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The Most Incredible Ukulele Player You’ve Ever Seen Has Been Causing Jaws to Drop Since Age 5

Monday 06.30.2014 , Posted by
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A natural performer since she could walk, Taimane Gardner grew up in the majestic islands of Hawaii. Her father gave her a ukulele when she was just 5 years old and she played it in the mirror like a rock star for so long and hard that she broke a string the first day! Her father could see how musically gifted she was and she began lessons soon after. She preferred playing with her eyes closed so that she could learn muscle memory and sees each song in her mind before she plays. Quickly growing into the virtuoso she is now, Don Ho discovered Taimane, at age 13, busking on the streets of Waikiki and asked her to join his show. She is now 25 and has played private shows for celebrities like John Travolta, Steven Seagal, and George Clooney and has opened for Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago, Jimmy Buffet, and many more musicians. You will understand why when you watch any of the videos below. [Read more...]

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Incredibly Realistic Interiors Carved into Marble & Stone

Monday 06.30.2014 , Posted by
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With a degree in Art History, specializing in art and architecture, Matthew Simmonds is in a small group of people who actually used their college degree for their job. His studies led him to train as an architectural stone carver and worked with teams in the restoration of famous historic buildings like the Westminster Abbey and Ely Cathedral in England. In 1996, after he moved to Italy, Simmonds began carving classical fine arts sculptures in marble and just 3 years later won first prize at the Verona International Sculpture Symposium. Simmonds’ miniature architectural carvings are as beautiful as their full sized counterparts. The meticulous details on such a small scale are even more impressive. The rough edges of the original stone slabs contrast with his clean carvings in a beautiful way. [Read more...]

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Embroidered Leaves Put Geometry in Nature

Monday 06.30.2014 , Posted by
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When Hillary Fayle studied embroidery at the Manchester Metropolitan University, she loved creating intricate patterns in small environmentally friendly materials. It only made sense when she returned to her home in the US to begin working with the many leaves of her local forest. Her miniature creations are immaculately studies in organic/geometric stitchery. [Read more...]

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The World’s First Humanitarian 3D Printing “Make-A-Thon” is Underway in Israel

Monday 06.30.2014 , Posted by
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Tikkun Olam are two deeply meaningful Hebrew words which literally translate to “repair the world.” It is a core value of Jewish culture, and is manifesting itself in a beautiful and modern way this week in the city of Nazareth, Northern Israel. For a non-stop 72 hours that began yesterday, a 3D printing “Make-A-Thon” similar to Hack-A-Thons is underway; one where 120 of the top designers, engineers and makers from Israel and the world are bringing customized assistance to those with physical disabilities. It is an open-sourced event with hopes to make a huge impact to those who need help the most. [Read more...]

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140 Year-Old Bottled Sand Art, Held Together With No Glue

Monday 06.30.2014 , Posted by
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Just the mention of “sand bottle art” conjures up images of school projects with florescent dyed sand and invariably abstract designs… but these bottles by Andrew Clemens (1857-1894) are different. He is credited as the inventor of this rare art form and perhaps took it as far as is possible. He was known at “the portrait painter without a brush or paint.” [Read more...]

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Sketch Your World: Sébastien Del Grosso Blends Photography & Illustration Like a Grown Up Harold (& the Purple Crayon)

Saturday 06.28.2014 , Posted by
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Do you ever wish you could create your own world like in Harold and the Purple Crayon? French artist, photographer, and illustrator Sébastien Del Grosso attempts to do this in a more realistic way, mixing his passion for photography with his love of illustration. He has worked himself into a series called “The Sketch of a Life”. Del Grosso explains, “Since my childhood, drawing has always been a passion, but when I discovered photography, I thought that the combination of these two passions could afford to give free rein to my imagination. In this series “The sketch of a life”, I wanted to illustrate the main stages of my life, like my sketches had given birth to reality”. [Read more...]

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It’s a Lunatic Bum. It’s a New Age Tom Green. It’s Matthew Silver: The Great Performer

Friday 06.27.2014 , Posted by
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Laughter is contagious. Energy moves through the universe in a ripple affect. When we take ourselves too seriously, we block this powerful flow, but Matthew Silver is trying to break the dam that society has built and remind the world that it’s okay to laugh. It’s okay to look up and interact with people. It’s okay to be the “village idiot” and it’s okay to laugh with strangers. And the more we do, the happier the world will be. Like Tom Green with a positive message, street artist Matthew Silver can bring a smile to the faces of even the most serious New Yorkers. With an element of surprise, he acts as a modern day jester and works just as hard to make people laugh as others do to buy more stuff. [Read more...]

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Remember When We Had Flying Cars?

Friday 06.27.2014 , Posted by
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It seems that we have been dreaming of flying cars for decades. From Back to the Future to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, our popular imagination keeps revisiting the fantasy of automobiles joyously soaring in flight, completely liberated from roads and traffic. While his series is a trick of photography rather than a reality, Swedish artist Jacob Munkhammar gives us another glimpse of what it might look like if cars could fly.  [Read more...]

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“Make Me Beautiful.” That’s What Esther Honig Said When She Sent Her Picture Around the World

Thursday 06.26.2014 , Posted by
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“Make me beautiful.” That’s the simple instructions Esther Honig sent with her un-altered portrait to Photoshop enthusiasts around the world. What the Kansas City-based freelance journalist received back is an insightful and sometimes startling observation on beauty standards across various cultures… as well as a hilarious look at what can qualify as “Photoshop skills.” [Read more...]

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The Pugs of Westeros: A Fancy Photo Shoot and Video Has 3 Pugs Re-enacting Game of Thrones

Thursday 06.26.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones and/or a fan of adorable dogs, then you are going to love this series by Sue and Phillip Lauer. The couple has transformed their 3 precious pugs into the characters of the hit HBO series for a photo shoot and video of the opening sequence. The pups, Roxy, Blue and Bono, have been playing dress-up since they were puppies and take a lot of pride in these photo shoots, as you can see below. Sue Lauer is a professional photographer and designer and designed all of the costumes and sets for these little superstars. [Read more...]

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