Design

Reclaimed Paper Insects by ‘Soon’

September 23, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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This fantastic set of paper insects was created from reclaimed paper by Belgium-based ad agency Soon for paper company IGEPA Benelux. The critters are part of a visual language used in a brochure advertising a new line of recycled paper. You can watch the entire Soon team toiling away on the project in this making of video. (via Lustik)

 

 



Art

Miniature Window Silhouettes Painted by ‘Pejac’ Interact with the Outside World

September 22, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Early last month, Spanish artist Pejac (previously) created a fun silhouette artwork commemorating the 40th anniversary of French high-wire walker Philippe Petit’s daring walk between the Twin Towers in New York. In Pejac’s version, a tightrope walker painted in black acrylic on an interior window is shown walking along an airplane contrail several miles away in the sky. The fun optical illusion caught the attention of Sasha Bogojev over at Hi-Fructose who discovered the artist has been creating similar silhouette artworks since 2011. Seen here are a few of our favorites. Photos by Paco Esteve and Silvia Guinovart courtesy the artist. (via Hi-Fructose)

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Dance

Waltz on the Walls: An Aerial Dance Performance on the Side of Oakland’s City Hall

September 22, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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This surprisingly lovely dance performance was filmed vertically on the side of Oakland’s 18-story City Hall building earlier this month at the Art + Soul Festival. The dancers are Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeber from Bandaloop. (via The Awesomer)

 

 



Art

Circle of Abstract Ritual: A Stop Motion Timelapse Created from 300,000 Photos of Wildfires, Painted Houses, and Riots

September 22, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Circle of an Abstract Ritual is the latest stop motion timelapse from artist Jeff Frost (previously) who creates short films that defy description. This latest work gathers hundreds of thousands of photographs taken over the last two years during wildfires, riots, and inside abandoned houses where he created a series of optical illusion paintings. Frost says the film “began as an exploration of the idea that creation and destruction might be the same thing,” and that it is in part “a way to get an ever so slight edge on the unknowable.” Whatever it is, or is not, it’s really up to you to decide. I definitely recommend watching through to the end for the scene with trees—keep in mind the entire film was created without digital special effects or graphics. (via Vimeo Staff Picks)

 

 



Art Craft Illustration

Textured Cut Paper Illustrations by Morgana Wallace Depict Scenes of Mythology and Dreams

September 19, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Artist and illustrator Morgana Wallace creates mixed media compositions that reference various aspects of mythology and realms of fantasy. The artworks are made from layers of cut paper with additional details added in watercolor and gauche. You can see much more on her website and over at Madrona Gallery. (via So Super Awesome, Trend Hunter)

 

 



Design

Chalk Ampersand by Tommaso Guerra

September 18, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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With a strong background in fine art, graphic design, interior design, and typography, Rome-based Tommaso Guerra is a good person to call if you need, well, anything. One of his greatest talents is lettering with chalk. Guerra has been commissioned to draw impeccable signs for restaurants and business around the world, as well as public pieces like this decorative ampersand right on the sidewalk. (via Betype)

 

 



Photography

Portraits of Birds Ruffling with Personality by Leila Jeffreys

September 18, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Pepper. Southern Boobook.

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Trinity. Brown Goshawk.

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Bob. Long-Billed Corella.

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Jarra. Cockatiel.

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Yule. Barking Owl.

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Neville. Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo.

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Neville. Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo

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Seisa. Palm Cockatoo


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Penguin. Magpie. (She’s not dead, just goofing off!)

To say photographer Leila Jeffreys had an eclectic upbringing would be a bit of an understatement. With a mother from India and a father from the Isle of Man, she has lived in Papua New Guinea, a house boat in Kashmir despite an ongoing war, and in an Indian village surrounded by buffaloes, mongoose, and monkeys.

As a child, Jeffreys was taught by her father to rescue and nurse birds back to health, an experience that resulted in a deep understanding of wildlife that is immediately apparent when viewing her spectacular portraits of birds. Her affectionate photographs of owls, eagles, cockatiels and budgies seem to capture the essence of each animal’s personality, portraying many of them with surprisingly human characteristics.

Jeffreys now lives in Sydney and recently completed work on her latest series of predatory birds titled Prey. She just opened an exhibition at Olsen Irwin Gallery that runs through September 28, and you can also see a collection of her cockatiel photos later this year at Purdy Hicks Gallery in London. Do yourself a favor and follow her on Instagram.