amazing

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Wow. When I first saw the top picture, I thought it was real for a moment before realizing it was one of those sidewalk optical illusions. Knowing that, the last picture still kind of freaks me out! Edgar Mueller is apparently who is responsible for this coolness, but the site is in French so I can only gather so much…
Via all the good things.

fpkate -Feb 18, 2009, 2:06PM
Oh my god, that just totally freaked me out.
CS -Feb 18, 2009, 1:58PM
Fantastic! Reminds me of the Indiana Jones and Last Crusade scene, you know the one.

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confetti graffiti

Spanish street artist Eltono uses confetti and paste to make his cool graffiti art. Check out his blog for more pictures and information!

Coriandoli – Eltono – Cripta747 from EltonoVideo on Vimeo.
Via Hooked.

allison -Feb 18, 2009, 12:32PM
freakin' cool! i love graffiti. i have always said that if i get settled enough in my life to have a yard and a fence - i would find the raddest graffiti artist to paint up my fence. I don't know about this style on a fence - but it a rad new take on an 'old' art!
Megan -Feb 17, 2009, 12:47PM
I love this!

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Jenna works with colors amidst a huge mass of swatches and cloth.

Megan works on color, amidst the same huge mass of swatches…
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I just loved the way this pile of sheer material looked.
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Trim Town got reorganized! It looks so neat and tidy!
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Natasha shows off her awesome sequined unicorn shirt!
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Jasmine stitching a sample and giggling away!
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Dana is also very amused as she works on a sample! He he!

suzanne cabrera -Feb 18, 2009, 12:05PM
Soooo fun! Looks like an amazing place to work.
Fi -Feb 17, 2009, 5:44PM
Wow, that wall of trims looks far too tidy! You all, always look like you're having a great time. What I want to know is, who has to clean all those swatches back up again.

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ice & snow

Hongtao Zhou, an art student from University of Wisconsin, made this awesome ice and snow furniture on the currently frozen Lake Mendota in Wisconsin! It looks so delicate and pretty- like something from an ice queen’s castle!

Via Dezeen.

Kia -Feb 16, 2009, 9:08PM
They look almost medieval! Its amazing to think how they were made! I wish it snowed where I live so that I could try! LOL
daniella -Feb 14, 2009, 12:01AM
how strange! i love reading this blog and this one is actually about my homeland of madison. very cool. i'll have to take a trip down there and check it out (though honestly, walking on the ice makes me nervous).

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watermarks

These cool projections have been popping up on the sides of buildings in Bristol, UK, thanks to the Watermarks Project.
From their website:
Sea levels are rising due to climate change… but how much could they rise and how quickly? And how could this affect the city of Bristol?
Watermarks is a public art project that will use a series of large-scale projections at sites across the centre of the city to explore these questions.

Interesting!
For a gallery of the projections, see the Watermarks Project’s website.
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Do you recognize the little boy and his red balloon? When I was a little girl I had this book, Le Ballon Rouge, and I loved it so much! It’s the story of a little boy and his best friend, a red balloon. It has fabulous pictures, and the story is really cute and touching!
However, I did not realize it was also a movie! Not only is it a movie, (looks just like the book, must have been one shoot for both the book and movie) but you can see the movie on Google video! I doubt it will last, movies never stay up for free for long! So if you are interested, you should go check it out! You’ll enjoy it!
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penny -Feb 10, 2009, 11:05PM
you should check out this poem that dearmeglow wrote about free people called "free is fun": i was feeling constrained and i wanted to be free i walked into this store, what was reflected was me the colors, the patterns, the materials i felt an instant of silence turned into a song that was belt a hanger was hanging draping velvet and lace the reflection of the mannequin was such a familiar face i glanced at the socks placed rings on my fingers made friends with the glasses dreamt i could be a singer headbands for dancing along strands of our hair each piece in this store, i would gladly wear as closing time approaches i feel sad to leave these people are my friends and they make me feel free
Jill -Feb 10, 2009, 10:42PM
how cool! i always knew it was a movie (saw it in french class long ago) but never knew of the book! thanks pruitt!

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I’m really excited about this documentary called “Our City Dreams” about 5 female artists in New York. I won’t pretend I can explain it better than this, so here is the description from the Film Forum site:
CHIARA CLEMENTE’S AFFECTING LOVE LETTER TO THE CITY STRINGS TOGETHER THE SELF-TOLD NARRATIVES OF FIVE WOMEN ARTISTS (ages 30 – 80), each of whom has a passion for making art inseparable from her devotion to New York. Swoon, the youngest, exhibits cut-outs directly on city walls and subways, and exudes idealism and energy while carrying a two by four the way some women would a briefcase. Cairoborn Ghada Amer mixes media — embroidering with painting — to confront sexual taboos that cross cultural boundaries. After experiencing The New York Dolls in San Francisco, Kiki Smith realized she needed the energy of the big city to create her wildly influential paintings and sculptures; Marina Abramovic, originally of Belgrade, is a performance art pioneer who often uses her own body as a canvas. And Nancy Spero returned from Paris with artist-husband Leon Golub in 1964, to meld art and activism during the Vietnam War and become, in her own words, “a woman warrior.” Ronnie Scheib in Variety writes that the film is “exquisitely crafted” and “ranks as a work of art itself.”
There’s an exclusive clip on The Moment blog, and you might recognize one of the artists, Swoon, from a post on the free people blog a while back!

Hooray for Pattra! She made the absolutely adorable little shirt that Trixie is wearing below! You may remember Pattra from previous posts, as she is a grower of Shitake mushrooms, and a creator of things, like this cute ring, Free People wovens, and of course, awesome dog shirts! Thank you Pattra! You really made my day, and Trixie’s day especially!

Sara -Feb 11, 2009, 4:02PM
Trixie looks so cute! i love it!
Timothy B. Shutt -Feb 10, 2009, 9:11AM
Always nice to see the Pixilator in action---so cute! Love, Mr. Dad

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plastic life

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I am obsessed with the Flickr set Plastic Life by Vincent Bousserez! There is just something so interesting about these photographs! They look half-real to me, like the little people are nearly alive. What do you think?
Thank you Yatzer, for showing me this set!

erin -Aug 01, 2009, 12:32PM
Austin photographer Lorri Hunnycut does similar photos! I was lucky enough to trade her for a couple a few years ago. 'Martini family Reunion' is my fave. Love Vincent's stamp.

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lok ming fung

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These beautiful ceramic boxes are part of a collection called Oohhh, by recent Central Saint Martins graduate Lok Ming Fung. The set itself is inspired by Russian dolls and Japanese Inro boxes, while the decorations are more barnacle/lichen inspired. They’re all gorgeous. See the rest of the set here.
Via Yatzer.

Faith -Feb 28, 2009, 12:34PM
These are adorable! I'd love to own them... ~Faith

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Gunta Stölzl

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These patterns are just so incredible! The first two are actual wall-hangings, the last is a sketch of ideas for wall-hangings. All are the work of Gunta Stölzl, a German textile artist from the early 20th century. She entered the famous Bauhaus School as a student in 1920, and ended up as a teacher there in 1928. Still, I’d never heard of her until today when I saw her on Now Voyager, who is also real impressed. If you are interested too, check out this website, it’s got a detailed biography and quite a few pictures of her work.
Something about Gunta’s designs reminds me a little bit of the Gee’s Bend Quilts. What do you think?

Suzanne Hokanson -Mar 19, 2009, 11:39PM
I did a lot of research on the weavers of the bauhaus several years ago which resulted in a self published book... WOVEN: a bauhaus memoir. I am excited that people are discovering Gunta Stolzl and her incredible talent. Having seen the Gee's Bend Quilts in Washington a couple years ago... I agree with you that there is some essence that transcends both. But the complexity of the woven tapestries are the opposite of the quilts' elegant simplicity. It is an interesting comparison, though.
cake. -Feb 05, 2009, 1:02AM
seriously! so beautiful. i've just started learning how to weave and so these design are just so amazing to me.

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This cute little gal is a Jindo Dog! She is visiting the office today with one of our employees – she is going to be a gift for the employee’s dad! I don’t want to say who of course, since I don’t want to ruin the surprise! Boy don’t you just wish she was a surprise for you!?
Needless to say, being as cute as she is, she is very popular, and has made the rounds all around the building. Last I saw her she was as in the last picture – tuckered out after all the fun!

wenyd -Feb 08, 2009, 10:50AM
I have a shiba which is a close cousing of a jindo - they keep you on your feed but are worth the effort. They have such fun & loving personalities you will be hooked for life. The big brown eyes are capable of getting anything they want out of you.
katiehov -Feb 07, 2009, 3:19AM
i agree, i am not at all a dog person, but that puppy is ridic. should submit to cuteoverload!

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