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.
David A. Reeves is a native of Rhode Island and is currently studying photography at NSCAD University. He has won the Student Award in the Nov/Dec issue of Canada’s Applied Arts for his series “My Limbo”. He carefully photographed cardboard silhouettes of zombie invasions, ninja face-off, Batman rescues, and scenes from the video game Limbo. The shots are not at all two-dimensional, as a matter of fact, they all have amazing depth. David has successfully given a macabre twist to a child’s past-time. When not shooting photos of creepy dioramas, David writes music.
Marcela Gutiérrez is a fashion designer as well as an artist. She originally studied architecture but deviated to graphic design after a few years. It was then that she realized that fashion and illustration are her true and consistent passion. She graduated as a fashion designer from the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London. She has also worked with her favorite designers Alexander McQueen and John Galliano.