Craft Design

Precise Hand Embroidery by Jessica Dance Creates Visual Representations of Common Words and Phrases

September 14, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

Textile artist and model maker Jessica Dance (previously) recreates everyday objects and ideas using fabric, felt, and thread. Dance typically utilizes embroidery to produce details and text on her three-dimensional objects, but in these works the thread-based practice takes center stage. The artist combines typography and embroidery in series that show words and phrases in their visual form: “harvest” spelled out in a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables, and “good as gold” in shimmering metallic thread on glamorous red velvet. You can see more of Dance’s textile work on Instagram.

 

 



Design Science

The Museum of the Moon: An Illuminated 23-Foot Lunar Replica Currently Touring the World

September 13, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

Photo: Carl Milner

Multidisciplinary artist Luke Jerram has created several exacting 23-foot replicas of the moon, which are currently touring the world as Museum of the Moon. The lunar project has been installed in public spaces ranging from China and Finland to the United Arab Emirates and Australia, and is accompanied by music from composer Dan Jones. Locations vary and include indoor and outdoor spaces as well as festivals, to intentionally alter the interpretation and experience of the project for viewers around the world.

To create the large illuminated sculptures, the British artist used a massive image (nearly 70 feet wide) of the moon created by NASA’s Astrogeology Science Center. The image itself was taken by a NASA satellite carrying the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, which was launched in 2010. Each centimeter of Jerram’s replicas represent 5 kilometers of the moon’s surface.

Jerram also shares in a statement, “As it travels from place to place, it will gather new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.” This information is compiled on Museum of the Moon online research page. You can find out where the moons will be next on the museum’s website and see photos with the #museumofthemoon hashtag. (via designboom)

Photo: Gareth Jones

Photo: Leeds Living

Photo: Neil James

Photo: Robert Sils

 

 



Craft

Expertly Crafted Bamboo Insects by Noriyuki Saitoh Appear Poised to Take Flight

September 13, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

Noriyuki Saitoh (previously) creates insect sculptures at a 1:1 scale, forming each of the creatures’ wings, legs, and antennae from thinly sliced bamboo. The Japanese artist poses his works as if they have been caught mid-flight, often incorporating handmade props such as honeycomb or sticks as a temporary perch. You can see more of Saitoh’s detailed creations, including a behind-the-scenes peek of his sculptural process, on TwitterFacebook, and Behance.

 

 



Animation

Stop Motion Films by Kirsten Lepore and Nix + Gerber Produced Entirely in the Space of a Car Trunk

September 13, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

In a new ad campaign for the 2019 MINI Countryman, MINI USA invited artist duo Nix + Gerber (previously) and animator Kirsten Lepore (previously) to produce stop motion films in the vehicle’s cargo space. Nix + Gerber explore space in their film Camping, while Lepore goes deep under the sea in her work Underwater. Nix + Gerber utilized two dioramas for their models of Earth and the Moon, creating each of the terrains with foam, wire, flock, dirt and rocks. Lepore’s ocean-based love story was built entirely from paper, with an overlay of plexiglass to give the set that underwater shimmer. The short films explore the 2019 vehicle’s slogan “Created in a Countryman,” examining what sorts of vast worlds might be constructed in the confines of a MINI’s trunk.

Camping will screen on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the BAM Rose Cinema at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, while Underwater will screen at The Other Art Fair in Los Angeles from October 24 – 28, 2018. You can view more of Lepore’s animations on Vimeo, and see an extensive selection of Nix + Gerber’s miniature dioramas on their website.

 

 



Amazing Design Food

Watch How Steel Ribbons Are Shaped into Cookie Cutters

September 12, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

CookieCutter.com makes and sells exactly what you think they do. The Missouri-based company uses a combination of hydraulic and hand-operated machines to shape steel ribbons into classic shapes like gingerbread men, along with more complicated designs like deer and even the Statue of Liberty. The methodical push and pull of the shaping devices makes for great visual fodder, and CookieCutter.com frequently shares their process videos on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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Art

Flipped Perspectives Explored in New Intimate Paintings by Cinta Vidal

September 12, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

"On Chairs," Acrylic on wood, 32 x 32 cm

“On Chairs,” Acrylic on wood, 32 x 32 cm

Barcelona-based artist Cinta Vidal has previously produced fictionalized architectural paintings that study how individuals with differing perspectives can view and inhabit the same world. Vidal crafts her visual metaphors by placing subjects onto floating islands, presenting each with a different vantage point depending on their chosen location. In her newer series of works, Vidal focuses more intently on intimate relationships, populating her suspended clusters of furniture, animals, and household objects with only two or three individuals rather than a larger population.

Her Couples series places pairs of characters in opposition to each other, exaggerating her previous explorations of human understanding. In these works two male figures sit back-to-back as they type on their own laptops, a woman peers longingly from an armchair as a man stands facing the opposite direction below her chair, and a boy photographer and woman stare at the same scene, but from flipped perspectives. These works show how two people might hold differing ideals, despite occupying the same community or household.

The included paintings will be presented alongside a mural in Vidal’s upcoming solo exhibition Viewpoints at Thinkspace Projects in Los Angeles from September 15 through October 6, 2018. You can view more of the artist’s gravity-defying works on her website and Instagram.

"Outing," Oil on wood panel, 55 x 55 cm

“Outing,” Oil on wood panel, 55 x 55 cm

"Working," Acrylic on wood, 20 x 32 cm

“Working,” Acrylic on wood, 20 x 32 cm

"Couple 4," Acrylic on wood, 13.4 x 32 cm (L) and "Couple 3," Acrylic on wood, 13.6 x 32 cm (R)

“Couple 4,” Acrylic on wood, 13.4 x 32 cm (L) and “Couple 3,” Acrylic on wood, 13.6 x 32 cm (R)

"Four Cats Three Kids," Acrylic on wood, 35 x 50 cm

“Four Cats Three Kids,” Acrylic on wood, 35 x 50 cm

"Living Together," Acrylic on wood, 63.5 x 50 cm

“Living Together,” Acrylic on wood, 63.5 x 50 cm

"Couple 2," Acrylic on wood, 11.2 x 32 cm

“Couple 2,” Acrylic on wood, 11.2 x 32 cm

"Coworking," Oil on wood panel, 80 x 80 cm

“Coworking,” Oil on wood panel, 80 x 80 cm

"Caravan," Oil on wood, 36 x 36 cm

“Caravan,” Oil on wood, 36 x 36 cm

 

 



Music

Manami Ito Performs a Violin Solo With a Customized Prosthetic Bow Arm

September 12, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

Manami Ito is not only a talented musician, but also a Paralympian swimmer and the first nurse in Japan to have a prosthetic arm. She represented Japan at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympics, receiving 4th and 8th place in 100m breaststroke, and currently travels the country with her violin performances. The above video was taken on September 2, 2018, when she performed Thread by Miyuki Nakajima at the Takarazuka City General Welfare Center in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. (via The Kid Should See This and Laughing Squid)