Category Archives: Art and Cult-yurt

Thanksgiving Yurts

Happy Thanksgiving, yurt fans. I was hoping to find a Thanksgiving yurt somewhere that I could post for the holiday, but if you’ve ever googled yurt, most of the stuff that comes up is advertisements for yurts. So no dice.

Instead, today we’ll salute a yurt hero. Last year 12-year old Max Wallack won the 2009 “Trash to Treasure” design contest by designing the “Home Dome,” a homeless shelter made from plastic, wire, and packing peanuts. Does the design look familiar? That’s because it’s based on a yurt.

From Treehugger: “When I was six,” Max said, “I won an invention contest that included a trip to Chicago. While there, I saw homeless people living on streets, and beneath highways and underpasses. I felt very sorry for these people, and ever since then, felt that my goal and obligation was to find a way to help them. My invention improves the living conditions for homeless people, refugees, or disaster victims by giving them easy-to-assemble shelter.”

Max Wallack, yurt hero, we’re thankful for you.


Mobile Homes: Can you name them all?

Just wanted to share some art with you today. I bought this mobile a few months ago, but am newly appreciating it today as it hangs by my desk. Mobile Homes by Kim Baise. Check out her Etsy shop.

mobile homes by Kim Baise

Why you should blog (plus archers who yurt)

As some of you may have noticed, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. If you’ve ever been in a situation where you’ve been too busy (or lazy) to blog, if you’re scared to start a new blog, or if you’re thinking “blogging is so 1990s,” read Why You Need to Blog, an article in the recent GuideStar newsletter. Some fun facts about blogging:

  • By 2014, blog readership will rise to more than 150 million Americans, or 60% of the Internet population in the US
  • 350,000 new posts are added to WordPress blogs each day

So in the spirit of sparking conversation, building community, and building an army of yurt activists, I’m going to try harder.

If you’re sitting there thinking “I don’t give a crap about blogging stats,” check out this 360-degree photos of an archer meeting/yurt camp in Opusztaszer National Park in Hungary. Döbbenetes.

Medieval Yurts

Fellow yurt-lovers, my apologies for being MIA over the last few weeks. It’s been a busy summer (see I’m Back Baby. Apparently I spoke too soon).

Below is a time-lapsed video of a couple setting up their yurt at Pennsic War 39. Soothing music, even though it wasn’t the smoothest setup. Good thing some Medieval visitors were able to pitch in!

What is Pennsic, you ask? “Pennsic is an annual event, in the guise of a ‘War,’ between the Kingdoms of the East and the Middle of the Society for Creative Anachronism.” More than 10,000 people participated this August in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.

Yurts and IDEO

A lot of people (myself included) love yurts because of their pleasing design.

And a lot of people love IDEO because it’s so good at design.

(If you’re not familiar with IDEO, it is one of the best-known design and consulting firms.)

Did you know that the conference room in IDEO’s Palo Alto office was modeled after a yurt “to give designers a quiet location in which to take notes or make impromptu sketches?”

IDEO's Palo Alto office

See more photos at

Also, here’s a video about IDEO’s design process. It’s from 1999, but it still gives you an idea of what they are all about.

Arts and Cult-yurt Saturday: Quilted Yurt

I love Google Alerts. Fellow yurt lovers, set one up for yurt. You’ll see all kinds of goofy stuff. A lot of my posts come from stuff that has come up from my Google Alert for yurt (that rhymes!). And once I had a double-alert for my office AND yurt—mind blowing.

Anyway, over the past few months I’ve seen a few alerts for yurts and quilts. I wasn’t sure what was up, until this week: Linzi Upton, aka the Quilt Quine, recently exhibited a yurt made of quilts.

Quilted Yurt

Apparently, Linzi rocked the Loch Lomond Quilt Show. And lots of people are writing about her. Check out her blog for more info, or google Quilt Quine. Or set up a yurt alert!

I’m back, baby!

Sorry loyal Yurtastic fans. May’s been a busy month.

But I’m back, baby!

And I saw the movie Babies last night. Yurt scenes a plenty. An extra bonus: the Namibian family lives in a round home too. Awesome.

In my opinion, the best scene involves the Japanese baby totally freaking out. I want to have this clip on my computer for whenever I get frustrated. Trust me, it’s amazing. Even if it doesn’t take place in a yurt.

You might also enjoy Babies in yurts!