Architecture

The 7th Room is a 33-foot tall treehouse in the Swedish woods

The 7th Room puts a whole new shine on the concept of tree houses. The structure is one of seven cabins available from northern Sweden’s Treehotel and offers a stunning view of the Aurora Borealis. The 7th Room was designed by architecture firm Snøhetta and features a base with black and white images of pine trees that give the illusion of reflection. The 33-foot tall cabin camouflages itself into the surrounding woods and floor-to-ceiling windows provide gorgeous views at all angles. Check it out below and find the other six cabins, like The Mirror Cube, on their website. ...
Art

Apple project manager turned artist made new knots each day for a year

Windy Chien devoted a year to learn a new knot everyday. From January of 2016 to December 31st 2016, the artist learned how to make 366 unique knots. That's 366 knots out of 3,900 mentioned in Chien’s knot manual, The Ashley Book of Knots. What's amazing is that it took its authors nearly 11 years to compile that instructional book. Talk about dedication! Windy Chien was formerly employed as a project manager at Apple and found the knot-learning daily ritual to be meditative as well as informative. Check out some of the knots below and find more on her website and Instagram. ...
Art

Artist duo creates majestic paper installation at the Hermès store in Dubai

Hermès visitors in Dubai were welcomed by a wonderful paper sculpture installation by Zim & Zou. The duo specializes in making some of the most intricate and beautiful paper sculptures ever and this series really shows off their collective talents of Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann. Each piece is essentially a village with its own tiny characters out and about. The set-up is incredibly eye-catching in comparison to everything else in the mall it's situated in. Check it out below and find more of their latest work on Instagram and Behance. ...
Architecture

Monochromatic 2D art created with computational tools and code featured in CCA exhibition

The California College of the Arts' (CCA) new Hubbell Street Galleries has recently hosted an exhibition featuring 22 commissioned works which take a closer look at the wide range of possibilities coming from computational tools without style restraints. Entitled “Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation,” it is curated by CCA architecture faculty Andrew Kudless and Adam Marcus, AIA, with Clayton Muhleman. The exhibition focuses on the issues of representation, and this is made possible by limiting the works to 2D and monochrome settings. Also, an essential requirement for the artists was to use code either as a generative constraint, as a language, as a cipher, or as a script. “One of the things that I didn’t necessarily plan or expect is how that even with the focused and highly constrained call that we issued to the participants, the show represents a pretty compelling cross-section through contemporary architectural...
Art

Various groups pushing effort to redress long-standing gender inequality in art through powerful initiative

The Uffizi Galleries in Florence will open an exhibition on March 8 until April 30 to coincide with International Women's Day. Aptly so, it will feature more relevant works from female artists in an effort to address the gender imbalance in the art world which has been around for quite a while. The initiative will be a long-term effort together with other galleries and organizations. In fact, just two weeks after their exhibition, the Pitti Palace (a sister museum of Uffizi) will showcase self-portraits by Maria Lassnig, a late Austrian feminist and artist. The two museums will be the primary headers for an "open-ended" series of female-centric exhibitions which will focus on artworks from the past and present. This series is projected to become an annual celebration. The initiative has been in part an answer to the conversation the museums' director had with the US group Guerrilla Girls, an activist collective who have been fighting for the past three decades...
Art

New gallery opens in Rhinebeck, gives the art community a new chance to come together and connect

The Gallery@Rhinebeck a new destination for art lovers and aficionados. Technically, it is a non-profit organization and will be available for members who have registered. On a larger scale, the gallery will serve as an economic platform to help boost the community's tourism, while adding more opportunities for business and employment for the locals. It also is a chance for weekenders to get outside, enjoy some art, and come together and connect as a community. The Gallery will feature various types of art - installations, sculptures, and paintings hung on walls. On top of this, it will also serve as a home for many other forms of art, such as spoken word, theatric plays, poetry slams, and poetry readings. Live jazz and classical music performances will also frequent the new venue, giving musicians and songwriters a new hub to flourish their talent. There will also be fashion shows, fundraisers, and other events that will benefit Rhinebeck in many ways. See some of...
Architecture

Artists come together in clever and touching fundraising effort to help restore the burned-down Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building

From Grayson Perry to Anish Kapoor to Antony Gormley and several other artists (including Simon Starling, Cornelia Parker, the Chapman brothers and Sir Peter Blake) - there has been an immense number of individuals who stepped up in the Ash to Art project to restore the historic Mackintosh building, which has been gutted by the May 2014 fire. The artworks cleverly use the actual ashes and debris that were left in the wake of the burned-down portions of  Glasgow School of Art. Perry says, “It’s a tragedy. It’s the most famous art school building in Britain. It’s also the masterpiece of [Charles Rennie] Mackintosh. It’s a double tragedy. I was very excited when I received the box of charcoal. I had an idea almost immediately and the idea of making an urn was an obvious thing to do. The idea of memorializing or celebrating the difficulty – honoring the wound. It’s something I’m trying to do. Move on and make the most of it.” Each artist was...
Art

Embroidered textile art gives “meticulous” a new meaning

Rachel Wright took fashion and textiles at Birmingham City University and finished both Bachelor and Master's degree there before starting up a business in 1994. Just a mere glimpse at her work says a lot about how passionate she is about embroidery. She takes inspiration from landscapes and cityscapes. Her favorite subjects are the sea, harbor towns, boats, and lighthouses. The shapes, colors, and details of these are then borrowed and echoed in delicately hand or machine embroidered fabric collages, using vibrant threads, worked onto papers and fabrics. The signature skies in her landscapes are often dramatic and expressive. Embroidery enables her to draw and paint using fabric and stitch as a medium. What makes her embroideries different is their striking colors which she uses to captivate and draw the viewer in. More than anything, her main goal is to delight the eyes of her audience. Aside from her website, you can learn more about Rachel Wright and her art...
Books

Artist gives life to stories through cute illustrations

Home is Homeless by Hava Nissimov, Poems for Amalia by Dafna Ben Zvi, and Wings by Gogo and Sunshine are just some of the books that illustrator Ofra Amit made artwork for. While she mostly works side by side with these books' authors, there are occasions she has to work alone - especially for classic literature. One example of this is The Gift of the Magi where the author, O. Henry, has already passed away. This Tel Aviv-based artist studied Architecture but eventually graduated in Visual Communication in Wizo Academy of Design in Haifa, Israel. She worked as an animator for a while before becoming an illustrator. She mainly uses acrylic on paper or board. She currently teaches illustration and once in a while lectures about her work in design schools. For more information about this artist, visit her website and Facebook. Some of her works are available for sale on Etsy.  ...
Art

This baker makes cakes that you just couldn’t bear to slice

Emma Jayne Morris, 46, is a British cake designer based in Aberdare, South Wales who creates amazing life-like, animal-shaped cakes. Although she has made a lot of other designs, her dog-shaped works became the most popular because of its insanely realistic appearance. Emma runs a cake design business and would usually get unusual requests from clients like cakes in the shape of a bag, shirt, vinyl record player, house, yacht, hotdog sandwich, and shoes, among others. Emma uses vanilla sponge and fondant icing to create these adorable designs. She makes her dog-shaped cake based on photographs of actual dogs. The most challenging part for her is sculpting the sponge to its complicated shape but once she starts decorating and adding details, the process becomes fun for her. Emma started baking 6 years ago and since then, the passion has grown for making even more incredible ones in the future. For more of this artist's works, visit her website and Facebook page. ...
Art

Painting in an abandoned soap factory, French artist Seth takes on Rome’s urban planning problem

Artworks created in decaying spaces are nothing new. We’ve all seen sprawling graffiti on the walls and floors of abandoned buildings, haven’t we? Untended structures seem to have some sort of an irresistible allure that beckons artists to create something in them. However, French street artist Seth’s (real name: Julien Malland) colorful paintings and installations in Mira Lanza, a long-since-deserted soap factory in Rome, Italy, make use of the space to pose a sobering question: Why do we just leave things to rot? Art organization 999Contemporary mounted the project, which consists mostly of paintings of children, to put Rome’s problem with urban planning in the spotlight, as well as juxtapose innocence (represented by the children in the works) with decomposition (symbolized by Mira Lanza). “This place [built in the 19th century] has been abandoned since the factory closed in 1957. Since I was a little boy there have been plans to turn it into a museum,...
Art

Introducing the intriguingly awesome world of styled photogrammetry

Have you ever heard of styled photogrammetry? If you have, then you're probably a whiz at different software and tools for visual arts. If you haven't, don't worry. Most of the artists who primarily condone this overly advanced way of creating art have turned out to be fans and followers of the technology. In fact, such is the case for Craig Schwartz, who has even created a Facebook group for styled photogrammetrists and fans of the artform. He invites anybody who is interested and has a passion for it to join in and share their thoughts and ideas, as well as past successes and failures. Craig says that it's completely normal to be 'scared' and intimidated by the tech, but reassures everybody who is interested that it's quite easy, in fact. It's all basic clicking of buttons, adding images, and voila - you're done. Check out some screen stills from the actual software below.  ...
Architecture

London-based company gives chocolates very impressive packaging inspired by actual architecture

Beau Cacao is a one-of-a-kind chocolate company. While most chocolate bars come modestly-wrapped with paper or plastic, with the logo of the brand and simple grooves and cuts, this London-based company looks way beyond all that austerity. Founded back in 2013, the company stands out high and proud from the crowd without breaking a sweat. As you can see in the photos below, the chocolate's packaging requires an intricate design and is unlike most others. This is thanks to Adam Gill, the American designer commissioned to work with the company. Here he creates highly graphic designs, where the chocolate square is not merely a chocolate square. We are also reminded of the Malaysian origins of the cacao beans that are used in creating these treats. With an added dash of modern design and an overall inspired work, taking hints from the country's architecture, the outcome is truly marvelous. ...
Art

Filipino celebrity hand-paints designer bags

Heart Evangelista is a Manila-based Filipino actress. She joined the entertainment industry in 2000 and has made quite a name for herself since then. Aside from being an actress, singer, and VJ, Heart is also a painter. Also known as Love Marie Ongpauco-Escudero, it was only in 2014 when Heart launched this facet of herself as an artist through a solo exhibit that was held in Ayala Museum entitled "I am Love Marie: The Art and Works of Love Marie Ongpauco". It was a huge success that it was followed by 9 other exhibitions and collaborations. Although her earliest works comprise of traditional paintings in a canvas, she became particularly known for her hand-painted designer bags. She first took a risk by painting on her Hermes Birkin bag with an acrylic for leather. It scared her the first time but the finished product was great and she never looked back since then. Aside from handbags, Evangelista has also been painting on clutches, dresses, collars and even children’s...
Art

Large-scale street sculptures hit the limelight in ‘Sculpture Walk Peoria’

Years ago, Joe Richey wanted to put large-scale sculptures on the streets of his hometown: Peoria, Illinois. The visionary owns a business, Tri-City Machine Products, located in the heart of the Warehouse District of Peoria. Because the arts had always been a big part of his passion, Richey later on modified a portion of his own facilities to create the Prairie Center of the Arts, as well as an artists' residence space. It didn't take long for him to return to his first love: large-scale street art. Suffice to say, after years of hard work and collaboration with other like-minded individuals, Richey has made his dream into a reality. This is his brainchild: Sculpture Walk Peoria, an annual exhibit that features different artists and sculptures in his hometown. This year, 16 artists will represent 9 U.S. states and one other country with their installations, which will be on display until May 2017. Check out some of the sculptures involved in the showcase below. ...
Creativity

Photographer takes on experiment with a $1 camera in Japan and the results are dreamy

In this modern day and age, it would be weird for someone to replace a good digital camera (or a mobile phone) with a $1 point-and-shoot 35mm camera. For photographer Skyler Adams who has self-diagnosed himself with GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), this was a challenge he would never have expected himself to be “pleasantly surprised” with. During a trip to Japan, he decided to take it upon himself to know if the camera really doesn’t make the picture, like what photographers would often say. Writing in PetaPixel, he said he, “…found a Canon Sure Shot camera in a thrift store, and bought it along with an expired roll of Fujifilm Superia 400 film for $2.” He took pictures of landscapes and people, and the pictures all turned out to be quite dreamy and nostalgic. Talking about the experience, he said that, “most of the battle is finding good light” and that “the cost of each photo has helped me compose photos better.” He spent a total of $10 for this whole experiment....
Art

Digital artist reenacts her own dreams using conceptual photography

To digital artist Paxton Maroney, dreams hold a deeper meaning than what they seem. Art has always been in the fabric of her being since she was young. It wasn’t until photography became accessible to her that she was able to really express her art and creativity. For years, she had experienced surreal dreams that rival even the crispness of reality. This has often caused her to wake up in the middle of the night, disrupted with the images that she has taken with her in the waking world. Today, with her work as Conceptual Fine Art Photographer, she is able to tell the story of her dreams while letting her audience form their own representation of her art. She even lets herself go on lucid dreaming in the day to create new and captivating material. We have collected below a few of her works. But if you’re in Dallas, you can catch a glimpse of Paxton Maroney's solo exhibition centering on her extraordinary, magical art from February 4-27, 2017 at the Jen Mauldin Gallery. ...
Art

‘Overwatch’ game character Bastion becomes a popular muse for many artists across the web

In the game Overwatch, many characters have become the subject of interest for many artists. Bastion is one of the favorite muses for many artists all around the world. Today we're lucky to enjoy the perks of interconnectedness, allowing us to revel at the beautiful pieces of art from the web. Bastion is a dynamic character, a dependable sentry who hunkers down to defend using a hail of bullets against opponents who step on a capture point. Aside from his immense skill, there is also a ton of fiction written about him. Bastion simply is this: the balance between machinery and nature. He is a programmed bot for war who is realizing his love for nature. Credit goes to the following artists, whose artwork follow below (from top to bottom): Jarold SNG, Snatti89, Wizyakuza, Quirkillicious (Drake Tsui), AyyaSAP. Feel free to visit their pages and support their work or share these to other Overwatch fans and players! ...
Art

David Hockney’s life’s works on display at Tate Britain, creates record-beating history

Tate Britain will house the biggest ever collection of works by David Hockney. It will be a retrospective exhibition, with more than 250 pieces of art from the artist. Hockney, who was born in Bradford, has produced many influential works during the length of his career. Most of these stayed in private collections and were kept from the public eye, until now. One of his more famous pieces is A Bigger Splash, which has inspired the movie of the same title, starring Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton. A lot of Hockney's pieces include water and swimming pools. He kept revisiting to these themes over the years. This is probably because of the influences he caught from living in Los Angeles on and off for decades. Another style he is accustomed to is the use of multi-panel paintings, often depicting scenic countrysides. You can learn more about this exhibition from Tate Britain. ...
Art

Singaporean artist Chua Chye Teck zeroes in on forests’ lines and forms in first book of photos

Singaporean artist and photographer Chua Chye Teck perhaps got more than he bargained for when he turned to hiking. Initially a way for him to increase physical activity, hiking provided an opportunity to observe and appreciate the composition of a forest -- not the obviously beautiful landscapes, mind you, but the way the trees are connected to form an expansive body. This is all thanks to his training as a sculptor, in which he is most attentive to lines, form, and structure. Enthralled by the splendor, Chua, 43, took photos of trees as he perceived them. The result of the two-year photography sessions in the forested domains is his recently released first book, "Beyond Wilderness." At first glance, many of the black-and-white photos look like ones of freely applied paint rather than trees. Chua is adamant in his belief that the wilderness possesses codes waiting to be deciphered. “There is a visual language to the wilderness that, just like English or Chinese,...
Architecture

Industrial shipping container shelter that serves as an all-inclusive modern escape

In a busy generation that synonymizes traveling with the most sought-after luxury retreats, people often forget that nature is in itself an escape. With the use of steel and nature as the frame, Danish bathroom and kitchen company VIPP created a capsule-like shelter that packs all the essentials for a modern retreat. The 55 square meter pre-fabricated shelter is structurally supported with steel and is composed of two levels. The ground floor, which is covered with glass windows on two sides, boasts the bedroom, the kitchen, family room and the bathroom. The upper level has a small storage unit with a loft-type sleeping space for another guest. Nature plays a major role in the shelter’s sustainability. The operable windows are designed to allow natural circulation of air and the black-colored exterior absorbs heat and sunlight when it is hot. A built-in fireplace is also strategically positioned at the center of the shelter to equally distribute heat. The 25-ton...
Culture

Los Angeles-based photographer merges 19th century with modern technology

Back in the 19th century, circuses and theater halls were filled with top hat-wearing, corset-fitted ladies and gentlemen looking to see exhibitionists, and hear romantic poetry and music. Nowadays, this form of entertainment can easily be fulfilled at literally a touch of a fingertip. From tablets to Bluetooth headsets, modern technology has evidently made everything accessible for the modern Joe and Jane. But can you imagine if the extravagance of the 19th century converged with the minimalistic advancements of the 21st century? Qiangjian Meng, a photographer residing in Los Angeles, had this in mind when he created Gold Rush – a photo series depicting a “dialogue between generations.” The collection shows men and women dressed in classic 19th-century fashion interacting with the modern technologies of today such as an Apple watch, a Playstation controller, and even a drone. Meng started his career working with photographers in the fashion scene and...
Art

Apple’s new ad showcases the power of the iPhone 7 in low-light photography

A new advertising campaign by Apple shows just how capable the camera of the iPhone 7 is. The campaign, called "One Night," features photos taken by a number of photographers on Nov. 5 last year using the tech giant's latest handset. The iPhone, particularly its more recent iteration, is lauded for its image-capturing ability, but this ad specifically seeks to let everyone know of the iPhone 7's prowess in low-light photography. From dusk till dawn, the photographers took photos of captivating natural landscapes and lively city streets. Reuben Wu, a photographer from Chicago, spent the night capturing lava in  Gunung Karang in Indonesia. Wu fitted the iPhone 7, whose camera boasts an F1.8 aperture, to a drone to capture the majestic view from above. Ruairidh McGlynn, meanwhile, traveled to Iceland and snapped away in the Arctic, with a dog sled for transportation. "I wanted to produce a series of unexpected images that both pushed the boundaries of mobile photography...
Art

The complex and innovative art of Kari Bienert

Kari Bienert is an Australian painter who investigates visual planes, the volume inside a two-dimensional structure, and the boundless probability of chromatic and tonal scales. Her artwork is in various private and open collections around the world including Artbank and Macquarie University. Kari Bienert's color palette is mind-boggling and in its creative scale. To make each shading in her canvas, she blends at least 25 distinctive oil paints. Bienert's utilization of both natural shapes and pixelated frames serve as references to living creatures and the universe of innovation. Music assumes a vital part in Bienert's wellspring of motivation. Her inventive procedure incorporates a staggering level of inborn exactness and suddenness. She depends on impulse to convey the crisp assorted qualities that are now inherent to her pieces. Bienert refers to her brush as an extentionof her body that is guided by the beat of her heart in addition to the peaceful song...
Art

Artist creates sketches from lectures and performances he attends, turns them into amazing postcards

Have you ever been in a long-standing seminar, conference, meeting, or lecture that you just wanted it to end? If you have, you probably had the habit of creating doodles out of boredom. An artist from Dallas does exactly the same thing, only his doodles are more of artwork that can wow you, and he wasn't exactly bored with the lectures. Brad Ford Smith has had a fruitful career as an artist. He is known for being part of many big projects, several of which have been on shows and exhibits. In his free time, however, he is known to carry around his humble sketchbook. His friends say that wherever he goes, he takes it. And whenever he sits down, he sketches. Another thing he often does is attending readings, performances, and arts lectures. Now, Smith seemed to have found a way to combine these two loves of his. Below, you'll see his sketches done during these lectures, which he has been making for well over a year now. ...
Art

New yarn installation by Chiharu Shiota features 150 boats in French store

Chiharu Shiota is back (previously here) with another fabulous yarn-filled installation. Composed of nearly 300,000 yards of white yarn, Shiota's new installation takes up the center, ground floor, and ten windows of Le Bon Marché as part of the exhibition, Where are we going? With over 150 boats, the French department store encourages visitors to walk through the giant threaded waves. In an interview with Le Bon Marché, Shiota said, "I am struck by the multiplicity of interactions that we experience every day, by their connections with the past and the future." Check out some images of the installation below! ...
Architecture

Architect submits designs to convert turn of the century industrial area into eco-village

Vincent Callebaut decided to transform historic Tour & Taxis in Brussels, the complex that was built in 1900 but has now sat for decades and has lost its purpose. Firm Vincent Callebaut Architects have a futuristic but real vision of redesigning this place, imagined with new, ecological standards. Working or living in such a place looks like a paradise. This project proposal is ambitious but would be a great step for the future of architecture and would give courage for further green architecture projects. ...
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