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In Your Face Art

In Your Face Art

Sometimes artists can get very personal, reflecting a piece of themselves in such a way that is prolifically in your face. One such example is called the Buddhist Bug Project. From artist Anida Yoeu Ali, her living exhibition is a traveling narrative taking place throughout different landscapes. Her journey of self-exploration, religion and environment is displayed in a brightly colored and odd looking suit. Unexpectedly inching into the gazing eyes of onlookers, the suit represents her background and upbringing but also an adult interest in Buddhism. She performed in Cambodia, taking her performance into both cities and rural areas. According to… read more

Stepping Up

Stepping Up

Staircases are part art form, part functional statement piece to the clever designer. These staircases give their rooms a one up with some added visual interest. This natural beauty from the Tuning House, a seaside residence, stands out in a good way amidst its retro fueled surroundings. Adding in a bit of the outdoors in a chunky, raw presentation is a creatively simple way to work in an optical element to the functional design. The strategically placed mirrors carry the wood throughout the length of the home. Another wooden staircase design is from Atmos Studio. This gorgeous and elaborate architectural feat was… read more

Glass Bottles Turned Into Stained Glass Art

Glass Bottles Turned Into Stained Glass Art

Glass bottles, tossed into the recycling by most, make the perfect material for many glass artists. Using everyday items to make elegant stained glass pieces, these panels are anything but ordinary. Alison Fox has an eye for creating gorgeous stained glass windows. She started with traditional stained glass work and began to utilize materials that were reusable and recyclable. With discoveries she unearths from flea markets, antique shops and discarded materials, she repurposes glass bottles, broken dishes and vintage glass, compiling them into collages. Specifically placing the objects in patterns or laying them out to resemble images, she turns them into stunning… read more

7 New Uses For Old Sweaters

7 New Uses For Old Sweaters

Organizing and cleaning out closets can sometimes turn up clothing that doesn’t get worn often. Sweaters are one item that normally either receives a lot of wear during cold months, or is pushed to the back of the pile if the style is outdated or uncomfortable. The following are a range of ideas for reusing old sweaters that will give them an updated look and a new life. Knitted sweaters that are soft can be cut and easily turned into hats. A homemade elfin hat is a great way to upcycle an ugly or stretched out sweater. Also, this tutorial… read more

Shopping Bag Art

Shopping Bag Art

Around this retail shopping crazy time of year the amount of packaging and bags multiplies drastically. Bags to many are an item that gets an instant toss into the recycling if they are no longer going to be used to carry things. However, some artists with the ability to see the commonplace as something completely different can turn an ordinary bag into an artform. Artist Yuken Teruya works with an assortment of everyday materials, like paper and shopping bags. His series made from the restaurant and retail spawned material is called Notice – Forest. Transforming bags into unbelievable dimensional pieces, he… read more

The Magical Painted Architecture Of Richard Haas

The Magical Painted Architecture Of Richard Haas

Richard Haas is an artist known for his painted renditions of buildings and ornate architectural details. His work is on everything from skyscrapers, building facades, interiors, drawings and canvas, and his ability to create illusion and art is to be marveled at. The technique that he employs is called trompe l’oeil, which means tricks the eye in French. His painted optical illusions are beyond impressive. He can completely change the look of plain walls, concrete and brick buildings into unbelievably realistic works of art. His painted details include visual feats like buildings that when looked at one way appear to… read more

Fabric And Paper Crafts Perfect For Boring Spots

Fabric And Paper Crafts Perfect For Boring Spots

Certain places around a house can seem a bit lackluster. Rather than spending a lot of money updating, budget friendly projects can completely change a look. Perking up areas around the home that are the opposite of exciting is simple with a few do it yourself applications. This tutorial from a graphic and textile designer shows how to make wallpaper with fabric. Demonstrating how to update a typical white door, a thin fabric is painted on the surface using cornstarch and water. Applied with a brush or paint roller, the mixture should be thick but still pourable. Patterns and color… read more

The Art Of Bicycle Crafting

The Art Of Bicycle Crafting

Bicycles have remained a popular form of transportation for centuries. Before mass production, they were made of available materials. In 1790 the first recorded bicycle design surfaced. It was made of wood and resembled a scooter. Then in 1816 a follow up to the original was constructed by another inventor which featured a steering bar and 2 wheels that were the same size. However, there was still an addition that was needed to propel the bicycle into popularity – pedals. Reportedly an inventor named Kirkpatrick MacMillan came up with the first foot pedal design, but this upgraded version did not… read more

Paper Brought To Life

Paper Brought To Life

Paper was invented in China and the fine art of paper crafting has long been a revered form of meticulous design. Elsa Mora is an artist who works with paper as a medium. Her cut paper art sculptures are incredible. Her work is part papercutting art, part sculpture, and her talent and imagination come through in the whimsical and creative work. Using glue and paper, the detailed cut images seem to come to life. Some pieces are playful while some are on the verge of being a bit provocative. Many are quite contemplative, and all are hard to believe that they… read more

Upcycling Thrift Shop Pictures

Upcycling Thrift Shop Pictures

Browsing through thrift shops can lead to some interesting finds, including unique and even unusual pictures and artwork. Several clever artists are revamping old finds into new treasures by adding their own touch. Though some may consider this as ruining the paintings and other pieces, others feel that reusing unwanted materials is one way to cut down on excess. An abundance of resources waiting to be found probably makes thrift store shopping fun with the following creative individuals, whose work has been popping up all over the blogosphere. By taking paintings of scenes like landscapes, water areas and nature scenes, the following 2… read more