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Precision Laser in Providence, RI

For a change, let’s take a look at a sign belonging to a current business, one Precision Laser of 40 Houghton St. in Providence, RI. This photo is courtesy of my friend Liya, who points out that this company can literally output their own sign.



Smale Riverfront Park: 5chw4r7z checks out a brand new park in downtown Cincinnati.

One Year: We Heart OTR recount their year in the neighborhood, including our seed bomb workshop at the CAC last summer.

VisuaLingual’s Seed Bomb Biz Blooms: a summary of what we’ve been up to.

Etsy Finds: Eco-Friendly Goodness: Bijou Bride likes our personalized seed bomb favors.

The Fillmore Stoop Is Unveiled: San Francisco’s newest public space is a parklet [parking space-turned-mini park] at 2410 California St.

Providence: The Rust Belt’s Most Northeasterly Point?: “whether it is the Beehive of Industry, the Renaissance City, or the Creative Capital,” the identity of Providence has been shifting since 1636.

A Photographer Captures Times Square in Color: amazing photos from the 1950s.

Illustrations by Janine Rewell

Trip to Volga by Janine Rewell for Mondo Magazine

Trip to Volga by Janine Rewell for Mondo Magazine

Helsinki-based graphic designer/illustrator Janine Rewell studied at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and at RISD and now creates lovely [and silly!] illustrations for magazines, events, and packaging. Her work reminds me a bit of another Finnish illustrator — Sanna Annukka.
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Cartographic Collages by Val Britton

Mile High City by Val Britton

Mile High City by Val Britton

These collaged drawings by Val Britton are the artist’s attempt to connect with her deceased father who was a truck driver. Using the visual language of cartography, the collages fuse the facts of his journeys with the aspects that cannot be known. Britton was born in Livingston, NJ, studied in Providence and Oakland, and is currently based in Berkeley.
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Giftcycle Comes to Cincinnati


Giftcycle, a summer-long, cross-country bicycle tour from Providence to Seattle, is stopping in Cincinnati tomorrow, Mon 30 Jun. Based on the principles of the gift economy and the Kula exchange, the participants travel with gifts of art that are given away or traded for other art. Predicated on the idea that art is a gift, not just a commodity, wealth in this system is increased through circulation.
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