Archan Nair is a New Delhi based visual artist, illustrator and Art Director who specializes in mixed media, illustration, and digital art. Before becoming a full time artist, he was involved with fashion and various entrepreneurial ventures, themes which find themselves woven through his dynamic pieces. He began painting in 2006 as a 24 year old and today mixes both digital media and physical paint into his work. [Read more...]
Since its inception in 2003, Pecha Kucha has gone viral around the globe. The clever format of short talks gives the creative and interesting people of our world a platform to express themselves… while staying extremely concise. Presenters at each event are given just 20 seconds each to describe 20 slides. This short 8 minutes gives a Pecha Kucha Night the informal and spontaneous feel of something special and very personal. With all the creativity that flows from these events, we thought we’d share some of our favorite recent posters from the now 10 year old series. [Read more...]
I thought I was pretty cool for getting a shot of a mother and baby rhino from an elephant’s back in Chitwan Jungle when I visited Nepal until I saw the amazing photography of Mario Moreno. His wildlife images are absolutely stunning and he gets dangerously close to animals that would make me drop my camera! The selection here shows his brilliant command of photography at dusk, capturing the most perfect silhouettes of some of the most gorgeous animals on the planet. Moreno has been a professional photographer since 1995 and has always had a fascination with wildlife. His breathtaking photos have been featured in numerous photography and travel publications and even got him into the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
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Kids are great explorers of the world around them, always looking closely at things we adults forget to appreciate. Given the right context, however, we can remember the wonder of childhood and explore things anew. Imagine a world where the spirit of nature comes indoors: grasslands begging to be explored by touch with your feet and hands. That is the experiential work that Argentinian artist Alexandra Kehayoglou is creating using hand woven wool rugs as her medium. Her work, which could be called rug or tapestry art, sees patchy natural-looking fields come indoors. [Read more...]
Whether you’re a sommelier or a college student drinking boxed wine straight from the bag, you will love this collection of stand-out wine labels. Packaging design can make a huge difference when you’re competing with hundreds of other brands on the liquor store shelf. Most of my decisions in the wine aisle do come down to my favorite bottle design in a reasonable price range and I would love to try all of these. The Coolist recently posted 30 of the most impressive wine bottle designs out there along with the interesting back stories behind each one. Below is a small sample of my favorites from their list. [Read more...]
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What what what would you do if you could take a ride on a pie coaster or take home a piece of the Aggro Crag? Even if Nickelodeon’s amazing line up of 90′s game shows were still going strong, most of us would probably be too old to participate. But if you’re in the LA area this weekend you can re-live the portion of your childhood you spent glued to the TV watching Nickelodeon at iam8bit’s show It’s the ShizNICK! For their opening night extravaganza this Friday, April 18th, from 7-11pm they will have epic installations, music by DJ Lance, an animated GIF theater, refreshments by Bel-Sit and of course SLIME! RSVP on Facebook to attend this incredible event for all ages! [Read more...]
It’s difficult to pin down the etherial artwork of Berlin and Vancouver based Andrea Wan. Her work is the thing of a strange dream or a good high; some examples making us laugh out loud, others turning us introspectively inside. In her latest examples for the Pictoplasma show in Berlin we see sloths cavorting with larger than life humans wearing teepees for hats – while other small humans go camping inside. It’s just the kind of thing which still leaves us fascinated when we awake or sober up. [Read more...]
Although I’m not an avid Lotto player, I have definitely bought a ticket here and there and imagined what my life might be like if I were that lucky winner, as I’m sure many of you have. I’ve even had my heart strings pulled with one of those gag gift fake winning lotto tickets. But back to reality, hardly anyone wins big, so there is a huge abundance of losing lotto tickets all over the world that represent the shattered dream lives of all the hopeful players. Artist couple Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was decided to give those abandoned tickets a new life in a series they call Ghost of a Dream. They have created collaged lotto ticket installations of all the ambitious items winners tend to buy, from Lamborghinis to Hummers, speed boats, dream homes, and of course, that perfect tropical vacation. [Read more...]