Notes to self (sorry, followers, I’m investigating new Tumblr themes….)


Take a look at THIS Tumblr itself as I’ve just changed the theme by installing the Canvas theme by whom I discovered via the Etsy Tumblr blog,

Very minimalist so I’ll have to customize to have enough navigation menu—that’s easy enough though. Very easy to change designer’s preference for white-washed look via setting opacity back to 100%. 

Note that it doesn’t out-of-box summarize posts (makes for LONG, tedious text posts as you can see). Although, this could be customized. (Although out of the box, the SWELL theme (see below) automatically excerpts/summarizes all posts for best display onto front page.)


ALSO A GRID, INFINITE SCROLL. Nice “lightbox” effect (click on an image post and see how it’s pinned in a separate box?).

SWELL theme is highly customizable—so don’t be put off by font style, colors, background as they made it super-easy to modify those:

CON: Not a biggie, but it’s not free. $49.



Also not free ($49), Sticks and Stones has a nice handwritten personality out-of-the-box:

CON: Not a grid. 


Mark Dion -  Aviary, 2005.
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INVENTAIRE3 : SENSIBLE, mur INVENTAIRE3 - Cécile Dachary (textile) et Caroline Fontaine (encre)  - Galerie Espace Georges Brassens
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Originally I envisioned the installation might be inside a small, stand-alone (not within a gallery or museum) Thoreau-like small cabin of sorts, so I took notice of this installation, Home on the Run, by Brian Chippendale at the RISD Museum.

Every square inch of this piece is minutely dotted and speckled with paint and pasted with decals, ephemera, and bits of posters — inside and out. He then added a few paintings for visual interest. - Providence Daily

~   Cynthia Nikitin, January 12, 2012, Collaborative, Creative Placemaking

Wondering if taking the installation to the street as a field trip, or a walkshop, might do the trick rather than finding an indoor space to host the fieldwork (or not).

Two immersive inspirations:

"By using light, stretchable fabrics and organic shapes, filled occasionally with scented spices, [Ernesto] Neto’s work allows the viewer to experience the work through all senses, creating a spatial labyrinth for the journey through the passages in the room." -

and via

"I particularly loved this story about a “smell-walk” held in Sheffield last summer. I’ve written about “walkshops” before, in which participants get to wander around a city in order to examine it in a different light. This takes that to a whole new level, and challenges people to think in terms of smell. Feels like this would be of particular interest to designers of all stripes. As the author Nicola Twilley writes:

Designing at the sensory level means designing space, rather than just its enclosures — it involves the conscious consideration of invisible, relational, and dynamic information to augment or reshape the urban experence.

The top map shows 82.2% of Louisiana residents were born in-state, while on the other end of the spectrum, 28.5% of Nevada residents were born in the state they resided according to 2010 U.S. Census data (see map).

Fast-forward ten years take a look at the bottom map. The #1 and #51 spot (includes District of Columbia) are still held by Louisiana and Nevada, respectively, for percent of current residents being born in-state.

"Nevada led the nation in 2010 with the fewest residents who were born in the state, according to U.S. Census figures… Fewer than one in four Nevadans - 24 percent - took their first breath here… At the other end of the spectrum: Louisiana had 79 percent natives." - Associated Press

So, I adjusted the 3D Deep Map installation to juxtapose two cities I’ve lived in last couple of years (well, there was also a 5-month stint in NYC in between): Las Vegas and New Orleans, and their shifting sense of transience and rootedness.


Temporary Installation by Maurizio Cattelan at the Guggenheim in NYC.

An inspiring example in terms of spatial layout for the 3D Deep Map of Place installation.


The Irish Hunger Memorial includes a two-room cottage that was brought to New York from Ireland and the flora is all native plants from Ireland. The passages of text that surround and lead into the memorial however are from people around the world that have suffered from famine. The quote visible in the previous post, for instance, I believe is from the Holocaust. The combination of nature and text, stones and stories makes this memorial one of my favorites.

Canvas  by  andbamnan