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Pregnant Bellies Become the Canvas for Beautiful Paintings

Friday 05.16.2014 , Posted by
1 Pregnant Belly Painting by Lisa Flora

Unlike Trix, face painting is not just for kids. And a group called Pacific Face Painters has been putting their art work on the big, beautiful canvas of pregnant bellies! It’s a beautiful way to honor and bless the growing baby before s/he comes into the world. Moms-to-be get to enjoy the relaxing tickle of paint brushes on their bellies and capture a magical time in a lovely way with a photo shoot to follow! The group is based out of Santa Cruz, California and they bring their team of amazing artists to birthday parties, gatherings, and any event they are invited to! [Read more...]

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Under the Mircroscope: The Topography of Tears

Thursday 05.15.2014 , Posted by
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A variety of emotions and circumstances can bring humans to tears. A bride walking down the aisle to meet her husband cries tears of joy. A chef cutting an onion cries basal tears. The memory of a lost loved one can cause tears of grief. About five years ago, “during a period of copious tear, amid lots of change and loss,” photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher caught one of her tears, dried it on a glass slide and examined it under the microscope. She began to wonder if all of the types of tears are the same on a microscopic level and through a project she calls the Topography of Tears, where she collected, dried, and photographed over 100 samples of tears, she shows that they are not. [Read more...]

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All the World’s a Stage in these Cardboard Rooms

Wednesday 05.14.2014 , Posted by
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Art duo Dosshaus is creating a world that is fiber and substance filled, building highly theatrical rooms out of painted cardboard. The black & white monochromatic spaces they make are fascinating studies in the aesthetics of the past. Do they inspire thoughts of Parisian rooftop apartments filled with wild bohemians imbibing absinth in pursuit of the next creative spark? Maybe it’s a passionate writer furiously hitting at typewriter keys while drinking down a whiskey. Either way, it’s a fantastic place to be. [Read more...]

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Corey Arnold Captures the Fun of Working the World’s Most Dangerous Job

Tuesday 05.13.2014 , Posted by
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Beating into towering walls of freezing water in search of fish, crab and octopus might not sound like the most enjoyable form of employment, but photographer/fisherman Corey Arnold’s fantastic book Fish-Work: The Bering Sea surely makes it look that way (besides an odd missing finger or two). [Read more...]

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Roaming Sounds: A Mobile, Solar Powered Recording Studio

Monday 05.12.2014 , Posted by
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It’s important to follow your passions and Roaming Sounds has created a mobile studio so they can do just that for their love of music. The team, based in Joshua Tree, California, transformed a beat up, old trailer into a seriously cool recording studio that is powered by the sun! They debuted their creative labor of love at Joshua Tree Music Festival in 2013 and have been traveling all over the country to find live music. In the studio they gather world class musicians and record amazing collaborations, film it and share it with their fans. On their Facebook, they express, “We love what we do and are grateful we are able to be!” [Read more...]

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Is that an Oakswagen? This Bosnian Fellow Built a Wooden VW Beetle and a Hat to Match

Monday 05.12.2014 , Posted by
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Momir Bojic, a 71-year old Bosnian man, spent 2 full years converting his Volkswagen Beetle into a rolling piece of wooden art. The entire body is now covered with tens of thousands of hand-carved oak shingles that lend a warm and woodsy texture to the vehicle. It’s now fitted with loads of custom touches too; from latticed tail-light lenses and spoked hubcaps, to windshield wiper covers and an ornate knob-strewn dashboard. Really, he hasn’t missed much. [Read more...]

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1600 Papier Mache Pandas Travel the World, Spreading a Message of Conservation

Monday 05.12.2014 , Posted by
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French artist Paulo Grangeon wants to let the public know about the rapid decline of the panda population, and to drive the point home he’s created 1600 papier-mâché bears – the estimated number of pandas living in the wild. This June, Grangeon is teaming up with WWF, PMQ and creative studio AllRightsReserved to take the pandas on tour, hitting up 10 Hong Kong locations, from the international airport to the Tian Tan Buddha. The cheery sight has already been seen in cities like Paris, Rome, Berlin and Taipei… but the message behind it is sobering. [Read more...]

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Scenes From Movies & TV Shows Fit Perfectly Into the Everyday World on an iPhone

Sunday 05.11.2014 , Posted by
1 Movie and TV scenes on an iphone by Francois Dourlen

Sometimes on your routine stops at the grocery store, you might fantasize about what it would be like to see the Dude chugging milk in the dairy aisle. [Read more...]

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Inka Matthew Matches Miniature Everyday Objects to Pantone Swatches

Friday 05.09.2014 , Posted by
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You can’t not live under the influence of Pantone. Their catalogue of colors is the biggest inspiration for even the smallest things in our world.

Designer Inka Matthew decided to focus on those tiny tones that often go unnoticed in her project, Tiny PMS Match. [Read more...]

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Gravity Defying Sandcastles and the Debunked Meme They Inspired

Thursday 05.08.2014 , Posted by
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When was the last time you saw a floating sandcastle? It’s one of those ideas that would easily find itself sculpted into a good fantasy story – but Massachusetts beachgoer Sandcastle Matt is making them a reality. He uses the time honored “drip method” of construction to form long arches, cantilevers and towers covered with tiny globular spires of sand. If you’re wondering about the structural strength of sand alone, you’re correct in thinking these can’t stand on their own – Matt uses found pieces of wood, vines and other seaside junk to form a framework that he builds upon. [Read more...]

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