Ornate Embroidery Patterns Stitched into Metallic Objects

Ornate Embroidery Patterns Stitched into Metallic Objects embroidery
Greed, 2012. Metal spoon, cotton, Cross stitch, drilling. Photo courtesy Modestas Ežerskis.

Ornate Embroidery Patterns Stitched into Metallic Objects embroidery

Ornate Embroidery Patterns Stitched into Metallic Objects embroidery

Ornate Embroidery Patterns Stitched into Metallic Objects embroidery
Life is Beautiful, 2005. Metal lid, cotton. Cross-stitch, drilling. Photo courtesy Modestas Ežerskis.

Ornate Embroidery Patterns Stitched into Metallic Objects embroidery
Life is Beautiful, 2005. Metal lid, cotton. Cross-stitch, drilling. Photo courtesy Modestas Ežerskis.

Ornate Embroidery Patterns Stitched into Metallic Objects embroidery
Bucket of Light, 2010. Sunflower, 2010. Metal parts, cotton, wire, bulb. Cross-stitch, drilling, welding. Photo courtesy Modestas Ežerskis.

Ornate Embroidery Patterns Stitched into Metallic Objects embroidery
Every Stick Has Two Ends, 2012. Shovel parts, wood, cotton. Cross-stitch, drilling. Photo courtesy Modestas Ežerskis.

Ornate Embroidery Patterns Stitched into Metallic Objects embroidery
Daily Bread to Give to as Today, 2009. Metal bowl, cotton. Cross-stitch, drilling. Photo courtesy Modestas Ežerskis.

Ornate Embroidery Patterns Stitched into Metallic Objects embroidery
After Party, 2013. Tin can, cotton. Cross-stitch, drilling. Photo courtesy Modestas Ežerskis.

Ornate Embroidery Patterns Stitched into Metallic Objects embroidery
Between City and Country, 2009. Metal bucket, watering can, milk can. Cross-stitch, drilling. Photo courtesy Modestas Ežerskis.

Ornate Embroidery Patterns Stitched into Metallic Objects embroidery
Rococo, 2007. Metal plate, cotton. Cross-stitch, drilling. Photo courtesy Modestas Ežerskis.

Ornate Embroidery Patterns Stitched into Metallic Objects embroidery

In an attempt to subvert traditional embroidery culture, Lithuatian artist Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė applies standard floral and decorative patterns found in embroidery magazines to metallic objects like plates, spoons, lamps and even car doors. The juxtaposition of functional objects emblazoned with traditional textile work is certain unexpected and little amusing, an aspect Severija further illustrates with some of her more humorous pieces depicting cigarette butts embroidered at the base of a tin can, or the skewed reflection of a person’s mouth on the edge of a spoon. From an essay on her work by Dr. Jurgita Ludavičienė:

Employing irony, Severija conceptually neutralizes the harmfulness of kitsch’s sweetness and sentimentality. Irony emerges in the process of drawing inspiration from the postwar Lithuanian village, with which artists have lost connection today, or from the destitute Soviet domestic environment, which women were trying to embellish with handicrafts, no matter what kind of absurd forms it would take. The intimacy of indoors freed from all tensions is the essence of coziness, that is crystallized in Severija’s works as cross stitch embroidery on various household utensils not intended for it.

You can see much more of her embroidery work right here.

A Lion Made from 4,000 Pieces of Hammered Metal by Selçuk Yılmaz

A Lion Made from 4,000 Pieces of Hammered Metal by Selçuk Yılmaz sculpture lions cats

A Lion Made from 4,000 Pieces of Hammered Metal by Selçuk Yılmaz sculpture lions cats

A Lion Made from 4,000 Pieces of Hammered Metal by Selçuk Yılmaz sculpture lions cats

A Lion Made from 4,000 Pieces of Hammered Metal by Selçuk Yılmaz sculpture lions cats

A Lion Made from 4,000 Pieces of Hammered Metal by Selçuk Yılmaz sculpture lions cats

A Lion Made from 4,000 Pieces of Hammered Metal by Selçuk Yılmaz sculpture lions cats

A Lion Made from 4,000 Pieces of Hammered Metal by Selçuk Yılmaz sculpture lions cats

A Lion Made from 4,000 Pieces of Hammered Metal by Selçuk Yılmaz sculpture lions cats

A Lion Made from 4,000 Pieces of Hammered Metal by Selçuk Yılmaz sculpture lions cats

A Lion Made from 4,000 Pieces of Hammered Metal by Selçuk Yılmaz sculpture lions cats

Created from nearly 4,000 pieces of metal scraps, Aslan (Turkish for Lion), is a recent sculpture by Istanbul-based artist Selçuk Yılmaz. The piece took nearly a year of work and involved hand-cutting and hammering of each individual metal piece. The final work weighs roughly 550 pounds (250kg). While we’ve seen dozens of artists use multiple components to create a final form, it’s worth noting how well the bent mental lends itself to the final shape of this impressive cat. You can see much more of his work on Behance.

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead weather lightning clouds

Just a cursory glance at a few storm photos by Mike Hollingshead and it’s clear this guy has probably seen it all, and probably put his life at risk to do so. The intrepid storm chaser has been enduring foul weather since the late 90s, clocking some 20,000 miles a year in his car as he stalks thunderstorms and other extreme weather occurrences waiting to capture the perfect shot. Hollingshead shares his story with Jakob Schiller over at Raw File, and you can see hundreds of his photos, many available for purchase as prints, over on his website. All images courtesy the artist. (via Raw File)

Making Music with a Bike

Making Music with a Bike music video bicycles

Composer Johnnyrandom just released a new track recorded entirely by sampling sounds from a bicycle and its related components. Titled Bespoken, the track was created without the aid of synthesizers, samplers or drum machines (if you’re skeptical he even provided every sound broken down into component parts over on SoundCloud). The video above is just a teaser, but you can downloaded the whole thing off iTunes and it’s actually pretty great. If you’re a fan of ambient/electronic music it’ll be up your alley. If you liked this, also check out the work of Diego Stocco.

Update: A number of you wrote to mention Frank Zappa’s famous bit from the Steve Allen show where he makes music live on stage using a bicycle back in 1963.

Update 2: According to Johnnyrandom the first musical bicycle may have been invented as early as 1899.

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums Forest Scent, Pavel Bautin. Russia. 2010 IAPLC Grand Prize Winner

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums
Pale Wind, Takayuki Fukada. Japan. 2013 IAPLC Gold Prize

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums
Whisper of the pines, Serkan Çetinkol. Turkey. 2013 IAPLC Top 27

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums
Verve!, Chow Wai Sun. Hong Kong. 2011 IAPLC Bronze Prize

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums
Way to heaven, Dmitriy Parshin. Russia.

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums
Wild West, Stjepan Erdeljić. Croatia.

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums
Georgi Chaushev, Bulgaria. 2012 IAPLC Top 100.

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums
Francisco Wu, Spain. 2012 IAPLC Top 100.

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums
Long Tran Hoang, Vietnam. 2012 IAPLC Third Place.

The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping plants fish aquariums
Pilgrimage, Shintaro Matsui. Japan. 2013 IAPLC Fifth Place.

No, these aren’t exactly your childhood goldfish bowls. The world of competitive aquarium design, or aquascaping, is just as difficult, expensive, and cutthroat as any other sport but requires expertise in many different fields to guarantee success. Aquarium designers possess large amounts of expertise in biology, design, photography, and excel in the art of patience, as individual aquascapes can take months if not years to fully mature into a completed landscape.

The world’s largest nature aquarium and aquatic plants layout competition is the International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC) which annually ranks hundreds of competitors from around the world with Asian and Eastern European countries generally dominating the top slots. While it’s somewhat difficult to track down galleries of winners from every year, above are some amazing entries from the last few years. To see more, oh so much more, check out: IAPLC Grand Prize Works, IAPLC 2011 Top 27, IAPLC 2013 Top 6, IAPLC 2012 Top 200 (or here), and the first Eastern European Planted Aquarium Design Contest.

Snake on a Train: A Long Exposure Photo of a Train Roaring through the Canadian Rockies

Snake on a Train: A Long Exposure Photo of a Train Roaring through the Canadian Rockies trains long exposure

After spending a week photographing various areas of the Canadian Rockies, photographer Brian Donovan decided he wanted to focus on getting some interesting train shots against the wintry backdrop. Dovan shares via email that over the course of two days he endured nearly 13 hours of sitting by the train tracks, where he saw only 6 trains coming from the wrong (less scenic) direction. As the weather rapidly changed from better to worse a final train came roaring around the bend. Donovan quickly setup and captured the engine as it neared and then adjusted for a long exposure of the boxcars rushing by. The train was loaded with several long segments of different colored boxcars, each giving the shot a unique feel, but the red boxcars instantly stood out, resulting in the amazing image you see here. You can follow Donovan over on 500px.

Realistic Stacks of Old Newspapers, Cash, and Comic Books Carved from a Single Piece of Wood by Randall Rosenthal

Realistic Stacks of Old Newspapers, Cash, and Comic Books Carved from a Single Piece of Wood by Randall Rosenthal wood sculpture realism

Realistic Stacks of Old Newspapers, Cash, and Comic Books Carved from a Single Piece of Wood by Randall Rosenthal wood sculpture realism

Realistic Stacks of Old Newspapers, Cash, and Comic Books Carved from a Single Piece of Wood by Randall Rosenthal wood sculpture realism

Realistic Stacks of Old Newspapers, Cash, and Comic Books Carved from a Single Piece of Wood by Randall Rosenthal wood sculpture realism
Cuban Cigar Box, 2013

Realistic Stacks of Old Newspapers, Cash, and Comic Books Carved from a Single Piece of Wood by Randall Rosenthal wood sculpture realism
Hush Money 22, 2013

Realistic Stacks of Old Newspapers, Cash, and Comic Books Carved from a Single Piece of Wood by Randall Rosenthal wood sculpture realism

Realistic Stacks of Old Newspapers, Cash, and Comic Books Carved from a Single Piece of Wood by Randall Rosenthal wood sculpture realism

Realistic Stacks of Old Newspapers, Cash, and Comic Books Carved from a Single Piece of Wood by Randall Rosenthal wood sculpture realism

Realistic Stacks of Old Newspapers, Cash, and Comic Books Carved from a Single Piece of Wood by Randall Rosenthal wood sculpture realism

Realistic Stacks of Old Newspapers, Cash, and Comic Books Carved from a Single Piece of Wood by Randall Rosenthal wood sculpture realism

Realistic Stacks of Old Newspapers, Cash, and Comic Books Carved from a Single Piece of Wood by Randall Rosenthal wood sculpture realism

Realistic Stacks of Old Newspapers, Cash, and Comic Books Carved from a Single Piece of Wood by Randall Rosenthal wood sculpture realism

Realistic Stacks of Old Newspapers, Cash, and Comic Books Carved from a Single Piece of Wood by Randall Rosenthal wood sculpture realism

The subject of Randall Rosenthal’s artwork at times seem inconsequential. Stacks of old newspapers and magazines, a comic book collection in a cardboard box, envelopes stuffed with various stacks of currency. And then you discover that you’re really looking at only two things: a single piece of Vermont white pine and skillfully applied acrylic paint. These are the only materials Rosenthal requires to mimic the look and feel of flimsy newsprint, worn trading cards, translucent pieces of tape and deteriorating cardboard boxes. What’s all the more amazing is that he doesn’t work from a photograph or model, but instead creates each object as he goes, using only an image in his mind as a guide.

After graduating from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in the late 1960s Rosenthal opened his first exhibition of surrealist paintings, a direction he pursued until the late 80s. His focus then shifted to architectural design and next into the realist sculptures he creates today. You can read more about his process and inspiration in this recent interview in rh+artmagazine.

See much more of Rosenthal’s work over at Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, and he’s been updating this message board thread at Sawmill Creek since 2011 to show some of his ongoing progress with different projects.

London in 1927 & 2013: A Shot-By-Shot Video Comparison of London, 86 Years Apart

London in 1927 & 2013: A Shot By Shot Video Comparison of London, 86 Years Apart London history

In the mid-1920s cinema technician, filmmaker, and cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene traveled across the UK with a new color film camera to create his famous collection of films, The Open Road. The filmmaker’s trip culminated in London with scenes that captured the daily life of Londoners as well as several iconic cityscapes. The films were restored in 2005 by the BFI and circulated widely online.

Fast forward 86 years later. Starting early last year filmmaker Simon Smith, armed with his own camera, traversed the footsteps of Friese-Greene to make his own film. The result is uncanny. Smith matched the original films shot by shot, mimicking the timing and angle almost perfectly for nearly 6 minutes of footage. While the differences between London of 1926 and 2013 are easy to spot when viewing the films side-by-side, what’s more amazing are the similarities. While clothing styles and car designs changed a bit, it’s almost impossible to tell some of these shots apart if it weren’t for the quality of the film. Watch it and see. (via Stellar)

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