Wee Little Stitches is a contemporary cross-stitch company which specializes in turning your favorite movie characters into a pattern. The company was founded by a husband and wife duo who describe themselves as stitchers, pattern-designers, and nerds. Theyve stitched the cast of Ghost Busters, Harry Potter, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Princess Bride, The Avengers, Star Wars, Scooby Doo, Justice League, Green Lantern, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Whew! They also sell the patterns over at their store in Etsy. According to their site: “They both believe that every wee little stitch is an important part of a much larger story… and every story deserves to be shared. ”
British photographer Carl Warner has been in the advertising business for more than a quarter of a century. He has been featured in Pondly before for his outstanding “Foodscapes” food photography. One of his most recent series takes the idea of photographic landscaping with food a step further by doing landscapes with human bodies. Unlike food, which you can cut and shape to suit your needs, the human bodies were turned into believable landscapes resembling peaks, valleys, and deserts through contortions and clever lighting. Carl said that he wants to focus attention on “one person’s body, creating a sense of place so that a body that is lived in becomes a place to live.” The pieces were then digitally put-together. He now lives and works in London.
In this day and age where everyone and their uncle has a digital camera, pinhole cameras are something of a backward step in the evolution of cameras. Nevertheless, Slovenian woodworker Elvis Halilović has created a series of nifty-looking pinhole cameras using nothing but wood and magnets. They even come in six different dimensions and film sizes to suit various photographic preferences. Pinhole cameras rely solely on the action of light on raw film. No lenses, no fancy filters, no electronics involved. One can predict to a certain degree how the photograph will turn out, but it’s the irregularities in the final results that gives the photographer a pleasant surprise.
Mary O’Malley makes delicate china cups, pots, and saucers decorated with authentic-looking sea creatures. Her tea things look like they were salvaged from long-forgotten shipwreck. Mary calls the series “Bottom Feeders”. She said: “I’m never exactly sure how anything’s going to turn out… In the end, one type of beauty is enhanced by complementing its foil, resulting in two completely different aesthetics existing harmoniously as one piece… The dance that results from trying to find a balance between what we can control and what we cannot is where I believe true beauty lies.” Mary received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Since then, she has moved to a barn in the south shore of Long Island, New York where she practices her craft.
Felipe Luchi is an award-winning creative director whose clients include big names such as Nissan, Nokia, Visa, Experia, Akatu, and Go Outside Magazine. Each of his ads are as brilliantly conceptualized as they are well-executed. One of my favorites is his ad campaign for Go Outside Magazine where an iPhone, a mouse, and an alarm clock were turned into prisons. It is a perfect illustration of how technology has imprisoned us, each in his own little world. Felipe lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Antoni Tudisco was born and raised in Germany. He is of Filipino-Italian descent. As a child, he would barely pay attention during lessons, preferring to scribble instead. Antoni taught himself how to use Adobe Palette. Having mastered the intricacies of image manipulation, he proceeded to develop his skills in 3D design and videos. It wasn’t long before the quality of his work garnered the attention of other artists and companies. His list of clients include prestigious names like Coca-Cola, Nestle, Vans, Reebok Woman, and MTV Philippines.
Pani Jurek has created a funky new chandelier with test tubes. Dubbed the Maria S.C. lamp, it’s inspired by Maria Sklodowska-Curie’s cutting edge work in the field of Chemistry. Marie Curie, as she is more commonly know, was awarded the Nobel Prize for her discovery of radium and polonium. The Maria S.C. lamp consists of a series of test tubes suspended from a wodden frame. It also comes in a two-tiered version. You can even customize it by filling it with colored liquid, fresh fowers, or just plain water. The awesthetic potential of Jurek’s lamp is simply endless.
Yukio Takano’s miniature mushroom lights is definitely worth having on you desk. They’re pretty realistic, and in the dark, they glow like something enchanted. The mushrooms are made of synthetic material and embedded into pieces of driftwood, looking like they sprouted out overnight. Tiny LED lights are incorporated into the mushrooms which gives them their otherworldly glow. The batteries are located on the underside of the driftwood and the switch is placed somewhere unobtrusive to maintain the illusion of authenticity.
David Olenick’s art combines clever wordplay with cute imagery to create entertaining illustrations a lot of people would want to wear. David finds the funny side of everything from lame excuses, bad decisions, to basic human behavior. You can almost forgive his nasty puns (An adorable hornet saying “Me So Hornet”) when he combines it with a quirky cast of characters. The drawings and lettering themselves are quite simple, but it is the combination of both that brings a genuine smile, or maybe even a laugh or two.
Ignasi Monreal was born in Barcelona, Spain. He studied Comic and Illustration at Escola Joso and graduated from Fashion Creative Direction at Instituto Europeo di Design. He is currently a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. His work has been published in magazines such as Vogue Spain, V Magazine Spain, and Harper’s Bazaar Spain.