Hilla Shamia is an extremely creative product designer who has found a novel way to ‘marry’ wood with metal to create sleek and stylish tables and benches. The process involves pouring molten aluminum into the irregularly shaped piece of wood and molding it to the desired shape. The process leaves the wood a bit charred and burnt where it meets the metal but the overall affect lends the entire piece a sense of authenticity. I don’t know how Hilla ever managed to create these amazing pieces of furniture without the wood parts bursting into flames. Hilla is currently based in Israel.
Attempts to nail down the creator of these appetizingly artistic pancakes have failed, but for all his anonymity, his talent is self-evident. Imagine waking up to a breakfast of fantastically rendered pancakes before school. Breakfast of champions indeed. These images were uploaded by user ptgkbgte in Reddit and has since gone viral all over the net. It was allegedly made by a friend of his, an unnamed father, for his son. The pancakes look (and probably taste) amazing but I do find it a little disturbing that all but one of the animals belong to the endangered category.
Ryan Hunter and Taige Jensen are the authors of this darkly entertaining coloring book for adults. Any parent who has mistakenly given this coloring book to their child will have a whole lot of explaining to do. It started out as a stand alone edition but as its fan base began to grow, they began to ask for more. Two more additions came out and there’s probably more yet to come. Coloring For Grown-Ups: The Adult Activity Book encourages online submissions of finished pages. Ryan Hunter and Taige Jensen are currently terrorizing Brooklyn, New York with their acerbic wit and twisted humor.
Akira Nagaya is a Japanese artist who creates impossibly intricate paper cut-outs entirely by hand. Akira discovered his talent for making fine cuts while learning the art of sasabaran – a technique for cutting food decorations from bamboo leaves at sushi shops. While practicing, he discovered, to his own amazement, that he actually enjoyed the process. What’s more is that he actually excelled in it. He then began learning kirie, the Japanese art of cutting intricate designs on paper. It wasn’t until later that Akira started displaying his artwork to the general public.
Lee Griggs is a Madrid-based artist who uses 3D animation and rendering software to create these realistic topographical illustrations. Most of them resemble ocean floors, planetary surfaces, or even weather patterns. Each image is made of innumerable colored cubes, cylinders, and spheres extruded to create eye-catching patterns. Lee utilizes Maya Xgen and Arnold to render each image. If you’re ever inerested in creating you own, he shares a couple of tutorials over at his blog.
Chloe Giordano’s miniature embroidered animals have been making the round in the internet lately. Their size as well as the level of detail that Chloe has put into them has impressed even the most jaded internet skeptic. Also, she does it all freehand. She creates her own patterns and works out for herself the best way to make the tiny animals come alive. According to her, it’s the planning stage that takes up the most time. The actual sewing takes between two to three days. Chloe is currently based in Oxford where she’s available for projects and commissions.
Katerina Kamprani went out of her way to create some of the most counter productive designs ever. She calls the series “The Uncomfortable”. An apt description to anyone trying to drink out of a prickly wine glass, eat out of a furry plate, and eat using hinged forks and spoons. Katerina is currently based in Athens where she carefully considers how each every-day functions and how best to confound that function in a tongue-in-cheek way. Some of my favorites are the cement umbrella, the open-toed boots, and the inflatable door handle.
Anders Gjennestad is the artist responsible for these awesome, gravity-defying kids playing on the wall. Anders specializes in creating shadow people using his own photographs. The stencils he uses are hand cut and layered to create a detailed and complex photorealistic images. It also helps that his work is perfectly placed to fool the eye. The installation above was part of Memorie Urbane, a street art festival in Italy. Anders is currently based in Norway where his street handle is Strøk.
Internationally renowned graffiti duo Pichi & Avo were invited over to Werchter, Belgium to create a a massive, site-specific installation for the North West Walls Street Art Festival. The installation consisted of stacked up container crates upon which the artistsweregiven free reign to exercise their creativity. The result featured their trademark signature of Greek gods superimposed over a mishmash of loud and vibrant colors. According to event curator Arne Quinze; “When they work together they create breathtaking figurative detail and quality. Their work is very striking and always commands the spectator’s full attention.” The festivalmay be over, but theGreek godsin all their glory still stand.
Artur Bordalo is a graffiti artist whose work has definitely raised the bar on railroad art. Using the parallel lines of a railroad as a canvas, Arturo has managed to convey both humor and cynicism into his minimalistic work. His often uses bright neon colors in his work to make it stand out against the gray backdrop of gravel and rail. He goes by the handle Bordalo II as a tribute to his grandfather whom he saw ‘painting the city of Lisbon’. Arturo’s work has been cropping up all over his homeland of Portugal and train officials don’t seem to mind since spray paint doesn’t seem to do the rails themselves any harm.