?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Previous Entry Share Next Entry
breeden
ursulav

Faking the Rough Draft

(And thanks to archangelbeth for the analogy!)

Art derives from artifice and is inherently artificial. I may want to produce gorgeous authentic journal pages in my sketchbook, but I can't. So I scan the weird little doodles and frantic blatherings in the sketchbook and produce them on the computer, because I grew up on the computer, goddamnit.

And they come out looking like this.

Tags:


  • 1
That's a fascinating article. The facilities at canoe campsites along the Delaware river are just wooden toilet seats on a wooden box over a hole in ground. At this point I can't recall if they were varnished or not, though I think not (they were NOT splintery, though!)

In my experience, pit latrines aren't bad if you're used to them, but if you're in pain and need to stay a while, it's really nice to be able to sit down. (Though perhaps someone more accustomed to crouching would be comparably comfortable.)

**nods** Some designs are just universal (though I'm extremely glad that we've updated TP from a sponge on a stick to, well, TP.)

I do medieval reenactment as a hobby and specialize in fabrics and fibers, and one of my favorite things to do when we're putting on demonstrations of medieval crafts for schoolkids is to explain the life-cycle of clothing back then: from a new garment to a hand-me-down to a cut-up garment used to mend or ornament other clothes, and then when it's too worn to be useful anymore to strips of fabric in a jar by the privy or garderobe. Many an archaeologist has rejoiced to find lots of lovely anaerobically-preserved wool samples at the bottom of some medieval manor's outhouse. The explanation never fails to get giggles from the kids, and it's a practical example of a non-throwaway useage.

  • 1