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Embrace Your Limitations & Share Your Story

Wednesday 05.22.2013 , Posted by

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After years of pointillist drawings, Phil Hansen developed nerve damage while he was in art school and his hand began to shake. He stopped doing art all together and felt lost, until he went to see a neurologist who told him although the damage was irreversible, he should “embrace the shake.” Hansen took this advice to heart and found new ways to create art. He began thinking of limitations he could impose upon his art- one piece using under $1 of supplies, another series of paintings on his chest rather than a canvas, and a spiral portrait created by the words of other people’s inspirational stories. He made a portrait of Jackie Chan using Karate chops with paint on his hand for each stroke and his creativity and inspirational story landed him a TED talk (see below). Now Phil Hansen has started a Kickstarter to create a new motivational, collaborative piece by having people call him to share their stories of facing a limitation and he will hire a team to help him create a documentary of the process. [Read more...]

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Wearable Art: Unique Sublimation Printed T-Shirts

Monday 04.08.2013 , Posted by

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Want to support artists, create jobs in America, and look ridiculously cool? Then you should consider pre-ordering a vibrant t-shirt by RaveNectar so that this visionary company can get its feet on the ground. Not only will you have a shirt that will surely get you noticed and have people asking where you found that amazing wearable art, but you will also be supporting the independent artist who created the design of your choice. The t-shirts are created on a sublimation printer, which is very new and much pricier than silk screening, so RaveNectar needs your help to open their own print shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (far, far from China). [Read more...]

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MEME the World Encourages Art, Fun and Sharing

Wednesday 03.06.2013 , Posted by

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meme [meem] : an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture. (via merriam-webster dictionary). Justin Crowe believes in the cultural value of creativity and he’s spreading the word to the world with a meme. This Ohio based potter is creating and distributing custom made mugs with baked-on instructions encouraging a fun game of sharing. His project is called MEME the World. [Read more...]

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Coming Soon: Amazing New 3D Doodling Tool

Tuesday 02.19.2013 , Posted by

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I’m beginning to get jealous of all the cool toys that kids these days have to play with- particularly this new invention by WobbleWorks that will be available in October of this year. As a kid of the 90′s I thought I was pretty cool with my vibrating Squiggle Wiggle Writer and Magic Copier but with this new 3Doodler, you can create 3D sculptures as easily as you could make a drawing. The innovative new toy makes it affordable for the average person to have a device with 3d printing capabilities. Invented and created by experienced robotics and toymakers Peter Dilworth and Maxwell Bogue, the device melts ABS plastic (like most 3D printers) and it dries instantly when it hits the air. [Read more...]

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Piano Man and Dog Travel to Share the Beauty of Music

Thursday 01.24.2013 , Posted by

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A couple years ago, an aspiring actor named Dotan Negrin sold everything he had, bought a piano and a truck, and along with his little dog friend “Brando” decided to travel across America. In total, they traveled to 53 cities, met thousands of people and shared the universal love and language of music to those willing to listen. Their journey was a fulfilling one for the duo, as Dotan would play all sorts of songs and little Brando would chill on top of the Piano. They received warm media coverage during their trip which was called “Piano Across America.” [Read more...]

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The Fitzroy: Film Project Set in the Post-Apocalyptic 50s

Thursday 12.06.2012 , Posted by

An exciting film set in an alternate post-apocalyptic 1950s, is looking for support through crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Andrew Harmer, an emerging writer and director from the the UK, has everything he needs: a script, a passionate team, and a great location for his feature film “The Fitzroy.” Well, almost everything. The team is trying to raise $96,550 to make the film a reality. So far, they have raised almost 40,000 and there are 17 days left to go. [Read more...]

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Amazing New Toy Promotes Future Female Engineers

Monday 11.19.2012 , Posted by

When you ask a little girl what she wants to be when she grows up, the most common answer will be a princess. While more females than males are attending college in the US, the field of engineering is still largely dominated by males (89%). Seeing this disparity in her classes, Stanford engineer Debbie Sterling made it her mission to tackle the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math. She attributes much of this gap to the gender roles perpetuated through children’s toys. The girls’ aisle is filled with dolls and dress up clothes to train future housewives while boys’ are developing spatial skills through toys like K’nex, Legos, and Tinker Toys. While those companies have made pink versions of their toys, they fail to interest little girls because they lack reading, which, studies have shown, is preferred by little girls. Little girls need to develop spatial reasoning too so that they have all of the same opportunities as boys to shape our world in the future. This is why Sterling created Goldie Blox! [Read more...]

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Re-Ply: A Stylish, Laminated Chair from Cardboard

Thursday 10.25.2012 , Posted by

San Francisco designer, Dan Goldstein used to play with paper and make origami; now he’s making furniture. Also fascinated with the way laminated furniture was created using a vacuum mold, he combined the two techniques, adding some of his love for re-using materials and began experimenting with ways he could create a chair using a very underrated product: cardboard. His new Re-Ply chair, which is gaining traction as a project on Kickstarter, combines origami like folds and plywood like lamination with the often discarded material – creating a modern and stylish shell chair which is deceivingly durable. [Read more...]

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Pony Tales: A Story About Horses

Wednesday 10.17.2012 , Posted by

Did you know that ponies are six times more likely than other farm animals to falling victim to addiction, abuse, and neglect and eight times more likely to be suffering from some sort of financial ruin? Probably not because the sweet sounds of Sarah McLachlan have never been the soundtrack for a suffering pony commercial, but one fine pony advocate named Jay Speiden has taken it on himself to raise awareness for these tiny horses and you can help! By donating to Speiden’s Kickstarter you can make a difference in the life of one special pony named Palomino. [Read more...]

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Print Polaroid Pictures From Your iPhone

Monday 09.10.2012 , Posted by

If you love Polaroid pictures, then you will love the latest Kickstarter by The Impossible Project. Impossible bought the old Polaroid factory in Amsterdam, Holland and with the help of a talented team of designers created an instant photo lab that transforms your favorite iPhone pictures into analog instant photos. Instant film can be pretty expensive so it was always a bummer when a photo didn’t turn out well, but with this awesome new invention every picture you develop will be exactly what you wanted- the retro Polaroid feel with the perfectly cropped image of your choice. [Read more...]

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