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Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art

Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art toys painting Tiny Toy, Chicken.

Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art toys painting
Tin Toy, Chicken. Watercolor & cotton swab.

Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art toys painting
Tin Toy, Chicken. Watercolor & cotton swab.

Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art toys painting
Tin Toy, Chicken. Fountain pen ink.

Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art toys painting
Walkman.

Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art toys painting
Walkman. Color pencil.

Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art toys painting
Windup Alarm Clock.

Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art toys painting

As part of her MA work at the Design Academy Eindhoven, artist and graphic designer Echo Yang created a series titled Autonomous Machines where common analog devices like tin windup toys, a Walkman, an alarm clock and other machines were connected to writing and painting instruments. As each machine was set loose on a canvas its specialized motions were translated into brush strokes, paint blobs, and pencil marks resulting in self-generated artworks somewhat reminiscent of spirographs. While conceptual artists have long been recording the actions of machines, plants, wind and other moving objects to generate artwork, Yang’s painting wind-up chicken toy stands out as a superbly executed idea. It would be great to see a whole series of those. You can see many more painting vacuum cleaners, hand mixers and electric razors on her website. (via MOCO LOCO)

Giant Wind-Up Bots Overtake the Streets of Buenos Aires

Giant Wind Up Bots Overtake the Streets of Buenos Aires toys humor Buenos Aires

Giant Wind Up Bots Overtake the Streets of Buenos Aires toys humor Buenos Aires

In this latest clip from Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films we watch as tin windup toys overtake the streets of Buenos Aires, living amongst its inhabitants as if it was an everyday occurrence. Livschitz is known for his short films that blend live action footage with aspects of absurdity, most notably his New York and Buenos Aires theme parks. Music by the very fine Canned Heat circa 1972.

Dollface: Bizarre Portraits Made from Repurposed Toy Parts by Freya Jobbins

Dollface: Bizarre Portraits Made from Repurposed Toy Parts by Freya Jobbins toys sculpture assemblage anatomy

Dollface: Bizarre Portraits Made from Repurposed Toy Parts by Freya Jobbins toys sculpture assemblage anatomy

Dollface: Bizarre Portraits Made from Repurposed Toy Parts by Freya Jobbins toys sculpture assemblage anatomy

Dollface: Bizarre Portraits Made from Repurposed Toy Parts by Freya Jobbins toys sculpture assemblage anatomy

Dollface: Bizarre Portraits Made from Repurposed Toy Parts by Freya Jobbins toys sculpture assemblage anatomy

Dollface: Bizarre Portraits Made from Repurposed Toy Parts by Freya Jobbins toys sculpture assemblage anatomy

Dollface: Bizarre Portraits Made from Repurposed Toy Parts by Freya Jobbins toys sculpture assemblage anatomy

Dollface: Bizarre Portraits Made from Repurposed Toy Parts by Freya Jobbins toys sculpture assemblage anatomy

Dollface: Bizarre Portraits Made from Repurposed Toy Parts by Freya Jobbins toys sculpture assemblage anatomy

Using dismembered plastic parts from old dolls and other toys, artist Freya Jobbins assembles these exceedingly strange portraits of people and pop culture icons. Chances are when viewing these you fall firmly into one of two camps: the highly amused or the highly disturbed. Regardless, it’s hard to deny the incredible amount of labor that goes into each piece, from the exploration of form and the use of color to make each anatomical amalgamation.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa and raised in West Sydney, Jobbins is influenced in part by Guiseppe Archimboldo’s fruit and vegetable paintings as well as Ron Mueck’s oversized humans. I first encountered Jobbins’ work close-up at the Toy Cycle exhibition in Tel Aviv back in December courtesy of Kinetis, and despite the mild case of heebie-jeebies it was impossible to look away as I tried to figure out how each piece came together.

You can see more freaky faces over in Jobbin’s online gallery and on Facebook. (via Juxtapoz, FastCo)

Ceramic Sculptures by Brett Kern Look Like Inflatable Toys

Ceramic Sculptures by Brett Kern Look Like Inflatable Toys toys sculpture dinosaurs ceramics

Ceramic Sculptures by Brett Kern Look Like Inflatable Toys toys sculpture dinosaurs ceramics

Ceramic Sculptures by Brett Kern Look Like Inflatable Toys toys sculpture dinosaurs ceramics

Ceramic Sculptures by Brett Kern Look Like Inflatable Toys toys sculpture dinosaurs ceramics

Ceramic Sculptures by Brett Kern Look Like Inflatable Toys toys sculpture dinosaurs ceramics

Ceramic Sculptures by Brett Kern Look Like Inflatable Toys toys sculpture dinosaurs ceramics

Ceramic Sculptures by Brett Kern Look Like Inflatable Toys toys sculpture dinosaurs ceramics

Ceramic Sculptures by Brett Kern Look Like Inflatable Toys toys sculpture dinosaurs ceramics

Ceramic Sculptures by Brett Kern Look Like Inflatable Toys toys sculpture dinosaurs ceramics

Artist Brett Kern creates detailed ceramic objects that at first appear almost indistinguishable from inexpensive inflatable toys. Kern mimics the tell-tale wrinkles and forms of air-filled toys like dinosaurs, astronauts, balloons, and even whoopie cushions—all made from clay. You can see more work in his gallery, and he has several pieces available in his Etsy shop. (via Laughing Squid)

A Huge Collection of Embroidered Temari Spheres by an 88-Year-Old Grandmother

A Huge Collection of Embroidered Temari Spheres by an 88 Year Old Grandmother toys textiles embroidery balls

A Huge Collection of Embroidered Temari Spheres by an 88 Year Old Grandmother toys textiles embroidery balls

A Huge Collection of Embroidered Temari Spheres by an 88 Year Old Grandmother toys textiles embroidery balls

A Huge Collection of Embroidered Temari Spheres by an 88 Year Old Grandmother toys textiles embroidery balls

A Huge Collection of Embroidered Temari Spheres by an 88 Year Old Grandmother toys textiles embroidery balls

A Huge Collection of Embroidered Temari Spheres by an 88 Year Old Grandmother toys textiles embroidery balls

A Huge Collection of Embroidered Temari Spheres by an 88 Year Old Grandmother toys textiles embroidery balls

A Huge Collection of Embroidered Temari Spheres by an 88 Year Old Grandmother toys textiles embroidery balls

A Huge Collection of Embroidered Temari Spheres by an 88 Year Old Grandmother toys textiles embroidery balls

Temari balls are a form of folk art that originated in China and were introduced to Japan in the 7th century. The carefully hand-embroidered balls often made from the thread of old kimonos were created by parents or grandparents and given to children on New Year’s day as special gift. According to Wikipedia the balls would sometimes contain secret handwritten wish for the child, or else contained some kind of noise-making object like a bell.

Flickr user NanaAkua photographed this amazing collection of geometric spheres created by her 88-year-old grandmother who began to master the art in her 60s. She has since created hundreds of them, nearly 500 of which you can see right here. (via DDN Japan)

Polar: A Fun Modular Pen Made of Powerful Neodymium Magnets

Polar: A Fun Modular Pen Made of Powerful Neodymium Magnets toys pens magnets

Polar: A Fun Modular Pen Made of Powerful Neodymium Magnets toys pens magnets

Polar: A Fun Modular Pen Made of Powerful Neodymium Magnets toys pens magnets

Polar: A Fun Modular Pen Made of Powerful Neodymium Magnets toys pens magnets

Is it a toy? A tool? It’s both, and it’s amazing. Polar is a modular pen and stylus made of 12 neodymium magnets that can be disassembled for all kinds of quirky and functional purposes. The pen is the brainchild of Andrew Gardner over at Indiedesign and is one of many great projects to appear since Kickerstarter expanded into Canada only two weeks ago. Polar will come in both silver and 24k gold models, in multiple colors, and has an add-on of chrome-plated steel ball bearings to create additional magnetized objects. Pick one up over on Kickstarter.

Minimals: Modular Toy Animals by Sebastián Burga

Minimals: Modular Toy Animals by Sebastián Burga toys animals

Minimals: Modular Toy Animals by Sebastián Burga toys animals

Minimals: Modular Toy Animals by Sebastián Burga toys animals

Minimals: Modular Toy Animals by Sebastián Burga toys animals

Minimals: Modular Toy Animals by Sebastián Burga toys animals

Minimals are a new line of modular toy models currently in development by designer Sebastián Burga. The designer has been working on the wacky looking animals since 2008 and they recently won a Silver A Design Award at the A’Design Awards. While it doesn’t look like they are currently available for purchase, you can see a lot more over on Facebook and Behance.

The Dino Pet: A Living, Bioluminescent Pet

The Dino Pet: A Living, Bioluminescent Pet toys light dinosaurs biology
Conceptual mock-up of the Dino Pet

Designed by Yonder Biology (“The DNA Art Company”), the Dino Pet is a dinosaur-shaped habitat for a species of bioluminescent marine algae that photosynthesizes during the day and glows at night. “Dino” is actually a sort of a play on words, as the actual organisms contained inside the toy model are called Dinoflagellata and are known for their ability to glow when physically agitated (ie. shaken). The pet lives for 1-3 months and can potentially live indefinitely if the algae is supplied with the proper food. The Dino Pet is currently funding on Kickstarter, get your own for a pledge of $40. (via PSFK)

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