Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Illuminated Cut Paper Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti paper illustration dioramas

Deepti Nair and Harikrishnan Panicker (known collectively as Hari & Deepti) are an artist couple who create paper cut light boxes. Each diorama is made from layers of cut watercolor paper placed inside a shadow box and is lit from behind with flexible LED light strips. The small visual narratives depicted in each work often play off aspects of light including stars, flames, fireflies, and planets. The couple shares about their work:

Paper is brutal in its simplicity as a medium. It demands the attention of the artist while it provides the softness they need to mold it in to something beautiful. It is playful, light, colorless and colorful. It is minimal and intricate. It reflects light, creates depth and illusions in a way that it takes the artist through a journey with limitless possibilities.

What amazes us about the paper cut light boxes is the dichotomy of the piece in its lit and unlit state, the contrast is so stark that it has this mystical effect on the viewers.

Hari & Deepti are originally from India but now live and work in Denver. Their work most recently appeared at SCOPE New York through Black Book Gallery. (via Hi-Fructose, My Modern Met)

Felted Veggies Dangle from Embroidered Leaves

Felted Veggies Dangle from Embroidered Leaves vegetables textiles food embroidery

Felted Veggies Dangle from Embroidered Leaves vegetables textiles food embroidery

Felted Veggies Dangle from Embroidered Leaves vegetables textiles food embroidery

I promise Colossal won’t turn into a full-time embroidery blog, but Munich-based Veselka Bulkan from Green Accordion created these fun felted veggies that dangle hang from embroidered leaves. Currently available in two different designs. (via Whimsebox)

The Essence of Sound: Lycopodium Powder on a Subwoofer

The Essence of Sound: Lycopodium Powder on a Subwoofer video art macro audio advertising

In her second experimental clip exploring the effect of sound waves on lycopodium powder, filmmaker Susie Sie just released this new promotional video for high-end audio system manufacturer Burkhardtsmaier. The super fine (and super flammable) powder made of clubmoss spores creates fascinating patterns and forms as it vibrates due to a subwoofer positioned just below the surface. If you liked this you’ll also like her previous short Cymatics.

Beautiful Stippled Hand Lettering and Illustrations by Xavier Casalta

Beautiful Stippled Hand Lettering and Illustrations by Xavier Casalta typography stippling illustration

Beautiful Stippled Hand Lettering and Illustrations by Xavier Casalta typography stippling illustration

Beautiful Stippled Hand Lettering and Illustrations by Xavier Casalta typography stippling illustration

Beautiful Stippled Hand Lettering and Illustrations by Xavier Casalta typography stippling illustration

Beautiful Stippled Hand Lettering and Illustrations by Xavier Casalta typography stippling illustration

Beautiful Stippled Hand Lettering and Illustrations by Xavier Casalta typography stippling illustration

Beautiful Stippled Hand Lettering and Illustrations by Xavier Casalta typography stippling illustration

Beautiful Stippled Hand Lettering and Illustrations by Xavier Casalta typography stippling illustration

Beautiful Stippled Hand Lettering and Illustrations by Xavier Casalta typography stippling illustration

Beautiful Stippled Hand Lettering and Illustrations by Xavier Casalta typography stippling illustration

Using a black Isograph 0.10mm pen, French illustrator Xavier Casalta draws a cluster of dots the size of a speck of dust and follows with a few hundred thousand more to create swooping letterforms, shadows, and gradients. Only 21 years of age the artist already possesses a commendable sense of typography and composition as is exemplified in his ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’ project that involves a visual interpretation of the phrase in 10 different designs. You can see more of Casalta’s work on his website and pickup limited edition prints in his shop. (via Fubiz)

Cross-Stitched Germs and Microbes

Cross Stitched Germs and Microbes microbes germs embroidery

Cross Stitched Germs and Microbes microbes germs embroidery

Cross Stitched Germs and Microbes microbes germs embroidery

Cross Stitched Germs and Microbes microbes germs embroidery

Cross Stitched Germs and Microbes microbes germs embroidery

I’m loving these cross-stitched germs, microbes and other super tiny things by Alicia Watkins over at Watty’s Wall Stuff. The pieces are available a la carte, in sets, or as DIY patterns. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

Turn Any iPhone Photo into a Polaroid with the Impossible Instant Lab

Turn Any iPhone Photo into a Polaroid with the Impossible Instant Lab polaroid iPhone device cameras

Turn Any iPhone Photo into a Polaroid with the Impossible Instant Lab polaroid iPhone device cameras

Turn Any iPhone Photo into a Polaroid with the Impossible Instant Lab polaroid iPhone device cameras

After a wildly successful Kickstarter last year, the Impossible Project have finally made their handy iPhone polaroid printer, The Impossible Instant Lab, available to the general public. The portable lab allows you to turn any photograph on your iPhone or iPod Touch into a bonafide polaroid print in just moments, harkening back to ye olden days when photos were regarded more as physical artifacts that could be shared in real life. Learn more about it over on Co.Design.

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A Supercut of Centered Shots in Wes Anderson Films

A Supercut of Centered Shots in Wes Anderson Films movies

Watching any film by Wes Anderson it’s impossible to ignore the director’s obsessive visual aesthetic. From his harmonizing use of color to impeccably constructed sets, every minute detail is considered and designed. Korean filmmaker Kogonada just released this supercut of one particular Anderson hallmark: the use of perfectly centered shots. Kogonada has become well-known for his videos that isolate the visual tools of directors including pieces on Kubrick, Malick, and Tarantino. (via Coudal)

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