Katie hosmer's Blog – October 2012 Archive (58)

Adorable Alphabet Poster Hides Letters Within Animals



Started in 2010, Wee Society is a relatively new kids' brand that states, "We not-so-solemnly swear to help bring kids and their parents closer together with happy apps, artful activities, and tales to transfix short attention spans." Creative moms, dads, and kids will just love the bright and colorful designs, prints, and interactive products that the company creates.

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Added by katie hosmer on October 31, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Nature Collides with Gorgeous New York Cityscapes



As New York City recovers from the sweeping winds, massive rainfall, and damaging aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it's nice to remember the city in some of its finer, more peaceful moments. This series by London-based photographer Matthew Richards is a collection of stunning black and white cityscapes that document the iconic landscape of one of the most popular tourist…

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Added by katie hosmer on October 31, 2012 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Awesome Artist-Inspired Halloween Costumes for Kids



Happy Halloween! In honor of the annual celebration of goblins, ghosts, and ghouls—and as an alternative to the princess or superhero idea—here are a few quirky costume concepts that creative enthusiasts could pull together last minute with just a few props and a love of art history.

Concocted by the Oh Happy Day…

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Added by katie hosmer on October 31, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Colorfully Lit Wire Sculptures at Nuit Blanche Paris



French artist Cédric Verdure is a multidisciplinary artist who creates all kinds of sculptural people, animals, and shapes out of recycled wire. Reworking the slender, rigid material into complex patterns, he builds hollow silhouettes and illuminates them with colorful lights. For this year's Nuit Blanche in Paris, the artist, along with Timothy Toury, created a captivating light…

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Added by katie hosmer on October 30, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Hilarious Parodies of Charlie Brown and Friends

Poor Charlie Brown! He is such a lovable character with a big heart, but he can just never do anything right! For nearly 50 years, cartoonist Charles Schwartz created this little guy, along with many other members of the gang including Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Pigpen, and Peppermint Patty. Today, artist Tony Medeiros uses this insecure main character and friends as the…

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Added by katie hosmer on October 30, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Slinkachu's New Miniature Scenes From Around the Globe



Slinkachu is a master of the miniature world and he has been at it again with his recent show at Andipa Gallery in London. In conjunction with his book, Global Model Village, the installation with the same name featured what the artist described as "the common denominators of humankind, the dramas of hope and tragedy, loneliness and…

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Added by katie hosmer on October 30, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Magical Blue Crystals Cover an Entire Room



Seizure is a large-scale installation by British artist Roger Hiorns in which he used unexpected materials to transform an everyday room into a giant piece of art. To create the site-specific installation, Hiorns covered the surface of the interior with plastic sheeting. He then poured more than 20,000 gallons of boiling copper sulphate solution into the abandoned…

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Added by katie hosmer on October 29, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Intricate Kelp Designs Form Sustainable Lampshades



London-based designer Julia Lohmann is a master of reusing and recycling all kinds of natural and manmade materials. From preserved cow and sheep stomachs to found Victorian animal bones, the artist identifies unusual and unexplored substances and uses them to create her unique and sustainable product designs.

To create these Kelp Lampshades, Lohmann used a laser cutting…

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Added by katie hosmer on October 29, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Fascinating Underground Worlds by Steve Duncan

Nottingham, England



Urban historian, explorer, and photographer Steve Duncan has been investigating the underground world of sewers, tunnels, and subways for years. Traveling beneath international cities including New York, Los Angeles, London, and Paris, he has great knowledge of many subterranean worlds. He has hosted the Discovery Channel show Urban Explorers and has…

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Added by katie hosmer on October 28, 2012 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Beautiful Macro Photos of Nail Polish



Oil Spills is a series of complex photographs by artist Karissa Hosek. After witnessing the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, Hosek was inspired by the consequences that such a massive event had on the environment. She says, "Seeing images of the effects from this drastic event was horrifying but from an aerial view the oil was fascinating."

From overhead, the tragedy of…

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Added by katie hosmer on October 28, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

Magical Worlds Exist Just Above the Clouds

Edgar Moskopp



Right above the surface of the clouds, a whole different kind of world exists. It's not often that we get to experience these peaceful and serene moments of simple beauty, but every so often during a plane trip or a hike up to a mountaintop, this gorgeous world reveals itself.

And now, there's no need to travel to check out these stunning…

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Added by katie hosmer on October 26, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Infinite Patterns of Light Dance Across a 130 Foot Wall



Unidisplay is an audiovisual installation designed by German artist Carsten Nicolai. He used real-time projections, large-scale screens, and mirrors to create this distinct installation in which black and white lights display a visual interpretation of sound and time. The artist says that he enjoys creating visuals that perform for his audience, and often uses scientific concepts,…

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Added by katie hosmer on October 26, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Geometric Light Patterns Mimic Different Times of Day



Always/Never is a light installation created by United Visual Artists, an art and design practice based in London. On their website they explain that they "create work at the intersection of sculpture, architecture, live performance, and digital installation." As the practice continues to evolve towards more permanent installations, their work often focuses on the complex…

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Added by katie hosmer on October 25, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Happy Birdhouses Installed in Cities Worldwide



As buildings continue to pop up in growing cities, urban-dwelling birds and wildlife are in need of more options for cozy places to live. Thoughtful to these needs, artist Thomas Winther, aka Dambo, initiated the Happy City Birds project. To kick the project off, the artist spent just two weeks building 250 birdhouses out of free and recycled materials (with…

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

Pop Culture Characters Built With Beer and Soda Cans



Every day, artists are getting more and more creative with ideas for recycling, ranging anywhere from flattened-can mosaics to sculptures formed out of pages from old books.…

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Added by katie hosmer on October 25, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Funny Coffee Table Swimming Pool



Pool Table is a fun and unexpected pun that turns a game of billiards into a small body of standing water. Viewers might feel inclined to take a short swim after checking out this coffee table! As part of the London Design Festival, artists Marcus Beck and Simon Macro, of Freshwest Design, approached a pretty basic piece of furniture in a really playful way. The team says they enjoy…

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Added by katie hosmer on October 24, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

20,000 Twinkling LED Lights Create an Immersive Installation



In this sparkling installation entitled Volume, artist Leo Villareal took a handful of twinkling stars and brought them down to earth. Suspended from the ceiling, the cylinder-shaped piece featured more than 20,000 LED lights set against reflective, mirror-finished stainless steel, which created a three dimensional space where light could come alive.

The patterns of illumination,…

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Added by katie hosmer on October 24, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Highly Imaginative Surreal Digital Illustrations



Artist Alexander Jansson continues to create all kinds of mesmerizing, mind-bending illustrations in his recent work. Each mixed media scene has a quirky, surreal feel in which lines are blurred and nothing is clearly defined. His soft palette of colors and misty lines create…

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Added by katie hosmer on October 22, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Wonderful Paper Sculpture of Children Playfully Dancing



In this creative installation, entitled Maibaum, Canadian artist Kristi Malakoff used layer upon layer of black paper, foam core, and hardware to create a lifelike scene in which joyous, animated children are frozen in time. Upon viewing the installation, visitors will immediately be transported into the middle of a Maypole dance, a traditional western European folk dance in which men and…

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Added by katie hosmer on October 22, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Small Booklet Features Amazing 360 Degree Design



This 360 degree flipbook is a modern day take on those silly stick figure sketches found at the bottom of your old high school notebooks. When closed, the small booklet appears like an everyday book, but, when you open it and flip the pages around, every direction reveals new details within the tiny carvings.

Page by page, artist Yusuke Oono laser cut the designs into the three…

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Added by katie hosmer on October 22, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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