“So, what do you do?” “Oh, I grow lamps from mushroom mycelium.” Try to tell us your last conversation with an artist was more interesting than that. Brooklyn-based designer Danielle Trofe creates her MushLume lighting collection by combining the innate instinct of fungi to take over their environment with the modern marvels of 3-D printing. The result: beautiful, distinctive pieces that mimic the bioluminescence found in nature, crafted sustainably using organic materials.
Time-lapse videos have shown us how rapidly fungi’s root structures regenerate and expand — those are some fast plants! Trofe uses materials made by Ecovative, a New York–based company that supplies mushroom-grown boards, foams and plastics that are “cost and performance competitive with conventional materials.” Crop waste (husks, seed shells, et cetera) plays host to live organisms that process these natural leftovers, turning the mulch into a sturdy, durable “plaster” that expands to fill a 3-D mold in about a week.
People have asked Trofe if they can eat her creations, since they’re all-natural and mushroom-, corn- and seed-based.
“Yes, you could,” she says, tentatively, in the video below, “but it would not taste good at all.”
After pouring buckets of honey onto the models, Little allows the substance a moment to flow and dribble. The viscous goo cascades from its forms and creates long, elegant drips that both exaggerates and elongates the figures’ poses. Since honey is a shiny liquid, it encases the bodies so that while we still see the people, they are often unrecognizable as the glossiness diffuses the finer details. Watch the video below to see how the images were created (this contains some nudity).
Little’s alluring photographs are featured in a book about the project, also titled Preservation, that will be released on February 28. There’s an accompanying gallery show at Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles from March 7 to April 18 of this year.
Art is one such form appreciated by all and these street art photos would definitely refresh your interest in it.
Ever seen Katsushika Hokusai’s famous painting, Great Wave Off Kanagawa? Probably. But have you ever seen it painted on somebody’s lips? Probably not. Until now that is.
Hi all! Here’s a small piece from my A6 sized sketchbook. -Micke
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I think this girl is going in the right direction!
If I were to label myself as an 18th century movement, it would beRomanticism, forI have such impractical ideals and views on life. I think it’s my general attitude, or heightened interest in nature and disgust for the modern world. I value imagination and emotion over rationality. I generally assume everything is just going to work out alright for me. I am romantic in that sense, allowing everything to flow over my head, or tell myself that none of this will matter in the future, that everything is fine. Everything is going to be fine. I guess I’m romantic in the other sense too, despite constantly wanting to be alone when I find myself in social situations, I have never not liked the idea of devoting myself to someone I find truly magical and inspiring(…).
Parlando di giovani talenti … ecco a voi le straordinarie illustrazioni di Kate Powell, una giovane artista (ha solo diciassette anni) che vive nel West Yorkshire, e che sogna di diventare un grande artista.
Penso che questa ragazza stia andando nella direzione giusta!
If I were to label myself as an 18th century movement, it would beRomanticism, forI have such impractical ideals and views on life. I think it’s my general attitude, or heightened interest in nature and disgust for the modern world. I value imagination and emotion over rationality. I generally assume everything is just going to work out alright for me. I am romantic in that sense, allowing everything to flow over my head, or tell myself that none of this will matter in the future, that everything is fine. Everything is going to be fine. I guess I’m romantic in the other sense too, despite constantly wanting to be alone when I find myself in social situations, I have never not liked the idea of devoting myself to someone I find truly magical and inspiring (…).
Considering the amount of skill it took to craft this tattoo, it’s not surprising that Booth has been recognized for his work. The android-esque arm won top prize in the category of “Best Blackwork Tattoo” at the Tattoo Tea Party convention in Manchester, England at the beginning of March.
Matthew Simmonds sculpts tiny architectural structures from raw stone. Part of his interest in creating these pieces is centered around the contrast between the carved accuracy of his hand against the harsh nature of the natural material he chooses for each work.
“In my sculptures I am touched with the common human progress; the cultural expressions thrown up by various societies, and how the various cultural traditions interact with and influence each other,” stated Simmonds in an interview with Colossal. “Stone is the thing that survives the most from earlier times and has an inherent sense of strength and stability that has given it a central role in historical architecture. It is also a natural material, and in this way, it inherently has a connection with the Earth’s past.”
20 INSANE CREATIVE WORKS BY BEN HEINE
Ben Heine is a Belgian Illustrator and Photographer who will turned 28 soon. He is internationally known for his very creative works and notably the seriess called “Pencil Vs Camera”. The artist makes an illustration and superimpose it on top of reality. Then he takes a photo that gives the impress that the drawing is a part of the photo. The concept and the execution are perfect. Discover all his works on DeviantArt, Flickr, his site and his blog.
The African Village where every House is a work of Art
Burkina Faso is by no means an area frequented by tourists, but at the base of a hill overlooking the surrounding sun-drenched West African savannah lies an extraordinary village, a circular 1.2 hectare complex of intricately embellished earthen architecture. It is the residence of the chief, the royal court and the nobility of the Kassena people, who first settled the region in the 15th century, making them one of the oldest ethnic groups in Burkina Faso.
I came upon these rare photographs of the village from a dedicated Flickr user Rita Willaert who traveled to Tiébélé in 2009 (see all her photos of the village here). The village keeps itself extremely isolated and closed to outsiders, most likely to ensure the conservation and integrity of their structures and to protect the local traditions. There is interest in developing the site as a cultural tourism destination to generate economic resources for conservation but it is a delicate process.
Travel blogger, Olga Stavrakis from TravelwithOlga.com also visited the site in 2009 and recalls her visit. She writes:
… It was only through a process of year long negotiations that we were permitted to enter the royal palace the entrance of which is pictured here. They were awaiting us and the grand old men of the village, the nobility, were all seated waiting for us. Each of the villages has muslims and animists (local religions) and no one much cares who believes in what. However, we were told in advance that we must not wear anything red and we may not carry an umbrella. Only the chiefly noble family is permitted that privilege and to do so would constitute a great affront to our hosts…
A royal residence in West Africa is not what we might think of when we imagine royal palaces. In Tiébélé, the Cour Royale is made up of a series of small mud brick structures inside a compound, covered with natural clay paints in elaborate geometric patterns to differentiate them from the homes of the common people.
The chief’s house has the smallest door for protection.
Olga and her group were even granted access to the interiors of the structures and found that even in a palace compound, the kitchen is simple, differing only from the rest of the kitchens in West Africa by the presence of a few extra clay and iron pots.
“Most meals are cooked in one pot over a brazier,” explains Olga, “There is little cutting and preparation required. They generally make a starch foofoo or thick paste like porridge which is then dipped into a sauce of vegetables and peppers. The richer the family the more goes into the sauce. Foofoo is made of cassava, yam, plantain, or corn.”
Some of the most elaborately decorated houses however are not actually living quarters but mausoleums for the dead, who are laid to rest in the same compound. The photograph by Rita Willaert below is an example of one of the village mausoleums.
Some of the art is symbolic while a lot of it is purely decoration– all a result of the traditional skills of the isolated Kassena culture. DIY Level: 1000!
Surreal digital artworks by Jie Ma
Jie Ma is a concept artist that creates fantastic and futuristic worlds. The scenes he creates are often surreal, giving you a feeling of what life in a modern empire could look like. It could also be taken from dystopian movies, each frame looking like a piece of art.
Forget the Guinness Storehouse, Phoenix Park and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. The real attraction in Dublin is the majestic Long Room in the library of Trinity College.click on title above for more
A street snapshot by Aikantik Bag, a photoblogger based in Kolkata, India.
f/50 collective is a group of international photographers with different styles from Europe, North America, and South Asia, publishing a variety of work from portraits to street snapshots to experimental photography.
Douglas VanderHorn Architects, original photo on Houzz When their clients told him they wanted a barn on their property to compliment their 19th-century farmhouse and serve as their guesthouse and entertainment space, architect Douglas VanderHorn started the search process immediately. Douglas VanderHorn Architects, original photo on Houzz VanderHorn found this barn outside…
In woodlands, public spaces and private gardens around the world, artist Cornelia Konrads creates dreamlike outdoor sculptures that literally lift off the ground. In one case, the rocks making up a stone wall lift into the air as if pulled by an alien tractor beam; in another, woodland sticks converge from the forest floor to form a doorway to nowhere. It is a surreal and dreamlike experience which would certainly be special to encounter on a leisurely stroll.
[see_also]Not one to shy away from change, Konrads’ work has transformed immensely over the years. The German artist began her career creating much different work: small book sculptures with cut pages or affixed materials. Later her work grew vastly in scope and scale as she created the outdoor works you see here. Most recently her work has included large sculptural works which remix everyday objects such as half buried houses and, for those adventurous souls, a giant slingshot attached to a park bench. To get a personal experience of the bench, see this very cool 360 degree interactive view or for more of Konrads work, see cokonrads.de.
The plans for the Copper Canyon comprise two levels, with the first floor featuring a bar and dining area. Tables are positioned near and around the perimeter to ensure unforgettable views during the meal. In addition, part of its flooring is glass, which allows guests to see valley below.
Once the meal is done, patrons can retreat to the upstairs observation deck. This space is more relaxed and features tables,…