Design inspiration comes in many shapes and forms, and The Oldest Living Things just might have something lasting to teach us about permanence, adaptation, and systems solutions.
I have been rather preoccupied with sea horses lately, and after reading several heart-wrenching passages on the bycatch decimation of sea horses in Jonathan Safran Foer's book, Eating Animals, I am wondering what the planet would be like without a species that is "the extreme of the extreme". Add to this that seahorse males are the ones to get pregnant and carry their offspring for six weeks, and one cannot help but to grow concerned that we have only begun to appreciate the complexity and potential that surrounds us.
My favorite sea horse cotton tee
Let us give thanks for the bounty that abounds but also not be afraid of being sensitized to what makes living and creating such a genuine mystery. Fashion is totally dead in the water without an audience that can challenge and mimic our finery. Consider the plight of the silkworm, for example: 'How Much Silk Does A Silk Worm Silk?'