See the World (from Inside a Box)

Remember those collagen facemasks in Seoul – weren’t they a hoot? What, you’ve never been? No matter. For those of us who can only dream of traveling the world, there is “A Box From.” The pet project of peripatetic German designer Elin Aram, each beautifully designed package arrives at your door packed with souvenirs from...

Letterpress Now

Jessica C. White Jessica White, the co-founder of Ladies of Letterpress, uses her expertise as owner of Heroes & Criminals Press, a print shop and bindery with a focus in fine press and book arts, letterpress printing, and bookbinding, to bring us this contemporary how-to reference on letterpress. Not only does the book explain how...

Mask Contest: Get Your SKIN On

Time to ditch the usual I’m-too-old-for-this-stuff costume this Halloween and let the creativity flow instead. In Arjowiggins Creative Papers and Appleton Coated’s eternal quest to remind us just how irresistible the SKIN Curious Collection papers are (and that there are four new colors), they’re challenging us all to create our own masks for their 2nd...

Yayoi and Me

Before Yoko Ono there was Yayoi Kusama, a performance and conceptual artist for whom intensity and hubris knew no bounds. When I was seventeen (the innocent “art director” of the fledgling Screw magazine) I used to field calls from Kusama, looking to give away her wares. In incomprehensibly broken English, she’d ask if I’d like to have photographs of one of her many art orgies. Kusama was a polka dot fanatic and she’d paint them on scores of naked men and women who would then adorn masks of, say, Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, or hats of policemen or nurses, and have them pose while engaging in orgiastic pyrotechnics.