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01/ Beautiful linear geometric tattoos by Chaim Machlev.
02/ Leave it to Sweden to create a playground and maze entirely of snow and ice.
03/ Sign me up for these punctureless push pins.
04/ Because isn’t this to-do list exactly how you classify things in your head?
05/ Alexis Arnold turns books and more into crystalized sculptures.
06/ I love these pocket knives from Farm & Field Lockback!
07/ What might cities look like if sea levels rose dramatically?
08/ Jackson, Wyoming will soon be home to one of the world’s first vertical farms.
09/ Ever read about the basics of numerology?
10/ If you saw a USB drive in a random wall would you plug in?

This week on Design Crush:
A little Art Before Breakfast can go a long way.
St. Eloy‘s jewelry line is now on my wish list.
I never would have guessed Sarah Symes‘ creations were made of textiles!
Pretty marbled stationery from The Adventures Of.
Jenny Andrews Anderson has mastered the art of color.
My 5 favorite food blogs of the moment.
I shared 4 ways to give a traditional space a modern touch.
Loving Clare Elsaesser‘s mysterious painted women.
Beautiful collage work from Rocio Montoya.


Rocio Montoya

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Madrid-based, jack-of-all-trades (photographer, graphic and web designer, and editor) Rocio Montoya‘s collages are perfect parts haunting and ethereal. Her personal exploration of human behaviors and emotions come rushing to the surface through manipulated imagery aesthetic experimentation.


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Clare Elsaesser

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I’m completely enamored with paintings of women lately, the more mysterious the better. Enter Clare Elsaesser and her beautiful ladies. Clare’s original paintings as well as giclée prints are available in her Etsy shop, each one just as full of expressive and textured brushstrokes as the last.


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Jenny Andrews Anderson

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You should know by now that if you work with a palette that draws my attention you’ve already won half the battle. Jenny Andrews Anderson is no exception to that statement with colors that make me want to dive right into her perfectly balanced abstracts. I love that each one seems to have one unexpected element – a line through the center or a swipe of unexpected color.


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Sarah Symes

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If at first glance you guessed you were looking at an abstract painting, we were both in the same boat. But Vancouver’s Sarah Symes uses cotton, silk, and netting to create these beautifully textured colorful landscapes instead. Doesn’t her ingenuity make you want to look at your art supplies in a totally different way?


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For years Design Crush was my creative outlet, but recently I’ve realized how much I miss using my hands on something other than a keyboard. My mediums of choice are acrylic paints on canvas and a number 2 pencil with paper. I’m mediocre at best with both, but that’s not what art is always about. Flexing your creativity in one area of life can flow over into others in which you excel.

Artist Danny Gregory’s Art Before Breakfast encourages the reader to incorporate art making into their everyday life. Its pages are filled with strategy and inspiration, quick exercises, and practical instruction on carving time out for creativity for as little as ten minutes a day. Filled with incredible illustrations, it’s tough not to close the cover without feeling more inspired than when you opened it.


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01/ Five friends got together and built Icehenge in Lake Mills Wisconsin.
02/ White balloons erupt from houses, basketball hoops, and more in Invasions.
03/ See what a cup of tea looks like in 22 different countries.
04/ Rebecca Bartoshesky turns Jell-o into modern art.
05/ Glowing terracotta warrior lantern sculptures are on display in Sydney for Chinese New Year.
06/ Winter winds have carved frozen sand towers on the shore of Lake Michigan.
07/ Lifelike galvanized wire animal sculptures by Kendra Haste.
08/ Beautiful mosaics made from painted ceramic plates by Molly Hatch.
09/ Joy Pitts turns unwanted clothing labels in to beautiful animal portraits.
10/ I now want to adopt a capybara even more since finding out they enjoy hot tub soaks.

This week on Design Crush:
Big + bold statement art and why it works so well in nearly every room.
Pretty snowy script street art by Faust New York.
I’m an adult! I got a new Casper mattress!
Check out these 12 February DIYs you’ll want to make ASAP.
Stunning textile art by Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia.
Great leather bags meet art at Epoché.
Cheuk Lun Lo turns shampooed heads into abstract art.
Stay warm with hot chocolate 12 ways.
Who knew that flowers look just as great frozen in ice as in a vase? Makoto Azuma.

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Sometimes pattern-free is just the way to be!


Makoto Azuma

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As I type this I have flowers in four different rooms of my home, and it’s not even spring! A few years ago I started to notice how much better my mood was with a few blooms around, so I began making a point to pick some up every week or two. Who knew that they’d look just as good encased in ice as in a vase? Makoto Azuma‘s latest botanical adventure – Ice Flowers – exhibits the life cycles of flowers, from vibrancy to decay as each ice block melts away.


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Let’s play the What is it? game – any ideas?

If you thought to yourself “that is definitely a head of hair full of shampoo” then you get the gold star! Cheuk Lun Lo photographs this project from above, creating an almost alien-like landscape in one of the most familiar places possible. The easily moldable medium, when photographed on black, gives the daily task of washing your hair new excitement.


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Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia

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Chilean artist Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia creates stunning textile art from small handmade fabric balls that she then groups together. Growth and accumulation, order and chaos are the driving inspiration behind her work. The effect is somewhat pixelated in the end, full of thoughtful gradations in color and contrast.


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