Friday, August 31, 2012

Wristwear of the month – Recycled Leather

Ben Milam

What is better than a leather bracelet? A recycled leather bracelet.  One of the most desirable things is fashion is for your style to be an extension of yourself.  And one of the most fun things, for me, is seeing pieces that have been worn to the point they finally look like they belong on you.  That's when you become your own work of art – there is no other piece like it in the world.

Leather is incredibly suited to becoming a unique extension of you.  Think about a nice pair of shoes, or a belt, that conforms to your body when it’s finally broken in.  Well, the ingenious idea of artist Ben Milam was to take such articles of beloved leather and reincarnate them as wristwear.  An old leather coat worn through in a few spots has plenty of good leather to make into something new and cool – hence his company name, Cyclical.

Ben’s work certainly tops the charts when it comes to being cool! Ben designs leather wristwear on a huge spectrum: from bracelets I’m convinced

you could wear with a suit, to full-on pirate-style gauntlets (dagger included).  Ok, so the full gauntlets may be more than you can wear with confidence on most days, but a good, low-profile, leather bracelet is
incredibly versatile. From your business meeting, to just wanderin’ ‘round on a wilderness road, leather works all the way.


Where can you find these awesome works of art? The Portland Saturday market! Ben has been there for over 12 years now - but I’m sure if you contact him, he’ll let you know how to get his awesome wristwear even if you don’t live in Portland.

So, find some friends, get some breakfast at the Bijou Café, and head down to the waterfront to shop some wristwear. You might even find your inner pirate.


Wristwear of the Month

As a designer, I spend time searching for new materials and keep tabs on the pulse of wristwear.  As a consequence, I come across some pretty cool stuff occasionally. At Riceling, my main focus is design for men – a challenging task. In this series, I highlight the most outstanding work of other artists that I think are in line the goals set here at Riceling.

Friday, August 17, 2012

War-torn Chandelier

- A tribute to Anthroparodie - 

Just because you live in America doesn't mean you can't have the bombed-out quaintness of the third world. Carelessly assembled from scraps pulled out of the grenaded rubble of some war-torn village.  This disaster is now on sale, with a price reduction more shocking than a shell going off in your living room at 2am.

(was $1,300)

Monday, August 13, 2012

The 2012 Olympics in Review

I'm the best!

For those who missed the XXX Olympiad, you’re in good company - so did I (mostly).  I didn't entirely miss the Olympics because I did watch the opening ceremonies, women’s beach volleyball, and two seconds of a women’s gymnastics warm-up session.  In case you’re wondering, the Olympics is a celebration of national good-will and equality, where countries compete against each other to dominate the games and be better than everyone else.   In this utopian spirit of all-inclusiveness, every nation in the world is represented (except the ones that nobody likes).  All the best athletes from each of these nations come from the United States, and meet in the country that could afford to host the games.  And now to summarize the results most people are talking about.
During the opening ceremonies, England’s seniors swept the medals.  Paul McCartney took gold for most enthusiastic seventy-year-old, and Queen Elizabeth II took silver and bronze for most enthusiastic octogenarian, despite that she appeared to be suffering from a nasty stomach ache throughout the entire event.

HRH at the London Games

Women’s beach volleyball took gold for best Olympic sport.  As usual, nobody had to be distracted by peripheral features of the game such as rules, score, and team rankings, because we all knew Misty and Kerri would win.  After taking gold, the US volleyball duo continued their Olympic tradition of retiring from the sport; never to play together again (unless there’s a 2016 summer games).  For those who may be wondering, women’s beach volleyball is a game invented by Mitt Romney, during his tenure as King of the Olympics, as part of his plan to make the Olympics more profitable.

In women’s gymnastics (clearly an overstatement), where high school-aged girls jump around on playground equipment now banned from public use, the USA won gold, and Russia lost with silver and bronze.  The Olympic committee tried to help the Russians feel better by assuring them the silver and bronze medals were made with just as much love, care, and equality (and besides, the gold medal is mostly silver anyway).  But no one fell for that nonsense, because everybody knows there’s only one Olympic medal worth competing for – gold.

Of course there were lots of other athletes, and every sport you can imagine, except dodge ball.

And that’s the summer Olympics, this year and every fourth year, starring Bob Costas.

In other news, Mitt Romney will lobby for inclusion of the merry-go-round as a gymnastics event, because even I would pay to see that.