At UncommonGoods, we're big fans of “Reduce, Re-use, Recycle." So, after we used 24 flats of wheat grass for a photo, we gave it to a tortoise and some cats.
We want to give you an exclusive look inside the minds of our uncommon artists. For Laura, there is no real division between her shop and her art; it all comes from the same place in her imaginative mind. Collections of objects which seem to have drifted together out of their desire to express Laura's poetic sensibility share shop space with pieces of her art--and of course, her jewelry.
A couple of UncommonGoods people are at SXSW this week; at the interactive part, not for film. But some of us who aren't going (passive-aggressive pouting alert: orange) were perusing the SXSW site, looking at the film festival schedule, and saw this: “Big names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with some major and rising names in cinema..."
Recently, our founder Dave Bolotsky signed on as an advisor to a very uncommon idea for the common good that's being floated for the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan where he lives and has long-time family roots: an underground park, proposed for a long-abandoned trolley car station that almost no one knew was there until recently.
Background Research: The Stackable Lunch Pot is a sleek, chic, airtight food porting device comprised of two containers that fit together in a quite nifty manner. The larger of the two holds 18.6 ounces; the smaller, 10 ounces. A fashionable matching spork is included. Hypothesis: Some people--cough cough (me) cough cough - have trouble restraining themselves in the presence of tasty food, and need help with the dreaded "portion control." Can the Lunch Pot help me keep a lid (har har) on my appetite despite the temptation of homemade risotto?
I had an actual garden plot, in the ground, at a local community garden for a year. There, I took my first shot at tomato-growing. Holy mother, were those things delicious. And gorgeous. And basically, free. A packet of seeds costs about the same as a couple of New York City farmer’s market tomatoes. But the community garden wasn’t quite local enough for me. My fire escape - that was local.