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Drawing on World Issues: Illustrations by Pawel Kuczynski Continue to Make Us Think

Friday 11.08.2013 , Posted by

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There are few things more appropriate for satirical critique that world politics and issues. Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski continues to enlighten us with his colored pencils, shedding light on the more confusing and contradictory elements of the world we inhabit. Often his work revolves around the issues of poverty, war, political honesty and wage disparity, each illustration giving us a chance to pause and ponder. [Read more...]

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Yarn-Bombing Artist Olek Crochets Entire Locomotive in Poland

Monday 09.02.2013 , Posted by

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A few Christmases ago, crochet artist Olek brought a little warmth to her hometown’s freezing financial district by giving NYC’s infamous bull a brightly-colored sweaterBut her latest project took her across the world from her current home to her birthplace of Poland, where she completely covered a four car locomotive in brightly-colored camouflage. [Read more...]

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Animals Oddly Combining with Objects

Thursday 04.18.2013 , Posted by

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Marcin Schleifer has a talent for combining dissimilar objects into a whole which almost makes sense. His art sees giraffes grow smokestacks for necks, fish sprout gun stocks for tails, a cat having its middle whittled away like wood… it’s all rather unusual. Using either cues from our culture, or simply the shape of the objects themselves for inspiration, he draws them together into images which are intriguing, comic and sometimes even disturbing. [Read more...]

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Tattoos in Technicolor: Classics Remixed in Poland

Tuesday 02.19.2013 , Posted by

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Take classic tattoo art, mix it together with a rainbow of color and some modern abstract design… and if you’re lucky you might come out with the work of Polish tattoo artist Marcin Aleksander Surowiec. His works channel many of the classic linear skin art forms, yet twist them into something completely original: his characters get geometric patterns in the place of their face; rainbows of color are overlaid on print-like forms; and then there are his completely original designs. [Read more...]

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Test Tube Chandeliers Inspired By Marie Curie

Monday 02.18.2013 , Posted by

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Test tubes are no longer just for the laboratory with this innovative new home design. Pani Jurek, a designer from Poland, has created a simple, yet awesome chandelier using plywood, a bulb, and lots of test tubes. The coolest part about the design is that the possibilities are endless- put different colored liquids in each tube for every holiday, keep it lively with little plant specimens or flowers, show off your dead insect collection, etc. Jurek created a one-tiered and a two-tiered version of this design; I would have loved to have one in my science classroom. The plant displays look beautiful and each flower gets its own little water supply to keep it alive. [Read more...]

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Sunrise Through the Mist: Beautiful Mornings in Poland

Wednesday 11.21.2012 , Posted by

For anyone who wakes after the sunrise, you’ve missed it. Not so Polish photographer Boguslaw Strempel, he wakes well before the sun to capture some of the early morning delights – fantastic sun rays shining through the forest in his home country and in nearby Czech Republic. [Read more...]

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90º Typography Pop-Up Book

Monday 07.09.2012 , Posted by

Graphic designer Iwona Przybyla from Poznan, Poland has created a new typography book in the most amusing book form out there- that’s right, pop-up (followed by “choose your own adventure” in a close second). The book and the font style are called Kąt 90 stopni, which translates to 90 Degrees. To create each letter, Przybyla threaded light and dark blue string through two perpendicular sheets of paper, so that when each page is open to 90 degrees, a 3d letter will appear. This one-of-a-kind book contains all 26 letters in this new, clever style. [Read more...]

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The Body is a Canvas: Tattoo Infographic

Wednesday 02.08.2012 , Posted by

One of the greatest things about design is that people are constantly coming up with new and creative ways to solve problems, display information or convey a message in a better way. Paul Marcinkowski (AKA Kaplon) is the designer behind this tattoo infographic which he made for a class project at the Academy Of Fine Arts in Łódź, Poland. While poorly made infographics have been called the ‘plague’ of the internet, it’s great to see an artist sink their teeth into the medium and create something truly original. [Read more...]

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Vintage Inspiration: Groovy Posters of Eastern Europe

Monday 01.02.2012 , Posted by

You don’t get much more trippy than the far-out movie posters of Eastern Europe in the 60’s and 70’s. From Poland, Andre de Krayewski created as many as a dozen posters a year for both famous imported films and domestic creations, all with his signature art deco meets pop art style. Other artists like Jacek Neugebauer and Maciej Zbikowski helped further the style, using more bold contrasting colors and a heavy dose of symbolism. Most of the posters loosely (and I mean very loosely) interpreted the story of the film advertised, relying instead on the catchy artwork to draw in viewers. [Read more...]

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The Silence of Black and White Photography

Monday 12.19.2011 , Posted by

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Black and White photography required a much greater commitment before the advent of the digital SLR. Now digital cameras and software can produce black on white on demand, so a photographer can choose later whether or not to remove the color from the photo.  There are still, however, those photographers that stay faithful to the classic method of using black and white film cameras.  Tomasz Gudzowaty is one of those photographers. Born in 1971, he graduated with a law degree from the University of Warsaw.  Instead of law, his interests led him to photography, starting with nature and then on to social documentary [Read more...]

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