Monday, January 3, 2011

Wallflowers


"So you go and you stand on your own
and you leave on your own
and you go home, and you cry
and you want to die."

-The Smiths, "How Soon is Now"

That was me, the wallflower. Who knew it could be such a beautiful thing? Body artist Emma Hack painfully recreates elaborate wallpaper patterns so that her subjects literally blend in. [via Beautiful/Decay.]

more papercuts


Shockingly beautiful installations made out of a single piece of paper, Peter Callesen's art is at once sculptural and very two-dimensional. Makes me want to break out my xacto and get cutting. [via Beautiful/Decay.]

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A figurine for me


My inlaws have an extensive collection of porcelain figurines -- of the Lladro variety, showing people in various genteel poses wearing 19th century fashions. They're mostly pastel blue. Each and every one of them has a slight blush to the cheek.

They've given me one. I stashed it in a cupboard.

Needless to say, it isn't my decor of choice, and why anyone would pay (and pay again) for these dust-collecting, breakable bits of uselessness is beyond me.

But then I saw the work of artist Shary Boyle. Now these are porcelain figures I can see as part of my menagerie. Delicate and graceful, with all the detailed grace of my inlaw's credenza display, her subjects take a little turn for the worse. [via Beautiful/Decay.]

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A beautiful nest


I'd love to curl up in this beautiful cocoon made of packing tape. The installation took 2 days and 530 rolls of tape. Constructed by Austrian design firm numen/for use. [via Craft.]

Thursday, May 13, 2010

the written landscape


Netherlands artist Thomas de Bruin scoured Google Earth to find a font embedded in the landscape, what he calls the Google Earth Alphabet. There are capitals and lower case and even a whole set of punctuation. I'm surprised he didn't find a big "42." [via Guy Kawasaki.]

Monday, May 10, 2010

Quillingly beautiful


I've been noticing a lot of quilled art in blogs and magazines, and I really want to try my hand at it. It's so tactile, graceful, clean. Then I stumbled on Yulia Brodskaya's amazing commercial quilling. The colors are so vivid they make my mouth water. Really amazing.

But she's obviously an amazing illustrator, and I'm not. So I need a more down-to-earth project to start with. That's when I saw a link to a tutorial to make a quilled monogram. I might just try one for my mom's birthday......but I have my doubts about how easy the Modge-Podging is. [via Craft.]

Friday, February 12, 2010

the muppets of Sesame Street


I've been spending some time watching Sesame Street lately, one of the many perks of having a 4-year-old. I'm constantly amazed at how fresh and relevant the show has remained through the years. In honor of their 40th anniversary, someone at Canada's National Post made an infographic of 101 muppets of Sesame Street, complete with rollovers showing the name, season and brief description of each of them. Have fun exploring! For a little Muppet Show fun, visit the newly created Muppet Studio on You Tube. [via Cool Infographics.]