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Geek tagging

A QR Code is a matrix code (or two-dimensional bar code) created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. The “QR” is derived from “Quick Response”, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. QR Codes are common in Japan, where they are currently the most popular type of two dimensional codes. Moreover, most current Japanese mobile phones can read this code with their camera.

The above image is the QR code for Show Your Workings, don’t you love that?

QR Codes storing addresses and URLs may appear in magazines, on signs, buses, business cards or just about any object that users might need information about. Users with a camera phone equipped with the correct reader software can scan the image of the QR Code causing the phone’s browser to launch and redirect to the programmed URL. This act of linking from physical world objects is known as a hardlink or physical world hyperlinks. Users can also generate and print their own QR Code for others to scan and use by visiting one of several free QR Code generating sites. – wikipedia

I can imagine plenty of craft applications for QR code

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I’m hooked on lino prints at the moment. This one (wip) looks like amoeba to me. I’m hoping it will work well as a repeating pattern. I started trying out prints on calico yesterday and they went pretty well.

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The Hub at Pataka is back up and running after a wee lull. I spent the afternoon doing another lino print. Miss S came along and was totally focused for 3hours of craft!

If anyone local is interested in joining us leave a comment and I’ll let you know when the next meet up is.

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This article I started writing a wee while ago was intended for World Sweet World but due to a miscommunication it seems I missed the deadline so you lucky readers get to read it first and free!

Speaking about Craftivism / Guerilla Art, I picked up a couple of book orders yesterday – oh Joy! Keri Smith rocks!!

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Street art

banksy TV stencil, originally uploaded by Loso.

I love street art from Bansky and the like but here’s a new one for me:

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

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Two old work mates are launching two new projects in one week. They are both very clever and talented in their field so I’m shamelessly promoting them. The connection is Unity Books, where we all worked in the 90s. I could write a post just about all the amazing people who have worked there but today I’ll just focus on two.

Stella is a dear friend and conceptual jeweller living in Nelson. If you are in the Nelson region do go and see Like at the Suter:

Adventurous, playful and provocative, LIKE: An Experiment in Interpretation explores the ‘translation’ of an object between media: from the physical to the written, and then back to the physical. LIKE takes an object, a writer and a group of jewellers on a rigorous expedition of exploration and interpretation. One object given to Bill Manhire to interpret in verse results in an array of objects in translation. The jewellers have deciphered the text and through their individual interpretation made the resultant objects. The objects are both similar and wildly different raising questions in regard to perception, interpretation and the process of making.
Floortalk April 13th, 2pm. Workshop May 11th, 2-4pm, Students Poetry Performance 21st May, 12.10pm

Damien Skinner was just a young fella when I first met him (we all were!), when I guess he was writing his masters thesis. This book is a version of his doctoral thesis. In The Herald Damien says the thesis is “the larger story, asking what is the carver, what is the artist and what might be the relationship between the two”. It is a journey likely to continue for a long time yet. You can read a review on Beattie’s Book Blog. You can get a copy of his book at Unity Books in NZ or Amazon if you’re abroad.

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