Photography

The Balloon Hat Experience

September 21, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Since 2008 balloon artist Addi Somekh and photographer Charlie Eckert have traveled to 34 countries and shot over 10,000 photographs of people wearing balloon hats. After focusing more on balloon twisting than homework in college Somekh began working professionally as a balloon artist, charging wealthy executives up to $150 an hour to make elaborate balloon hats. He also donated the same skill to shelters for battered women and their children where he realized something: both groups, the rich and the poor, were laughing and enjoying his work in the same way. He had struck upon a democratic, neutralizing and powerful force of entertainment and enrichment, and he hatched a plan with his friend Charles to bring that gift to thousands of people across the world. Learn more on their website (flash). Thanks Stephanie for your submission to the Colossal curatorial contest!

 

 



Illustration

Pin and Thread Illustrations by Debbie Smyth

September 21, 2011

Christopher Jobson

I was floored to discover the work of UK artist Debbie Smyth who uses hundreds of needles and delicate lengths of thread to create wall-sized installations. Via her website:

Debbie Smyth is textile artist most identifiable by her statement thread drawings; these playful yet sophisticated contemporary artworks are created by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins. Her work beautifully blurs the boundaries between fine art drawings and textile art, flat and 3D work, illustration and embroidery, literally lifting the drawn line off the page in a series of “pin and thread” drawings.

Incredibly beautiful work, I would love to see these up close. Here’s a video interview with Smyth as well as a timelapse of one of her most recent installations. (via joetta maue and rhumboogie)

 

 



Art

Large Format Plotter Posters by Debbie Carlos

September 21, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Chicago artist Debbie Carlos is printing these epic black and white prints on a large format plotter printer meant for architectural and engineering prints. The pitch-perfect selection of imagery and the lower resolution printing result in some stunning wall decor. Get yours now! (via design work life)

 

 



Art

CTA Rail Car Converted into Mobile Garden

September 21, 2011

Christopher Jobson

I first covered the Mobile Garden project here on Colossal back in October of last year. UIC Art and Design graduate Joe Baldwin continues to pursue funding for his open-air public transit garden, but meanwhile was given the opportunity to participate in this year’s Art on Track festival last weekend by turning the interior of an el car into a fantastic sod-covered, ivy-laden garden. This car circled Chicago’s elevated downtown loop for five hours with several additional cars decorated with numerous other art installations. Photos via noisvelvet. (via inhabitat)

 

 



Music

Music from a Dry Cleaner

September 20, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Sound designer and composer Diego Stocco (warning: lots of sound) continues his ongoing project of making music from uncommon objects and places with this new video using loops recorded from a local dry cleaner. Stocco has also made music from a tree, from sand, and even a a bonsai, among others. Of all of them I really think this is his finest. Make sure you make it past the 2:10 mark. (via neatorama)

 

 



Animation Design

Stop motion animation? Check. An alphabet in Helvetica? Check. Fire? Check.

September 20, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Alphabet 2 is a top-notch animated alphabet from Italian creative firm n9ve directed by Alessandro Novelli. I love everything about this.

 

 

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