Improvised Life » fun stuff / play http://www.improvisedlife.com If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:00:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Annals of Hair Design: LaBelle’s Nightbird Platter-Do (with Music) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/22/annals-hair-design-patti-labelles-nightbird-platter/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/22/annals-hair-design-patti-labelles-nightbird-platter/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:00:10 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=46030

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The Hair Hats in our recent Annals of Hair Design reminded me of the great “platter” do, Patti LaBelle wore when performing her album Nightbirds in the 80’s. I loved watching her perform it and wondered how she got that hair to STAY.

Years later, she came to my old studio for a photo shoot and I asked her how she got her hair to make those fabulous platters. (more…)

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Fallen Autumn Leaves are a Material for Making http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/22/fallen-autumn-leaves-material-making/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/22/fallen-autumn-leaves-material-making/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:05:02 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=46107

assembledhearts.blogspot.com

Walking in the park the other day, we saw a young woman lying in a huge pile of brightly-colored leaves…half buried really, resting; she looked relaxed and content.  Around her three little girls were all happily making things out of leaves. And we thought LEAVES. What a beautiful material-for-making things all around us.

That got us looking for Fallen Leaf Creations. (more…)

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Open Source Systems for Everyday Objects, Food + Living http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/21/open-source-system-everyday-objects/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/21/open-source-system-everyday-objects/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:05:56 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45911

(Video link HERE.) Bio 50 has applied open-source thinking to electronic appliances we use in our homes everyday. They’ve prototyped of a system built upon standard components that offers the user the ability to assemble, customize, repair, and repurpose existing products.

Check out their clever fan, hand mixer, and a balloon-encased lamp all configured from the same elements.  (more…)

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Gif of the Week: Brain Storm Coming In! http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/20/gif-week-strom-coming/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/20/gif-week-strom-coming/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:00:03 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45447

 

 

via Hedviggen

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Annals of Hair Design: the Hair Hat! http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/16/annals-hair-design-hair-hat/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/16/annals-hair-design-hair-hat/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:00:46 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45986

menshairstyleshaircuts.net

We are continually amazed at the mighty improvisational and creative brilliance-in-the-realm-of-hair-dos we see around town daily. But these hair hats may take the cake.

We don’t know HOW this Caucasian guy got his bone-straight hair to stay put (or why?… the mysteries of the artist’s impulse).

Dig this African American version. The bill can be worn in front…

(more…)

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How to Dance on the Side of a Building (Video) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/06/fly-video-sally-edit-title-url/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/06/fly-video-sally-edit-title-url/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 21:08:09 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45796

(Video link HERE.) Don’t know about you, but we could use some fantasy flying about now.

Although we find ourselves a bit over saturated with GoPri videos and curiously jaded to their magical effects, not so with this video of acrobats “dancing” on the side of a building.  We find it even more magical with the sound OFF.

via Susan Dworski via The Browser

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Ikea’s Knockout Video on the Power of a Book http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/08/ikeas-knockout-video-power-book/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/08/ikeas-knockout-video-power-book/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 22:03:08 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45276

(Video link here.) Ikea’s creative team is rivaling Apple’s…AND using Apple’s classic myth-making approach to its latest technology to describe the…power…of…a…BOOK.  This brilliant ad for IKea’s 2015 catalogue lays out just why REAL books are so wonderful.

With thanks to Susan Dworski for making sure we watched a video we’d ignored!

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GIF of the Week: LEGO Wave http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/04/gif-week-lego-wave/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/04/gif-week-lego-wave/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 20:00:41 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45015

 

 

via 31media.tumblr Thanks Holton!

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Tiny Pink Cupcake ATM is Brilliant Lateral Thinking http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/02/tiny-pink-cupcake-atm-lexington/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/02/tiny-pink-cupcake-atm-lexington/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 22:00:23 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45060

Sprinkles Cupcake

This little pink ATM in NYC is restocked with yummy cupcakes every night offering 24/7 access to cupcakes. We love the application of the essential idea of an "ATM" to something completely unexpected: cupcakes instead of cash. Why not? ]]>
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Save Your Wishbones for the Wishbone Project http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/11/save-wishbones-wishbone-project/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/11/save-wishbones-wishbone-project/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 23:00:38 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44972

Sally Schneider

Recently, several readers wrote to say they’d saved a pile of wishbones to send to Holton Rower for his monumental art work made of thousands — maybe hundreds of thousands— wishbones. Since we first announced it, our crowd-sourced Wishbone Project has yielded Holton a lot of wishbones. In return, the errant wishbone collectors/donaters receive a thank you gift from Holton.

The last batch he received curiously had a button in it.

Here’s a reminder to SAVE  YOUR POULTRY WISHBONES and become part of a sure-to-be wondrous art work.

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Making Music with…Rain http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/31/making-music-rain/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/31/making-music-rain/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:38:42 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44295


(Video link HERE.) Recently we stumbled on this video of music made with rain drops. Rain as percussion instrument: MUSIC. It’s pretty swell, and very carefully thought out, with its haute technology and count of rain drops.

We love Fast Forward’s Rain Music for it’s utter in-the-moment directness and accessibility. (Video link HERE.) (more…)

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School Girl Parcour http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/29/school-girl-parcour/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/29/school-girl-parcour/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:02:47 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44408

(Video link HERE.) In the annals of “breaking stereotypes” is this thrilling, mind-boggling, closer-than-bird’s-eye view of two Japanese schoolgirls doing seriously Ninja Parcour — usually the realm of young men — all around the city of Atami.

YES!!!!!!

 

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Go DIY (or buy) and Fly a Kite! http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/29/go-diy-fly-kite/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/29/go-diy-fly-kite/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:00:49 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44621

Fredericks & Mae

Fredericks & Mae‘s beautiful Floralia – Fighter kite is meant to hang a wall to IMAGINE flying in air. Made of bamboo, rice paper, pressed flowers, waxed cord, and gold thread, it’s a “ceremonial kite…in honor of the ancient Roman holiday Floralia…a predecessor to May Day, a festival in honor of the titan Flora…goddess of flowers and the season of spring.”

But for us, it is inspiration for diy kites you can fly, like the one we saw the other day being flown from a Harlem rooftop.

Made by Joel has a great tutorial, one of many kite plans available online. (more…)

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Do a Wheelie!! http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/28/wheelie/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/28/wheelie/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:00:28 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44130

We LOVE everything that is in clear defiance of age (or any other) limiting stereotypes.

You GO girl/woman/lady/man/daddy/mister/ms/miss/mama….!

via Pinterest

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