Friday Finds 02.24.12
On this Friday, we take you on a food tour of San Francisco, share a clip from the new Ralph Fiennes film, and introduce you to our new favorite interactive website, which tests one's ability to draw stick figures. Scroll down for more.
Brooklyn designer Caitlin Mociun introduced me to the work of Doug Johnston at Terrific magazine's Deck The Halls holiday pop-up shop this past December. I was so enamored I bought one of his coiled cord baskets for my mother! The process is the same whether it results in an amorphous, sculptural vessel or something more practical, like a shallow basket with handles. Johnston uses braided cotton cord and sews it in coils with colored thread on an industrial zig-zag sewing machine, free-verse style with no molds. He's starting to get a bit more attention these days, so I'd advise hitting his webshop while the price tags are still mostly under $100.
Now in fairly wide release, Ralph Fiennes's adaptation of the rather hard-to-love Coriolanus is truly awesome. Not only is Shakespeare's language cleverly adapted by screenwriter John Logan—who filters this bloody version of Rome through a mob of senators, the nightly news, and a surging, disgruntled crowd—but Fiennes's direction cribs equally from the action flick and Globe Theatre playbooks. Vanessa Redgrave is as steely a Shakespearean matron as you'll find, Gerard Butler wraps his brogue around his few speeches, and Fiennes (whose capacity for embodied rage was undermined by the essentially incorporeal Voldemort) is sheer pitiless vengeance in glowering iambic pentameter. See this movie.
Leah: Monaco Cork Envelope Clutch