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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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Butterfly & Moth Wings Are Even More Beautiful Up Close

Thursday 03.27.2014 , Posted by
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Butterflies and moths are already appreciated for their beauty, but if you look really close, you might think they’re even more stunning. Biochemist and photographer Linden Gledhill enjoys looking at things on a macro level, capturing everything from soap film and ferro fluid, to flower petals and insects in flight… way up close. In this series he’s looking at the delicate wings of moths and butterflies so closely that the surface of their wings reveal themselves to be multi-colored scales, like those found on a fish or reptiles, only much, much smaller. [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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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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These Dog Portraits Have Major Personality

Wednesday 03.26.2014 , Posted by
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When I ran across Elke Vogelsang’s dog portraits recently, I couldn’t get over how perfectly each one captured the close bond we can have with these canine friends – and the incredibly goofy moments they share too. Using mostly a wide angle lens to capture close ups, she has created an impressive collection that includes her own dogs; Noodles, Scout, and Loli – and now many from clients eager to have her reveal their dogs inner personality. [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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Get a Sniff of this Street Art from Plastic Jesus

Tuesday 03.25.2014 , Posted by
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Is that a huge pile of cocaine, a rolled up twenty dollar bill and an American “Excess” card? It’s not hard to understand why people are bowing down to LA street artist Plastic Jesus and his wonderfully satirical brand of subversive art. His pieces have been springing up around the world, winning him plenty of praise, and doing something truly special: making people laugh and think. [Read more...]

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The Secret Life of Robots… is Actually More Normal Than You’d Expect

Monday 03.24.2014 , Posted by
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I know, I know… we’ve all grown up thinking robots are SOooo cool. They’re always shooting laser beams out of their eyes or “transforming” into fast cars. But do you want to know a secret? According to artist Toby Fraley, they’re a lot like us. His latest solo show The Secret Life of Robots features a host of normal robots going about their often hilariously mundane lives. [Read more...]

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Sand Creatures: Claire Droppert Captures Clouds of Sand in Mid-Flight

Sunday 03.23.2014 , Posted by
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Throwing sand at the beach used to be one of those things frowned upon – the kind of activity that will get sand in the eyes of people far downwind – but no longer. Rotterdam-based photographer Claire Droppert has just announced her most recent series ‘Sand Creatures’ which brings an enlightening new context to something so normal. [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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