Every day as I’m cruising around the web picking up stuff for Colossal I run into one-off images that I want to save but can’t quite create an entire post around. I used to save them to a folder on my desktop which was fine but I had no way to share them with anyone else. Enter the very awesome web site from designer Shelby White, Designspiration. Similar to other inspiration sharing web sites, Designspiration allows you to use a simple browser add-on to click desired images on any web page and upload them directly to your profile. Unlike those other web sites, Shelby has created a host of great tools including a handy search, tagging, the ability to follow other users, and to vote on the images that inspire you the most. It’s a site I visit as frequently as a major news sites to see what’s emerging in the art and design world. See my personal collection of stuff here.
Wanna play? I’ve got a spare invite that I’d love to pass along. To throw your name in the hat just “like” the Colossal Facebook page and leave a comment under the Designspiration post with a link to a single image you would share. At the end of the week I’ll pick one of superior awesomeness and shoot you a Facebook message with the invite.
New York born jewelry designer Margaux Lange deconstructs Barbie dolls into their component parts and turns them into elaborate bracelets, earrings, and necklaces.
The most interesting part is that Margaux Lange uses only second hand dolls and accessories from donations, garage sales, thrift stores and of course eBay. It is important to her conceptually that the Barbies are already used and played with in the hands of a child. Thousands of Barbies in her studio integrate the dreams and secrets of the children who donated their dolls. It this way, each one of her designs, is part of a child’s story and life. It’s an inseparable part of their tender youth!
A collection of photographs by Takayuki Nakazawa and Hiroshi Manaka, the founding members of NAM, a collective of artists including photographers, graphic designers, makeup artists and others. The photos are created without the use of digital effects, instead relying on complex webs of filament, clever shifts in perspective, and other low-budget techniques. Truly mesmerizing and dreamlike imagery. NAM’s first public exhibition, A Fantasy in Life, opens at Public/Image.3D on February 25th. (via spoon and tamago)
I have been walking by Christopher Furman‘s storefront gallery for several years here in Chicago where he often displays two or three of his robotic objects whirring away for passersby to enjoy. Through strange coincidence it turns out we have a mutual friend and after a quick email he pointed me to a video for his beautiful installation The Crowd. Christopher is currently working on a theater company called, yes, the Chicago Robotic Theater (!). Stay tuned for more info this summer.