26 October 2009

Clickable, flickable, twistable parts

A friend was browsing through my store a few weeks ago, and the pieces she picked out immediately were the spinner rings. She loved that the parts still moved. That was my favourite part of each piece too.

I delight in being able to preserve a working button, switch, dial or other moving part from an old hard drive, DVD ROM, computer component or other piece of electronic equipment.

So I thought I'd collect up some of my designs with moving parts, and dedicate a blog post just to them. Although none of these fixtures still perform their intended tasks, they're pretty fun to play with.

Cyborg Cameo Necklace
(button clicks)

Sound of Trashion Dial*
(dial twists 360°)

Switchback Pendant*
(spring-loaded switch moves)

Switch Set
(all switches move)

Steampunk Set
(arm turns and gears move)

Motor West
(wheels turn)

Spinner Ring
(top piece moves indefinitely in either direction)

Wonder Winding Spinner Ring
(winding and accents move indefinitely in either direction)

Directionless Ring
(compass moves, but isn't accurate)

Screwy Idea Pendant
(watch case opens like a locket)

17 October 2009

Hyeopjae Beach

Now that the gray raincloud of winter has descended on Vancouver Island, I'm compelled to start surrounding myself with happier beach imagery. Searching for a new desktop background yesterday, I used the term "Jungmun Beach". It's a tourist beach near swanky seaside hotels on Jeju Island, off the southern coast of South Korea.

Jungmun is beautiful, but when we drove around to the rural, less commercial touristy parts of the island, we saw other beaches with a different, but still very exotic appeal.

When I posted my photographs from the trip, I didn't try very hard to track down the names of all those extra beaches and viewpoints.

But yesterday, while looking for Jungmun, I came across images I recognized from one of those rural stops and I remembered just how gorgeous it was. Some of those rugged beaches and weathered roadside amenities were beautiful in the same way that old watch parts and obsolete computer parts draw me in.

I made a mental note to myself: become a better traveller. Next time I share travel photos, I'll try to do justice to each and every one - not just the hot-spots.

Hyeopjae Beach