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Design

Circuit Scribe: Instantly Draw Functional Electrical Circuits on a Piece of Paper

November 22, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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The folks over at Urbana-based Electroninks Incorporated just launched a Kickstarter project for a new kind of pen that draws fuctional electronic circuits instantly. Called the Circuit Scribe, the handy little device works like a regular ballpoint pen and releases a non-toxic conductive silver ink that dries instantly. Via Kickstarter:

Circuit Scribe is for Makers, STEM Educators, Artists, Kids, & Life Hackers. We wanted to make it easier for Makers to Make. No shaking, no squeezing, no goop, no smell, no waiting for ink to dry. Circuit Scribe draws smooth lines with conductive silver ink and allows you to create functioning circuits instantly.

The project went viral immediately easily surpassed its $85,000 goal within a day or so. Watch the video above or learn more about it here.

 

 



Art

Take a Vertigo-Inducing Walk into the Infinite Inside Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Rooms at David Zwirner in New York

November 22, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away / Courtesy David Zwirner and Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.

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Infinity Mirrored Room, detail – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away / Courtesy David Zwirner and Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.

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Love is Calling, 2013. Wood, metal, glass mirrors, tile, acrylic panel, rubber, blowers, lighting element, speakers, and sound. / Courtesy David Zwirner and Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.

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Yayoi Kusama in her 2013 solo exhibition I Who Have Arrived in Heaven at David Zwirner, New York. Courtesy David Zwirner and Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc. Photo: Will Ragozzino.

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Courtesy Rebecca Dale Photography

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Courtesy Steven Meidenbauer

In an impressive display of new work, artist Yayoi Kusama (previously) recently opened a solo show, I Who Have Arrived In Heaven, at David Zwirner Gallery in New York. Now in her mid-80s, the prolific artist is showing twenty-seven new large-scale paintings, and not one but two of the artist’s famous Infinity Rooms (pictured above). The immersive mirrored environments can be entered by gallery visitors for a vertigo-inducing walk through an infinitely reflected field of stars and organic forms. The collected artwork and installation spaces span all three of David Zwirner’s galleries in Chelsea at 519, 525 and 533 West 19th Street and will be on view through December 21, 2013. Imagery courtesy David Zwirner Gallery, Steven Meidenbauer, and Rebecca Dale Photography. (via designboom)

 

 



Design

Artist Hiroko Kubota Embroiders Popular Internet Cats on Shirts at the Request of Her Son

November 22, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Japanese embroidery artist Hiroko Kubota was in the process of making custom sized clothes for her smaller-framed son when he made a small request: could some of the shirts have cats on them? Kubota explains her son was somewhat obsessed with cats and had collected a small library of adorable images found around the web.

After making a few cat shirts the artist posted photos of the pieces online and unsurprisingly they quickly went viral, spurring Kubota to open an Etsy shop under the brand Go!Go!5 where she started selling the shirts at an impressive price tag of around $250-$300 apiece. But price was no object for internet cat fanatics and the shirts have been snapped up almost as quickly as Kubota embroiders them.

You can see many more shirts here. All photos courtesy the artist. (via Spoon & Tamago)

 

 



Photography

Idyllic Oceanside Landscapes Photographed by Andrew Smith

November 22, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Taupo, Waikato, NZ

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Muriwai, Auckland, NZ

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Motuoapa, Waikato, NZ

If I had to spend the rest of my life trapped inside a photograph, there’s a good chance I might flip through a stack of photographs by Andrew Smith (previously) to make a selection. Smith shoots mostly in locations around his home in New Zealand where he captures breathtaking oceanside landscapes both in and out of water. Smith photographs almost exclusively with a Nikon D800 and then processes his images in Adobe Lightroom, something he documents in detail on his Before and After Lightroom Blog. These are some of my favorite shots from the last year or so, but you can see hundreds of additional photos by Smith over on Flickr.

 

 



Art Illustration

Artist Tobias Gutmann Travels 25,000 Miles With the 'Face-o-mat,' A Portable Analog Portrait Booth

November 21, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Since late last year Swiss artist Tobias Gutmann has been traveling the world with his portable analog portrait booth dubbed the Face-o-mat. Customers take a seat in front of a small window, much like a photobooth, and then adjust some levers to determine how their portrait will look: color or black and white, natural or facelift, classical or avant-garde. Then, for a small fee, Gutmann works his illustration magic and creates a strange abstract portrait in less than three minutes.

In the last few months the Face-o-mat traveled some 25,000 miles (40,514km) with stops in Stockholm, Milan, Dar es Salaam, Tokyo and London. Gutmann often repaints the facade of the machine to match the local language, and recently rebuilt the entire machine using MDF (Medium-density fibreboard) to make it more durable. You can follow further Face-o-mat adventures on Facebook and you can see some of the over 700 poraits Gutmann has illustrated over on Tumblr. (via Think Faest!)

 

 



Art Photography

Wonderland: A Fantastical Voyage of Remembrance Through Portrait Photography by Kirsty Mitchell

November 20, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Gaia, The Birth of an End

Gaia, The Birth of an End © Kirsty Mitchell

Part tribute, part conceptual photography, part exploration of costume and set design, Wonderland is an ongoing series of portraits by UK photographer Kirsty Mitchell. After the loss of her mother in 2008, Mitchell found herself in need of a creative outlet to grapple with the emptiness that often follows the death of a loved one. To fill the vacuum, Mitchell began to revisit fragments of fairy tales her mother would share with her as a child and decided to use them as a starting point for a series of elaborate portraits that would make use of her background in fashion design and costume making. The resulting images would form a storybook without words, a sort of visual narrative that people might project their own stories onto.

Everything you see in Mitchell’s photos from the costumes to the sets have been sewn, painted, glued, and assembled completely by hand, requiring up to five months of preparation. By the time of each photoshoot, which generally happens in the woodlands around her home, an elaborate scene has been constructed that the photographer says is akin to a miniature movie set, complete with lighting and assistants, let alone her absurdly patient models.

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Gammelyn’s Daughter © Kirsty Mitchell

Gammelyn's Daughter a Waking Dream

Gammelyn’s Daughter a Waking Dream © Kirsty Mitchell

The Ghost Swift

The Ghost Swift © Kirsty Mitchell

The Last Door of Autumn

The Last Door of Autumn © Kirsty Mitchell

The Guidance of Stray Souls

The Guidance of Stray Souls © Kirsty Mitchell

The Faraway Tree

The Faraway Tree © Kirsty Mitchell

The Storyteller

The Storyteller © Kirsty Mitchell

The Queen's Armada

The Queen’s Armada © Kirsty Mitchell

A Floral Birth

A Floral Birth © Kirsty Mitchell

Now five years later the Wonderland project has practically consumed Mitchell’s life. The photos, which total 69 pictures, have gone thoroughly viral around the web and have opened up entirely new avenues in her artistic career. Mitchell has just announced a collaboration with FX Media, who is helping to shoot a full-length documentary about the final 10 photos in the series, including a 5-minute behind-the-scenes clip detailing the preparation for each image, the first of which, Gaia, you can watch above. Mitchell also recently exhibited with Italian Vogue and was made Nikon UK’s Ambassador of Fine Art Photography in July of this year. You can learn more about her work via her website and get info on limited edition prints here.

Lastly, please do not use Mitchell’s Wonderland images on your billboard, t-shirt, coffee mug or shower curtain without her permission. Seriously. She’s an exceptionally kind person to speak with and will be thrilled to hear all about your amazing ideas for her work. All images above courtesy Kirsty Mitchell. (via PetaPixel)