Katie hosmer's Blog – July 2012 Archive (62)

Sitting on the Edge of the World

When I first saw these images by German photographer Christopher Hassler, I had to stop and stare for a minute to figure out what is going on in each scene. And I imagine that is probably the artist's intentions with this series, entitled Point of View. Using a fisheye lens in a long tunnel, Hassler finds angles that confuse his viewers.

What's up and what's down is a…


Added by katie hosmer on July 31, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

2012 Olympic Stamps Pair Athletes with London Landmarks

As we have seen over the course of the past few days, creative ideas inspired by the 2012 Olympics are all around us! And we just couldn't resist another inventive idea, a collection of four Royal Mail postage stamps by London-based design firm Hat-Trick. The process of creating these designs took about 15 months from start to finish and the collection was just released last week…


Added by katie hosmer on July 31, 2012 at 8:13am — No Comments

Tiny Worlds Come Alive Atop Green Flock Fingernails

Recently, Alice Bartlett covered her fingernails with textured green flock and, from that moment, an idea was born. Inspired by the color and texture, she decided that her nails would be a great backdrop for miniature scenes of people doing daily activities. So she identified her favorite tiny models and created these scenes on top of each nail. She then photographed the imaginative…


Added by katie hosmer on July 31, 2012 at 7:50am — No Comments

Illuminating Garbage to Raise Awareness About Plastic Bags

Who knew a trash bin could serve as more than just a container for garbage? Apparently Spanish art collective Luzinterruptus had a vision for this kind of thing when they created Plastic Garbage Guarding the Museum as part of the Oh, Plastiksack! exhibition at the Gewerbemuseum in the Swiss town of Winthertur.

The exhibition is intended to raise…


Added by katie hosmer on July 30, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Intricate Lace Patterns Weaved Along the Baltic Sea

In Oak Beach, Polish outdoor artist NeSpoon introduced a little bit of street art to the beach bordering the Baltic Sea. The artist, who visits Oak Beach every summer, decided that it was time to incorporate some art into the landscape. So NeSpoon used pieces of driftwood as the foundation for these lace installations, which remind me of complicated cobwebs. There is an intricate and…


Added by katie hosmer on July 30, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Portrait Paintings Across Rows of Floppy Disks

When I was much younger, I used to save all of my computer files and documents on floppy disks. It's amazing how fast technology has improved since then. These days, I sometimes come across a few old disk but, other than letting them form dusty piles on my shelf, there isn't anything I can really do with them. Or so I thought. London-based artist Nick Gentry has developed a very…


Added by katie hosmer on July 29, 2012 at 10:32am — No Comments

Stunning Ink Portraits Fragmented in Water

These portraits by self-taught Italian artist Alberto Seveso are so original! He presents us with representations of human faces that are scattered across the canvas in broken swirls of color. Seveso is well-known for his many amazing ink-in-water photographs and these are no exception. The base of each image is formed from the process of ink slowly mixing and interacting underwater. In the…


Added by katie hosmer on July 28, 2012 at 12:14pm — 2 Comments

Eerily Floating In a Dark Underwater Abyss

These magical underwater photographs by New York-based photographer Simon Harsent are so moody and dramatic. The series, entitled Into the Abyss, was created in collaboration with the artist's father and award-winning poet, David Harsent. The two produced this photo series and poem project as part of the Pool Collective's inaugural publication, Blow Up.

Using dark and…


Added by katie hosmer on July 27, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Thousands of Threads Form Vibrant Rainbows

Mexican artist Gabriel Dawe makes all kinds of wondrous things with basic textiles. His ongoing series, Plexus, is a collection of unique, complex structures that form intricate patterns of color with sewing thread. The artist says he builds the site-specific installations to "explore the connection between fashion and architecture, and how they relate to the human need for shelter in all its…


Added by katie hosmer on July 27, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Glowing Planets Float Along the Surface of Earth

These creative illustrations by photographer and graphic designer David Jordan Williams bring the planets of our solar system right down into our everyday lives. In the project, entitled Our Solar System Takes a Holiday, Williams features stunning, everyday landscapes that, at first, don't seem out of the ordinary. Yet, viewers will fairly instantly notice…


Added by katie hosmer on July 26, 2012 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Shocked Flowers Illuminate with 80,000 Volts of Electricity

Photographer Robert Buelteman uses thousands of volts of electricity to create his photographs by zapping a little life and energy into already beautiful plants. The process, called Kirlian photography, was made famous in 1939 by Russian inventor Semyon Davidovich Kirlian who discovered the process accidentally through experimentation. To capture the glowing light through each flower,…


Added by katie hosmer on July 26, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Three-Dimensional Sculpture Creates Portal Illusion

Architect friends Adam Scales, Pierre Berthelomeau, and Paul Van Den Berg worked together to create this surprising and playful installation, entitled Reframe, for the 2012 Festival of Lively Architecture. Through visual exploration and movement, visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the variations and changes that appear. From one perspective, the…


Added by katie hosmer on July 25, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Curly Strips of Watercolor Paper Form Beautiful 3D Painting

There are so many kinds, colors, and textures of paper that can be used in artistic creation. Taiwan-based artist Mia Liu finds inspiration from this medium and takes it one step further by transforming generally flat paper forms into three dimensional sculptures. The artist says she is "particularly mesmerized by the unique textures created by drawing on different papers; [She] loves to…


Added by katie hosmer on July 25, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

2,000 IKEA Hangers Transformed Into Colorful Sculpture

What do you do with a bunch of extra hangers hanging in your closet? Well Portuguese designers Diogo Agular and Teresa Otta of LIKEarchitects had a brilliant idea. They took 2,000 colorful IKEA children's hangers and designed this Chromatic Screen for the 2012 Oporto Show, an event known as the most prestigious event for interior design and architecture on the Iberian…


Added by katie hosmer on July 25, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Intricate Detailed & Fragile Mouth of Sand Sculpture

New York-based Cuban artist Liset Castillo challenges the typical notions of beauty with very temporary sand sculptures. Mouth of Sand is just one of the many pieces from this body of work entitled Human Studies. In her labor-intensive process, Castillo creates life-size sand forms that resemble models found in high-gloss magazines. She photographs each one to document the…


Added by katie hosmer on July 24, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Beautifully Mysterious Underwater World

Russian photographer Elena Kalis brings to life all kinds of magical stories, from her creative fantasy worlds to her darker, more serious work. It's no mystery…


Added by katie hosmer on July 24, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Inspiring Intensity of Three 2012 U.S. Olympians

It's that time again—the Olympics are just around the corner and, in preparation, we regular folks sit close by, watching with excitement as the athletes prepare, feeling extremely motivated, and concocting plans of becoming just a smidge more active in our own lives. The power and beauty of these dedicated competitors is completely awe-inspiring and New York-based photographer Martin…


Added by katie hosmer on July 24, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Young Artist Takes Surreal Self-Portraits to Express Emotions

The mind can create all kinds of strange scenarios when we are asleep. In this series entitled Surreal-ity, photographer Kylie Woon brings those mind-bending stories and dreamy scenes to life. Conveying all kinds of dramatic emotions, including loss, fear, anger, and restlessness, Woon creates self-portraits where she floats, flips, and flies across each frame in seemingly impossible…


Added by katie hosmer on July 23, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Colorful Light Art Created Using No Digital Manipulation

UK-based photographer Ian Hobson is an expert at all kinds of impressive light art photography. When you first see his images, a collection called Waving Torches at Things, you won't believe that he creates them directly from his camera without the use of any digital manipulation. But, according to his website, he says, "All images are photographs, straight from the camera.…


Added by katie hosmer on July 23, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Warped Letters Form Message at Precise Angle

Chicago-based graphic designer Thomas Quinn created this optical illusion on the blank walls of the room above his parents' garage. Typography enthusiasts will just love the complexity of this visual delight! Using a simple sans serif font, Quinn figured out exact shapes and distortions for each letter, making a completed phrase appear perfectly aligned from only one certain point in…


Added by katie hosmer on July 22, 2012 at 11:02am — No Comments

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