The DIY Spirit

by Con Modern Diy

The DIY Spirit

Photo is a reproduction of Anni Albers' original washers necklace taken from the DIY Anni Albers Washer Necklace Kit available here from San Francisco's Museum of Craft and Design.

For me, the DIY spirit boils down to crafting something meaningful out of accessible materials and reconfiguring everyday objects for a different (and perhaps inspiring) use.  Here's two objects of art that typify this spirit:

Artist Anni Albers's washers necklace...

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Shape Spectacular: The Evolution of the Donut

by Con Modern Diy

Shape Spectacular: The Evolution of the Donut

Black Lace/Veiled Square Bangle, 2008, by artist David Watkins.  Photo courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum.  See more David Watkins below.

The donut shape is the unsung hero of human ingenuity.  Look at archaelogical evidence of early wheels, for example - they were basically donuts.  The driving force behind technological innovation?  Perhaps.  A delightfully simple core element of design?  For sure.

Here's a look at how artists and...

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