Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Diagram for a Portable Film Projector

Even utilitarian objects can be of elegant design, as has been said of the French approach to machines.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

From Space

What is it?  Where is it from?  What are the creatures inside it like?  Why did they come?  Are they going to try to sell us Used Flying Objects and outdated disintegrating ray guns?  Do they have business cards?

The Japanese pronounce this as a word, like you-foe.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Light Off, Light On

These were made in Mac Pages not Adobe Suite or any other sophisticated software.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Of Black Holes

A fabric design for a kimono, inspired by my recent visit to the Met Museum's show of Kimonos.  The show includes a newly acquired woman's kimono from the WWII era with an attractive design of fighter planes.  I like a modern splash on old crafts, Mobil Flying Horse signs and trucks woven into a Navaho blanket, the Tokyo subway map embroidered on the back of a kimono (this last one is much like Dumbledore's "useful scar," a perfect map of the London subway).

Does the book only appear to be empty?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Oni Mask for Halloween in Japan

Halloween is becoming more popular in Japan.  You would have to hole punch the eye pupils to see through, if you were planning to actually wear the mask.

Below is an antique fireman's kimono from the Met Museum show soon opening on kimonos which I sampled and modified to make this mask.  (Wouldn't it be fun to wear the mask and the kimono at the same time?)

Perhaps even your Mr. Daruma would like to join in on the fun?

Modified from the Wiki Daruma doll page image, below.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Elegant Japanese Gift Box

What would come in such a gift box?  Rare pottery?  Delicious sake?  A fine kimono?  Wouldn't you like to receive the box?

Original image sample above from which I created the box, from Met Museum Renaissance Tapestry Detail.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Imagined Physics Experiment

Final version.

Can you spot the errors in this penultimate version?

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Present for You...

The top line is a sample of their newly-iconic? typeface which is available to you for free.  Click my name above.  It was made by Chester Jenkins for the Cooper Hewitt Museum which is set to Reopen December 12th.

The top is the museum's typeface, the bottom was adapted by me with a more open c and round i dots.  The Cooper Hewitt Typeface by Mr. Jenkins is great, especially for headlines and short phrases for graphic impact.  You will love the capital letters. I think the small case letters would read nicer if there were a round dot-i and a round period option, like in the Times font you are reading here.

And here is where I had fun customizing the Cooper Hewitt Typeface Bold, the original is below...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Cubism + Hijab + Velazquez

My work was extracted from Velazquez's painting of a girl, quite a contrast to his court paintings in simplicity.  In some of his paintings, the less significant portions were sketchily done in less detail, a nice effect.  See his Portrait of Juan de Pareja at the Met.

The sketchy portions have the imprecise feeling of the cubist works of Picasso and Braque and coincidentally, his palate looks chosen by those later cubists.

The above painting is part of the collection of The Hispanic Society of America, here in New York.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Middle Eastern Lute, Cartoon Version

Inspired by the tanbur and oud.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

An Elegant Met Museum Bassoon Reimagined as a Half-Contrabasssoon


I think you would need to stretch the bottom keyworks upward to make a working instrument, which would also improve the aesthetic balance of this half-contrabasssoon.  A good name for the instrument would be "the bumblebee."

In the same spirit, I have long admired the made-up instruments of the artist Donald Evans, who used them on pretend stamps for one of his fictional countries.

above photo from ebay

Saturday, August 2, 2014

"The Pianist" by Hans Memling?

Here is my fabrication (above) from Memling's 15th century painting (below).

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Glass Works

Small Mushroom.

Large Public Monument.

Wood Bench

Jack Van Rysek was my father's partner.  They worked together as roofers.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The World of Action and Story

Parisian Corner Building

First the French taxed real estate based on the number of rooms but attic rooms were not counted.  Builders started making Mansard roofs to create more untaxed rooms.  The French government (Parisian?) then started taxing the rooms behind Mansard roofs.  Eventually the builders responded by making Faux-Mansard roofs; for people liked the look of Mansards but it was cheaper to make boxy buildings with a fake slant of roof atop.

In the same way, at one time the French levied real estate based on closets.  The people responded with armoires.

I assume all this is true.  My old boss and real estate appraiser, James Mason, told me these facts.

I like the way LARGE words were sometimes painted on French buildings of Atget's time.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

An Old Concept

A Circus Train Comes to Town

Plush, Velvety Quilt

Isn't this inviting?  Like being wrapped in a Whitman's Sampler with chocolates and Jordan almonds.

In Deep Wood, Abstract

Monet's Water Lilies, Abstraction, At Night

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Letter "A"

Corkboard Font "A" or perhaps Marbletop Font?

Friday, June 20, 2014