So I finally ordered The Plant Journal: Vol. 1, and got it in the mail a week or so ago from the great folks at Lucky’s in Vancouver. I waited another week to open it so that I could document it when I did. I’ve got to savor print like this, you know? It’s taken me several weeks more to post it up here on The Look See. I know it’s probably the most overly documented plant periodical in the past decade, but can you blame me? I mean, it combines three of my greatest joys in life: plants, design, and literature.
Now I need Vol. 2 which is out now.
Sidenote: I’m convinced that I have a Staghorn-shaped void in my life. Time to expand my horticultural horizons.
Another sidenote: this is also where I found Mr. Eichhorn’s beautiful collage work.
S. Los Angeles St./ Entry Way -March 2012
Excerpt from Rookie Mag’s interview with John Waters.
What’s the difference between good bad taste and bad bad taste?
You have to know the rules of good taste to have bad taste. With good good taste, you just know the rules. You like something not because it’s worth money, but because you know its value, and you don’t care if anyone else knows it. You pull it off seamlessly without looking down on anybody.
Good bad taste is celebrating something without thinking you’re better than it. You think it’s so amazing, and you could have never even thought it up. But the people who have [this thing] have it without irony. And so you’re stupefied by it and you have to respect it because it is so peculiar and so weird and much crazier than you could ever think, but those other people think they’re normal.
Bad bad taste is condescending, making fun of others. An old plastic pink flamingo on a lawn that two older people have had forever is just good taste. But a plastic pink flamingo on a yuppie’s front lawn is bad bad taste.
It’s not even the original—it’s mass produced, and they’re way too late on the joke.
So that’s the difference for me: if you’re celebrating something or you’re looking down on something.
This über-feminine collection from Marchesa seems so refreshing to me right now after what’s been in fashion for the past few seasons. Despite the fact that my own tastes are definitely more on the masculine side at the moment as well, I find that I’m really inspired by these frothy, intricate gowns for fall.