Birds in Books

Birds in Books illustration books birds

Birds in Books illustration books birds

Birds in Books illustration books birds

Birds in Books illustration books birds

Birds in Books illustration books birds

Pennsylvania artist and designer Paula Swisher takes doodling in the margins of old engineering and science manuals to new heights. She began the illustrations using nothing but ballpoint pen and white-out similar to Mark Powell’s envelopes, but soon explored new materials including colored pencil, gouache and other mixed media like thread and cut-out paper. Via email she tells me:

I’ve been using scientific imagery and information graphics off and on in my work. I seem to be drawn to the contrived sense of order that they show. In the drawings mentioned, superimposing bird imagery, hopefully, creates a visual metaphor for our attempts to make sense of our experiences.

You can see dozens more of her bird artworks here. (via mark powell’s tumblog, through the window i could see the sun)

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Edible Gelatin Typography

Edible Gelatin Typography typography food

Edible Gelatin Typography typography food

Edible Gelatin Typography typography food

I’m sure the idea of making letters out of gelatin has been around for quite a while, but this particular attempt by Lucía Rallo and Aranxa Esteve of m-inspira is gorgeously executed. From the choice of colors, to the crafted letterforms and even the photography itself; I’m trying to eat these things through my monitor right now. They don’t seem to have a dedicated page for the project, but hit fresh on their homepage and you’ll see some larger images cycle through. Mocoloco reports the duo using standard gelatin and sugar and they are indeed ready to consume. (via mocoloco)

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Geometric Paper Torso with Removable Organs

Geometric Paper Torso with Removable Organs sculpture paper geometric body anatomy

Geometric Paper Torso with Removable Organs sculpture paper geometric body anatomy

Geometric Paper Torso with Removable Organs sculpture paper geometric body anatomy

Geometric Paper Torso with Removable Organs sculpture paper geometric body anatomy

Geometric Paper Torso with Removable Organs sculpture paper geometric body anatomy

Australian architect and paper artist Horst Kiechle recently constructed this geometric paper torso complete with modular organs including lungs, intestines, kidneys, pancreas, stomach and more. The piece was made for the Science Lab of the International School Nadi, Fiji. You should also check out some of his archisculptures. (via my modern met)

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A Table Made of Secret Compartments

A Table Made of Secret Compartments wood home furniture

A Table Made of Secret Compartments wood home furniture

A Table Made of Secret Compartments wood home furniture

The Kai Table designed by Naoki Hirakoso and Takmitsu Kitahara contains a few surprises, being constructed almost entirely of secret compartments. From sliding drawers and hinged cupboards to a number of shifting panels, the entire piece is built like an elaborate wooden puzzle. (via architizer)

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The Scariest Waves Ever Surfed

The Scariest Waves Ever Surfed waves water surfing stunts sports

The Scariest Waves Ever Surfed waves water surfing stunts sports

This is not your average surfing video. This astounding footage was shot on August 27th, 2011 by cinematographer Chris Bryan at Teahupo’o, a small village off the coast of Tahiti. At the time these guys hit the water the French Navy had declared the day a double code red prohibiting and threatening to arrest anyone entering the water. Watch and you’ll see why. This is probably the most terrifying yet beautiful surfing video I’ve ever seen. (via stellar)

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Date Stamp Paintings by Federico Pietrella

Date Stamp Paintings by Federico Pietrella stamps painting multiples

Date Stamp Paintings by Federico Pietrella stamps painting multiples

Date Stamp Paintings by Federico Pietrella stamps painting multiples

Date Stamp Paintings by Federico Pietrella stamps painting multiples

Date Stamp Paintings by Federico Pietrella stamps painting multiples

Date Stamp Paintings by Federico Pietrella stamps painting multiples

Date Stamp Paintings by Federico Pietrella stamps painting multiples

Artist Federico Pietrella was born in Rome and now lives and works in Berlin. He creates art using a number of different methods involving resins, flashlights, photocopies, and other found objects, but most striking to me are these lovely paintings made with rubber date stamps. Pietrella opens a exhibition starting this weekend at Galleria Civica G. Segantini in Arco, Italy.

Images via Ciccio Pizzettaro, Artribune and the artist. (thnx, ulrike!)

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Self-Portrait Diagrams by Minjeong An

Self Portrait Diagrams by Minjeong An infographics body
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Self Portrait Diagrams by Minjeong An infographics body

Self Portrait Diagrams by Minjeong An infographics body

Unfortunately I know very little about Korean artist Minjeong An (her website is currently down), but these are just a few of her incredibly complex self-portraits illustrated using some kind of information visualization. My guess is she’s using a mix of actual data, or a perceived translation of sensory input along with simply beautiful drawings. You can see a bit more on Prosthetic Knowledge and 50 Watts.

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