeway horror story. To get a pair, you send a tracing of your feet and a check to Lee’s PO Box in Lucerne Valley, CA. I go in for the #71, $79 plus CA tax, plus shipping. A couple of weeks later, the sandals appear in your mailbox: [they are] durable and insanely comfortable, with a squishy Vibram sole and classy all-leather upper parts. I already have my Kiwis foot tan in place this year.

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5. Oum Kalthoum

AKA Oum Kalthoum, Om Kalsoum, Om Koulsum, Om Kalthoum, Oumme Kalsoum, Umm Kolthoum, Om Koultoum, Ummi Kultsum, Ummi Kaltsum, Umi Kulsum, Umi Kalsum. Specifically, I’m into watching the videos of her very long performances on YouTube while I’m painting. I think this is my favorite. Any one of those shade-wearing orchestra guys could be the boss, and then she stands to sing with that long silken hankie and—boom—what a boss!

Likes / Dislikes: Joanna McClure

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Likes/Dislikes asks interesting individuals to create two lists: one of their likes, one of dislikes.

The feature is based on two things: an excerpt from Susan Sontag’s As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980 and another from Roland Barthes’ autobiography (trans. Richard Howard, 1977).
The exercise, while gratuitous, is rooted in ideas of pattern, construction, specificity, and memory. See more Likes / Dislikes posts here.

This post was published in tandem with an ongoing collaboration with Alldayeveryday.

Joanna McClure is a New York-based photographer whose commercial work focuses on still life images. Walking a line between commercial and fine art, her work is inspired by color and material. She has been shown in numerous editorials, advertisements, and gallery showings—most recently, a group show at 511 Gallery in Chelsea, New York.

When not in her studio or at the playground with her daughter, she will most likely be found scouring the bookstores for inspiration.

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Likes:

– Organization
– Oreo cookie flavored frozen yogurt from Red Mango (preferably with Reese’s peanut butter cups on top)
– When all the clothes are put away
– My daughter’s drawings/sculptures
– My husband’s drawings
– Earl Grey tea
– Len Lye films
– The texture of freshly painted nails
– Flowers, specifically peonies, poppies or ranunculus
– Looking at interior design magazines, or really any magazine for that matter
– Hand-pulled noodles
– The thought of being on a beach with my family
– Writing things down
– Turning off the power on my cell phone, a rare occurrence

grid-7be4d92b05c9652f0bf324ab2d25be28An image of something Joanna dislikes: misspelled words on signs.

Dislikes: 

– Doing the same thing time after time
– People stopping in the middle of the sidewalk to look at their phone
– Entitlement
– Moments with lack of purpose or drive, in myself and others
– Things out of place or without a place…  (god, I sound so anal)
– Personal space invaders
– When there is nothing to go see at the movies
– How everyone who gives a TED-Talk speaks ridiculously fast for no apparent reason
– Seeing someone on the street treating their children poorly
– Misspelled words on signs

Some images of Joanna’s work:

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Learn more about Joanna here.

Likes / Dislikes: Charlie Schuck

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Likes/Dislikes asks interesting individuals to create two lists: one of their likes, one of dislikes.

The feature is based on two things: an excerpt from Susan Sontag’s As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980 and another from Roland Barthes’ autobiography (trans. Richard Howard, 1977).
The exercise, while gratuitous, is rooted in ideas of pattern, construction, specificity, and memory. See more Likes / Dislikes posts here.

This post was published in tandem with an ongoing collaboration with Alldayeveryday.

Charlie Schuck is a Seattle-based photographer working in both still and motion photography. He is the founder of the Seattle design space Object, and curator for the shop inside the Frye Museum. 

 

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Likes:

— Sailing
— Nachos
— The King Protea flower
— The ocean
— Historical non-fiction
— Origami
— Linen
— History
— Floating on your back in warm water at sunset
— High ceilings and large windows
— Obsidian
— Old astronomical prints and plates
— Reading on Sunday in a sunbeam
— Napping.
— Turtles
— Shadows and light
— Champagne
— Bar and Restaurant match books
— The Natural History Museum in New York
— Joseph Albers
— The Fairmont Empress Hotel
— Most soap, liquor, and cigar packaging
— The San Juan Islands
— Bourbon
— White pimsol shoes
— Tennessee Tuxedo
— Pietro Antonio Locatelli
— Buenos Aires
— Informal family style dinner with friends
— Brass animal figurines
— Walks / naps in the Arboretum
— James Turrell
— Rhododendrons
— Beach fires
— Oysters
— Printed matter
— Highway 101
— Pine cones
— Construction paper
— Creative, passionate, and kind people
— Marble and granite
— Other Scorpios

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Dislikes:

— TV
— Music Festivals
— Not being able to find keys or phone
— Bad Architecture
— Sports bars
— Lamborghini
— The word “trending” or “trend forecasting”
— Tech worship
— The word “fashion”
— Long lines at bars and exhibits
— Long lines, period.
— Guestlists
— Yoga culture
— Kale
— Dirty seamless paper
— Misguided ergonomic design
— Not being able to take a nap
— Connecting flights
— Spending to much time on the computer
— Why the month of October in calendars always gets a crappy picture
— When bartenders measure drinks
— Having to carry cash
— Rooms with bad lighting

Some images of Charlie’s work:

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Find out more about Charlie here.

Likes / Dislikes: Sophie Tajan

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Likes/Dislikes asks interesting individuals to create two lists: one of their likes, one of dislikes.

The feature is based on two things: an excerpt from Susan Sontag’s As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980 and another from Roland Barthes’ autobiography (trans. Richard Howard, 1977).
The exercise, while gratuitous, is rooted in ideas of pattern, construction, specificity, and memory. See more Likes / Dislikes posts here.

This post was published in tandem with an ongoing collaboration with Alldayeveryday.

Sophie Tajan is a young freelance photographer living in Paris. Her current focus is a limited edition, print-only publication called Sucre Paper, which she creates with Copenhagen-based photographer Angela Blumen.

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Sophie Likes:

Google street view, the feeling after seeing a great movie, globes, maps, soft evening sun light and long blue shadows, (shooting on) film, obsessing over a good track, planes, airports, Copenhagen, snow, water, marble, glass, plastic, soft colors, wood, cats in the street, cactus, cooking, swimming, lamps, chairs, notebooks, Zoe Ghertner, Jamie Hawkesworth, the smell(s) of book(s), eggplants, coincidences, cheese. 

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Sophie Dislikes:

Shopping centres, cauliflower, random people saying, “What you looking at?” when you look at them, béchamel sauce, the month of January.

 

Some images of Sophie’s work:

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To see more from Sophie, find her Tumblr here.

Like / Dislike: Xochi Solis

Likes/Dislikes asks interesting individuals to create two lists: one of their likes, one of dislikes.

The feature is based on two things: an excerpt from Susan Sontag’s As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980 and another from Roland Barthes’ autobiography (trans. Richard Howard, 1977).
The exercise, while gratuitous, is rooted in ideas of pattern, construction, specificity, and memory. See more Likes / Dislikes posts here.

This post was published in tandem with an ongoing collaboration with Alldayeveryday.

Xochi Solis is a painter living and working in Austin, Texas. In addition to her studio practice, she is the Director of Public Programming at the Visual Arts Center, University of Texas at Austin, and is currently an active member of MASS Gallery, an artist-run project space in East Austin.

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A song Xochi likes: “This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)” by Laurie Anderson ft. Peter Gabriel

Things Xochi Likes:

— The smell of wood burning and straw
— Broccoli
— Mezcal
— Nervous smiles
— Unabashed laughter
— Being cooked for
— Celluloid
— The sound of a record needle hitting wax
— Cloud shapes
— Photographic surfaces
— Plants of varying sizes and colors
— Clay
— Tropicália
— The roll of rr’s in Spanish
— Dada
— Transparency
— Dramatic reenactments
— Percussion
— Faye Dunaway’s voice
— Harry Nilsson’s love songs
— Gena Rowland’s everything
— Magic Realism
— Jungle canopies
— The sound of sharp scissors cutting through paper
— Matching outfits
— The wall of sound
— Hotel rooms


A song Xochi dislikes: “There She Goes” by Sixpence None The Richer

Things Xochi Dislikes:

— Self-loathing
— Ingenuine smiles
— Dishonesty
— Fake flowers
— Digital agendas
— Cars too big for their driver
— Sloths
— Finding out sugar is in everything
— Bullies
— The elusive thigh gap
— Squishy bananas
— Ill-fitting clothes
— Artificial flavors
— Over-academic analysis
— Narcissism
— Psychic vampires
— Gratuitous cursing
— Polyester
— The smell of burnt popcorn
— Guilt trips
— Dirty hair
— Outlet malls
— Pets passing away
— Pit stains
— Ballpoint pens
— Talking on the phone
— Soda pop

 

Some images of Xochi’s work:

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summary: june 18, 2014

summaries are semi-regular round-ups about what we’re interested in. more posts like this are here.

this week, channeling black and white.

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1. Belgian actress Els Dottermans
Casual studio muse

 

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2. Zoe Ghertner’s elevated still life.
no words, just: THE BEST.
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3. Square in Square
This series of “composite exteriors” from artist Oliver Michaels creates pleasing symmetry through select architectural angles.
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4. Architectural Pottery
A primer on Max Lawrence, 1950s modernism in Los Angeles, and the iconic design that came from it: worth investigating.
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5.  Just a pile of soft things. Always timely! Photo via my favorite tumblr, gotasalvieto.