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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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Layers of Glass Create 3D X-Rays of Luggage: David Spriggs’ Transparency Report

Tuesday 03.18.2014 , Posted by
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David Spriggs’ latest exhibition is a transparent collection of ethereal luggage. Like three-dimensional representations of an airport security check, each piece gives us the opportunity to look inside and scrutinize the contents. [Read more...]

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Wood You Wear It? Geometric Clothing Made with Faceted Wood

Tuesday 03.18.2014 , Posted by
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Many of the fabrics we wear are made of large materials… from examples as different as fluffy cotton and long sticks of bamboo… preferably broken into very tiny pieces. But what about wearing your fiber in larger chunks? That’s a bit like what’s happening with this fashionable design collaboration employing faceted pieces of wood to form stylish men’s clothing. [Read more...]

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A Real-Life Illusion: This Mirrored Fence Blends with the Seasons

Monday 03.17.2014 , Posted by
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The stereotypical American dream is to own a classic house surrounded by a white picket fence. Well, instead of the wooden fence, how about a mirrored version that blends with the area? This was the alternative vision dreamed up by artist Alyson Sholsz. Commissioned for the Socrates Sculpture Park, it was recently displayed at the Storm King Arts Center in New York. [Read more...]

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Flora, Fauna and the Human Body: Stunning Collages are an Anatomical Vision of Nature

Monday 03.17.2014 , Posted by
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Taking the forms of nature found in vintage anatomical textbooks and science guides, collage artist Travis Bedal creates beautiful amalgamations of anatomy, botany and biology. His work is a celebration of the repeating, almost rhythmic forms of nature – here a spiral, there a fold – all created with the various parts of our human body and the flora and fauna that surrounds us. [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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This Artist Spent a Month Creating a Digital Sundial. He Says “Don’t Throw Out Your Watch”

Monday 03.17.2014 , Posted by
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Appearing to be only a solid block of metal with a series of holes punched through it, Toronto-based artist Daniel Voshart’s Sun Cube prototype is actually a study in precise celestial geometry. Inside the cube are hundreds of channels cut to match the exact angle of the sun and cast dot-matrix style numbers underneath for each daylight hour. [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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These Gender-Swapped Disney & Dreamworks Characters Will Make You Rethink the Films

Sunday 03.16.2014 , Posted by
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If there’s one thing that makes a Disney cartoon, it’s the Princes and Princesses. But, what if their genders were suddenly swapped? Would the films we’ve grown up with be completely flipped on their heads? Would Cinderella be looking for her glass boot? Italian artist Maby-Chan has been imagining such scenarios giving “Fem” and “Male” treatments to everyone from Captain Hook to Rapunzel. [Read more...]

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Don’t Spill the Milk! Oddly Melting Pottery by Livia Marin

Sunday 03.16.2014 , Posted by
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Livia Marin makes cups that runneth over – literally. In her Nomad Patterns series, the artist sculpts broken china teacups, pitchers, and vases whose edges ooze into glossy, perfectly-patterned puddles.  [Read more...]

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