Feeling a bit peckish? Have a slice of Jupiter. Planetary cakes are fast becoming quite the rage ever since self-taught chef Rhiannon created the Earth cake. It all started when her sister asked her if she could bake a spherical layer cake. It was going to be used as an instructional tool for a geology class of primary school kids. Rhiannon first thought it was impossible, but after spending a whole afternoon thinking about it, she decided to give it a try – and was pleasantly surprised by the results. It was actually her Plan B that finally worked (baking a cake inside a cake inside a cake). The Earth cake was actually just half a planet (I gues you could call it a hemisphere) but her Jupiter cake is the real thing. Cakecrumbs is Rhiannon’s blog about food and cooking. You can check it out for cool recipes and a tutorial on making planetary cakes.
Sue Beatrice is the founder of All Natural Arts. Originally, she started it as a venue for selling her creations. She specializes in creating lovely pieces of art from antique pocket watches, sea glass, jewelry pieces, stones, and other found pieces. Her work has a touch of steampunk in it with a great big dash of whimsy. According to her site: “Combining talent and imagination with a love of nature, the designs are created with the environment in mind. Recycled, upcycled and repurposed objects are combined with natural elements into unique, Earth-friendly and artistic items sensitive to the limits of our natural resources.”
Takashi Amano was born in Niigata, Japan in 1954. He is an internationally known landscape photographer who visited pristine forests in Japan as well as the untouched tropical rainforests of Borneo, Amazon, and West Africa. He introduced the Japanese nature style into aquascaping in the 1980s and the hobby hasn’t been the same since. Amano incorporated the Japanese gardening concept Wabi Sabi into his planted tanks, creating a harmonious blend of plants, driftwood and rocks. Such is his influence over the aquascaping world that he even has a species of freshwater shrimps named after him! He also founded Aqua Design Amano (ADA) – which features a line of products geared towards aquascaping.
These miniature office scenes are creations of People Too. Every little detail is painstakingly cut-out from sheets of colored paper. Even the people in the scenes are made of paper. While one might reasonably expect them to be two-dimensional, the artists took great pains to give them substance and volume. I love the fact that they faithfully recreated calendars, computers, memos, post-its, and even overflowing trash bins to give their scenes an authentic feel. The artistic duo behind People Too are Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Ehrlich.
Andy Barter hails from Bowerchalke, England. He is currently based in London where he lives with his partner Laverne Antrobus and their three children. His photographs can be found in loads of prestigious publications. His work have also been featured in numerous awards like Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, Benson & Hedges Photographic Awards, Paris Art Directors Club, and the D&AD. One of his more recent series is “Kiss” which, predictably, features two people kissing. the subjects of his photos are a man and a woman, with every possible combination in between. The photos were taken either from the top or from the bottom angle, highlighting the subject’s locked lips.
Dina Goldstein is a Canadian photographer and illustrator who has created a series of rather ironic illustrations of contemporary fairy tale endings. According to Dina, the project was inspired by her observation of three-year-old girls, who were developing an interest in Disney’s Fairy tales. She said: “The Disney versions almost always have sad beginning, with an overbearing female villain, and the end is predictably a happy one. The Prince usually saves the day and makes the victimized young beauty into a Princess.” Dina became intrigued by the origins of fairy tales and discovered the rather gruesome aspects of the tales of The Brothers Grimm. She began imagining Disney’s princesses juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women, such as addiction, self-image issues, violence, and illness.
Suzan Drummen is a Dutch artist who specializes in colorful, large-scale installations incorporating circular patterns vaguely resembling fractals.
All of the objects in her installations are carefully laid out by hand and are not in any way fixed to the floor. The slightest nudge has the potential to destroy the whole display. What’s even more amazing is that she doesn’t even enclose her intricately laid out installations in some sort of barrier. Suzan uses a variety of objects in her work, all of them shiny, sparkly, and colorful. The list of objects include, mirrors, chromed metal, crystals, rhinestones, optical glass, and even precious stones. Suzan currently lives and works in the Netherlands.
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Aki Inomata used CT scanning to capture highly-detailed, 3-dimentional rendering of an unoccupied seashell. Using a 3D printer, she then created several prototypes of miniaturized Parisian apartments and Tokyo-type dwellings. These she gave to her hermit crabs to try out. Her crabs showed their approval for her architecture by promptly moving into their new homes after molting. Mind you, hermit crabs are not fickle when it comes to shelter. I’ve seen one living in a used cola can. If it’s sturdy and big enough, it’ll do. These days, her crustaceans are wearing the skylines of entire cities on their backs. Aki lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.
Emily Blincoe is a photographer from Austin, Texas. Her aptly named “Sugar Series” is basically a collection of sweets grouped by color and artfully arranged against a plain background. She said: “I really enjoy making images. Portraits tend to be my very favorite. There’s something about capturing someone just as they are/were at a particular time, I find that charming.” I guess the whole series is really just a bunch of candy portraits. I love the way she set the candy against a background of the same color. Looking at her work makes me want to check the fridge for something to nibble on.
Mikko Lagerstedt is a self-taught photographer from Finland. He started dabbling in photography five years ago and fell head-over-heels in love with the craft. According to him, his goal is to “pause the mysterious and atmospheric moments of everyday life”. He also added that: “In our lives, things can go so fast that we forgot to enjoy these moments – if I can make people stop and see it, I have succeeded.” Mikko has been featured in Pondly once before. His landscape photographs are simply awesome. He really knows how to capture the mood.