As I was hurrying down the concourse to my gate at LAX last Wednesday, I scurried past a series of Shizu Saldamando‘s framed art. At first glance it looked to be pen on an old bed sheet and much to my delight it was just that! I snapped a few photos (quickly) including one of the artist’s name and looked her up as soon as I got home. 18 With a Bullet isn’t the exact installation I spied, but the same style and feel. So lovely.
I’m a big fan of artist Emily Barletta‘s work. I mean, anyone who has the level of patience it takes and the talent to conceive of such intricate art sewn on paper deserves lots of love and admiration. The close-ups tell the whole story.
01/ Great things can happen when you play with your food!
02/ Cosmic Surgery, a portrait series replacing faces with oragami.
03/ Note to self: Get to San Francisco to see the Bay Bridge Lights in person.
04/ Someone brilliant thought to create art by injecting paint into bubble wrap.
05/ Picasso’s women in real life.
06/ A yarn-bombed school bus!
07/ Milky Ways, figures that project light from within.
08/ Lullaby Factory, a special treat for sick kids in a London hospital.
09/ An espresso maker for the microwave – Piamo!
10/ Underwater photos of people swimming under waves.
01/ Laser cut leg wear inspired by molting animals.
02/ Pretty IP creates a color palette from your computer’s IP address.
03/ Oh you know, just a shower that works like a car wash.
04/ Print out this Oscar ballot before Sunday’s awards show.
05/ Carpets made from socks and shirts.
06/ Animals sculpted from colored shards of glass.
07/ I don’t like snakes, but I love Milky Joe in his handmade pink sweater!
08/ Now these are some crazy insane birds nests.
09/ A map of the US made from 50,000 wooden matchsticks.
10/ Love this print – The Various Varieties of Vegetables!
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There’s a lot of good going on behind the scenes of Harvest Textiles, beyond the bright punchy patterns that I’m crazy about. The company is run by four women out of Melbourne, Australia and was founded on quality handmade textiles, the joy of learning, community, and sustainability. Organic, recycled or locally produced fabrics are used when possible and nothing is mass produced. Besides the online shop Harvest Textiles also conducts workshops and has a brick and mortar shop, Harvest Workroom. Oh, and they were only founded in 2010. WOW. (via Fellow Fellow)
Hand-stitched City Quilts from Haptic Lab are beautifully detailed street maps of your favorite cities fit for everyday use. As of now you can choose from Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Paris, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington DC. There are even a few quirkier versions that you’ll have to check out for yourself!
01/ Yeah, I’d live in this glass house.
02/ Hate mail I’d like to receive.
03/ Knit credit cards.
04/ So creeped out by these imagined normal celebrities.
05/ Hand-cut chrome furniture, wow.
06/ Photos of people caught mid-sneeze.
07/ A crazy wooden domino tree.
08/ An edible s’mores box!
09/ Love this thermochromic table. Lots.
10/ Beautiful aerial shots of Manhattan.
01/ Who wouldn’t want golden balloons holding up their coffee table??
02/ Beautiful outdoor sculpture of women floating in midair.
03/ Cement people dangling from umbrellas.
04/ Darkened Cities, photos of major cities in blackout mode.
05/ Pantone-inspired scarves!
06/ Time-lapse photos of nude dancers.
07/ Temporary Nimbus Clouds bring the weather indoors.
08/ Origami mosaics.
09/ Firewall, an interactive fabric surface.
10/ What happens when you wakeboard in a cranberry bog?
Artist Lily Stockman is lovely in every possible way, and now she’s partnered with her business-minded sister Hopie to create Block Shop. The story behind how this Indian textile company came together is truly inspiring and the scarves are nothing less than stunning. Each one is stamped individually with vegetable-based dyes onto Indian silk-cotton blend fabric. It’s virtually impossible to choose a favorite, but if pressed I’d go with the coral arrows. Well done, ladies!