Monday, November 26, 2012

Heart in Hands

Fun with Matches

Working with Polymer plates to use on the Vandercook Press. This is a working digital proof.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Rare Phenomenon

Worked on some images for my sisters jewelry site. Visit her here.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Watson- Now Available In Stores

Unbeknownst to many, I have been selling my field note books through stores in the DC area. The Watson, named after Sherlock Holmes' trusty sidekick, is a stab-bound field notepad made of the finest materials. The watson is refillable, and the durable hard covers can withstand the rigors of everyday use. The Watson is now available at Trohv, Redeem, Federal, and HomeBody here in the District.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

HandBook - Gumshoe field notes 2.0

I have been getting a lot of inspirational feedback for the field notes journals I make. One of the more important pieces of advise is to incorporate my self in the books. Who's making the product, how is it set aside from products in the same category. Anyone can make a handmade, serviceable, durable, book made out of premium materials. I am primarily a 'Maker', specific labels are simply subsets of what comprises my skillset. In printmaking, I have made many pieces inspired from visions of the world through icons. To repurpose these printed collages is the next step for these particular prints.
Original artwork (2009) is only one new feature of the new version. The covers are more durable, constructed for repeated pocket entry and removal. A bookmark has also been incorporated in the form of braided waxed Irish linen. I'll be Updating my Etsy account as soon as I can, but of course one can contact me directly. Pictured Gumshoe in Green, 3x5.5" ($25).

Quality Control - Park Tools X D.I.D Chain Whip

Yup, I D.I.D. it... Despite the hype on park tools products there are some holes in the quality standards of their tools. Parks' Chain whip, for instance has, an entry level KMC chain that is built to fail the tests of even the most season mechanic versus a thoroughly neglected (rusted/chipped) cog. I realize that keeping the cost down to meet the demand of the masses is essential, so i cannot blame the companies' decision to downgrade one aspect of an otherwise decent product. That however does not stop me from upgrading The 1/8" specific SR-18 chainwhip, and thanks to the nut-and-bolt system they've added to the contact points of the tool (older models were riveted), it was a pretty simple upgrade.

The D.I.D. chain connects with a similar square-nut and bolt which is standard on mid-range to high-end chains (think the classic Super-Toughness chain). This chain feature is actually how the idea came to me to tune up my chain whip. I made the wrapping component of the tool extra long because it would be a shame not to take advantage of have that luxury, just in case. This is only going to be used on cogs and vintage freewheels, but it'll be nice to know that the chain won't pop in the middle of a battle between my knuckles and a toothy piece of dirty steel.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Bikes! Mercier Kilo TT - Gold Digger

This is my latest project, A 50cm Gold fixie. My intent was to create a Lo-Pro urban assault Cruiser.I needed this bike to be visible, simple, durable and have a classic touch. I started with the chainstay protector and made my way to the front with my personal staple, cloth tape and natural shellac. Tessostar cloth tape is a very strong, light material that lasts a long time on its own. Shellac, however, fills the nooks and crannies of the cloth and makes a tough shell that becomes more glossy with each layer. The metal toeclips are adorned with dyed hemp that I , again, coated with shellac, creating an elegant and durable structure that I feel rivals classic leather toeclip covers. I used some Velo Orange bars for a more comfortable, practical ride in the city, and wrapped them and the top tube to complete the concept. As you can tell I am very confident in cloth tape and shellac. after making sure the wheels were round and true, The bike is complete.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I'm Listening - Sigur Ros

I like the Flying Dutchman cover art as much as there latest single.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

MM Food! - Broth

Don't Toss it Broth it!
For one that frequents farmers' markets and shares a vegetable plot in the city, I often take home more veggies than I can use. Efficiency is very important to me, so its imperative that I make the most of the bounty. When I don't compost the stuff I can't use, I simply make broth. When I say simply, I mean put some water and any wilting, bruised or plain ol' unwanted vegetable matter in a pot and boil. I found that salt really makes the broth, so I add that to taste. Try and make sure you add the salt after the water boils, as salt sometimes affects how much juice is released from the vegetables you put in. In my latest stock (see above), the contents included kale, carrots, radishes, cilantro, some sauteed stuff I found in the fridge from last week, and a little chicken fat left over from the skillet. The broth is surprisingly tatsy after a bit of reduction and with salt keeps for about a good while. I'm thinking about using the broth as a soup base for bok choy and potato tonight. bon apetite.

P.s. Try not to add starchy root vegetable like potatoes, or grains like rice as it will yield a less than ideal stock.

Monday, March 26, 2012

I'm Listening - Oneohtrix Point Never

I've been listening to Ford and Lopatin for a while. Dan Lopatin's Oneohtrix Point Never (think 106.7 or any other radio station frequency). His Latest Album, 'Replica', Is pretty popular now. I mostly like the Cover art, created by Virgil Finlay, another artist whose meticulous work has inspired me quite a bit.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Disintegration Loops - William Basinski

I first heard about this artist while catching up on Radiolab's 'Loops' episode. While digitizing old cassette tapes, William discovered the looped recordings he made decades earlier were literally falling apart. After listening to these deconstructed tunes he found a beauty in the ultimately disappearing sounds.

Listen to in on YouTube.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

detail of previous composition.

Field Notebooks - Now available

Ghoom is now open for business on Etsy. HandBooks are pocket sized notebooks. Super durable, refillable and made of only premium archival materials, these little guys are perfect for any note taking situation. Click here to go to my Etsy store. Have a nice day.