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The Strong, Star-Bright Companions
Fair Isle fans have long fetishized the winter staple, but Ellen Lesperance's upcoming exhibit at Seattle's Ambach & Rice Gallery explores the sweater as more than a cozy way to keep warm. Named "The Strong, Star-Bright Companions," after an elegiac...
STYLE
Pardon Jack Johnson
One hundred years ago this 4 July 2010, "The Fight of the Century" took place in Reno, Nevada. The first-ever black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson defended his title by defeating the "Great White Hope" Jim Jeffries and delivering a blow against...
CULTURE
The Rumor Mill's Christmas on Clinton St.
The Rumor Mill, an audio production company, recently released The Rumor Mill's Christmas on Clinton St. The album features the usual holiday standards, though they are sung under the "dark and stormy" influence of a potentially globally-warmed planet...
STYLE
American Gulag
Richter Studio in Providence, RI has created these politically-charged American Gulag bracelets and necklaces. Realistic representations of barbed wire made out of rubber or sterling silver, the idea was inspired by Russian gulags and is intended...
CULTURE
The Black Panthers
On the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of The Black Panther Party for Self Defense, Aperture will release The Black Panthers, a collection of Stephen Shames' never before published photographs of one the most controversial organizations...
STYLE
Gap PRODUCT (RED) Holiday 2006 Preview
We got a sneak peak at Gap's PRODUCT (RED), which launches in October. The clothing and accessories will be co-branded, and 50% of all profits from the sales of (RED) items will be given to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria...
STYLE
Social Suicide
Simon Waterfall has been committing social suicide ever since his university days at the Royal College of Art in London. Simon was known as much for his design work as he was for his preference for wearing women's evening gowns and skirts. This...
CULTURE
The Danger Global Warming Project
Barbara Kruger fans, if you’ve missed your dosage of art blended with polemic, welcome it back with the Greenpeace Global Warming Project, hosted by British multi-media art collective Blacksmoke Organization. Artists contributing...
TECH
Doh Boy
Can a toy change the way we eat? That's the question the UK based socially responsible apparel line Howies is asking with their new chunky friend, Doh Boy. His strategy is educational—teach people how to make and eat healthy bread. He comes...
STYLE
SVSV: A Form of War
My favorite fashion-fuck-you brand, SVSV, is making a slice of their uber-exclusive, hyper priced items accessible in a new store that just launched 10 minutes ago. There's a selection of t-shirts, hoodies, hats and scarves in addition to these...
STYLE
(RED) Products
Cause-related consumption is on the rise, exemplified by Bono and fellow activist Bobby Shriver's (RED) campaign. They have helped convince companies like American Express, Gap and Converse (with their Giles Deacon-designed All-Stars) to design...
CULTURE
Tool for Armchair Activists
Troika, the U.K. design firm that brought us the Tool for Armchair Activists. Where the projector displayed the text of an SMS message on a distant surface, the Tool for Armchair Activists will shout it out loud. The rig can be strapped to a lamp...
DESIGN
Peace Magnets
Leave it to a Vermonter to come up with an alternative to the ubiquitous yellow Support Our Troops car magnets. Bennington based Rob Sperber makes the magnets by hand simply with the goal of raising awareness-- "I'm not against the troops...
STYLE
This Week at Refinery 29
This Week at Refinery29, political activism gets fashion-wise thanks to Downtown for Democracy. Specially-designed shirts by fashion visionaries including Francisco Costa, Peter Som, Patricia Field, and Project Alabama stole the show at a recent event...
CULTURE
Warmaking Show
Warmaking, a five-artist group show about "the nature of wars and wars of nature," opens this Thursday October 20th at Williamsburg's Riviera gallery and runs through October 30th. Works incorporate symbols of death, like in curator...
CULTURE
Downtown For Democracy
D4D is looking for some talented graphic designers to volunteer their services to help create visibility for upcoming events. It's a good cause and an opportunity to develop some great work for your portfolio. Contact Brooke Peter brooke@downtownfordemocracy...
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