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Fashion designer Adam Saaks demonstrates the incredible power that a pair of scissors can wield. For over 14 years, he has refined a design technique that involves nothing more than shiny, razor-sharp blades and strategically-placed snips. With his tool and an eye for style, he cuts intricate motifs into ordinary bodysuits, dresses, and jumpsuits, transforming them into high-fashion ensembles with ladder-like patterns that accentuate the curves of the human body.

Although Saaks’ creations are impressive on their own, they become even more so once you learn his process. He often hosts live cutting events where he’ll trim and shape a garment as it’s being worn. The performance aspect presents its own challenge, as he has to come up with a design on the spot. With a crowd watching, every cut matters—unlike conventional…

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At first glance, photographer Dylan Hamm has simply snapped two headshots of a single person. These portraits however, have a secret element to them: in one of the images, the subject is naked. This fact is the basis for Hamm's series Naked Faces, which was inspired by a question he’s mulled over for years. “In short,” he writes, “what level of nonverbal facial expressions do we show without being conscious of them?” Through over 40 sets of portraits, he sought to prove the notion that “people show more on their face than they are aware.”

Although we can’t see the subjects’ nude bodies, we do notice a shift in facial appearance from one photo to the other. These vary in their intensity—some people barely raise an eyebrow while…

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Israeli artist Sigalit Landau has a special reverence for the Dead Sea. From her childhood home on a hill in Jerusalem, she looked out on the northern banks of the briny waters, and her family visited its shores on weekends. Its influence now filters through her creative work as both milieu and material—as much literal as symbolic of the surreal and spiritual realms. "It is like meeting with a different time system, a different logic, another planet," she explains. 

Her latest project, an eight-part photo series called Salt Bride, represents a uniquely captivating collaboration with the mysticism inherent in the cherished lake's chemistry. Landau submerged a black gown in its waters in 2014 and returned multiple times over the span of three months to capture its salinity-induced…

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The power of imagination can transform a simple idea into a magnificent sight. Self-taught photographer Kelly Tan showcases these magical, inspired moments in her ongoing series I Have a Dream, which features her young daughter casting extraordinary shadows that have morphed into larger-than-life creatures and scenes.

On an unassuming gray wall, Tan’s brilliant translations of reality take place: a set of building blocks becomes a giant giraffe; an open book is a soaring bird; and standing over a broom is like riding a majestic unicorn. Each is a whimsical expression of childhood innocence and fun.

All of the I Have a Dream images, in addition to Tan’s other fantastical photography, is completely shot and edited on her iPhone and iPad. She snaps pictures of her daughter posing…

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Everybody loves getting mail, but perhaps not as much as Pippa the dog. Each day that Brisbane mailman Martin Studer walks down the street on which Pippa's family lives, the dog runs toward him with excitement. Unfortunately, not all days bring mail. Studer writes on Facebook, "Sometimes, Pippa comes out for the daily delivery but there’s no mail for her to collect." Instead of just giving the kind dog a pat and turning around, Studer goes above and beyond the duties of a mail deliverer. "I have to improvise," he calls it.

His "improvisation" is to create mail for Pippa, so she'll never be disappointed by a "no-mail" day. He hands her an empty envelope with "Mail for Pippa" written on the front, which she promptly takes in her mouth…

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With fluid washes of watercolor, Sunga Park lends gentle fluidity to stony architecture. Her paintings convey gracefully blurred renditions of landmarks located around France, Croatia, Sweden, Hungary, and other international locales, with each one afforded just enough shape and sharp detail to be recognizable, but otherwise pooled into aqueous abstraction as if melting slowly into the page.

We first discovered her work in 2013, and she has since continued to refine her technique, which requires a careful blend of loose experimentation and practiced precision. Of her methodology, she explains, "My main focus of the works is drawing them with all kinds of my emotions in a…

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Having the same name as Thor, the hammer-wielding Norse god, is a lot to live up to, but a Bengal cat with an identical moniker does it justice. The four-legged Thor has a commanding presence with soulful green eyes and a majestic coat that looks too perfect to be real. But, Thor’s coloring is all natural—Bengals are known for their jungle-cat appearance, and Thor has a series of wild markings that include leopard spots and tiger stripes.

Thor’s increasingly popular Instagram gives us a glimpse into his personality. Although he often dons a serious expression and menacing prowl, Thor is not afraid to let loose and show off his gloriously-spotted belly. Still, he calls for the utmost attention in his home. “I definitely feel like his servant!” Thor’s human, Rani Cucicov, told…

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If you've been a fan of My Modern Met and want to go from a casual reader to an actual contributor, guess what, you're in luck. We're now hiring! It's an exciting time for us here as we continue to expand our business.

We're looking for applicants who are web-savvy, love all things creative, and want to share their passion with the world. You'll not only get to polish your writing skills, you'll have the opportunity to help build a dynamic internet-based business that makes it a priority to stay on the pulse of what's new and exciting. Most of all, we're looking for passionate, motivated people who want to be a part of something bigger.

Necessary Qualifications:
Excellent writing skills
Understanding of social media: Facebook, Twitter, etc
Previous blogging experience
Passion for art, design,…

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Since 1979, Iranian women have been legally obligated to cover their hair in public. Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad has now launched a powerful social movement to champion every individual’s right to decide how to dress, defying the restrictive gender rules. With an online campaign called My Stealthy Freedom, Iranian women are invited to share photos of themselves with their hijabs removed; meanwhile, men sport the headscarves with the hashtag #MenInHijab to show support and solidarity.

In a Facebook post, Alinejad explains, “When my female…

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Tattooist Adrian Bascur invigorates his skillful animal designs with more galactic appeal. He fills intricate animal outlines with twinkling, star-studded clouds to create images that exemplify the magnificence of the natural world, beyond the confines of our atmosphere. 

To further enhance his dramatically bold space tattoos, the Chilean artist blends magenta and cerulean colors in an approach that is similar to watercolor painting. His designs feel fluid and changeable—like nature itself—as the edges fade and evaporate into the client's skin. Bascur's animals are eye-catching and beautiful, but not too flashy—instead, they glimmer with imagination, as if part of a distant dream.  …

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The days of ice cream melting down your cone, leaving your hand and arm a sticky mess, are about to be over. The Drip Drop may be the invention that every summer has been looking for. It's an edible "ring" made out of waffle cone ingredients that slides onto your cone to protect ice cream drips from getting onto your hands and clothes. The Drip Drop comes in two flavors, chocolate and original, but can be customized to include any delicious topping of your choice, such as sprinkles, chocolate chips, or coconut shavings. One significant element of the invention is that it eliminates the need for paper napkins. According to the invention's website; "Approximately one million trees could be saved each year if the current number of napkins…

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For her 105th birthday, Ivena Smailes had a very special request—for a "burly, tattooed firefighter" to deliver her cake. What may have been originally cast as an outrageous pipe dream turned into a reality, thanks to the men of the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, who take their missions seriously, no matter what the call may be. 

After much argument over who would be Smailes' birthday wish granter, it was corporate communications officer Michael Chipchase who climbed a ladder with cake in hand and stepped through the third-story window of Smailes' care home in Crawcrook, England. The gentlemanly Chipchase presented the centenarian's Victoria Sponge cake down on one knee, so it was at perfect height for her to blow out all of the candles. Officer Chipchase told the…

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Photographer Horia Manolache is based in San Francisco, the city with the second highest homeless population in the United States. However, he believes that homeless communities are frequently misunderstood and unfairly stereotyped, so he’s started a project called The Prince and the Pauper to portray them in a new light. In a series of dual portraits, each homeless individual stands posed on the left in his or her normal attire; on the right, each one wears the recognizable outfit associated with the career of his or her dreams, gazing proudly forward as if towards a brighter future.

The images were shot in a studio that Manolache created in a hotel room, isolated against a black backdrop to create a film noir-inspired effect. This way, he hopes to emphasize their pure…

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“Everything old is new again,” the artist known simply as Yulia writes about her exquisite hair brushes. “Every piece is a work of art you can enjoy every day.” She means this literally—their wooden handles are adorned with famous paintings that act as small reminders of the beauty of imagination. They feature ethereal pieces by artist Gustave Klimt—including his iconic work The Kiss—as well as Vincent van Gogh and Alphonse Mucha, the founder of the Art Nouveau style popularized in the early 20th century.

Yulia’s intricate paddle brushes use the dècoupage technique in order to adhere the colorful images onto the rounded canvas. Sealed with a glossy varnish, it ensures that the pieces are protected from water as well as other wear and tear. Yulia further accessorizes the brushes with her…

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Each year, Calgary hosts a citywide event known as Beakerhead—a spectacular smashup highlighting the intersections of innovative creativity. For five days, this interactive extravaganza is the entertaining epicenter of the convergence of art, science, and engineering. This year’s festivities—taking place September 14-18, 2016—continues to feature an assortment of visually stimulating celebrations, energetic events, gregarious gatherings, exhilarating performances, and all-around fun!

With a mission to “stimulate ingenuity; engage the public in science, engineering, and art; break down barriers between people and sectors; inspire tomorrow’s workforce; build the economy; and most importantly, learn by doing,” Beakerhead is spearheading a progressive movement in education and enlightenment through…

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Earlier this year, we were fascinated by food blogger Colette Dike (aka @fooddeco) and her ability to transform avocados into edible masterpieces. Since that time, she’s continued to wow us with her dedication to the buttery green fruit and even released a cookbook featuring the types of mouth-watering dishes seen on her popular Instagram and blog.

Dike’s enthusiastic foodie following is drawn to her playful avocado arrangements. Rather than simply creating a green mash and spreading it over toast, she…

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Like shimmering blue diamonds glowing amidst the night sky, The Weeping Stones, a photo series by Tdub Photo, captures the stunning glow of rare and beautiful bioluminescent shrimp against the sands of the Seto Inland Sea in Japan.

The inspiration for the series originated in 2015, when Tdub Photo—a Japanese video and photography company started by Trevor Williams and Jonathan Galione—filmed sea fireflies for the first time. The duo had shot fireflies before and took a similar approach with these subjects. “The images we shot were OK, but there was a feeling that something more could be done,” the team shared in a blog post. “This urge to do more is what drove…

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Photojournalist Mobeen Ansari loves to venture where his photography leads him, particularly when his human interest stories take him to uncharted and unexposed locations in his home country of Pakistan. Ansari’s photography aims to shed positive light on Pakistan across the international realm, and help discard the negative media portrayals of his country. He highlights the beauty, vibrancy, and authenticity of the unsung heroes of Pakistan, and celebrates the country’s diverse landscapes and cultures through his images.

Ansari has a long history of artistic talent in his genes. Watching his grandmother paint intricate landscapes throughout his childhood instilled in him an early awareness and appreciation for extraordinary features in everyday details. He also lost his hearing in…

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Many people love to keep a collection of sorts. Whether it’s weird, silly, or entertaining, the joy one feels from accumulating one particular type of object is quite common. Some of these collections, however, are more conspicuous than others—they can’t be neatly displayed on a shelf, but the spectacle is part of the fun. Redditor buildingsonfire recently shared one that was 15 years in the making: 1,785 bowling balls that are displayed in a giant pyramid.

The inspiration for this impressive sculpture was simple. “My folks saw a picture of a bowling ball pyramid in like 2001 and decided to build one,” buildingsonfire explained. Almost every ball was donated or recovered from an alley that had planned on discarding them. There are a few gifted globes on the structure, but overall, this was an inexpensive…

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Sculptor Christopher David White is known for his ceramic creations that double as fantastic optical illusions. It's hard to believe the hyperrealistic pieces are made of clay, as they resemble knotty wood and dilapidated cardboard. These visual effects demonstrate incredible artistic skill, and White utilizes multiple hand-construction methods—such as modeling, molding, and casting—in order to produce the incredible textures that make his sculptures so confounding.

Nature’s perpetual transformation is what first inspired White’s body of work—the idea that everything is subject to a cycle of growth and decay, or life and death. “Change is a constant reminder that permanence is the ultimate illusion,” he…

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