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archiemcphee:

London-based fabric artist Lucy Sparrow just opened a very unusual and utterly charming pop-up grocery store in Bethnal Green, east London. Called The Cornershop, it sells all the everyday items a person could need with one special catch: they’re all made from felt. All of the fruit, snacks, drinks, frozen dinners, chewing gum, newspapers, and even the cash register are made of soft, fuzzy felt.

Sparrow’s awesome project was funded thanks to an overwhelmingly successful Kickstarter campaign, funding from the Arts Council and a sponsorship from UK confectionery manufacturer Swizzels Matlow. Work on the shop began in January 2014. Sparrow spent seven months painstakingly stitching together 3,944 felt items. By the time the work was finished she’d made over 250,000 stitches.

"I’ve always made big things. I like coming up with huge projects where the result is bigger than me and it takes over my life. I’m very obsessive and I want that to come across in the work and get people thinking ‘Who would be crazy enough to do this?’ I like getting up at the crack of dawn and beavering away at something, knowing that so many other people are still asleep.

The felt shop was born out of a desire to make an exhibition that was so all-encompassing that when everyone came in they were just blown away by the extent of the work, the labour involved.”

Lucy Sparrow’s stitched cornershop will be open throughout August. All of her felt shop products are available for purchase with prices ranging from £3 ($5 US) for a cigarette lighter to £840 ($1420 US) for the store’s cash register (the most expensive item in the shop).

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to London to check out The Cornershop in person. You can still visit the shop to peruse and even purchase its products via The Cornershop website.

Photos by Rosie Hallam

[via Telegraph.co.uk and Dailmail.co.uk]

never trust a book where the author’s name is larger than the title

I would like to have word

with bookstore sites that sell the sequel, but not the first book.

*Ahem*

WHO EVEN ARE YOU

I WILL EAT YOUR INSIDES

draumstafir:

rogerrrs:

i wanna go for walks in the middle of the night but i also dont want to die ya feel

just girly things

mechinaries:

batcii:


"Poor Bucky. Going places with pre-serum Steve must feel like walking a chihuahua with aggression issues."

cleaned up a sketch from early may, based on this post, because it was a super cute idea and i’m a sucker for scrappy pre-serum steve

mechinaries:

batcii:

"Poor Bucky. Going places with pre-serum Steve must feel like walking a chihuahua with aggression issues."

cleaned up a sketch from early may, based on this post, because it was a super cute idea and i’m a sucker for scrappy pre-serum steve

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mangochannel:

catbountry:

bogleech:

IT’S A HUMMINGBEE

These are BEE FLIES!

Harmless to everything else, these precious little cutie pies sneak their eggs into beehives, where their larvae can parasitize bee larvae and eat their food reserves!

Simultaneously adorable and insidious!

fairy types.

purplesneakerprincess:

casualcissexism:

downtheupstairs:

queertactics:

popmychieri:

chuckstew:

John Green being fucking awesome

"read misogynistic gender dynamics into it" 

don’t need to read into things that are actually fucking there!!!! holy shit john green have you ever read twilight or are you pulling this statement out of your ass like you seem to do a bunch lately?

let’s count the ways twilight fucks up in terms of “gender dynamics” and other things, shall we?

  • a character is physically abused by her cousin’s boyfriend to the point of being scarred permanently, yet they still get together for “destiny” reasons
  • same character basically exists as a satellite planet to her bf and as an example of how every imprintee should act
  • imprinting as a whole: YOU GET NO CHOICE IN LOVE!! boy falls in love w/ u? u better just fucking accept it. don’t like him?? you’ll “grow to”, because of his “loving devoted attention”!!! it’s for the good of the pack!!!! fuck you if you want anything different
  • imprinting on babies, aka child grooming is totally okay as long as you don’t start the sexy stuff until 18!! (“mentally”- can’t forget bella’s daughter is allowed to get w/ jacob, her mom’s former friend, when she’s seven years old)
  • bella’s agency is completely taken away by edward (and jacob) in terms of her child (wanting her to get an abortion against her wishes, edward basically telling jacob he can have sex with her and give her children if she wants them)
  • edward sleeps with bella even though he KNOWS she will be harmed by it
  • leah clearwater is portrayed as an utter complete bitch for not following the pack rules, yet jacob is touted as a heroic leader for doing the same
  • and speaking of leah, how fucking dare she be upset her boyfriend broke it off with her to get into a “fairytale” relationship with her cousin!! (the same bf that later scarred her beloved cousin and friend FOR LIFE)
  • jacob and edward treat bella like a literal piece of meat and consistently ignore her wishes for “the greater good”
  • being a vampire makes u white!!!!!!
  • humans are trash. you’re a human? you’re trash
  • jacob violently kisses bella without her consent
  • bella is the classic definition of “not like other girls” and treats the girls who attempt to be friends with her as disposable
  • she also treats her father like trash and is dismissive of her mother
  • SEX IS BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SILLY BELLA 
  • special snowflake syndrome to the max (and u’d know about that right john? *flutters eyelashes*)
  • don’t forget the stalking!!! nothing says true love like stalking
  • Perhaps the creepiest part was the werewolf wife (who was human) who had the misfortune of being around her husband when he got angry & lashed out at her. It was a tacit endorsement of domestic violence. There was never any thought that the wife might leave her husband or that you maybe shouldn’t be around someone who will strike you when they are angry (especially someone with claws..) ” -ezra
  • Did anyone else also notice that the good guys in this series are white, and the bad guys are Native American?  Also ALL of the vampires in the book are white.” -diaryofacrazywoman
  • And don’t worry. If Edward ends up killing Bella, it will be her fault. That’s because she should know to stand perfectly still when he kisses her. Otherwise vampire passions are aroused and, well, murder happens.” -Elizabeth Esther (aka EMOTIONAL ABUSE WOOHOO)

you can read more here, here, here, and here

i agree that smeyer experiences sexism, misogyny, and fatphobia because of her books, and i agree that twilight fans do as well, and that’s terrible and wrong. but that in NO WAY excuses the fact that twilight is disgusting tripe. the movies were way, way toned down to a lot of these things, tbh, so i understand why you might see the issue as blown out of the water in those respects- but the books DO exist, they ARE there, and so is all the things they tout as romantic.

tl;dr: you know nothing john green

"you can just ignore sexism and rape culture if you squint and not wanting to do that makes you the misogynist"

really like this guy needs to hire better PR people can someone hire John Green a PR guy for me

It was sort of mentioned in the list above but I want to make it EXPLICITLY CLEAR that Edward and Bella’s relationship IS CANONICALLY ABUSIVE. Here is a link explaining why, but if you don’t want to go all the way over there I’ll give you a short rundown. The National Domestic Violence Hotline has a list of fifteen signs you might be in an abusive relationship and says If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship.”  Edward and Bella’s relationship hits ALL FIFTEEN. 

So yes, John Green, tell me more about why it’s acceptable to teach teen girls (the biggest Twilight fanbase) to glamorize and aspire to a completely abusive relationship. We should most definitely say that there’s nothing wrong with that unless you want “to read into it.” 

After all, media doesn’t impact how people think at all does it? Especially not growing children! Now, I don’t advocate banning books ever, but people need to be made aware of problematic things in literature. It’s the same problem with romanticizing Romeo and Juliet, except Shakespeare never wanted that to happen. If nobody calls these works out on how problematic the relationsips in them are, you are passively enabling abusers and abusive relationship. So thanks John for doing that.

john green deciding to just “look past misogyny to be nice to authors” fucking gee whiz another white guy another day smh

Oh lord. Now I know the context for that ‘reading misogyny into it’ quote I am even more disgusted. 

Yes, Stephenie Meyer is getting more crap for her books than male authors would. But it does not change the fact that- as the commenters above have pointed out- her books are extremely problematic, and yet are still being marketed to teen girls as some sort of great romance. 

Here’s the thing, Mr. Green. You, as an adult, have the life experience to recognize misogyny in a work of art, and as a man, you have the freedom to ignore it. Teen girls? Are being sold abusive relationships as romantic, as ideal relationships, and they don’t necessarily have the discernment to realise that that shit is problematic, ESPECIALLY with people like you telling them it’s all in their heads.

I will never, ever forget the day my third-graders- eight year olds- told me they all loooooooooooved Twilight, that they wanted a boyfriend just like Edward.

I want you to think about that for a second. These girls are EIGHT YEARS OLD. And this is the kind of media they’re consuming, these are the kind of relationships they’re being told are GOOD things. 

And the things that you grow up with as a child- the things that are normal to you as a child- are what you wind up wanting, expecting, as an adult. I know I can trace my current fascination with military history back to G.I. Joe cartoons and JAG, and I thank fate that both those series had kick-ass strong women for me to look up to, since I wanted to be just like Scarlett and Lady Jaye and Sarah McKenzie. And later, I wanted to be just like Hermione Granger.

But my third-graders, those precious baby girls? Want to be Bella Swan. They don’t see anything wrong with the creepy stalker boyfriend… in part, Mr. Green, because people like you tell them there isn’t. 

expecttheunexpectedtoday:

expecttheunexpectedtoday

Stainless Steel Wire Fairy Sculptures
by Canadian artist Robin Wright

whitehouse:

The President is answering your questions tomorrow, and it will be awesome. Tune in Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET on whitehouse.tumblr.com.

You know, if you’re hip to all these things.

nudism-naturism:

Recap, photos & videos from NYC Body Painting Day 2014!  Hosted by Andy Golub, Craig Tracy & Young Naturists America.

It was amazing.