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Art

Designer duo makes gender-fluidity a reality in fashion week debut

Over the past few years, we've seen Hollywood and big clothing brands try to capitalize on the current cultural relevance of being "gender neutral". While the sentiment may be good-hearted, it is a long way towards being genuinely authentic. Then, enter Art School - the brainchild of Eden Loweth and Tom Barratt, the design duo that's creating all the fuss in the fashion community. For these partners, queer identity is beyond just another trend. It is a reality. Their reality. It's not just about jumping aboard the bandwagon, but rather, about living their life in the real world. The duo made their debut for fashion week at Lulu Kennedy's Fashion East showcase. Art School was presented with a non-model cast, directed by Theo Adams (who also happens to be a performance artist). ART SCHOOL is an official presentation at this year's Fashion East Men’s Presentations AW17. ...
Design

New series of furniture by Martyn Thompson inspired by the Ionian Sea

This year's London Design Week yielded loads of fabulous exhibits. However, the exhibit by the Martyn Thompson Studio probably stood out the most! The studio unveiled a new collection of abstract textiles via a pop-up shop during the event. The patterns are reminiscent of previous works by Thompson. The oceanic patterns used in the fabrics were inspired by Thompson’s photographs of the Ionian Sea. The patterns are woven in 100% cotton on a jacquard loom. Thompson says he incorporates fantastic imagery into his everyday work. Check out some of the furniture below and learn more on their website. ...
Art

Cats invade London’s Claphan Common Tube station in a clever project

Cats are taking over the London underground starting from the Clapham Common Tube station. Started by Glimpse, the cleverly-titled project Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (or CATS), launched as part of a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign consists of clever cat images spanning 68 ads in the station with the aim of bringing cute imagery into the locals' commute while halting the onslaught of unnecessary ads. CATS managed to raise a whopping £23,000 during the campaign. Interestingly, the 68 cats featured in the ads are stray cats from the rescue charities Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and Cats Protection. Check out some of the adorable ads below and learn more on Glimpse’s website. ...
Architecture

Installation of pinwheels demonstrates a community’s interconnection

The Pinwheel Pavilion is a temporary architecture installation at London’s Museum Gardens. Created by Five Line Projects Design and Research Office, the project won the Archtriumph Summer Pavilion Competition in 2016. With thousands of wooden wheels supported by steel pillars, the design is based on interconnection so that the push of a single wheel will turn its adjacent wheel, and on and on. The concept explores the relationship between the individual and community, and how much impact a single action can have. Based in East London, Five Line is an interdisciplinary studio of architects and designers that describe themselves as “constantly curious and creative[ly] driven.” ...
Art

Ironed layered tulle art

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon where you can see faces or patterns where there are none. And Benjamin Shine Studio is the complete opposite, the patterns are there, between folds, creases and layers, can you find them all? We've covered Benjamin’s work before, and this time he surprised us with this crafty creations, using only tulle and an iron. You can keep track of this prolific multidisciplinary London artist in his website, Instagram and YouTube. ...
Street art

Dangling shoes defy gravity on the streets of London

It’s a mystery how (and why) shoes end up hanging on electric wires and street lamps. Street artist Pejac takes to the streets of London to explore the phenomenon. The London-based street artist has created a series of four site-specific installations featuring shoes that appear to defy gravity as they remain suspended over street lamps. The upside down dangling shoes has caused many passersby to stop for a second look. The installations, titled, “Downside Up”, can be found around East London and serve as teasers for an even more mind-blowing installation opening next month. ...
Creativity

One year of symmetrical breakfasts

It started by accident. Noticing that his breakfast was perfectly symmetrical to the one he prepared for his boyfriend, Michael Zee snapped a photo and posted it to Instagram. Zee has been posting daily to his Symmetry Breakfast series for more than a year, and now has 400,000 followers. Zee told The Guardian, “People wonder if I’m crazy or obsessive but it is a declaration of love, really. I’m dedicated — both to breakfast and to Mark.” The London-based museum educator studied photography for five years. Not only does Zee wake up very early in the morning to prepare, he sometimes begins the night before. ...
Industrial design

Innovating Virtual Reality headset lets you explore nature as an animal

While tech giants like Microsoft and Sony are busy creating Virtual Reality experiences for video games, studio Marshmallow Laser Feast is finding a place for VR in nature. The London-based design studio is at the verge of designing a virtual reality experience which allows the user to discover nature through the eyes of an animal. They’re using custom software which combines remote sensing LIDAR footage, CT scanning and photogrammetry and 360º aerial cameras. The VR headset is currently being tested in the Grizedale Forest in the UK. Check out the teaser video below showcasing the tech, and click here to learn more! ...
Photography

Stunning Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest entries

Each year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year is held where the entrants’ photographs are judged by a jury which includes Kathy Moran, senior editor at National Geographic. This year, the grand title was taken home by Don Gutoski for “A Tale of Two Foxes” taken in Wapusk National Park in Manitoba, Canada. It captures a deadly conflict between red and Arctic foxes. Editor Kathy Moran calls the photograph, “one of the strongest single storytelling photographs I have ever seen.” Nevertheless, all submitted shots are spectacular and a treat to view. The winning photographs, some of which can be seen below, will be exhibited Natural History Museum in London starting October 16th, 2015. Check 'em out! ...
Art

Unusual flora and fauna composed in casting tile using plaster

We always think of fossils as skeletal remains of dinosaurs, mammoths, and other prehistoric beings. For artist Rachel Dein, fossils hold an entirely different meaning. Working as part Tactile Studio in London, UK, Dein’s recent artistic venture involves plaster casting, the simple yet time consuming process of pressing objects into clay, and then filling the imprints with plaster and concrete. Her latest plaster cast tiles feature a variety of plant life including lilac, dicentra, hellebore and welsh poppies. Check out some of her beautiful tiles below, and, if you'd like, purchase one for yourself or a loved one on Etsy. ...
Sculpture

15-ton “upside-down” sculpture in London

In Alex Chinneck’s latest installation, “A Bullet from a Shooting Star”, shows a 15-ton pylon dropped upside down. The massive piece, created for the London Design Festival, is the artists biggest challenge to date and was a large collaborative effort. To create the piece, Chinneck used 450 pieces of steel with 900 engineered connection points. Fabricators and engineers helped to create this sculpture, which stands at over 50 feet and can be seen from all planes that arrive and depart from City Airport. For more of Chinneck’s work, check out his website. ...
Industrial design

World’s first underground farm is in a World War II bomb shelter

London, UK is full of mysterious places with dark pasts. One such mysterious place is a World War II era bomb shelter which was recently converted into an underground farm. Situated nearly 100 feet below the surface, the bomb shelter was built to keep more than 8,000 people safe during World War II. Seventy years on, entrepreneurs Richard Ballard and Steven Dring, through their company, Zero Carbon Food, have just finished converting the shelter into the world's first subterranean farm, Growing Underground. Complete with vertically stacked hydroponic beds, the farm grows plants with short growth cycles such as Thai basil, watercress, and Japanese mizuna. Here are some images of the innovative new facility and to learn more, click here! ...
Painting

Beautiful vibrant cityscapes captured in paint

Originally from Laos, Van Tame now resides in France, creating works influenced and inspired by the hustle and bustle of cities like London, Paris, and NYC. Van Tame makes up for the lack of minute detail in his scenes by using large, dynamic strokes with a bright color palettes to depict light and motion. Check out some of Van Tame’s cityscape below, and follow him on Facebook for more! ...
Photography

Quirky photos show drab London streets

Photographer Derek Man has created a series of dark and quirky photographs that show the lesser-noticed things littering the streets of London: like vomit, dead animals or spoiled food. The series is called “No Stopping Mon-Sat”, and shows a portrayal of the city that is something noticeable by residents my probably not tourists. It also shows how similar the city is to other urban and suburban areas. Man calls the series, “a collection of weird and wonderful things…from a piece of cake to a toilet seat to the Urban Trinity (the fox, the pigeon and the squirrel). For more of Man’s work, check out his website. ...
Art

Illuminated balloons form cloud-like installation at London Design Festival

Clouds are natural canvases and in certain conditions, they can look very picturesque. French artist and photographer Charles Pétillion drew inspiration from the visually limitless variations of cloud formations to create a cumulus cloud using over 10,000 illuminated white balloons. The installation, titled, “Heartbeat”, is featured inside London’s Covent Garden and stretches the length of its entire South Hall. Describing the project, Pétillion says, “With Heartbeat I wanted to represent the Market Building as the beating heart of this area — connecting its past with the present day to allow visitors to re-examine its role at the heart of London’s life.” Watch the video below profiling the project following some beautiful shots of the installation. And click here to learn more! ...
Photography

10 mid-air meals, healthy eating in flight

London-based, commercial still-life photographer Piotr Gregorczyk does not visualize a meal in the same way that it’s served in most restaurants. Instead, his series Flying Food, portrays a meal that defies gravity. The photographer’s goal was to create a vision of lightness and buoyancy that would be paired with an article on healthy eating. The photos seem as though they catch the split-second of free-fall that occurs when a pan is tossed. However, only 60-percent of the results were captured real-time, with the remaining 40-percent being digitally manipulated in post-production. ...
Art

London studio documents the painstaking craft of globemaking

The advent of Google Earth meant the slow and steady demise of the globe. Yes, those big round things in Geography classrooms. People often take for granted the painstaking process involved in creating globes. It’s as much an art as it is a science. Bellerby & Co. Globemakers, based in Stoke Newington, London, are one of just two studios in the world currently designing, and producing hand-made globes. The globemakers have received copious praise from globe owners worldwide regarding their craftsmanship and service. The careful, tedious process of globemaking at the studio is documented in the pictures below and show just how demanding the work can be even for seasoned artists, check it out and visit their website to learn how you can get one custom made for collection. ...
Video

Balls is a trippy, hilarious animated short film by a London illustrator

One of the entries in VOTD.tv’s annual independent short film competition is this sweet little animated short by Mimi Leung. Hilariously called, “Balls”, Leung's animated short is just incredibly fun to watch. The London-based animator and illustrator made it into the online competition, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Describing the colorful yet trippy video, Leung writes that she was inspired “by the athleticism and sports-loving nature of Australians”. She goes on to describe her process, “I made a list of types of balls and set that list to music. I took this idea and developed an animated video for the song which focused on speed, fluidity and... balls!” Check out the short below and visit her website for more. ...
Creativity

Street artist transforms trash into lovable if somewhat creepy creatures

Street artist Francisco de Pajaro signs his trash creations with the witty yet subversive phrase ‘Art is Trash’. Dumpsters, trash bags, junk-furniture, cardboard, styrofoam-takeout containers are all transformed into the ghoulish yet undeniably charming creatures; creations of this talented Spanish-born artist. Skirting the elitist and inaccessible galleries, De Pajaro decided the street was an appropriate setting to unleash his artistic expression, and create his playful, quirky, sometimes satirical site-specific collages. De Pajaro has to work quickly, having from when the shops close until morning to assemble his trash sculptures and bring a smile to the face of the early morning dog walker. Perhaps De Pajaro’s street work isn't lucrative, but he certainly has gained wide recognition across the streets of London. His work transforms a depressing waste-strewn landscape with engaging humor. It also brings his art directly to the public...
Graphic Design

UK printing agency thinks cats can revolutionize advertising

Cats are rapidly taking over the Internet be it via a constant stream of grumpy cat memes or adorable cat videos that make us go, "AWEEEE." Considering this, it wouldn't be too big of a stretch to assume famous brands will likely start incorporating the feline creatures into their advertising. It's called, "Catvertising," and thanks to London-based printing agency, Printsome, we now have a pretty good idea of how companies like Ferrari and Polo would use cats to promote their products. Check out some of the ads below and visit Printsome for more! ...
Art

Modern taxidermy sculpture shows the elegance in death

Polly Morgan is a sculptor working in a unique medium – dead animals. The London-based artist has freezers filled with animals, often baby birds, that she taxidermies and arranges into striking narratives about life and death. Staying far from traditional taxidermy, Morgan’s compositions include birds eating a heart, a baby bird resting gently on a toothbrush, and another baby bird being lifted up by a vibrant purple balloon. Her narratives are shocking and disturbing, yet maintain a juxtaposing sense of elegance. This combination of emotions has gained her much recognition in the art world with a show currently on view at Washington DC’s National Museum of Women in the Arts until September 2015. ...
Illustration

Hypnotic music video drawn with markers and watercolor paint

London-based animator Emanuele Kabu has delivered a sensational animated music video for Oregon indie rock duo The Helio Sequence's latest single 'Upward Mobility.' The psychedelic visuals are made of constantly evolving patterns and characters, mostly hand-drawn with watercolor paint and marker pens. To create overlapping textures, digital animation was combined with stop-motion techniques and a wide variety of methods. The result is four minutes of art in motion. You can watch the vibrant music video below. Check out more of Kabu's visual works here. The Helio Sequence's self-titled new album came out on May 19th on Sub Pop. ...
Graphic Design

Elegantly minimal illustrations with clever use of negative space

Thomas Danthony is a French-born designer, illustrator, and art director based in London. The likes of Microsoft, Nokia, Penguin, WIRED, Little White Lies, The Telegraph, GQ, M&C, Saatchi, and Netflix are among his very high-profile clients. Danthony's narrative illustrations are enhanced with a clever use of lighting, silhouettes and negative space. While elegantly minimalist and stylized, his works possess a subdued quality that provokes the spectator to think and see more than what meets the eye. Check out some of Danthony's most recent works below, and visit his site for more from his very good-looking portfolio. Prints, books and postcards are available for purchase here. ...
Street art

Artist uses murals to raise awareness for disappearing honey bees

For his 'Save the Bees' project, street artist Louis Masai has taken to the London streets to raise awareness about the grave effects of honey bee's colony collapse disorder. The project began in London after the artist took a trip to South Africa and learned about bees, but it has since spread to Bristol, Devon, Glastonbury, Croatia, New York, Miami, and New Orleans. The project involves detailed honey bee murals on a variety of different buildings in the cities, many with the hashtag #SaveTheBees alongside it. For more of Masai's work, check out his website. ...
Art

Artist uses new technology to draw portraits with the movement of his eyes

Artist Graham Fink is experimenting with eye tracking technology to create his intriguing portraits. The artist never lifts a finger to make his drawings; he literally draws with his eyes. The technology Fink uses, provided by Tobii Technology, uses infrared light to track the movements of his vision. These recorded movements are transformed into digital lines on a computer screen. This type if technology is typically used for customer research, for instance, understanding what people look at first on a web page. Fink has rethought the function of this tech to create the fascinating series of scribbly portraits you see below. An exhibition of Fink’s work is on display at Riflemaker Gallery in London through March 21st, 2015. ...
Art

Surprising sculpture of a car peeling asphalt right off the road

If you walked through Hungerford Car Park at London’s Southbank Center recently you may have stumbled on a perplexing sight. In the parking lot through February 25th, was a little Vauxhall Corsa that looked like it drove so fast that it peeled up the asphalt and melted to the top - hanging perfectly upside down. This is not a rare urban phenomenon, it is the newest piece by sculptor Alex Chinneck (previously). The spectacle was, as imagined, a complex stunt to pull off. It required collaborating with a team of structural engineers, steel benders, scenic artists, metal workers, carpenters, tarmac layers, and road painters. And as you might have guessed, the project, titled 'Pick Yourself Up and Pull Yourself Together,' was commissioned by Vauxhall.   ...
Art

Enchanting recreation of the cosmos installed under a London highway

'Osmo, A beginner's guide to constructing the cosmos,' is an inflatable, miniature recreation of the cosmos from self-described "spatial laboratory" Loop.pH, founded by Mathias Gmachl and Rachel Wingfield. It's a crystalline honeycomb that inflates to a diameter of nearly 30 feet. It was created for Yorkshire's second annual Light Night Canning Town festival, whose theme this year was "The Fire and The Stars." It was installed under London's busy A13 flyover, a wholly unlikely public place for such a "cosmologically transporting" experience. Inside the dome, you'll find a simulation of the cosmos accompanied by an ambient soundscape that enhances the effect. The Light Night Canning Town festival was curated by The Brick Box and supported by the International Association of Lighting Designers. ...
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