Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Faves

I'm sure a number of you already know about my obsession with skulls and bones and all things blood&guts related. Sometimes I think I made a huge detour from the way my education maybe should have gone - I would have made a great trauma surgeon. There's basically not a single squeamish flinch in me. But that's neither here nor there now. The point is, skulls are my fave. I even have a skull tattoo which you can sorta see in my current "about me" image over there on the left. Also, one of the most amazing places I've ever been to is the church of S. Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini {info | images} in Italy. If you ever have the chance to see it, don't pass it up. It's unreal.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Etsy Exposé + Storenvy Select

... 1... Treesizeverse

... 2... The Sunflower Stand

... 3... Beatrice Lechtanski

... 4... Illuminated Perfume


... 1... Nu-Common Sense

... 2... Art888888

... 3... Alison Holcomb Photography

... 4... Unsimple

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Featured Artist::: Kwang Young Chun

Kwang Young Chun is a Korean artist exhibiting works all over the world today. He was greatly inspired by the Abstract Expressionist who were working after World War II in the 50's and 60's. 

All of his pieces in recent years have been made from styrofoam shapes wrapped in mulberry paper. A traditional Korean paper that he then dyes with different types of natural dyes. These "Aggregations" are drawn from a childhood memory of his uncle's pharmacy in Korea. Hanging from the ceiling were bags of medicines and herbs made of mulberry paper.

Using different dyes he is able to create form and volume that is sometimes real and other times an illusion. Ultimately the pieces express complicated relationships between rigid shapes and soft colored paper.

Source and One other Source

Thanks and enjoy!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I Miss Camping

Camping is one of my favorite activities ever. Living in a big city with no car makes accomplishing that a little difficult though. We haven't been yet this summer but I'm hoping before it gets cool we'll get at least one trip in. In the meantime I thought I'd share some of my photos from our trip last summer with you. What's your favorite thing about camping? Or do you hate even the idea of sleeping outside?


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Monday, July 28, 2014

Wear::: Maxi

Yesterday was so gorgeous out I just couldn't stand the thought of staying inside. So The Beard and I made our way up to Revere Beach to see what was left of the National Sand Sculpting Festival which happened last weekend. Most of the pieces were still intact and they were incredible! It was also the very first time I've ever worn a maxi dress/skirt. For some reason maxi's are always "beach wear" in my mind - I know that's silly but I can't help it. In any case, I've been saving this dress for a beach day and it was perfect for strolling in the sand.

Dress : Shop Ruche {older} | Belt : J.Crew | Shoes : Sperry | Bangle : Forever 21
Ivory Parrot Necklace : Belonged to my grandmother | Lip Color : Mary Kay Au Naturel

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Faves

Since I cut my hair to what I would normally consider "boy length" I've become more intrigued in ultra feminine details. When I had long hair I was all about boyfriend/tomboy style, but I'm sensing a change in the winds.

And can we talk about those rings from N+A New York? They match my wedding ring almost perfectly! My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I stumbled upon them. Love at first sight. I adore the style and attention to detail.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Etsy Exposé + Storenvy Select

... 1... Naomilingerie

... 2... Xenotees

... 3... leah goren

... 4... Lauren Sumner Pottery


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Featured Artist::: Ann Hamilton

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

Janee has asked me (aka the Beard, or Greg) to start writing some of these artist posts. So today is the day of my first artist post which means I have to start with one of my all time favorite artists.

Ann Hamilton is an installation artist who has been in many biennials, museums and galleries. She often creates works that revolve around our social connections and ties to physical objects like yarn, threads and our bodies.

I want to highlight one of her most recent major installations which took place at the Armory in New York from 2012-13. The piece is titled the event of a thread. 

Hamilton wrote an amazing artist statement which I will just quote a small paragraph from: 

"the event of a thread is made of many crossings of the near at hand and the far away: it is a body crossing space, is a writer's hand crossing a sheet of paper, is a voice crossing a room in a paper bag, is a reader crossing with a page and with another reader, is listening crossing with speaking, is an inscription crossing a transmission, is a stylus crossing a groove, is a song crossing species, is the weightlessness of suspension crossing the calling of bell or bellows, is touch being touched in return. It is a flock of birds and a field of swings in motion. It is a particular point in space at an instant of time."

The focal point of the installation was a large white curtain that hung in the middle of the large room. Attached to the curtain were swings on either side of the curtain that viewers could use. As the swings move they tug on the curtain in different ways causing the curtain to dance as the different swings move at the viewers whim.

The piece is visually stunning. Many viewers found the best view came from lying on the floor beneath the curtain and looking up as it moved.

There are many other elements that make up the full experience though. At one end of the space two readers read an improvised script from a scroll to pigeons. Viewers received radios in paper bags that they could carry with them throughout the space so that they might listen to the words that were being read aloud. 

At the other end of the room a writer sat at a desk facing away from the installation with only a mirror to catch a glimpse of what was going on behind her. She wrote letters to distant places and emotions. For example; "Dear Sadness," or "Dear Near."

There was singing at the end of each day and vinyl records being cut. All of it under the title the event of a thread. 

Check out more of her work at the link below and think about the mystery that she imbues in her actions. There is such a sense of community, connection and interconnection.


All images were found from where you can find her complete artist statement and more of her tremendous work.

I hope you enjoyed the post and I hope you are intrigued enough to give your opinion of this magnificent piece in the comments!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Food Experiments::: Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Hi Friends! I'm finally sharing the recipe I made for the last thing I did in baking school - hooray! It turned out really yummy but I discovered that as a loaf it can be a bit crumbly. It worked best as muffins or mini-muffins. Also, all the measurements are in ounces. Which if you have a kitchen scale is really the best way to get consistent results, but if you don't have a kitchen scale, there's this handy conversion site you can use.


5oz.         Almond Flour
.25oz       Baking Soda
2oz.         Raw Cocoa Powder
.35oz.      Cinnamon
.05oz.      Salt
4fl oz.      Finely Grated Zucchini
2.5fl oz.   Whole Egg {room temp}
2fl oz.      Unsweetened Apple Sauce
2fl oz.      Ghee Oil {clarified butter}
.2fl oz.     Vanilla Extract
3fl oz.      Honey
.15fl oz.   Apple Cider Vinegar
4oz.         Walnuts {chopped}
4oz.         Chocolate Pieces {dark, w/o soy lecithin}


In a bowl, mix the almond flour with baking soda, cacao powder, ground cinnamon and salt.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg then mix in apple sauce, Ghee oil, vanilla, honey and apple cider vinegar.

Make sure all is well combined.

Stir in grated zucchini, chopped nuts and chocolate pieces.

Using a rubber spatula, gently mix the wet and dry ingredients together. Do not over mix batter.

Spoon the batter into an 8½ x 4½-inch medium loaf pan lined with parchment paper {or muffin tins lined with cups} and bake at 350°F until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, approximately 35 minutes.

Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

{{{All images copyright Yellow Bird + Yellow Beard}}}

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Featured Artist::: Jasmin Dwyer

Hey Everyone!

On a side note before we talk about today's artist, I wanted to let you all know that starting next week The Beard will be taking over the Featured Artist post series! Woo hoo!!! Get prepared for much more thought provoking work - Greg really knows his stuff.

We have a special artist today, Jasmin Dwyer, an emerging artist who lives in the UK. Jasmin approached me about featuring her artwork on YB+YB and I was so impressed by her initiative how could I possibly say no? Quite a few of us can relate to the struggle of building an online presence, right? But of course I wouldn't have said no to her anyways because her work is very interesting.

"I'm a London based illustrator and artist from Australia. I create bittersweet imagery where the tangible and make believe meet. I have been making pictures for as long as I can remember. If I'm not making or thinking about making what I consider to be beautiful things I start to panic. I'm influenced by lots of things, the whole world inspires me. Everything just sort of soaks in and I try to notice small things, I like to look for beautiful things in ugly places. It's easy in London, some parts of London are really ugly. My work combines features of abstract art and geometric design with contemporary approaches to illustration. With a background in Fine Art I enjoy working with traditional materials such as acrylic, pastel, chalk and ink to create vibrant, layered colour. A recent move towards printmaking has allowed me to work closely with fusing detailed and refined illustrative work with the conventional approaches I've been practicing for many years. The process has been very rewarding." - Jasmin Dwyer


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