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Camera Obscura: In NYC's 'Best Secret': Mansions, Peacocks, and Feral Cats

Friday, December 19, 2014, by Sara Polsky

Photo by Nathan Kensinger for Curbed NY.
Staten Island’;s Lemon Creek is one of New York City’;s least-known waterways. 21 more words

Quickies: More Boo-Hoos from Wintersun, Obscura News, and More

It’s Friday, I’m tired, and I’ve got a bus to catch, so these will be brief. Here are today’s Quickies–let’s see what we missed in the metal world today: 157 more words

Dan

345: December 11th, 2014

Song:  French Navy
Artist:  Camera Obscura
Album:  My Maudlin Career (2009)

Listening

Mnemosyne’s Guide to Awesome Metal Albums of 2014

Hannes Grossmann – The Radial Covenant (2014)

Genre: Technical Death Metal with elements of Progressive and Fusion Metal.

Sounds like: The Faceless, Necrophagist, Cynic, Death (of course, Obscura’s main song from Cosmogenesis is like a direct tribute) 56 more words

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Merchant & Mills: Rapid Repair Kit

關於縫紉,偶爾會浮現出這樣一個畫面。

天陰的午後,祖母坐在窗前的木沙發前,把綿線放嘴了含了含,然後瞇著眼著著略為窗外微弱的光線把線穿過針頭上的小孔。掀起了外衣,把縫補著內衣的口裝,邊用潮洲話唸著……唸著甚麼呢…大概是:「身上補洞……有熱粿食,有冷粿捻,出門把人嘴縫密密。」祖母說,邊唸著邊縫,才不會刺到身體。

祖母都穿同一個款式的背心內衣,每件肚子位置都有她親自縫上的左右各一的口袋,各扣上銀扣針,一個放身分證,另一個則放現金。內衣洗了又洗,晾了又晾,穿在身上時才發現口袋破洞了,她也不脫下便縫補起來。口袋貼著身體,是她認為最安全最放心的地方,而這個地方需要她以針線悉心維護。

對於Merchant & Mills的創辦人Carolyn Denham及Roderick Field而言,縫紉是與生活的可能性相關的話題。Carolyn Denham本從事室內設計,擁有的卻是時裝設計相關的學位,工作經驗沒有把她拉離一向所好,針線沒離過她手,身上的衣服都由自己剪裁自己縫製而成。她認為縫紉是一種生活選擇,自己生命自己掌握,穿在身上的也自己造,慢慢就會體認到自己脫離了各種規限——因為連「量產」的桎梏也爭脫得了,活得自然更自由更獨立。Roderick Field則是一位攝影師,如果說攝影是關於觀察世界,縫紉之於Roderick Field也是一種認真體驗生活的方式,他認為相對於掏出信用咭,買下一些隨時都會扔掉的貨品,縫紉帶領著創造者仔細地注意細節,了解身邊物事的構成。2010年,Carolyn Denham與Roderick Field成立了Merchant & Mills,還在英格蘭開設商店,專門經営與縫紉相關的工具。兩人一同開發產品,Roderick Field還負責品牌的設計包裝。

Merchant & Mills的產品從針線剪刀到軟尺;從布料到皮革,還有造布包與衣物的材料套裝等等。這一小盒被喚作Rapid Repair Kit,小剪刀、針線、扣針、紙尺、鈕扣等等的縫紉小工具,全都收在才不到掌心大小的錫盒子裡。深沉的墨綠色的錫盒子,隨身沉在你皮包的底層裡,路上衣服被勾破了褲子鈕扣丟了,也能立時縫縫補補。它其實就是一個神奇的保命盒,免得我們為身上的一點缺失而張惶失惜,消除突然而來尷尬。

祖母大概不會懂得Merchant & Mills的品牌哲學,對她而言縫紉不過是輕巧不過的手藝,她大概也不知道自己其實也算是設計師,低調樸實的類型,沒有所謂的自我風格,單純了解過客戶需求然後度身訂造,而客戶就是她自己。

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(原文刊登於《Obscura》雜誌,專欄〈Dear Good Goods〉)

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Camera Obscura: Here Now, a Photo Tour of NYC's Ghost Towns and Wetlands

Thursday, December 4, 2014, by Jenny Xie

Photo by Nathan Kensinger via Curbed NY
Curbed NY today has an extensive photo essay that promises a revealing journey through a lesser-known region of New York City. 10 more words

Quickies: Stuff from Cretin, Alkaloid, and Napalm Death

I hope you’ve been  catching up on the year end reviews that are all over the fucking place this time of year. They’ve made finding actual stories a complete pain in the ass. 149 more words

Corey