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A Paper Craft A Day Makes A Miniature City Grow: Paperholm by Charles Young

Thursday 12.04.2014 , Posted by
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As an architect, Charles Young would often use paper and card model-making to develop his ideas. He grew so fond of that process that he challenged himself to make a new paper sculpture every day. He calls the models which are forming a miniature paper city Paperholm and shows how creative he is by posting his creation each day. He uses watercolor paper and a very sharp blade to create the fine details. Over time the models have gotten more and more complex and he now creates stop-motion animations of his movable pieces. Each piece takes anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours and he has consistently delivered a project a day since late August. [Read more…]

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Where’s My Office Now? An Inspiring Web Series of Interviews With Nomads

Wednesday 12.03.2014 , Posted by
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After a successful Kickstarter campaign, nomadic couple Emily & Corey, who have been living in their 1987 Vanagon for the past 2 years, have begun working on their web series which will be released in March of 2015. The couple will be interviewing modern nomads who have chosen the van life. These adventurous souls share inspirational stories of how they have come to fully living out their nomadic dreams. [Read more…]

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Cirque de Soleil’s Balance Goddess Lara Jacobs Will Make Your Jaw Drop

Sunday 11.30.2014 , Posted by
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As if walking a tightrope weren’t difficult enough, Swiss Balance Goddess Lara Jacobs does it in high heels! She began practicing circus arts, gymnastics, and ballet when she was just 5 years old and toured as a trapeze artist with her parents when she was 6. She moved from Switzerland to attend the Alvin Ailey Dance Centre in NYC when she was 16. Traveling with Cirque de Soleil’s Amaluna, Jacobs performs an act that her father created and performed himself around the world for 15 years. One breath at a time, she balances a feather on 13 palm leaves, which weigh over 40lbs. She keeps the entire mobile structure steady while picking up new pieces to add to it in the most breathtaking performance. [Read more…]

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Large Origami Mirror Box Creates A Kaleidoscopic Experience

Saturday 11.29.2014 , Posted by
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The best part of a fun house is always the funny mirrors. Seeing yourself stretched out or fattened up by the bend of a mirror is quite entertaining. Parisian artist Mattia Paco Rizzi has created an installation piece that rivals these fun mirrors, multiplying your image in a kaleidoscopic fashion. His interactive origami mirror piece, which he calls “Taumascopio” made an appearance at the 2014 Kanal Playground Festival in Brussels, Belgium. Aside from the view point at which you look at the piece, the temperature also changes the reflective effect, creating unique images throughout the day. [Read more…]

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What It Would Look Like If Famous Artists Used Thanksgiving Food Instead of Paint

Thursday 11.27.2014 , Posted by
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As you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, or round two or three, allow these images to inspire your plating. Rather than covering them in heaps and piles of food, artist Hannah Rothstein decided to turn Thanksgiving dinner plates into works of art. She chose 10 artists that were easily recognizable and used their signature styles to plate traditional Thanksgiving foods. While most of us could only think of the Jackson Pollock, Rothstein shows off her painting skills and creativity in this perfect Turkey Day homage. [Read more…]

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Monk With A Camera: Feel Good Documentary Tells The Story Of Nicholas Vreeland’s Path To Enlightenment

Wednesday 11.26.2014 , Posted by
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Growing up as the good-looking, jet setting son of U.S. diplomats and grandson of legendary Vogue magazine editor Diana Vreeland, Nicholas Vreeland began his adulthood as one of NYC’s most eligible bachelors. With a career in photography, he was the embodiment of the American Dream, but in 1985, after a trip to India, he changed the course of his life to become a Buddhist monk. Leaving all of the material possessions from his former life behind, there was one item that sneaked back into his life. His brother gifted him a camera when he moved to the monastery and though this passion is secondary to his monastic life, he sees his work as “personal poems.” [Read more…]

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It’s Never Too Late! This Infographic Shows That Success Comes At All Ages

Monday 11.24.2014 , Posted by
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Feeling like a failure? Wondering if you should give up on your dreams and sell out for the safe job with the retirement plan? Stop it! No matter what your age, it’s never too late to do something amazing- in business or in life. In this infographic, Mark Vital and Anna Vital organized data to show the wide spectrum of ages when successful CEOs started their huge businesses. [Read more…]

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A Mother’s Body: Photoshop Free Portraits Honor The True Beauty Of Motherhood

Sunday 11.23.2014 , Posted by
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Like snowflakes, there are no two humans on this Earth exactly alike, yet all of our billboards would have us believing differently. While everyone is still probably overwhelmed by the courage that Kim Kardashian showed when she revealed her photoshopped body to the internet in attempts to “break it”, there are actually some mothers whose postpartum bodies aren’t so smooth and glistening. Photographer Jade Beall was one of them and she decided to post a picture of her un-retouched body, holding her infant son, on her Facebook page. The photo went viral and soon other women were asking Beall to photograph their bodies too. Hearing their stories inspired Beall to set out to show the world that being yourself is the most beautiful thing you can be. [Read more…]

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Try Making Your Own 3D Handprint With This Tutorial

Friday 11.21.2014 , Posted by
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Wondering how you’re going to keep your kids from uttering those utterly painful words “I’m bored” over the holiday break? Fret no more, handimania has come up with a tutorial that will keep them busy and they could even become DIY gifts for the kids to give everyone in your family. This awesome optical illusion looks difficult, but it’s quite simple, as you can see in the video below. Kids will love turning their hand into a 3D marvel and you will love not hearing them whine. It’s a win-win situation. [Read more…]

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The World’s First Circular Keyboard Puts The Old Straight 88 To Shame

Thursday 11.20.2014 , Posted by
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Although the piano wasn’t born this way, Lady Gaga’s lead keyboardist, Brockett Parsons had to have something just as unconventional as the shows he was performing in. With a team of “mad scientists” his vision of a circular keyboard that surrounds him was made a reality. The team consisted of Chuck Johnson- point man who gathered the team, Dave Starkey- the electronic man of QRS Systems, and Richard Fell- the piano pro who made it real. His round keyboard, which he lovingly nicknamed the “Brockettship” made it’s debut in Seoul, South Korea for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way 2012-2013 tour. With a mission to “re-imagine the world of keyboard performance and deliver ground breaking, performance grade keyboard creations” the PianoArc was born. [Read more…]

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