Art Craft

Guerrilla Crocheting Adds a Splash of Color to the Streets of Stockholm

July 5, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Stockholm-based street artist Julia Riordan became obsessed with knitting and crochet at the age of 10 and eventually launched her own line of knitware in 2012. Soon after she started forays into yarn bombing around London and now continues in Sweden, where she recently installed this fun piece titled Splash. More on Instagram. (via StreetArtNews)

 

 



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New Swirling Psychedelic Illustrations by James R. Eads

July 5, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Exploring ideas of human connection and our relationships to nature, illustrator James R. Eads (previously) paints multicolored, psychadelic scenes that seem to pulsate with swirling patterns. Eads says his work is heavily inspired by music, and indeed the LA-based illustrator is constantly cranking out gig posters for the likes of the Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band, and Iggy Pop. Seen here is mostly a collection of person work from the last year, some of which are available as art prints. You can also follow him on Instagram.

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July 5, 2016

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Calligraphic Optical Illusion Murals by Astro

July 5, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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French street artist Astro brings an interesting sense of perspective to his public murals that turn flat surfaces into portals that appear to recede into another dimension. Already known for his wild calligraphy-inspired patterns, the artist has begun to incorporate 3D illusions with the help of shadows to create tunnels and voids at the center of his works. Astro’s latest piece was recently completed as part of the Loures Art Publica project in Loures, Portugal. You can see more of his work on Instagram. (via My Modern Met, Designboom)

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Design Music

Haunting Music Created With Two New Instruments

July 4, 2016

Christopher Jobson

Remember the insane marble machine instrument that took the internet by storm a few months ago? The designer, Martin Molin of Wintergatan, just built two new instruments and recorded a video where he uses both to perform an original composition titled All Was Well. The first is a rather complex take on a traditional music box that uses punched paper-tape to control individual notes, and the second is something he calls a Modulin. The Modulin sounds a lot like an electronic theremin but seems to have an interface like a stringed instrument. Molin has also started releasing additional videos that explain how he built the music box. (via Digg)

 

 



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The Beauty of Finland & Iceland Captured Through Multiple Exposure Landscapes by Mikko Lagerstedt

July 1, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Spending an entire evening under the stars in near pitch darkness, photographer Mikko Lagerstedt (previously) captures spectacular landscapes of frozen tundra and misty mornings of Iceland and his native Finland. With a camera mounted on a tripod he takes a multitude of exposures as the light gradually changes. Certain elements are then stitched together digitally and enhanced with Photoshop and Lightroom—a process he candidly shares in tutorials and presets he sells on his website and blog. The resulting images are a result of hours of photography, editing, and a keen sense of color and composition to create heavily modified images that are almost hyper-realistic. Collected here are a number of landscapes from the last year, but you can see more on Instagram and 500px.

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A Miniature Landscape of Elephants Carved From the Tip of a Pencil by Cindy Chinn

July 1, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

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Artist Cindy Chinn (previously) recently created a commissioned work for the California-based Epiphany Elephant Museum, a miniature graphite carving of a family of elephants. The piece, titled “Elephant Walk,” features the animals on the tip of a carpenter’s pencil alongside trees that are dotted to imitate foliage. To accurately carve the minuscule materials, Chinn utilizes a magnifying lamp and trinocular microscope. If you are interested in commissioning a piece, or would like to see her other carvings, she has works for sale on her Etsy store.

You can see more images of her miniature carved works on her Facebook, blog, and website. (via Twisted Sifter)

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