Sunday, July 31, 2011

8-1-2011 to 8-5-2011: Luddite Vacation with Ma and Pa

I am off into the wilderness for the week on a lo-tech cabin based vacation (not so low tech as we will be without indoor plumbing or air conditioning!) with my mother and father. I am only taking my Holga 120N and a bunch of expired film. I can't wait to go grocery shopping at a Piggly Wiggly ("The Pig" as the locals call it)!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Iron Curtain Fashion Redux: Part 1

Moopers lent me the most amazing fashion book: OFF THE WALL, Fashion From East Germany 1964 to 1980.  Fashion from behind the Iron Curtain? YES! We both fell in love with the design shown below on the left - the white text on a red tank top. To die!

I decided to recreate the design myself so we can make our own...

Step One: Pencil sketch on graph paper.

Step Two: Ink version onto copy paper.
Step 3: Fix mistakes and check line continuity for scanning.

To Be Continued...

Sunday, July 10, 2011

ZIRIYA - A Social Fun Game of the Mind

From the original instruction pamphlet:


ZIRIYA is a social fun game of the mind.

ZIRIYA is a silent computer-like MESSAGE BOARD with a MESSAGE POINTER. When the pointer glides around the Board, it points out TELEGRAM-LIKE MESSAGES CONSISTING OF ONE OR SEVERAL KEY-WRODS, LETTERS, NUMBERS AND SYMBOLS. Sometimes full sentences are obtained. The Players and Observers concentrating co-coperatively create a Mental Energy State called the HUMAN BATTERY CIRCUIT, through which ZIRIYA operates. Playing Ziriya refelcts your state of mind and often reveals your own wishful thinking."

My observations:

  • Ziriya loves yelling.
  • Ziriya is a verb and a noun.
  • Ziriya may be H.A.L. + SKYNET + WOPR combined. (If you, dear reader, get all of those references I, give you a mental energy salute!)
  • Ziriya uses our souls for energy.
  • Ziriya was most likely invented by H.P. Lovecraft
  • Ziriya is self aware.
  • Ziriya likes red pistachios.