RISD Craft 2015: A few of my favorite things

This past Saturday, Benefit Street hosted RISD Craft 2015, an exhibition of both alumni and current students’ work. It was cool, artsy, and well attended by cute dogs, making the terrible walk back uphill worth it. There were over 100 artists at the fair, so in case you didn’t make it, or in case you did but were overwhelmed by the cute dogs, here are a few artists not to be missed.

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Tyler the Creator has a pair of these amazing kicks and you can get them too! Vaughan Carman, a sophomore double majoring in apparel and print making, takes plain white shoes and then draws repetitive patterns on them, giving them an aesthetic that echoes Keith Haring and Zio Ziegler’s. Distinctively colorful, you can’t help but be mesmerized by the pattern’s lively movement despite them being unmoving 2D designs on canvas shoes. Where can you find him? Check out his Instagram: Vaughan_Carman or his behanceWhat’s next for him? He will be working on a London O’Connor music video as well as continuing work on murals.

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On the complete opposite side of the artistic spectrum is M.Benjamin Herndon, a student working towards his MFA in printmaking. Self described in one word as “quiet,” Herndon’s art is breathtaking. The prints draw their influence from a variety of sources– German Romanticism, the minimalism of the 60’s and 70’s, and traditional Japanese art– yet they share a kind of cohesion. They’re haunting, smoky, and hard to turn away from. The juxtaposition of airiness and shadows culminates in an etherial and hypnotic way. In the end, the prints are just really cool. Where can you find him? His website! What’s next for him?  Look forward to some upcoming exhibitions this spring.

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Hard in da Tank: A round-up for 2015

Spring Weekend tanks can be so many things: oddly specific, occasionally unflatteringly, aggressively well designed, and in support of a good cause. Another year means another round-up, so that you, the consumer, can make an informed decision on which piece of apparel you will be almost puking on ROCKING come April. Welcome to the line-up release party, swag edition.

The feminist killjoy:

Shout-out to our fellow student publication, bluestockings, for taking a b.s. insult and turning it into an awesome tank. Also, a shout-out to booster.com, which really wants us to know that the colors shown may vary from shirt to shirt. Proceeds go towards keeping bluestocking’s website, magazine, and workshops alive and well. $20 here.

The tanks that won’t leave you alone:

From Facebook groups to posters in the Jameson bathroom, these babies have been everywhere. The dizzy bear design is solid, and the plant-friendly option could always be reincorporated into your wardrobe later in the month… or if Willie Nelson visits Providence. $15 here, before shipping and handling.

The throwback:

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For everyone who is bummed that neither the Backstreet Boys or the Spice Girls will be making an appearance this Spring Weekend, these tanks are for you. Also, for everyone who loves and requires consent (which should, indeed, be everyone). The shirts are relevant, and the altered lyrics are extremely catchy. Friends may last forever but Spring Weekend never ends. $16 here, and “profits go towards sexual assault prevention education, and the Day One Sexual Assault and Trauma Center.”

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Epic Study Break: Holiday cheer to get you through finals

It’s that magical time of year again. The red holiday cups are in full rotation at Starbucks and Santa is ringing his bell for the Salvation Army. The end of the semester is close (enough) to taste, but not without getting through a busload of work. When exams are over, you’ll be experiencing stress of a different kind – the kind where you have to figure out what your parents actually want when they ask for “a good book.” It’s hard to remember what “holiday cheer” even means when you have a chemistry exam looming over your head. Here’s a little reminder:

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!

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Did you really read Morning Mail? Cat video edition

Now that finals are approaching, you’ve probably spent a lot more time on the internet. If you’re at all like us, you have probably spent a significant portion of this time watching videos of cats. Cats flushing toilets, “speaking” out of story booksactually speaking, running on treadmills, or even playing ping pong –we’ve seen it all.

But why are we so taken with watching our furry friends do human-like things in three-minute videos? Brown’s Mellon Sawyer Seminar, entitled “Animal Magnetism: The Emotional Ecology of Animals and Humans,” will use some animal videos to take a closer look at why we are drawn to these clips and why humans anthropomorphize their pets. The commentators will include faculty from Archaeology, Anthropology, Classics, CLPS, History, Egyptology, and several other departments who will provide various viewpoints about human relationships with pets and human-animal interactions. Continue Reading


Time-waster of the day: February 13, 2012

Whether or not you’ve taken HIAA0010, you know that over the years, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa has become, like Kim Kardashian, famous for being famous. The painting’s original appeal is its esoteric nature — Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile doesn’t quite seem to match the desolate setting in which she is placed. But how does the painting change when a helpless, fluffy kitten is plopped in Mona Lisa’s lap?

It improves exponentially, obvi. There’s no combination more bizarre (or hilarious) than a kitty and some mysterious Italian lady chillin’ in a hazy, ambiguous outdoor location. Check out some other Famous Paintings Improved by Cats (e.g. Rembrandt’s Danae, Monet’s Haystacks at Giverny, and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, among others). You won’t be disappointed. Meow.

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Study break of the day: December 15, 2011

Because everything cute is Japanese

Yes, that's a cat giving another cat a massage.

There’s no record of anyone dying from an OD of cuteness (yet), but if anyone’s feeling up to the task, there’s Cute Roulette. Joining the plethora of websites featuring the distracting adorableness of the animal kingdom, Cute Roulette brings you and a puppy falling asleep (oh boy can we sympathize), a panda playing soccer (it’s like watching two fat black and white fluffballs roll each other around), and a cat trying to fit into a water bottle (because the internet isn’t complete without a healthy dose of feline).

Not to be confused for that other roulette, which is probably definitely NSFW.

Goodbye productivity, hello adorable hugging cats.