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New glass jewelry and Etsy

I have started working on some new glass pendants these days, and I am selling them on Etsy. They are clear Pyrex pendants that are hollow and filled with steel wool. Most of them are quite small, from 5cm to 8cm in length. I have paired them together to create a cluster of multi-sized pendants as well as solo pendants.

I’ll be adding more to this blog as I make and photograph them. Here are two pieces that I have made. The first (cluster of three) has been sold but the second (solo pendant) is currently for sale on Etsy.

I made this next one last week and photographed it this weekend. I’m trying out just a single pendant.

You can find my latest pieces at Larkisadora on Etsy. I’m open to collaborations and commissions! If you’re interested, please contact me through Etsy.



Time Machine: 65 Cameras and an electric pulse
May 5, 2011, 8:20 am
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I saw this woman, Mira Hunter, and her partner Derek Hunter presented this project last night at Dorkbot NYC. They set up 65 disposable cameras on a circular track and triggered them to simultaneously take one photo at a time. Then, after developing all the film, they centered each photo in Photoshop and pieced them together to create this video. Each position of her is one shot taken on 65 cameras, creating an amazing 3D perspective. It’s just genius and it’s very beautiful. It’s gets even better towards the end of the video, where there are falling petals and night time skies.

Light leaked through the cheap plastic of the disposable cameras onto the 35mm film to create lovely mistakes in the form of light flashes and streaks across the pictures.

Mira is a second generation whirling dervish. Typically dervishes are only men, but her father wasn’t too strict on gender norms and taught her all the same.

On Derek’s website, he suggests to listen to the video with headphones since he used binaural microphones for recording, which he says “are meant to mimic sound as the human ear encounters it.” I’m not sure if that translates through YouTube, but you can watch higher quality videos of this on both of their websites linked above.



I’ve become obsessed with knitting mittens
April 24, 2011, 5:20 pm
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I have decided to revive this blog. Obviously a lot has happened since my last post. I stopped making mixes after my external sound card was stolen off of a train going from Copenhagen to Stockholm, along with lots of other gear. I saw that as a sign from above, or something. To move on, to explore other avenues of expression.

I’ve been making a lot of cool crafty stuff this past winter and spring and I’ve been feeling the need for an outlet to show it off to the world. I go through that sometimes. Hibernating, making, exploring, then expelling whatever I made out into the universe.

Among other things, including miniature glass vessels and silversmithing (blog posts on these will soon follow!), I’ve been getting into knitting stranded colorwork mittens. This is my first pair. I haven’t really knitted before. I made a hat once with some coarse homespun wool. Before that I crocheted without patterns and made simple hats. I’m pretty stoked with how these turned out, and how simple they were to make really. Their complex appearance–defying their simple construction techniques–perhaps defines the magic of folk art?

I’m not sure what came over me, but I’ve gotten obsessed with these super intricate patterned mittens. It started with a ceramic lidded jar I found in the trash in my building, covered in what I later learned to be a Norwegian Selbu (rose) pattern. I loved the pattern and wanted to research what it was. Thus began a Google journey which took me to semi-traditional Selbu mittens on this blog. They looked so complicated and difficult yet miniature, perfectly controlled, vibrant and fun. Just the thing for winter couch times.

The more I looked around at other patterns (I gave in and joined ravelry.com… it’s like crack, beware), the more excited I became. I have fallen in love with the patterns of Latvia, Estonia, indigenous Russia and the Middle East. These first mittens of mine were based on a pattern created by a Finnish knitter, Tuulia Salmela, who adapted it from Egyptian stockings documented in Richard Ruttin’s History of Hand-Knitting. Supposedly aspects of this pattern date from 1200 and 1500A.D.

I loved the idea of carrying on a tradition of handmade clothing that goes back a thousand years.

I believe my next pair will be patterned from traditional Latvian figures.



Electro-Magnetism Episode 16: l’eau de l’alouette

Is it merely a coincidence that the Berlin Fernsehturm (TV Tower) resembles a disco ball upon close inspection? Was it by mystical divination that the East German architects constructed such a monument to as-yet undiscovered dance-floor pleasures in 1969? The world will never know.

This mix has been a long time coming.  I created it originally for my partner Jon as part of our ongoing music exchanges. From the beginning I felt like it would make a nice addition to the Electro-Magnetism family, so I asked him if it would be ok to make public and he said “hell yeah,” or some equivalent answer, so here it is. And nope, the Justin Timberlake track is not a typo. 🙂

This is a continuous mix, cut into separate tracks in the download link, for your pleasure.

Enjoy!

Listen to it here.

Download it for later.

Wanna get the podcast? Use this URL to subscribe:
http://www.larkisadora.com/electro-magnetism.rss

And! I finally validated my little rss feed, saying farewell to its jankness of the past few years. Celebrate!

Tracklist:

1. Human League – Interface
2. Throbbing Gristle – Convincing People
3. D.A.F. – Ich und die Wirklichkeit
4. X-Mal Deutschland – Stummes Kind
5. Crass – Sentiment
6. Harmonia – Walky Talky
7. Experimental Products – Golden Hours
8. Hell – The DJ Feat. P. Diddy
9. Modeselektor – 2000007 (Feat. TTC)
10. Plaid – Lat
11. Dome – Cancel Your Order
12. Carlos Peron – Oui, Oui
13. Human League – Morale… You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
14. Grauzone – Eisbär
15. Tuxedomoon – Incubus (Blue Suit)
16. Hell – Action Interlude
17. Justin Timberlake – What Goes Around…/…Comes Around Interlude



Electro-Magnetism: Episode 15
December 3, 2009, 12:48 am
Filed under: Music | Tags: , ,

I recently got back from Europe and it was a bit of a life changing journey. I was reminded that the majority of the world  are not Americans. I hadn’t left this country since Bush came into office and I think that I had just lost all hope in humanity since he showed up. But the rest of the world exists! And its beautiful and old and full of wonderful, kind, compassionate people who just get it. What a relief.

I ran into this wonderful man in Berlin named Inox Kapell.  He showed my friend Camalo and I his Insekteum, a storefront space that had giant plastic insects everywhere, old analog synths, organs and a thrift store too. There was even a really cute music venue in the basement.  As you can guess, I was pretty into the synths so I asked him about them and he told me he was a musician, loved the old electric organs dearly, and would I like his CD? Of course, I said, and thanked him.  I carried it with me for the rest of the trip, through Sweden and back to Holland. When I got home to Brooklyn I popped it in the player, and oh my god I loved it! He’s got many projects but this one is called Puckstörn and I included one of my favorite tracks in this mix.

Tragically, I just read on his website that the Insekteum is closing!
“4 years of subculture art, music and insect discovery is over now.”

Wow, what a shame. I’m so glad I got to see it! If any of you live in Berlin and want some very very cool shit he’s putting all of it on clearance this month. Damn, I wish I was there. The Insekteum is located at Plügerstrasse 70 in Neu Kölln.

For those of you that can’t see the place for yourselves, there is a video on YouTube about the Insekteum and an interview with Inox in German.

Listen to it here.

Download it for later.

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Tracklist:

1. Oskar Sala – Concertando Rubato
2. Puckstörn – Basura Del Mundo
3. Antena – To Climb the Cliff
4. Elisa Waut – Russia
5. Can – Oh Yeah
6. Tuxedomoon – Desire
7. Soft Cell – Persuasion
8. The Actor – Inside Out
9. Hypnobeat – Can God Rewind?
10. Klein & M.B.O. – Wonderful (instrumental)
11. Rex The Dog – Gecko
12. Crystal Castles – Vanished
13. Hypnotic Samba – Hypnotic Samba



Electro-Magnetism: Episode 14 (Triumphant Return)

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And you thought Electro-Magnetism was dead, buried in the ground after so many months. But nay, she has been resurrected from the depths. Magic incantations and all, this time through the help of my (trusty?) laptop.

Yes indeed I have completely switched to laptop mixing, and oh how bad I am at it! I don’t find it particularly fun yet so I haven’t been practicing and I’m sad to say it shows.  Hopefully the content will make up for it…

Listen to it here.

Download it for later.

Wanna get the podcast? Use this URL to subscribe:
http://www.larkisadora.com/electro-magnetism.rss

Tracklist:

1. Geinoh Yamashirogumi – Winds Over Neo-Tokyo
2. Judgement of Paris – Answer
3. Silvia – Zuerst Ich
4. Vita Noctis – Alone
5. Nightmoves – Nightdrive
6. Visage – Move Up
7. Jupiter Black Ft. Fred Ventura – Hold Me (Vocal Extended Version)
8. Rygar – Sonic Mission
9. Kano – Ikeya-Seki
10. Faceless Mind – Slowcat
11. Ghentlon – Cheebala
12. Shakti – The Awakening
13. In Trance 95 – Warm Nights Driving on Wet Streets



I’m back at Skittles this Friday! Yay!

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I took a little hiatus at Skittles last month to go to Penland School of Crafts. It feels great to be back in the city once again, especially because our insane little darkwave queer party Skittles is on this Friday night.

The theme this month:  Goths in the Sun. Vaseline in the sand.  Blood in the water. OMG, its a gothic beach party- who said black isn’t a summer color? Wear your smeared eyeliner and dark beachwear to The Outpost on August 7th!

We spin a lovely assortment of beloved and obscure new wave, synth and post-punk for your dancing pleasures.

Rad and freakish video projections all night by our host Casey Spectacular.

Come dance in the dark every first Friday of the month. We’ve got a gorgeous back yard, cheep beer, and no cover of course!

The Outpost @ 1014 Fulton St. Brooklyn NY 11238
9pm – Forever.

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