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National Geographic recently came out with it’s Best Science Images of 2008, and they are really stunning! Above are just a few of them. The first is a shot of a human immune system fighting strep throat bacteria – I would have never guessed it, it’s so pretty! The second shot is a diagram showing every cross reference between chapters in the Bible. The third is little diatoms attaching to a marine invertebrate host. I love how beautiful they are, considering they are pictures of some rather humble-sounding stuff! See the whole set here.

girls & boys

I love these cute prints by Little Paper Planes, don’t you? Especially the little girl – the pines trees are perfect!

Kelly Lynn Jones -Feb 02, 2009, 5:40PM
thanks so much for posting LPP and Ashley's prints! xo

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Everyone here in Philadelphia is enjoying the annual Mummer’s Parade, which is a real spectacle, and very exciting – a smaller version of Mardi Gras! Below are just a few pictures of one of the string bands.
Happy 2009 to all! Hooray!

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I saw these dollar origamis on Yatzer, and I am quite impressed! They are the work of a man named Won Park, whose love of origami began when his mother took him to a Japanese paper shop as a boy. It was there that he got his first origami folding book. Now, at 38, he is an origami expert!
You can see some more of his creations right here on Yatzer, and below is a video I found where you can watch him fold a paper rose!

serena -Jan 06, 2009, 4:22PM
this is very cool~~ love it~ i will try it~ i really love you web~~
kristy -Jan 01, 2009, 10:33PM
that fish is insane!

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Kate Bingaman Burt

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I am sooo very inspired by this q & a with Kate Bingaman Burt over on My Love For You. Kate did the handlettering in Handmade Nation and writes the blog Obsessive Consumption. She DRAWS all of the things she buys, and draws all of her credit card statements.
You need to read the interview and check out her blog. It will change the way you think about shopping, consumption, and your general relationship with money. Oh and art and craft too:)

labels project

Ever think about how far your clothes have traveled? I like the way artist Luca Pizzaroni is approaching clothing labels as a cultural symbol.
From the Labels Project site:
“The Labels Project Sculpture sets out to serve as a metaphor of travel, capable of taping memories of time and place to reveal a sense of unspoken collective identity.This installation sculpture relies on the conventions and familiarity of clothing to communicate and uncover a greater sense of self. Label-gazing, becomes here, a valid geographical-psychological challenge. The viewer’s interpretation belies his personal notions about geographical provenance, time and memory.”

Valerie Hegarty

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What do you guys think of these pieces by Valerie Hegarty? I am partial to the last one myself! Very organic, less destructive. Though the cracked wall and painting are nice too. All very interesting… I couldn’t find too much information about Valerie herself, other than that she lives in Brooklyn, but you can see more of her work here, if you’re intrigued like I was.

arty -Jan 05, 2009, 6:43PM
You can get more info at her gallery's website: guildgreyshkul.com Also Brooklyn Museum Blog: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/community/blogosphere/bloggers/2008/10/21/contemporary-take-on-landscape-painting/#comments

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Hello all! I have another very cool guest post from Kevin for you! Please enjoy!
Hey Guys! I just saw the Pipilotti Rist show at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York this weekend. It was a giant video installation with dozens of projections all over the atrium of the MOMA! There was a giant eye-shaped couch on the floor, and people were just laying everywhere, soaking up the atmosphere! Totally awesome, a total fantasy of flowers a girl and a pig. Check it out if you are in New York City!
Also, have a look at this sweet interview with Pipilotti from the MOMA’s website!
Here’s a short little video of part of the show.

The MOMA also has a number of her works in their permanent collection, including the video Ever is All Over, featuring a pretty girl smashing car windows with a giant steel flower.
-Kevin

Hôtel de Glace

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Located at the Station touristique Duchesnay, a bit northwest of Québec City Canada, this awesome and icy building is the Hôtel de Glace. Built in early January each year since 2001, it stands until late March and is made of around 400 tons of ice and 12,000 tons of snow! It’s a real working hotel too, and though it’s a bit chilly, (a steady temperature of around 25 degrees Fahrenheit) I think it would be worth it! Check out this nice little article about it on Life in the Fast Lane and of course Hôtel de Glace website if you want to see more.
The gorgeous pictures are by lander2006, except the first, which is by duplamox.

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These sweet photos came from Three Belgian Autochromists, a really cool site featuring the work of, you guessed it, three early Belgian autochromists! Autochrome is a very old way to take color pictures, used before the advent of color film. The site features the work of C. Corbett, P. Sano, and A. Van Besten, and frankly, the shots are just gorgeous. Plus, I really love getting to see pictures from as far back as 1903 in color! Do you think there are some hobbyists out there still practicing autochrome? The colors are so dreamy… See all the pictures here.

Shay -Dec 29, 2008, 5:36PM
these are gorgeous!
d -Dec 28, 2008, 5:43PM
god, that must have taken an age and a half to do each of those. incredible. http://egotrippingatthegates.blogspot.com/

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These scenic photos are from the Travel Photographer of the Year International Photography Competition. They recently posted all the winners, runners-up, and special mentions on their site, and I have been spending way too much time perusing them! If you are the sort who enjoys just savoring photographs, especially really interesting and scenic ones, I totally recommend checking it out!

Crystal Dawn -Dec 27, 2008, 1:30PM
Beautiful pics... and I just wanted 2 say that i luv the Free Ppl blog!!! NAMASTE

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These stunning pieces are from a recent book illustrated by Kat MacLeod, called Bird. It apparently runs for $400, so I doubt I’ll ever get my hands on it, but hopefully more of the images from it will appear on the net over time so I will at least get to see a few of them! If they are anything like these, I know I will enjoy them!

anisa -Dec 24, 2008, 6:57PM
WoW! these are gorgeous! I'm so happy you posted them since I can't afford the book either. xo~anisa http://www.makoollovesyou.com

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