Here is the cover of Kim Kardashian’s forthcoming book, Selfish, out in May 2015. This is the cover photo, and frankly, it’s amazing. I am sure the impending arrival of Kim’s coffee-table book of selfies will cause a lot of people to raise their fists in anger about how we are turning into a society of self-obsessed zombies with the compulsive need to document our lives as if they were important, but I disagree with these haters. If we look at her face and body of work as a study in the uncanny valley, then she is a genius. Her face is a perfect and confusing mix of artifice and reality, and because of that it’s mesmerizing. Besides, she’s just trying to live, like we all are, right? Let Kim do Kim. It’s what she’s good at. [Twitter]
Bathroom mirrors got you down? Are you tired of always having to make awkward explanations to ER doctors about how you injured yourself trying to take a picture of your butt for your Instagram feed? Unable to tell if that sore on your ass is infected or what, and don’t feel like asking a friend? Wondering if your yoga pants are see-through and everyone in your Vinyasa class is secretly laughing at you (literally) behind your back?
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Weaving in general is my obsession and in addition to spending most of my free time at the loom, I also search Instagram for other weavers in hopes of finding inspiration and new techniques. There’s plenty of great work, but a lot of it is … the same. Lots of geometric, vaguely Southwestern patterns, or really organic, free-formed designs. I count myself among those weavers doing similar work, by the way, but I’m getting closer to finding my own signature style and I’m super inspired by those who’ve carved out a unique niche for themselves.
No one exemplifies that more than Erin M. Riley, a Brooklyn-based weaver who transforms photographs, in particular the kind of “sexy” selfies that have become ever-present on the Internet, into intricate and and extremely beautiful woven textiles. “I am drawn to the images taken for private exchanges that become littered on the internet,” she has said of her work. “I am using my own images that I have sent to lovers as well as the objects that I have formed psychological attachments to, objects that have impacted people’s lives, displays of arrests, deaths, addictions.” The work is provocative, especially since it both defies (subject matter) and exemplifies (technique) the art form’s traditions. Click through for some of my favorite pieces by Erin M. Riley and check out her website for more. [Erin M. Riley]
I have so many conflicting feelings about gym selfies. I usually just sort of frown at them, shake my head, and move on. They’re the kind of thing that other people do, and while I totally respect their right to do it, I just don’t understand why. This came to a head this morning when, after I came home from the gym, I looked on Twitter and saw a gym selfie a woman had tweeted. She was draped casually over the bar of a Smith machine, and the caption was “It’s a lifestyle, really.”
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