Weekend Heller: Design Talks, Famous Femmes, Totem Poles, Hand Therapy, Letter Pressings
Hail Hail Hall of Femmes
Design Talks 2013 is a two-day event in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 16–17, presented by Hall of Femmes (and its founders Samira Bouabana and Angela Tillman Sperandio) and hosted by Moderna Museet with prominent speakers from the international world of design, fashion and magazines. It is a continuation of the extensive research and the contacts that were made in the making of the Hall of Femmes book series. During two days, Design Talks will serve as an inspiring platform where conversations, lectures, screenings and discussions call attention to the design scene of the future. All lectures and discussions will be held in English.
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Design Criticism: The Saturday Conference
Tomorrow is the 2013 SVA MFA D-Crit Conference (go here for details) “counter / point.” Saturday, May 11, 12:30–7:00 p.m. Visual Arts Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street. It is moderated by NPR’s “The Takeaway” host John Hockenberry, and features graduating students of the SVA MFA in Design Criticism.
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Totem Poles Are Back
School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “Tall Tales,” an exhibition of uniquely conceptual designs by first-year MFA Design: Designer as Author + Entrepreneur students. Curated by Kevin O’Callaghan, the exhibit reimagines the classic totem pole within the context of a modern story and design approach. While some tackle heavy socio-political issues such as the housing crisis and methods of torture, others celebrate the lighter side of things, with a timeline of donut flavors and the evolution of gaming consoles. The stories are as diverse as the materials used to tell them; from paper, to plexi, to found metal and wood, the show promises to be as inspiring as it is though-provoking.
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The Hand is Mightier Than the Mind
Everyone has a personal signature. Sometimes it is found in handwriting. Did you know the pseudo-science of Grapho-Therapy can help you to change your handwriting and change your life?! This is the art of improving your personality by making changes in in your personality through just a few bold strokes.
The Beauty of Letterpress
A few weeks ago, DH reported the launch of The Beauty of Letterpress, the world’s first, virtual community-based gallery for letterpress printing by Neenah Paper and Two Paperdolls. Since then, dozens of letterpress artisans from around the world have uploaded their innovative work, from love tags, to business cards to “plantable” cards. And, the site has raised $14k+ to help save printing history through the sale of limited edition prints. For each print sold, Neenah Paper doubles the donation, and the monies go to preserve Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.