Spinning Creatures from Dreams into Felted Reality with @x03
To see more of Zoë’s needle-felted creations come to life, follow @x03 on Instagram.
“I have an extremely vivid dream life,” explains New York artist Zoë Williams (@x03), a New Orleans native who was uprooted by Hurricane Katrina. It was “during this strange rudderless period” following her displacement that a rabbit spirit came to her in a dream. “My first felt sculptures were all of that rabbit,” she says. As her dreams and artistic creations converged, Zoë has come to see her felted creatures, brought to life through Instagram, as “the expression of my unconscious.”
“At first, I made my creatures simply to honor the animals I dreamed about,” says Zoë of her felted creations. “But the dreams changed as my work evolved, and now I think they are one and the same.”
“Needle felting is a slow, laborious process,” explains Zoë. “It’s fun to give people a peek into the stages a piece goes through on its journey to completion.” The ability to cultivate a deeper appreciation for her work, however, is what Zoë values most. “Ultimately, I think artwork is best experienced in person, but it’s a special thrill to meet someone at an opening who follows my work on Instagram and has watched the pieces come to life.”
I am inspired to try needle felting again.
Two video posts in one day? I must be going craaaaaaaaaaazzzyyy!!!!1
Alright, settle down.
So earlier today when I was avoiding doing something productive, I came across a video on Reddit of an octopus escaping from a boat. I adore octopuses (I have a large tattoo of one on my arm), so I watched it. Then I read the comments and came across this fantastic video called True Facts About The Octopus.…
The world needs more octopi.
(Octopi are very smart for cephalopods. There’s a video that shows an octopus opening a jar. And then there was Paul the Octopus….)
Even though French economist Thomas Piketty has made an air-tight case that we’re heading toward levels of inequality not seen since the days of the nineteenth-century robber barons, right-wing conservatives haven’t stopped lying about what’s happening and what to…
An AMAZING display of solidarity from Atlanta, New York, DC, Philly, London and back to Nigeria. Men, women and children showed up in their Gele’s (headwraps) for rallies and protests today in an effort to push for more coverage and aid in finding the abducted Nigerian girls. #BringBackOurGirls
(These photos are not mine, they are photos from the twitter. Please feel free to tag anyone you may know that is in these pics)
The kidnapping of all these girls in Nigeria is horrifying, and the lack of news coverage about it in America is appalling.
A reminder that those Doritos you love are trash:
Shortly after Disneyland opened in 1955, the founder of Frito-Lay got permission from Walt Disney to open a restaurant in Frontierland with a Mexican-ish theme. “Casa de Fritos” was, unsurprisingly, all about the Fritos. Customers got free Fritos, and Fritos were incorporated into many of the dishes. Fritos were dispensed by an animatronic vending machine that featured the terrifying “Frito Kid”asking his assistant “Klondike” to bring the bag up from a mineshaft. I guess the conceit is that Fritos were mined by Forty-Niners?
Casa de Fritos contracted their tortilla production to a company called Alex Foods. One of the salesmen from Alex Foods, making a delivery to Casa de Fritos, noticed stale tortillas in the garbage and gave the cook a little tip: fry them and sell them as chips instead of throwing them away. Casa de Fritos began making these fried, seasoned chips to enormous success, but didn’t report this new menu item to the Frito-Lay company.
Eventually Frito-Lay found out what they were doing with the chips, packaged them, and sold them by the truckload. See, dumpster diving works out sometimes!
I may never touch another Dorito again.