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The Elevated Movement: A Hammock Company that Supports Artists, the Environment, and the US Economy

Sunday 04.06.2014 , Posted by
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Laying in a hammock is the epitome of relaxation, but without trees hammocks would just be blankets on the ground! That’s why for every hammock sold, The Elevated Movement will plant 2 trees. Aside from that environmental impact, this amazing company, founded by hammock aficionado Matthew Santens, also uses 100% recycled materials. The hammocks themselves are made out of plastic bottles, but you would never guess when you feel how soft and strong they are. On top of that, these are the coolest looking hammocks you have ever seen, with artist designs and Hubble Telescope images- or your own creation or photo- printed using high quality, vibrant sublimation printing. And the artists whose designs are available for purchase actually get 30% of the profit, which sadly is a rare occurrence for artists. [Read more...]

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Live Stream Peep Show of The Hippest Bird & Squirrel Cafe

Sunday 04.06.2014 , Posted by
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As human houses have gotten more modern and sleek, why is that most birdhouses are still so old fashioned? This bird feeder in Norway defies the traditional style, as it was modeled to look like a hip cafe. Photographer Magne Klann and model maker Lars Autrtade combined forces to create this project which they call Piipshow, featuring a constant live stream of a birdie bar that occasionally gets robbed by some handsome squirrels. It’s hard to imagine anything cuter than the scenes in this avian restaurant. [Read more...]

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Fluid Graffiti Portraits by Noé Pauporté

Saturday 04.05.2014 , Posted by
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Emerging from swirls and splatters, and vibrantly colored geometric patterns, come realistic portraits. Born in 1985, Noé Pauporté has been drawing since he could hold a pencil, but he didn’t hone his overlapping character graffiti on canvas until 1998. The self-taught artist studied at the foundation for Fine Art in Brussels paints both realistic and imaginary characters using varying techniques such as acrylic, ink, bomb, Posca, pencil, and oil paint. He focuses mostly on living creatures in his artworks, humans especially. He also composes electronic music under the name KhromaSoma. [Read more...]

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The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes… And Mouth and Nose

Wednesday 04.02.2014 , Posted by
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No matter what your age is, a kaleidoscope is a pretty fascinating toy to look through. Belarus-based designer Norg Nodis had this in mind when he transformed boring, plain portraits into a kaleidoscopic vision. Selecting random shaped portions of the face and making them radially symmetrical, he achieved a very trippy version of each person. [Read more...]

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Transforming Waste Into Art: World’s First Recycled Bottle Wall Art

Tuesday 04.01.2014 , Posted by
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When touching a print by CO2nscience, you would never guess that the soft, vibrant material was made from recycled plastic water bottles, but it was. The company, who is passionate about our planet and carbon consciousness, has started a Kickstarter to fund their amazing project that will transform 140,000 plastic bottles into enough wall art to cover an entire soccer field. The wall art comes in 4 different styles, each with three different sizes. They have a lot of ready made prints to choose from or you can customize them with your own pictures. [Read more...]

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EVOLVE: AMAZING ANIMATION USING PAINT

Sunday 03.30.2014 , Posted by
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Based in Trinidad, Annelie Solis expresses her truth on the canvas. Painting spiritual visions of awakening and awareness this young artist is wise beyond her years. She paints from her heart- the visions that come to her when her mind is most clear. A visionary painter, Solis’ works share a common theme of opening our third eyes and perceive more than the sensory world. In the video below, she created a paint animation of evolving to open all 7 chakras. [Read more...]

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The Tiniest Sandcastles In the World: Etched On A Single Grain of Sand

Friday 03.28.2014 , Posted by
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Most sand castles require millions of grains of sand, but these microscopic masterpieces require only one. Artists Vik Muniz and Marcelo Coelho have found a way to etch awe-inspiring castles measuring less than half a millimeter in length onto a single grain of sand. A complete 180 from Muniz’ previous works that were massive drawings that required a birds eye view from a helicopter to realize, he wanted to make something that was “miniature and monumental.” [Read more...]

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Corrective Baby Helmets Become Fashion Statements in the Hands of This Painter

Thursday 03.27.2014 , Posted by
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With the advent of SIDS prevention tips, which suggest positioning babies on their backs to sleep, it has become increasingly common for infants to develop plagiocephaly, also known as flat head syndrome. The diagnosis is easily treated when the baby spends an average of 3-4 months wearing a corrective helmet. As effective as these helmets are, they are not very attractive in their natural, boring, white plastic state, but painter Paula Strawn has made them so beautiful that every kid (and probably most adults) wishes they could wear one. [Read more...]

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If Your Apartment Smells of Rich Mahogany, Stay Classy With These Leather-Bound Books

Wednesday 03.26.2014 , Posted by
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Lovers of literature, rejoice! There is an Etsy store called Studio42Books where you can buy leather slip covers for your favorite novels. The artist behind the covers is photographer Alan Klem. He creates the cover designs on a computer, then sends the programs to a laser engraver to etch the images and cut the shape of the cover along with the rivet holes. Next he stains the pieces with leather stain and rivets it all together and voila, the perfect slip cover for display on your bookshelves. Based out of Toledo, Ohio, Klem started this project to pay the bills while he is getting his photography business off the ground, and learn his way around the laser engraver a little better. [Read more...]

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Living Works of Art: Bring the Most Hypnotic Pet To Your Office or Home

Tuesday 03.25.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever been to an aquarium and watched the jellyfish or recall the stunning jellyfish scene from The Life of Pi, then you know how mesmerizing these creatures can be. Jellyfish have only been aquarium attractions for the past several years after scientists developed tanks with specialized flow patterns that could support them. In a regular fish tank, jellyfish would get stuck in the corners and sucked up into filtration systems, but marine biologist Alex Andon, has developed a home aquarium that keeps jellyfish alive, healthy, and on display for your viewing pleasure. [Read more...]

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