If you need a dose of color (and sugar) injected into your Instagram feed, the account belonging to Adam Hillman is probably your best bet. The New Jersey-based visual artist sifts through multitudes of colorful everyday objects and foods which he organizes into zen-like patterns, towers, and gradients. Seen here are some of our favorites from the last few months, and he posts frequently on Instagram and Tumblr. (via Things Organized Neatly)
Colombia-based artist Diana Beltran Herrera (previously here and here) has been fascinated by birds since she was a child, however it wasn’t until four years ago that she started working with their forms. Her incredibly lifelike depictions are built entirely out of cut paper and imitate a variety of bird species from all over the world. Each iteration of her work we have followed with intrigue, including one of her latest projects which incorporates her sculptural pieces into oversized postage stamps from countries which she has always admired.
“I always felt inspired by postage stamps as they are little windows of the world,” said Herrera to Colossal, “specifically those that contain birds which are often traveling around the word. I have collected a few and I felt that I wanted to open those stamps to a much more realistic scale to learn more about that particular animal and its landscape.”
Interested in wildlife far beyond its aesthetics, Herrera is also concerned with the ethical treatment of animals, especially when it comes to the illegal wildlife trade of birds happening in her country and abroad. You can see more of her paper sculptures of birds, fruits, and flowers on her Instagram and Facebook.
Bringing both color and light to a drab stairwell in Lima, Peru, artist and illustrator Xomatok painted this piece titled “Snake of Light” in the Villa el Salvador district as part of a collaboration with Crehana. You can see more of his light-based mural and design work on Instagram. (via Juxtapoz)
This brief educational film takes us into a paper marbling studio from the 1970s where centuries-old techniques are used to create elaborate marble-like designs on paper. The video was produced by the Bedfordshire County Council and posted online by the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives. (via Laughing Squid)
One might not think that parking lots, crosswalks, and other broad asphalt expanses would be particularly amenable to artwork, but for Montreal-based artist and activist Roadsworth (aka Peter Gibson, previously) every white or yellow traffic paint stripe is a new opportunity. Although his work on the road is what he’s most known for—turning parking stripes into dandelions or urging drivers to get out of their cars and onto bicycles—he’s also branched out into other mediums, creating large scale installations and working on mural commissions. He recently updated his website with tons of work (both old and new) and currently has a print available. You can also follow Roadsworth on Instagram.
Mini Metros is an ongoing series of worldwide public transit maps that have been “shrunken and simplified” into tiny diagrams by D.C.-based designer Peter Dovak. So far he’s completed over 200 light rail and metro systems and made them available in different configurations as posters and mugs on Society6. (via Kottke)