Stitch Brigades and Lots and Lots of Yarn

The Rosslyn Business Improvement District and Arlington Public Art have sponsored three temporary public art projects in Arlington, Virginia. I recently encountered one of the projects located by The Artisphere in Rosslyn. Yarn Bombing!

130 volunteers met for five months as part of the “Guerrilla Stitch Brigade” to create these cheerful pieces of art that brighten the glum streets of Virginia’s business district.



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Check out this yarn bombing of the Albert Einstein Memorial downtown from last July. Crocheting is not just for grandma anymore, it has almost become a temporary form of graffiti. What do you think?



Doug Owen: Urban Horses

Last week, I was working in San Francisco which allowed me the opportunity to enjoy a meal with my aunt and uncle that live in California. We met for an early breakfast at Urban Tavern in the Hilton Union Square Hotel. I immediately noted the fun atmosphere of the restaurant which incorporated sleek lighting and a lot of gorgeous wood paneling. I later learned later that all of the decor is made from reclaimed materials including the tavern’s full size horse sculpture that sits in the center of the restaurant. You can view the horse watching over the dining room in the photo below.

urban tavern horseThis intriguing horse was created by artist, Doug Owen. Owen constructed a line of life-size horses made from materials that he and his wife find in “ditches, abandoned lots, and old farmsteads.”

Doug OwenOwen’s online portfolio displays photographs of his sculptures “roaming” fields or lying in front of the beautiful cliffs of South Dakota.


The video below shows Owen at work and exhibits a number of his sculptures.

I would love to own one of these mystical horses. Maybe someday I will have a home large enough to house one. Where would you place your horse? In the living room? Kitchen? Or maybe the garden?

I Want to Be a Sign Painter

sign painters logoLast Saturday was a fun day. My friends, Amy and Erik, met me for brunch at Luna Bar & Grill in Dupont Circle. The restaurant was packed but we were still able to gain a table quickly. I definitely recommend Luna. The atmosphere is fanciful and fun and the food was great.

After brunch, we mosied over to Starbucks to grab coffee to drink during our walk downtown to the Renwick Gallery. We went to see the 2 o’clock screening of Sign Painters. Check out the trailer below.

I really enjoyed the documentary because it was based around a theme that I care about— the gradual extinction of craftsmanship due to the advancement of technology. The filmmakers, Faythe Levin and Sam Macon, interviewed over one dozen sign painters to learn how they got started in the business and why they keep going despite the dissolving customer base. Watching these painters at work was beautiful. Their calculated designs were expressed with ease through the use of swift brushstrokes and eloquent lines. Free-hand lettering, gold leaf stencil, illustration and design…  I guarantee that once you have seen this film you will never look at a sign in the same way. A hand-painted sign IS NOT a printed vinyl sign. It is the product of a craftsman, a work of art. All afternoon, Amy and Erik and I searched for hand-painted designs along the streets of downtown DC. I do not think the three of us will view a sign in the same way as we did before film and we will certainly never miss a hand-painted sign.

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