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On the last day of the school year, this first grade teacher found one final opportunity to educate her students on creativity. Chris-ShaRee Castlebury wore a white dress to work at Pat Henry Elementary in Lawton, Oklahoma, and her kids decorated the fabric using markers, making her ordinary frock into an impressive tableau of youthful art and color.

The pupils from Room 219, aka Castlebury's "precious Picasso's," as she calls them in her Facebook post, illustrated all sorts of inventive doodles on the skirt: rainbows and kites, butterflies and bugs, and even a sock monkey makes an appearance. Though we imagine it was a fun project for the kids, it left Castlebury with a precious…

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You might be stuck at a desk all day, but thanks to MARIAELA jewelry, you can always be close to the outdoors. Ela Rymkowska-Turkoniak is the brainchild behind the online shop that sells stunning terrarium-style jewelry. The striking pendant necklaces feature pieces of dried, hand-picked leaves and flowers that are encased in exquisite magnifying-like glasses, offering fantastical way of seeing the world.

To construct the romantic accessories, MARIAELA uses techniques that have stood the test of time. The metal and glass jewelry are joined with the famous Tiffany (lamp) method and have a vintage aesthetic. This distressed appearance works with any flower—from something as simple as a dandelion seed to a bloom that’s as bright and colorful as a pink daisy.

MARIAELA stocks all of their jewelry through…

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Mongolia is often touted as one of the last unexplored frontiers on this planet. For photographer Madoka Ikegami, a journey to the nation was about more than just the landscape, though. The Tsaatan people who live in the remote East Taiga region in northern Mongolia have long been a subject of fascination.

Ikegami, a freelance photographer who has worked in Asia and Australia on a wide range of assignments, was originally moved by a photo she had seen of a Tsaatan child peacefully resting against the stomach of a white reindeer. She explains, “This picture was an amazing moment of the co-existence of human and reindeer. I just wanted to witness it myself.” So she made the strenuous…

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The United Kingdom’s historic voting on Brexit—a referendum on whether to remain in the European Union or leave—came to a head last week, as 52% percent of the country wanted to exit the group of member states. Reactions to the decision were (and continue to be) passionate, as many people express frustration and sadness over the prospect of leaving. They’ve voiced their opinions on social media—a group that includes illustrators, who have chosen to visually depict their thoughts and emotions.

During the Paris attacks, Jean Jullien’s brilliantly concise Peace for Paris drawing became an instant and poignant symbol for the tragedy. The illustrator has since expressed his opinion on the EU referendum, placing himself strong in the Remain camp by drawing arm-linked…

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Contemporary artist Bich Nguyen mixes acrylic paint and resin to create mesmerizing swirls of color, which appear like brightly hued hot springs seen from above, or perhaps nebulae given the tie-dye treatment. Her most astounding recent work is a five-by-three-foot wooden panel that she’s mounted on glass legs to create a table almost too dazzling to use.

The tones in the piece—deep blues, purples, greens, and aquamarines mixed with soft streaks of white and splatters of gold—seem to twist and ripple into one another, which Nguyen says comes from layers of experimentation and a loose, unplanned approach. While the acrylic affords color, it's the resin that gives the panel its shine, so it gleams like a surreal reinterpretation of a marble countertop.

Of her process, Nguyen explains, "Sometimes,…

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Influenced by a childhood spent near the ocean, Reisha Perlmutter incorporates the memories of gentle ripples and light rays refracting through water into her hyperrealistic paintings. Her newest series, AQUA, depicts women peacefully submerged in water, her use of light, shadows, and color communicating a genuine sense of tranquil escapism. The series has allowed Perlmutter to jump “back into the magic of her childhood, and her intimate memories with light, water, and its sensation,” and this reconnection to youthful happiness is apparent within the stunning works.

Having studied Fine Arts in institutions throughout America, it was only during a residency in Italy that Perlmutter was reawakened to her fascination with light. The result of this renewed inspiration,…

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Artist, illustrator, and designer David Rice forms organic images overlaid with graphic styles to extend his branch of artistic creations. Focusing on natural landscapes and animals as primary subjects, his work is multi-dimensional, revolving around the intersections between nature and humanity. Within his newest series, High Alpine, colorful creations point towards a world of balance and coexistence as he imbues his creatures with human-like qualities to prompt one to question our role of dominance in the global ecosystem.

Growing up in Colorado, Rice established a profound respect for the natural world which has carried over into his artistic career. Within his work, the position of all animals (humans included) has been made to stand at equal heights. The series portrays wildlife in vibrant scenarios,…

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While many people struggle through their daily commutes and painstakingly count down the moments until they arrive home, London photographer Matt Crabtree takes these opportunities to discover the “genuine moments of beauty” amongst his fellow travel companions. He inconspicuously transforms passengers into Renaissance portraits as they go about their normal routines, capturing his portrayals of them on his iPhone with plays on shadows and lights to emulate styles of 16th century painters.  

The personal project initially began when Crabtree took particular notice of the pensive and candid moments of vulnerability from commuters on the tube. In an interview with Newsweek, Crabtree explained: “I…

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Among today's artists who are creatively pushing the boundaries of embroidery, Lithuanian talent Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė is one to watch. She stitches flowers and other sweet depictions into metal objects like pans, pails, and car hoods to subvert traditional embroidery culture, juxtaposing the tough and rusty against the soft and cozy. Her newest series won the award for Best Installation at ArtVilnius'16 earlier this month, and it might be her most evocative yet. Titled Killed(ed) for Peace, it comprises delicate pansies, roses, and daisies sewn into the punctures of authentic antique war helmets.

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Tattoo artist Andrey Lukovnikov superimposes clean outlines onto lovely floral arrangements in order to create his unique ink badges. His alluring artwork first comes to life on a computer, as it is sketched and painted to achieve the intricate, multi-dimensionality that is characteristic of his stunning patterns. After emerging digitally, in a process reminiscent of the clipping masks in Photoshop, they are replicated onto the skin of his clients to create an exquisite visual effect that combines multiple layers with vibrant colors and interesting background patterns.

Lukovnikov’s bold works seem rooted within the beauty of the natural world, as his silhouettes of beetles, bugs, and birds are adorned with floral patterns, linking the counterparts under a common concept. Lush and…

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The National Gallery in London is in the midst of celebrating the iconic Dutch flower paintings of the early 17th and late 18th century. To accompany this beautiful occasion, the Flower Council of Holland created a contemporary work of living art—a massive floral still life that’s constructed entirely out of 26,500 real blooms.

The installation is located just outside of the art museum in London’s famous Trafalgar Square. It’s called A Still Life of Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase and pays tribute to Dutch artist Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder's masterpiece of the same name.

To recreate the painting, nearly 30 florists worked for two days straight. They began with a huge digital print to act as their guide during…

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Scattered throughout modern Egypt are many ancient temples which are famous for their splendor and historical significance. The perfect example of one of these breathtaking displays of luxury is the Temple of Hathor. Built around 2250 BC, the artwork that runs throughout the building is remarkably well kept, despite being thousands and thousands of years old. As the main temple within the significant Dendera Temple complex, it is known for being one of the best-preserved sites in all of Egypt.

Facing the Nile, the sanctuary layout is classical Egyptian, containing stunning examples of Ptolemaic Egyptian artwork including depictions of Cleopatra and her son, fathered by Julius Caesar. The temple itself was built to worship the Ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor, who personified feminine love, healing, and motherhood. Imposing columns have been carved to bear the face of the goddess,…

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Tattooist Jasper Andres uses a delicate touch to craft his intricate body art. Often fusing nature with geometry, the hybrid images exemplify the beauty found in both by highlighting their differences—the graceful movements and curves of animals and flowers are offset by the rigid structure of crystals and low-poly forms.

To further enhance his thinly-lined tattoos, the New Zealand-based artist uses vibrant colors with an approach that’s similar to watercolor painting. Pinks, blues, greens, and purples have a fluid feel as they intermingle with diffused edges, as if they were applied with a brush rather than a tattoo machine. This makes the pieces eye-catching, but not overtly flashy—they feature small, fine details that can only be admired when seen up close.…

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When viewing artist Matthew Grabelsky’s work, you’d swear you’re looking at a photograph... until you see the elephant in the room—or cheetah or zebra. The Los Angeles-based hyperrealistic painter fuses human portraits of New York City subway riders with the heads of animals, transforming the underground into a surreal jungle of its own.

The characters in Grabelsky’s paintings act as if there’s nothing out of the ordinary about their appearance. They don business attire, brave the rush-hour commute, and pass the time by perusing the latest GQ magazine. The inclusion of their furry (or scaly) faces adds an element of the extraordinary to events that occur every day.

While these figures bring some unexpected fun to a crowded ride, they’re imbued with symbolism. The man/beast dyad is seen…

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The polar bears and narwhals in the frozen North experienced a real treat this week. World renowned pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi performed a historic concert with the pristine environment of the Arctic acting as backdrop. Placing his magnificent grand piano upon a floating wooden raft, he added his dulcet chords to accompany the 8 million voices from around the world who are calling for governments to save the Arctic.

The icy region is a global treasure that is known for its biodiversity, unique wildlife, and regulation of the climate. Two weeks earlier, a Greenpeace ship known as the Arctic Sunrise set sail carrying messages from around the globe that demanded the end of the exploitation, needless oil drilling, and destructive fishing of the area. As the ship passed…

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Since 2001, Korean artist Yeesookyung has taken shards of discarded porcelain and reconfigured them into impressive abstract sculptures. Called Translated Vase, these bulbous forms feature a myriad of colors, shapes, and surface designs whose separate parts all converge into single towering pieces. Despite their mismatched elements, Yeesookyung’s work feels cohesive because of their adhesive; she uses 24-karat gold leaf to line the cracks, recalling the Japanese art of kintsugi—a repair method that celebrates the artifact’s history by emphasizing its imperfections.

The Translated Vase was inspired by Yeesookyung’s interest in a tradition held by Korean artisans—they destroy porcelain works that have…

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A glamorous dress can act as an unconventional canvas for a gorgeous work of art. This idea is beautifully highlighted in Paint Me Over, a photography series by Marina Danilova that features a model donning extravagant gowns painted with stunning depictions of landscapes and architecture. Long voluminous skirts and form-fitting bodices act as vessels for large, textured brushstrokes whose fluidity conveys glittering flecks of sunlight and vibrating, reflective scenes. As the model shifts her poses, the paintings always look different—some areas are obscured while others revealed—and they offer alternative interpretations of a single composition.

Designer Svetlana Lyalina is the woman behind the fashions seen in Paint Me Over. She is…

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Artist Dain Yoon uses makeup and watercolors to bend our perceptions of what’s real and what’s just an illusion. The 22-year-old student paints on her hands, face, and neck to create visually mesmerizing—and at times confusing—artworks that fuse parts of herself with objects, landscapes, and her own body.

Many of Yoon’s optical illusions feature eyes and hair that are painted on the back of her hands. As she holds up her arm to her face, it’s hard to distinguish what is drawn on her fingers versus her real lips, nose, and eyes. Other works include Yoon’s face painted like a clouded sky and an ornate clock, creating a chameleon-like effect—part of her is completely cloaked in a texture or pattern while the rest is her ordinary self.

Yoon has only recently begun illusion painting. Over the past two months she’s posted several photos and videos of her beautifully…

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British artist Ptolemy Elrington creates delightful creatures whose formative material is in direct contrast with their natural forms. His artistic venture known as Hubcap Creatures is a “one man company” that prominently features Elrington's animal sculptures, each one built using only salvaged materials. Incorporating a variety of metals into his herd of hardware, he combines a creative eye for clean aesthetics and his skill with malleable materials to create his striking beasts.

Made entirely of recycled scraps, Elrington’s animals bear scars from former lives—scratches in a wolf’s hubcap flank were picked up after being abandoned on the side of the road and a cat's segmented tail is just slightly bent out of shape. For the creative Brit, these marks add texture and history to the creatures…

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In the wake of the Orlando shooting, people all around the world are standing in solidarity with the LGBTQ community to say, “we support you.” Toronto artist Andrea Manica has done so through artwork—she recently transformed a graffitied garage door into a touching tribute to the 49 victims killed on June 12, 2016.

It all started when Victoria Barrington posted a request for an artist to paint her garage door. Through the online trading site Bunz, she explained that her property had been tagged and she wanted the spray-painted letters covered. “I actually don’t mind if you want to paint my garage door. It really doesn’t bother me,” Barrington told…

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