Thursday, August 27, 2009

Scott Jarvie: Clutch Light Demonstrates the Beauty of Plastic Drinking Straws

Clutch Light Demonstrates the Beauty of Plastic Drinking Straws
by Ariel Schwartz
Aug 18, 2009

Sure, some eco-conscious coffee shops and restaurants offer biodegradable drinking straws to customers, but most shops still offer plastic straws that more often than not end up in landfills. According to designer Scott Jarvie, that doesn't have to be the case. His Clutch Light, which is based on the characteristics of trees, contains hundreds of drinking straws to create a dazzling multi-color lamp.

The lamp undoubtedly works better with stiff new straws (imagine what it would look like with chewed up used ones), but it can still make use of the multitude of unused straws that end up in the trash every day.

Jarvie isn't the only designer to incorporate drinking straws into a lamp. Designer Inna Alesina's 1,000 and 1 Straw Lamp, which is meant to resemble wheat, consists of white drinking straws surrounding an inverted soda bottle.


Approach Scott Jarvie runs a multi-disciplinary design consultancy that engages in product, furniture, spatial and graphic design projects.

Jarvie believes that the solution to any design problem can be assimilated by creative interrogation, research and thought. It is this thinking process that equips Jarvie with the necessary apparatus to create works that are attuned to the project requirements whilst creating proposals that are not marred by preconception.

It is this free thinking process that invites solutions to present themselves, regardless of the restrictions traditionally associated with the narrow definitions of the various disciplines.

The son of a graphic designer and an automotive engineer, Scott Jarvie was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1983. Having studied at Glasgow’s College of Building and Printing, Jarvie proceeded to study Product Design at Napier University’s School of Design and Media Arts. Scott graduated with first class honors and was awarded the University Medal.

Jarvie has exhibited at Salone Satellite (Milan), Noise Festival where he won Zaha Hadid’s Curators Choice, New Designers, and 100% Design. Jarvie has worked with Elder and Cannon, the innovative award winning Glasgow Architects and Jacki Parry, the renowned Artist and Sculptor. Jarvie is endorsed by NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) and was awarded the DaMA Creative Scholarship in 2007.

In 2009 Jarvie developed designs for KiosKiosK which was part of the Design Museums (London) Super Contempoary Exhibition. He was 1 of 2 guest judges for Glasgows Museums 'Annual Art Competition for young people 2009'He was 1 of 16 contributors to the Scottish Governments policy for the creative industries (Creative Industries Framework Agreement research project). Jarvie also sat on the 2009 NESTA pitching panel for Glasgow Started for 6 participants

Jarvie is a vigorous artist and designer who is constantly generating and pursuing ideas that span all creative disciplines. He holds the firm belief that creativity is the transferable application that facilitates all progressions, both tangible and cerebral.

Made from 10,000 drinking straws, the Clutch Chair is an exploratory research piece that passes comment on our disposable culture. The development process of this piece also informed that of the Clutch Light, both of which were developed from an observation of the structural characteristics of trees.

This piece was selected by Zaha Hadid as her Curators Choice at Noise Festeval 2008.

The Clutch Project began as a microscopic observation of the
structural composition of trees and the directional properties
of Capillary tubes (xylem). (below)

Detail of the seating surface of the Clutch Chair:

Ubiquitous drinking straws are grouped and transformed
into a primitive spot light. The reflective inner surface of
the straw transmits the light in a directional manner
creating a jewelesque effect.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Yuken Teruya: Artist Turns Fast Food Trash Into Delicate Paper Trees

Artist Turns Fast Food Trash into Delicate Paper TreesHappy Meals and fries are an unlikely art medium, but artist Yuken Teruya has managed to turn the grease-stained

By Ariel Schwartz~ Wed Aug 26, 2009

The brown paper bags that McDonald's hands out along with
vessels into beautiful, delicate paper forests.

In the Notice-Forest series, Teruya cuts one side of a paper bag in a tree shape. The cut-out tree is folded down so that it appears to be part of a diorama to onlookers who look inside the bag. According to Teruya, the diorama is meant to look like a real tree positioned against the shadows of other trees in a forest. In other words, Teruya reclaims paper bags back into what they once were--trees.

WHO IS Yuken Teruya?

Yuken Teruya manipulates everyday objects, transforming their meanings to reflect on contemporary society and culture.Cutting trees out of paper bags and cardboard toilet paper rolls, he creates meticulous and intricate art works, small and enchanting worlds, which relate to broader concerns.

In each bag and roll, the shape of a tree is created without adding or removing anything, just by cutting out and folding the paper from the bag itself.
Teruya’s works explore issues such as the growing consumerism of contemporary society, depleting natural resources and other problems associated with globalism, including the threat it poses to localized cultural traditions and identities.

Born in Okinawa, Japan in 1973, he received his MFA from the school of Visual Arts, New York in 2001. In 2007, he had a solo exhibition at The Asia Society in New York. His work was included in Greater New York 2005 at P.S.1 Contemporary art Center and was featured in the Yokohama International Triennial. Recent exhibitions include the Kunstwerein Wiesbaden in Germany; Free Fish at Asia Society in New York as well as various gallery exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Japan. In 2007, his work was featured in Shapes of Space, an exhibition at Guggenheim Museum New York. This fall, his work will be included in “Okinawa”
at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan.

2007 ~ Painters and Sculptors Grant Program Award, Joan Mitchell Foundation, NY
2006 ~ Artist in Residence Award, Art Scope DaimlerChrysler Japan, Japan
2005 ~ NYFA fellowship - Lily Auchincloss Fellow
2002 ~ Vision of Contemporary Artists, Tokyo Japan
Emerging Artist Award, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Arts, CT
2001 ~ Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship, Skowhegan, ME
© Yuken Teruya 2008 all rights reserved

Everyday Objects

"Pizza Boxes, a McDonald's bag, Flags, Desserts and Toilet Paper rolls... when these items become artworks, they also easily become political, maybe because they are taken from daily life. But if you find unexpected shapes and colors from the toilet rolls, they become something else. It's not about politics anymore, and you can take out the idea of toilet paper roll to your house.

Without criticizing the present, I prefer to find new clues to problems that are likely to polarize. I feel that my work shouldn't only have the function of conveying the artist's message. My works have a right to simply be beautiful or offer any kind of attraction. "

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Elizabeth Gilbert: A Different Way To Think About Creative Genius

TED TALKS SERIES, February, 2009
Elizabeth Gilbert:
A Different Way to Think About Creative Genius
TED TALKS ~ Ideas Worth Spreading

Elizabeth Gilbert, THE AUTHOR OF EAT,PRAY,LOVE, muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
Elizabeth Gilbert faced down a ­premidlife crisis by doing what we all secretly dream of – running off for a year. Her travels through Italy, India and Indonesia resulted in the megabestselling and deeply beloved memoir Eat, Pray, Love, about her process of finding herself by leaving home.
She’s a longtime magazine writer – covering music and politics for Spin and GQ – as well as a novelist and short-story writer. Her books include the story collection Pilgrims, the novel Stern Men (about lobster fishermen in Maine) and a biography of the woodsman Eustace Conway, called The Last American Man. Her work has been the basis for one movie so far (Coyote Ugly, based on her own memoir, in this magazine article, of working at the famously raunchy bar), and now it looks as if Eat, Pray, Love is on the same track, with the part of Gilbert reportedly to be played by Julia Roberts. Not bad for a year off.

Gilbert also owns and runs the import shop Two Buttons in Frenchtown, New Jersey.

"Gilbert is irreverent, hilarious, zestful, courageous, intelligent, and in masterful command of her sparkling prose." ~~Booklist

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Digital Generation Project ~ Youth Portrait: Dylan

A Heart Consciousness Note: When the Heart leads technology, the worlds begin to heal. These are some of our new teachers-the 'students' themselves.  By living, laughing, and loving the world, they are creating and changing it...moment by moment. And yes, they are using technology to heal hearts....with their hearts. ~Margo Renay~

Digital Youth Portrait: Dylan

Through his Green Your Lives initiative and a ThinkQuest Web site collaboration, this 13-year-old shows us how he uses tech to improve his community and the world.


Edutopia Announces the Digital Generation Project
An Insightful Look into the Lives of Ten Extraordinary Digital Youth

San Rafael, California (May 27, 2009) -- "Nobody calls anybody anymore. If you want to get hold of someone, you text them," says thirteen-year-old Sam, checking one of 114 messages in her cell phone in-box. Sam is one of ten young people profiled in Edutopia's Digital Generation Project, the culmination of a yearlong investigation into the media-rich, networked lives of today's digital generation. The video portraits aim to help educators and parents understand how digital media are changing how this generation of young people create, collaborate, and teach.

In addition to the biographical video portraits, visitors to the project's Web site can explore links to each student's games, projects, Web sites, and video creations.

The excitement of the youth, and their ease in navigating their digital worlds, not to mention what and how they are learning is truly impressive -- and inspiring. They include:

eleven-year-old Cameron, who produces and edits music videos, short documentaries, and school announcements at home, at school, and on the road with his hockey team -- and films his own hockey swing, slows it down, and analyzes it.

thirteen-year-old Dylan, who collaborates with students from all over the world to make award-winning Web sites.

eighteen-year-old Luis, who teaches Lego Robotics to kids and maps the trees in his community with global-positioning-system devices.

eighteen-year-old Nafiza, a graduate of Global Kids's Online Leadership Program, who works with other students to make animated films on pressing social issues using Teen Second Life.

twelve-year-old Jalen, who participates in the Digital Youth Network after-school program; Jalen and his friends use the social-networking site Remix World to critique their work before publishing it on YouTube.

nine-year-old Dana, a member of Kidsteam, at the University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Lab, which helps design better technology for kids.

"With so much commentary about the technological culture today's young people inhabit, we felt it was important to show the diversity of their digital lives, up close and personal, from a variety of backgrounds and locales," explains Milton Chen, executive director of The George Lucas Educational Foundation. "We want to help educators and parents understand these new tools and behaviors and consider how they can be applied in new ways of teaching and learning."

The Digital Generation Project also includes interviews with teachers, administrators, and parents who address the challenges and rewards they face while striving to keep pace and support these digital learners. Interviews with big thinkers like Howard Gardner, James Paul Gee, Mimi Ito, Henry Jenkins, and Katie Salen help frame the discussion.

The Digital Generation Project was produced with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of a $50 million digital-media and learning initiative that explores how digital media are changing how young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life.


About Edutopia:Edutopia is published by The George Lucas Educational Foundation, founded in 1991 by filmmaker George Lucas as a nonprofit operating foundation that documents, disseminates and advocates for innovation and the redesign of K-12 learning environments, including how technology can transform teaching and learning.

Through, Edutopia magazine, Edutopia video, the Edutopia News e-newsletter, and a growing online community, the Foundation is building a movement to stimulate education reform with a special focus on core concepts of comprehensive assessment, integrated studies, project learning, social and emotional learning, teacher development, and technology integration. More information about Edutopia is available at, one of the leading education sites on the Internet.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

In Celebration of The Next Einstein Initiative ~ From Afrika!

Neil Turok: 2008 TED Prize wish: An African Einstein

Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, physicist Neil Turok speaks out for talented young Africans starved of opportunity: by unlocking and nurturing the continent's creative potential, we can create a change in Africa's future. Turok asks the TED community to help him expand the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences by opening 15 new centers across Africa in five years.

By adding resources for entrepreneurship to this proven model, he says, we can create a network for progress across the continent -- and perhaps discover an African Einstein.



Vusi Mahlasela Dedicates a Song to the Students of AIMS

Performing at the launch of the NextEinstein Initiative, Vusi Mahlasela performs a rousing rendition of a harvesting song in Siswati.



Alum Hind Ahmend on the Hope She Found at AIMS

Hind Ahmend, born in Central Sudan to a family of eight,happened upon AIMS in a unique way. While studying mathematical science at the University of Khartoum, she picked up a paper her colleague had been using as a fan, only to discover it was an AIMS advertisement. There were only three days to the deadline but she applied and was accepted.

In AIMS she found a home full of people from diverse backgrounds & lecturers that did not teach answers but rather how to think about solving problems, and hope to pursue her dreams.




Listen To this Grand Being's Sense of Humor.
No One Laughed EXCEPT Stephen Hawking...
Can You 'HEAR' The Cosmic Jokes?

Stephen Hawking: Asking Big Questions about the Universe

In keeping with the theme of TED2008, Professor Stephen Hawking asks some Big Questions about our universe ~ How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? ~ and discusses how we might go about answering them.