Dinner Designs – Food Art by Samantha Lee

By on November 22, 2013, in Design


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Dinner just doesn’t taste the same when it isn’t a piece of art too. Samantha Lee’s kids knows this to be true. Samantha began making pop culture-inspired meals for her eldest daughter to encourage her to eat independently. The experiment was a smashing success, and not just on the dinner table. The devoted mother of two now has more than 300,000 followers on Instagram. She has never taken any formal classes in cooking or art, instead she relies on cooking shows and her own imagination. This is what she said of her creative proces during an interview: “I sketch my designs before I make them into food to stay organized and prevent food wastage. Scissors, knives and toothpicks are my tools. I like to make something practical, something for everyone to be able to follow.”

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Breakfast Banana – Fruit Graffiti by Marta Grossi

By on November 19, 2013, in Design

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While some artists might use paint, or ink, or pencils, Marta Grossi breaks the mold by making her breakfast banana her medium. Marta currently lives and works as an art director and illustrator in Hong kong. She describes herself as an Italian with a dimple in her right cheek who is allergic to dust. She also does a fair bit of blogging and storytelling on the side. When asked about her creative process, Marta responded: “I customize my banana during the night. I have my banana for breakfast the day after. this is a temporary space and love to prove that inspiration is everywhere.

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The Infamous Bansky

By on November 18, 2013, in Graphic Design

 The Infamous Bansky

According to Wikipedia (and who doesn’t trust Wikipedia?), Bansky is “a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.” The fact that he merits a Wikipedia article is an indication of how famous Bansky has become. His worked has inspired many an artist to take their work to the streets. Nick Stern, a photographer, has even made a series of photographs mimicking his work. Fame hasn’t made him any easier to track down as his real identity remains a mystery. Bansky’s work is plastered all across Great Britain, many of them since painted over. In a recent interview, he was asked if he would like to donate a picture to charity to which he replied: “What are you? Blind? In which case maybe. I mostly support projects working to restore sight and prevent eye disease. Or ‘expanding the market’ as you might call it.”

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Looks Can Be Deceiving – Marble Sculptures by Alex Seton

By on November 10, 2013, in Sculpture

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Alex Seton is a Sydney-based sculptor who creates life-like sculptures of clothing out of marble. To add to the realism, Seton’s sculptures are often “hung” on display. A couple are even left as puddles of clothes on the floor. My personal favorite is a jogging outfit sitting upright by itself, with no one wearing it. Alex prefers using Carrara marble for his sculptures and it’s just amazing how he can turn a cold and hard medium into a comfy-looking outfit. According to his biography, Alex uses the framework of marble carving to interrogate and displace our expectations by challenging our optical perception and subverting the tradition of the material.

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Lines – Sculptures by Gavin Worth

By on November 8, 2013, in Sculpture

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Gavin Worth was born in Zimbabwe, Africa but grew up in Cruces, New Mexico. He is a self-taught artist who discovered his lifelong passion when he saw Michelangelo’s “Head of Leda” in a library book. His sculptures, made of metal wires, look like line paintings. Gavin worked as a musician and actor for various theaters in California. To date, he has built a life-sized skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex for the American Southwest Theater Company, worked as a set designer and painter for the Santa Fe Opera. He was also an illustrator for George Ronald Publishing. Gavin currently lives and works in Cairo, Egypt, where he teaches at the American International School.

Delightfully Delectable – Ceramic Creations by Anna Barlow

By on November 6, 2013, in Sculpture

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Anna Barlow is a British Artist with a fondness for sweet treats. She said: “I am fascinated by the way we eat food, especially by the rituals around celebrational or indulgent treats that have developed . . . I have focused on ice cream as it is such a momentary and yet memorable treat that most of us have experienced and therefore can evoke memories of sensations and tastes, as well as prompt a fantasy of desired indulgences.” Her sculptures are made of high fired, glazed porcelain. The result is realistic almost to the point of being edible. Anna’s goal of achieving “visual edibility” has certainly been met with this series of sculptures.

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Creeped Out – A Haunted House Installation by Torafu Architects

By on October 30, 2013, in Architecture

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The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo recently commissioned Torafu Architects to design a ‘Haunted House’. There was also a special interactive exhibit for children where they can scare and get scared. The artists at Torafu Architects contsructed a seemingly ordinary art gallery corridor. It had the usual paintings on the walls and even a tired gentleman sitting in the far end. A second look at the said gentleman will reveal that his hat is floating because his head is missing. The paintings themselves turn out to be on the creepy side, what with eyes following you and even frames you can climb into. Torafu Architects wanted to “Engage people more actively while stimulating their imagination. They also want to challenge perspectives and norms and break the rules as children are encouraged to run, shout and touch.”
With this creepy installation, I’ll say they achieved their goal.

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Fashionable Foliage by Tang Chiew Ling

By on October 25, 2013, in Design

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 Tang Chiew Ling is a graphic designer and illustrator from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her series “Fashion in Leaf” has captured the interest of fashion aficionados the world over with its minimalistic approach and ecological theme. Tang intentionally used inconspicuous and unattractive leaves to create something fun and fashionable. Most of the leaves she used were from her mom’s garden. Strategically placed, the leaves served as classy evening gowns to the models she drew on paper. Tang is one of those rare artists who can turn common, everyday objects into artistic creations.

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Rouleaux by Anastassia Ellias

By on October 24, 2013, in Sculpture

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 Anastassia Ellias is a Paris-based illustrator and sculptor who unleashed her creativity on helpless toilet paper rolls. Recently, she assembles 67 pf her finest works and turned the whole collection into a book entitled “Rouleaux”. Anastassia created the earth-friendly dioramas by carefully cutting-out the scenes from brown paper and sticking them inside the used toilet paper rolls. A task which is similar to building a ship inside a bottle. Unlike ship-building, it only takes Anastassia a few hours to complete a roll.

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Beadtastic Installation by Liza Lou

By on October 15, 2013, in Design

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Liza Lou is really into glass beads. She spent five years sticking them into every conceivable surface of a life-sized kitchen. Liza painstakingly placed each one of those glass beads with a pair of tweezers, making sure that the color of the glass bead matched the surface of the object. Everything in the kitchen – curtains, sink, stove, floor, cereal – is smothered in beads. Her work is inspired by traditional African bead crafts, which is still very much alive today. Liza is currently based in South Africa.

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