Swiper No Swiping…

Ok, answer me this…

Big HUGE corporation. Band. Big HUGE corporation with enough money to redesign the world with their own private design team. Band. Big HUGE corporation steals band’s design.

Ummm … huh?

Found this posted on a blog I track and had to research it. Nike decided to pilfer art from a band that is pretty much on the other end of the spectrum as far as what it stands for.


*crosses Nike off her household’s shopping list, permanently*

A nickel for your thoughts

I was running through my Blogline subscriptions this morning and came across a post on Speak Up about the design of the new 2005 nickels.

The new 2005 nickel

I have to admit, I like them a lot. So much in fact that I carry a nickel around with me that I don’t spend and I have one at home on my desk taped above my pc. Why?

Simplicity. Good design. A reminder.

The original 1938 design is simple but not, in my opinion, as stylish.

This is the first time in a long time that I have looked forward to seeing what designs the US Mint will come up with next. The 50 State Quarters program, released in 1999, was probably that last one that held my interest.

Postage stamps, now there is a design topic.


“I flew in to the island early dusk on Thursday. Navigating the small atoll at night would be next to impossible I was told; Odonatia being fairly primitive technologically, you are at your own risk. No towers to guide you in. The runway is short with only less than a dozen yards for a margin of error. I packed my cases on a collapsible dolly that over the years I have found to be indispensible … satellite phone, camera and cataloging equipment, laptop, clothing, personal items. The museum spared no expense with my equipment. I have never failed them in my work and they learned a long time ago to outfit me well if they wanted a high caliber of archival. Odonatia being largely unexplored by the outside world, and this being my first of four trips…”

And so begins the chronicles of explorer C.T.Blackstone. Odonatia is undergoing extensive exploration currently but I am excitedly privy to information through a contact with the museum. It is rumored that four of Blackstone’s journals will be published and made available at some point. The Odonatian Cartographer’s Office will be providing maps as well as soon as the Planning Office is done reorganizing. You can take a peek at Odonatia here.

John Lennon Commemorative Swap

Glitz Kat posted a John Lennon Commemorative artistamp call to the AML list last month and I had too many ideas and not enough time to play with all of them. One Beatles song in particular started running through my brain and my mind snagged on one line of the lyrics that I couldn’t ignore.

“People say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one…”
– Imagine, John Lennon

One month later, due mostly to health issues and general chaos, I finally got my piece finished today and prepped to be mailed out. It was a lot of fun to make and I still have other ideas that I had to eliminate one by one from the standpoints of time and practicality. For now though they are backburned on index cards in my Idea Box for further play later.

Thank you to all the wonderful pieces I got in the mail! My scanner just died but was thankfully under warranty so I will be scanning and adding them here later this week to share with everyone. For now though, here’s a teaser photograph of mine for everyone on the swap list who is getting one in the mail. hehe I did a limited edition of 12 of the glasses so they are all spoken for but I have more of the stamps if anyone would like one; specify if you want black & white or color.

John Lennon's trademark rounded eyeglasses swivel up on a brad to display the world and an artistamp.