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In France (Among the Most Depressed Countries in the World) Anti-Stress Adult Coloring Books Now Outsell Cookbooks

Wednesday 06.11.2014 , Posted by
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France is now the world leader in coloring book sales, thanks to a genius marketing move that sees words like “anti-stress” and “art therapy” in large letters on their covers. Really, this affect is no secret: like meditation or exercise, making art quiets the mind and breaks our stressful focus on worries we often have no control over. Now people in France, especially women, have taken up coloring as a method of stress reduction… and coloring books have now surpassed cookbooks in sales. [Read more...]

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Need More Personal Space? Urban Armour Has You Covered

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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This dress designed by artist Kathleen McDermott very kindly tells others to “back off.” Fashioned from umbrella parts and electronic sensors, the Hong Kong artist’s Personal Space dress automatically spreads in diameter when it detects an individual has come too close for comfort. [Read more...]

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A Study in Bird in Motion, And Other Surprising Sculptures Made from Popsicle Sticks

Monday 04.21.2014 , Posted by
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Joyce Lin, a student from the Rhode Island School of Design, has just created a lively sculpture of a bird flapping its wings – and it’s made out of the most unusual material: popsicle sticks. With just a crank of the propeller-like wheels below, her decidedly quirky sculpture comes to life with surprisingly realistic motion. Lin has made a habit of employing the small, wooden sticks in many of her school and personal projects, pushing the limits of what can be expected from her under utilized material… well, unless you’re in kindergarten. [Read more...]

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Clever Dad Makes Eating Healthy Food Look Like More Fun Than The Processed Junk Food Kids Typically Prefer

Tuesday 04.15.2014 , Posted by
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While it’s obvious to adults that fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, there are no fun commercials or packaging for these foods to convince kids that they can be fun to eat. Awesome dad, Beau Coffron, AKA Lunchbox Dad, took it upon himself to make the foods he wants his kids to eat artistic and fun to eat. Turning regular foods into storybook and movie characters, his daughter gets a new surprise every time she opens her lunch box. [Read more...]

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These Tortoises are Getting Cozy

Wednesday 03.26.2014 , Posted by
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You’ve heard about yarn bombing – it’s been slowly taking over the world – but have you ever heard of yarn bombing tortoises?? Ok, that’s not exactly what artist Katie Bradley is doing (it’s not like random reptiles are roaming around waiting to be decorated… I think) but she is crocheting cozy little costumes for her shelled friends – and they are amazeballs. [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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4 Year Old Fashion Designer (& Her Mommy) Create Dress Fashions Out of Paper, Tape & Glue

Tuesday 02.25.2014 , Posted by
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Mommy blogger Angie, who gives her 4 year old daughter the nickname Mayhem to preserve some anonymity, noticed early on that her daughter was into fashion far more than a typical toddler. Mayhem withdrew interest from her pre-made princess dresses and started using Angie’s scarves and sheets to create her own dresses. In attempt to restore order in her closets, Angie suggested that they make dresses together out of paper. Mayhem was hooked and still is 9 months later, which is an eternity in toddler time, leading us to believe this is more than just a phase. Angie started the hashtag #fashionbymayhem and has begun gathering a following of people who can’t wait to see what the two will come up with next. [Read more...]

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A Reverse Listening Device, and other Variations on Normal, From Dominic Wilcox

Monday 01.27.2014 , Posted by
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Dominic Wilcox has a vivid imagination, and a sketchbook chock full of ideas to prove it. Like some nutty professor, he conjures up devices to make the world a better, more interesting place… never mind how impractical, bizarre or utterly crazy they may be. In his recent window display for London’s famous Selfridges department store and their Festival of Imagination, he’s taken 14 pages from his sketchbook and brought them to life – the results are stopping foot traffic and entertaining minds. [Read more...]

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Man Builds Giant Kinetic Art Piece Using 100,000 K’Nex

Tuesday 12.31.2013 , Posted by
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I’m sure you’ve seen some form of kinetic ball machine before. Small balls are lifted to the top of long rollercoaster-like tracks and dropped through a series of fascinating paths until they reach the bottom – only to be scooped up again for another ride. Austin Granger is no stranger to these machines, but uniquely, he’s been building them for the last few years out of the K’Nex construction toy system. Now, he’s topped all his other efforts, creating a massive 23.5 foot tall, 40 foot long machine using over 100,000 pieces! [Read more...]

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Things That Make You Say Mmmmm: Food Art by Dan Cretu

Thursday 11.28.2013 , Posted by

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On a day dedicated to food, like Thanksgiving, we thought it would be fun to share with you this amazing collection of creative food art. Based in Romania, Dan Cretu transforms food into everyday objects like bicycles, cameras, boom boxes, and cassette players- ok once everyday objects- some now a little more obsolete. He photographs them within 4 hours of piecing them together, since his medium is not everlasting. Maybe it will inspire you to sculpt your mounds of stuffing and mashed potatoes into something clever. [Read more...]

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