TILT: Thanksgiving Edition  

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1. Marshmallow covered yams.

2. Howard Tangye - http://www.howardtangye.com/

I love the way Austrialian artist Howard Tangye juxtaposes the heavy build up of pastels with effortless, curving lines. His artwork immediately calls to mind the work of Egon Schiele. Tangye attended St. Martin's School of Art in London and later went on to post-graduate study at Parsons here in New York. From his website:

In drawings I have always placed importance on character and the body and how it moves. When I designed clothes I also wanted the line to flow...I draw for myself and if I am not doing it physically I am mentally casting a line. It's demanding, and not always a happy experience. It's a bit like falling in love, but unrequited.
3. Studio Drive-by: Jen Stark

G Train  

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Things I Love Thursday! (TILT)  

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1. This picture I took/made better.

2. Lipton Bedtime Story Tea

3. New York Public Library - Humanities, Reading Room

I had to get some reading done here earlier today. I love the room, the books, the atmosphere, but their system for retrieving books is really archaic. You fill out this little paper slip with the author/title/call number etc. and hand it to someone behind a little desk. They stuff it into a small metal cylinder that looks like one of those from the bank. Then they shove that into a NEUMATIC metal tube that shoots the slip/cylinder to the basement. Then you have to go into the reading room (above) and wait for a giant board with numbers in LCD lights to tell you that your number/book is ready to be picked up. It is beyond me why they haven't created an internet system to get this done instead of crazy neumatics.

From the website:
  • There are 88 miles of shelf space in the Humanities & Social Science Library and 40 miles under Bryant Park
  • The size of the Rose Reading Room almost equals a football field. It is one of the largest rooms in the nation without a dome, interior columns or steel-reinforced walls to support the ceiling.

Yellena James  

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I'm really into Yellena's color pallet and intricate line work. The crisp black and gentle blues on a muted background...tre magnifique! Check out her website, which includes links to her blog and wonderful etsy site where you can purchase prints of her work. If I wasn't so poor, I'd be ordering a few right now for my new apartment.

** images from http://www.yellena.com/

I'm diggin it.  

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Jen Stark

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Fall in Central Park  

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The Oarfish

They can grow up to 30 feet long, and are extremely rare. They look like deranged Chinese dragons.

The Axolotl
Ambystoma mexicanum

This little guy is pretty cute.

The Mexican axolotl salamander is a distinct amphibian since it retains its larval features all through adulthood. This condition is called neoteny, which means it keeps its tadpole-like dorsal fin that runs almost the length of its body, and its feathery external gills, which protrude from the back of its wide head.

This rare species is found exclusively in the lake complex of Xochimilco, near Mexico city. The axolotl differs from other amphibians since it spends its entire life in the water, mostly at the bottom of the lake. On rare occasions, an axolotl will come out of the water once it has matured.

Since the Mexican axolotl is a close relative of the tiger salamander, it can get quite big, reaching up to a foot in length. Most of these species are black or mottled brown, but albino and white varieties aren’t uncommon in captive environments.

Pygmy Seahorse
Hippocampus Bargibanti

The Pygmy Seahorse has a short snout, rounded knob-like coronet and irregular bulbous tubercles on the body. It has a rounded spine above each eye and on each cheek.

Two colour morphs are recorded for this species, one is pale grey or purple with pink or red tubercles, the second is yellow with orange tubercles. Both are found only on gorgonians (sea fans) of the genus Muricella, in depths of 16-40m.

The Pygmy Seahorse grows to 2cm in length.

It is remarkably well camouflaged. The colour of the fish matches the gorgonian it inhabits, and the body tubercles look very similar to the polyps of the gorgonian.

This species is known from coral reefs of the Western Pacific including Australia.

-info from here

Thank you, America  

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