0 COOL FIND(S): CARDBOARD ANIMAL MASKS

Student Jozef Mrva from the Czech Republic created these series of great looking animal masks made out of cardboard!


Jozef consider these masks as experiments with identity, especially in the rituallistic sense. The bearer is intended to accept his new archetypical identity and immerse oneself in his role. Animal masks resemble skulls or remains or abominations, they bear shamanic, dionisian or satanic symbolism, the form, material and overal execution is primitive, harsh and expressionistic. They are made to inspire the inner forces of man and allow behavioral self-expression through identity alternation (alcohol or drug use advised). 






0 FEATURED ARTIST: TJALF SPARNAAY


Tjalf Sparnaay’s paintings hit the retina like bolts of lightning in a clear blue sky. No other painter confronts us quite so clearly with ordinary objects that we hold dear. Since 1987, he has been working on his imposing oeuvre, constantly seeking new images that have never been painted before. What he calls Megarealism is part of the contemporary global art movement of Hyperrealism, and Sparnaay is now considered one of the most important painters working in that style.







"Broodje Gezond" (Healthy Bun aka Healthy Sandwich)





His oil paintings are so realistic one would think they were photos of the real thing.

1 SEXY HALLOWEEN COSTUMES FOR 2012 BY YANDY

It seems sexy is the halloween trend for the moment and Yandy.com has got it covered... or just barely Winking face book smiley


The Sexy Watermelon Costume





0 THE HIGH TRESTLE BRIDGE | ARTWORK BY DAVID B. DAHLQUIST

David B. Dahlquist is a nationally recognized public artist and instructor at RDG Dahlquist Art Studio in Des Moines, Iowa. His vision for integrating artwork into the High Trestle Trail was competitively selected by committee through a juried "call for artist" issued by the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) and its nine partners - the four counties and five communities impacted by the trail. As an accomplished artist and avid cyclist, David felt an immediate personal connection with the High Trestle Trail Bridge and the potential for creating a unique experience. He looked to the natural beauty and wonder of the Des Moines River Valley and gathered inspiration from the panoramic views, the depth and breadth of the valley floor and rich history of the region.







0 CARDBOARD CITIES BY ANDY RUDAK

Initially influenced by the aesthetic of dilapidated East end buildings, Andy Rudak began to imagine these as scaled down models made entirely from cardboard. He wanted to combine this idea with the surreal, dream-like feel that runs throughout his personal work. His latest project, with the aid of master set-builder Luke Aan de Wiel, included dream-like views of Mumbai, Tokyo, New York, London, and Paris.

"I knew I wanted the shots to portray a scene of serenity" Andy says, "I had decided I wanted these scenarios to be void of any obvious human presence so I used an animal for each shot as the main focal point. From this I was drawn to the idea of the taxidermy animals. I felt they were crucial to achieving the feeling of serenity I was after."




The Slums of Mumbai





0 AMAZING INK DRAWINGS BY THOMAS BROOMÉ


Every object drawn is actually the word of that object written over and over again to form the shape of the actual object.  How cool is that?  




"Bathroom"




1 THE SIMCOE 'WAVE DECK' OF TORONTO




The Simcoe WaveDeck, by Designers West 8 and DTAH, is one in a series of uniquely Canadian urban docks, and is as artistic as it is functional. Located just west of Simcoe Street, the wooden wavedeck features an informal public amphitheatre-style space with impressive curves that soar as high as 2.6 metres above the lake.



0 MIRU KIM - 'THE PIG THAT THEREFORE I AM' SERIES

For her new series, Miru Kim examines the relationship between pigs and humans, and has visited various industrial hog farms.





0 FEATURED ARTIST: FLORENTIJN HOFMAN


FLORENTIJN HOFMAN
Humour, sensation, maximum impact; internationally renowned Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman (Delfzijl, 1977) does not settle for less. His sculptures are large, very large, and are bound to make an impression. Take Rubber Duck (2007) for example: a gigantic 26-metre-high yellow rubber duck. It is an inflatable, based on the standard model that children from all four corners of the world are familiar with. The impressive rubber duck travels the world and pops up in many different cities: from Auckland and São Paulo to Osaka. A very positive artistic statement that immediately connects people to their childhood.





0 THE NEW WELLNESS CENTER OF PARCO ACQUE AI CAPPUCCINI

Italian architect Simone Micheli has completed a new wellness center in the Park Hotel ai Cappuccini in Gubbio, Italy.



0 FEATURED ARTIST: ANDY RUDAK


Andy Rudak is a still life advertising photographer based in London, UK. Successful and award-winning, he has worked with many of the top ad agencies. He has seen his efforts rewarded with multiple Cannes Lions, nominations in the D&AD on numerous occasions, and recognised in other major UK and European awards.

Andy has shot campaigns for many famous brands, such as Coca Cola, Diet Coke, McDonalds, Marmite, Transport of London - Oyster, Tropicana, Waitrose, Vertu and HSBC.

Coke love campaign Mother London

0 PENCIL SHAVINGS ART BY Marta Altés

Marta Altés is a London based children’s book author and illustrator.  Here, she did some experiments with pencil shavings.



Grrrr




0 FEATURED ARTIST: IRIS SCHIEFERSTEIN

Artist Iris Schieferstein broke into the fashion world like a hurricane, providing an unusual fashion line of shoes with 'grave smell', the main element of the decor which were carcasses of dead animals.  The designer from Berlin gets carcasses of animals from local butcher shops.  The modern day frankenstein later performs her magic to eventually create her one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

The artist discusses life, death and getting her knuckles rapped by the police in her homeland, Germany...

What attracted you to working with dead animals? 
My interest in using animals began in 1990. I was thinking about what we eat whilst I was preparing some fish. They are like garbage. They can’t eat or sleep or whatever. Then I started with chicken, because they look a little bit human-like. I started using them because of the nature of making and fixing, but also to create another material from the animals too. Of course, you could create them for a practical purpose, but for me it’s an artwork.




0 THE CARDBOARD POP-UP SHOP BY URBANTAINER

South Korea-based architecture and design company Urbantainer has created a unique temporary store called Naver App Square.

Naver App Square, created for the South Korean search engine Naver, is actually a shipping container that has been converted into a giant cardboard box. According to PSFK, the designers at Urbantainer combined a metal shipping container with sheets of cardboard so that the end result looks just like a big, open cardboard package. Its exterior even mimics the look of a parcel and features a scannable QR code as well.






0 BILL PECHET'S 'EMPTYFUL SCULPTURE'


Artist Bill Pechet has collaborated with lighting co-designer Chris Pekar of Lightworks and Lumenpulse to create the 35-foot-tall, 31-foot-wide “Emptyful” sculpture in the Millennium Library Plaza in Winnipeg, Canada.




2 FEATURED ARTIST: WIM DELVOYE

Wim Delvoye (born 1965 in WervikWest Flanders) is a Belgian neo-conceptual artist known for his inventive and often shocking projects. Much of his work is focused on the body. He repeatedly links the attractive with the repulsive, creating work that holds within it inherent contradictions- one does not know whether to stare, be seduced, or to look away. As Robert Enright wrote in Border Crossings, "Delvoye is involved in a way of making art that reorients our understanding of how beauty can be created." Wim Delvoye has an eclectic oeuvre, exposing his interest in a range of themes, from bodily function, to the Catholic Church, and numerous subjects in between. He lives and works in Belgium, but recently moved to China after a court of law judged his pig tattoo art projects illegal.






0 SOUND SCULPTURE BY ZIMOUN AND HANNES ZWEIFEL (VIDEO)

The artist Zimoun, in collabortation with Architect Hannes Zweifel, created this sound sculpture installation at the MNAC Contemporary Art Museum in Bucharest, Romania.






0 THE ARTIST WHO PAINTS WITH HIS TONGUE


Now here's a hobby with a nasty aftertaste - literally!  Glorified young budding artist Anna Kaye ( Ani K ), drawing a mediocre picture with his tongue. No, he does not clamp the brush between the tongue and teeth, and dunks his tongue into the paint.

The most amazing thing is that Anna Kay is a perfectly adequate and well-respected man who works as a drawing teacher.

Anya says: " I was inspired by a talented artist, who lost his hands and had to learn how to draw with his feet . "

1 OPTICAL ILLUSIONS BY KAIA NAO


Often beautiful, sometimes mind-boggling, occasionally disturbing, always original - the graphic art of Kaia Nao.



"My artistic training is in the field of realistic painting. The techniques of realism have been developed by artists over many centuries. Many of these techniques are basically tricks of visual deception which are used to make two-dimensional images present the illusion of three-dimensional objects and spaces, illusions of texture, and even suggestions of motion. While painting I have often been amazed at both the subtleties and the limitations of our ability to interpret visual information...."






THE FAUCET





2 COOL FIND(S): THE WOODEN DASHBOARD

A guy going by the username 'Gopnick' showed off his skills with this cool dashboard carved entirely out of wood. Everything as you can see, is in its place - TV set, radio, even a rear view camera!  The glove compartment is decorated with a squirrel and even the steering wheel is made out of wood!




1 FEATURED ARTIST: CAROLE A. FEUERMAN

Carole A. Feuerman (Hartford, Connecticut, 1945) is an American artist and hyper-realistic sculptor. She currently lives and works in New York, New York. Feuerman is most known for her resin sculptures painted in oil, but she also utilizes other media such as bronze and stone. She developed a technique she calls “painting with fire” where she pours, splatters and splashes up to five different molten metals that are 2000 degrees in temperature. Most recently she has introduced photography and interactive video media as a component to her sculptural works.

She is represented by galleries both nationally and abroad, and has work in many public and private collections all over the world. She has enjoyed six museum retrospectives to date, and has been included in exhibitions at, among other venues, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy.

On May 20, 2012, Feuerman unveiled her monumental sculpture "Survival of Serena" for the first time in painted bronze with New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation. Its resin sister first debuted at the Venice Biennale in 2007. The new "Survival of Serena" is the first of a series of painted bronze sculptures by the artist designed specifically for outdoor placement.

Survival of Serena 2012


0 FEATURED ARTIST: MIRU KIM

Miru Kim is a New-York-based artist, photographer and filmmaker with a love of the new and unknown. In her best-known body of work, she investigates left-behind industrial spaces, infiltrates them with her camera, and then photographs herself in the space, nude.

Miru was born in Stoneham, Massachusetts in 1981 and was raised in Seoul, Korea. She returned to Massachusetts in 1995 to attend Phillips Academy in Andover, and moved to New York in 1999 to attend Columbia University.





Williamsburg Bridge, New York, NY, USA


Until the 1920s, the Williamsburg Bridge had the record for the longest suspension bridge span on Earth. New Yorkers celebrated its opening in December 1903 with fireworks over the East River. Sitting on the bridge, I imagined a full procession of men in top hats and coats, carriages drawn by horses, and press photographers with large wooden box cameras.  From the top of the bridge, the emotions that emanate from the spectacle of the city cannot be more unique. Perched on a narrow beam, I felt the wind, and the tower gently swaying. 

1 APEX PREDATOR SHOES AND SUIT BY FANTICH & YOUNG

Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young have been working together since 2008 and their work address parallels between social evolution and evolution in the natural world:  Nature as model or nature as threat.

Apex Predator Shoes


Apex predators are predators with no predators of their own, residing at the top of their food chain.
Materials: Savile Row Oxford Shoes, Size UK15, 1050 teeth dentures.





0 FEATURED ARTIST: MICHELLE WIBOWO


Meet Michelle Wibowo (born 1978, Indonesia), a British sugar craft artist whose specialty is making sculpted cakes and sugar sculpture. Michelle creates award winning sugar arts and cake sculptures with an incredible attention to details and realism.

She runs a small business called Michelle Sugar Art Ltd.

She graduated from the National Bakery School and begin career in cake decorating in London. Her first international success was in October 2008 when she was awarded a gold and silver medal for her creations in International Exhibition of Culinary Art in Germany. She created a lifesize hound dog shape sugar sculpture which won her gold and picked up silver for a cake of Elizabeth I of England.

Yes, these are all edible cakes! 




It took Ms Wibowo 2 weeks to prepare and both creations have consumed more than 25 kg sugar paste (fondant).


2 13th STREET "STATIONERY OF HORROR" BY Jacques Pense

13th STREET "STATIONERY OF HORROR" BY Jacques Pense



0 WHEN ART AND TRAGEDY COLLIDES - EMMA HACK'S LATEST MASTERPIECE


Adelaide body painter Emma Hack took 18 hours to create her latest masterpiece, which uses 17 men and women to illustrate the dangers and trauma caused by speeding drivers.

The stunning piece of art was the brainchild of advertising agency Clemenger BBDO Adelaide and part of the Motor Accident Commission's new campaign, targeting low-level speeders.


Ms Hack said she treated the project - which required up to five layers of paint on her subjects' bodies - like a puzzle, to create an alternative road safety message.

1 CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY BY KLAUS ENRIQUE USING FRUITS, FLOWERS, VEGETABLES...

Klaus Enrique Gerdes, a New York based photographer, was inspired by Itialian painter Giuseppe Archimboldo and  recreated a selection of the artist's 16th century paintings using fruits, flowers and vegetables.

Giuseppe Archimboldo was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of such objects as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books - that is, he painted representations of these objects on the canvas arranged in such a way that the whole collection of objects formed a recognisable likeness of the portrait subject.

Klaus Enrique Gerdes now does the same, except that photography allows him to capture his subject instantly - before any of the ingredients begin to wilt.





Barking up the wrong tree: Klaus Enrique Gerdes's recreation of Winter, left, originally painted Giuseppe Arcimboldo in 1573, right.



0 GENERATION PRAKTIKUM - A NETWORK OF YELLOW-SHIRTED PEOPLE

A project by '2x4' from New York, NY, USA





Invited to showcase their work in the Design Fair in Frankfurt, they began with the exhibition theme – "Private Identity" – and adapted it into their response: a pop-up t-shirt store as a commentary on the t-shirt's status as the ultimate embodiment of self-branding. They have created a series of 500 unique t-shirts, offering 500 individual identities to the shopper. As each shirt was purchased, they photographed the buyer with their new acquisition. The photograph then was placed where the shirt once hung. As the show progressed, the pop-up shop transformed into a pop-up exhibition: a gallery of portraits revealing views of self-perception and identity.

So each yellow t-shirt was unique as the individual.


0 FEATURED ARTIST: TAKANORI AIBA

Photo source
Takanori Aiba  (相羽高徳) was born in 1953 in Yokohama, Japan. Studied Japanese traditional textiles and dyed clothing in Tokyo Zokei University. Built a first career as a freelance maze illustrator since 1978. His maze works were serialized in “POPYE”, Japanese fashion magazine for 10 years. Founded his own company,”Graphics and Designing Inc.”, in 1981. Expand a range of his career to a concept maker and art director for architectural spaces. Total production of “Shin Yokohama Chinese Noodle Museum”, “Muse Du Petit Prince De Saint Exupery A Hakone”, “NINJA AKASAKA“ were one of his major works.Since, 2003, He put his mind to create three dimensional art works which combines  his knowledge and experience of both maze illustrator and architect.








2 FEEL THE RAINBOW - An Amazing Thread Installation

How amazing is this installation that Gabriel Dawes created for Miniartextil, an annual contemporary art exhibition in Como, Italy? Known for his vibrant, three dimensional thread art, Dawes explores color by experimenting with natural light and space. I’m sure seeing his work in person is a hundred times as impressive as it is through images. Even so, it’s mesmerizing and utterly beautiful.




Dawe created Plexus no. 19, a stunning thread installation that's beautifully spread across two balconies in the atrium of a historic villa. The early 19th century neoclassic house, called Villa Olmo, was acquired in 1924 by the municipality of Como and is now open to the public only during cultural events and art exhibitions like this.

0 LEVI VAN VELUW, AUTOMATA


Automata are mechanical objects endowed with life by ingenious means. This rewindable object is made from wood. The cubes rotate around their axes as they are powered by 100 gears.



0 PORTRAITS FROM A LAND FORGOTTEN

Great imagery by Vikas Vasudev, from his journey to a remote forgotten land called Baltistan.





Baltistan is a region in northern Pakistan which forms Gilgit–Baltistan, bordering the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China. In addition, a part of Baltistan also falls into the part of India's Jammu and Kashmir state.

4 10 INNOVATIVE BUSINESS CARDS

Twist to Read Business Card

Problem: Number of yoga centers in Beirut were growing rapidly. Danielle Abisaab,  a yoga instructor for over 10 years needed to re-position herself.

Premise: Most Yoga postures/exercises involve twisting of the body. We adapted this observation on to our business card design.

Idea: We started by choosing a non-tearable and flexible paper to print our visiting card on. The messaging was then divided into two equal parts. With one half printed on the front and the other half on the back. To read the entire message the user would have to twist the visiting card. Folding lines were printed on both sides of the card to guide the user while twisting the visiting card.

Results: The visiting card gave her business a new twist. Enquiries kept flowing and new students enrolled for yoga programs.






0 ANIMATED GIFS by ABVH

Great animation work done by ABVH, from Serbia.





BEFORE
Original illustration by Dobrosav Bob Živković



AFTER

1 CREATIVE ADVERTISING

The Deli Garage, "Parmesan Pencils"
(by Kolle Rebbe / KOREFE, Hamburg, GERMANY)


Develop packaging for a trio of selected parmesan cheeses including a grater shaped like a pencil sharpener - an addition to the "The Deli Garage" range, a food label that supports small manufacturers of delicacies with lovely packaging ideas.






0 CREATIVE ADVERTISING - POLITCALLY INCORRECT


BUCKET





Brand: KFC
Company: Big Communications

Credited Individuals
Simon Dilks


1 THE EDIBLE-LOOKING ASHTANUR PENCIL/UTENSILS HOLDER BY MOHAR & MOGILEVSKY


Ido mohar, a graduate at the industrial design department of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel created this unique pencil holder, in collaboration with Baruch Mogilevsky, that if you didn't know better, would try to eat it at first glance.


Ashtanur
A project about a memory from Jerusalem, the city that has its own language.

Ashtanur is an "oven bread" in arabic, and used as the common word for flat bread in Jerusalem.
By imitating the rolling procedure that is used to cover and contain local food, with some humor added, the "Ashtanur" transforms to a pencil\ utensils case.


0 FEATURED ARTIST: MARK CRILLEY

Mark Crilley is an American comic book creator and children's book author/illustrator. He is the creator of Miki Falls, Akiko, and Brody's Ghost. (See below).

He is also noted for his instructional videos for drawing in the manga-style,.

Crilley distributes drawing advice to artists via YouTube videos and his DeviantArt account.

In August 2010, he starred in some how to draw videos for Funimation on demand. Mark Crilley's wife is Miki Crilley who is from Japan, and he named Miki Falls after.
The two have a daughter, Mio, and a son, Matthew.

Which is the real thing?

0 ARTWORK BY BANKSY

Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.

His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.



0 EDIT YOUR PICS FOR HALLOWEEN USING PicMonkey!

It's that time of year guys and PicMonkey has come out with their latest halloween editor.  Remember Picnik?  
If you loved Picnik, PicMonkey is back in town and better than ever. It's faster, more powerful, and easier to use. 
Go ahead and make yourself look ghoulish, zombi-ish or even vampire-ish.  The sky is the limit!






We even had fun experimenting with an old design banner.  We went from this: