These images have been floating all around the web lately, but the attention is well-deserved, and I wanted to make sure you all saw them too!
These silhouettes are from The Adventures of Prince Achmed, which is the oldest animated feature length film that still survives. It was released in 1926, and though there were older animated films, those are lost to us. As you might have guessed, The Adventures of Prince Achmed was created using silhouette animation – and these silhouettes are pretty exquisite!
Via 2 or 3 Things, via Smile…
Check out this awesome photo essay by David Friedman! He tells about it best: I shot these photos at a denim factory in Kentucky that specializes in distressing high-end jeans for a few top designers. I used to scoff at paying a premium for jeans that come with holes in them already. Then I saw just how much work goes into distressing jeans, and I realized that these people are artists. You can’t just have any loose threads, you have to have the right loose threads. They can’t just be faded. They have to be the right color. A lot of work goes into making these jeans look just right.
I put my favorite shots below – click here to see the whole essay on David’s blog!
I found James Spicer‘s work on Poppytalk Handmade, and boy am I glad I did! I could look at the pictures he takes for hours! I really love all the work with miniatures, and the colors that seem to predominate are fabulous. It would be nice to find myself in his mini world for a while. You should have a look at his blog too – his series “Today’s Look Through the Viewfinder” is going to keep me coming back.
See James’ shop on Poppytalk to buy prints!
I snapped a couple fun little shots of the silhouette meeting yesterday – it was another day of accidental matching!
A quick shot of one of our silhouette walls – basically an inspiration board!
These amazing crochet artworks were created by Emily Barletta. I love them and how organic they are! They look like coral to me! In her interview on My Love for You, Emily says she is inspired by internal biological functions, organs, blood, cells, etc… Check out her site for more pictures of her work- she has a cute blog too!
Via this great interview on My Love for You is a Stampede of Horses.
This sewn up sewing machine is so incredible! Made by artist Danny Mansmith, who has a history and a personal connection with the sewing machine as a means to make his art.
You have to check out his website and read his thoughts about art, and the inspiration behind creating things with your own hands.
Danny says, “My favorite sweater was one my grandma made out of a towel and embroidered a D. on it.”
Danny also says, “I love bad sewing. When you see something put together really roughly, you see—despite the individual’s apparent lack of skill and perfected technique—creativity.”
found via penguin & fish
Last week I came across the artwork of Betsy Walton. (Sorry, I’m not sure where I found it! I just made a little note to feature her…)
What I love most about her gouache paintings is her color combinations. I also love how they all look like they are set in some kind of imaginary sea world. I even get that feeling when everything about the imagery says that it is set on land…
Check out her website and see all of her current projects and exhibitions, many of them in and around her home in Portland, Oregon. You can also buy a print or painting of your own at her etsy shop.