Archive for May, 2008

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Balibrella

May 29, 2008

I’ll have to do a post about the use of umbrellas in Ghana soon, but for a first geographical umbrella post I’ve picked Bali.

Balinese umbrellas are called tedung or “to guard” and are used in religious ceremonies. There’s more information on their history and construction here, and this site and this site sell them for your garden.

(Almost unrelated, I found one of these on the delightful Design Mom blog and I am never buying anything without looking at it again)

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Doileybrella

May 29, 2008

This gorgeous installation by Karuski features the kinds of umbrellas I’d like to make. I’m not sure how waterproof they are but I’d still carry one in a downpour – the warm glow of happiness surrounding me would dry me off in seconds.

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Umbrella image of the week

May 29, 2008

I got this lovely picture

from this lovely blog

about this lovely artist.

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Spongebrella

May 27, 2008

Perhaps more genuinely useful than this “green” stand, this stand soaks up your leftover rain in a little sponge. But is it worth £80? Hmmm.

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Warpbrella

May 27, 2008

On the European theme started earlier today, this is apparently how Europe does umbrellas. They’re all rather stylish and look well-made (the Chartres is added to my wishlist), and seem pretty usable for day-to-day umbrellaring.

All, that is, apart from this one, which probably does cover your back well but looks a bit daft…

and is sold very creatively

As the rain began to pour, Anya frowned, worrying about the evening ahead. Would the rain ruin her best gown? Just then, Paul appeared in the doorway, holding the Chapelle. She smiled. He really did think of everything.

If Paul appeared in my doorway holding the Chapelle I’d worry that he’d been standing against a radiator which melted half his brolly, and I’d tell him to go home and bring me a proper one before I put it somewhere uncomfortable.

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Networkbrella

May 27, 2008

You’re walking down a dark and rainy street when your umbrella glows red and then pulses blue. Within seconds you’re chatting via bluetooth with another umbrella holder in the viscinity. It’s a project that Jonah Brucker-Cohen and Katherine Moriwaki put together in 2004 while investigating clothing and accessories as the active conduit through which people create network relationships in public space.

Brucker-Cohen’s website it very interesting, but my google doesn’t throw up much about Moriwaki since 2006. However the project was featured at this year’s SOS 4.8 International Event on Sustainability Art, so hopefully we could hear more about it soon.

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Stupid Brolly of the Week

May 27, 2008

This is what the internet was made for (this, porn, running in to school friends you’d tried to forget and cats talking textspeak).