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A Celebration Of Color

Color represents and brings vibrancy to life, something we always want to keep alive in the spaces in which we live.

We love Vincent Van Gogh because he was such a unique individual, and his expression of passion and radiance via color was amazing. He once said in 1888, “Instead of trying to reproduce exactly what I see before me, I make more arbitrary use of colour to express myself more forcefully … To express the love of two lovers by the marriage of two complementary colours … To express the thought of a brow by the radiance of a light tone against a dark background. To express hope by some star. Someone’s passion by the radiance of the setting sun.”

Vincent Van Gogh’s Cafe Terrace at Night painted in 1888

To celebrate color and our new Color Knob series, we are running a contest today, like we do almost every Monday. The theme for our themed Monday? COLOR.

A knob from our new Color Series. This Matthew Langille design (image inside of the knob) is just an example. You can design or choose whatever image you want!

Answer our COLOR-themed questions first, and win.

1) What is the most difficult color to mix in paint?

2) What color does not actually exist in the light spectrum?

Tweet us the correct answers first, and we’ll award you a Ghost Nest gift certificate to be use on our website whenever you want!

The New Bboy In Town

Written by Lucca                                                                                                             The New Bboy In Town                                                                                              March 29, 2012

From now on, never say “breakdancing.” This is our interview with Xzist, the bboy. In his own words, “I’m creating something that nobody has done before in a style of dance.”

Bboying, if you didn’t know already, is a form of hip hop dancing, which is popularly known as breaking. It all began in the 1960s at block parties in the Bronx, New York. Bboys and bgirls, an abbreviation for “break boys” and “break girls,” dance to the break part of music.

I remember the first time I met Xzist, whose only name at work and school is David Joe. He carried a brown brief case, wore a patterned unbuttoned shirt, and flaunted a cool confidence as he walked up the stairs to join us on the San Francisco Art Institute’s (SFAI) rooftop. He introduced himself as a b-boy, a hip hop dancer, from Brooklyn who moved here to study performance and visual art. I recall him standing solitary during lunchtime: shades on, soaking up the sun and the newbie art scene. 

Xzist, in a gray tshirt, dancing with his crew:


A couple weeks ago, Xzist and I chatted while sitting on his sunny Mission rooftop. 

L: I was reading your crew’s website, and it says, “It has come to be recognized as the ultimate in ‘One-on-One Battles’, staying clear of the well treaded contests that are ubiquitous among the scene, by bringing together a cast of characters drawing from talent pools from opposite geographical locations culminating in an energetic experience of stylistic dynamism.” What are ubiquitous contests?
X: What we do it… It’s a line of a few exhibition battles. There’s usually probably like eight exhibition battles.  It’s not a contest. It’s an exhibition battle. So there’s no judges. 

What we do is we get the top people from one city verses the top people from another city, and sometimes we have guests who fly in from around the world, and so they’ll end up competing. Sometimes we have a theme behind it, and sometimes we don’t, because sometimes we just need to fill in some slots. It’s a really hardcore match. People have to train months for this. Like to build up stamina, because it’s ten rounds…

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Origami Art, DIY Dragonfly

Written and photos taken by Lucca                                                                                         The Art Of Origami, DIY                                                                                              March 13, 2012

First, a giant, crisp, and loving “Happy birthday!” to the grandfather of origami, Akira Yoshizawa, who passed in 2005. Tomorrow marks the anniversary of his 101st birth date.

Second, an American laser physicist is helping to keep the Japanese tradition of origami, or “paper folding”, alive.  Robert Lang dropped his job as a scientist to become one of the few professional origami artists in the United States. He inspires to find new forms of the art by exploring the form’s relationship to mathematics and science. “‘I have immense respect for him, because he’s bridged the mathematics and science with a traditional art form — origami, ‘” said fellow origami artist Linda Tomoko Mihara. Mihara herself, a third-generation Japanese-American, is world-renown for her origami cranes. She owns The Paper Tree in San Francisco’s Japantown.

Together, Lang and Mihara worked on an animated TV commercial in which everything except for the car being advertised was created using origami. And in the future, they hope to create the first animated origami film!

You can find Mihara at the upcoming Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown of SF April 14th, 15th, 21st, and 22nd! Anyone planning to go?! If so, see you there!

How to create an origami dragonfly
1. Take a square piece of thin paper

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Contest + Themed Monday: Dramatic Looks

You have till the end of tomorrow to answer any 1 of our Dramatic Looks questions correctly to win a $25 Ghost Nest gift certificate.
polka dots room

How it works:

  1. We tweet 5 questions, which are about dramatic looks, beginning Monday 3/12 through Tuesday 3/13 at midnight (<- Yeah, we know this is technicaly 3/14. ;) )
  2. You guess any one of the 5 questions correctly
  3. We will DM (direct message) you on Twitter that you have won
  4. You have by midnight Wednesday 3/14 to respond
  5. We will give you the promotional code for your certificate for use on our website for any Ghost Nest interior hardware products
  6. You pick any designs or create your own!
  7. We ship you your goods within 15 days of your order

How to create your interior hardware:

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Easy-peasy! Now get guessing, because these fantastic, chic, and custom knobs could be yours!

Anything, a photo of your kids, lover, best friend, pup, pattern, favorite CA university&#8230; The possibilities are endless! (Taken with instagram)

Anything, a photo of your kids, lover, best friend, pup, pattern, favorite CA university… The possibilities are endless! (Taken with instagram)

The Hot Glue Gun: Insider Tricks, History, 10 DIY Projects, And An Artist That Draws Sculptures In Hot Glue

By Lucca Raventinkie                                                                                          February 21, 2012


George Schultz’s glue gun in 1971.

A hot glue gun is a device you control with your hand that takes a glue stick and deposits thick and hot glue adhesive. Patents can be found as far back as 1907, but with research, you will find that George Schultz is credited for creating the polygun, a hot glue gun, in 1971.

 

Artwork by Esma Paca Turam

Turkish artist Esma Paca Turam  draws  images with a hot glue gun, resulting in fantastic hanging curtains. She has received public attention in publications since around 2003 and shows her work internationally. (If you happen to find an earlier article, post it as a comment!)

She talks about living in a crowded city, and how she has “been fascinated with the communication between different people.  Spectators (2002, solo exhibition, paper sculptures) was about this.  I was focusing on the individual in its urban surroundings.  The interaction between the people through their surroundings: windows and figures were emphasized people were watching and being watched through the windows or the laundry hanging on a balcony was giving away so much about the occupants of that house.

Laundry on a string

 Artwork by Esma Paca Turam

“This was new to me, almost a shock,” Turam says about living in the city. “I had been living in a crowded city, but obviously I was making space for myself.  My experience in Beijing led to the making of the “Curtain” (2004 Silicone Figurines). This work is the expression of the individuals floating in the crowd.  Their individuality is expressed by emphasis on the movement and details, eyes and hair of the figurines.” 

Artwork by Esma Paca Turam


And about using the glue in her work, “I always liked watching the raindrops coming together, flowing down a window a meditative and peaceful movement.  Probably with this idea, I had been working with Silicone since 1994.  My technique is to use a hot glue gun and therefore the silicone works almost like a pencil for me.  The outcome is transparent, flexible.  It shimmers like crystal or glass, it is light in weight like paper and it is a direct material.  Most important for me is that I can draw directly with this material.

 I was looking for a lace type of effect for the curtain, to be able to look at it from both sides.  Silicone just clicked in as the right material for the work.”

10 DIY projects:  

  1. Masquerade Mask  
  2. Seashell Bottles
  3. Emergency Heater
  4. Three Tiered Dessert Stan
  5. No-Sew Bow Ties
  6. Moss Balls
  7. No-sew Clutch 
  8. Button Bobby Pins
  9. Orchid Hair Clip
  10. Paper Rose Reef

If you are a newbie, here is how to use a hot glue gun  .

3 insider tips:

  1. The glue sets fast, but you can remelt it with a hair dryer if you absolutely need to reposition something
  2. Put a piece of paper under the tip of your hot glue gun, because the glue tends to seep out the tip a little
  3. If you need to adjust the glue with your fingers, blow on it and wait 5-10 seconds, otherwise, depending on the temp, you’ll end up with a hot glob o’ glue that will peel some skin right off with it

Benefits of using a hot glue gun:

  • They are inexpensive
  • The glue sticks are inexpensive
  • You can use them for practically everything…
  • They are easy
  • They fit perfectly in your hand
  • Because they fit perfectly in your hand, you have lots of control
  • The glue dries quickly
  • The glue is durable
  • The glue is waterproof
  • It has long shelf life
  • Advantages over solvent-based adhesives

I hope you are inspired to whip out your trusty hot glue guns and let the bullets of possibility fly.

Share with us! Are you working on a project using a hot glue gun? Have any more tips or projects?

GN Themed Mondays + V-Day Trivia

You have till the end of Valentines Day tomorrow to answer any 1 of our Artist Romance questions correctly and win a $50 Ghost Nest gift certificate!!)

Graffiti heart

How it works:

  1. We tweet 14 questions, which are about artist couples, beginning Monday morning 2/13 through Tuesday at midnight 2/14
  2. You guess any one of the 14 questions correctly
  3. We will DM (direct message) you on Twitter that you have won
  4. You have by midnight Wednesday to respond
  5. Will give you the promotional code for your $50 Ghost Nest certificate, which may be used on our website for any Ghost Nest interior hardware products
  6. You pick any designs or create your own
  7. We ship you your goods within 10 days

How to create your interior hardware:

Easy-peasy! Now get guessing, because these fantastic, chic knobs could be yours for FREE!

5 Days Till Fab.com

Our deal with FAB.com debuts in 5 DAYS!

Our Matthew Langille knobs will be featured and on sale on fab.com February 15th!! 

If you aren’t familiar with FAB.com, you should be! They have sweet, sweet deals, which are snatched up by the masses until the goods are gone. 

There are three styles in Ghost Nest’s Matthew Langille Collection:

  1. Clothing Label Style
  2. Monsters Style (photo below)
  3. Pattern Style

Langille is world renowned and has worked with many, including Marc Jacobs and Swatch.

We recently stopped into the Swatch store here in San Francisco, and one of guys is lovin’ his new Langille pants he won from Langille’s Facebook competition! 

Matthew Langille monster knobs

Matthew Langille monster style knobs

Meet Coast Jumper

By Lucca Raventinkie                                                                    Interview: Coast Jumper                                                                      Feb. 5, 2012

 

Meet Coast Jumper, the latest harmonic, hypnotic band reminescent of Vampire Weekend and The Beach Boys in a dream. From college to real life, from Sutures i to Sutures ii, from mellow insight to short-lived mosh-material rock, Ariyan Basu, Brian Hans, David Vieira, Jordan Berstein, and Nick Blossom  have been jiving in the dark with a candle – seriously – to bring their genuine emotion – without the emo sensibility – via seemless undulation. We went the 14-question distance with Dave and Ariyan of this five-member crew.

Coast Jumper

 

Q1: I saw you all rocking out at Hotel Utah Saloon. I see you have an up coming gig there again February 8th. How often have you played there? What is the furthest place from Oakland and San Francisco you have played?

Dave: As for the Hotel Utah, this will be our third time playing there, on the 8th. We’re super excited because we’re playing with Bell Thieves, and we’re in love with them (in a platonic way).. Might be one of our favorite venues to play, just because of how it’s laid out. The double-decker floors really make it fun.

The furthest place we’ve played was a Halloween show at the Cellar Door in Visalia, with our other loves Fierce Creatures. The trip down there smelled a lot like cow poop, but the show ended up being awesome anyway!

 

Hotel Utah Saloon double-decker floors

 

Hotel Utah Saloon at night

 

Q2: What is the funniest thing that has happen during a concert or to the band?

Dave: It was one of our first shows premiering Disabler (the heavier track on our album), and it was when we were still in college. We were playing at a frat party, following a dance-inducing Motown cover band. There was a huge crowd of frat bros dancing up little freshman girls, all eagerly awaiting the next band so they can keep groovin’. We come on, all excited to debut our new song, not realizing our audience at all, and open with Disabler. They tried to dance to it for a while. Then it got heavy and weird. Needless to say (if you’ve listened to the track, that is), we cleared out the dance floor, and the only remaining people were our friends and a few awkward frat bro youths still trying to salvage their dance. Horrible at the time, but so funny in retrospect.

 

Question 3: You mention that you love Bell Thieves and Fierce Creatures. What other bands do you dig? Are you currently influenced/inspired by a local band? And what band do you worship?

Dave: We dig a lot of bands. Locally, B. Hamilton from Oakland, Waterstrider from Berkeley, Dogcatcher from Mountain View, and (not so locally), Animal Eyes from Portland. All very good friends of ours that everyone should see live given the chance.

We also worship a lot of bands. Lately, Snowmine, an up and coming NY-based indie rock band, has been dominating our eardrums. Definitely check out their debut, Laminate Pet Animal, it’s so worth it.

 

Brian and Jordan

 

Q4: Your sounds are hypnotic, but what reels me in are your lyrics. Who writes your music?

Dave: Thanks, we enjoy hypnotizing people.

Ariyan: Creepy.

Dave: As for who writes our songs, it’s everyone, really. Every part you hear was probably written by the person playing it, and that includes the lyrics. Three of us me, Dave, Ariyan, and Hans sing lead throughout the album, and the lyrics are generally written by whoever’s singing.. Our process basically starts as a simple idea (could be a melody, rhythm, chord progression), and everyone basically builds on it until we’re content. As you can imagine, it takes a long time for everyone to become content, and we’ve had songs take months to get to the point where we all could say “yeah… now that’s a song.”

 

 Q5: So Grand Opening is your first album right? How did that take? How long did it take to produce the least and most time-consuming songs? Which ones are those?

Dave: Yep. We met in college and wrote all of these songs in our four years together, pre Coast Jumper. The songs changed, evolved, got better, worse, whatever. A lot (read: A LOT) of songs got thrown out, too. It’s kind of a representation of how we grew up in college, as cheesy as that sounds, but it really grew up with us from when we met freshman year, to when we graduated, and the album kind of follows that growth. We spent a good part of our senior year finally recording it all with our good friend Kevin Harper at Ithaca College, which included us recording, producing, and mastering together in a very nice studio that the university had.

The hardest song to do all of this for was probably Disabler, mostly due to how stressed out the actual song gets us just from its mood. I remember a very embarrassing session where me and Ariyan, knowing next to nothing about recording at the time, somehow managed to make the first take sound like a reggae/ska track… that original recording might actually still exist, now that I think about it…. #VH1CoastJumperBehindTheScenesMaterial


Q6: Dave, what is your favorite part about music? What were you playing and doing 10 years ago?

Dave: My favorite part about music is the mood it can convey. Hearing things like Thom Yorke say “It’s the thousand yard stare when you look at someone close to you and you know they’re gonna die” about Knives Out gets me so excited. If a song can make you feel happy or sad, that’s cool. If a song can make you feel desolate, uneasy, angry, serene… that’s even cooler.

10 years ago, I was probably playing Super Smash Brothers with my high school friends. For real. I wasn’t much of a musician—I only learned how to play guitar junior year of high school, and the first songs I learned were Metallica songs (since I was a huge metal head). Before that, I played clarinet in marching band.

 

Dave

 

Q7: Who was the geekiest person when they were 10 years old in the band? Who is the slickest band member now?

Dave: Geekiest? SEE ABOVE QUESTION. Marching band, video games, and lame metal bands. I also wore cargo pants that were baggier than the dickens.

Slickest? I want to say me because that would be a fun stark contrast, but that would be hopelessly false. Probably Nick, since he gets all the girls.

 

Q8: You are nodding to the Beach Boys in “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)”. Why did you all choose this particular song to cover? Did they influence you all and how so? Why do you think they were so infectious?

Ariyan: Pet Sounds hit us all pretty hard near the end of college.  When I played through the album for the first time, “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)” completely floored me.  That vocal melody was perfect, emotional but not overly so, and it flowed seamlessly from part to part.  I immediately grabbed my guitar and figured it out, then went downstairs to show the others.  Jordan suggested we cover it.

Brian Wilson is a tremendous influence on us, his composition, his production, etc.  But one thing that really fascinated us was his attention to vocal performance.  During the Pet Sounds sessions, he would demand the other singers record and rerecord and record their parts until they were JUST right.  He didn’t want a singer to even think a thought that was incongruous with the words he was singing.  The genuine emotion was so important.  It sounds silly, but we arranged our version of Don’t Talk in a pitch black (save for one candle) basement one winter, just trying to feel “it” —the music— as much as possible.  We actually ended up recording a lot of the album in relative darkness too.  

I don’t know if I’d call music “infectious” necessarily.  Maybe the Mike Love-era stuff.  But the later stuff, like Smiley Smile, is literally the work of a man spiraling into insanity  Pretty heavy stuff.  

 

We imagine this as “in the dark with a candle”

 

Q9: Who has the beard in the band? I remember during your concert you said something about Ariyan being the only one who is able to grow facial hair. Is this a serious statement? How do you all feel about that? Feel like the rest of you are missing out on the indie stage set? ;P

Ariyan: I have a beard.  This is a serious statement.  

Dave: He has generously offered to grow enough facial hair for the rest of us, but has lately been scaring us because he has gotten a lot of compliments on his recently-shaven face.

 

Q10: When and perhaps why was your first gig?

Dave: Our first gig out here was at Cafe du Nord with our friends Mainland, earlier this year (I believe in September?) who were touring from Brooklyn. We were originally going to play at the Milk Bar, but they totally double booked it and gave us the finger. We got lucky because Cafe du Nord agreed to save our show and move it to their venue, which is an infinitely cooler place anyway. You hear that, Milk Bar? WE DON’T NEED YA!

 

Q11: You all seem to tweet about girls a lot. Guess you really like ‘em huh?

Ariyan: Yes, but this is misleading because all five of us are gay lovers.  Sorry girls.

 

Grand Opening album cover

 

Q12: Who did your Grand Opening album cover? And who designed your website?

Dave: I did! I don’t really know anything about design, but I’ve always wanted to learn, so the band has kind of become my personal project to get better at that. I’ve also been designing a lot of the posters we’ve had for our shows and it’s been a lot of fun.

 

Q13: Do you think there is a connection of all art forms? Do you think someone who is a good musician could be a good painter, graphic or web designer, fashion designer, dancer? Does anyone come to mind?

Ariyan: There’s probably some sort of connection, because we are all pretty fly dancers.

John Lennon comes to mind; he did music, painting, poetry, and had sweet fashion.  Wasn’t a great web designer, but you can’t win them all.

 

I sat belonely down a tree,
humbled fat and small.
A little lady sing to me
I couldn’t see at all.

I’m looking up and at the sky,
to find such wondrous voice.
Puzzly puzzle, wonder why,
I hear but have no choice.

‘Speak up, come forth, you ravel me’,
I potty menthol shout.
‘I know you hiddy by this tree’.
But still she won’t come out.

Such softly singing lulled me sleep,
an hour or two or so
I wakeny slow and took a peep
and still no lady show.

Then suddy on a little twig
I thought I see a sight,
A tiny little tiny pig,
that sing with all it’s might.

‘I thought you were a lady’.
I giggle, - well I may,
To my suprise the lady,
got up - and flew away.

—————————John Lennon

 

Q13: What are you looking forward to most in 2012?

Dave: Rather than the crazy parties on December *20th and then the subsequently crazier parties on the *22nd? Grizzly Bear’s planned (??) next album release. Veckatimest totally blew us off your socks, especially when we saw them live in a tiny, almost empty auditorium at Dickinson College. It was a magical time. *“December 21 (12/21/2012) is the Mayan end of the world! Figure there”d be a lot of partying surrounding that date.”


Q14: What is the funniest thing/image that someone could put in a knob? Here’s a knob that is pretty funny:  Elmo at Burning Man? You think he was giggling?? But come on, give it to us. What do you think about the funniest image? And also, where would they put it?

Ariyan: A picture of Dave’s knob.  On a knob.  And I’ll let you decide where you would put it.

Dave: Yowza.

Unrelated thought: Maybe we can get band knobs and sell them as merch at our shows; 5 kinds, each with one of our faces on it!

 

Q15: What is your dream as a band?? What do you want? And what is the most important message that a listener (and maybe viewer too) could pull from your music?

Dave: To get an article making fun of us on Hipster Runoff. Kind of not joking. At that point, I feel like a “buzzband” has kind of made it, don’t ya think?

As for a message from our music? This is a tough one, since our music tends to be pretty inward and we try to stray away from being preachy in our writing… Maybe that could be one? Just live life and learn from it? That sounds pretty good.


Listen to For Youth from their new album, Grand Opening, and get the full album by visiting coastjumper.com.