Archive for April, 2010

Les Concerts À Emporter

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

I stumbled across these a while ago while link-hopping through youtube and  eating up various Vampire Weekend videos. These are video podcasts from the french site La Blogotheque. These Take-Away Shows was an idea founded by indie-director Vincent Moon. Each week they’d invite artist to be recorded casually in some local area like a park or cafe along with all the ambient sounds and curious people. Usually they’re stripped down to basic instruments, maybe some sticks, maybe some garbage cans and a nice fence to run a stick over. The talent is so evident in all these videos. No ceremony, just people doing something they love wherever they are with what they have. Check out the collection here.

The first video that got my attention.

Sigur Ros is always magical.

This just reinforces my need for a melodica.

~ Lurgs

Bring the Rhyme!

Friday, April 16th, 2010

For YY:

Sometimes, there are no good answers and things just plain SUCK!!

Which is why, YY, we should form our own techno-digi-folk-low-fi-monsters of funk duo! Furious can throw in some beatz and rhymes if he wants to. I get to be Jemaine cause I already have the glasses. You can be the pretty one.

(And for those of you unfamiliar with Flight of the Conchords…for shame!!! for shame!!! Educate yourselves!)

~ Lurgs

Thoughts.

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Hello.

I think it’s safe to say for myself as well for Lurgs that we’re relatively private gals. Our intention for this blog was always about our inspirations and loves. Not for crazy personal stuff. But anybody who knows me, knows that I’m not all hearts and bubbles. At all. So because I’m feeling a bit down and have a lot of questions about life. I thought I’d just blog a bit about my thoughts.

Are you the kind of person that needs an explanation for everything?

Sometimes I think I am. Obviously if it’s an issue that I care deeply about, I will work my hardest to understand it. But I’m beginning to realize that there isn’t an answer to everything. As many times as you want to run around in circles, sometimes, it just is. And you have to accept that. Anybody who has an analytical mind, who likes to create all sorts of scenarios and hypotheses will know that it’s exhausting.

But it doesn’t make it easier. And I’m learning that. So here I am with a busy mind, a bruised heart, and not believing in things I used to believe in. Today, I’m over it.

~yy

Pook-A-Looz

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

I usually don’t wander into the Disney Store (I find all those glittery princess dresses and the Hanna Montana soundtrack somewhat repellent), but something caught my eye the other day and like a moth to the flame, my whole trajectory changed and I was sucked in.

The new Disney Pook-A-Looz line of plush toys is just awesome! See! Simple is better!

(images from Muppet Wiki)

It’s like simmering down these iconic characters to their funniest and best bits. All the different styles of characters have been translated into the same language. After some googling research, I discovered the lead designer is Jose Zamora (you can see his website here) and he described the process as trying to capture “one key element, gesture or trait of each character”. Simplicity and caricature are hard to do sometimes, but these just hit the spot. You can check out all the characters here.

~ Lurgs

Denture Thief Productions

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

YY: Lurgs scored us some complimentary tickets for the One of a Kind Spring Show at the Direct Energy building so we figured we’d go and check it out and I immediately thought: blog! opportunity. I’m not really in the market for anything, particularly at the OOAK show where it’s notorious for breaking the wallet. However, it’s always nice to look around and find inspiring ideas! We made our way from end to end, marking off any designers we liked so we could visit them again. One particular “rising star” caught our eye at her little booth.

Denture Thief Productions starring Amanda Ho!

She had a very nice helper (and great salesman), Jay, who had loads of sweet things to say about the artist. I’m a big sucker for embroidery. And tweed/herringbone. And skulls! So combined altogether = LOVE! Also, great colour combinations.

Lurgs: Amanda Ho’s work was definitely one of the high-lights of the show for us. Check out these detailed embroidered pieces. The pillow (above) was exquisite, but just for display as it took her a week to complete!

The embroidery carries on to some of her stuffed dolls. Just love the texture and design of these monkeys and bats.

Lurgs: We both scored skull pins and a stuffed doll each! Mine (hairy in underwear) is sitting at my desk as we speak. He makes me happy every day and all who pass wish that they too, have an underweared creature to hang out with.

YY: I love my skull pin! My stuffed doll (the embroidered “oney” because he’s a bunny shaped as a one) is on my bed.

Lurgs: Her attention to detail even carries into the bags we carried our loot away with!

We totally recommend Denture Thief and as you can see, we’re huge fans! After all, we did go back to the booth THREE times during our OOAK adventure. You can read more about her work here. If you would like more information please contact Amanda at: denture_thief@hotmail.com. She’s very laidback and sweet!

Creative Friends…Series 2

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Happy Sunday everybody! Hope that it’s a lovely day for all.

I thought I’d finally do another post on my “Creative Friends”.  I find it ironic, that this friend that I’m featuring today, actually told me the other night that she went to the blog and I need to pick up the slack! Hahahaha. The nerve :P . And here I am featuring her awesome knitting skills still. Bah.

Well, I can’t deny her talent. I’ve been trying to get Mary to start an Etsy shop for awhile now, but so far no luck. Basically if you’re a family member or a friend (like myself), you get to reap the rewards. Her little Amigurumi (Japanese art of knitting/crocheting small stuffed animals) are just so sweet! But not limited to just stuffed animals, Mary does knitted accessories like berets, scarves and headwarmers. I’ve been so lucky to be on the receiving end of many of these things. I have a scarf from years ago that’s saved me from the cold Canadian weather!

knitted hairband/earwarmer with flower applique

piggy amigurumi

complete with curly tail!

mary and i are two peas in a pod!

they come out too!

So there were 2 purposes for this post. A) was to pimp Mary’s talent out. And B) was to express how very grateful I am to have a friend that I could have a conversation like this with:

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Y: Look at this earwarmer (insert link). I’m thinking of getting it on Etsy. Isn’t it so cute??

M: Oh, I can make that for you.

Y: Are you serious?

M: Yeah, it’s pretty straightforward.

Y: Uh…ok. THANKS! I’m going to wear it all the time!

M: np.

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Yeah lucky. That’s me!

So for now, I’m going to keep working on Mary about this Etsy store thing…I’ll keep you posted.

~yy