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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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Shake Dreams From Your Hair: A 16 Month Sculpting Process Condensed Into 4 Minutes

Saturday 03.22.2014 , Posted by
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Using 750 feet of steel and 200 grinder bits, sculptor Sean Sobczak created an incredible sculpture that stand six and a half feet tall. With 16 months of work, he was able to make these hard materials look soft as he shaped them into the form of a gorgeous woman. He calls the sculpture Shake Dreams From Your Hair, and Beau Lambert filmed the entire creation process, condensing it into 4 minutes, which you can watch below. I first met the incredibly talented Sean Sobczak when we camped together at Burning Man in 2010. At that time he rode an amazing horse bicycle with a head and tail made out of wire in the same way style as his sculptures. He credits his first Burn in 2001 with igniting his creative spark and has since been focusing his energy on sculpting ever since at his studio Sandman Creations. [Read more...]

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The Empire State Building Made From Bicycle Tire Tracks

Thursday 03.20.2014 , Posted by
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With one of the most effective public transportation systems in the world, NYC is one of the best cities to live without a car. But you miss out on a lot of sights when you’re underground, and you don’t need a metrocard to get around the city when you have a bicycle, weather permitting… Bike culture is huge in NYC, which is why artist Thomas Yang was inspired to create a piece that showcases a New York City icon made out of inked bicycle tire tracks. Using 7 different bicycle tires, he produced a beautiful image of the Empire State Building. [Read more...]

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Little Worlds: Tiny Toys Clean Up London One Piece of Litter At a Time

Wednesday 03.19.2014 , Posted by
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In a great big city with skyscrapers, architecture, and millions of people to look at, we don’t always take the time to look down. But only when looking down might you see the “Little Worlds” that co-exist in the city. The CG team from London-based creative agency Rushes proposed an adorable hypothesis of what happens to the litter on the streets while we’re busy looking up. A hot wheels sized submarine blasts away a cigarette butt in a puddle, a bulldozer adorably attempts to scoop up some chewing gum, and a pick up truck and crane pick up used matches one by one. [Read more...]

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When Classic Books Fall Apart, Sarah Pounder Transforms Them Into Art: Upcycled Brooches

Tuesday 03.18.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a lover of literature, throwing a book away might break your heart, especially a classic, but great books that have been read over and over again do start to fall apart over the decades. London based craft artist, Sarah Pounder offers the perfect solution, up-cycling classic literature into adorable brooches, with shapes and text that easily identify what book the words came from. With a reclaimed wood backing, several coats of varnish, and a steel pin attached, the brooches are a perfect keepsake. A pig for Charlotte’s Web, a mouse for Of Mice and Men, and a Mockingbird for To Kill a Mockingbird, are just some of the brooches available in her Etsy shop. With a degree in book arts, that she hadn’t been using as she worked in bars and theaters, a death in the family inspired Sarah Pounder to stop waiting for her dream job and create her own. She combined all of her passions and took a risk to open her own business and has now become a success story. [Read more...]

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Own An Amazing, Original Hand Pressed, Signed & Numbered Art Piece By TEKSTartist for Just $5

Monday 03.17.2014 , Posted by
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Stephen Colbert, Chuck Palahniuk, Alexis Ohanian, Gary Vaynerchuk, & Jason Mraz, aside from being badasses in their respective fields have something else in common: they own art work by the very talented Jason Markow, better known on the internet as TEKSTartist. Markow creates stunning graphic designs out of words, many with inspiring messages. For example, the triangular prism above is created from the lettering of a quote by Christopher Reeve, “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” Even cooler than seeing the finished product is watching a time lapse video of its completion, many of which he has made available on YouTube. He completed an amazing goal last year of creating and selling a piece of art every single day and wants to give more people an opportunity to own originals of his art with this Five Spot Derby. [Read more...]

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Why So Serious? Clownify Stickers Take Over the Ads in NYC

Sunday 03.16.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a New Yorker, you may have noticed that some of the ads around town have gotten a little funnier. But it’s not the cold weather that’s turning everyone’s noses red, graphic designer Ji Lee is the one to blame, or maybe thank instead. Clownify Stickers is an ad hijacking project that has been making seductive ads a lot more ridiculous and funny ads a bit more hilarious. Ji Lee looks for the perfect noses to cover up with his bright red Clownify stickers, then decorates the ads in bus stops and subway stations all over the city. Unless you’re one of those people with clown phobias, this project is sure to brighten your daily commute. [Read more...]

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Around the World: National & Continental Maps Created From Common Foods Arranged Perfectly

Saturday 03.15.2014 , Posted by
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One of the things people love most about travel is experiencing the foods from other countries. Henry Hargreaves, an artist in New Zealand, worked with Caitlin Levin, a stylist in NY, to combine these passions in a series that will make cartographers, travelers, foodies, and typography geeks swoon. Choosing a food type appropriate for each country, they cleverly arranged the varieties in distinct ways to separate different regions. For example, they chose corn to represent the USA, but each state featured a different form of corn, meticulously arranged. They used citrus fruits for South America, bananas and plantains for Africa, shrimp for Australia, noodles for China, bread and cheese for France, spices for India, tomatoes for Italy, seaweed for Japan, kiwis for New Zealand, and biscuits for the U.K. Then graphic designer Sarit Melmed created stunning typography to give each map a classy finishing touch. [Read more...]

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