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Artist Erika Simmons latest work is called “Ghost in the Machine” and that is exactly what it is. The ‘machine’ of the cassette tape is transformed into iconic, mostly dead (‘ghost’), legends using the innards of the cassette tape. That is pretty clever and steps up to a new level of awesomeness. She also uses old movie reels to recreate movie legends like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. I remember when I was a kid (by kid , I mean last week) I used to dissect the inside of a cassette tape and make ‘facial hair’ (and other hair) and act a fool. Basically, all those Color Me Badd tapes, Martika tapes and Bell Biv DeVoe tapes took on a new life as strings of beard, mustache and arm pit ‘hair’. At least for a few minutes. Anyway, at least Erika is putting it to good use. I wonder if she has a Prince one… that would be rad in my dining room.

photos: Erika Simmons

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Here’s a some cool stuff I found at Brooklyn shop, Fred Flare this month:

1. Lady umbrellas for those wonderfully, cozy rainy days. I like the middle one most. Hopefully, the head doesn’t pop off during severe storms.

2. The Tulip USB hub. Fantastic for the garden-challenged, but the tech-savvy. I’ll take two.

3.Russian Doll measuring cups. It may inspire you to make borscht and piroshkis. Or not.

4. The submarine teabag. Cleverly designed, this little sub can brew a any variety tea. And, of course it’s yellow.

There you have it!

photos: Fred Flare

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