May 18, 2008

Ornamentation and Extra Extra Links

Today is Extra Extra links day, so that will follow below, but it is also extra imagery day. In my studies last week looking at Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts, I remembered these beautiful objects I saw in Chicago. After much googling and finally needing to ask my Chicago friend, I found the things that were rattling around in my brain. The items in this post are various decorative hardware elements designed by Louis Sullivan for the old Chicago Stock Exchange building, I believe.
Many of these are from the elevators, the round medallion at the very top is an elevator grille. I remember it, seeing an image of it before, and remember it being round and beautiful, but I thought it was a manhole/sewer cover. So I was on a wild goose chase this week using that as a search term. I did not find it that way, obviously, but I did discover there is a world of beautiful manhole covers, and people who study them, and even people who travel the world and take rubbings of them, like people take rubbings of tombstones. Who knew?
How fascinating...Sullivan, the designer of these highly ornate hardware elements, appears to have coined the term "form ever follows function" which, given the way the term is often used, seems to be quite ironic. ooh, an interesting footnote in the Wiki, and an interesting question for me to ponder today...Is Ornament Functional?
This week, I hope to show you pictures of stuff around the studio. The displays for Bead & Button are coming together, some of my neato steampunk accessories are getting crafted, and show stock is starting to be made and pile up...very slowly. For now, your Extra Extra linkage: Jewelry Making Wire is a great medium for jewelry making, and with this new DVD review you can find out how you can turn straight wire into super cool bangle bracelets.

Art Bead Scene Obessing over details leads Cindy Gimbrone to revise her MF Bird. No, she's not frustrated she means Modern Folk Bird.

Jennifer Jangles Blog See the first ceramic beads Jennifer made.

Jewelry & Beading What to do with those odd-shaped treasures you pick up on vacation this summer!

Katie's Beading Blog Feeling the economic pinch in your purse? There are plenty of ways to make cool jewelry with stuff you already have.

Naughty Secretary Club So many social networking web sites and so little time. Find out how Jen utilizes websites like My Space, Indie Public, Twitter and more to help promote her jewelry business Naughty Secretary Club and spread the crafty gospel.

PearlEsq. Check out what blingy wonders Robin's been beading while recovering from her knee surgery!

Savvy Crafter Need a card for your favorite beader? Candie may have just the thing!

Snap out of it Jean! There's beading to be done! Margot will be posting in a cool crafting group but still visiting here. When I get the url, I will post it for that group. Until then, check out this repost of her fantastic pocketbook which I adore and treasure she made me!


  1. Wow thank you for all of the great links. I spent half the morning reading about Naughty Secretary's Club's social networking sites tour and watching her video on resin casting. So much fun! Thanks for the lovely pictures of the elevator grilles too.

  2. Thank you for stopping by and visiting! I am happy to share these great links and stuff with you!