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Design

Anatomical Fish Zip Bags by Japanese Designer Keiko Otsuhata

September 29, 2017

Laura Staugaitis

Japanese designer Keiko Otsuhata has brought a new dimension to the popularity of fish as food by turning the sea creature into a functional-out-of-water zip bag. In Japan, fried fish (especially mackerel) is often seen on bar menus, and is prepared by splitting the fish through its stomach and frying it flat. The sight of fried fish is common visual vocabulary in Japan, but Otsuhata was curious about what the fish looked like in its pre-fried state, so she bought one from the grocery store, took photographs, and made it into a zip bag.

Tokyo-based Otsuhata is also a writer for the Japanese website Daily Portal Z, where she often shares her creative process as she explores pop culture and humor. You can see how she made the original fish bag, as well as a pair of pigeon shoes.

Three varieties of Otsuhata’s fish bags—kinme, saury, and sea bream—are available in The Colossal Shop.

 

 

 

 

 



Craft Food

New Edible ‘Amezaiku’ Animal Lollipop Designs by Shinri Tezuka

August 24, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Based out of a Tokyo candy shop called Ameshin, candy artisan Shinri Tezuka (previously) crafts some of the most unusual lollipops you’re ever likely to eat from wiggling goldfish to statuesque lions or prickly hedgehogs. The translucent candy seems to have more in common with glassmaking than confectionery design, and perhaps it’s no surprise that the process of working with hot sugar even shares similar tools—a traditional Japanese craft called amezaiku. Tezuka recently shared a variety of new lollipop designs on his Instagram account and you can step inside the Ameshin candy shop in a video from DogaTV below.

 

 



Photography

Surreal Aerial Views of Fish Farms Captured by Bernhard Lang

July 13, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Flying in a helicopter high above the coast of Greece, German photographer Bernhard Lang captures unusual networks of circular fish farms. The strange, ovoid enclosures appear like abstract geometric designs, hardly related to the thriving ecosystems of fish that lay just below the surface. Aquaculture is seen by many as a more efficient way to safely breed larger volumes of fish instead of harvesting wild populations, but concerns about the environmental impact near farming sites have raised a lot of questions.

“Greece’s aquaculture industry is important for the country,” Lang shares with Colossal. “Especially [because of] the bad economic situation in Greece. Fish, mainly sea bass and sea bream is one of their biggest agricultural exports, next to olive oil.” That said, fish prices have fallen sharply in recent years, further threatening a burgeoning industry.

Lang is known for his aerial studies of industry, wildlife, and landscapes around the world including a recent series of harbors in the Philippines and a colorful collection of beach umbrellas in the Italian resort town of Adria. You can follow more of his recent photography on Behance and Instagram.

 

 



Design Food

Shoe-Shi: Edible Sneakers That Combine an Artist’s Love of Footwear and Sushi

May 15, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

Milan-based Yujia Hu is an artist and chef who really likes to play with his food. The 28-year-old’s newest invention is “shoe shi,” sneakers and other types of footwear crafted from rice, seaweed, and raw fish. The miniature kicks are mostly sneakers, but also include a few pairs of slip on sandals, and are each 100% edible. Every shoe takes Hu about 30 minutes to produce, and often finalizes the work by adding the logo of a recognisable brand such as Nike, Adidas, or Supreme. You can see more of his edible edible shoes on his Instagram and Facebook. (via deMilked)

 

 



Art

Hyperrealistic Depictions of Fish Merged With Their Coral Environments by Lisa Ericson

December 15, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

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Artist, illustrator, and designer Lisa Ericson (previously) paints hyperrealistic images of imaginary animals, hybrids that intertwine species. Previously focused on a body of work that merged mice and butterflies, Ericson’s newest series focuses on the creatures below, painting bright fish against matte black backgrounds. The vibrant works highlight a variety of coral integrated into fins and tails of scaly animals, as well as showcasing the groups of fish that have decided to make these tails their home.

Ericson’s work is currently in a two-person exhibition titled Supernature at Antler Gallery in Portland, OR which runs through December 22. You can view more of her in-process and completed animal paintings on her Instagram and Facebook.

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Craft Design

Morris: A Reversible Stuffed Anglerfish Toy Helps Teach Anatomy

December 12, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

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Crafted for the purposes of material collaboration and hands-on exploration, artist and designer Rachel Ciavarella created Morris—a stuffed anglerfish you can turn inside out. The invertible fish is made from a creative combination of materials that encourage touch such as felt, sateen, chiffon, faux sherpa, canvas, and fleece. Combined they create Morris’s bones, fins, teeth, and various innards seen when the blue fish is reversed.

The stuffed animal was originally created as a student project, but after receiving an influx of interest Ciavarella started a Kickstarter campaign to support a large run of the fish. You can see Morris in action in the GIF below. (via Creative Boom)

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Photography

A School of Blue Silversides Swim Through Mangroves in the Coral Reefs off Cuba

December 12, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Photo by David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes, courtesy National Geographic.

Photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes who together specialize in underwater photography, were recently on assignment for National Geographic in Cuba when they captured this amazing school of blue silversides. The thousands of finger-sized fish are swimming through mangroves (small trees that are able to grow in salt water) but the photographer’s ingenious perspective makes them appear to swim through the air. The image was one of several selected for National Geographic’s Best Photos of 2016.