The Putter: A Meditative Video on the Art of Making Scissors by Hand

The Putter: A Meditative Video on the Art of Making Scissors by Hand scissors

The Putter: A Meditative Video on the Art of Making Scissors by Hand scissors

The Putter: A Meditative Video on the Art of Making Scissors by Hand scissors

On its most basic level, this is a five minute video of a guy making a few pairs of scissors by hand. But what could have been a mundane shoot of a master craftsman using archaic tools to create common household objects, is completely elevated by filmmaker Shaun Bloodworth into something strikingly beautiful. The film’s subject, Cliff Denton, is one of the world’s last “putters” (literally “a putter togetherer of scissors”) who works at Ernest Wright & Sons in Sheffield, a company that has been hand-making scissors and shears for 112 years. Watch and be transfixed. Is this another example of autonomous sensory meridian response? Music by The Black Dog. (via Devour)

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The Cloud: An Interactive Thunderstorm in Your House

The Cloud: An Interactive Thunderstorm in Your House rain lightning lighting clouds

The Cloud: An Interactive Thunderstorm in Your House rain lightning lighting clouds

The Cloud: An Interactive Thunderstorm in Your House rain lightning lighting clouds

Multidisciplinary designer Richard Clarkson experiments with products, lights, and furniture in time split between his New York and New Zealand studios. One of his most elegant creations is Cloud, an interactive light shaped like a cumulus cloud that simulates a thunderstorm both in light and sound based on external input from either a remote control or motion sensors. From Clarkson’s website:

The Cloud is an interactive lamp and speaker system, designed to mimic a thundercloud in both appearance and entertainment. Using motion sensors the cloud detects a user’s presence and creates a unique lightning and thunder show dictated by their movement. The system features a powerful speaker system from which the user can stream music via any Bluetooth compatible device. Using color-changing lights the cloud is able to adapt to the desired lighting color and brightness. The cloud also has alternative modes such as a nightlight and music reactive mode.

Watch the video above to see how it works, and see the different variations in his online store. (via Really Sh*t!)

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Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Furniture maker Greg Klassen builds intricately designed tables and other objects embedded with glass rivers and lakes. Inspired by his surroundings in the Pacific Northwest, Klassen works with edge pieces from discarded trees (often acquired from construction sites, or from dying trees that have begun to rot) which he aligns to mimic the jagged shores of various bodies of water. The pieces are completed with the addition of hand-cut glass pieces that appear to meander through the middle of each table. You can see much more of work here, and several tables are available through his shop.

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Amazing Solar Flare Eruptions Captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory

Amazing Solar Flare Eruptions Captured by NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory sun space NASA
Credit: NASA SDO

This amazing composite image taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (Little SDO) shows a series of significant solar eruptions that occurred over a period of three days back in January of 2013. The photo was created using three wavelengths of light that have been colorized in red, green, and blue to better show the dynamics of each eruption. You can read more about solar scientist Nathalia Alzate’s findings regarind the event over on this Facebook post. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

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Miniature Medieval Interiors Carved into Raw Marble Blocks by Mathew Simmonds

Miniature Medieval Interiors Carved into Raw Marble Blocks by Mathew Simmonds sculpture marble architecture

Miniature Medieval Interiors Carved into Raw Marble Blocks by Mathew Simmonds sculpture marble architecture

Miniature Medieval Interiors Carved into Raw Marble Blocks by Mathew Simmonds sculpture marble architecture

Miniature Medieval Interiors Carved into Raw Marble Blocks by Mathew Simmonds sculpture marble architecture

Miniature Medieval Interiors Carved into Raw Marble Blocks by Mathew Simmonds sculpture marble architecture

Miniature Medieval Interiors Carved into Raw Marble Blocks by Mathew Simmonds sculpture marble architecture

Miniature Medieval Interiors Carved into Raw Marble Blocks by Mathew Simmonds sculpture marble architecture

Miniature Medieval Interiors Carved into Raw Marble Blocks by Mathew Simmonds sculpture marble architecture

Favored for its translucency and durability, marble has been the material of choice for sculptors beginning with the early Greek masters. And their chisels have been used, most typically, to carve an idealized human body but also to create massive pillars and architectural forms like the Supreme Court Building or the Washington Monument. So these mini-architectural interiors come as something we’ve never quite seen before. The intricately carved creations are the work of British sculptor Matthew Simmonds, an art-historian-turned-stone-carver. Inspired by his academic background and, later, his work in helping to restore important historic monuments (in particular, Westminster Abbey and Ely Cathedral) Simmonds began creating these fascinating, empty marble interiors after moving to Italy.

“The sculptures give the viewer a different perspective on space,” noted Dutch art writer Merete Prydes Helle. “They look different from every viewpoint. You long to be in them, and they seem almost more meaningful for that.” Indeed, there’s something about the realistic and tranquil interiors that makes you not want to look away. See more over at on form. (via Yatzer)

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New Photorealistic Illustration Videos of Everyday Objects by Marcello Barenghi

New Photorealistic Illustration Videos of Everyday Objects by Marcello Barenghi tutorial photorealism illustration drawing

New Photorealistic Illustration Videos of Everyday Objects by Marcello Barenghi tutorial photorealism illustration drawing

New Photorealistic Illustration Videos of Everyday Objects by Marcello Barenghi tutorial photorealism illustration drawing

New Photorealistic Illustration Videos of Everyday Objects by Marcello Barenghi tutorial photorealism illustration drawing

New Photorealistic Illustration Videos of Everyday Objects by Marcello Barenghi tutorial photorealism illustration drawing

Since we last visited with Italian illustrator and graphic designer Marcello Barenghi last year, his wildly popular YouTube channel has gone into overdrive with a new photorealistic drawing tutorial almost every week. From soda cans and body parts to games and insects, he skillfully renders each piece using colored pencils and markers resulting a final object that looks like it could be grabbed right off the page. See more of his 150+ drawings right here.

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