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Design History

The Fine Art and Craft of 1960s Wallpaper Manufacturing

The Fine Art and Craft of 1960s Wallpaper Manufacturing

February 17, 2016

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Kate Sierzputowski

This short film from 1968 demonstrates the newest technologies in wallpaper manufacturing, the narrator exclaiming that some of the processes found in the footage are nearly science fiction! The almost 50-year-old video demonstrates factory workers etching designs into sycamore wood, hand mixing large batches of psychedelic colors, and observing machines as they automatically screen print complicated patterns onto long stretches of wallpaper.
The film was shot at a factory in Perivale, just ten miles west of London. More



Science

Extreme Winds Cause a Waterfall in England to Blow Upward

Extreme Winds Cause a Waterfall in England to Blow Upward

Oct.22.14

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Christopher

Hikers exploring England’s Derbyshire Peak District earlier this week stumbled onto a rare phenomenon caused by extreme winds. The River Downfall, a 30-meter (98 foot) waterfall was blown back almost vertically by a powerful updraft, making it seem as if the waterfall was simply flowing into nothing. Very cool. (via Twisted Sifter) More



Photography

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore

Apr.8.14

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Christopher

Self-taught photographer Darren Moore creates ethereal black and white landscapes using a method called daytime long exposure, where a special filters are attached to a camera lens to reduce the amount of light. These neutral density filters allow for the shutter to open for extended periods of time in broad daylight, from 30 seconds to upward of 15 minutes for a single exposure. Moore shoots mostly in locations around England, where he frequently visits causeways, breakwaters, shipwrecks, and other features along the shore. More



Art

Environmental Artist Tony Plant Transforms the Beaches of England into Swirling Canvases

Environmental Artist Tony Plant Transforms the Beaches of England into Swirling Canvases

Jan.29.13

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Christopher

Armed with little more than standard garden rake, environmental artist Tony Plant transforms the breathtakingly scenic beaches of England into temporary canvases for his swirling sand drawings. Each work is created below the tidal zones where the sand is flatter and wetter, allowing for greater contrast as he quickly drags the rake into various geometric patterns. The beauty however is fleeting as the artworks last only a few hours before being consumed by the incoming tide. More



Art Photography

Stunning Photographs of Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ by Paul Sutton

Stunning Photographs of Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ by Paul Sutton

Oct.10.12

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Christopher

Another Place is a collection of 100 cast iron figurative sculptures by artist Antony Gormley that was installed at Crosby Beach, England in the mid-2000s. The giant figures each weigh upward of 1,400 lbs (650 kg) and are spread across an area of beach nearly two miles long. Photographer Paul Sutton has spent the last few months capturing these wonderful images of the works, many more of which you can see over on his 500px page. More



Art

“Guerilla” Tree Sculptor in North Yorkshire Identified (is not Banksy)

“Guerilla” Tree Sculptor in North Yorkshire Identified (is not Banksy)

Feb.26.12

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Christopher

Over the past few weeks in a wooded area around Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, UK—a city known for quirky architecture and annual art festivals—three sculptures were surreptitiously carved into a number of felled trees by an unknown artist. These were not crude, amateur wood carvings, but clearly the work of an accomplished sculptor that the Daily Mail called “an anonymous Banksy-style guerrilla artist”. Right. Well, the sculptures are indeed incredible, and I think the world could use a healthy dose of accomplished mystery art, as was the case last year in Scotland where a series of book sculptures were left by a still unidentified individual in libraries and book festivals around the country. More

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